The Masterpiece Displayed


What we can achieve when we work together! A blanket made by people from all over the world reflecting the core principles of permaculture. If you are new to permaculture or even if you are not, take a peek at the wonderful work of Jan Martin from The Snail of Happiness.  Also take a look at her folksy shop. Perhaps your square is here too? My contribution was the positive  and responsible human driven co existence of domestic animals on our fragile flora and fauna. Enjoy!



Originally posted on The Snail of Happiness:

So, Saturday was the day when the masterpiece blanket finally got to be a very public manifestation of my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. All those squares from across Britain and all over the world were on show at Gilwell Park in Epping Forest, London as I gave my final presentation before receiving my diploma at the UK Permaculture Convergence. Whilst other people choose to use Powerpoint or Prezi on a computer, or have a slide show, I decided to be low tech, but high impact and take my blanket. The main question was how to display it.

When I discovered that I was to give my talk in a marquee, I knew that my initial idea would work, namely to hang it from a washing line so it was easy for everyone to see. The joy of a marquee is that there are lots of struts to fasten your washing…

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Creating a Welcome Market.

craftivists support asylum seekers.

 It was a brilliant day for our market on the 16th August 2014. We raised four thousand dollars and every cent went to asrc. For more details visit Creating a Welcome face book page. 

High Street Market

 A rather serious looking Aunt Sharon discusses sheep and Alpaca yarn with a customer. Both these yarns were kindly donated as were all the goods available.Northcote High Street

 A highlight of the day was an appearance by Melbourne’s own Charm of Finches who performed with a buskers hat and all proceeds were donated to the cause. Thank you.

Northcote market wares.










Melbourne and surrounding textile artists, and other kind people donated the most wonderful  assortment of products for us to sell. This is just a very small sample.

lovely Northcote babies













The knitted and crocheted hats were very popular as shown by our very lovely babies. Yes, four thousand dollars was raised which is a lot of welcoming Owls and ants.  Stay tuned for our upcoming events and nurture hope in your heart that peace and sanity can be achieved for all. <3


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We were Hacked and we were not amused ( but we are sorry).

Tricky the dog in bike basket

Tricky is not looking at all amused and neither should she. It isn’t about riding in her basket because she loves that. “Basket?” I say in an inquiring voice and she is scrabbling to get in. No, the reason Tricky is a bit sad is because everyone on the gentlestitches email site was sent a spam advertising email. We pay “good money” so you wont have to see adds when you visit me. The critters and the humans join together to say a great big “sorry” if you were inconvenienced and we are doing what our good friend Anna once suggested to do if it didn’t involve life or limb. We are going to “make less of it” We are still cross with the hackers and hope “their chooks turn to emus and kick their dunny door down”. We have taken (expensive) steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Have a happy day everyone and the next post will be our VERY successful market.  


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to market to market in Northcote.

creating a welcome at Chalice, Northcote Uniting church.












If you are anywhere near Northcote, Melbourne on Saturday the 16th of August, please drop in and see me and many other crafty people selling their beautiful wares. Absolutely every cent raised will be donated to the ASRC (asylum seeker resource centre).  Take a look at creating a welcome which has more information. 

amigurumi crochet owls.








Welcome Owls will be available and if you want to make an Owl yourself, the FREE pattern is available here.

gnomes and fairywings









A small taste of other wares available at the market made by Anna Branford. Pop over to and delight in her books and handmade works. I hope to see you Saturday August 16th, somewhere between 10 and 4pm. 

Pray for peace and sanity to prevail for everybody, big or small. The  future is in our hands. <3



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where is my button? crochet jumper and Melbourne Aztec Exhibition.
This post marks both an ending and a beginning.  The ending is because the above wooly jumper was featured in my very first post which I called beginnings.  I wanted to make sure it was completed for this post but unfortunately, I couldn’t find the button I had for it. No problem! I shall use a heart instead. It is very cold here in Melbourne and this jumper will be perfect to wear to the Aztec Exhibition on at the Melbourne Museum.

The new look blog has lost a few buttons as well. Comments and likes have gone but that is because I hope to drive viewers over to my shop. I thank everyone who has checked in on my blog and I promise there will be some interesting things coming up on it for your viewing pleasure. There is a market coming up  and I am working on an exhibition which I will also share with you.

Meanwhile if you any near South Morang on the 8th and 9th of August 2014 make sure you have a look at the State Creative Arts exhibition.2014 Creative Arts Exhibition












 Handmade is undergoing a super renaissance here in Melbourne and opening up many opportunities.  I am delighted with the amount of young people taking up the ancient arts because these skills are not just fun to have, they are also very empowering.

 Take heart, the future is in our hands.

  Stay tuned because the best is yet to come. :-)

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