Saturday, June 18, 2016

The course of this year.....

This year I cut down from 3 part-time jobs to 2,  I stopped teaching sewing and quilting as class numbers were unpredictable and I had so much going on in my personal life that it was all too hard.  I miss the girls but am happier not teaching.  Giving up teaching freed up some time to start making and selling my products again.  I only did 2 markets of the summer season and absolutely loved being back out talking to people about my products.  Hopefully I can fit in lots of markets after winter but that all depends on L's cricket schedule and all the travel that comes with it.

Over the past couple of years I have started so many new projects and sadly I don't see most though to the finish.  Lately I get bored easily and just want to move on to something new.  Eco Aarde is helping with this as I'm held accountable and need to have certain products finished especially when selling online and in a friend's shop locally.  This winter I had planned to really get a stockpile of product finished but of course I've been working non-stop at my main paid job and haven't really got a handle on that yet.  As of next week my hours will be less but S has Eisteddfod's in a couple of weeks and I still have a tutu to complete.  Haha, it's never ending.

Some things I have been working on are:

Lots of gorgeous cotton rope bowls




A couple of crochet and driftwood boho hangings.


I'm so in love with my natural stone/lava bead essential oil diffuser bracelets.


A crochet along, this is fun!

Trying out t-shirt yarn, not that easy to keep flat with some of the patterns out there.

Now after a lot of thought and you tube tutorials, I decided to make a rather large purchase and buy a 32" Ashford rigid heddle loom.  My loom came last week and I have been spending any spare time learning and playing.  

My first weave.


After being cut this lovely cloth became dish cloths.  My aim to to get good enough to make these to sell on my market stall, they are so much quicker to make than crocheting and as I don't earn any extra from my crochet cloths it would be nice to at least get a little bit for my time with these.

Yesterday I started on a lovely soft scarf, learning a couple of new techniques as I progress, hopefully I'll finish this tomorrow to show.


Well that's show and tell for tonight, I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I've been up to.

Namaste, Sue

WHERE TO BEGIN?

This space, I have a strange relationship with it, I want to share my crafty adventures but after sharing on Facebook (like/hate relationship right here) and Instagram I seem to run out of puff when it comes to sharing in this space.  I have stopped numerous times only to be drawn back into it again.  I do like to share, I like to think someone somewhere can get something out of what I'm trying to do.  I honestly don't even know if anyone even visits anymore, I'm not into checking figures etc about my visitors because, lets be honest, if I really think about what I'm trying to achieve, it comes down to me posting here for me.

I love craft, it's as simple as that.  I love to see what others are making.  I also love simple living and strive every day to make changes to our lives in that area.  So there you have it, it's time I think to focus a little more on this space for craft, environment and simple living and a little less on particularly Facebook.

It really helps to write it all down.

If you are still with me, I'm excited to spend some well deserved down time in front of the fire tonight with a lovely long crafty post.

Namaste, Sue

Friday, March 11, 2016

Francis Market

A couple of weeks ago I attended my first market with my new product range.  It's been 3 summers since my last market as family had to take priority but I've come to realise that me doing what I love is also a pretty big priority.  As our market season draws to a close here, I am squeezing in one more market Easter Saturday just over the border in Portland Victoria.  I am going to be sharing a stall with my cousin Janelle from Warrnambool and am really looking forward to it.


The market I've just done was great, I went with a friend who also had a stall to a tiny community in the middle of nowhere that swells from a few hundred residents to a few thousand for the Francis Folk Festival held every year.



It was a very busy market and I realised how much I missed chatting to people in real life about my products, the weather, whatever.



So all in all, a lovely day out, I can't wait for the next one, I had better get busy.

Eco Bags

What are Eco Bags?  Well you know those nasty plastic bags that you get when you buy fruit, veg and nuts at the grocery store that can't even go in most recycling bins?  My Eco Bags are designed to eliminate the need for those bags.



Each set comes with a large, medium and small bag, they are made from netting with a drawstring and are super lightweight so as not to add to the weight of your produce.


Each set of Eco Bags are $7.50 and are machine washable.


Eco bags are available from my Etsy store (link top right corner) or if you are local from Soap by Sandy or I am happy to deliver.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dish Scrubbies

Lets talk dish scrubbies, crocheted from stiff nylon netting these scrubbies only get better with use. They are not designed to scrub off burnt offerings from an oven dish but work wonderfully well with non stick or stoneware pans. 

Dish scrubbies offer more scrubbing power than a cloth or sponge and make a great companion to my cotton blend dishcloths. Dish scrubbies can be tossed in the wash with other cloths and will last a long time with continual use.

Dish scrubbies are available for $4 plus post in a variety of colours and dishcloths for $9 from my Etsy store or simply contact me at sharethejourney@bigpond.com




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THE LAUNCH OF ECO AARDE

Ekkkk!!!  I'm a little excited to say that I've been working day and night on products, photos and getting my Etsy store back up and running.

Eco Aarde (Dutch for Eco Earth) is certainly close to my heart, my aim is to make practical and re-usable items that replace the throw away equivalent.  There will be other small items that I love to make also but my main focus is for Earth friendly products.

Want to see some photos?  Here is a taste of what's in the shop.....

Baby/child washcloths:  
These crochet washcloths fit nicely in your hand to wash your little one.  They are made from 8 ply cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills and come in a variety of colours.

Baby Basket:
This gorgeous pack consists of 3 cotton burp cloths, 2 baby washcloths and 1 cotton rope basket all made by myself.  These packs make the perfect gift or a lovely little something for your little one.


  


Dishcloth Basket:
This pack will become a staple in your kitchen with 3 dishcloths, 1 dish scrubbie and 1 cotton rope basket.  I love using these items in my own kitchen and I know you will love them too.


I'll be back tomorrow with some more products, I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I've been making.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Eco Aarde

After years of thinking about what direction I wanted my market and online products to look like, a few months ago I decided to make the change I've always wanted to make.  Eco Aarde (pronounced Arrduh) is Dutch for Eco Earth, the perfect name for me.

My products will mainly be made from natural sources and designed to be a re-useable replacement for throw away items.  That is my focus, to provide great quality products to help the environment and our Earth.

Over the next few days I will be re-activating my Etsy store and shamelessly plugging my Facebook page and of course sharing photos of my products for you all to see.

Time to get back to work, thanks so much for hanging around while I sort my work/life balance out.

Namaste.

Monday, December 21, 2015

CHRISTMAS CARDS

A very quick design on a few cards that needed to made in limited time.  I'm pretty happy with them, I hope the recipients will like them too.





Oreo has taken to sleeping under the Christmas tree, he makes a very cute present.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

30 DAYS OF LISTS - December

I have participated in other 30 days of lists in the past and I really do love the concept.  I am a list maker, it's what I've always done.  My biggest problem with doing this sort of project is keeping it simple, after all each list is only supposed to take 5 minutes.  Even though I am working hard on keeping it simple, each day takes way longer than that which is why I am behind.


I decided on an old op shop book for my cover, I cut out the pages and re-covered the inside with paper, punched 2 holes and added metal eyelets and rings.  I covered the title with paper and added some glitter number stickers.


I love the prompts but have changed a couple to suit my life like number 4 below.





More lists to come, I've been doing a rough copy in a journal while I've been travelling so they shouldn't take as long to do.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

OH MY..... THAT WAS A LONG BREAK

Our lives have been crazy busy but I can't believe it's been this long between posts.  I spend a lot of time traveling with Lachie, most of the time up and back to Adelaide in one day (9 1/2 hour round trip) as he is in the State training side for under 15 cricket.  I have to say it's exhausting but very rewarding to see how far he can go.

On the craft front I have tried a few new things, finished a few older things and just generally not really getting a lot achieved.  I hit a major low and was even considering selling all my craft supplies, that of course did not last long but it did make me take a look at my priorities and what I really love doing when it comes to making stuff.  I tossed up going back to markets but the reality is I don't have the time and my weekends are busy enough as it is.

So here we are, not far from Christmas and I of course pick this time to make a few goodies.

I was doing the dishes last night, we had a lot, and I ran out of room yet again so decided that after work today I would make up a dish draining mat for those extras.

Using a hand towel and fabrics from my stash, I came up with this mat.  When doing tonight's dishes I had a smile on my face seeing my pretty fabrics next to me on the bench, what a great way to do dishes.


Over the last few months I've spent some time really finding what makes me truly happy when it comes to my crafty pursuits.  I love to make things and I love that others love the things I make so I've narrowed what I want to do (watch this space), as my main problem aside from time management is that I want to do so many things.

I do hope there are still some people around reading my blog, I feel a giveaway happening very soon as a thank you for sticking around.

xxxSue