Saturday, 26 May 2018

Papier mache fun

Tigerboy is in the orchestra for the school production of "Oliver" and when I dropped him of at school for production camp this morning I also delivered some props. There had been an email last month asking for help with props, and I managed to find a couple of baskets in the final week of hard rubbish. I nabbed a stack of bargain wooden plates from an op shop, along with 2 scarves/ shawls.
I had a chat with the staff member in charge of sets/ costumes about what was needed. She said they still need flowers, and fake fruit & veg; but that these are hard to find without spending a lot of money.  As I was driving away I had a brainwave, I remembered a craft book I have with instructions to make a papier mache pear.

A quick detour to a bargain shop yielded a $4.20 pack of plaster cloth, and an hour of messy fun with scrunched up newspaper and the whole roll of  plaster tape later, and I had these made-

Now I just have to wait for them to dry, and then paint them! 3 oranges, 3 apples, and 3 pears. ( ok 1 is a mishappen apple which kind of looked more like a pear, will decide which once I come to paint it!!!!)

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Footpath finds...

When I saw a box on the footpath with a sign saying "free art- please take" , well how could I resist?!?  There was some cool printed calico, printed plywood squares, and printed pages.

I haven't used any of it yet, but maybe the fabric might be used in a quilt. Or maybe to line a bag.
Turns out they were made by whiskyandlime, and printed nearby in Brunswick! 
I might  hang the plywood squares in our backyard " shack" once it is finished. Love the funky colours!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Chook- a -doo!

Say hi to the newest members of the family- 4 young Isa Brown hens! Picked them up on Sunday, they are still settling in, learning where the perch is, where the food is etc. We pick them up and pat them a couple of times eah day so they will be nice and quiet and used to people.
Today was the first morning they actually jumped down off the perch and walked out of the chookhouse by themselves, I had to lift them down and show them the door the previous 2 mornings!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Sewing part 4

The first - neutral toned- quilt I made for my lovely friend, ended up on her daughter Miss H's bed that night! Even though I had specifically "not put any pink or purple in it" so Miss H  wouldn't  claim it!
Of course the only solution was to spend the weekend sewing one just for Miss H, in all the bright, jewelled tones ( opposite to her mother's quilt!).  I found a piece of pink pinwale cord for the back, and already had plenty of rainbow strips pre cut from the baby quilt I made late last year. So it was quite quick to whizz the strips together, plus a couple for the back, make some bias binding and put it all together. I love the bright colours. And so did Miss H!