March 07, 2017 at 12:32PM

The ‘welcome home’ pickings.

Beaded Temperature Project: January 2017

Here is the other temperature project I am doing, using a bead a day. Most fun was sorting out my bead box and deciding on the colour and increments. No idea what this may lead to. Maybe 12 pieces of jewellery by the end of the year? #temperatureproject20

I have 2 running projects for my #TemperatureProject2017: fabric weaving and beads.

Beads, because I have a box full of beads from the past taunting me, and my goal is to de-clutter, working with what I have. The fun bit was sorting out the beads and assigning the temperature gradient.

12 necklaces for 12 bags. How matchy-matchy.

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

TEMP TOTE Jan2017 (3)

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. #temperatureproject2017

TEMP TOTE Jan2017 (4)

TEMP TOTE Jan2017 (2) TEMP TOTE Scale

Vegetable Gardening version 2, 2017


Giving this gardening thing another go, we relocated our vegetable beds and fruit trees to the other face of the house. This is a sunnier position and looks promising. One major lesson from the past year was irrigation. Having a timer to do the watering eliminated the task of remembering to keep the little roots happy.

The positives thus far:

  • A storm on Boxing Day last year broke our lemon tree at the base. We are happy to see it recovering and regenerating profusely, a few weeks later.
  • We have our first fig.
  • The tomatoes are clearly enjoying the new location.

The yet-to-learn:

  • Pests and diseases! Always a challenge when living with bugs.

Are we sewing soon? Good question. Laying out this upcycling project is as far as I’ve gotten Still on vacation?

Decluttering is a constant work-in-progress. Made a potholder out of selvages donated to me by a friend 2 years ago.

Small Screen Printed Zipper Change or Card Holders

Small, but not so small zipper pouches. Little happy things that I enjoyed working on.

What may have instigated this was the request for:

something small to put a gift voucher in; or
something flat and light and/or Australian-inspired* to mail overseas; or
something handmade and unique as a Kris Kringle / Secret Santa present for this gift-giving season!

*Chicken and cats do not count :D

Mixed Media Art – Screen printed Bird – Upcycled Collage – Textile Postcard or Wall Art


To pick a favourite from the multi-step process is not possible. They were all enjoyable — from sketching the birds, cutting the stencil, pressing the ink through the silk screen and finally piecing the little bird fabrics on to cardboard.

OK, so my least favourite would be cutting the stencil part :D

The end result of superimposing prints surprises me!

Little postcard-sized pieces of art, I’d proclaim.

Bird Illustrations – the few familiar Australian natives


Created a handful of bird illustrations in keeping with the ‘Put a bird on it’ theme…  The first stencil I made was of the Crimson Rosella. It is a very colourful bird which I thought would best fit the rainbow patchwork tote.

For now, the other feather friends — the Laughing Kookaburra, Galah, Magpie and Chook — are safely stored in my sketchbook for amusement’s sake. They have been fun to draw!



Kyoto, Tea Ceremony 24.Apr.16


Our day in Kyoto! The JR train conveniently connects Osaka to Kyoto and we started our day in Kyoto with a visit to Sanjusangen-do in the morning. The next touristy spot we aimed for was the ‘shrine with shopping street’, the names I have forgotten. With the streets packed we decided to skip the shrine or temple and got swayed by all the food and snacks available in this street of Kyoto instead. It was just as well a pleasant day for an overfilled cold matcha custard puff.
Well stuffed with all the sweet snacks by the afternoon, we made our way to a tea ceremony lesson. Tourists will be tourists — the dressing up added authenticity to this cultural experience. Most memorable for me was the lady assisting me in the kimono asking, “Did you have a big breakfast?” as she tried to corset me in :/
24.Apr.16With the tea ceremony over it was an unhurried wander to Nishiki market and downtown Kyoto. Our search for an appealing dinner spot proved to be unfruitful due to the odd hour, so we ambled back to the rail and back to the familiar foodie streets of Namba, Osaka.


Staying above Takashimaya meant a widespread offering of decadent desserts just an elevator ride away!