You will need some ring findings
Monday, January 28, 2008
You will need some ring findings
Sunday, January 27, 2008
of course all the "big" things scare me as well , like global warming, over population, consumer culture but for actual heart racing, bladder control fright - nothing is as scary as Cecilia .
Friday, January 25, 2008
I have decided to quilt and join these two pieces before I start to piece the last third, simply because it takes ages and drives me slightly batty.
I was disappointed to find out today that the French word for Tampon is......................Tampon. Not even the French can make it sound attractive!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This little hoodie had been bugging me all day so I was happy to finally get to it last night. It transformed somewhere along the process into more of a duffel coat but I am loving it.
The little triangles are vinyl and the cord is actually plaited DMC thread because I had no black piping cord.
The coat is made from a felted jumper, and of course now I have two more to make for the other boys.
The little purses previous are from a Nicole Mallalieu pattern. At first I nearly died when I saw all the instructions , but that is because every little thing is explained. The pattern is really really good. Nicole also has the bigger frames and I am very tempted by the largest one.
Would I have tried them without a pattern - No way Jose!
OPTIMISM - Kids looking in the fridge just in case something they may want to eat has miraculously appeared there in the time since they last looked.
Monday, January 21, 2008
So I have been working on the quilt a bit and generally noodling about in the sewing room.
I like these
but I love these
they are only tiny, about 3 x 3 inches and really good for change or maybe a lipstick if your lipsticky kind of gal. They are a teensy bit fiddly, but after the first one it makes sense. The red and purple need some embroidery. The purple is a wee swappy gift for a very famous person. You might not be able to see the difference, the first three are cotton and the next three are a wool blend.
I seem to be in a noodling kind of mood at the moment - crafting a lot but just waiting for the next big excitement to hit me. That's not to say that noodling isn't fun, it's nice in its own way. I posted about rain on the blog last week and we got some, so now I am asking for my next big crafting adventure to step right up, whack me across the head and get me movin'. Come on .....................
Sunday, January 20, 2008
This cup can most often be found in the sewing room or around the lounge - half full of cold bitter tea, where I have wandered off and forgotten about it.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
except when Toby kicked it hardercause he made it go higher onto the roof
but it didn't matter cause Fletcher is allowed on roofs and he went to get it.
But Fletcher said to Jodie that he is allowed on roofs and Jodie said "Pigs Bum" which is a little bit of swearing but not really bad. Then Jodie said she didn't want to come into the garden again and we had to play adventures that weren't dangerous and could we maybe see who was the best at basketball. If we played for ten minutes then she would come and watch.So we played lots of basketball for a long time and then Oliver threw the ball onto Fletcher's face which hurt a lot
Friday, January 18, 2008
She sent me a lovely package. The apple bookmark is already in use and the watermelon tape is earmarked for something as well.
The strap with the rubber ring had me puzzled for a while - the ring is stretchy and you can put it over the neck of your water bottle to carry it when you go out power-walking (ahem).
The card is just awesome , full of little sewing notions and perfect for a crafter. I have tucked it onto my inspiration board.
Thank you Amy, It was a great present to receive. Pop over and check out the cute little paper bags Amy has made.
Now the boys and I are off on a promised "adventure". If I am not back later today could you have a whip around and come up with the bail money for me.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I made two mosaics of my garden, neither tells the full story but together they give you an idea.
Ballarat is on Stage 4 water restrictions and has been for a long time. This means No garden watering at all EVER ! No car washing except for windscreens and headlights and it must be done with a bucket-not the garden hose.
1. The bucket in the wheel barrow - when it is full of water it is too heavy to lift so we wheel it out the back gate, round the corner and in the front gate to water the front yard. Every load of washing fills this large toy barrell twice (no matter what setting the machine is on). Gone are the days of popping on the washing and heading out. We then wheel it around and bucket it out. The soapier load onto the tough plants and the rinse load on the fragile ones.
2. Ahh, this is gorgeous. This is the washing machine hose coming out of the dryer vent
3. washing machine hose into bucket
4. Empty Terracotta pots - no more pretty flowers, we would rather keep the trees alive
5. Cobwebs on the hose. We are not allowed to use it at all.
6. Rain gauge - ha, haven't had to use that for a while.
7. Hose in the front yard - this hose carries all the shower / bath water (not that anyone has had a bath in looong time) to the front yard. Thats the lawn (ha) it is lying on.
8. Water container, used to collect water in the kitchen, when the water is running waiting to warm up.
9. This is where the dryer used to hang, and that's the hose going out the vent. Long complicated insurance type story there. You cannot have a window permanently open to accomodate this sort of thing or it voids your house insurance????? So we just pop it out the vent. Home beautiful or what?
10. The diverter from the shower / bath pipes so the water drips eventually into the front garden. Of course going from a big pipe into a tiny hose means almost no drainage, so the bath can take an hour to empty, leaving behind every tiny speck of dirt. ( we haven't used the bath for 6months or more)
11. Hose from diverter into front yard
12. Aha, this one didn't like washing machine water
13. Nor did his friend
14. More dead stuff
So at the moment my garden grows in spite of the heat and the drought and because we have become very very careful with our water.
and this is Barry, he holds 5,000 litres of water, he is about up to the second-from-bottom rung at the moment.
Just waiting for some rain...........
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I finished off quite a few of these little guys. They are so great. I got the original idea from the gorgeous tutorials over at Moonstitches and made some before Christmas. They were so popular that I whizzed up another dozen on the machine and then just popped them in the car craft basket to finish off as the the opportunity arises.
A couple of late presents for some of Jemma's friends.
Remember murphy? Well when I gocco'd him I made quite a few and later fused on their bodies and popped them in the car craft basket as well. I blanket stitched this guy and when we got home turned him into a handbag.
It was a long day but we got lots done and the kids were excited with some of the "junk" they were able to acquire. They just loved these.........
and Grandma gave me this for safe keeping. This was her first ever ballet dress, made of parachute silk (that's all that was available at the time).
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I have decided that there has been something in the water of blogland lately and people have gone a bit bonkers.
Firstly lovely Christine of Aunties Quaint Quilts gave me an award- the “you make my day” award.
Hot on her heels the esteemed Angela of Cottage Magpie awarded me the " I Less-than-three your Blog!
Now this one had me confused for a while but if you look at <3>
You're an amazing blogger
Amazing bloggers abound, but I am repeatedly amazed by the amount of projects Lara at Thornberry is able to produce. She gives great pattern tips and is a master of so many skills. Her work is amazing. Sooz at Soozs big adventure because she has more than once made me snort my morning cup of tea out my nose in laughter and always has me nodding along as I read.
I Less-than-three your blog!
Blogs I heart, there are so many. I heart Good-ness for its beauty, Monkee maker for its humour and Stomper Girl because although she doesn't know it but it was her little badge that made me join bloglines - and her blog is full of real life and blood and tap-dancing.
I heart Elsie Marley and Pea soup and Around the traps and my dear friend Annie at Flower garden
You make my day:
Without getting soppy and really not being able to just add every blog in my bloglines folder....I want to say it's you , yes you, everyone who pops in and says hi or just lurks and leaves a little dot on the map (when it is working) that make my day.
Now I am off to take my big fat swollen head back into the loungeroom where "the quilt" lies mocking me from the floor.