Friday, May 22, 2015

STASH BUSTING

For someone who teaches quilting, I'm ashamed to say that I haven't actually made a quilt in over 18 months.  I have so many crafty pursuits and I lost my mojo somewhere between crochet and scrapbooking.  Well it's time to rectify this and for months now I've had 3 big bags of fabric sitting in my craft space ready to sell, give away or simply throw out because I was over having so much stuff. Those bags have proven to be my inspiration for quilting again.  I want to use up the fabric, I want to create quilts again and I want to smile while I make them.

These will be simple, scrappy, happy quilts, quilts that hopefully others love and make them smile too.

Here is a small amount of pulled fabric from those bags ready to make a pretty quilt or two.


Progress on quilt no.1 using low value fabrics.

I would love to keep going but I really need to get ready for work.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

tee hee hee

I love this....

OH NO.....

I've done it again, it's been a month since I last blogged!!!!  Well here's a little crafty catch up.

I started a HAED (Heaven & Earth Design) cross stitch and I've been finding a little bit of time most days to get a few stitches done, I even made myself a little stitching corner in our lounge and it's working.  I sit back there still being able to watch the tv and chat with family and patiently work on my masterpiece.

This is the piece I'm working on, it's Gypsy Firefly by Aimee Stewart.



I bought these lovely needle keepers to keep my threads in order, I never knew I needed them but now I have them, they make life so much easier.


This is week 2 of my progress.


and week 3, not a lot of difference but I've been working a lot in the last couple of weeks.


My stitchy corner and thanks to my wonderful hubby, a lovely photo of me using it last night (dressing gown, shawl, blankie and all).



I pulled out this little cutie this week to hook a few more rows.  Love how it's coming together.


Until next time......... bye.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

APRIL'S CRAFTY GOODNESS

A few weeks ago I put a call out on fb wanting to buy a knitting machine and of course I didn't think I would get one locally but what do you know?  A lovely couple had one sitting in their shed and said I could have it for $40.  I jumped at the chance and became the proud owner of a Singer 329 in very good condition.  I purchased an online manual and found I needed a couple of inexpensive parts that were quickly ordered on Ebay and now I think I'm ready to tackle the beast, there is so much to learn I swear you need an engineering degree to understand everything in this manual.


At work I got another bargain, an electric yarn winder for $29, so happy with that price I can tell you as I know what they sell for online.

Last night I re-wound a couple of balls of yarn so they have a centre pull (apparently that's important for the knitting machine) and I'm all ready to go, well hopefully tomorrow.


Today I was a little pre-occupied with salvaging an old redgum sleeper and turning it into an essential oil board.  I love this earthy idea and of course once I had the idea, I needed to act right away.



While I love my new board, I still need to oil it more to bring out the red in the timber, another job for another day I think.

At 6am this morning I was up and sewing.  These cotton rope baskets have been on my to do list and I was itching to make some up.


Oh my, I love how they turned out and it looks like there might be lots of baskets as gifts this year because I can't seem to get enough of the meditative hum as I stitch round and round forming these lovelies.


These handles are so sweet.

I had a little play with colour but I'm not sold on what I've done.


This little one is perfect for my precious stones.


What a productive and happy day I've had.  Tomorrow, not so great as our gravity fed hot water system has just blown again.  That means emptying everything out of our laundry and big storage cupboard, changing the element in the system with water pouring out everywhere, then cleaning it all up and putting everything back.  We go through this every 3 years or so, so we know the drill quite well.  One day we will have a new evaporative tube solar system but until we save enough we put up with this one.

Monday, April 6, 2015

PROJECT LIFE - CATCH UP

I'm a little all over the place with PL this year, I'm still catching up from all the time we were away for cricket in Adelaide.  I've changed my album to 6x12, then changed it back!  While I love the 6x12, I would end up with 2 albums for the year and the point of me only doing 1 page per week was to keep it to one album due to lack of storage in our little home.






Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FEEL FREE TO VISIT

I've started up my other blog again over at What Are You Waiting For? (Link is to the right on my sidebar).  I would love for you to have a visit and read how I am going about leading a simpler life.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

PROJECT LIFE 2015

So.... After going back and forth about how to tackle PL this year (or if I was even going to do it) I made a decision that is right for me.  I'm taking more of a hybrid approach this year, making the most of my digital supplies and using up my physical supplies also.  There will be no more buying physical supplies as I have so many and simply not enough room.

Over the last year my digital stash has gotten huge.  I now have my favourite designers that I tend to buy from but I do need to cut back on what kits I buy and be a little more selective.

2015 TITLE PAGE

WEEK 1

WEEK 2 page 1

WEEK 2 page 2

WEEK 2 insert 1

WEEK 2 insert 2

Monday, January 26, 2015

PROJECT LIFE CATCH UP

Here are some of the finished digital PL pages from 2014.  I hope to be finished with the year very soon.

week 38

week 39

week 40

week 41

week 42

week 43

week 44

week 45

2015 - TIME TO BEGIN AGAIN......

Hello out there, that's if you are still with me.  It's been a long time since I've blogged, in fact over 4 months.  To be honest I wasn't going to blog anymore, I've hinted on and off for a while about not feeling like it, but what do you know?  I now really want to blog.

So as you know this blog is for mostly craft, I really want to keep it that way so I guess sometimes there won't be a lot happening worth blogging about if I'm really busy with that thing called life.  One thing I have kept doing on a weekly basis, though not necessarily up to date, is my PL (Project Life). That went through a few changes also at the end of last year as I was trying to decide whether to go all digital for 2015 or hybrid.  Hybrid won out I'm pleased to say but I have been finishing of the last few months of 2014 digitally due to craft time issues.

I'm so happy to be back, I just hope there are still a few of you around to read what I'm up to.

So lets start with today, I wanted to make up a few cards to keep around for when needed, what prompted me to do this is when in Adelaide last week I bought some lovely flowers and wanted a thank you card to go with them for the lovely lady we stay with.  Anyway, the card was a small plain one with just thank you on it and a small decoration and they were asking $9 for it.  I decided to just say thank you in person as I simply couldn't justify the price for something so plain.

So I pulled out a heap of stuff from my stash and made these cards up, I hope to do some birthday cards too but can't find my happy birthday stamp so they will have to wait.

These cards are so simple to make just a doily, stitching, baker's twine, fabric strip, tags, stamp and fabric butterfly.  I think this one is my favourite.

 
This card is similar but I added an arrow paper clip for some interest.

I tried a patterned paper background on this card and I don't mind it even though I'm not really a floral person.



Before I could assemble the cards I needed to make some tags and fabric butterflies, out came the Big Shot which hasn't seen light of day for some time.


Thanks for staying with me and I'll be back tonight with an update on PL.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A BREAK WAS NEEDED

So much has happened in the last month and a half, a bloggy break was needed by me to really sort out if I will continue to blog or not sighhhhhh.  Have I come to a decision?  hmmm not sure but I have decided to take it post by post and see if my love of documenting comes back or just simply disappears.

Project Life has taken a huge hit too and I am so far behind that I don't even feel that I can catch up before the end of the year.  I am trying to catch up doing the weeks digitally as I just have lost the enthusiasm to scrapbook traditionally.

I am still crafting and loving what I am making, I'm trying to finish off some projects and I've taken on some new ones.  These cross stitches by Nene Thomas just had to jump into my shopping cart before she retires for good.





So these are definitely a long term project, I have begun the last one and boy I've realised I need glasses.

I've been making these pretties from vintage fabrics, they were for our local arts and crafts market coming up over the warmer months but due to a lot of reasons, I will no longer be attending.




I am still crocheting and quilting but I also now work 3 jobs in the craft industry but out of the home which keeps me super busy atm.

more updates soon.......................