All posts by Mary Kelly

2015 my 10th year of trading..

Sorry for the lack of blogging but sorry life got in the way……..

The rap sheet for 2014 has been great and quite satisfying, the shop has continued to grow l never seem to have enough time to get everything done , but l am not alone there.

So the things I have learnt from 2014:

1. do not  make my “work to be done ” list huge and be realistic

2.not every collection needs something made for it.

3. Stick with my philosophy, if l dont like it dont buy it……..

4.Continue moving the shop around, it makes great conversation and drives my shop girls mad…….

5. Acknowledge that l am not super woman so when one is sick and cannot speak, its time to do something about it.

6. Get as much free labour from my kids as possible ( pay back time.)

7. Continue to come up with odd jobs for the husband as he loves it.!!!!!!

8. Plan a holiday early or maybe just plan to have one.

9. And last but not least continue to enjoy my shop…….

So this year 2015 will be  my 10th year of trading, a pretty good milestone l think.  It only seems like yesterday l started,  a few hurdles along the way but we all need them to keep it real.  Getting rid of the cobwebs has a great feeling of satisfaction.

So as my camera has died there are no new pics…….so happy 2015 and look forward to another 10 years  (gee l’ll be old then).

Cheers Mary


PS: I have lots of different classes this year, Gail Pan will be in” the Da house”  along with Rae Telfer and Trish Harper.

Sale week summary

Well,  the carpet was worn out with the traffic generated by the sale, thankyou to all that came over the week and l am sure that you got lots of bargains.  It was great as lots of bolts were moved on which has left room for more fresh new fabric and of course Christmas fabric.

The Macedon Ranges Spinners and Fibre Group had their display and sale in the classroom on Friday and Saturday, a group of very talented ladies who sat spinning , knattering and knitting,  all that visited were impressed with the standards and the talent involved.  It was so lovely to purchase a  hand spun and dyed and knitted  cardigan  , l was so impressed with how soft the cardigan was and a very reasonable price.                                                                                     The irony behind the days was the outside temperature,  warm, but hey this is Melbourne, and weather doesnt deter a good spinner  or knitter for that matter.

PicMonkey Collage

So here are a couple of pics from after the display.  We will be having another display and sale next year so l will keep you posted with the dates.

Its that time of year when l bring out the Christmas bits,


So this is 2014′s Christmas quilt for the shop, a most enjoyable and easy one to do.  Machine appliques circles onto various rectangular Christmas backgrounds.  The circle fabrics are quite bright and interesting  so all good…….


This pic shows you some of the fabric that l used, it is on sale in the shop now………….


A double wedding ring table runner was also made to display The Christmas French General range…………and at last look there wasnt a whole lot left of the fabric……

I will keep you posted on the other Christmas bits that l have done, and the ranges that l have so until the next post hoo roo.

Cheers Mary

The lilac had bloomed

You can tell you are on the countdown to Christmas when the lilac blooms:


As usual due to the lack of posts, you would not know that lots again has happened unless you follow instagram, so here is an update.


Lisa decided to get rid of this sewing machine and l was the benefactor of it, so l am very lucky and after a bit of a clean and oooing and aaahing the machine with its beautiful lid is up on one of the shelves in the shop.

So thankyou Lisa , l will look after it.


I finished off this orange and lime quilt using Riley Blake charm squares some white homespun and l handquilted it using cotton perle thread, so l was very plesaed with it.


The talented Jodie Carleton ( Ric Rac) sent another of her alphabet animals this time F for Fox, patterns are available in the shop.


A lovely new range from A Day in the Country arrived, no explanations needed……..


Lovely bright cotton blend 8ply arrived, perfect for summer knitting or crocheting……..


Linen Mochi Dots and plains by Moda arrived also…..worth having a look and a feel.

Just a reminder::::::::my 9th birthday sale starts Monday 20 October and finishes Saturday 24 October.   30% off all fabric (except Liberty) (min cut 50 cm), lots of other bargains as well……No Layby or Rainchecks.

Hope this post catches you up with bits in the shop……..

Cheers Mary

Half way through August…..

My mid way through August update relates to fabric and more fabric, a bit more wool, and preparations for Nicole’s class, Jan’s packed classes, Judys fun move and shake class, Carols cataract surgery, and of course James milestone 250 games for Geelong.

So really not busy at all…………….thats a joke in case you didnt get that………..

So here is a bit of fabric that arrived.


More Kaffe Fassett,


The Lancaster Collection




Avant Garden………

Cheers Mary