Saturday, 29 March 2008

Two minutes of fame....

I'm in the paper today:

two minutes of fame

(if you need to see it bigger - click on the photo, then click on 'all sizes' to see it bigger.....)

Thanks so much to Frances from The Age for including me in her column!

If you're visiting as a result of the column - Welcome! Please feel free to have a look around.....


Leah xx

Friday, 28 March 2008

A word about Nongs.....

I thought it was a good idea to put a post together for those of you who may want to order a custom Nong...... if you think that may be you, please read on!

New Nongs

For those of you looking to get your hands on a wee Nong, there are a few options:

In Melbourne, there are two fabulous shops that sell my Nongs;

Arthur's Circus, at 631 Queensberry St, North Melbourne;


Meet Me at Mikes, at 63 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

For those of you otherwise situated, I am taking orders for custom Nongs, right here on this blog!

Here's the scoop:

If you'd like a custom Nong, just email me, asking nicely, and let me know your colour preferences, and I'll make you a unique, handmade, just for you Nong!

The custom Nongs are made in this style:

New Nongs

They have hand embroidered, small child-friendly faces, and feature at least two printed fabrics patchworked onto a linen/cotton base. The linen base is a natural, unbleached-looking colour. My source for the white linen has run out, but I hope to have it back soon! They have a 'Nong' tag out the side, and are stuffed with 100% pure wool stuffing. I can make Nongs stuffed with polyfill for the allergenic or sensitive among us - just ask!

New Nongs

There is also a wee Nong Gallery on my Flickr page, if you want to see some of the Nongs I have made in the past:

Nong Gallery.....

I am open to all custom suggestions, so if you see a design in the gallery that you like, just email me about it, and we'll work something out. Please note that different styles may cost a little more......

So if you'd like one, get yourself to emailing! And don't forget to specify any colour preferences you may have!

My email address is: hyena_in_petticoats(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

Custom Nongs are $45 AUD + shipping costs, and I accept payments with PayPal, and for Aussie buyers, direct deposit is fine.

International orders are most welcome!

Thanks guys!


Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Thank you!


Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes!

It was my intention to reply to all the comments, but the internet wigged out there for a couple of days, and I wasn't able to respond to everyone....

Please accept this as your personal thanks!

This last year of blogging, and making things, and sharing it all with you has marked a huge increase in my contentment and fulfillment. If it wasn't for blogging, I firmly believe that I would still be trapped in a massive creative rut, wondering what the hell to do with my life - every single person who has ever visited this blog has contributed to this upswing in events, and you all deserve a big bunch of flowers for that.

So thank you all - for visiting, for commenting, for buying a nong or a vintage trinket, for meeting me for coffee, for extending your well wishes or thoughts and ideas - thankyou thankyou thankyou.

I have a Thrifted Tuesday in the works, and a couple of projects on the table, but they will have to wait. This post is for you.

Cheers, m'dears,

Leah xxxxxxxx

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Happy Birthday....

To me!

I'm 29 today. I've had breakfast in bed, a box full of presents in the mail, and a bit of lounging about with the papers and a pot of tea. Life is good.


(photo above courtesy of Vi on Flickr)

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Thrifted Tuesday....

This week, Thrifted Tuesday comes to you by theme:


Thrifted Tuesday - silks

Two really lovely silk shift tops - one with ruffles at the neck, the other with embroidery on the side....


Thrifted Tuesday - woolens

A gorgeous hand knitted cardigan that is way too small for me (being a kids' size and all) - so will be popped in the post to my niece to keep her warm when Winter comes.....


Thrifted Tuesday - Linens

A gorgeous yellow linen apron, which I'll have to show you properly once I've soaked it; and another linen tea towel to add to the already overflowing drawer full.....

and Buttons:

Thrifted Tuesday - buttons

Which should need no explanation. I love buttons. Especially big old gorgeous ones like these still on the cards. Yum.

As for our other Thrifted Tuesday compatriots:

(as usual - click on the photos to be taken to the members' Flickr page, and all copyrights belong to the individual members)

linneades has found the Pyrex lot of all Pyrex lots -

lovely pretty pyrex

Stripy Sock Studio has a gorgeous patchwork number on her wall:

:Patchwork Piece:

as well as a wall of thrifted handbags:

:vintage bags:

Ramonah is the owner of this To-Die-For vintage typewriter....


wearmystuff has a whole house full of things I covet, but I could only choose a couple...

this tutu is briliant:


This budgie pot is just wonderful:

budgie pot.

And talk about matching luggage!


myglorydaze is responsible for a brilliant collection of linens, including these cats:


and this owl:


Don't forget that all are welcome, so pop on over to have a look, and join in!

Now I'm off to get some stitching done, for the first time in two weeks - the studio is clean, and finally cool enough to sit in - yip!

take care, friends,


Tuesday, 18 March 2008

A return....

I've been terrible at posting lately. The incessant heatwave has effectively locked me out of the studio for the last 2 weeks, and in the break of the weather today (24 degrees!(75 F)I tell you - I'm so relieved) I have stumbled back in here to find a godawful mess to be cleaned up before I even attempt anything.

Please forgive me as I take a couple of days to get my shit together.

In the meantime though, I have been productive of sorts:

merino/cashmere 4 ply undyed

Sitting in the airconditioning almost constantly, and thus being trapped in one room of the house, is somehow conducive to knitting. If you know of anyone else who knits in the middle of a heatwave, tell them I'm their kind of crazy.

The yarn above is 4 ply 80/20 undyed merino cashmere from The Knittery.I cannot even describe how wonderful this wool is. And a bargain, too. I knitted a cowl out of it, see:

cashmere cowl - finished (pre-dyeing)

I know I should have modelled it for you, but y'know..... I'm planning to dye it with food dye - bright red.

In the spirit of the cowl, and getting into knitting on circular kneedles, I had to knit two more. These are both pure wool - not as luxurious, but the colours were what I wanted....

aqua cowl - in progress

bright, bright aqua blue - a tiny bit more subtle than this photo suggests;

on the needles - mustard cowl

And a full - on mustard one. The blue is finished, the mustard is still on the needles. I swear I'm going to be warm this winter, even if I get arthritis trying.

I also have some possibilities going on in the studio:

A pile of new linens, ready for printing on:

linens ready for printing

and a stack of wool felt, just waiting there patiently.....

wool felt

Yum. Now I just have to shift all this crap out of my studio so I can get some work done!


As a footnote; some of my regular readers will be aware of this, but it's been a bit of a shitstorm over here lately - is there some rule that once you've had your 1st blog birthday you get slammed with internet scammers, nasty anonymous commenters and spammers in the comments? Talk about rite of passage!

Nevertheless; I wanted to thank everyone for their support over the whole Ebay Scammer issue, and writing letters to the seller and the Ebay on my behalf, thankyou so much - I would never have expected such a big response and such overwhelming support. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou.

I also extend those same thanks to those of you who supported me after "anonymous" expressed her distate for the language we use in the comments of the same post; as I have iterated in the comments, this is my blog; I have a bad mouth; it says so in my profile; and if you find that offensive, I am sorry, but it's not going to change, so perhaps you're better off reading a different blog.
I don't believe in censoring myself, especially on a page that is my small space on all the internet, and for the most part I think my visitors, readers and friends are easily capable of forgiving, and even joining in on a bit of swearing. No harm done.
Thanks, guys!


Phew! So that's it for now - until I have something more interesting to show;

Leah xxxx

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Scam of the Year.

*update: the link in this post no longer works because the item was removed by Ebay after an army of bloggers sent letters of complaint! Thanks so much to everyone who was indignant on my behalf - your responses were more than I had ever expected - just goes to show you don't mess with blogland! xxxxx*

Tonight, whilst looking at vintage quilts on Ebay, I found THIS scam seller using one of my images to sell:

"links to great websites that give full & detailed how-to insturctions to construct this beautiful quilt design!"

(spelling mistakes courtesy of the seller)

Included in the listing are more photos from the Cathedral Window Flickr group. And I'm betting the links list included in the price (a massive 99 cents) includes my Cathedral Window pattern.

cathedral window quilt

What a loser. Ripping off other artists to make a measly 99 cents? Jesus.

If anyone feels like complaining to the seller, or spamming their account, or whatever, you have my full blessing.

I'm working on my own diatribe as we speak.

If anyone wants to access my pattern for free, the link is over there on the sidebar. Cheers.


Friday, 14 March 2008

Happy Birthday

To The Blog.

Here's to another year, friends.


(image from Martin Isaac on Flickr.)

Monday, 10 March 2008

Trapped in House - please send food......

It's a crazy heatwave in South Australia right now. Apparently we are setting a new record for the longest March heatwave EVER.

I just heard on the news that we can expect an overnight LOW of 28 degrees on Saturday. For our non-metric friends, that's EIGHTY TWO degrees farenheit OVERNIGHT.

We are camping in the lounge room, the only room in our house that has an air conditioner, albeit one that sounds like a truck is parked and idling in the room with us. Elecricity bill be damned. Apologies for all the fossil fuels.

So instead of leaving the house to actually do anything, I have been shopping. Via Etsy. I bought this bunny today:

How could I resist that hat? Her name is Saskia, and she was handstitched from silk and felt from the talented Astulabee, who also has a lovely blog. I pinched the photo from the etsy listing, by the way....

I'd love to have a go at making some softies more along these lines - with more attention to details, and less toy-ish and more art-ish..... I'm playing around with some new patterns and things at the moment, so we'll see what comes out of that - I'm thinking elaborate outfits on quite plain soft sculptured dolls? We'll see........ if it ever cools down enough for me to even contemplate spending time in the studio, I'll show you what I come up with.

That's it from me I'm afraid - once it cools down again I'll be way more enthusiastic. I promise.


Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Thrifted Tuesday - Best Of

Just enough time this week to show you some more brilliant finds from our compatriots over at Thrifted Tuesday....

The Bird Bath found this gorgeous patchwork cushion, and a personal favourite of mine - padded coat hangers! Look at those gorgeous colours!

thrifted finds

robot•jumping•rope found these beautiful vintage silk scarves:

old silk scarves .10/each

rag_grrl hit the jackpot with these gorgeous 1940's sewing bags and assorted bits and pieces.....


I love this red suitcase from myglorydaze; but we know I love suitcases anyway, so that comes as no surprise!


treesofmachinery found these classic vintage melamine cups:

Thrifted Cups

And a perfect pile of estate sale fabrics from ifiori:


You can click on the images to visit the individual thrifter's photostream, and all rights belong to the original owners of course!

Feel free to come and join us!


In other news, I've been really sick the last few days, so astounding craft projects are VERY thin on the ground over here.... coupled with lots of work at my *real* job, I'm not really getting much done!

I have some winter knitting on the needles I'm itching to share, but it may have to wait until after the massive heatwave we are expecting this weekend - Autumn? Pshaw!

'Til then my dears....