Hanging the washing out this morning, I was amazed to see this beautuful flower on the cactus plant.
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Selling off my craft stall stock - anyone looking for some last minute Christmas gifts?
I have these 9 handbags, all have internal pocket ( some are zipped) and key tag clip, $40 each.
3 rope bowls left- 2 stitched in brown, one in fluro green thread. $10 each.
Printed calico bags $5 each.
Paint your own bead kits $4 each.
Assorted fabric buckets - great for pot plants ( put in a plastic bag 1st), inside drawers, for storing kids' bits & pieces $5 each.
Fabric brooches $2 each.
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Friday, 8 December 2017
I had a few spare minutes on my way home today to duck into the Christ Church op shop in Essendon. I haven't been there for months, and only had about 10 minutes there today, as I was on my way to drop some donations off to Caroline Chisolm, a little further down the road.
I had a quick look through the dvd's and cd's, and found the soundtrack to Star Wars 1 " The Phantom Menace". Score! ( pun intended!)
Then I remembered they have a fabric section - and look what I found - a great range of quilting pieces, including some fat quarters, and a couple of nearly metre long pieces. A lovely selection of spots, stripes, small floral prints and some fun prints like the dressmaker model print ( top right).
Friday, 24 November 2017
Had a lovely day out at the Stitches & Craft Show yesterday - or as my good friend Linda called it, her "Little Britain day out with my carer"!!!! ( which just goes to show a broken ankle can only slow you down so much!).
It was super quiet which made it easy to move around & see everything, but I did feel sorry for the stall holders who would surely be expecting a much larger crowd. We sat in on 2 free pop up " listen & learn" sessions at Pauline's Quilters World- quilt as you go, and "precision patchwork" which were both quite interesting. I really liked their nifty binding gadgets, and bought one of the small ones to use to press bias binding in half ( which I often make & use for sleeve & neck binding on tops)- should be easy to use and save my fingers from getting burned!
I also bought some ribbon, the Star Wars ribbon will add a bit of zing to a denim apron I have promised to make for my son ( but the trim will be a surprise).
And after looking at mini irons at every craft show for the last few years, I finally bought one! Should be much easier to use for craft than my big heavy iron, especially in my tiny sewing space!
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Always worth having a look at the craft section in Savers. Found these new ( uncut!) sewing patterns today for $1.99 each, always looking for new tshirt/ top patterns! Mind you it will be January before I have time to try any of them!
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Not much sewing/ crafting going on here lately, so here is a bit of a catch up of photos from recent weeks.
Lovely yellow roses from my Dad's backyard - even the fallen petals are pretty, they look like a potpurri mix!
Sunday, 22 October 2017
It has been a week or two of rainbows lately! After making and wearing my first rainbow heart brooch, and making more for the market last week, I have had lots of comments & requests for more!
They are time consuming enough to make - picking up each bead with tweezers- let alone having to pick the yellow and orange beads out from the big multi mix jar of ikea beads! So I ended up ordering some more colours ( since Spotlight seem to sell only a handful of colours- they have had them on special twice now with virtually no stock on the shelves).
Monday, 16 October 2017
I was quite suprised to see these 2 "Marfy" design books- complete with pull out pattern sheets, at Savers last weekend-
Sunday, 8 October 2017
Friday, 6 October 2017
I sorted some of my fabrics recently and put a lot of pieces into a box marked " for a quilt"- mainly smallish prints & solid colour pieces. This week I have finally got around to sorting the colours and giving the rotary cutter and cutting mat a thorough work out!
As much as I love knitting blankets and giving them as gifts, they do take several months to knit! Whereas I figure if I already have a heap of strips cut out, I can sew up a simple baby quilt or cushion cover in less than a week. That is the plan anyway!
Thursday, 28 September 2017
I found this sun visor when tidying the spare room the other day ( making room for 3 cousins to have a sleepover!)I think it came from a fundraiser event or conference sometime, can't remember!
But since the weather is warming up, I thought it might come in handy on a sunny day, plus it is nice & compact to carry around. But it was advertising an insurance company!
I quite like the purple colour, just needed to hide the logo.
A quick rummage through my fat quarters stash and sewing tools stash yielded my Dr Who 1/4, and some double sided iron on tape - finally tried the stuff I found at Daiso, worked a treat with the help of some baking paper and my non stick ironing sheet!
Sunday, 24 September 2017
I bought a Hama beads kit years ago when the boys were in primary school. I found that having an activity to do on a playdate after kinder or school worked well, especially when it was a friend visiting for the first time. Some kids are more easy to entertain than others!
Decorating cup cakes or cutting out biscuit shapes- the kids could then go & play, & come back to decorate the biccies- was always a hit. Or even something as simple as a good variety of bubble blowers worked well- outside in the backyard of course!
The hama beads proved a bit more tricky, so we used them more with just us! We had fun making Star Wars decorations for the Christmas tree last year, and I made a heap of minecraft creeper badges for a handmade party bag for Tigerboy's 9th birthday ( gosh was it really that long ago?!)