Thursday, 19 March 2015

Some basketwork recently completed - because I like to share!!

I fell in love with this lidded platter and had to make one (or two, or three!!)  Happy with the results.

Getting ready for washday blues!!

Plenty of room for the shopping!

A rustic wooden basket!

Hope all my blog friends are keeping well.  Take care of yourselves.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

More on the Boulangerie!!

We had a mini get together on Saturday and lined up most of the shops that will make the street scene!  I was the last to get started on mine and so happy to say that I'm the first one finished - with the outside, that is!!  Here are some pics for you.............

Now I have to start making the pavement to fit along the front and hopefully by next meeting we can line them up again with the footpath.  Slowly coming together now!

This is the bread rack that will live on the back wall of my shop. I love how it turned out!!

And I have put some of the bread made so far on the rack - to give an idea of what it will look like!  Lots more bread to be made though!!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Update on the Boulangerie.................

Roof completed - although I would like to add some finials - windows installed and courtyard completed.  I have yet to complete the signage but will show off when its done!

Right hand cobbled courtyard area.

Details of courtyard area.

Now I have to start on the internal fittings and of course, make the bread.  I have started on that journey and am beginning to have fun with this.  I will show my sad attempts on bread making when I have something for you!!

Hope everyone is keeping well.  Until next time!!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

My Boulangerie...........

.............has been in the planning stage for quite some time.  Each member of our mini club is building a French shop which will be made into a street scene and this is my contribution.  Still a fair bit of work to be done on this.  There is to be a little court-yard to one side of the building and then there will be the bread and stuff to make which will be another thing altogether!!

It is planned to put the street scene on display at the next Sydney mini fair.  I will just get that in before my departure to KDF!

Anyway - here are some pics of work done so far!

I will post more pics when I have something to show!!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

........And the winners are........!!!!!!!

The random line picker has spoken!!   As you can see, the winners are......

First  -  Elizabeth S

Second - Kikka N

Elizabeth - you get first choice!!  Please message me privately with your choice of basket and a snail mail address so I can post ASAP!!

Kika - if you could send me your address also!

Thank you everyone for participating in this give-away!  I wish you all a very happy Christmas/holiday season and the very best for the New Year.


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Give-away Christmas 2014

As promised, here is my give-away - especially for Christmas!!

It is open to all current followers of my blog as at 3 December, 2014.

All names will be put into a random number generator and I will draw out two names.  The first name to be picked will get first choice.

Good luck to all participants!!

Ends midnight 18 December 2014 (Australia time)

Shopping basket and Storage basket

Storage basket

Shopping basket

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Display wall for my baskets

I thought it would be nice to have a decent spot on which to display my baskets - both at shows and for photographic purposes and came up with this.....

I'm quite happy with the outcome!  And now it's back to work on this most gorgeous, rainy day!  We so needed rain and I'm doing a happy dance!

Hope everyone is keeping well.

Stay tuned for the giveaway - I haven't forgotten.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Grafton Paperclay Workshop - 8 and 9 November2014

My Walled Secret Garden

Left side detail

Right side detail

I got into Sydney from New Zealand on 30 October and literally hit the ground running.  I had to get myself organised and ready to drive to Grafton just over a week later.  Peter, who had been in Iraq for just under 3 months, was even worse off - he got back home on Friday afternoon.   Jet lag?  What's that??  No matter - we left home on Saturday morning at 7am, heading for a 9am start to the workshop in Grafton.  We had 5 participants and a very busy 2 days was had by all.

Getting started

Peter Sinfield's pristine piece!
Denise's pristine piece!
Denise's left wall in progress
Peter Sinfield's right wall in progress
Yvonne's work in progress
Rosie's work in progress
Rosie wip!

Margaret's dirty wash!

Everybody got all the walls up, clayed and mostly painted.  Nambucca Mini Group is meeting on Saturday week and hopefully we will see most of the finished projects then - so more photos forthcoming!!

We worked long and hard - 9am start on Saturday finished up at 7pm and Sunday was an 8.30am start which finished at 6pm so it was pretty full on but no one had time to complain.  We had a load of fun - a lot of laughs and plenty of good food!  Another whirlwind weekend!

And now - back to the baskets!  I have to get ready for 2 shows in May 2015 - the Sydney Miniatures Show and Kensington Doll House Festival.  These two events should keep me pretty busy for the next six months!  Bring it on!!

Take care everyone.

NZAME Convention 2014 - Nelson, New Zealand

I can't believe that it's been and gone!  And what a whirlwind it was.

I arrived in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday 21 October where I visited with the lovely Maria and Peter for a couple of nights - chatting and catching up generally.  On Thursday, five of us piled into the van for our road trip to Nelson.  First stop, the ferry terminal, where we were in very good company indeed - surrounded by a rather large group of Mustangs.

The crossing was calm and uneventful and the weather was good, which made our drive to Nelson pleasant too.  I was duly deposited at my accommodation to unload my goodies and then we headed to Kim and Kerry's for a scrumptious dinner.  Friday morning was quiet time for me - gearing up for the setting up at Convention.  All went smoothly and the sales room was in operation on Friday night. 

There were some lovely displays in the exhibition room and this wedding marquee really got my attention.  It really looked sooo good.

We ventured out for dinner one evening and Pinocchio certainly enjoyed the Margueritas!  The steak wasn't bad either.

On Sunday I had an all day basket workshop.  I'm afraid I didn't get any shots of work in progress  - much too busy with 16 participants, but I did manage to get a group photo - minus 3 people who made a very quick get-away!

I am really disappointed that I didn't get more photos of completed baskets  (they all promised to)  - but here are a couple of pics I did get.

Sandra's basket - thank you for sending a pic!!

Marg Todd - thank you too!

Maria's basket - made at our own little workshop in Wellington after convention.

I was thrilled with all the participants work - they all did a wonderful job.

Convention dinner - plentiful food!

Convention cake!!  I was told who made this and I can't remember who it was - but I DO remember that it was just delicious - fruit cake yum!  And I'm not normally a fan of fruit cake!!

The organisers all deserve a huge round of applause - and a big thank you from me for the opportunity to attend.