Life is about to change around here...
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Everything else was very folksy - which is not really my taste. A good trip - and we had coffee and lunch at the Richmond Bakery and finished off with ice-cream from the lolly shop! Yummo.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
She included some lovely cards, tags and some Anna Maria Horner fabric too. I can't wait to get a chance to start creating something from this beautiful "Shiny Happy Angels" panel!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Nothing amazing you say - but for her it was a wonderful celebration since she has beaten breast cancer.
This time last year she was too sick to even think about her birthday so this year there was cake (and lots of it), lots of people singing "Happy Birthday" and a $5 Crossword scratchy to fuel her addiction!
Happy Birthday Sandra - here's to many more!
PS. On the craft front I have much to report but little time to take photos etc. Will see how I go tomorrow!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
The 'bubbles' is chilling in the fridge.
And the bright lights are warming up, ready for the knitting, stitching and scrapping that will be happening here tonight.
Come and join us in person or just craft along in spirit. Donations welcomed if you're so inclined - any blogger friends that donate get an extra 10 entries into my Blogtoberfest giveaway (as well as the satisfaction of contributing to cancer research and support programs through the Cancer Council)!
Hope your evening is as fun and crafty as mine should be!!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
All the fabric is either thrifted or has been in my stash for what seems like forever! I think these may be destined to become Christmas presents.
PS. Don't forget about the upcoming Handmade Expo in Queensland - happening this Saturday at the Ipswich Turf Club. If it wasn't so far away I'd love to join in on the Guiness World Record attempt at "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes". Also, Handmadies are having a giveaway to celebrate 50 posts (as well as the expo) - so head over there and enter!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Kelvin decided it would be funny to put his socks in his mouth and Matilda agreed! They are both silly sausages.
I'm off to make another Lazy Days skirt (or at least cut some more out and maybe leave the sewing 'til tomorrow night - I can't watch The Rafters and sew).
Monday, October 12, 2009
It is a really simple and easy pattern - so what did I do? I made it complicated by adding on the apron (a thrifted doily) which required I add on a waistband and then because I didn't have any coordinating ribbon for the hem I added on a band at the hem as well - so hopefully the girl who adores yellow will like her new brown corduroy skirt with a beautiful yellow apron with butterflies.
Note to self: follow the instructions, don't add in unnecessary complications and use the fabric that's suggested in the pattern!! Let's see what I come up with tomorrow...
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Dana's tutorial makes this really easy and maybe next time I'll add a pocket or two!
And so I have signed up for the Lazy Days skirt-along at One Crafty Mumma. Join in - make a skirt for yourself or a little girl in your life. I'm hoping that this will help me put a dent in my Christmas to-do list!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
My favourite TV show would be Grand Design (or The Amazing Race).
I love Better Homes & Gardens Magazine and the best bit about the Sunday Paper is having a sneaky peak at someone or others lovely house featured in the Home section.
So when we dicovered a steep block of land overlooking Hobart's northern suburbs we jumped at the idea of building a house (although we'd never dreamed of doing it since I'm anti urban-sprawl - it was an in-fill block).
Anyway, we got a fabulous designer on board (Mike Cleaver), a great builder (Andrew Scott) and we've ended up with an award winning home! We won Best Residential Building upto 250 m^2 and Best Use of Colour at the Building Design Association of Tasmania. Go check out the pics at Clever Design.
Please note - our house never looks this tidy! A lot of our furniture is hiding, along with all things associated with people actually living in the house - I am not a neat freak and live a lot of the time in clutter, a brand new house does not change this (although great storage does help a bit).
Monday, October 5, 2009
PS. There is also a very generous blogiversary giveaway over at BubbaChenille. If I was in Brisbane next week I'd have to join her at The Handmade Expo and sing along with the world record attempt to sing Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes! Alas, I will be at my day job, dreaming of crafting and probably humming along on my own...
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I even plucked up the courage to introduce myself to Rosie and Gemma who's blogs I have been following for a while. I felt like I needed to talk quietly to these people I have been cyber-stalking - what is proper etiquette for introducing yourself to a fellow blogger?
I was very restrained in my spending and only bought some little ladybird magnets for my Mum for Christmas - from Pili Pala Pieces.
I was able to enjoy my time at the Market because Matilda was playing with a friend (why are 3-year olds easier in pairs)!
And here is my Mystery Quilt top finished! I promised Rosie that I would blog about it so here it is - mainly Basket of Flowers fabric, now to buy some backing and batting and get it quilted for Christmas!
[Sorry about the crap quilt-top photo - no clothes line to drape it over artistically, maybe once it's quilted...]
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
How to win?
Anyone who was following me when I posted this already has one entry (thanks to those 19 devotees)!
Anyone who is following me at the end of October will also have one entry!
Anyone who comments on any of my blog posts during October will also be entered - one entry per comment (but please make them constructive and/or interesting comments - I like useful feedback).
I might have an oldfashioned - drawn out of a hat method of winner selection. I'll do that in early November! Good luck.
I also discovered the Vinnies Furniture and Haby warehouse during the week and found some gorgeous things (including a CurlyPops pillowcase - on the right!)...
...I nearly squealed with delight when I saw these two butterfly single-flat-sheets. I'm definitely making these into some Oliver+S pj's for Tilds!!
...This sheet reminds me of the birdie fabric in this dress (maybe Joel Dewberry?).And they threw these button in for nothing (is it poor-form to enjoy getting a freebie at a charity shop?).
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Don't look too closely at the stitching - it's my first attempt at freehand stitching (I'm a cross-stitcher from way back, but it's funny how you rely on the evenweave of the fabric in cross-stitch to get a good stitch length).
It's a Kokeshi stuffie - a freebie pattern from Melly & Me. I actually printed it out at A3 size so the finished dolly is a bit bigger - especially for a special one-year old whose birthday we're celebrating today with a bbq.
And here's a picture of the beautiful fabric I used for the back. I won it at Helen's Mystery Quilt Marathon. It was donated by The Fabric Cupboard and from the Botanical Fantasy range - very pretty.
OK, so I'm still in my pj's but the kids are dressed (and plonked in front of the TV watching the Umbilical Brothers) but I have achieved my first post for Blogtoberfest and can now get on and start my day.