Friday, June 24, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Home again home again after almost two weeks away.

We arrived home on Thursday after a wonderful ten days in Tassie.
Yes, it was cold, wet and windy at times and there was even snow, but I was rugged up with scarf, beanie, gloves coat and my hubby to cuddle..........ooooh.

I took a couple of little crafty projects to satisfy the creative urge as the days were short and it was dark at 5pm.

I was hoping to have a few more crocheted flags completed but hey, I was on holidays.

You're probably wondering what happened to the colour scheme I had started out with, weeeeeeell...........

I couldn't help it, I found myself reaching for a few other colours and seemed unable to stick to the red, white, blue and pink originally planned.

Oh well, I still have quite a few flags to crochet and then there's all those ends to weave in, hmmmm.

On Saturday we paid a visit to Hobart's Salamanca Market.

It's a huuuuuge market full of all sorts of wonderful stalls. Food, craft, plants etc. loads to see.
If you are planning a visit allow yourself plenty of time to wander around you'll need it............

I met Narelle from Ruby Victoria blog.
I had discovered her blog before heading away and was hoping to be able to see some of her wonderful work in person. She makes handcarved lino prints and letterpress as well and has a stall at the market.

I wasn't disappointed, look at those gorgeous gift tags and...............

how about this wonderful card, I just had to have it.

The look of concentration on this chooks face.............

I have more to share about our holiday and a wonderful bloggy get together to tell you about, but that's for another day...............

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Let's back track to the June long weekend.

I had a girls ( plus a couple of hubbies) weekend away up in Bundanoon for my 'ahem' birthday...

It was a wonderful weekend full of good company, food, coffee, games, sight seeing, shopping and consuming yummy cake...........

On the Sunday we headed to Berrima a small village full of antique shops and this shop.........Peppergreen, full of THE most amazing array of ..............
embroidered cloths
Patchwork quilts.............

Buttons, trims, vintage nightwear (including bloomers), kitchen wear, so much it's hard to remember it's overwhelming.
I've never seen so much in the one place.

I wish I could have pulled some of those quilts out to have a look BUT...........
I might've been tempted.

There were bins and shelves full of woollen fabric offcuts and leftovers One of the staff members had whipped up a cushion cover to show what you can do with them.

I love the cover, so I stuck my head into a bin and started searching............

There was also a rug on display using the offcuts.

Love the contrasting hand stitching.

Click, clack, click clack anyone need some knitting needles?..........

The weekend went all too fast and by Monday it was time to head home do a load of laundry, repack the suitcase ready to head off to Tassie on the Tuesday.

Lost track of time? Imagine how I felt, it was go, go, go...........

Well, now we're back home which thankfully was still standing after No. 1 was left in charge!!

All was well, friends had been staying and a massive 'jam' had taken place including making structures out of jellybeans and toothpicks................why not?!!!

I am still in holiday mode, which means late starts to the mornings and no rushing, it's nice not to be constantly watching the clock.........

I have set up the sewing machine as I have been itchin' to get stitchin', so stay tuned for more Tassie adventures and makes.

Thank you all soooooo much for your lovely comments and birthday wishes
on my last post.

Till next time, take care,

Claire X


  1. Glad to hear you had an ace holiday Claire, I love those lino cut tags, and the chook is amazing! Must try and get over to Tassie one day and check out Salamanca for myself. What an incredible patchwork shop, must have been very tempting! Try and stretch out the holiday feeling for as long as you can! Cheers Julie:)

  2. It sounds like you had a fantastic weekend birthday celebration, followed by an equally wonderful time in Tassie. Holidays are wonderful but it's lovely to come home too.
    Anne xx

  3. It looks and sounds like you had a marvellous time in Tassi - I was surprised to read that it gets dark so early there. I remember visiting QLD and discovering they don't really have any twilight, just light then dark then light, and so on. take care - glad you made it back safe and sound, Yollie

  4. What an incredible shop, that blanket quilt is such a great idea. So happy for you Claire, its great to get away and then come back full of new ideas, yes?

  5. Welcome back Claire. Tassie sounds a great place for a birthday!

  6. Hi Claire and welcome back!
    Sounds like you had a great time. The Peppergreen shop looks like it's chock-a-block with gorgeous goodies.

  7. Oh sigh - I had such a bad op shop on Wednesday your post just makes me jealous !

    And you can't miss a Ruby Victoria letterpress work - her work is so clean cut.

    Glad that the trip home was good to you, and you missed that wild sea cossing :)

  8. I am so looking forward to your Tas adventures.

  9. I love the look of those blanket offcuts. What a great idea.And the shops in Bundanoon look very inviting.

  10. Love your crochet, the colours are scrummy!


  11. it's so much fun and such an inspiration to visit new places and see new things. I could wander for hours looking at all those fabrics and antiques. Sometimes you can't wait to get home to start creating. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. Sounds like you had a fab time and have come home with renewed vigour. That's what weekends away are all about. Think I could do with one of those.


  13. Hi Claire , love your bunting and those gift tags are just beautiful. Glad your had a relaxing break .
    Jacquie x


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