Tuesday, March 30, 2010

this & that

So I've gone all OCD and made a few pincushions for this swap I'm doing.

Actually, there have been 4 made so far... I think this is the one I'll send, because I just realised that heart one looks like the one pictured on the swap button and I wanted to be a bit more original.

And, I made these cute little eggs & chicks for Easter. Dman loves them and we all get kisses from the chicks : )

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Crocheted Pillow Case

After a month of following along with You Go Girl's Crochet a Long I have finally made my first ever pillowcase and put a pretty crocheted edging on to make it a look a little posh.

The fabric

Pillowcase done

And finally the pretty edge.

And Here is some of what the other clever "On the Edge" peeps created. Now that i've done the first one, there will be a few more of these made I think. They just look so pretty.

Monday, March 22, 2010

All fine

After all the preparation for the Cyclone last week, Ului decided to visit Airlie Beach & Mackay instead. We didn't even get any rain out of it but it was overcast and cool for a couple of days which was a nice change. So it looks like my FIL will be the first to visit after all : )
I'm happy now it gave me a kick to get our emergency evacuation kit sorted and a good stock of water & tinned... ahem food?
Thank you for all your kind thoughts, big hugs to you and I hope you have a super lovely week xox

Saturday, March 20, 2010

First visitor

It looks like our first visitor will be here sooner than expected. My wonderful Father in Law is flying over from Perth for a week over Easter. For him, it's a well earned carer's break. Yes at 70 years of age he's caring for his wife (who has MS) as he has done for years. It has only been during the past 2 years that we have managed to convince him he needs a break. So i'm incredibly excited that he wants to spend his break with us. We will try not to wear him out and send him back refreshed not exhausted this time.
He was to be our first visitor in our new home but it looks like Cyclone Ului wants to visit first!
I'm ready for you Ului. The yard has been tidied up, iv'e purchased excessive amounts of tins and non perishables (they call it food but i'm still not convinced). I've backed up the hard drive with all the new photos etc and checked the first aid box & added sunscreen & tropical strength insect reppellent to it because of the dengue & ross river fever issues they have here. I've located all our important documents and will double bag them with the photo albums today.

Did I mention that Fox is away? He left on Tuesday and they're saying he'll be back on Sunday but the Cyclone's due to hit Saturday night so i'm not sure how that works but that's Army life for you. Why do things happen the second they go away? Not saying I can't cope without him... it's just nicer to have someone else here to calm the nerves and go and get the panadol. You see Dman got tonsilitis this week too.

Omg. ** Warning - Rant Alert ** I took him to the doc on Wed and explained he gets tonsilitis, (he'd been complaining of a sore head, throat & stomach & had a high temp.) and that we need a referal to an ENT specialist while we're there. This by the way is probably the most annoying part of being a Defence Familiy... always having to explain to new doctors etc past histories because you know they don't give you your mediacl files to take to the new Doc anymore? It all has to be released... forms, signatures etc. SO we were going to get his tonsils out before xmas before we moved but the ENT guy in Brisbane didn't have a time available until this year & after we had moved. So the process begins again here.
So the doc on Wed didn't want to give him anything because he really didn't look too bad and was still up and running around her office touching everything. I explained that this kid would still run around with a fourty degree temp. Nonetheless we decided to wait (for her benefit) to see what would happen and come back if it worsened. Sure enough we were up all Wed night and then the vommiting began Thursday morning. I took him back to the doc with a high temp & vomiting, this time he refused to walk and made me carry him. So he laid on her bed and it was very obvious to her that he really was sick. She kind of apologised and wrote him a script for antibiotics etc. I understand why she did it and next time I know she will realise i'm not tyying to over medicate my child. Deep breath **there rant over**
Dman is on the mend now and trying to milk it by getting everyone to run around after him. Oh hang on, he's like that normally. He must be better now. lol : )

Crazy week for sure! There's more but i'm not going to bore you with it...I still managed to get some craft going though. Crochet is so good for relaxing I tell you. I'm working on something for Mumbles (aka Con) room... here's a peek...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

One for you... two for me

I have been eyeing off this gorgeous Bloom Journal Cover tutorial for a while now and yesterday I had some time to fling one (or two) together. My first attempt (not shown) was a dismal failure so I think next time I try to get fancy and convert inches to centimeters I really should write the measurements down... duh. But this one fits my craft notebook well.

And today saw time to make a pin cushion. Yes Iv'e signed up to Fox's Lane pincushion swap!!
... seeing as Iv'e never made one before I thought it be best to practice first so as to be kind to my swap partner.
I think it's sweet and it was quickly swept away by my 3 year old pretending to have cups of tea. Will somehow steal it back when he's not looking.
It was also my first attempt at Amigurumi, so look out kids, mumma's going to making a few more cute little crochet creations.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend x

Friday, March 12, 2010

Pillow case... check

Following along with You Go Girl's Crochet Pillowcase Create a long, today I completed the second task - making a pillow case.

My first choice of fabrics didn't work out because I somehow misread the instructions and didn't get enough fabric... Oops.

But I do enjoy a challenge and decided to change direction by making a matching pillowcase for meeka's xmas quilt. Mostly because I had plenty of that gorgeous Wendy Slotbloom fabric left over.

And here it is...

The front - with appliqued flower

The Back - I wanted it to be just as pretty as the front.

All ready to go now for week 3 - crocheting an edge on... I'm sure this will be my favourite part :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My creative space

This week iv'e been crocheting a sweet baby bonnett & short sleeve dress. I want to do the booties too to make a cute little set.

And i finished the blanket too.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

crochet pillow case supplies...

Reday to create a long with You Go Girl.

Here are my supplies ready to go ...

loving these colours right now.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

My creative space

This week i've been making crocheted coasters for a swap i'm in on swapbot.

The theme is spring time coasters and i had to make 2 coasters for 2 partners.

They turned out quite nice so i'm thinking of making a set of 6 in some more neutral tones just for me.

Here's the pattern if you like. It's from Ravelry so you may need to sign in for it.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

playing along

Wow, okay... trying to contain myself... but just SO excited... squealing with delight and jumping up and down excited.

You Go Girl is holding a 4 week tutorial on how to make pillowcases with pretty crochet edging.

Hers look so gorgeous, i'm hoping i can make an eqaully gorgeous/funky boys style too.

Again the twin boy/girl thing kicking in... everything has to be equal and fair so neither feels less/more spoilt than the other. Mind you, i may need therapy for this, but for now i'm going with it! lol

This is SO fun... i'm off to get my supplies ready for next week. I Hope you have a lovely day today too x

PS It's not too late to join in the fun if you want to.