Easter is over for another year

The Easter break is finished and the weather has been glorious!  Beautiful sunny days and nice cool nights perfect for sleeping.  I have always loved the beach and no day is complete for me without a stroll along one of the three beaches just outside my front gate.  That stripey velour towel is regularly taken down to the beach, but you'd never guess it must be about 30 plus years old!  I'm just 16 years old in that photo at Te Araroa in the North Island of New Zealand.  My mum brought down an old family photo album last week so Dear Husband and I could look at the South Island trip my family took way back in the early 1980's, I'll share some of the photos in another post.  At the back of the album was a summer holiday trip our family shared with a number of other kiwi families travelling around the east cape of the North Island in our Model A Fords, a camping holiday, great memories.  I wish I still looked as good as the towel still does!

Dear Husband has worked most of the Easter break but he did have last Thursday off and we headed south in search of great fish and chips and we found them at Bermagui right at the wharves where the fishing trawlers dock.  Yum, nothing better than fresh fish from the sea. 

We also stopped at the Dowry popup shop at Moruya Books.  What a visual feast of colour and texture.  Always love the collection Fleur and her mum Christine pull together.  I bought this little crochet birdie because it just called to me and it is made by a friend I have met through my blog.  Lee lives in Queensland and we have only had contact via the web but we are kindred spirits in our crafting and broken old china collecting, one day we will meet I'm sure.  

This might sound really strange but occasionally when I drive into town and pass near a thrift store I feel that I have to stop and go in, as if there is something telling me there is a Liberty Tana lawn shirt within.  Last week once again I felt that tug and there it was not even on the shirt rack but weirdly amongst the dresses this gorgeous shirt in great condition and a print that I don't have in my big collection (well over 20 now).  It really is time I settled on a design and get to work creating my Liberty quilt.  

The nights have really cooled off and it's time for two quilts on our bed, they are so cosy and warm.  We never use blankets, there are so many quilts in this house you would never go cold!

More crocheting, this time cotton coasters for our little Kindrawares shop.  I've made a few sets now, time to find some new Bendigo double knitting, 8ply knitting cotton colours, starting to exhaust my supply.  

I think this thrifted laminated bamboo apple bowl will be great on the counter at our little shop, filled with wonderful handmade wooden jewellery.  Couldn't resist it last week!

Time to go and get into my sewing room and do some alterations.  The local surgeon I work with thinks I have nothing better to do than shorten his pants whenever he goes on a shopping spree........which is often.  I'm not sure why he thinks I would enjoy that sort of sewing! 

Starting to find my creative mojo again..........very happy about that!

I bought a new book last week and it has so many great small projects.  I've started with this small buttoned pouch with a hand crocheted flap.  I did it all by myself!  I can actually read a crochet pattern fairly easily now and it makes sense!  Hooray!  I plan to use vintage linen scraps to make the pouch.  Stay tuned for completed project photos.  Book available at Steph's Fabrics in Moruya.  

These are my felted slippers that I made way back in May 2010, they have served me well but in the last week or so I found they were threadbare in three places on the sole.  As the tops were still in great as new condition and my inability to locate the pattern I have got out my grandmothers sock darning mushroom and set to work.  See the freckly patches, I also couldn't find the matching wool so used a darker shade of the same brand and wove horizontal and vertical threads and then chucked them in a good hot soapy wash and felted them up again.  They now 'like new', I'm sure they'll last a few more seasons, maybe by then I will have found my pattern!  

This is my project that I've been plodding along with, since late January.  I took it to New Zealand as their are only two rows to remember.  I bought 150g of this Australian Wangaratta Woollen Mills 3ply laceweight pure wool on a cone at a thrift store for $1.50.  I had no idea how far it would go but a triangular shawl/scarf just keeps growing, I've used almost 100g now so about a third of the way to go.  I just have to decide when enough is enough and then do the border design and hopefully not run out of wool.  This pattern is called South Bay Shawlette and it's a free one from Lion Brand, available on Ravelry.  It can be crocheted out of any sort of yarn you have and is a really easy pattern to read and decipher, there are both row by row written instructions and a great diagrammatic pattern which I find the easiest to follow.