Thursday, March 28, 2013

Resuming Normal Program......

Hello girls, thanks for coming over to visit......

I have a new artist crush discovered over at Playing in the Attic  and it has inspired another little brooch.

 One more to add to my ever growing collection!!.
These little stitcheries fill the need to create when time is short.....

 A wonderful parcel found it's way from one end of the state to the other and ended up in my letterbox last Thursday.

I won Little Woollie's recent giveaway.

Just love the stickers and card and then there was.....

the wool......beautiful colours and oh so soft.

Julie has just opened her online yarn shop and if you haven't yet visited her blog head over there for some wonderful, yarny inspiration.
The little basket I picked up at the supermarket yesterday.
 It's to put your Easter eggs in.
 I think it looks much nicer with yarn in it, but I intend to line it and plant some Pansies in it....eventually!!
The best thing is, the weather has finally cooled enough to get my crochet out and start hooking.
Mind you, yesterday was back up in the 30's, blah and  there was another large bushfire in the state boo.

BUT today is lovely and cool and it's



So, after months and months of planning, organising, phone calls, emails, meetings etc. etc. etc. the Folk Festival is all over for another year......
In the 24 hours before it all got under way we had 3 inches of rain (yay!!).
 There were tornadoes in other parts of the state(boo)
One just half an hour down the road. 
Despite the forecast for good weather over the weekend, I think we all held our breath a little until Friday dawned fine with blue sky and sunshine......
The pic below was taken at 11.45pm as hubby and I left the sports park to head home for much needed sleep Saturday evening.
It's a little out of focus, but it just captured a magical moment as the moon hung in the sky above the marquee,clouds
obscuring it's face.
Inside the marquee, the music was still playing and the crowd were up dancing.....

Birds were the theme and they  decorated the streets and hung from trees.
Committed volunteers were out in the rain on the Thursday, tying and stapling and 'doing their bit'......

Friday evening crowds lined the street as the parade got under way marking the start of the festival.
For those who didn't have  festival tickets, there was free musical entertainment in the main street and games for kids afterwards.
The local schools got into the swing of things dressing up as brightly coloured birds.

A new cafe in town was added to the list of venues to be used.

Marce Howard and Rose Bygraves of Goanna fame asked Rich to join them on stage and play didge on their version of
'Solid Rock'.....

The park Saturday morning....

....and later that evening it was chock a block during the community dinner put on by a local primary school.

Good food, entertainment and company....

Sunday morning the main street was bustling with market goers.

And then all too soon it was over for another year ......

Another successful festival, lots of tired but happy people head home after seeing some great performers.
It's been such a big lead up to the weekend in our household, I thought the post festival blues might kick in but thankfully they didn't.

Tonight is the opening of the local art exhibition I was asked to be a part of along with a number of other local artists. 
So I have something to look forward to and the Easter break is almost upon us as well.
 Lots happening in this neck of the woods.

Hubby  even asked if I would like to head away somewhere for a couple of nights.
 Of course I'm going to take him up on that offer.
I'll certainly be packing the crochet hook and some wool to play with.......

Do you have plans for the Easter break or are you staying put?
 Have a lovely time whatever you do and take care if you're travelling it's such a busy time on the roads.

Till next time,

Claire X


  1. Hi Claire, so much exciting news from your neck of the woods :0)
    The folk festival looked amazing ....saw some of your lovely T.shirts.
    Well done to your family for all the hard work behind the scenes.
    Your brooch is really pretty , and good luck with the art exhibition....hope you will do a post about that too.
    It's still freezing here and the forecast is for it to stay cold throughout April....sob.
    Jacquie x

    1. Thanks Jacquie, it was a great weekend......can't believe it was a week ago now!!
      Hope you manage to get some blue sky and sunshine soon.
      Enjoy the Easter break........Cx

  2. the festival looks like it was great! so glad it went well...looks like ur part of a really great community.mezz x

  3. Hi Claire, Wow, you have had a busy, fun time recently! I wish I could have got up your way for the folk festival, it looks like it was fantastic! I'd love to see your art work for the exhibition, I'm sure you will sell out, your stuff is always gorgeous ! ( For example that brooch!! :) ) Glad the wool made it to you ok, and thanks for the shout out about my shop, I appreciate your support. I'm sure you will be having a wonderful time at the exhibition opening, art show openings are always fun affairs , Have a great Easter break, Julie xx

    1. Hey Jules, thanks for the comment.....the wool is just so lovely and soft, I hope things are going well with the shop.
      The art exhibition was fun, lots of talented people in this community.
      Have a great Easter.........Cx

  4. As usual, so many things to read about!!!!!
    congratulations for winning the yarn and for the good result of the fair!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

  5. Claire, so much wonderful news to read this morning. I am so glad you had such a successful festival, it looks like it was a huge hit. I think you should grabby that husband of your and run away for a few days to recharge your batteries,of course with your hook in hand.
    Hugs to you,

    1. Hey Meredith thanks for visiting. The festival was a great success and lots of fun.
      Most definitely going to head away somewhere, the weather is perfect .
      Have a great weekend/Easter......Cx

  6. Wow so much excitement in your part of the world ...glad the weekend went well.

    We are staying put ...enjoying family and local activities.
    Have a grand Easter. xxx

  7. What a great catch-up! I really enjoyed reading what you've been up to lately! :-)
    Wishing you a lovely Easter-time.....

    1. Hey Carly, thanks for visiting, lovely to hear from you.
      I hope you have a great Easter and hopefully some blue sky and sunshine to enjoy.......Cx

  8. The festival certainly looked wonderful from your photos. So much hard work and planning goes into these events so I'm glad it was successful for your community.
    It does sound like you are having a very busy time in your neck of the woods and it's good to hear you got some lovely rain, much needed too I suspect.
    Have a lovely Easter,
    Anne xx

  9. How good was the weather for the festival? You were lucky the rain didn't return until recent days. I hope you are enjoying some relaxation this weekend.
    Is that the Op shop I see in the background of the photo showing the blue birds on the tree in the main street? That same shop caught my eye in the Border Mail early in the week, with the harpist sitting out the front.
    Love the cute brooch, clever girl.
    Happy Easter, Claire.

  10. The festival looks really nice Claire and you had such lovely weather! Lucky you!!!

    Love your new brooch!

    Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter.

    Madelief x

  11. I'm a bit slow in catching up on my blog reading ... the folk fair looks like a great event. How lucky for you to be involved in such an endeavor! I love that the whole town seemed to get involved in the festival with the school putting on a meal etc etc ... what great community spirit! Have a Happy Easter Claire, and enjoy that few days away :) Wendy

    1. Hey Wendy thanks for dropping by, lovely to hear from you.
      Lots of different parts of the community come together to put the festival on and yes,
      there is a great community spirit here.
      Hope you had a happy Easter too.....Cx

  12. The festival sounds like it was very successful, the photo of the moon over the marquee is so atmospheric. I'm glad you had some rain to cool the temperature a bit and freshen things up.

  13. Sounds like it was a great festival!
    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog!
    Angie x

  14. Claire, the festival all looks wonderful!!! Love the birds all around town. It looks like you had a great turn out! So glad the weather cooperated with you on this one.


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