Thursday, 24 June 2010

scrap circle brooches

I just couldn't sleep last night until I had tried making one of these, it was all I could think about all day!
So I made the one on the top left - orange, brown and burgundy circles on a base of black felt- and wore it to work today.  Had a couple of people admire it at work!  I tried out a button hair clip idea too - buttons sewn onto a small strip of black felt, then glued to a hair clip.
When the afternoon tea after school visitors went home and the boys were busy battling each other in Mario, I sat down to make a couple more scrap circle brooches - but this time I got out a compass and made some pattern pieces first, 7 circles starting with a 6 1/2 cm one, gradually getting smaller. Easy as! The only hard part is playing around with colour combinations and choosing the right button for the centre.

AND we have a FEMALE Prime Minister! What a day!  For the first time in my life I turned the car radio away from Triple J and tuned into 774 to hear the anouncement on the way to work this morning! (thanks to a mate at school telling me about it, I don't get to hear the radio much in the morning at home).

  Although the kids were listening to Michael Winslow on breakfast with Tom and Alex the day before.  They watched "Spaceballs" the other weekend, which they loved, - a send up of Star Wars- and know Michael Winslow from a cameo spot as the radar guy making cool radar sound effects. They thought it was hilarious, the "jamming the radar" (with jam) and "combing the desert". But we  told them they are NOT allowed to quote the couple of naughty words in it!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

school craft market sewing

My motto (well, one of them) is "it doesn't hurt to ask, all you can do is ask nicely. The worst that can happen is that they will say no!".  So I put a note in the school newsletter asking for people who can sew/knit if they would like to help out making stuff at home, in their own time, for the school twilight market next November.  And WOW about 8 people so far are have taken home kits to make pincushions (like the one in the left hand side of the headline photo up above), scrap circle flowers to make hairclips and decorate an assortment of up-coming projects, and working on some simple softie ideas.  Plus some fabric was donated, and I found more donated fabric in the PFA storeroom, already have plans for that!
THANK YOU all you wonderful helpers, I have to get organized and work on making more kits - instructions, finished  "demo" item, fabric etc. ready to send home next term/over the holidays.
But first I do have to try out a larger version of the scrap circle brooch that I was admiring  this morning! And I have 3 patch-piece scarves to finish for   work colleagues who spotted mine the day after I made it and wore to work, and immediately all put an order in for me to make them one!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Next Monday night...

Next Monday night is craft group at the Post office pub again, see you there from 7:30pm.  I will be there early with the kids to order some dinner from Antalya since my H will be away at a conference. 
These are the finished - and one not quite finished - Cozy Creatures!  Other craft achievments - I have knitted a beanie! (Hey it's my first time, ok!) a bit big but it fits over a pony tail/hairclip so the extra size comes in handy. So  then I worked out how to make it smaller and did a kid size one  for Tigerboy.   Started a pink one for my neice, and my nephew wants a brown one "but with the bit in front, you know, like a cap" he says. The pattern I used - guaranteed to work, since it is printed on the band on the ball of wool - does not include a brim. Not sure how to solve this one yet...

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Making cozy creatures

Latest crafting in my house - Cozy Creatures!  I wanted to make a special (last minute) birthday present  for a little friend who lives in our street.  I had been keen to make the "Zet the Monster" from  the wonderful Australian Homesewn magazine since it came out last year.  I modified the pattern to be all one piece, used appliqued felt instead of buttons for the eyes, and use some of the chook's wheat (sorry girls, I'll buy you some more) to make a kid-friendly wheat bag.  Of course it was a hit, and got taken to school and carried around all week, plus my boys and their friends  all put and order on for one as well! I definitely need to buy some more wheat!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Next Monday night...

Next Monday night is getting busy ... Craft Group is on next Monday 7th June.
 Might be a bit tricky for me - I have just realised I am triple booked for Monday night!!! Craft group 7:30pm, then I got a message at work asking me to be the guest speaker at the Fawkner Playgroup AGM - at 7:30.  And now  I checked my emails and realised that the High School for Coburg meeting is also on at 7:30 on Monday AND it is also at the Post Office pub.  So we may not be able to get the lovely big table.  Hmmm... to quote the Dr from Sunday night  "this could be a tricky one"   - I may need to borrow the TARDIS to get around.