Hides, Rings, Buckles & Belts

Just thought I’d share the love of my crafty partner in crime… Hubby is very clever and if you need a handcrafted beautifully plaited leather belt, he can help… Handy hubby hey?

Stockman Leathercraft

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I just received new Roo skins from the tannery and have been busy cutting strands and edge beveling. This process is all done by hand with no mechanical stranders. Systematic, painstaking patient efforts result in great leather strands that produce beautiful crafted belts.

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Also managed to go to a leather wholesaler to buy buckles and rings recently. It was a great day, I was like a kid in a lolly shop! I’ll have one of those, and two of those, and one of those.

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I have quite a substantial collection of buckles now, including this one, an Aztec calendar.

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This is an R.M.Williams longhorn buckle. I already have this buckle on a belt in my Etsy shop, but I’m happy to make a custom order with this or any of my buckles. I love using R.M.Williams buckles, the quality is outstanding.

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My wife bought me these ornate buckles on…

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eight random things

This is meant to be ten random things but I only got to eight. Ten random things is the lovely Kate from Foxs Lane’s idea… you can see her ten random things here

red and white heart garland
hearts & pom pom garland
I’ve been making heart garlands again lately… Am loving having lots of little crochet hearts hanging around, they make great little wrapping embellishments too.

yarnbag
I cleaned out my yarn bag… believe it or not this is my cleaned out version! Next project will definitely have to be one that uses up all the half used balls in various colours and blends… I would really like to stop myself cracking into the big yarn stash and make something with these leftovers. Any suggestions?

peace catcher card
monets bees card
I’ve been making cards with my photos. The bees of Monet’s garden always make me smile and the peace catcher image really does feel peaceful.

knitted blanket with too many ends!
I have not sewn one single end in on this blanket! Instead I started a whole new blanket… as you do! I just can’t face them right now… so many… so overwhelming…

stockman leathercraft leather
I’m loving the new leather hide hubby got for his birthday… the gorgeous natural colour is right up my alley. I’ve already put my request in for a belt and a necklace… and I have some more plans up my sleeve for this hide that’s really exciting… I’ll let you know when I get a bit closer.

backbreakingbluestones
We’ve been laying bluestones in our backyard and boy are those suckers heavy! They are the kind of heavy that you find yourself counting to 3 before the big lift to prepare, then letting out some sort of involuntary groan upon the up-heave. We call them the backbreaking bluestones – when we’re being polite.
When it gets tough, my sweet, clever and ever encouraging mum reminds me of the amazing history they have. I love that they have history and I feel like they bring a certain energy to the space too. They came out of a really old factory site (now being converted to a housing estate) where they used to make guns and bullets. I just cannot imagine how much hard work it was cutting the bluestones by hand back in the day… Sheesh just moving them is pretty grueling… I have actually moved quite a lot of them but do admit hubby has taken the bluestone moving brunt. I’m more the pointing type, the ‘move it a smidge to the right on your side’ type, the re hydration girl fetching drinks, and the sand shoveling girl. But still, I’ve moved my share.

herbalicious spuds
I’m looking forward to the next ‘same old crap’ post on the lunchlady blog. Kate from hellokateberry has this great lunchlady blog, and I think there will be a new same old crap post each week from different people. It’s a great idea and I’m even considering submitting my same old crap ‘herbalicious spuds’. They are so easy it’s ridiculous and just about every ingredient is substitutable.. except maybe the spuds!

delish soup ingredients
And lastly, these ingredients make a delish soup. I know it may look like a weird bunch, but together they make for happy tastebuds. I got the inspiration from the amazing Katy at No Big Dill who shared a link to the recipe that was my inspiration. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly (predictable aren’t I?), but was still thrilled with the results. In fact I changed quite a bit but I kept the main two ingredients which were cauliflower and apples. I did things like made it dairy free, caramelised my onions really well, then added the apples, then I used heaps of celery followed by cauliflower and chilli. Then I just added my stock, some good quality curry powder, a touch of pepper, blitzed it with a stick blender and voila – deliciousness! Even hubby enjoyed it and he usually calls cauliflower ‘cows breath’! A bit harsh don’t you think?
Anyway it’s a simple soup with not too many ingredients, but a good chunk of time is required if you want to make your own stock like I did. There’s something about the apples and cauliflower together that’s just a bit magic. And the best part is that I made heaps, so we have left overs to enjoy all weekend. I’m off to have a bowl now…

Have you got 10 random things you’d like to share too? Or eight? Six? Even just one? Let me know in the comments, I would really love it if you did. I feel like I’m the friend doing all the talking… your turn now…

Hope you get to enjoy some delish random goodness this weekend.

empty nests and new beginnings

I have to start this with a warning… I’m feeling awfully sentimental at the moment. As of last week we are officially empty nesters… It sounds so weird… and feels even weirder! If you follow me on instagram you’ll know my son left last week for his indefinite backpacking adventure in South America. So I have not quite been myself… you know, all 6’s & 7’s. But I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve been up to anyway, as it has been a while hasn’t?

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I finally finished my big knitted blanket. Now I have all those ends to do! Hopefully it won’t take me another year and a half to get to them. Somehow it felt kinda right casting off this big project yesterday… emptying out my craft bag.

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And I started a new project. It’s been quite a while since I began a new blanket and I’m loving this one. The humble granny stitch is quite simply crochet comfort. A perfect project for me at the moment… and new beginnings for my craft bag.

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I seem to have started a snowball of declutter too. You know how it goes, start cleaning out one room and before you know it you’ve started a draw in the lounge, and a cupboard in the laundry! Or maybe that’s just me? Not sure how long the novelty will last, I do get distracted terribly easily. Obviously! An old box of photos and there goes a few hours… and maybe a few tissues! From wee babes to fully fledged independent adults in just over 20 years.

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Beautiful young adults with huge big kind hearts and loving gentle compassionate spirits. Who can ask for more than that? Not me. I’m proud as punch. And I’m ready to embrace new beginnings… albeit with a couple of tissues tucked into my bra old lady style.

Wishing you not-too-sad end of era stuff and happy new beginnings.
And may you find your #comfortcrochet equivalent!