fairfield makers market

stocktake – fairfield maker’s market

Are you sick of me making things?  I nearly am.  Well actually not really.  I LOVE making things.  But I have been making lots of stuff lately, and you might be getting bored.

Anyway, today is my day to stop making and get organised because TOMORROW is the Fairfield Maker’s Market and I need it all there to sell!  So my job today is to document what I have made to sell and then get it packed up in a box.  I might even take it up to school early … because tomorrow I have to get on with cooking the food for the event.

Anyway, first things first, my stocktake list for my stall. If I don’t do it here I probably wont EVER actually count everything, and then I’ll never know exactly what was sold.  Or else, I’ll write it on a scrap of paper and promptly lose it.  So this is good.


5 sets of dipped salad servers (I have one white and 5 black left from Art4All)

2 sets of little ceramic blue houses (last year’s Christmas project, but I note that this colour blue is the pantone colour of the year for 2015 so I was a good 12 months ahead of my time …) and 8 house brooches


12 knitted dish cloths


60 flags (I went a bit overboard when I started making these, clearly)


4 of the super necklaces I whipped up this week


12 hanging glass vases (everyone needs one or a pair of these I think)


3 white stars


10 driftwood and polymer bead mobiles

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3 macrame planters in the shade of mustard (with accompanying pudding bowls and flowers if so desired)


5 suncathers (using beads recycled from other necklaces and a chandalier)


and 7 recycled chandalier necklaces (I love these)

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4 stools I have recovered (the two knitted foot stools and the two Australiana tea towel bar stools)


14 packets of 6 swing tags (for those that like their wrapping to look hand made but don’t want to actually make it themselves)


15 little necklaces.

Is that it?  I think there’s some more.  But I can’t think what.  Anyway, you should come along and buy some of this stuff so I don’t have to bring it home!

potting and hanging

I am getting ready for the Fairfield Primary School Makers Market on this Friday night from 3.30pm-8.30pm.  I think there are going to be loads of great stalls.  I plan to finish my Christmas shopping there.

And I am having a stall.  Oh, I have made so many things …


Yesterday I potted up my pudding bowls. I put some charcoal in the bottom for drainage. And filled them with ‘pots of colour’. I want to sell my macrame planters, and I think some plants will make them look nice.

One job ticked off the list.  But still I have so much to do (I am also cooking the food …)

Maybe I’ll see you on Friday night?  I’ll be the one looking frazzled in the kitchen.


an end of november stocktake

You may have noticed that I have made a few changes to my blog.  For example, a new heading.  And some page reorganisation.  And next week you might notice that it goes completely awry (I hope not, but I am going to change from wordpress.com to wordpress.org and you might have to be patient with me for a couple of days … fingers crossed it will be OK).

It’s all because I am getting super inspired by Blog With Pip – the Pip being Pip Lincolne.

You might know her blog Meet Me At Mikes or have popped in to her former shop on Brunswick Street that had the same name.  Or you might have read her crafty articles in Frankie magazine or own a craft book that she has written.  Or you mightn’t know her at all of course.

Anyway, she has been blogging for years, and has done heaps of great creative stuff and for four weeks she is sharing her extensive knowledge with a group of about 10 people who have signed up for her online course.  Including me.  So I am reading interesting articles about blogging, doing fun projects and learning lots of new things.  And asking lots of questions. And changing things.  I am loving it.

The project for week two is for me to take stock.  Which is actually a really fun thing to do.  So here’s my end-of-November-2014 stocktake.

I am currently

  • learning heaps about blogging (obviously)
  • practicing taking better photos (have you noticed?)
  • working on build a swankier blog
  • and wanting more time to do all this stuff before the four weeks are up.

I have also been

  • making things for the school makers market on 12 December, including these.  And the little hanging jars at the top of the post
  • wondering if this is really what I sound like (this was my project for week one) – I guess it probably is
  • coveting a swimming pool (our friends up the road have one and now I want one too – I sound like I’m three years old don’t I).
  • wearing clothes from the op shop with my new Elk jewellery and shoes (how good was that sale?)
  • cleaning my studio
  • ignoring the mess in the rest of the house
  • wishing I was way cooler than I really am painting wind turbines and glamping here
  • vicariously holidaying in rural Japan here
  • looking forward to the next 24 hours – it’s an action packed agenda with India playing soccer at half time at AAMI park, a dancing concert (all 3 girls) and a 40th birthday party – and I’ve got to remember to vote
  • contemplating whether I can fit in a visit to this warehouse sale tomorrow as well.  It looks like it will be great (you should go along if you can)
  • (and a related one) finishing my Christmas shopping.  Well I am trying any way.  My aim is to finish by the end of November.

All this while

  • thinking about five weeks of holidays (I can hardly wait now…oh, that reminds me, I had better pay for camping ASAP)

That’s it.  What about you?  What are you up to?