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Inspiration Overload

Hume Highway, somewhere between Sydney and Melbourne

Hands up if your home town features a plane on a stick like mine does! Country NSW, conveniently halfway between Sydney and Melbourne. Perfect!

Breaking out of a comfort zone is a sure-fire way to rev up enthusiasm for what you love to do. A 2,000 km road trip gave me all that and more. But then I am a country girl at heart and just driving on the open road away from traffic congestion, tram lines, shopping strip distractions and tight timelines was always going to recharge my batteries. Sydney’s early onset of Spring was also a world away from Melbourne’s drippy and grey long winter and then there was the pile of talking books on the front seat keeping me company. How could a girl be anything else than newly inspired!

Kids With Crayons stall at Stitches and Craft
Crochet necklaces by me, Crayon Chick
Without a doubt a highlight of the Stitches and Craft Show was meeting people face to face who have become well known through blogs and twitter and reputation. I totally enjoyed meeting all who dropped by to say Hello. The Ink and Spindle girls rock, the very gorgeously embellished Mon Alisa Design is pure inspiration, Lisa at Red Thread is so clever (and a beautiful blog which you must check out). Meeting Lino Creative, being at another market with Pippijoe and meeting the divine Shelbyville and Dudley Redhead was wonderful.

Cool shopping at Textile Allsorts, Prints Charming and Cloth – I just love a remnant!

More shopping, my new tshirt by Surface Art
Scarf by Textile Allsorts, photo courtesy of Gaye Abandon

And then there were my peeps! The fibre goddess herself, Melanie of Textile Allsorts, is the hardest working creative I’ve ever met. Harper and Edie always reminds me of zipping around Japan on a Shinkazen! Girls, thanks for a hoot!

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