This is me. A thirty something crafty lady from Newcastle, NSW, Australia. I'm a graphic + web designer, printmaker, sometime artist, shower singer, friend, girlfriend, daughter, home owner, traveller, laugher and disco dancer who is currently obsessed with her Thermomix!

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    Mother's Day @ the Olive Tree Markets

    This weekend is the super special Mother's Day Olive Tree Market! To celebrate Mum's special day we are having a mini sale, yep! it's the first time ever for us.

    Buy two handprinted women's shirts for $60 (that is a saving of $20!) Buy one for you and one for Mum! This offer is only available this Saturday at Olive Tree Markets, Junction Primary School, 9am - 3pm.

    We've been busy this week prepping new stock for the market with new handprinted t-shirts and handmade reversible handbags. We have some brand new brooches and leather goods available too!

    Here is one of our new designs below. You can even buy one of these shirts in the sale.
    We stock shirts from a size XS to 2XL as well!

    Handprinted Women's T-shirts - howdystranger

    Handmade Reversible Handbags - howdy stranger

    See you on Saturday strangers!

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    A Mini Break in Mudgee, NSW

    Oh! Mudgee you did not disappoint, what a beautiful town! 

    At Easter we took a few days off and headed away on a mini-break/roadtrip to Mudgee in country New South Wales. The plan was to take the 4 hour drive and look for treasure in the antiques and op shops along the way, we didn't find so much treasure... but had such a wonderful time!

    Travelling from Newcastle to Denman for Breakfast, Denman is a quaint little town close to Muswellbrook. It has some great pubs and cafe's. The ladies who run the craft co-op are so cute and passionate about the town you will be hard pressed not to buy something, just to support their little community. They asked me to let everyone know about the Upper Hunter Food and Wine Festival, held annually in the main street of Denman.

    It was then onto Merriwa for an op shop and drink stop. Merriwa is a one op shop town, but it does have a crafty co-op full of handmade goodies & condiments.

    It was onto lunch at Gulgong, a friend had mentioned we would love Gulgong, she hit the mark with this one! Gulgong is a 19th century gold mining town that was once home to Henry Lawson and features on our 10 dollar note along with Henry. It's such a charming town so rich in history, it's like driving through a museum. We loved it so much we went back for breakfast and to visit Gulgong old wares & collectables on the trip home.

    Next stop Mudgee. Built on the fortune of Gold mines, you can tell Mudgee has had a colourful history with it's grand old houses and a pub on every corner (not joking here, I counted about 7 and a brewery too). Mudgee is home to over 40 wineries all less than 10 mins from the centre of town. We spent a small fortune on wines and port.. well worth it! Here are my recommendations...

    Our pick of Mudgee Wineries:
    Pieter Van Gent - 141 Black Springs Rd - the best port in the region. 
    di Lusso -  Eurunderee Lane  -  premium italian style wines.
    Petersons Wines - 6 Blacksprings Rd -  make sure you try the 2010 Marsanne
    High Valley Wine & Cheese Co -  137 Ulan Rd - cheese tasting and cellar door all in one. Great cheese platters and local gourmet foods for sale.

    Our pick for eating out in Mudgee:
    Mudgee Brewing Co - 4 Church St - Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Try their special pesto sauce on mushrooms for breakfast. Great coffee beer all day long.
    The Oriental Hotel - 6 Lewis St - Get in early as this one is very popular with the locals, great gastro pub food!

    I could write things to do lists all night on Mudgee, lots to do and see! One last thing you need to do is visit the Mandurah Studio Craft Co-operative located at the old Mudgee railway in Inglis St.

    Now for the wonderful photos, we took so many.

    My lovely and talented travel companion, Simone De Peak took some photo's to share with you below.

    Garden House in Merriwa

    Gulgong Main Street

    Gulgong Shop Front

    Regent Theatre Mudgee

    Mudgee Brewing Co

    Henry Lawson Centre, Gulgong

    Mudgee Wineries & Vineyards

    Pieter Van Gent Vineyard, Mudgee NSW

    The Duck Car, Mudgee

    And now for some more snaps from me!

    Mudgee Wineries- NSW

    Gulgong NSW

    Thanks for indulging me with my longest blog post ever, I really could have written thousands of words. My advice is Mudgee... do it.


    DIY TUTORIAL: Revamp a sad pair of shoes!

    Yay! this is my first very own DIY tutorial! <insert applause here>

    DIY Tutorial: revamp your shoes - howdystranger

    I have loads of shoes... LOADS, and I get bored of them quickly. Sometimes the fabric ones get marks on them too, just like these ones! I needed a teal pair of shoes to match a necklace, so I made them myself!

    These were wool covered shoes, easy to paint.

    You can use masking/painters tape to block out your non-painted area's, this can also work for dots instead of stripes, just cut cirlces out of your masking tape and stick them on.

    Try and make your stripes as even as possible for symmetry.

    I used a water based screen printing paint especially made for printing from Permaset. You could also use an acrylic paint.

    Paint all over and allow to dry, mine took a few hours on a warm day. and once they are dry you can peel your tape off and what your left with is a sexy sexy pair of flats, unique and custom made just for you!!


    New Handprinted T-Shirt Dresses!

    Did you miss out on our new handprinted t-shirt dresses? Hot off the racks at last month's Olive Tree Market, we'll have more at next month's markets. Available in sizes 8 to 18 (S-XXL).

    Howdy Stranger - handprinted t-shirt dresses



    Have you tried the Cat font Generator?

    I love a good internet gimmick and just couldn't resist the oh so cute cat font generator from the land of Japan. Get your own cat font from Neko Fonts. It's completely in Japanese, but dont be afraid just type and press enter.


    We're Back!

    Well hello there strangers,

    Do you like what we've done with the place?

    I figured it was about time to freshen things up a little and start the first blog post for the year of with a splash of colour. I'd love your feedback.

    Things, as usual, have been busy at the Howdy Lodge. Markets, design work, pay cheque work, family, creating, friends, road trips and my new lover... my THERMOMIX. More to come on this wonder machine soon. or you could jump the gun and take a peek at one now on the Thermomix Australia website.

    Talk soon,

    Miranda =)