a wonderful mothers day was had

The trek out to the Lost World Valley early in the morning on our way to Arts in the Olives Festival is always special and yesterday was a full of joy with the misty valleys, hot air balloons and gifts for me  :)

Ula at 13 is a doer and all my gifts from her were hand made.

My Mother's Day Love on my lap on the way to Arts in the Olives

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she also beavered away at this with the help of her Dad

P1070802We all had a stunning day and it was great to connect with so many lovely people.


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An early start to a big day out and I could not do it without the rest of the family, a trailer to pack and unload, canopy to erect and stock to display but it is worth it. The day Arts in the Olives is set in a valley named The Lost World. This year they had 2000 people through the gate and we were busy bees all day.

and a thanks to the photos by Sandra  from Mudbrick Cottage Herb Farm

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We have had a lovely weekend  away( Lost World Valley) and of course the dye pot went with me, I was very lucky because a friend was able to identify some of the leaves I was about to dye with which is most helpful. For my future reference and jottings in my new local plants reference book ” Wild plants of greater Brisbane” a Queensland museum guide. I have made notes across from Jean Carmen’s book for cross reference.

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The leaves used and identified were Eucalyptus Crebra Narrow leaved Ironbark, Corymbia Tessellaris Morton Bay Ash and Angophora subvelutina  Broadleaf Apple. I also had some pre soaked leaves that had been in a jar of water with vinegar for some time.

They were boiled up in my trusty pot… three samples and by far the best results came from the unidentified vinegar soaked leaves !

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The Angophra was my biggest disappointment,  don’t let leaf shape and colour deceive you…. it looks very similar  to some leaves I have used from Victoria that result in red/orange this leaf gave very soft beige and very little imprint.

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The Angophra is the leaves on the left hand side (heartish shaped ) the long narrow leaves are the Eucalyptus Crebra.

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This is the Corymbia Tessellaris  Morton Bay Ash It could well give better results with cooper ( it was wrapped in a copper pipe) and was very yellow where they touched.

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And lastly the unidentified vinegar soaked leaves !

Ancient Arts Revival Market

We had a fine day out at the market day, a great atmosphere lots of lovely old sheds and tools, street performers and children’s entertainment,wonderful food too. Ula did a screen printing workshop which she really enjoyed, next year would like to do the printmaking workshop.


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Am busing myself for my next outing to the Ancient Arts Revival 30/09/12 in the Lost World Valley(look in my blog roll home). I have had great success with bundle dying some woolen clothing both new and second hand and all had been mordanted with alum and cream of tartar.

We had a dummy run with the new canopy and its set out, and made some silk bunting just need to make all the labels and last minute stitching . (best get off the computer )

Superb Mothers Day for all


What a cracker of a day sun shine, minimal wind and lots of happy people surrounded us for the day. My day started with a chilli awakening in the valley of the Lost World, a very excited daughter beckoning me up for Presents and Pancakes… standard  breakfast for such occasions ! Happy me with perfume , chocolates and soap and more to come during the day…I had lots of lovely customers and encouragement from like minded souls.The hardest part of having a stall at such a wonderful event is not being able to wander at will and soak it all up.

happy purchase ……up- cycled handbag


Christopher Trotter’s handy work