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Week 47: Creative Challenge 52

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, is showcasing a jacket transformation this week. He bought this jacket from Topshop, largely because it was on sale for $35 (down from $200). It fits Kanen like a glove, but is a shade too plain for his taste, so he knew it would need 'the treatment' when he bought it.

Kanen bought the sequined butterflies at a garage sale that "Sarah Jane", a local fashion boutique was having, and this week the garment and the sparkles have officially met!

He's sewn them on, but not rigidly in case further inspiration strikes. But for now, the jacket flies with him to Melbourne for another four week stint.
 

Kanen's jacket

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 indulging her passion for landscape photography again, with very successful results. She took these shots on the River Great Ouse just outside Ely a few nights ago.

Trish's landscape photography

Trish has also been busy cooking this past week. She's made red currant jelly and samphire, and she still has ingredients left to play with today. She's planning a busy day in the kitchen.

Trish's red currant jelly
Trish's red currant jelly

Trish created an extraordinary tart tatin using beetroot, along with some beetroot cured salmon, and beetroot greens and lentil soup. She's posted her recipes on her fabulous food blog. Do check it out.

Trish's samphire

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, managed to snatch some time between teaching this week to continue dyeing some scarves with leaves she collected on a recent trip to Orange.

She found a variety of different eucalypts, and bundled them up in an iron water dye bath. She soaked a long-sleeved cotton t-shirt in soy milk overnight because cotton reacts differently to wool and silk, and needs a protein mordent to help the dyeing process.

Telena's eco-dyeing

Telena laid out the leaves and rolled the fabric around a dowel. Then she boiled it for two hours in the iron water. She couldn't wait to unwrap it and is very excited by the result.

The shirt is still wet in her photo, and the oxidisation process will continue as it dries.

Telena's eco-dyed t-shirt

Telena also made a dye bath from some of the remaining eucalypt leaves (being careful not to use the ones that she knows give red/orange tones) to create dye her scarves this lovely colour.

Telena's eco-dyeing

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett is very excited and can hardly sit still this week because he's close to getting his 90 year old Century Universal 8x10 camera functioning, and he can’t wait to use it.

He had a functioning  Sinar 8x10 camera, but sold it a couple of years ago as it was too heavy and bulky to cart around. His friend Pete gave him this camera (a much lighter, more compact field camera), but it needed extensive restoration, in particular, a new bellows and carrying handle. The poor old thing is battered and scratched, as you can see, and is missing a couple of small mechanical items.

Steve's old camera

Good news, however. A new bellows has just arrived from China, and a leather craftsman in Canberra has made a replacement leather handle. So all that remains is to figure out how to fit the bellows properly, find a few alternatives to the missing bits, and put it all together again.

Steve's camera refurbishment project

The two photos below are 8x10s that Steve made with his previous Sinar camera at Bombo near Kiama. The rock formation is known as The Cathedral.

The Cathedral

Scarlet Bennett

I've written thousands of words this week, giving my forensic psychology manuscript a real boost. That creativity isn't ready to share, however, so I've put together a quick terrarium today. I planted it out in my trifle dish, which is sacrilege in one sense, I know, but it's been years since I've made trifle and the dish has sat in the cupboard for years, neglect and unused. I decided it would be better off serving some function, albeit an unconventional one.

Scarlet's terrarium

Week 45: Creative Challenge 52

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been eco-dyeing again this week, as she's had some enquiries about her dyed silk scarves. So...out came the camping stove and fortunately the rain held off. Telena made up the iron water, wrapped the leaves in silk and immersed them in the hot water, then left them to do their magic for an hour. She also briefly dipped some previously dyed scarves into the iron water to bring out some different hues.

Telena's silk scarves
Telena's eco-dyeing

Telena took advantage of yesterday's beautiful winter sun, spending some time outdoors knitting gumnut beanies, this time in girly colours for another new arrival. She's also had a busy week encouraging her students to be diligent in the lead up to their exams.

Telena's knitted hats

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has just landed in Sydney (along with his gargantuan hangover) to beautiful blue skies. That wouldn't have been his experience if he'd flown into Canberra today!

Kanen has had a big week of shows, 8 in 6 days - unheard of for opera singers. He says it was very challenging but also rewarding. He loves Sweeney Todd and the audiences were really involved so Kanen found it a brief but wonderful pleasure.

He's submitted some pictures of the transformation he made every day this past week, from mild-mannered glitterphile to the dastardly Beadle Bamford, a fun little role with lots of nasty dialogue and some ridiculous, dandy-ish music. Clearly, broad brush strokes were encouraged and, up close, Kanen says he looks like he's in Cats, but he's reliably informed that from about Row F, his efforts were quite effective. God bless the wig, Kanen says - it was the cherry on the cake. Nice chest!

Kanen's Sweeney Todd makeover
Kanen Breen as The Beadle

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 a busy bee this past week (this is a terrible pun that you'll only truly appreciate when you read on).

Trish faced a difficult dilemma: Wade through six months worth of tax documents or go and watch some friends harvesting honey. Guess which option proved more attractive?  Do read Trish's blog about this. It's funny. And Trish shares a delicious oat pancake recipe, which she sourced to provide an accompaniment for the fresh honey and some fresh herbs she picked while she was visiting.

Trish's oat pancakes

During the week, Trish and Richard stopped their narrowboat at Wilton Marina to pick up a couple of things at the chandlery. There were four huge cherry trees outside laden with perfectly ripe cherries, and when Trish was paying she asked if it was okay to pick some. The result was an apple and cherry jelly flavoured with fennel and black pepper. This looks so delicious.

Trish's berries
Trish's apple and cherry jelly

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett had an hour to kill while his car was being fixed earlier this week, so he took his camera and went for a walk around Mitchell, which is an industrial area in Canberra, looking for some urban abstracts. He's rather pleased with the two buildings he photographed and he loves the triptych of tree shadows on walls. Not usually an urban photography afficionado, he enjoyed the experience so much that he's decided to try his hand at some more.

Steve's urban industrial photography
Steve's urban industrial photography
Steve's urban tree shadows

Scarlet Bennett

April, May and June are always frantically busy months in my occupational psychology business, and this year has been no exception. With the 14 July release of my novel in the mix, it's been even busier than usual and, I have to confess, I've been stretched a bit thin, to the point where I've been fantasising about taking a holiday.

That can only be a fantasy, because there will be no rest for me until the summer rolls around, so I've opted for the next best thing - a change.

I was facilitating a leadership workshop this week, and one of my participants mentioned that she makes terrariums in her spare time. You can imagine how quickly that captured my interest. Aha! I thought. This week's Creative Challenge sorted! Terrariums are very different from my previous creations, making them an ideal substitute for a holiday (I know, there's no substitute for a holiday, but this is a helpful delusion so please indulge me).

Here are my first efforts, not exactly masterpieces, but lovely to have in our home nevertheless. The downside was that it's been bitterly cold in Canberra today, so I put them together on the kitchen table. Let's not talk about the mess...

Scarlet's terrarium
Scarlet's terrarium
Scarlet's terrarium

Week 41: Creative Challenge 52

Georgia Bennett did a great gig this weekend. She played at the Super Hero Family Fun Day in Gold Creek. It was a PCYC community event to get kids interacting with the police.

Singer Georgia Bennett as the Black Widow from Captain America

After Stephen Bennett did his roadie thing for Georgia, he wandered around for a bit with his camera, taking candid shots.

Super Hero Family Fun Day photos

With her Supanova costume at the ready, Georgia went as the Black Widow from Captain America. I'm crazy about that hair! And I bet the dude who went as Batman was loving himself sick in that macho outfit. 'Stick with me, son.  I'll see you straight.'

Georgia Bennett at Superhero Family Fun Day

Kanen breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, is introducing us, tonight, to the latest fashion craze to sweep his hotel room. He calls it the wonky tie and he's in love.

There's a Daiso store within spitting distance of Kanen's Curren abode, and he trotted down there yesterday for inspiration after a fairly arduous week of Sweeney Todd rehearsals. What's not to love about a store which stocks the most bizarre assortment of merchandise where everything is priced at $2.80?

Kanen returned to his hotel room with this white tie that is pre-tied, has a zipper tightening arrangement, and some orange acrylic paint. He admits that he had more grandiose plans than time allowed this weekend (and he still intends to attempt these), but knowing full-well that he had the dregs of a bottle of red Glitterlites in his bag, he set out to create a prototype for the pre-tied, pre-shaped, pre-everything wonky tie!

Daiso white tie

With a $2.80 roll of wire at hand, but no wire cutters to work with, he couldn't quite achieve the shape he'd envisaged, but it's early days for the WT (as he calls it - funny), and he'll see if he can make reality match his vision in coming weeks.

The Wonky Tie in progress

That said, Kanen says he's fully enjoyed this first result, the crumple allowing the sparkle to catch more light. He loves his bling, our Kanen, and the Wonky Tie looks set to become the season's latest and greatest craze. Order now - while stocks last.

The one and only Wonky Tie

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 in Spain holidaying with family this past week. It was a perfect opportunity to indulge her passion for travel photography. Enjoy!

Trish Urquhart in Spain
Trish Urquhart on holiday in Spain

Trish didn't do much cooking while she was away - just one meal, and what a meal it was: beetroot cured salmon and prawns marinated in chili, garlic and fino. Yum. Check out Trish's food blog for more news of her fabulous cooking adventures.

Trish Urquhart on holiday in Spain

It was delightfully warm in Spain, except for a sweltering 45 degree (Celcius) day on their last day there, and Trish and Richard enjoyed some walks and swims, a few touristy excursions, and some delicious and interesting food. On one of their outings, Trish played around with the these tiles and some lichen that she found nearby. Gorgeous.

Trish Urquhart on holiday in Spain

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been able to spend more time felting and dyeing this week as a result of the NSW school holidays, although she's still had quite a few students to teach.

She's been eco-dyeing again, and this week she experimented with cochineal in the dye bath.

Telena's cochineal eco-dyeing

Telena made a nuno felted waistcoat in black and white by laying silk fabrics onto black fleece and felting them together. She also made a collar in paler shades, which can be worn reversed to reveal the silk underneath. She made a waistcoat from merino wool and eco-dyed it with eucalypts. Both waistcoats can be worn upside down to create a bigger collar/smaller coat.

Telena's nuno felted waistcoat
Telena's merino wrap eco-dyed with eucalypts

Telena has some other projects underway in preparation for the winter sale and exhibition of the North Shore Craft Group later this week. What a week! Nice work, Telena.

North Shore Craft Group Exhibition

Scarlet Bennett

I've had some A-grade pearls sitting in my jewellery box begging for attention for a while now, and I've had a hankering for classic designs this week. What could be more classic than pearls?

I indulged myself by making a Heart of a Rose pearl set with a classic pearl necklace and some matching earrings. Note the hearts on the catch of the necklace - I love that touch. These pieces don't jump off the screen and grab attention like some, but they'll last for decades and never go out of style. And I can't describe how gorgeous the pearls feel.

Heart of a Rose pearl set

Week 40: Creative Challenge 52

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been eco-dyeing again this week, chancing her luck with her outdoor cauldron between bouts of rain. She's become an expert, she says, in quickly assembling, using and disassembling her camping stove.

Telena's eco-dyeing

She's experimented this week on some silk scarves using mordents in the dye baths to create different colours. She also made some cream coloured felted scarves and dyed them with native leaves collected in her neighbourhood, along with a bunch from her florist to add foliage that grows in cooler climates.

Telena's eco-dyeing

Telena is enjoying her eco-dyeing project so much that she's decided to grow her own supply. She ordered 5 tube stock and, when the box arrived, she discovered that the nursery had sent her 20 little seedlings, 15 at no cost. She's pleased to have the extra because she's not sure how well the plants will do in the warmer Sydney weather, but she's going to try to find a chilly, exposed spot for them in her garden once they've grown a bit bigger.

Eco-dyeing plant stock

It's school holidays in NSW now, so Telena is hoping to have some extra time in her studio, playing with textiles and serenading the neighbours with her saxophone.

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been taking the nation by storm this week with his glorious partner in crime, Jacqui Dark.

You can't miss this celebrated pair - they're everywhere. The Strange Bedfellows cabaret (of their own distinctive creation) has been an enormous success and they're in all the papers. Here's a sample of the reviews that have been published in Melbourne and Brisbane in the last eight days.

They've been on the radio too, with notable sessions on ABC 774 Conversation Hour and Joy FM. The punters can't get enough of them.

Regular followers of this blog will have seen many of the costumes revealed for the first time right here as Kanen has stitched and glued and laboured over his uber-glitzy caberet creations.

The big question is this...what's he going to do next? Watch this space.

Strange Bedfellows taking the world by storm

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 traversing the Thames with Richard this week in their narrowboat, Patience. Trish has taken some gorgeous travel photos as they've journeyed, a few of which she's shared with us here.

UK Travel Photography
The river Thames
Roasted plum and onion relish

In her galley kitchen, Trish whipped up a delicious roasted plum and onion relish this week, and she flavoured it with chilli and star anise. She and Richard enjoyed it with cheese.

Trish plans to perfect this recipe further as she says she'd have preferred a little more sweetness. She's going to make it again and then she plans to share the recipe - a culinary delight for the rest of us to look forward to.

And she can keep the stunning photos coming too!

The river Thames

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett has been happily engaged in his landscape photography this week. He took these images at Wee Jasper at the foot of the Brindabellas, 80 kilometres north-west of Canberra. The water panoramic at the bottom is going straight to the pool room. I love it!

Wee Jasper
Wee Jasper
Wee Jasper

Steve also helped me today with an image that I wanted for my website. Who's the most adorable dog in the world, then?

Scarlet Bennett

book themed mirror compacts

This week I finished off the giveaways I started work on last weekend, for use by book bloggers when my novel is released on 14 July.

I wanted to make something a bit different so my giveaways are not all jewellery. And I wondered about some book-themed mirror compacts, but I wasn't sure if I'd be able to make the idea work.

I'm delighted with how my experiment has turned out. See for yourself.

Book-themed mirror compacts
Book-themed mirror compact
Music-themed mirror compacts

Week 39: Creative Challenge 52

Elder flower tea

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 very mobile this past week. She and Richard have covered serious ground in their narrowboat - heading from Waltham Abbey on the Lee Navigation to Limehouse Basin, back to Paddington Basin for a couple of days, and they are now on the river Thames at Clieveden.

This, of course, has left little time for creativity, but Trish made a gorgeous brew of elder flower tea this morning, with flowers that she picked along the river bank. I love the composition of this photo with the water in the background. It's just lovely. And Trish has been indulging her passion for travel photography too, with impressive results indeed. The photos are of Paddington and Limehouse Basins.

Trish's travel photography
Trish's travel photography

Telena Routh

Telena's eco-dyeing

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, achieved some wonderful results at her eco-dyeing workshop last weekend, and this has sent her scouring the neighbourhood for suitable trees. She walks with her eyes focusing skyward on the colours and shapes of the gum leaves and tries very hard not to trip over in the process!

Having already felted some small and large wraps, Telena laid down a variety of leaves, rolled, bundled and tied them up, then put them in the simmering dye baths, eagerly awaiting the results. She also dyed some silk scarves. One of the lovely side effects of a eucalyptus dye bath is the aroma.

Telena dyed the orange coloured pieces in a cinerea dye bath and the grey pieces in an iron dye bath. She's delighted with the results. And who wouldn't be? She says she thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and can see herself happily brewing on the camping stove in her backyard. Telena intends to continue using regular dyes, because she loves brightly coloured fleece, but plans to make eco-dyeing a regular part of her repertoire too. What a fabulous addition to her toolkit.

Telena's eco-dyeing
Telena's eco-dyeing

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been in Brisbane today for a matinee performance of the Strange Bedfellows cabaret spectacular, and he's en route to Melbourne tonight for more of the same. He'll be rehearsing and performing in Sweeney Todd for Victorian Opera too, while he's there. The man is unstoppable.

No description could do Kanen's contribution this week justice. He's outdone himself. He created this sequined suit to wear to Strange Bedfellows shows in Adelaide. It was a labour intensive project and the effect under lights, he says, was quite spectacular.

Kanens cabaret jacket

Here he is wearing his masterpiece. If you look closely, you'll recognise his shoes from a previous creative challenge. And if you're a particularly ardent Breen fan (aren't we all?), you might even sense his deft hand at work in Daryl's crimson shoes.

Strange Bedfellows in Adelaide

This week Kanen also put a lick of Glitterlites over the top of a previous effort. They're now so over the top, he says, that he can scarcely cope - too much fabulousness for the human foot to bear.

Kanens Glitterlites boots

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett has been a very kind soul this week, devoting his creative challenge time to a project of mine.

I have a suite of online courses that I'll be releasing on my website in July, and I'm busy preparing materials for them. The courses will all be supported by audio and video files, and today I wanted to make a guided relaxation recording for one of my programs.

Steve set up a little mini studio for me this morning in his dark room (the only room in the house with any potential whatsoever for quiet) and I recorded the voice over. He then worked on the soundtrack to get the levels and balance right, then put it together with some royalty-free music in one of his software programs. Thank you!

Scarlet Bennett

Pearl and sterling silver earrings

Jewellery giveaways for my forthcoming book blog tours are still at the top of my list of creative priorities. This week I made some more earrings and also a couple of pendants. I love these pendants and Steve's photos are just wonderful. And I've started work on some book-themed pieces for next week that just might tickle your fancy - if I can bear to part with them, that is.

Yellow jasper pendant
Inca rose pendant
Pearl and sterling silver earrings
Black onyx and sterling silver

Week 38: Creative Challenge 52

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been performing at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with his partner in crime, Jacqui Dark.

'Sequins, glitter, booze, nodules, red carpets, more booze, midnight guest spots, hangovers, more booze. I'm too old for this,' he says.

His shoes, I'm sure, have been some consolation.

Kanen's shoes

Trish Urquhart

Trish's comfrey fritters

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 outdone herself in Patience's little narrowboat kitchen this week. With Richard working to a tight script deadline, Trish made a scriptwriter's dream supper to sustain him.

She started with a salad of carrot and coriander with spicy mango chutney sunflowers seeds (I'm definitely going to try this) and she followed with Georgian Lobio and fried haloumi. A feast fit for a king. And if that weren't enough, Trish also posted a recipe blog for the rest of us to follow. Check it out here. It looks absolutely delicious.

Trish has also been foraging along the river banks picking elderflowers and comfrey leaves, which she turned into fritters. She drizzled the fritters with a syrup made of elderflower cordial seasoned with togarashi.

Trish's elderflower fritters

And she even managed to fit in some travel photography. A big creative week!

Trish's travel photography

Telena Routh

Having developed an interest in eco-dyeing, Telena recently enrolled in a weekend workshop to extend her limited experience. She loves the idea of being able to add the beauty of nature to her felting. With the workshop running this weekend, she made four felted wraps in advance. Two were felted from merino fleece and she made two nuno felt wraps, which are a combination of fleece and silk chiffon. They're cream and very simple in style.

Telena has been collecting different types of leaves for printing, including a range of Eucalypts and some lovely autumn foliage.

Yesterday in the workshop she experimented on small samples of fabric. She made up bubbling dye baths and immersed the folded, pegged and blocked bundles, letting them cook while eagerly anticipating the resulting alchemy. Today she's been working on her felt wraps and, if we're lucky, we'll get to see the results next week.

Telena's eco-dyeing
Telena's felt wraps
Hall markets

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett had a lot of errands to run today, but in between jobs he's been popping back and forth to the Hall markets to watch Georgia's regular monthly gig. He wandered around with his camera while he was there, capturing something of the ambience on what has been an awfully cold day in Canberra. I'm not too proud to admit that I had to rummage through my wardrobe looking for long johns in order to survive the -3 degree 8am set-up.

At the end of the day, once the punters had gone home and the stall holders were all packing up, Steve set up the video camera in the only safe, discreet place possible - so sorry about the industrial aesthetic - to film Georgia's final song of the day. She performed for five hours, and this was her closing number. Not half bad for someone who was exhausted.

singer songwriter georgia bennett
Hall markets

Scarlet Bennett

Turquoise and sterling silver

Turquoise and sterling silver

I've been working on jewellery giveaways for book bloggers to give their readers when they post about my book after it's released on 14 July. Being me, I've taken a small-scale project and made it bigger than Ben-Hur.

I made a couple of pendants this week, and a heap of earrings too - too many for this blog, but I've chosen a few to share here. My next task is to make some book-themed items and that's going to be my priority next weekend. There's definitely no rest for the wicked around here.

Freshwater pearls with sterling silver hearts

Freshwater pearls with sterling silver hearts

Amethyst and sterling silver

Amethyst and sterling silver

Turquoise and yellow marble pendants

Turquoise and yellow marble pendants

Red agate earrings

Week 34: Creative Challenge 52

Stephen Bennett has produced some wonderful landscape images again this week. His tetraptych is of a ruined cattleman's cottage that he found at Shannon's Flat on the back road from Canberra to Adaminaby. There was no fence in evidence so he bowled up to discover he had the place to himself and then spent a happy hour exploring with his Hasselblad. It's just as well he did, because it's wet and windy in Canberra today - not a suitable photography day at all.

Cattleman's hut landscape photos

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, is apologetic about this week's creation. In fact, he claims it's his weakest effort to date which, given his extraordinarily high standards, is hardly discouraging.

He's in Daylesford for Mother's Day where his sister also lives. He hadn't yet come up with any creative plan of note, so he was delighted to find that his uber creative sister, Keele, had fashioned a lamp together out of old bits of other lamps and light-fittings but had yet to tackle the plain, boring lampshade atop her masterpiece. He says he's not kidding when he tells us this dreadful effort (his words!) took him ten minutes.

The fabric is an old skirt of Keele's that he's stretched into place without cutting and then sewed in with the hideous bobble trim she bought for her daughter. Kanen says, 'it aint pretty, but I'll sneak over the line with it and aim for a more considered contribution next week.' I think he's being too modest by far. A Breen original is still a Breen original and this lampshade has a charming retro feel.

Kanens lampshade makeover

Keryn Clark

South African born writer, florist and cake whizz, Keryn Clark, has been frantically busy this weekend with Mother's Day flowers. Aware that she had no chance of contributing anything today, she submitted some photos earlier in the week, documenting her history in Perth.

This little house is where she first encountered her business partner, Remy, nearly twenty years ago. His twin brother is a hairdresser who used to work out of the house and Remy had his art works on display there too. That meeting set in motion a creative partnership that has lasted ever since.

Keryns house
Perth in transition - a photo journey

Keryn wanted to capture Perth in transition in her images. When she first arrived in Perth, Beaufort Street near the art school was undeveloped, but now the city has started to swirl around it. The little grey vintage shop is where Keryn had her first poetry framed, and Wall Candy was a source of inspiration, not to mention an endless source of furniture. Keryn has included a photo of her signature flower, the bougainvillea, even though she says that roses run a close second. Finally, the terrace houses have been overtaken by McDonalds and Officeworks. Keryn says she knew the person who owned one of them and he bought it years ago for $480,000. Imagine what it would be worth now.

Perth in transition - a photo journey
Perth in transition - a photo journey
Perth in transition - a photo journey

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been continuing her exploration of eco-dyeing this week. With all the recent storms, there's been an abundance of kerbside branches in her street, so she's had some fun foraging for suitable plant matter.

Telena has made a lightweight off-white felted wrap comprised of two fine layers of fleece over silk chiffon. After felting, she soaked it for a few hours in a bath of alum and water. She then layered it with leaves and gumnuts and rolled it around some dowel. She tied it and boiled it in a large saucepan with the addition of some bits of rust. She left it in the solution for four days to let the colours develop. As you can see, the foliage has left clear imprints - gorgeous.

Eco-dyed wrap

Telena has also made a felt lace wrap this week for the friend who was responsible for all the beautiful flowers at Rachel's recent wedding.

felt lace wrap

With winter approaching and several friends expecting babies, Telena has been knitting some gumnut hats. She's very fond of this pattern and the yarn is very soft and warm. They don't take long to knit so she now has quite a collection. Telena has damaged a ligament in her ankle so she says it's time to put her feet up and do some more knitting. Anyone expecting? There are hats to spare.

knitted baby hats

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 is still cooking up a storm on Patience, their recently refurbished narrowboat. She's written an erudite blog this week, featuring impressive words like revictual and gongoozler. If these words are as foreign to you as they were to me, check out Trish's blog here. You'll be able to impress the punters silly with your new words, and Trish's travel photography is awesome too.

Trish has also filmed a moody time lapse video from the boat. There's water, clouds and trains and a tangible sense of chill in the air. Love it.

Scarlet Bennett

My friend Kayleen came over for a jewellery making lesson yesterday and I taught her how to make a gorgeous silver cuff, which I then forgot to photograph. Just as well I'd made a small something extra - some cute sterling silver earrings to liven up a cold, grey weekend.

Sterling silver spiral earrings

Week 32: Creative Challenge 52

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been interested of eco-dyeing of late, creating pattern and colour on her textiles with plants and flowers. After her daughter Rachel's wedding, she thought it would be lovely to take some of the flowers and eco-print her a silk scarf.

Telenas eco-dyed scarf

Telena soaked two silk scarves in water and vinegar, then cut off flowers and foliage and arranged them on one of the scarves. She laid the other scarf on top, followed by a cotton sheet, then rolled it up around a piece of dowel, tying it up securely.

Telenas eco-dyeing

Unfortunately, Sydney's recent bout of wild, unseasonal weather delivered a two day power cut, which meant that Telena had to wait until power was restored before boiling the scarf in a large saucepan with some added alum as a fixative.

She's quite pleased with the result because she wasn't expecting the purples to print well, but she's a little disappointed with the results of the roses and leaves - a likely consequence of the power outage delay.

Telena called one scarf 'finished' at the end of the dyeing process, but felted into the second using the colours and shapes of the bouquet. Rachel is pleased with the keepsakes from her bouquet and that's the most important outcome from Telena's point of view. Telena has also pressed some of the flowers in a flower press made by her husband Peter. A talented family!

telenas pressed flowers

Trish Urquhart

Trishs galley cooking

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 skillfully applying her craft in the small galley kitchen of their narrowboat, Patience.

Trish and Richard are currently enjoying a sojourn in the UK, and Trish has been blogging about their adventures. This week, she's shared some cooking news and a great recipe - check it out here.

Trishs galley cooking

If you've been following this blog, you'll know that Patience has recently been revamped with some necessary repairs - rust removal and an external re-paint. Trish has photographed the transformation. Whose is the smartest looking boat in the fleet then?

narrowboating in the UK

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been making a spectacle of himself this past week. Jacqui asked him to bedazzle a $39 pair of Specsavers glasses for her and, whilst he was at it, he finished off a couple of unfinished symphonies for himself.

The gold pair were an earlier effort that Kanen worked on during our 30 day challenge last year - they were red in their past incarnation - but he wasn't happy with them so he re-did them for Jacqui's Aida opening night - all glitzy and gold to match her jacket.

The pink pair were Kanen's first ever attempt from last year using glue and glitter, which were super flashy but very clumpy. They now have about twenty coats of clear nail varnish over the top to smooth out the look and make them less exfoliating to wear.

Kanens glasses makeover

Jacqui's green and red pair speak for themselves, and Kanen says they're his schmickest job yet, because Specsavers are so familiar with him now, and so amused by his efforts, that they left the lenses out so he could 'work his magic' without any fear of schmutzing the lenses. That's just too funny for words.

Kanens glasses makeover

Keryn Clark

South African born writer, florist and cake whizz, Keryn Clark, flew in and out of the Sydney storm last week, and has been flat out ever since.

She had to retrieve a flower order that was delivered to the wrong florist in Tweed Heads, she requoted on a corporate job, and she had to get all her Mother's Day orders in too.

Keryns flowers

Never one to rest on her laurels, she's re-decorated the shop this week The formal arrangements are her business partner, Remy's, work but the concept is Keryn's and she also did the heavy lifting, dragging the furniture and props around the shop until she was happy with the new arrangement.

Keryns shop fit out

The accounting project Keryn was working on last week is still a work in progress. She's moving across to MYOB and has had to re-input all of the last three month's worth of work - ugh! It doesn't bear thinking about.

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett

Today is Worldwide Pinhole Day, and Stephen Bennett and his friend Pete headed off to the towns of Booroowa and Dalton with their large format pinhole cameras for a feast of photography.

Dalton pinhole photos

Steve's camera is an 8x10 inch format, and Pete's is an unusual 4x10 inch version. The weather was ideally cloudy with soft light, and they both came home with light hearts and some shots in the bag.

pinhole photography
pinhole photography

Scarlet Bennett

I've always loved making hats, even though I rarely wear them. It's an annoying quirk.

On a roll from the past few weeks, I've been knitting some more hats and scarves. On particularly cold days, I might even wear any that I don't give away. This set looks lovely on Georg.

Knitted scarf and hat

I also had a lovely creative hour today playing around with make-up to help Hannah find a new look. With such a gorgeous model, it's hard to go wrong.

make up transformation