During my time away, I visited a local market. It was a bit of a cross between a car boot sale and a craft market... so I was in HEAVEN!!! Basically it was like a craft gallery and an op shop all rolled into one fabulous set-up.
I could have spent all day there... but it wasn't to be...
(maybe I shouldn't have taken the children with me???)
So many interesting stalls, with a huge range of merchandise on sale... but there was one stall which completely captivated me.
The stall holder was weaving. She had set herself up using the end of a display rack as a makeshift upright loom... and her other tools included an old wooden ruler, and a couple of broken bamboo garden stakes with some tape wrapped around them. I so wish that I had taken my camera with me. The 'recycled' set-up was fabulous in itself... but then watching her work was just... WOW!
I couldn't take my eyes off her hands, as they darted in and out rhythmically... row by row... creating a magnificent piece. I had so many questions that I wanted to ask her, but I didn't want to break the rhythm of her work... amazing!
Honestly don't know how long I stood there... watching... watching... watching...
But I do remember being disappointed when a customer required her assistance with a purchase, and my trance was broken...
(adding HAND WEAVING to my list of skills to learn ONE DAY...)
Since the trace was broken, I decided it was time to take a good look at the other items for sale.
I found myself drawn to the fabric journal covers. Usually that wouldn't have been of any interest to me... but there were such an array of colours and textures, that I had to pick one up and take a look. Staring at the blank pages inside... I could just visualise myself using it to scribble down thoughts and ideas, designs and plans... and all of a sudden I WANTED one! It inspired me.... How could I live without one?
Purples are always a bit tricky to photograph, which is a shame... because I can't quite capture the richness that is the essence of this journal... but I will do my best:
I was so excited with my new purchase, and I couldn't wait to share it with Mr Goldfish... even though I knew he wouldn't be quite as enthusiastic about it as I was.
He let me gush about the colour and the texture and the inspiration... and then said:
COULDN'T YOU HAVE MADE THAT YOURSELF?