It's party time!

It's amazing how quickly time flies when you're having fun! Lucky for me I get to hang out at the Crafty Squirrel headquarters and make stuff, most days of the week....and over the course of the year I have met the most wonderfully creative, supportive and just downright lovely people in my new home town of Ballarat.

You just never know when you go out on a limb (no pun intended!) just how your new adventure might pan out...but I have to has been AMAZING!

To all those customers, dear friends and family who have supported me so much over the last year - I thank you! You help me to do what makes my heart sing and for that I am truly grateful. 

The best part of course is that I get to share all that is the Crafty Squirrel with you! And on that note - I would like to invite you all to help me celebrate with a little sale and if you are local to Ballarat - please pop in and join in the merriment on Friday 6 July from 5pm to 7pm for a glass of sparkles and some birthday cake.

Love to see you there!

A little celebration...

Today (June 9) is International Yarn Bombing Day and in celebration of all things whimsical and fun the telegraph pole outside the Crafty Squirrel has had an overnight make over....

When all the peeps were sleeping and the sun had gone to bed
Up jumped the yarn bomber and this is what she said
I'm a recycling crafter with a warm and woolly hat
I can adorn my town like this and warm my pole like that!

Happy yarn bombing Ballarat!

My creative space

New recycled wool felt acorn decorations in the making.
I thought this morning that it would be fun to share with you a few snapshots of my office/studio. I am super lucky here at the Crafty Squirrel headquarters to have two working spaces. These photos are in my office studio which is attached to the back of the shop.

It's where I do all my computer stuff and most of my sewing (sometimes though the sewing machine goes into the house so I can sew and supervise children!). I also make lots of cards and assemble other products that I sell in the shop or wholesale to other retailers around Australia and New Zealand in this space. It is lovely and warm with fantastic lighting and as you can see from these photos - I am surrounded by lot's of little bits and bobs I have collected in my travels which I find very inspiring.

Cute little house shelves from Lark of course...
I am a shocking hoarder of craft materials I must admit and I also have another small room off the shop that is filled with shop stock and products ready to be sent out to other retailers but it is also filled with my craft stash! You just never know when something might come in handy for a new product!

I am also lucky enough to have a big working studio shed out in the garden where I make my scarves and blankets from recycled woollen jumpers and work on other bigger projects. This space is also filled with all my market props and a massive amount of felted jumpers and woollen blankets and tubs of fabric and well you name is a bit of a dumping ground really for all the 'not so pretty to look at' stuff. Still I am thankful for this additional space for without it I could not do what I do!

Today I am working on a new product - dear to a crafty squirrels heart....recycled wool felt acorn decorations...stay tuned as they will soon be available to decorate your creative spaces too!
More cute ceramics...
How cute is this vintage calender from 1956
I love cute ceramic animals - made in Japan.

Vintage apple tape measure & cool brooch from Handmade Romance