I live in Adelaide, South Australia.  This blog is about making useful, one-of-a-kind things, mostly from local and recycled materials.  It’s about growing plants, natural dyeing, spinning, knitting, sewing… and anything else that takes my fancy as the story unfolds.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. What a wonderful blog!!! I look forward to reading about your adventures. Making is really the way to go, isn’t it 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for dropping by! I think your project is really inspiring and I’m glad you like my blog. Being part of a community of makers adds wonderfully to the delights of making, I think!


  2. hello, thanks for stopping by my blog…yours is fascinating. I love all the experiments with the plants and your sense of adventure! And oh, what gorgeous plants you have there. I’m inspired to try some things with my collages.


  3. What a fabulous informative and fun blog. Awesome reading!


  4. Olesya

    I really injoy your blog. Amazing information. Keep on writing.


  5. Bonjour ,
    je vois que nous avons de nombreux goût en commun . Votre blog est très interessant.


  6. Thank-you for reflecting so fully what I do fleetingly each day – drawing in the natural world around, reflecting on change & beauty and infinite usefulness of these resources. Love your blog, your creativity.


  7. Alex

    Hello, I’ve been interested in starting to use natural dyeing methods. I’d love to start dyeing with the eucalyptus leaves. I live in Sydney, could you give me any advice for getting started?


    • Hi Alex, I hope you’ll go for it! If you click on the How To tab at the top of my blog you’ll get some links to follow for leaf printing… https://localandbespoke.com/how-to/. You could join the Natural Dyeing Down Under forum and group on Ravelry where there will be other NSW dyers. Or you can just chose a tree, collect fallen leaves, heat them in water and add wool (below a boil), and see what develops. Eucalyptus will dye wool without mordants, and everything else is about time, the quality of water and the leaves.


  8. Alex

    Thank you, I hope to get started as soon as I can find an ironbark (e. sideroxylon?) and a silver dollar tree (e. cinerea) that hasn’t had the leaf litter cleared away. Or I’ll have to find a shorter one to get things off of as I’m not very tall myself (wishful thinking right? Gum trees can get ridiculously tall).


    • You can gather fallen leaves, dried leaves… anything the tree drops will give dye. And although those are two trees that will give colour, lots of others will too. Tall, but generous!


  9. Alex

    I went along through the park with my nephew this morning and picked up leaves. He even joined in! He went to what looked like an iron bark and smacked it before grabbing a fistful of leaves off the ground and bringing them back to me. Considering that he’s 2 years old I was incredibly impressed, he got such a big hug that he went back twice for more leaves! 🙂


  10. Hi! It’s Leah from SeattleSpinner! I was asked to participate in a Blog Hop Around the World post, and part of that is passing the baton to another inspiring blogger. I would love to nominate your blog, if you’re okay with that? Here’s a link to the blogger who is passing the baton to me..https://intricateknits.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/blog-hop-around-the-world/

    I’ll be posting on this towards the end of the week, so if you’d like to be next, let me know!!

    Take care and keep up the awesome blogging!!



  11. What a fantastic blog! I am very excited to be a new follower, Best wishes, Lucy


  12. Bek

    Thank you for your blog! I’m just starting to get into natural dyeing, and I was looking for something with some info about dyeing with native Aussie species, so was very glad to find you! Looking forward to trying it out!!


  13. Love your blog. Had to send you this post from UK illustrator Jackie Morris as it made me think of you straight away.


    • Dear Margaret, I just watched the video. I think your thinking of me in this context might be one of the loveliest compliments anyone has ever paid me. I’ve just shed a few quite tears at my work desk. Thank you so much for sending this rather exquisite piece of loveliness in my direction! warmly, Mary


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  15. Lucy Ridsdale

    Wow! Just discovering your blog when I was trying to identify a Eucalypt in my front garden that I’ve made ink from (long steeped leaves)…. Have been obsessively reading, and love that the XR screenprints popped up at the top of your posts.

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  16. Anne Ballantyne

    I hope you are well. I want to wish you a happy and healthy 2023.
    Your posts have brighten and informed many days. Thank you.

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