When you run your own business, holidays tend to become a mere concept -something nice that other people do. But the fact is, we all need a break from the commitments of daily life. So, having booked a stall at Red Hill Market, I decided to combine work and a mini-holiday by spending a couple of days, post market down by the Mornington Penninsula. So,come Friday night, Ed and I packed the cat off to my parents and drove down to their holiday place at Somers. The early morning market start wasn't particularly "holidayish", however being surrounded by gum trees and savouring freshly baked scones and billy tea from a nearby stall was. The weather was a little less than perfect, with sporadic rain and wind that our neighbour pointed out came uninteruppted from the Antarctic! But thankfully the locals are an intrepid and well-prepared bunch who turned up in gumboots and super-warm jackets and there were quite a few Melbournites there for the day as well. Ed and I spent the rest of our time eating very well (the french toast with berry compote and yoghurt cortesy of the Somers Gerneral Store was a bit of a highlight) and relaxing in front off an open fire drinking Red Hill pale ale (my current favourite brew). Lovely. Back in Melbourne now I have been working on some new garments. This is a sample I finished today. I've been thinking about texture, about feathers and foliage and about how I need to start using up my enormous stash of fabric scraps which never seem to be big enough for whole projects.
I'm quite happy with the exterior look but I need to work in the interior finish and I also found that base skirt I used was a little too lightweight so required quite bit of stabilising around the cutved cut-out edge. I'm going to keep playing with some different permutations - the size and angle of the ruffles, the size and shape of the panel insert, different fabric base skirts etc - plently of things to try!