Some of the postcard photography prints that will be available at the October long weekend markets in Hill End
It was a stunningly pretty day today. Blue skies and sunshine. Got too warm for me.
It was down to 5c over night but it must have been in the high 20s today.
Not the best sort of weather when most of our products were woolen hats and gloves. We still sold more than I thought we would and some badges, some of the note cards and one of the post cards.
It was great to see everyone. Some great conversations with people and I got a fair amount of spinning done.
I’m exhausted though and I didn’t eat properly or drink enough and then forgot to take my meds. I’ll have to be much better about that tomorrow.
Our cat has been really sick lately but after $300 of vet bills and a week of her being miserable she’s really come good. Her and her brother have really loved the carrier bag we got from A Slice Of Orange the other day
A few months ago I signed up for my first needle work swap. It was through the Phat Quarter Flickr group and the theme was ‘small things’. I love Owls and Scops Owls are tiny so that was what I decided to embroider. I just worked from a photo so there’s no pattern for this.
I hope to get a decent photo up of it soon once I find my card reader.
Hill End markets open tomorrow at the Royal Hall. Once again we have a stall selling hand made stuff.
You will have to excuse some rather dodgy photos here because I can’t find my card reader so I can’t get anything off my camera. I’m left with just my phone camera.
I hope to get photos of everything with the camera anyway so I can share them later.
Our stall at the market. We’ve actually got a table covering this year. I sewed letters on to a sheet we got from the Op Shop. I can’t believe how perfectly it fits the table. Some of the letters are a little dark though so I’ll embroider around them before the next market.
The gap over on the right is for the adult hats that we’re still pricing and sorting out labels for. They will be there by the time the market opens tomorrow.
It’s coming in to Autumn now so we have plenty of hand knitted hats and fingerless mitts. It was really warm today but tomorrow isn’t meant to get above 20c and it’s getting down to 5c tonight and tomorrow night so hopefully that will have people thinking about winter woolens.
Last market was in October but it was in the middle of the cold snap and we sold out of adult hats pretty early on.
We also got prints of my photography done. We got them printed through moo.com and weren’t sure if they would get here in time but they have and they look fantastic. They have the printfinity option so you can get many designs in the same pack. I have around 60 different images but only one of each design so if they sell out that’s it until I re-order. I will definitely be re-ordering because I want some of these on my wall.
What doesn’t sell at the markets will make it’s way in to our Etsy Shop soon after.
I’ll take proper product photos of what’s left before putting them up on Etsy.
Excuse the dog hair covered carpet the vacuum doesn’t get it up and when you have so little energy there are better things to use it on than scraping the carpet with your shoes (the only thing we’ve found to get rid of it)
A couple of shots of Old Man Roo from across the road, a few shots of our dogs and a couple of Elvis the King Parrot who comes to visit. He’s really friendly and will even eat out of your hand if you stand still long enough.
We borrowed a badge maker from a friend a while ago and in a bid to make some cheaper items to sell at the market I busted it out last week. It’s a bit hit and miss and you waste a lot of components when it doesn’t work but I ended up with a bunch of badges I liked.
Here’s where the phone camera starts to fall down. These are hand drawn badges I made. I drew the pictures and coloured them in with coloured pencil. Then came the hard part of cutting them out. Unfortunately the cutter that came with the badge machine is rather blunt now. It made it rather difficult to get the circles right.
Because I’m drawing them all by hand they’re all one of a kind artworks. I will get around to making some repeatable ones on the computer at some point but we don’t have a working printer at home right now so there wasn’t much point this time.
These are made from some Origami Paper a friend brought us back from Japan. I was really happy with the way these came out. Once again the cutting was difficult and there’s a fair bit of work involved in making the badges but I think the result works well. They look a lot better in real life. I was having a lot of trouble taking a photo without glare on the plastic.
I also made up a set of note cards before I knew if the photography prints would get here in time.
These are all hand drawn in graphite on a cream card stock. Quite thick and sturdy.
Hill End markets are on Saturday and Sunday of the Easter Long Weekend and the October Long Weekend.
They are open from 10am to 3pm and held at the Royal Hall on Beyers Avenue, Hill End. Right next door to the pub and opposite the general store and take away shop.
Hill End is about an hours drive from either Bathurst or Mudgee and it’s a beautiful, scenic drive. If you come from Bathurst through Turondale it is now sealed the whole way and so is the road from Mudgee. They haven’t changed the sign yet so it still says there’s dirt road but it’s been tarred.
If you are okay with driving on a gravel road then you can come from Bathurst through Sofala. Sofala is another gorgeous old Gold Town.
The pub and the General Store do food and so does Hosie’s Cafe. Hosie’s even has gluten free stuff available. We wont have gluten free cakes at our stall this time, we just didn’t have time. The museum at the Visitor’s Centre is great and there is an audio/visual display at the old Great Western Store that shows a lot of the Beufoy Merlin photos (taken in the 1870s) that are part of the Holterman collection.You can also pan for gold and there are tours running from the Discovery Centre (next to the General Store) including a Ghost Tour at night and an Easter Egg hunt for the kids.
If you have a mobile with either Optus or Telstra you’ll be able to get some signal in the village.
Accessibility isn’t great for people in wheelchairs. Most buildings have steps because they were built in the 1870s. The Visitor’s Centre has a sign on the door saying they have a ramp available but to get to the front desk to ask about it you need to get down 3 steps in the path and up the step in to the front desk.
Come out for a visit. There are a bunch of trash and treasure stalls as well. I’ll have my spinning wheel and will be spinning most of the weekend.
Well that didn’t go so well.
I meant to keep writing but I got rather sick again over Christmas. I have a few different chronic health conditions that all flare up if I do too much and we had two trips away in December to visit family. Loads of driving, looking after our nephew and just catching up with people and I spent most of January unable to do much of anything.
Then we went to Sydney again to visit a friend who was over from the US and went to the zoo. It was great to see our friends and the animals but it was pouring with rain (it was actually flooded in lots of places, like up over my ankles, thankfully I had my new shoes. The old ones would have fallen apart) and the zoo is massive. So much walking caused all sorts of problems and I’m only just getting back to functioning.
This weekend is the Hill End market so we’ve been making stuff for that. We have a stall there Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm.
I’ll write another post about that though.
We had a big day in Orange yesterday. We picked up a fruit box from The Farm Gate. Fantastic fruit straight from the orchard. We also managed to get the other stuff we needed done but something made me sick. I only had a juice and a coffee but I got a severe gluten reaction just after drinking the coffee so I’m guessing there was some cross contamination somewhere. After all that we didn’t get home until gone 11:30pm.
This morning we set up the stall at the hall. Just need to finish pricing the adult hats and take them with us tomorrow morning when the market opens.
I’ve managed to lose my card reader so I can’t get photos off my dSLR camera right now. I’m trying to make do with the phone camera but it’s really not the same.