Thursday, March 29, 2012

If the Hat Fits.........

Hello there, I have been a little wayward in posting recently still recovering from the Folk Festival last weekend and getting back into the swing of things......

So, how are you all, I can't believe it's Thursday I'm not going to mention the 'T' word and how fast it's flying.
Would love to clip it's wings and slow it down a little!!

Anyhoo, grab a cuppa and let's begin with something a little crafty
Sweet, little crocheted flowers inspired by a garden bed full of vibrant Zinnias has inspired me to whip up a few of these........
I still haven't managed to crochet leaves that I am completely happy with, so the next best thing was to make the leaves using felt and some machine embroidery.
I just need to sew a brooch back onto the felt and there you have it a couple of new brooches ready to brighten up a dull Winter's day.....

I am in love with turquoise/bright blue, call it what you will. It just makes me smile and when you add that colour to a Kombi/camper van........woohoo I feel a little giddy.

Do certain colours or colour combo's make you tell...

The inspiration for my brooches........although there's no blue to be found here!!

Autumn colour in the background

Some little Kombi vans rolled off the production line today, ready to be made into egg cosies for my next market stall.

Turn them over to share some Polka Dot goodness....

Are you thinking about chocolate?

Ok, let's backtrack to last weekend and the Folk Festival.
It was a wonderful weekend, of great music, friendship and fun.
We billeted a very talented young lady by the name of Maggie Rutjens and her lovely mum Cathie.
They travelled over from South Australia on Friday and despite being tired Maggie performed Friday evening and wowed audiences with her beautiful voice.She then had another 3 or so performances over the weekend and this being only her second festival she did a brilliant job.
Richard met her at the Fleurieu Folk Fest last October and their friendship developed. He has been a bit of a musical mentor to her and when she was accepted to perform here it was natural that Maggie and Cathie would stay with us, so we could share our little town and festival with them.......

Head over to Youtube and type in her name and you can hear the voice that sent shivers up my spine and in certain songs had the tears welling up.......

Take note of the multi coloured jumper Maggie is wearing in one of her videos........
Cathie knitted it 30 years ago and it was hidden away in the deep, dark recesses of a cupboard until Maggie discovered it and claimed it for her own. I was surprised that moths haven't been nibbling away at it over the years, but it was in pristine condition.
It's a work of art in itself despite Cathie's protests that it shouldn't see the light of day!!An unseasonal cold snap had everyone reaching for their beanies, and jackets on Friday night and Saturday, but the sun showed it's face for the market on Sunday and the day was a right pearler.

Of course I spied the bunting from a distance of 50 paces......

Hats seemed to be a common theme over the weekend,
whether it was for warmth or for fun....

These little animal hats were popular with the kids both big and little and it wasn't unusual to see a bovine clad head wandering through the crowd at one of the concerts.

I thought they were chooks and asked if I could take a pic.....
They were actually Penguins!!

The bows under their beaks were a dead giveaway!!


More hats....a top hat and a flat cap

Very stylish lads.

Now, I know it's a little hard to see, but I wasn't about to walk up to the front of the stage to take this pic.

Seated at the drums is Cara Robinson she was wearing the most beautiful vintage green dress with a sweet hat AND a snood.

Done up in her finery she belted those drums like there was no tomorrow.
Each performance she wore the most stylish vintage outfits.
Google Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson to check out their music and her wardrobe.....

The weekend sadly came to an end and I can tell you we were all exhausted.
Sunday night found us sprawled over the couches reliving the great music we had seen and not wanting the weekend to end.
The countdown is now on there's only 11 months and 3 weeks to the next Yackandandah Folk Festival, but hey, who's counting!!

Back to reality......

It was time to get out into the garden today, specifically the 'back orchard' and do battle with the weeds, grass and berries.......

I was in charge of the secatuers, chopper lopper thingies and the wheelbarrow.....
No. 1 bought in the ride on, the push mower and between the two of us we chopped, snipped, mowed, raked and finally rediscovered the fruit trees and berries.

Since the discovery of a brown snake a couple of months ago we had pretty much stayed away from the orchard.....

But today we staked our claim and it's looking tickety boo.

The cows enjoyed the grass and prunnings and No. 1 shared a joke with this gal who looks like she's only got 3 legs.....don't worry it's just the angle of the pic!!
Five years ago you wouldn't have seen No.1 within cooee of these beasts. Up close they are rather large and intimidating and when they start flinging their hooves around stand well back...

Awww ain't that sweet......


Well, it's close to pumpkin time so I better head off to bed.
It's been a rather smokey week here due to the DSE carrying out controlled burns which is usual for this time of year, although not much fun it does give us beautiful sunsets.

I hope you are all well, thanks for popping over for a visit.

A big thankyou to all my new followers and to everyone for all the lovely comments you leave. It's always great to hear from you and never ceases to amaze me as to which part of the globe you are visiting from..........

Take care

Claire ❤❤

A big thankyou to Alison over at Tweed Delights for her help with all things computer related.It took a while but it just goes to show you, that you can teach old dinosaurs new tricks, hehe.....


  1. Oh my, you have been busy! The egg cozies are too cute. Thank you for sharing your town and festival with us! Have a restful weekend, Karen

    1. I like your brooches Claire and rather think the felt embroidered leaves gives them a special touch. Great combies and little eggs on egg cosies too.
      I love those photos of No.1 and the cows. :)
      Enjoy your weekend,
      Anne xx

  2. Love the colour of the Kombi... I must admit I have a soft spot for turquoise and orange together, it's a combo that makes me smile.
    Those egg cosies are just too cute :)

  3. Oh the zinnias, one of the flowers I love most.
    And N. 1 looks like a good companion and a fun person too!

  4. Great post Claire, nice to hear all your news. I watched a few of Maggie on utube and she really does have a great voice and style about her. What a great festival, wish it was a bit closer. BTW - would never have picked you as a dinosaur! cheers Wendy

  5. Gracias Claire ♥ Que lindos tus broches y me enamore de esa combi to tenia una en azul para toda mi prole era muy cómoda lindos recuerdos besos Sandra.

  6. Gracias Claire ♥ Que lindos tus broches y me enamore de esa combi to tenia una en azul para toda mi prole era muy cómoda lindos recuerdos besos Sandra.

  7. oh wow, the bird brooches are the camper van cosies are truly gorgeous, your embroidery is amazing

  8. Just catching up....great weekend you, people watching all makes for a fun time....hey is the combi yours?

    Have a great week. xx

  9. What a fab post...and what a weekend you had!
    love the little egg cosies and brooches
    love jooles x

  10. It sounds like you have had a wonderful, productive week!! Love that bed of zinnias! And I bet they look blue in the moonlight. :-) I'm heading over to google now, to hear your musician friend sing.

  11. Hi Claire
    Great post, the garden flowers are looking beautiful. It's snowing here in the Dales today which is a bit of a shock after getting sunburned in the garden last week! Just had to pop by and offer this pattern that I found yesterday when I was looking for a simple crochet leaf. It might just be what your looking for. x

  12. It looks like you had a great weekend!
    I love those kombis on the egg cosies.

  13. Love the pic of your son kissing moo-cow! He's a very talented musician, as you know. :) I like his music a lot.

    Love the camper vans! We had an orange one when I was growing up.

  14. Hey, thanks Claire, you old dinosuar, hehe! :) I've come out of Easter-hibernation especially to read your post - what a great festival, sounds fab! Love your camper van cosies - enjoying some visiting family here and watching the spring lambies - having a chilled out break in all :) 'Speak' soon!
    Alison x

  15. What lovely things you create. So bright and happy. Aqua/turquoise is my favorite color too! I just purchased my very own Kitchen Aid mixer in...aqua! I'd love to make up a bunch of something {no idea what} and go to a craft fair. It's always sounded so fun to me. I need to put on my creative thinking cap and just do it one of these days!


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