Saturday 12 November 2011

Morocco Travels

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Morocco Travels, a set on Flickr.

Our photos from a week of travelling in Morocco. We stayed in riads (traditional homes transformed into hotels) in Marrakech, Fes, Chefcheoun & Tangier, with trips to Casablanca, Rabat & Volubulis.
A feast for the senses - visual & culinary magic

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Istanbul: Patterns & Colour

The Library, Haghia SophiaStars below your feetColour & Pattern

Istanbul: Patterns & Colour, a set on Flickr.

Thanks for such encouraging and lovely words about my felt rug! I'm happy to report it's 75% finished and waiting for our return from overseas to complete it.

NP and I are traveling through Europe this month, starting with 4 days in Istanbul. I keep pinching myself that we are actually here. It's been months in the making!

So far it has been a visual feast of pattern & colour. Accompanied by an amazing amount of delicious apple tea...

Here are some little beauties we've discovered so far.

Sunday 21 August 2011

Making a Felt Ball Rug, Slowly.


Last November I made the grand purchase of 8000 felt balls from a very industrious Etsy Seller.

I'm sure like me you've seen those nice squishy Felt Ball Rugs in catalogues this year?

I thought making my own would be a fun project for the house. Almost 10 months later and I'm proud to say I'm half way through threading my 8000 balls into a rug that when I put down on the living room floor NO ONE will be allowed to tread, lie, roll or touch. Practical, huh!?

It's been a bit of an ordeal, though I find the process once I have a spare hour or two quite cathartic, something like the action of Rosary Beads, though I guess I'm praying to the felt god to get me through this one!

I just popped over to the Hay Studio site to see there Pinocchio Rug, and looks like they've come up with some nice new designs too...

Photo 1: Taken by E Peters.
Photos 2-4: From the Hay Studio Website.

How to Make Carpet Art, A Tutorial

Step One: Poor lovely glass of red wine to drink while perusing the web on a Sunday night.
Step Two: Sweep arm for no real reason, catch sleeve on wine glass
Step Three: Knock wine glass from table to floor, making sure wine spills across beige carpet in the largest surface area possible.
Step Four: Yelp and cry out to anyone else in the house while preventing dog from running into wine spill.
Step Five: Google how to get wine out of carpet.
Step Six: Husband/Partner/Flatmate must run to get Saxa Table Salt from kitchen cupboard and proceed to tip salt in strange patterns across wine spill.
Voila, your own Carpet Art Piece!
NB. Wine still not completely out of carpet, need to go get carpet stain remover, but a lot less creative than the above technique!

Saturday 2 July 2011

Our stay at Seafarers Cottages, Currarong, NSW.

 Our home for the weekend. A sketch of sleeping WIltonConstruction of Goodie BagsGoodie Bags in situ
Cooking up a stormKatie and WiltonFriendsBreakfast on the Porch
Fire Brigade Auxiliary / Handcraft Group Wilton catching some rays.Relaxing
  Adventures along the shore line.Rock Hopping by CCThe Edge of the WorldBeach Walking by OK

South Coast Long Weekend, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Our trip to the South Coast was a little while ago, and finally I've posted pictures of the glorious time away with friends. Such good memories!

Some of these photos were taken by our dear friends Olivia Kemp and Chase Colby.

The cottages we rented can be found here and are located in Currarong. I can't tell you how lovely they are to stay in!

Dog friendly too, though Wilton brought home some nasty paralysis ticks, so make sure your pets are well treated for ticks before you go at least 1 week in advance.

Highlights of the weekend included excellent food, mega game playing, walks and chats along the shoreline and getting cosy with my boys on the couch.

Hopefully this is the first of many trips away with such high quality people!