It is with some degree of pleasure that both HML ladies have watched the rise and rise of Halloween on our shores - because quite frankly it's the craftiest holiday EVA!
And browsing through a decade of magazines dedicated to hardcore halloween crafting. Those close to her know of Ramona's unholy fascination with all things Martha and no one does all hallows eve quite like the domestic goddess (or witchy poo) and her team of minions.
How could we go past these beauties as the craft finds of the week, and how glad that potentially the new leader of the free world is being so well supported by the craft mafia. American ceramicists got busy at the wheel and created a whole range of handmade Obamaware which they've auctioned off to raise money for the campain - genius! and just the kind of grass roots initiative we LOVE here at HML.
Yup, finally HML has managed to come up with a small range of paper production pieces, just in time for Craft Victoria's Red Christmas. We did have grand plans but at the moment we're both just keeping our heads above water with all of our other projects so even though we know it's just a small token of crafting for the week as they say "from little things..."
especially here where the doorbell is usually 'on the fritz'
Being relatively housebound does have it's advantages at times, not the least of which (or was before the bottom fell out of the dollar) is ordering stuff from overseas online and waiting patiently for the postie to deliver it to your door. This week saw these three new crafty books hit the bookshelves at hml headquarters..
This one turned out to be an absolute chestnut full of excellent and relatively easy project ideas for kids including quilts, clothes, bags and toys. the only concern we had was that apart from it coming from the stable of the uber popular American textile designer de jour Amy Butler it is full of children that are so ridiculously perfect looking that they can only have been made in a lab... look at the picture below and you'll see what we mean.
This one promised so much from the cover and the selected 'inside' views on Amazon but really turned out to be more miss than hit, although there is an excellent racoon to be made from the patterns within, and you know how much we love a mammal in a mask.
But the clear winner was this - a simple how to with clear instructions, stencil templates and completely tasteful and droolworthy project ideas... including this amazingly effective childrens chest of drawers makeover project below which had both of us squealing like teweenage american girls at a Jonas Brothers concert (and we're imaging that would be quite noisy)
Ramona found Maxwell this wee Collingwood bear at the CWA store 'on the island' last weekend. Understandably she couldn't resist getting Max his first piece of pies related football paraphanalia, and he was equally well pleased with it - unlike the Historian who not only refused to pay, but left the store in disgust...
Bloody weagles supporters.
Don't look at the dodgy stitching (Ramona is not famous for her sewing skills that's for sure)
Was so excited to hear that the young chap and his lovely mum, gran and baby sister were coming for a visit the gift was finished in an afternoon that was meant for work - had a bad case of Tuesdayitis (is there such a thing?) so just did presents instead...
Perhaps Christmas should come early this year? Nah... just make him some vanilla fairy cakes instead...mmm
PS Shula, recognise the fabric? Waste not want not!
Yeah yeah yeah, Etsy is excellent - the ladies are happy to concede that this online crafty wonderland is jam packed with some seriously good craft. But it isn't all that often that we look at something and just say 'damn that is so good, we can hardly beleive our crafty hearts!' Our hats are tipped towards Etsy shoppe Toggle actually based in New Zealand. These crocheted huggable replicas of the 12" single of Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division arereally, as Ian Curtis would say, to die for.
There is something satisfying about taking a bowl of fruit and turning into something magical. Maggie B (Ramonas mum) has been hard at work perfecting lemon curd with stunning results.
Can we recommend some warmed then spooned on icecream? Or on scones for afternoon tea? Or even breakfast toast - fantastic...
Don't think the ladies of HML will ever get over their obsession with gingham either!
To say the ladies of HML are very food oriented is the understatement of the year. and with various celebrations looming - babies, birthdays, christmas etc it's testing time. Maggie (Ramona's mum) has gone into Pavlova mode with the purchase of her new mixmaster.
We're hoping for an appearance for that other wonderful Maggies chocolate pav with creme fraiche and strawberries on the weekend. Mind you this vanilla infused golden kiwi fruit number was a stunner. Oh and what did we make with the rest of the haul from vic market on the weekend? Paella for 6, filo wrapped asparagus spears with parmesan, the first BBQ to celebrate daylight savings (lamb and mint snags from the Italian Sausage master), and possibly the greatest blood orange icecream ever...
our exercise regime starts next week (hee hee)
Luttin set herself the seemingly monumental task of creating a piece of jewelry every day for a year and we are keen to see what this sensitive maker has created in this visual diary form.
And for those across the river...
Regular readers will know what keen illo twitchers we are... so you can imagine how much we are loving checking out hip new aussie illustrators stable "the Jacky Winter Group".
Established by designer, art director, and New York expat Jeremy Wortsman, and named after a native robin, it boasts the creme de la creme of Australia's top pencil geeks and pen pushers including hml faves Beck Wheeler, Dylan Martorell, Tin&Ed, Pandarosa, Timothy Molloy, Ben Sanders and Neils Oeltjen.
Yup, that would be the same 'Nails' responsible for the show of the week, and correct again, you guessed it the brains behind the new Gallery showcasing said exhibition at Lamington Drive is none other than Mr. Wortsman. Clever fella.
But sometimes it's actually quite fun. Mind you it's almost impossible to tell how people will respond to things. Some cards sell like hotcakes (who knew weird looknig rabbits were so popular?) while others languish in the catalogue unloved by all...
Who knows how the furries will go down?
They have no mouths - is that a problem?
love to know what you all think!