11 September 2014

Finished: Hoopla Oh Deer

Knocked up a quick mini side project - voila Oh Deer from my favourite little craft book, Hoop-La.  It is now taking pride of place on my inspiration wall.

05 September 2014

Sewing progress

This week I thought it was time I started to sew up the great stack of rectangles I have been cutting up for the past month.   I wasn't sure about a couple of the fabrics for my new quilt but I need to be a bit more adventurous when putting patterns together so I just went with it and I am liking how it is beginning to look.

I was also flicking through my new book and decided I loved nearly everything in it.  So why not work my way through the book, make all the projects and maybe learn something on the way.  I have done quite a bit of sewing over the past 7 years but it has mostly been clothes for the Kid or non clothing.  I just haven't made stuff for me to wear and must admit I am a bit nervous about it.  So this could be the perfect start.

The first project in the book was nice and simple -  a head scarf a la Brigitte Bardot.  I love this look but it really did not suit me when I tried it on so I have donated it to the Kid who has donated to Dolly.

And last and quite possibly least (haha) I have started a new Hoop-La project.  I wanted to make a Hoop-La for my Mum's birthday but realised I didn't have the correct sized hoop.  So whilst I wait for it to arrive I started the Oh Deer project for myself.  Because I think this is so cool and funny.

Its a slow process because Im doing whilst watch crap on TV which seems to slow me to half pace!

28 August 2014

Book Week

I asked the Kid what she wanted to go as to the Book Week Parade.  She said Elsa or Ana as apparently that is what EVERY girl in the class was going as.   I sat her down and explained that Frozen is brilliant BUT not a book.  She ran to her room and came back with one of those Disney booklets you get from the supermarket, gave me a steely look and said "oh yes it is".

So I took a different tack - did the Kid really want to look like every other girl in the class?  Oh crap....yes she did indeed want to look EXACTLY THE SAME.  There was no way I was buying or making a Frozen dress (Im just a wee bit over all things Princess).  And I made the suggestion that she go as Wilbur the Pig from Charlotte's Web which we have just finished.  Crikey,  I had to do some  serious negotiations to get her around to this idea but finally she was sold.  So that is what I  been doing for the last 3 days......

I found this fantastic tutorial from over at Make It and Love It and pretty much followed it to the letter, really the only thing I did different was put a pipe cleaner in the tail because mine didn't seem to want to curl without it.

Last night I got the kid to help and she made a wonderful Charlotte spider out of pipe cleaners that we are going to hang from her wrist.

I am really pleased with how this turned out and cannot wait for the Kid to try it on and channel her inner piggy.

Oh, and as it is book week I didn't think I should be left out.......oooops, sorry budget!

16 August 2014

Finished: Foliage lace mitts

Finished my mitts thank heavens as it is blinking cold at the moment.  I used Sassy Cupcake's Foliage Lace Mitts pattern.  It is super cute but I decided to shorten them as I didn't feel the need for them to go half way up my arm, so I only did 3 pattern repeats at the beginning instead of the 5 suggested.

There is a mistake in the pattern on the left mitt on the very last row - it actually gives right mitt instructions instead of left mitt ones.  But a quick read of the comments and I found the correct instructions thanks to another reader who had picked up the mistake.

I am loving the mitts and the baby ice blue gives them just a little hint of Elsa about them, so much so that now the Kid wants a pair.  Not being a competent enough knitter, I don't feel comfortable adjusting the pattern so might just look for a kids pattern instead.

Im now on 2 weeks break from Uni study so I plan to get crafting and the next project is a quilt for me.

06 August 2014

Reading. Reading. Knitting and Reading.

Wow who knew there was so much to do when you are a Uni student....yes even a part time one.  All I can say is. So. Much. Reading.

There really has been very little time for crafting.  The only thing I have managed to squeeze in is some knitting.  Finally I have started my second Foliage Lace Mitt and you just never know but I might have them ready before the hot weather heads back into Sydney Town.

Also my third and final Jellywares Winter Yarn Club parcel arrived.  Oh Joy of Joys.  These really are the most wonderful little packages, each one has been a total delight.  This month has the most beautiful bright blue yarn and the cutest little extras.

However it is with much reluctance that I am going to give the Spring Yarn Club a miss for 2 reasons.  Firstly I am on a bit of budget at the moment and I really cannot justify the spend (despite their loveliness) and secondly it looks like I will only manage to get one of the 3 projects done this quarter and Im worried that this could be the start of an out of control yarn stash.

So with any luck I can join back in when the Summer one comes around (fingers crossed).  

Oh well time to get some more of that mitten knocked off

31 July 2014

Finished: Road Trip Case

I have been meaning to take some photos of my new little satchel I made to hold embroidery bits and bobs.  It would be great for taking away with me on holiday - if only I had a holiday on the horizon!

I used Noodlehead's Road Trip Case and even though there were a lot of steps, it was a fairly straightforward sew.   I have another one cut out and all ready to sew up for the Kid to try and keep a handle on her ever expanding loom band collection.  

Im not sure if I read the pattern wrongly but the only thing I would do differently for the next one is cut the wadding the same size as the outer pieces - the pattern says it should be smaller but it didn't seem to work for me.

22 July 2014

Finished: Embroidered birthday card

I spent Saturday night doodling.  That's the kind of exciting life I lead.  To be perfectly honest I was sick as a dog and just hunkering down on the couch with a notebook and pencil and some thing crappy on the TV.

Now Im no great artist (can't draw for shit to be honest!) but I CAN doodle.  On Sunday morning I looked at my scrawlings and decided to turn one of them into a little embroidered birthday card for my niece.

I set to work straight away and was quite proud of the outcome and I even made the envelope out of some tracing paper and wash!!

Now I better get it down to the post office and send it on its way.

05 July 2014

2 parcels

I forgot to check for post yesterday and as I was getting home late from a rare night out, I thought I should just quickly check the mailbox.  I was so excited to find two parcels just for me.  I put on Rage and madly opened them up.

I don't know which one I was more excited about.  The first parcel was July's instalment of Jellywares Winter Yarnclub.  My mate had mentioned she had received her parcel and I think that was the main reason I was checking my mailbox at ten to midnight.

Look at the beautiful purpley pink yarn, it is just gorgeous and even though I haven't even started June's project I was seriously excited to get this latest package of goodness.  And approximately 30 seconds after taking these photos this morning I nom nom nommed the shortbread.  It. Was. Gooooood.

But wait, there's more.  An unexpected parcel from my Uni, full of all the things a new student needs.  And what is it about stationery that make me drool - seriously a trip to Officeworks makes my day!  Started studying on Monday and there is so much to take in, and so so much to read.  Only 5 days in and I seriously think my brain is almost full.  Am I loving it?  I sure am, but you just may need to ask me again in another week, month, year, decade hahahaha.

25 June 2014

In a quandary

I have been thinking long and hard about what to do with my beloved blog.

The good news is I got a place at Uni and I start on 30 June.  Oh crikey that is like less than a week away.  After much deliberation I decided to apply for the foundation Pathways Enabling course at UNE.  I probably had the qualifications to get straight on the degree course but I was so nervous about becoming a student for numerous reasons (juggling study with work and parenthood, never having studied at this level before, not studying anything in the last 20 years) that Im pretty sure that this is the perfect course for me.  If all goes to plan, next year I will start my undergraduate degree in Psychology.

The bad news is that something has to give if I want to take this on and the obvious place to free up some time is my blog and crafting.  That said, there is no way I plan on giving up sewing and knitting but just easing back on it.  Ive decided to keep my blog going but on a smaller scale (not that its huge or anything haha).  Just pop in now and then when I have some crafting or suchlike to talk about.

Ultimately I love having this record of my crafting life and I want to keep it ticking over.  Whilst it is small and imperfect, it is a little corner of the internet that is all mine and I love it.

Do you like Grayson Perry?  I was blown away by his giant tapestry (above) I saw at the AGNSW a few weeks back.  It may not be hand embroidered but it is pretty damn inspiring all the same.

17 June 2014

Winter Yarn Club

I am so glad my mate Chloe put me onto to the Jellywares Yarn Club.  I was just a wee bit thrilled when my first winter parcel turned up last week.  Just as cute as I was told it would be.

The soft as a baby's bum Debbie Bliss wool is pretty much perfect in my eyes and the colour reminds me a bit of Elsa's dress in Frozen so just right for a winter project.

A few different fingerless glove projects were recommended and as the weather has turned decidedly nippy around here, the perfect project for my precious wool.  Plus I will get to improve my knitting skills by either working in the round or using double pointed needles, both of which I have done very little of.

02 June 2014

Things to do: June 2014

Lots of finishing to do in June, time to knock some projects on the head and move onto new and exciting things.

Things like a new quilt especially for me this time - I envisage this being a long term project and don't plan to actually get very far with it in June.  In fact I will be happy if I just make a decision on what kind of quilt I want to make.  Got to start somewhere!

Im excited to be joining the Yarn Club in June and am expecting the projects to be smaller and therefore more achievable which will be just what I need if all goes to plan (fingers crossed) and I become a student in the not too distant future.

28 May 2014

Life in progress…..the past week

Last week I was on the verge of getting some kind of lurgy, felt crap but not enough to miss work or stay in bed.  I thought this is going to go one way or other and Im pleased to say that its gone the good way and Im feeling much more jolly today.

Even got the sewing machine out - the first time since I moved in and finally started work on the Noodlehead Road Trip case that I cut out weeks ago.  It feels good to do some sewing again.  I really want to do some stash busting this year, definitely don't want to be buying any new fabrics until some of it has gone.

The Kid had a little mate over for a playmate so I decided to bake.  A very rare occurrence around these parts - one of the main reasons is that Im prone to stuffing my face full of fairy cakes when I do!

Madly knitting away at my hooded jumper still in the hope getting it done before the Yarn Club package arrives.

Happy Wednesday all.

19 May 2014

Oh no I did it again

I just couldn't help myself.  I bought more crafting magazines.  Seriously, if I made all the projects I like  in all the magazines and books I own it would probably take me until I was 190 years old.

Not quite sure exactly why I bought the Burda magazine as when I got it home there wasn't much in it that appealed. But the pompom magazine patterns are just gorgeous and I want to make them all.  Though I have I have categorically promised myself that I will not start any knitting or crochet projects until I have finished the one I am on - I am not going to start creating a yarn stash to go along with my out of control fabric stash.

However, I was tempted by Chloe over at Deadlycraft to join in the JellyWares on Marshall Winter Yarn Club (thanks for the heads up Miss C) - so now I have to get a move on with the hooded sweater that is on my needles so I can start doing the Yarn Club projects.  Then maybe I can look at the projects in pompom!

17 May 2014

Finished: Hoop-La Project No 3 - girl with Balloon

Finally finished a project that has been sitting half done for months now.  Its quite cute and looks sweet in the Kid's room, though Im not sure she has even noticed that I have put it up on the wall.

I wonder what my next project form this book will be?  Still loving Hoop-La.

14 May 2014

Life in Progress…the past week

Another Mother's Day under my belt and this year's was a good one - it involved a giant bag of Lindt Balls.  That Kid knows me so well, or could it have been me saying every time we went past the chocolate section "mmmmmm I do love Lindt Balls".  Sadly no picture of them as they have all been nom nom nommed.  And yes, I did share them with the little munchkin….reluctantly.

The Kid has been nagging for a bean bag for some time now and today as I was wasting time in Kmart I decided to just buy one and surprise the Kid when she got home from school.  Luckily the rather limp looking bean bag (thanks to more beans on the floor than in the bag) didn't fail to get a whoop whoop from her highness.  Though I was chastised for getting such a boring colour!!  Its denim, its classic I said - the words "what" and "ever" were mumbled.

Bought some Tuppaware (couldn't help myself) at the local Mother's Day fete we visited on Saturday.  Im not a big buyer of the mighty TWare but I do love it.  Its just a little bit on the pricey side for me normally plus I have A LOT of plastic containers filling up a whole kitchen cupboard already.  Oh well.  Look at the cutest little keyring I got for my troubles……no seriously that is the damn cutest thing ever.  I nearly went back to make a second order.

Broke my glasses on Monday and am walking around like the sad loser school kid you always see in TV shows that has blutak and sellotape holding them together.  Oh yes, I am that woman.  I have told the optician it is an absolute emergency but new glasses are not expected this side of the weekend.  Eeek.

As long as they hold together for the return of Offspring tonight, then all will be well with the world.

Happy Wednesday all.