Week 26: Creative Challenge 52

Keryn's Roses

We're half way through our year long creative challenge now, and South African born writer, florist and cake whizz, Keryn Clark, has come up roses, as always.

She's been playing with the last of the Valentine's Day roses - 'It's not true that they don't last,' she said, 'these have lasted 5 weeks.' - creating a mignon, a tasting plate, and some gorgeous arrangements in mini cubes. The mini cubes were actually an order for cubed vases gone wrong, but what a happy accident. They're gorgeous!

More Roses
You can never have too many roses

Telena routh

Telenas felted brooches

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has had a festive creative week. She's been felting lace wraps for her daughter Rachel's wedding. You may recall that she was working on this project last week and was unhappy with the results of her first dyed purple wrap. She therefore decided to make a new one, leaving it a paler shade of purple. Telena particularly loves the cream wrap, which she says will look very elegant with a bridal gown. The wraps will keep the bride and bridesmaids warm as the evening cools. Telena also made felted and beaded brooches to pin the wraps together.

Telenas bridal wraps
Telenas felted wraps

As if that weren't enough, she entertained about thirty friends for a fun garden/kitchen tea on a glorious autumn Saturday afternoon. There was lots of laughter, conversation and, of course, delicious food. Telena's contributions were some delicious mini chocolate mud cake muffins and some rather flat looking macarons that sadly looked more like brandy snaps but were nevertheless very yummy.

Trish Urquhart

Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries her best to live up to the title chef extraordinaire, has been living up to the title 'seamstress extraordinaire' this week.

She's made a skirt from an old Indian quilt, and as well as being absolutely gorgeous, it's reversible. Trish saw a skirt like this in the UK some years ago, and when she saw similar quilts, she knew she had to make herself one. She bought the quilt with her friend Merle and they each took half. Trish has worked wonders with her half.

Trish and Richard will be traveling to the UK shortly for a sojourn on their narrowboat, Patience, and Trish thinks the skirt will make a nice addition to the fairly monochromatic capsule wardrobe that she'll be taking with her. My view is that this skirt would make a fabulous addition to any wardrobe - monochromatic or otherwise.

Trishs quilt skirt
Trishs reversible quilt skirt

Trish's other creative achievement this week was to get the short story book (see Week 23, Creative Challenge 52) to the printers. The formatting and proofing process was a nightmare that took hours and hours. Trish published the Kindle version first, and she's kindly provided us with the link. Check it out here if you're looking for something to read.

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, remains undecided about how to further embellish his jacket of last week. For the time being, he's implemented a temporary solution with this brooch - a good stop gap measure if notably light on sequins.

Kanens Jacket

Kanen and Jacqui are in the process of building a dreaded IKEA wardrobe for Jacqui's bedroom, which has necessitated the removal of the chest of drawers next to her bed. She needed something small to put her lamp and phone on, so Kanen ventured back into the garage or horrors and pulled out this little piece, which he found sitting, abandoned, on the nature strip.

It sat by Jacqui's bed for a full 24 hours before Kanen snapped and went in search of his paints. He tried to match the colour to her fancy bed-head, but it came out a little darker, which looks fine. Kanen then took a trip to Wallcandy on Crown Street, Surry Hills, which he swears has the best wallpaper he's ever seen, and he spent $10 on a couple of metres of off-cuts, which certainly beats their usual prices.

The results look cool for very little effort, and what was an interim measure may just become a permanent feature of the boudoir.

Kanens bedside table reno

Georgia Bennett

Singer, guitarist and song writer, Georgia Bennett, has decided to jump off the creative challenge at the 6 month mark. Her workload is very heavy and she's really struggled over the past couple of months to fit everything in. So we'll bid her farewell at this point, but she may return with an occasional cameo appearance from time to time in the coming months.

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett has been processing some photos this week. The first is a panoramic shot of a landscape at Hartley Vale. The second is a series of photos he took in the gardens at the Norman Lindsay Gallery.

He's also taken a few shots of some of our garden produce. Here are some of the chillis we harvested this week, resplendent in their red fieriness.

Scarlet Bennett

I've been meaning for ages now to make some earrings to wear with the sterling silver wire flower pendant I designed last year. This week I finally made it happen.

sterling silver wire flower earrings

And then, without further ado, I wore my creations...