Monday, July 26, 2010

Pajaritos

Why is it that I can go 2 weeks worrying about finding something worth blogging about and then I find 4 things I want to write about in 24 hours? Don't worry, I'm not going to blog about all 4 at once, If I did I think I even I would invoke TL;DR* :)

* Too Long; Didn't Read

I have been working on a couple of baby quilts for a friend who had her baby last week (Welcome to the world Little Lily, Congratulations to Alana on becoming a Big Sister!) I designed 2 Sister quilts, one for Lily and one for Alana. I wanted them to be the same design but different for each. I came up with "Pajaritos" which is Spanish for Little Birds (their Mum is Spanish and I had to trick her to find out how to say Little Birds in Spanish without her finding out why)
Alanas Quilt

I love strip quilting and find it a colourful and a great background for applique. Their Mum liked purple for Alana and pink for Lily so I had great fun going through all my fabrics and picking out all the different shades and colour values. I love that fabrics you wouldn't think would work together look fantastic when its finished.
Lilys Quilt (and Toms legs)


I cut as many different fabrics WoF and kept sewing until it was the right size. I drew the stylised birds and wings and used that as a pattern for the applique birds.
I placed the birds randomly, moving them around until I was happy.

Unfortunately by the time they were ready to be quilted I was hugging the toilet :( My Mother in Law stepped up and quilted them in a cross hatch pattern so that they would be ready in time (Thank You, Kerry!!) This isn't the first time she has done this for me and I greatly appreciate it!
Finished and ready to be wrapped up and given to the girls

I
did the binding by hand ( I love binding a quilt, the feeling of finishing a project and sending it out into the world, hoping that whatever it is will be loved) and put on the labels. I took them over when I was well and Mum loved them.

I have started an applique cushion for my sister, Sara, a hand bag for my Aunt Lisa, a lap quilt for my friend, Hayley as well as about 5 UFOs* I love it when I get inspired! What is inspiring you today?


* Unfinished Objects

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Excuses.....2



Damn Gastro!!
Either I or someone in the house has been sick since last Friday! It has taken awhile but I think we are all over it. YAY!

I will be back to my crafting very soon. I have nearly finished my 2 quilts for sisters and will show you very soon :)
But what I am Really Really REALLY looking forward too is the Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair My fat 1/4 cache is very low (although I have 2 big boxes of scraps that I need to use) so I hope that my next post will have some lovely fabric to share :)
I Happy Dance in anticipation!! What are you up to?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Excuses







Well.... I have been busy this week. Happily so. My darling cousin, Kristy and her fiancée travelled to Melbourne for a flying visit. I spent the last 2 days with them and had a blast!
Sooooooo Sweet

We went shopping with our monster bags and a sales assistant came screaming over begging to pat our bags, it was so nice :) I have never had anyone react that way to my bags before

On Wednesday we went to the Tim Burton exhibition. So fantastic!! If you have the opportunity to go please do. The man is amazing, I would love to have even half the talent he does and the ability to remain true to himself, you can see the early stylings he is so famous for even in work he did as a teenagerSandworms try to eat me!


SO sadly not craft this week although I need to get back too it, I have 2 baby quilts on the go that really need to get finished as the babies are all due very soon (one of them as soon as next week) and a Big sister quilt to go along with a baby quilt too! Photos will follow.

I ask one thing of you.... Please, put pencil to paper, needle to fabric, hook to wool or any other number of options but please try expressing yourself in a new way. You will be amazed what you will learn about yourself

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Monster Bags RRRRRAAAAOOOORRR! :)

I love my monster bags! Very rarely is there something I can make more then once and not be bored off my brain. It's not always a nice process and sometimes some very nasty words erupt from my mouth when they decide to misbehave but they are never boring. The messenger bag was the hardest pattern to make

They are usually 3 different types of monsters. There is the Big messenger bag:Sadly this is not the finished product. I can't find the photos of my best friends monster bag, George, but you get the idea.

There is the small accessories bag:This is Munch, it went off to live with my lovely cousin. This model has a shoulder strap but usually the accessory bags don't have a strap and are designed to sit inside another bag

And the purse, which has been used for money, Ipods, Cameras and GPS:
These are super useful and there is never 2 alike:

These were the first things I ever put my labels on. I was so excited!
The prototypes for these became my work bags and have put up with a lot of abuse. I may have to make them some friends to share the load with or it could be just an excuse for another bag for me ....... ;)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Geocaching

No craft for me today, instead we decided to entertain The Peskies (aged 11(J), 8(Moo) & 5(Miss C )
It's the middle of school holidays and Hubby(Tom) is on holidays for the next week (YAY!). We have already hit the "I'm Boooooooorrrrreeeedddd" stage, truth be told The Peskies were saying that 2 hours after finishing the last day of school.

Youngest Peskie(Miss C) was off with Nanna today so Tom and I decided to take the older 2 Geocaching.
Tom had geocached a couple of times before but it was a first for me. We picked a cache in Darebin Parklands which is about a 5 minute drive from our house and another first, we hadn't visited the Parklands before and, thanks to all the rain, they are lovely and green.



Unfortunately we lost the path that lead to the cache so decided to explore the creek and parklands instead.

J and Moo watching the water rush over the rocks

Feeling slightly disappointed at missing out on finding the cache we decided to head to another cache that Tom and the Peskies had found about a year ago. It was at one of the Peskies favourite parks , All Nations Park.
Moo climbing the Mountain

It has a big man made hill made of local blue stone and somewhere among the huge blue stone boulders was our cache. Tom found it first.
The notebook was last updated about a week ago and appears to be a fairly active cache. The last person had left an Elmer Fudd Tazo and a large metal washer and we replaced them with 2 little plastic monsters.

It was nice to get out of the house, even though it was cold, and get out into the green. We are planning on heading back to the first attempt later this week and give it another go.
So if you have a GPS I recommend giving it ago, especially if you have adventurous kids hanging around and driving you crazy :) We are now all warm, tired and ready to curl up on the couch for awhile

So although not a "craft first" it was still a "first" for me.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Hand warmers

I was about 10 when my Mum taught me how to crochet Granny Squares. I have been crocheting on and off since. I can't read a pattern to save my life so most of the time I just make it up as I go along.
Recently I was inspired by Joyce to start crocheting again.
Because it had been so long since I had taken up the hook I bruised my hand while making a scarf for my boy, of course it took me a day of rubbing my hand and wondering what I had done to it for it to hurt so much before I realised it was the scarfs' fault :) I was vastly amused when, searching for crochet inspiration, I came across a crochet site that refers to themselves as Hookers took awhile for me to stop laughing

A few days after that I started playing with some left over wool and came up with a hand warmer design. very basic but very warm... and ugly, the left over wool was not the prettiest. My oldest girl spotted the hand warmers and requested a pair for herself so off I went.
Colours were picked:

Of course they had to be stripy, I find that most of the things I make end up with stripes in them somewhere



She loves them, to the point that I had to make her take them off when she went to bed. She was trying to sneak them into her bed so she could sleep in them

I decided to make another pair for myself with colours I would be more likely to wear in public, as opposed to the first ones I made :)



This is the finished product, nice and comfy, nice and warm.


I thought I would introduce someone who tends to feature in most of the photos of things I make, simply because he never leaves me alone. My hubby got him for me for Christmas last year and hasn't left my side since. His name is Smeagol and is such a sweet little terror. If anything goes missing from my craft area all I have to do is look for him and wrestle it back off him

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hello!



Today I finally went ahead and started my blog. I have been thinking about it for too long and the help of a few dear friends finally gave me the push I needed.

I have such a large range of things I like to do I figured it would be a good place to keep track of all the things I try. I have decided to start with my latest attempt:

The new craft tried happened yesterday when a friend of mine came over for a craft day (Loved it!) and we worked together on a few things and taught each other new things, I taught her some crochet and she taught me Needle Felting. I am in the process of making a denim wrap skirt and want to put some patches on it to add texture and interest, so that's where I started. I had never done felting of any sort before although I had used felt in several projects.


This was my first attempt. I love the colours and even though it is pretty rough I am going to put it on my skirt and wear it with pride, I spilt blood for this patch! :)
The main thing I learnt is that felting needles hurt. They have barbs along the needle to catch the wool, it also catches skin if you are not careful.
Funnily enough I don't like my second attempt nearly as much.
I was trying to control things a little more, I think I prefer Chaos. I will still put it on the skirt though

My friend left me with the challenge of trying some 3D felting as well so I rolled the wool into a ball and let it take me where it led:
Apparently it led to a bear head :)
I am not sure how to proceed from here, I gave him a mouth but don't know how I should do the eyes...... or the body....... or his limbs........ I think I will have to organise another craft day to finish him off

What have you tried that's new?