Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Merry Christmas

First of all I hope that all the readers of this blog have had a very Merry Christmas.

This Christmas was thoroughly enjoyable spending time with family and enjoying wonderful food. Last Christmas was exactly the same however we were in Hungary with family. I'm sure you can imagine, the temperature difference between Budapest and Brisbane in December is about 35 degrees Celsius. 

This is the first hot Christmas that Scott and I have had in 7 years and it was definitely a little odd.

To compare, here are two photos, one from Christmas 2010 and one from Christmas 2011.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! :-)

Oh, and the Ninjabread Men I made went down very well.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Brisstyle Indie Designers Market

Saturday 10th December was The Quizzical Owl's first official BrisStyle market.

The day started out with rain, rain and more rain. It was bucketing down. We'd already packed the car, and I decided to head to Racecourse Rd to see what the weather was going to do. We got there, chatted to other stallholders, and waited for the rain to stop.

Our spot for the market was outside, hence the waiting!

The rain cleared up just as the market opened at 9am. Talk about perfect timing!

We had a fantastic day. We met crafty and non crafty people alike. I am so pleased that we stayed.

The Quizzical Owl's stall
The stalls outside, from a distance.

Reclaimed Records' stall - gorgeous notebooks

The stalls inside the hall

Lego hair clips - the Christmas Special!

These will be available at the BrisStyle Indie Twilight market, 16th December

The Quizzical Owl's last market for 2011 is this Friday, 16th December. Between 5 and 9pm, I'll be in King George Square, in Brisbane City.

See you there!

Monday, 12 December 2011

Custom Order - Harry Potter & Captain Jack Sparrow

I was contacted on Etsy by Maggi, who wanted a couple of custom items for her nieces.

Maggi had specific ideas about what she wanted, and I was more than happy to oblige. One niece loves Harry Potter, and the other loves Pirates of the Caribbean. And of course, Lego do both of these themes, so it was perfect.

Normally for pendants, I use just the Lego figure. For this order I used a few extra bits and pieces for each necklace. I also made each girl a pair of matching earrings. Harry Potter is surrounded by potion bottles, and is carrying his wand. The matching earrings were white owls, just like Hedwig. Captain Jack is surrounded by cutlasses. And the earrings were cutlasses too.

I'm really proud of these pieces. I think they look fabulous, and I'm looking forward to hearing from Maggi how her nieces liked their presents.

What do you think? :-)

If you would like your own set like this, please email me! thequizzicalowl [at] gmail [dot] com

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Knitted Secret Santa Present

BrisStyle held its first AGM last Saturday. It is always lovely to see the crafty ladies. There was a Secret Santa present swap and the only rule was that it needed to be handmade. Rather than raid my stock of Lego jewellery, I wanted to knit something. I was very pleased with my creation and thought that I would share some photos.

Cute, huh?

I've also made a second one for Scott's Secret Santa at his work.

The pattern I got from here.  It's an excellent way to use leftover yarn. And I've got lots of yarn.