Gathering Trinkets in Concrete / Mosaic Session with Friends at The Adelaide Remakery


While decluttering and packing up for this impending move out of Australia, it occurred to me that I could (or should) compile all the little trinkets — cracked ceramic bowls from past travels and gifted jewellery — into a memento. A simple and useable object.


The lovely friends and crew of The Adelaide Remakery rallied together and organised a it’s-not-a-farewell party at their shop one evening.


It was as wild as a craft party could get: kitty cupcakes and lamingtons and chocolate-covered licorice were involved. I loaded most of my glass beads onto the tray of cement. They aren’t visible in these pictures as they all sank!


In a careless hurry, and in order to make it for the mover’s visit in a couple of days, I thought it would’ve been fine to take my wet tray home. Lesson learnt: Never transport a wet tray of cement.


Trying to salvage the situation, a late night of digging my claws into wet cement ensued. Half of the cement was lost (washed down the drain) as I picked out the hundreds of itty-bitty sunken beads.


The thin concrete block of pretty mosaic pieces looked promising the next morning.


But alas, the ridges at the bottom of the plastic tray made the concrete piece less solid than it looked. This effort crumbled into 500 pieces the moment I picked the tray up to set it into my packing box for the movers.

We shall re-visit this concrete mosaic the next time we are in Seattle!


Pickle and Her Old Crate

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So Long Adelaide, Hello Seattle

Packing our lives into boxes again (but now with a house to sell). We are relocating to #Seattle.

It’s that time again. Time to dust off this figurative old journal to document something of significance. But is anybody reading this?

Maximum and Minimum Temperatures – Woven Bags – January to March 2017

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Uff, finally caught up with the making of these fabric temperature weavings and totes.

Including the minimum (night) temperatures made the story complete, in my opinion.

Weather Pattern a.k.a. Temperature Project. January 2017 — Wabisabi Geeky Woven Bag

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Late last year, Friend Sue planted this crafty seed in my head: create something according to the daily temperature, inspired by the ‘Temperature Blanket’ crochet or knitted projects that have made their presence on the interweb.

The inner geek and stash-busting crafter in me accepted the challenge. Boom! Done. We have our daily maximum recorded temperature data* for all 31 days of January 2017 presented on this wabisabi weaving.

I have decided to make this project more bite-sized and relevant to my style and work since large projects such as blankets, quilts and scarves aren’t my cup of tea…

Behold Miss January 2017. 1st Jan begins at the top.

Onward to 11 more bags!

*Based on my home location 500m above sea level.

That was January 2017. #temperatureproject2017TEMP TOTE Jan2017 (4) TEMP TOTE Jan2017 (2) TEMP TOTE Scale