Friday, April 19, 2013

Death and Taxes

Last week I told you about “things”getting the way of doing (fun) stuff or remembering what is important in life.. Well if this week isn’t a wake up call I don’t know what is….
Who would have known that the horrific events at the Boston Marathon was  part one of another horror event that happened just yesterday in Texas? I must admit my heart stopped when I heard about the explosion of the fertiliser plant in West, Texas. At first I thought they said George West you see….. I lived in a small town called George West, Texas in the 70s/80s and went to the elementary school and the gorgeous junior high / high school there. I have a step-uncle and nieces there, we don’t really keep in touch, but still. I wouldn’t say there was a sigh of relief when I heard that it was West , Texas and not George West, Texas , that would be harsh and insensitive, but it did put into perspective how we experience things. Is it more of a shock to the system when you have a personal connection ? And if yes, why does it have to make a difference whether you have personally been there or not? It shouldn’t really in my book, but there you go.

 It did make me go down memory lane and remember the wonderful Mrs Richards, my elementary school teacher and a wonderful inspiration, my times horse riding (bare back..ouch) with my uncle rounding up the long horn cattle in the cactus ridden fields and burning the sharp needles off the cacti so the cattle would at least have some green and liquid in the dry (I saw on a church sign online they still do pray for rain there…)… and playing the clarinet in the school band, hey I even won 6th place in the George West Olympics (6th place sounds so much better than last, lol.but then again I never was any good at and I bet I drove my mum crazy practicing on the porch outside..enough reminiscing…

My heart goes out to all the people who are experiencing so much trauma and loss in Boston and West. Sending healing vibes and love to all.

And then, if all of that horror wasnt enough trauma for the week, I got a letter from the tax office yesterday reminding me I had to do my taxes…..oh joy! in short that is why the title of this blog is “Death and Taxes”..the only two things sure in life..

I know what I will be doing this weekend….number crunching and taxes….which I must admit I’m not good at. Give me a paint brush, a spinning wheel, a loom, sewinng machine, fibre, a pen and paper, fabric but please do not expect me to be an Einstein when it comes to book keeping. I cannot thank my hubbie Paul enough: without him I’d be wrangling through boxes and boxes of receipts and bits of paper , at least he has done all the hard work and computerised it all.
That’s another thing: Why do I keep on putting hard things off to do later? ( bashes her head on the desk repeatedly!!!) : It’s much better to get the crap out of the way first and THEN do the fun stuff…but nooooooooo, I didn’t do that , did I ? Again, there was always something better to do first (like keeping alive, taking care of the animals, producing blends and yarns…) …..lesson learnt……maybe….if not, I hope you will visit me in prison..I wonder if they let me take my spinning wheel and fibre?
 Female convicts in Australia making clothes….(1900s)

This week there are some more new pure angora 3ply yarn with appr 400m per 50grams!!!!!!. My friend Lindy made me an absolutely gorgeous Jolly Roger shawl from that yanr and I can tell you it feels super soft, is light and is so warm!

And... Also a new IxCHeL blend tops: Magic Bunny with hand dyed glitz in beautiful jade gemstone colourings. It is a blend with super fine 17micron merino and a dash of super fluffy angora bunny and cashmere with a streak of glitz !  and last but certainly not least a fresh batch of newly blended Bunny Bison Bliss !!!!!! Have fun !!! ( the other stuff can wait......just a little while longer......)

How To Order from this Shop blog

the pure angora 3ply  (huge!!!) Jolly Roger shawl! A work of art !
 until the website is up and running –which will be sooooon-ish!-yeah yeah start laughing will ya.....You can email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or or message me on facebook or ravelry where I am Ixchelbunny. I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods. Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.
Payment : direct bank deposit, card or paypal ! easy !

Angora 3ply hand dyed yarn

400meters per 50grams+ for AU$22
4 skeins per colour available
faded jeans

forest adventure


Misty Mountain





Magic Bunny Tops

An exclusive IxCHeL blend with 17 micron merino and English Angora bunny, cashmere and a streak of hand dyed glitz! . Super soft and very easy to spin or felt.

100gram+ tops, hand dyed with love for AU$22.


Gemstone close up

Bunny Bison Bliss Tops

An exclusive IxCHeL blend with 17 micron merino and English Angora bunny, cashmere, baby camel and pearly tencel ! . Super soft and very special.

100gram+ tops, natural colour for AU$30 or,       50g for $17.

Bunny bison bliss tops

Dates to Remember:
Hand knitters guild Mini Wool Show
Saturday May 11th, Bardin Centre Hall at Christ Church, 8 Glenlyon Road, Brunswick
this event is a MUST and an absolute fabulous way to catch up with fellow fibre fans ! I will be there with heaps of new hand spun, art yarns, lace weight, sock yarn, bunny mink and angora yarns and much much more...!!!!
also a special pressie for all who come dressed as a bunny....ofcourse!.. and ...a chance to win a very special IxCHeL basket full of goodies to be drawn at 3pm at the venue !!!! yeah!

Gembrook Spinners and Weavers Guild Spin in day

Monday May 20th, Gembrook Town Hall  !!!!
A wonderful get together with heaps of spinners and weavers in the beautiful Gembrook.


Friday 19th of July, Saturday 20th of July and Sunday 21st of July

This is the Ultimate Fibre and fun mix of them all! There will be lots of new things on offer at my IxCHeL stall ofcourse, with prizes to be won and lots of fun to be had!
This is the place to support farmers, fibre producers and independant "Indie" dyers and crafters and have some great fun discovering new things and even win prizes !

In the flower Power Bunny Shed there will be some extra surprises and new things happening as well, including …this is so exciting!!!!: you can see and try out new unusual spinning wheels adn spinning related goodies like andean plyers and nore from a wonderful new fibre fanatic fiberific! vendor ! Don’t miss seeing these new beauties! And ofcourse there will be lots more demos and wheels and spindles on offer as well in the flower power Bunny shed !
There is a woolcraft schedule available at the farm or you can email Dot : Entries for your fiber art closes on June 14th and there are lots of prizes to be won! Our little IxCHeL fibre farm is sponsoring sections 24 and 25 so get started on your entry to win some very yummy stuff !
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