23 October 2023
02 October 2023
Can't believe it has been a month, but it has been. Last week we moved into our new offices, there are still a few things to do to get us fully settled in but I'm really enjoying the new outlook from my desk. I think its going to be lovely looking out onto the balcony especially when I bring a few plants from home to decorate.
It also looks like we found a new person to work with us. I think they will be offered the job this week so fingers crossed they will be starting in a few weeks.
Mo is a finalist in a competition to design a beer can for a local Micro Brewer Shifty Lizard Brewing Co. Her design will go up tomorrow for voting. The link to vote for Liquid Treasure is here. The brief was to use your own style to for the design the label and name the beer. I think her design is pretty spectacular but it is up for public vote so we will have to see how she goes she is up against another 3 designs.
Her class had a successful stall at a Comic Convention they raised more money for the Graduation Show. She also was chosen to have a market stall and the Uni's Wellness, I have been helping her paint stands so the next week will be busy getting things ready for her stall.
On the crating front I've finished 1 doll (no clothes yet) and have hair and an arm to do on another.Katie Dawsons Tack it Easy tool and a hexy stamp to mark the fabric I've made quite a stash of hexies to go round the stitcheries for Field Journal. Both these tools make taking hexies super quick and easy almost enjoyable. I managed to almost fill this little box before I started putting them together. The first stitchery is almost done, if I manage a post next week I should be able to show one finished block.
06 September 2023
Well that's August gone don't ask me where it went. Work is very busy, with the move 2 and a bit weeks away, i've been trying to make sure we are organised and sorting through papers and working out what needs to be disposed of. My boss keeps telling me not to tell me what is going off to the shredder.
I did manage to finish another doll. The dolls are keeping me from going insane at the moment. I have another body just about finished ready to put hair on. I've decided to just do a few bodies for now and then work out how I want to dress them.
Thats it for me this fortnight, it has only taken 3 days to write this post.
14 August 2023
The last 2 weeks have been more of the same just plain busy again. My crochet dolls are keeping me sane.
I have finished another doll and have the body and head finished on the next one. The latest doll uses an additional support in the neck which goes inside the head and stabilises so there is no drooping. I think I will use the technique in future dolls. I have had to ordered some brown 4ply as the cotton yarn I am using is only available in baby colours so had to go further afield for more colour variety.
31 July 2023
The weather has been a mixed bag it has been cold and wet and then we have had days filled with lovely winter sunshine.
Mo went back to Uni last week for her last semester. I think she is a little scared about job prospects at the end but she got good grades again last semester so at least she has that behind her. She has been working on the committee has been working on the End of Year Exhibition throughout the break and she has done a great job of designing the Catalogue and a lot of the promotional things all good experience for her resume.
Work is still busy I don't see it getting any better for a few months, and we haven't posted the job yet, 2 steps forward and 1 step back seems to be our moto at the moment.
To keep me sane I have been doing lots of crochet. Made my first doll (a bunny) finished a scarf and started a new dolly.
The wool for the scarf is Poll Merino wool and it is divine so soft and lovely to work with. It is from a SA farm Leahcim Wool.
I picked up the pattern for the Rabbit on etsy it is called Liberty Bunny by Lulu Compotine. Her patterns are translated into a few languages from the original french. There are loads of photo's and once I got the ply right it went together like a dream. I'm now working on Little Lise. Working on them is melting the stress of work away.
That's it for me hopefully there will be more to show next time. You know the drill head to Kate's
17 July 2023
A post every 2 weeks might be all I am going to manage for the next few months. My boss said we needed to discuss his schedule today and he's going to be interstate for big slabs of time over the next 3 months right when we are moving and supposed to be taking on a new employee. I think I probably don't want to think too much about it all for a little bit. Denial seems to be a good option at the moment.
02 July 2023
Well I promised myself that I would be more dedicated to the blog and commit to a post a week but it just hasn't happened. Friday was the end of the financial year down under and work again just got in the way. Each year its been getting increasingly busy and this year was pretty bad. Even with my extra hours I ended up doing more hours on top of it and we didn't start the process of getting a new person on either.
This afternoon I should be able to finish attaching the last square the Maestro's blanket and will start working on the border. It's been good to be able to snuggle under 4 squares as I do the final 2 and it should be better now that there are 6 to snuggle under as the weather has been cold and wet.
I've been purchasing more crochet patterns and a couple of skeins of wool from a poll merino sheep farm which is the softest and luxurious wool I've ever felt. I plan to make a blanket out of it I already have a scarf started in a previous skein I purchased and I just love the feel and way it makes up I had to have more.
I have purchased a couple of amigurumi patterns, I'm hoping they are simple. Will see but I like the idea of maybe making something small with crochet that are quick and hopefully easy. Fingers crossed the experiments works and I have something to show in a couple of weeks.
Mo is on uni break at the moment but is still going in once a week for the Grad Show Committee, she has managed to pick up a dreadful bug last week which had her spending a couple of days in bed but she is almost over it now.
Mo did pottery as an elective at uni this semester and I will leave you with her finished works. The final project was to create a set of 6 matching cups and there are also some of her other pieces. We love the cups they are a perfect size and shape and wonderful to use.