Wednesday, August 11, 2010

my creative space

My creative space....

my place this week...

Green ants

Tiny funky orange fungus.


Flooded lawns.

Fruit eaten by bats.
(don't you dare suggest rats!)

and lastly weeds.

'been busy, thanks for asking, crochet workshops and yes, okay, I will get on with it'

dash robin giveaway
One of you will receive mailed to your door;
2 dash robin brooches(a felt bird and crochet granny square)

an oven mitt made out of repurposed denim, linen and Japanese fabrics,
a clutch made from
repurposed fabrics with crochet strap and vintage buttons...
and a couple extra bits n bobs...

A copy of my favourite book, My Place, by the wonderful Sally Morgan.
'tis a 2nd hand copy but in perfect nick
if you are the kind to turn your nose up at a second hand book what are you doing here ;o)

Oh, it's much more fun giving things away than weeding!!

To enter -leave a comment and share your favourite book and something about your place.
Follow and get an extra entry.
People already following get an extra too!
P.S- Winner will be randomly selected on the 25th August
p.s-more creative spaces here


Kirsten said...

ohhhh...the bird brooch!!!! and all the other goodies! fingers xed - love the fun of a giveaway.

Fruitful Fusion said...

Great giveaway!!! My place? Is a little hot (I'm in Saudi Arabia) and clean and tidy in preparation for Ramadan (our month of fasting). And one of my fave books is: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I like the Jodi Picoult books too.

Chrissy Foreman C said...

Ooh ~ BOTH those brooches I love! Yay!
Something about my place ... hmmm ... I just washed the dishes today for the first time in a week and they are now piled on the sink almost as high as they are wide! (sounds similar to your weeds!)
My favourite book ... Hmmm ... I'm going to sound like a real granny here, but it's probably 'Out on a limb' by Shirley Maclaine! Read it oodles of times!.
C x

Jenny Wynter said...


My favourite book is usually whatever I'm reading at the time or whatever is most closely connected to where I'm at! So...right now it's probably "Only in New York" by Caroline Overington, about her time spent living in the Big Apple with kids in tow!

And my's funny, because we're living just outside of Brissie, in an area I never imagined myself in. But it's so good for our family life and I've realised that you can always funkify your home to make it yours, even if the canvas isn't exactly what you would've envisaged (i.e. we're actually living in quite a modern place, while I've always imagined myself in an old character house!)


Renee said...

Ooo nice giveaway! I haven't read a book for years, but I did enjoy The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and Firehead by Venero Armanno. And my place is quiet with the baby still asleep, washing everywhere and vintage sheets hanging out to dry! Love your funky orange fungi - great colour!

garcia.sol said...

My favorite book, The Giver by Lois Lowry. It's all based in the future, almost in a place where feelings are outlawed. I read in intermediate and it had me hooked since then.

My place is my sometimes cold and shared apartment in Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand. Today it looks like I'm home alone and again have the day to myself. Since it's still the morning here I think I'll start my day with a bowl of cornflakes then get busy cleaning, sewing, writing letters and spending the 5 bucks I have in my wallet on something delicious for lunch!

angelina said...

wooo superfun giveaway!
count me in...we are flooded too at our place. itching for springtime. my favorite books are the laura ingalls wilder ones..

angelina said...

following you now!

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

Weeds, my garden only seems to be weeds.
Books, what are they? Not had time to read a book for years - for me (as I am usually sewing instead)
My favourite kids book is one called "ducks don't wear socks". I borrow it from the library all the time - for me :)

posie blogs Jennie McClelland said...

Cool, the bird brooch is a adorable. I read My Place at school, memories!! Love Posie

Catherine said...

my favourite book today is "from little things big things grow" (childrens book made from the kev carmody / paul kelly song). And our place... is a little cluttered!

Cyndie @ Mademoiselle Slimalicious said...

Thank you for such a great giveaway! :)

Something about my place: There are black and white framed photos of Paris on the walls (Kitchen, lounge, bedroom).
My favourite book: 'Fear and Trembling', by Amelie Nothomb (multi-awarded Belgian author)

Snooze said...

You're absolutely right .. a giveaway is so much more fun. But when you're done weeding could you spare a thought in my direction ... total yukkiness happening in my garden too!
PS I've come out of blog reader too and added myself as a follower.
My Creative Space
PS I have a vintage sheet FQ giveaway that closes midnight Saturday if you're interested.

Crochet with Raymond said...

OOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MY GOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDD I soooo want to win dash robin goodness!!!!!!!
My place? We had a rat problem, rats munching on our compost... they came from the neighbours chicken coop. Raymond has killed 3 that we have found... could be more. We know they are rats because we don't have bats here in wellington... and I'm kinda glad... rats seem less scary to me!
Hmmm... I see others are talking about books... right now I have no time for books except for ones with titles such as "DSM-IV"... "Abnormal Psychology"..."the Anxiety and Phobia workbook"..." the bulimia workbook"... "Psychopathology"... you getting me? ha ha ha

Crochet with raymond said...

p.s I heart your orange fungus

Miu And Umi said...

How lovely! You know, I have the fungus in my garden too. I think it adds a certain 'je ne sais quoi', so I'm keeping it for now. A fave book I always go back to is The Woman's Book of Creativity by C Diane Ealy.

Xx Melanie from MiuAndUmi

alipink said...

What a lovely prize! It is so hard to choose one favourite book - they are like children, you love them all for different reasons. 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee is pretty high on my favourites list though. In fact my youngest daughter is named Nell after (Nelle)Harper Lee.

Brenda @ 13 Acres said...

wow what a lovely giveaway! My favourite book would have to be A fortunate Life - by AB Facey. Something about my place.....we just had a little party this morning for my daughter - it was lovely having lots of children playing and giggling!

Chicken Willow said...

Great package of stuff!! Thanks for having a giveaway!

Hmmm, something about my place...I threw an old packet of birdseed out onto the front lawn a few months ago and now we have to harvest whatever's growing. It looks nice though.

Favourite book...that's an easy one, Pride and Prejudice.

michelle said...

blogging is always more fun than weeding, i say.
your giveaway is very lovely. my favourite book is usually the one i am reading at the time, although there hasn't been much reading going on here. i even had to quite book club because i was too ashamed to admit that i hadn't read the latest book again. my place is quiet, everyone asleep except my grumpy husband who will throw this laptop out the window if i don't shut it. night

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping my space :)

My favourite book is from my sons bok collection 'The Very Best of Friends' by Margaret Wild. It brings a tear to my eye every time I read it.

At my place right now I have cold, bone-chilling winds, a snoring master 4 and a little sick poppet who is 4 weeks old today.

I love love that picture of the orange fungus... I want some orange fungus!!

Am following your blog now :)

bubbachenille said...

Oh what a generous giveaway you have offered here! Thanks. I am currently reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and enjoying it so far! Oh and I am a new follower too.

Seaweed and Raine said...

I LOOOOOVE your vintage button bag. Actually, I have a little penchant for vintage things (check my blog and have a look at the great vintage kids book I found).

There are sooo many books that I love, I have no idea where to start! I have read "Island Breeze" by Lynn Bulock too many times to count though! It makes me feel a bit better about the devastation that was wrecked on my back yard last week (read 'men with chainsaws "pruning"'). :(
Can't wait for spring!

Amanda said...

oh that clutch is gorgeous, love the crochet. hmmm.. my place had lots of weeds too & i'm debating whether I should have left them for the scary locust plague just incase they would take them instead of my plants! i really can't commit to one book, i love so many, birth of venus by sarah dunant is awesome. thanks for the sewing advice btw i will try this weekend.

Unknown said...

Hiya Kate,

It was great to meet you today at the Mumatopia launch, and share a stall. I love your blog and you photos are gorgeous:)

I should have some very sophistocated book to share but actually I love the escapisim books. So my favorite is "The Magician" by Raymond E Feist. I have read his series about 5 or more times and I just love it.

Bella from BabyMammas

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Wow I would love to win your giveaway, it all looks divine!

Our facourite book is Alison Lester's 'Are we There Yet?' and at my place I have no veggie garden in this year as my new flock of Guinea Fowl are roosting in there and eating all the green stuff!

Kirsten (bubbayaya) said...

Hey. Love your creations, i(bubbayaya) was next door to you at Mumatopia. I didnt get in to say hi, so HI now!
My favourite book is the Dark Crystal, yes, that old kids book!(its the new edition called the World of The Dark Crystal) I am a massive fan of Brian Froud and get lost in his books.
and for something more grown up The Book Thief.......cause i do sometimes read grown up books :)
My place is a beautiful little house filled with love, my family and animals.

Li-Kim Chuah said...

great photo of the orange fungus.

lunabloom said...

oooh lovely goodies in your giveaway...
i've got lotsa books i love but the first to come to mind for my favourite is Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins...he's probably my favourite author, crazy brilliant man!
and something about our place...well, we've been enjoying watching nimbus exploring our roof lately, crazy little guy, no way i'd be getting up there but he seems to be having lots of fun {he's possibly scoping out the possum situation}.

Noelia said...

You are really giving away all that amazing stuff?? :D

Books ... one of the bests the Little prince! A Classic, beautiful all the time :) But now im into Marta Stuart´s Cupcakes one because i got it from a friend ! :D

Knicky Knacks said...

Just have to say that weed's never looked so good. Your photography is stunning! I love the shot of the little weed about sprout its flower.

As for your giveaway - yippee! My favourite book...I have many. But the one I'm reading to my kids right now is an old classic and has a wonderful message about embracing change, overcoming setbacks and forging new ground - Oh, The Places You'll Go! By Dr.Seuss. If you haven't read it, add it to your collection.

Knicky Knacks said...

Oh, forgot to mention I'm already a follower. Double the chances, double the happiness!

george said...

sweet collection of goodies-thanks! my place is pretty great right now as i'm on holidays! i forgot to bring my books annoyingly but my fav is most definitely Wild Swans.

MooBear Designs said...

That's it... I have to find me some teeny tiny orange place has been filled with sock little munchkins. I have been busy sewing for a market this Sunday... I remember learn g about Sally Morgan in primary school and being mesmerized by the patterns and colours in her art work!!

I am already a follower too!!

Xo Steph

Stephnaie said...

OOh fun giveaway!
Favorite book - since I was 10! - is Sylvia Cassidy's 'Behind The Attic Wall'. love <3
And my place?
Well, it is actually shaping up to be a lovely not too hot day. I can feel autumn coming in the air.

My Handmadehappiness said...

ohhhh what a fab giveaway :))) love love the bag denim and crochet..... love it :)) xx

angelina said...

hi kate..right now i am reading 'room with a view' by e. forster...x

Cathie said...

oh wow! great creations & giveaways.
you are wonderful!
favourite book..oh gosh, feels like it's been a million & one years since I have read anything. favourite kids book "diary of a wombat" ;)

Lynne Eisentrager said...

My favourite book....hmmmm, I have so many. A recent fave would be "Dead Europe". Tsiolkas is a genius. I loved it because I'd read the Slap, which plants itself squarely in the realm of realism, so I was excited to find Dead Europe took a little trip into the world of the supernatural, reminding me of the magical realism genre - my fave of genres!!
My place contains the loves of my life - my husband, my beautiful little girl, my dog, and my cat. Those are the most important things about my place. It evolves constantly to reflect its inhabitants, and always looks very well lived in!!
Love you Kate - what a beautiful idea to come up with. I love your bits and pieces, you have clever hands and a clever heart!! xoxox

M Dawson said...

I love To Kill A Mockingbird. I read it as a youngster and it has not changed when I read it as a grown up. Some books do change as you grow up and away from them but not this one.

My place, I am making pet pendants, or trying to - I keep following blog giveaways!!