Christmas Fun

I have been having bit of fun preparing for Christmas and making some gifts to go under the tree. Following on from the ‘Ticking Hearts’ design I transferred the idea across using festive fabrics to make these Spiced Trivets. They have come up a treat and smell delicious and will hopefully make a nice addition to the Christmas table.

For those of you who may be wondering, a trivet is an object placed between a serving dish or bowl, and a dining table, usually to protect the table from heat damage. (The word trivet derives from the Latin word tripes meaning “tripod”.) and are usually used to hold the dish or pot above the table surface. A trivet can also be used to elevate pots from the coals of an open fire and these are usually made from metal.

These trivets can also be used as a fragrant item in a pantry, linen cupboard or tea towel drawer and they make kitchen linen smell yummy. Cxx


Photographic Fun

Quote “To shape a dream well, understand that it is going to happen through processes in which your hands must get on board. It takes your own responsibility to get the best dream shape”
― Israelmore Ayivor, Shaping the dream

And how true this is for most of us . . . . . . My friend Heather, visiting from WA, like me, is a keen amateur photographer. Sharing this mutual interest we have had great fun with our cameras and have both been an inspiration to each other and sounding board for ideas. We both seem to like capturing similar things, those finer details and abstract themes to highlight features of places we have visited. We are known to take shots like a random door handle or cracks on old peeling paint for example.
Here is a pic Heather took of my hands whilst I was working in the studio and I was immediately taken by the image to a place that gave honour and thanks to the hands, . . . . . my hands, that have given me so much.
Thank you for using the camera with such wild abandon my friend. Cxx



During the week I had my friend Heather visit from WA. We go back a long way having worked together over many years, travelled overseas and have kept in touch since my move to Victoria. We have similar tastes for lovely things and often shared a keen eye for the aesthetics around us. Here she is having some ‘one on one’ tuition making a Liberty Links necklace. Challenged with the option of ‘randomness’ which is what this necklace is all about, it took her a while to select her colours and buttons but as she progressed, her work was truly lovely to see and her attention to fine detail, a very rewarding result. Cxx



Sometimes the loveliest and most unexpected things can happen in your day and yesterday was no exception. I arrived home after a long and busy day in Melbourne to find a little package had arrived in the mail from my sister Terri in WA. All complete in beautiful button wrap gift paper, I opened it up to find this lovely card congratulating me on the opening of the Margie and Bert Studio and these pinking shears that belonged to our dear Mum (Margie). Mum did not own a modern sewing machine and as children she sewed our clothes on her Singer treadle machine. Not having the luxury of a zig zag stitch or an overlocker she would trim her seams to have a neat edge with her pinking shears. In latter years she mainly used them for other crafts and paper cutting.

I had a tear in my eye and my heart melted just for the simple loveliness of the moment . . . .so thank you Terri for your thoughtfulness. Mum’s pinking shears will have pride of place along with my scissor collection in the studio. Cxx