Friday, July 22, 2016

Energizer Bunny

Part of Bendigo show IxcHeL Stall (yes…part of !!!!..lol there’s more !)



Bendigo show 2016 was AMAZING!!!! it only took about a 6 hour set up......and a year of preparation.....lol




I could not possibly think of more superlatives to describe it but it was out of this world! Not only did I get to meet all my fibre friends (or friends in firbre) but I was very privileged to do a talk about being a bunny carer and bunny hairdresser and most of all someone that survived because of fibre and craft.
This is something that does not get a lot of airtime normally because let’s face it, most people survive on medicine, drugs (the good kind..lol) and other stuff. I, on the other hand, I can honestly say, that when all logic eluded me and life was just too hard, fibre saved me and my bunnies ofcourse ! So yes, it was scary (let me repeat that SCARY to be in front of heaps of people in a fancy lunch setting, being me (meaning wearing buny ears and wearing my hell bunny dress outfit with my handknitted super fluffy bunny cardi, talking about…well..my life…lol it wouldn’t have been half as scary if I had more time (10 minutes is hardly enough to talk about my story..lol) and if I had notes. However, being the chaos charmer I am,, notes would have been lost on me so I made it up a I went along..until they gave me the sign that my time was up and I was about to be carried off the stage by a huge merino sheep with a whip….lol Then back to the stall (I am still very sad I missed the desert which was a chocolate something not to be missed apparently..lol)

So here I am , back at the farm and it is life as usual : bunny care, farm work and trying to keep everything going and preparing clubs and updates. No rest for the wicked. I have to admit I had 1 PJ day: Monday! Paul told me to take it easy and did not let me do anything (the sweetheart)…

I don’t want to keep you waiting too long for this update (which is already later than usual) because there is a awinner to be announced !!!!!

The winner of the Bendigo 2016 Lottery Draw is (drumroll)

 Peta McMurray !!!!!!!!!! 

Thank you so much for visiting my stall and yes!!! You are the winner of a fantastic IXCHeL Prizepack !! I will send it out to you on Monday ! Congratulations Peta !!!!!




There’s a lot going on here at the farm: and yes, the clubs have already been prepped and getting their dye bath and they will be ready to ship by the end of next week and there is so much to announce as well such as new rare sheep breed adventures and more, but that is next weeks update. This week, for all of you who could not make it to the Bendigo show here is something to sink your teeth into: Alpine Glitz with the amazing Valais Blacknose sheep!! Those super cute sheep that melt your heart and will have your spinning wheel purring in no time!

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Have a fun weekend and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! You know me: I always love to enable!

All my contact details are to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry. Have fun and stay warm!!





Alpine GLitz Tops   



Valais Blacknose rare sheep , eco merino, glitz, Cashmere, Angora bunny
 100grams AU$25





zombies and mermaids-sold-





woad-



velvet



sunflower winter-2 available-



rainbow-




magic mushroom-



Heather



Green Grass



Ghostbuster



Dandelion Love



Sunny Day



Suffragette




Dates to put in your Calendar !!

JULY


OCTOBER

2nd of October
Black n Coloured Sheep FIELD DAY  in Cranbourne!




Landscape dyes 

 100g tubs   AU$11 


Want to dye your own with easy to use acid dyes? I have been selling these Landscape dyes at my workshops and shows for a long time :  They are extremely easy to use and come in great shades.
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.


Have a creative week!
Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions okay? : Always happy to enable.

All my contact details are here:


How To Order:

1. You can email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or ixchelbunny at yahoo dot com dot au
2. Message me on facebook or 
3. Message me on www.ravelry.com  where I am Ixchelbunny.

I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods.


Any questions? Any custom orders for yarn or dyeing fibre? : Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.


Thank you so much for your help and support !


 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Hopping to it Bunny Bendigo Style !

Hopping to the Sprint !

7 days to go til Bendigo show. Well not really because I have to get everything ready by Wednesday in time to set up on Thursday and believe me: there is a LOT to set up !!

All the dyeing is pretty much done except for a few technical little dyeing session tomorrow, so then it is all about braiding, labeling, badge making, paperwork and signage. There is always more left to do and I always feel that I do not have enough but I bet I won’t have enough room if push comes to shove..lol

The “thank you for being a superbunny parcels have been packed so everybody wearing bunny ears will get a nice pressie !!  and do not forget that everybody spending over $75 will go into the draw to win an amazing prize! Just like every year at Bendigo.

These last few days before the car is packed with all the fluffy Bendigo goodies feels like a last sprint to reach the finish line after running a marathon for the last few months non stop. It is a huge undertaking ! For some things like the the handspun yarn: I start spinning as soon as Bendigo is over for next years Bendigo.  It can look like I am this happy go lucky bunny with green ears on but I am quite serious about enabling…lol…besides it is very important: important because this is what I do. t's my  job, my life , my income, the way the farm can stay alive. People often tell me “ I don’t know how you do all this” ….I do: I work almost non stop…lol

With all this in mind and the mad scramble for Bendigo next week, I hope you will not hold it against me that I will not put up any fibres or yarns on this blog for you to snaffle: Time is not my friend at the moment..and I have still so much to tackle..It is totally and utterly mental..!! If you would like me to custom dye or spin anything for you or you can’t make it to Bendigo: please contact me! I will do my best to be a good enabler. Custom dyeing or spinning jobs will obviously have to wait til Bendigo.

Have a fun weekend and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! You know me: I always love to enable!

All my contact details are to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry. Have fun and stay warm!! And HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON AT BENDIGO SHOW !!!




Dates to put in your Calendar !!

JULY

Friday July 15th- Sunday 17th, 9am-5pm


Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show
THE event of the year !!!! Not to be missed!! I will be there in the Flower (Power Bunny) Shed again with heaps of new goodies, hand dyed and hand spun, IxCHeL new blends and rare sheep breed adventures and much much more ! Including a world first of something AMAZING AND FUN!!!!! GUANACO and many more rare breed fibres and yarns !It will be out of this world !!!!


OCTOBER

2nd of October
Black n Coloured Sheep FIELD DAY  in Cranbourne!



Landscape dyes 

 100g tubs   AU$11 


Want to dye your own with easy to use acid dyes? I have been selling these Landscape dyes at my workshops and shows for a long time :  They are extremely easy to use and come in great shades.
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.


Have a creative week!
Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions okay? : Always happy to enable.

All my contact details are here:


How To Order:

1. You can email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or ixchelbunny at yahoo dot com dot au
2. Message me on facebook or 
3. Message me on www.ravelry.com  where I am Ixchelbunny.

I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods.


Any questions? Any custom orders for yarn or dyeing fibre? : Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.


Thank you so much for your help and support !


 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Bunny Bendigo Vortex

In the bunny vortex

14 days to go til Bendigo show and this bunny here is in MORE than total ACTION Mode!

There is a LOT to do: and I am not talking about dyeing or blending ( that was the homework that had to be finished months ago!) no I am talking about dyeing, drying , packing and labelling and making up all the the “thank you for being a super bunny bags” for the Bendigo show !

What is thank you for being a super bunny I hear you say? Well..everybody who wears bunny ears will receive a special surprise pressie pack when visiting my stall i8n the flower shed at the Bendigo show. It is Fun ! and at the same time I am desperately trying , for over 10 years now, to be an advocate foir all; things bunny and fibre.
Why? Because it’s not only a fun thing but more importantly to be an advocate to animal welfare and let everybody know how important it is to have diversity and think outside of the box. In  the last twenty years there has been a huge resurgence of craft and also an identity change so to speak of how we work and experience fibre: where does it come from, how does it get processed? Are the animals treated right? What story is connected to the yarn or the fibre? All this is going to be centre piece at my Women of wool talk at the Bendigo show. Slow craft, slow stitch, creative sustainable fibres…all of that is so important and how to make it work ! Not an easy task at all. For any of you who have been trying to survive being a farmer (being prayed upon by big industry =read taken advantage of- ) it is time to stand united on one hand and at the same time stand strong in individuality and passion. It may take a long time but I am sure that the creative resurgence of sustainable creative craft will make the wold d a better place.

I have been dyeing fibres almost non stop ion preparation for the Bendigo show, but there is so much more to do: preparing the “thank you for being a super bunny bags” which means that if you are wearing bunny ears while visiting my stall at the Bendigo show you will receive a special “Thank you for being a super bunny bag” , making labels, and posters and much much more. Days are blending into nights…working days of 20 hours a “day” are regular.. so much to think of and do and prepare and sometime , yes, I think, when I am run off my feet and almost falling down, this is “inhumane” …..and then I remember.. I am speaking for the bunnies,,,speaking for craft.


There’s a lot going on here at the farm: so many fibres still to dye and label. BUt there is light at the end of the tunnel: only about 5 more blends to dye together with some rare sheep breeds!!

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Have a fun weekend and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! You know me: I always love to enable!

All my contact details are to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry. Have fun and stay warm!!


New IxCHeL Club sign ups are open FOR THE LAST DAY !!!!!!!!! 

for the months : July, August and September 2016 

(til quotas are reached or until july1st)

For all our international club fans there is a possibility to ship all three clubs together to save on postage if you want :-) Just pm me and enquire about the options available.

IxCHeL Fibre Club July, August and September  2016

The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed top/roving per month to the value of AU$24 or more
All the tops will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel Fibre Club ! Price to join the IxCHel Fibre Club #29 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (July, August, September) 2016) is AU$72 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND there are good value double serves available !!!

For Australia : single serve $72+$28 postage (parcel post), double serve $136+$28 (save $8) or triple serves $204 (save $12!) + postage
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$72+AU$55 (Airmail) double serve AU$136+AU$55
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$72+AU$60 (airmail) Double serve AU$136+AU$60
For Asia: Single serve AU$72+AU$45 (airmail) Double serve AU$136+AU$45
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB #29 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The July 2016 Club is going to be shipped out end of July. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details

The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs July, August, September 2016


Every month for three months (July, August and September  2016) you will receive: enough hand dyed luscious yummy yarn to make a pair of socks or a lush shawl or scarf ofcourse! (the hand dyed yarn will be exclusive for the Ixchelbunny SOCK-IT-TO-ME Yarn CLUB and will range from a sockweight yarn or a 3ply or a 4 ply); Every month a new sock pattern, tips and instructions ! Now is that GOOD or is that GOOD ??!

I will even offer a double serve for those of you who like their socks extra long !



For Australia : single serve $78+$28 postage (parcel post) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +$28

For USA + Canada: single serve AU$78+AU$55 (Airmail) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$55

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$78+AU$60 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$60

For Asia: Single serve AU$78+AU$45 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$45


Numbers are strictly limited ! 
Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal . Just PM or email me your details 
  By the way: you don’t HAVE to knit socks if you don’t want to.. the hand dyed yarn is amazingly nice for scarves, cowls, beanies and even tops ! Anything goes .

IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs July, August and September 2016

Here are all the details and just pm me when you have any questions or want to be part of the funky bunny batt club Movement ;-) Welcome to the blingy dark side ;-D
The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed funky bunny batt per month to the value of AU$40 or more .
The batts will range in weight from 140grams to 180grams with luxury fibres like camel , angora, cashmere, silk, yak, llama even wolf and bison and rare sheep breeds !!!! All the batts will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel funky bunny Club ! Every month you will receive a HUGE luxury funky bunny batt !
Sign up now and you will receive an Ixchel Hand dyed , super luxurious funky bunny batt for July, august and september 2016.

Price to join the Ixchel Funky bunny for three months is :
For Australia : $108+$28 postage (parcel post)
For USA + Canada: AU$108+AU$55 (Airmail)
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$108+AU$60 (airmail)
For Asia: AU$108+AU$45 (airmail)
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FUNKY BUNNY BATT CLUB now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The first installment is going to be shipped out end of July  :) Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me


Magic Bunny Tops   


Organic merino, rainbow glitz, Cashmere, Angora bunny 100grams AU$24

Violet-sold-
sunny side up-sold-




pumpkin patch-sold-


peacock-sold-


indigo-sold-


green grass-sold-




Eucalypts forest-sold-


bushflowers-sold-



Dates to put in your Calendar !!

JULY

Friday July 15th- Sunday 17th, 9am-5pm


Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show
THE event of the year !!!! Not to be missed!! I will be there in the Flower (Power Bunny) Shed again with heaps of new goodies, hand dyed and hand spun, IxCHeL new blends and rare sheep breed adventures and much much more ! Including a world first of something AMAZING AND FUN!!!!! Shhh not telling ! but it is AWESOME !!!!


OCTOBER

2nd of October
Black n Coloured Sheep FIELD DAY  in Cranbourne!



Landscape dyes 

 100g tubs   AU$11 


Want to dye your own with easy to use acid dyes? I have been selling these Landscape dyes at my workshops and shows for a long time :  They are extremely easy to use and come in great shades.
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.


Have a creative week!
Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions okay? : Always happy to enable.

All my contact details are here:


How To Order:

1. You can email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or ixchelbunny at yahoo dot com dot au
2. Message me on facebook or 
3. Message me on www.ravelry.com  where I am Ixchelbunny.

I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods.


Any questions? Any custom orders for yarn or dyeing fibre? : Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.


Thank you so much for your help and support !


 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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