Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Showtime update.

As i said in my last post it was our local show over the last weekend, some of it was wet and rainy, some beautiful and sunny.
Our entries were very successful again this year so over the next few posts i shall try to show some of them
                                                               My overall winnings

My Two Scarf's the top one is knitted from some 4ply hand dyed wool i brought from the Bendigo Sheep & Wool Show last year.The Bottom one is crocheted from 5ply made at the Bendigo Woollen Mills.
A Traditional Matinee Baby Jacket.
The matching Dress Bootees and Bonnet won First Place last Year.

"Hoot" Takes out Second up against all sorts of toys.

My Boys hat also receives a second Place

My very first pair of Maryjanes takes out first place and Best Exhibit.
Pattern used with permission from Hook Candy
You can buy the pattern from here
hook candy

I take out the Most Successful Local Exhibitor -Knitting for the year 2011
This is awarded on a point system according to what places you get.

Hopefully on my next post i can show you some of my daughters work as well as the photo my son entered

You can see more of my work in my Etsy Store madwestdesigns on Etsy
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My items are also sold at  viewpoint handemade gallery
Or i can be contacted by email


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Show Time

As with many other places in the world Bendigo has it's own local Show.I have being atteneding for as long as i can remember,standing in the craft pavilion in awe of the many differnet types of craft on display, from knitting , sewing, patchwork, embroidery, woodwork, cooking and the list goes on and on.
As a teenager in year eight textiles i entered a black evening skirt with lace gore panels way beyond anything my age group was wearing but that's me, pushing the limits.That skirt won me my first, First Place certificate.For many years after that i did not enter another thing, i think life got in the way.
Fast forward quite a few years to when my daughter was in grade four and she entered her first item.
A beaded necklace and earrings that she had spent weeks creating, little flowers and leaves with the tiniest of beads only to overhear a steward comment that "no one of that age can do that"For many kids that would be the end of their show entries, or creating for that matter.Thank goodness it was a red flag to my daughter, to prove that year after year someone of that age can create something of a standard that is sometimes better than that of any adult.She is now in year eight and 14 years old and for every year since she has entered many different category's from scrap-booking, sewing, embroidery, she quite often takes out every place within the category's as well as Best Exhibit overall.This year she has also entered Drawing and Photography sections in her age group and it will be interesting to see how she goes.
Between the both of us i think we have entered about 30 items and the excitement is building to see if we have won anything, the fun for us is finding our things amongst the many other beautiful items on display.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

What Pinterest's you?

What is she talking about, surely that's a typo well no it's not.Pinterest is a new site that is just what the name suggests,a pin board where you pin what interest's you.If your like me and on the net surfing for product or just browsing for whatever takes your fancy you probably have hundreds of bookmarks but can't remember why or you have your favorite ones you buy from and use their wishlist if they have that on their site.How many wishlists on how many pages do you have 10,20,100's well i have lost count of mine and can't remember probably more than half of what i have created as well.
With Pinterest you create pin-boards on what your interests are,craft, food, books, unique, geekie whatever you like,Pin it to your boards in the category you create,it is linked backed to the page or site you pinned it from and is available for others to see and repin to their boards.
I have being busy transferring and finding new items to pin to my boards so that i can find everything in the one place.
The downfall  for Pinterest at the moment is that because it is so new you have to be invited to join or go on the waiting lists.
Laura from     Spotty Owl Design was kind enough to invite me to join and i would like to invite you,if you would like to take me up on that offer please email me and i shall send you an invite.
Please note: Pinterest may not be for everyone your pinboards are open for everyone to see and search.

Monday, 3 October 2011

View Point Handmade Gallery - Blog: Stockist Spotlight - Madwestdesigns

I am currently one of the lucky stockists at View Point Handmade Gallery in my home town of Bendigo.This is a huge thrill for me to see my items in a "Real Store".
Jess from Viewpoint will be creating an artists Mecca over the next few months,with an upstairs Gallery,Cafe and stage in the back for musicians to play.
Hope you take the time to read about all the other very talented artists that Jess has put in the spotlight and a little more about Viewpoint as well

View Point Handmade Gallery - Blog: Stockist Spotlight - Madwestdesigns: Who are you? Madwestdesigns What do you make? Just about anything that takes my fancy. Currently i am mostly knitting or crochet...