Thursday, July 29, 2010

My creative space

After reading Bianca's blog yesterday I decided it was time to sort my fabric stash because so far my 'sorting' has really just been folding and putting it into a large plastic tub.

So I've seperated the plains from the prints and kind of put them into coordinating colour piles. I wonder how you sort your fabric stash? By designer, colour, florals, stripes...etc?

Soon it will be put back into the tub in their piles but I'm guessing it will not be long before it has to get done again... more fabric arriving soon... shhh :)

So maybe not such a creative space, but soon to be a tidy one in prep for some sweet creations.

Pop on over to Kootoyoo for some really exciting Creative Spaces!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Adam's Birthday blanket

I played around with the embroidery stitches on my machine and made a little name tag. I'm not really a big fan of machine embroidery and that's probably why I haven't given it a go until now, but Fox is really on my case about making labels and thinks I should make my own too. So bossy!

Adams blanket is fleecy one side and flannel the other with cotton binding. and I quilted the two sides together with a large square pattern. It's funny how something that looks so simple to make can actually take a whole day to complete.

Anyway, I'm so glad I got this done yesterday because Adam's little brother Toby was born yesterday & I'm no where near finished on his crochet baby blanket. Time to get the hook out and go for it. Oh & it's my sister's birthday on Thursday, so I'm hoping to fit all three pressies in the one post parcel. Express of course!

Thanks for dropping by, hope you had a lovely weekend!

Friday, July 23, 2010

cute tote

As the name says, it really is cute. I was worried it would be too small while i was putting it together but it has turned out perfect. It fits the matching cosmetic purse i made and still has room to stash more goodies inside. I hope my sister likes it. She is having her 4th boy in a few weeks and i though something pretty just for her might be appreciated.

Now to get cracking on my youngest nephews birthday blanket, which just happens to be next weekend and the day after dmans birthday. Oh and Fox is away for the next few weeks for work again so he misses dman's 4th birthday. I'll put off his party until daddy comes home i think.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My creative space

My eldest sister is having her birthday next week so I decided to make her a Cosmetic purse using Nicole Mallalieu Design's Kit. And a matching little tote with Jennie McClelland's cute pattern out of the Meet me at Mikes book.

And now I'm off to a friends birthday lunch... hope you have a lovely day and keep warm down there in the southern reigons of Australia. It's a bit cold here too in no really I have a cardi & jeans on :)

Pop on over to Kootoyoo and see what other crafty types are up to.

Edit - My husband keeps telling me (nagging) i need to put my own label onto the gifts i create, but i have no clue where to look for them, any hints on where i could pick up some cotton tape labels? thank you, trying to keep the man happy, you know x

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's all about the kids...

Fox has been away for a few weeks now and we've all been missing him a lot. He comes home this weekend but only briefly before he's off again.
When he is away I really don't get much of a chance to sew or crochet at home because by the end of the day I'm so exhausted my eyes can't see straight. So the only time I've had time for crafting is on Wednesdays craft group (and this week got hijacked by the RAAF Air Commander coming to check out the Family centre). As a treat on Friday I popped in to see Kirsten at Pompom Rouge and did manage a bit of crochet.
But I'm starting to worry a little about the lack of craft/me time as I have 4 birthdays in the next few weeks and have not finished one gift. Watching my hair turn white by the minute. No really, red hair turns white... none of this grey business. Nevermind, I know I work well under pressure so it will get done!

So Miki had a friend over last night and today I took all the kids to The Strand. It really is as nice as the pictures if not better. There are many play grounds and grassed areas as well as a FREE water play area along a few kilometers of Townsville foreshore which also overlooks Magnetic Island.

The Rock pool & magnetic Island in the background

Rock pool

The port to the left & Mt. Stewart on the right.

The flying fox was a big hit

And ofcourse, the ice cream bribe.

Now maybe, just maybe they will be relaxed enough this arfternoon that I will have a chance to get my craft on. :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another year older

July is crazy birthday month with 13 friends & family celebrating this month including myself.

My birthday is 4Th July and it's great because no one forgets it. I do hope that one year I'll get to spend a birthday in the USA ... just for fun.

This year I got totally spoiled. My beautiful neighbour made this gluten free toblerone cheesecake. Lets just say it was so good it was gone in 1 day. I'm not asking for the recipe because that would be dangerous.

The next lovely surprise was this amazing cross stitch from my little sister. Personally I am fascinated by cross stitch and have made a few dismal attempts but always abandon it in a tangled knotty mess. So this to me is amazing. Thank you Ren I will treasure it forever.

And finally this lovely number arrived on my doorstep today. When Fox asked me (on 3rd July) what I wanted for my birthday I showed him a few of my favourite things and even suggested local craft store vouchers. So I was totally surprised when he and the kids chose this granny square necklace.

But, The most special of all presents would have to be the hand written notes from the kids in texta and crayon with love hearts, kisses & flowers telling me how special i am. They certainly know how to make me feel loved.

Happy Birthday Indeed xox

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Simple simplicity

Built by Wendy Simplicity 3835

Finally finished this Cream top for SSS. I had to put down the hook for a bit & I'm happy I did. There's nothing like the feeling you get when you finish a garment especially when it's for yourself :)

Modeled by my daughter, who really really likes it.

Guess I'll be making a lot more items from this pattern range.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My creative space

On the countdown to my newest nephews arrival in 5 weeks.

I'm crocheting him a waffle cot blanket to keep him warm in chilly Goulburn.

He will be my 14th niece/nephew but hopefully not the last.

Kootoyoo has a mountain of creative spaces, check it out. x