Friday, February 26, 2010

To market, to market.

I picked up some small sized tee shirts from Target and appliqued them with a "Sweet Birdy Love" design in preparation for my market stall this Saturday. I was very pleased with how they turned out and I have since picked up some more tees which were half price as they are now bringing in winter stock, bonus.

For those still getting some snow, there are more blue sky, summery pictures ahead so read on if you would like to bring a bit of sunshine into your day.

Also needed to make a new batch of 'chook' cards. This is the my design which I then glue to the front of the card. I have used some different fabrics from those I normally use and I am more than happy with the look. There are a lot of chook/chicken lovers out there and these cards always seem to be popular

Here are a whole flock of chooks, funny how the back can actually be more interesting than the front. Must be the simplicity of the black and white. Maybe I should glue them on back to front!!

A bit of tie dying also went on this week. No 1 son needed a shirt to wear to a particular gig he's playing at , the theme is Spice. I bought a white mens business shirt from the Oppy and dyed it orange ( I was aiming for red, not enough dye obviously!!) It came out a striking colour and then he tied it and we overdyed it black.

It was soooo much fun but a little bit fiddly and messy all those drips and splashes. The colours were very striking whilst wet. The orange faded quite alot as it dried, but we were still very happy with the overall result. He had done a great job tying it and there are some great 'sunbursts' on the front, back and shoulders. Oops, haven't got a photo, sorry.

We had a couple of glorious, Spring like days in the middle of the week, so we decided to drive our van down to the local waterhole and have a picnic. I used to come here with my painting group and paint some of the scenery. Not being a great painter I would always find it very frustrating, but just take a look at those perfect reflections.
Didn't realise I had the swing rope in the middle of the photo!!

Lovely, tall Poplar trees in the background, no one else around, "just perfick" as Pop Larkin (Darling Buds of May) would say.
Have any of you seen that show, we just love it.

Here I am "lamby sammy' in one hand (made by No 1 son and I must say they were very nice) and a cuppa in the other. My mum who passed away 3 years ago would've loved doing this sort of thing, so I took along a duck mug she gave me, just so I could have a little part of her there with me, if you know what I mean.

We enjoyed it soooo much we went back and did it again the next day. Well you've got to sit down and eat , so you might as well sit down somewhere nice and this is barely 5 mins up the road from us.

Now after all that 'speed sewing' to be ready for the market tomorrow, I find out that there has been a mix up in the dates and it's actually NEXT Saturday the 6th of March, it's a long weekend. SO if you happen to be in Beechworth or the nearby vicinity drop in to the Buffalo Hall in the main street a couple of doors up from the Laundromat.
Well, that's pretty much my week in a nutshell, obviously alot of other things went on at Sweet Bridy Love, but no doubt similar things went on in your household too so I won't bore you with them.
Hope you have had a good week and enjoyed some time doing something that made you smile and satisfied that creative desire that seems to drive us in many and various ways.
Till next time,
Claire X


  1. Your chicken cards do look cute from either side. Now you have some extra time to get a few more things made for your craft fair! You should start an etsy shop too.
    Really pretty picnic site and pond. I love that incredible view you have!! (in the t-shirt picture) Sounds like you are really missing your Mum. My mom and dad are still alive, but they live so far away that i don't get to see them often.

  2. Yes, we have a lovely view here Gayle, it was one of things that sold us on the property. An etsy shop, the thought has crossed my mind, don't think I am organised enough to go down that path just yet, but the thought has crossed my mind. Yes it's times like these I really miss mum, but we have some wonderful memories. Shall be busy 'speed sewing' this week, so should be well and truly oranised for next Saturday!!

  3. What lovely fat bellied chickens! I am not surprised they are popular.

  4. Claire, do you still have the zinnia book cover? Or has that one already sold at your stall? I would like to buy it if you still have it around and would be willing to ship to the USA.

  5. Hi Claire, I love the chook cards theyy are fab. Thanks for leaving me a Birthday mesage.


  6. Oh Gayle I'm so glad you like the book cover, I have one available in the same colours as the one on my post.
    I would be more than happy to sell it to you or would you like to do a swap? Leave that with you, email me if you like and we can take it from there.
    Tried to leave a comment on your blog but, google wasn't playing ball , so I do hope you drop back to check. Shall try your comments again tomorrow if I don't hear from you.

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  8. Just love the chickens! Thank you for stopping by my blog to visit! Love visitng here! blessings,Kathleen

  9. Hi Claire, I know you are busy with your craft fair this weekend, but when you have a minute, send me an e-mail (see above comment) and then we can figure out payment, and shipping info, etc...
    Hope your craft sales are going really well!!

  10. One question.........what the heck is a chook??????

  11. Hey Janet, Chooks are what we Aussies call chickens. I have read that Kiwis (New Zealanders)also refer to them as chooks.
    I would only use the term chicken in reference to newly hatched and young birds.
    Not sure where it originated but if you google chook you will be able to get some more info about the origins of it.
    Must dash and get tea ready, it's time to put the spuds on to have with the roast chook!!


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