First attempt using an ancient dye source

Latest eco dyed silk/cotton dress on display outside Gone Rustic today. Weld (dyers rocket) in the dyepot; various leaves and iron nails in the bundle.
All of the clothes I eco dye are vintage/retro. I look for quality and detail, as well as lovely fabric. This dress met all these requirements!   

121 main street

on our way back from hobart yesterday we found this historic gem in kempton

the sign said light refreshments, and as it was lunchtime we knew we had to investigate

we were not disappointed

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wonderful food, beautiful setting, friendly hosts – we couldn’t ask for more!

steamfest in tasmania

husband, daughter and i spent an enjoyable (if very hot) few hours at the annual steamfest event today, in the ‘mural town’ of sheffieldSteamfest 13 - March 2013

husband was keen to see vintage steam engines and vintage cars so we let him go off on his ownSteamfest 18 - March 2013daughter and i alternated between finding shady places to cool off and looking at all the displays, including one by the sheffield spinners

there was even a toy story bouncy castle, but we resisted the temptation to have a go (it was too hot)Steamfest 1 - March 2013a steam train ran regularly, taking passengers who were waiting at the historic railway station (unfortunately i omitted to photograph them)Steamfest 14 - March 2013i learned that tasmanian fine ice creams are absolutely delicious (i had the lemon cheesecake flavour)

we saw a few people in historic costumeSteamfest 17 - March 2013we browsed through a wide variety of market stalls, including a display by the local collectibles club (husband had rejoined us at this stage)

lots of vintage machinery (many in working order) were on show, including this ‘mystery object’, which we thought might be a grain thresher

i couldn’t resist buying a rustic little wooden birdhouse to use as a prop in my gallery, which my daughter ‘carried’ for meSteamfest 19 - March 2013all in all, it was a great day!

exhibition by linda burns 4

recently i had the privilege of attending the opening of linda burns’ first solo exhibition at the golden gate gallery, mathinna, tasmania

this is the final post showing photos of this exhibition – but certainly not the last we’ll hear of this talented artist

a range of beautifully constructed bowls and a geometrically decorated platter –

some  serving dishes –

a selection of bowls decorated in similar glazes –

and bowls in more earthy colours –

last – but definitely not least – the historic cottage which is the golden gate gallery

if you would like to visit the gallery, check out a map of the area first so you don’t get lost – just type mathinna, tasmania in the search box

click here to visit linda burns’ facebook page

if you missed the first 3 posts about this exhibition, you can see them here –

exhibition by linda burns 1

exhibition by linda burns 2

exhibition by linda burns 3