Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Craft Camp Projects Complete

Another week since my last post. I do think in my head that I want to post more regularly than just once a week but the days just seem to go too fast.

Well I am back safely from Craft Camp (which I can't believe was a week ago) and managed to complete all of the projects that I took with me except for the Size 1 pyjamas as the pattern that I was using started at size 2. I think that they turned out really well.

The pincushion was quite fun to make. I did however have a few issues with the pattern as it wasn't really clear as to which embroidery stitches to use or give any directions on how to do them. Fortunately I was sitting next to a wonderful lady who is a whizz with a needle and she clearly explained to me how to do the stitches I wasn't too sure about. I wasn't going to do the beading but I think it just finishes it off. I am now ready and looking forward to next months Pin cushion.

I finished another Pencil Roll but I ended up giving it to my 11 yo son to use in his Shoe Box of Love and to be given to Samaritans Purse for Operation Christmas Child. I will make another one for my nephew for his birthday. I am actually thinking of making him one of these as he is going to be a full time kindy boy next year and he might find this more useful.
I am so sorry that this post took so long to put up but I was having a few problems with blogger not loading my photos and realised that I had saved them in the wrong format (won't do that again!).

I am now in the process of putting together a few items for 'Dorcas Day' which is what we call our craft stall day at Friday craft group. It is being held next Friday morning and I am hoping to get a few things together for it this week. As we have to man our own stall I will have to try and juggle myself between my stall and the cafe, I may have to combine them. It is named after a woman in the bible who was known for her fine dressmaking skills. Her story is found here.

Well that is all for now. I am hoping to get a bit done this week and hopefully have something to post later on.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Treasure Tuesday

I know that I haven't posted a Treasure Tuesday for a while but I couldn't come up with anything. Not that I don't have many things that I do treasure but I like to post the thing that just springs to mind when I think of it. 
Well today I am posting about my 'Fabric Stash'.
My stash is contained in a wardrobe drawer. It is not a very big stash in comparison to some but it is well loved. There are some pieces in here that I haven't found the perfect project for or that I can't bear the thought of cutting. Upon reading some other blogs out there I know that I am not the only one who feels this way. Sometimes I love to pull the drawer out and just sort through them all, just touching them and smelling them is quite therapeutic. I do have another drawer that has some of my plain coloured fabric and a plastic crate that contains my plain calico, wadding and Vlisoline however, I don't classify them in my stash. I must admit that a majority of my stash is made up of fabrics purchased from Spotlights remnant basket. They used to have a basket with plastic bags for $5 filled with fabric remnants and I used to love buying these and bringing them to a home where they would be loved and appreciated. I remember one time I brought the bag home to find that one of the remnants was nearly 2m in length and felt that I had really got a great bargain.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Merry Christmas Table Runner - Lynette Anderson Designs

Lynette Anderson wants us to show some of her projects that we have made from a while ago. I made her "Merry Christmas Table Runner" in 2003. 

I think I should have ironed it before taking this photo but I am a bit impatient sometimes.

This pattern was in the Christmas in July 2003 issue of Homespun Magazine. I wanted mine to look exactly the same as Lynette's but I couldn't find the bauble buttons that she had on hers, so I made my own using Sculpy clay. I think that this would be one of my favourite patterns that I have made and I think the end result was pretty good. I did leave off the Merry Christmas on the ends as I wanted to be able to use it all year round.

Friday, October 17, 2008

It's On Its Way

Here is what I have sent to my Stitchers Angel in Germany, although I had to take out the magazine as it was going to cost a fortune in postage to include it. 
There is my Armchair Caddy, Blue Wren Tote Bag, Thread Bin (pattern by Leanne of The Stitching Room), Covered Tape Measure (pattern by Lisa of Spoonful of Sugar)  Australiana Print Fat 1/4's and some handmade cards with matching envelopes.  I also added some Cadbury Furry Friends Chocolates which aren't in the photo (hopefully they won't be all melted by the time they arrive). I had great fun being involved in this swap and am looking forward to what will arrive in my own mail box sometime soon.

One week till craft camp. I think that I will make the Christmas presents for my nieces and nephews and also I will take my pincushion. I should be able to get these finished. I am so excited. 

Jane 8o)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I have made another baby gift this time for our Youth Pastors wife who had a baby boy on Friday. 
There is only one bib but it is reversible.

I also bought some fabric to be made into pyjamas for my nieces and nephews for Christmas. The first fabric on the left has coloured crayons printed on it so thought it would be ideal for some  pencil rolls.

I also received my next pincushion project from Pincushion of the Month club. 
This one is going to be interesting as there are a few techniques that I haven't done before. The first being a self covered button and the next is beading. I will post a picture of the finished project hopefully before the next one arrives.


Monday, October 6, 2008

We're Back

Back from a SA Short Break feeling refreshed. We spent a lovely couple of days here.

South Shores at Normanville
It was only an hour and a half drive from home so really was a short break. Ideal for those who hate long traveling. The accommodation was really nice as it isn't even a year old and there was so much room. As you can see we enjoyed some really great weather and it was ideal for flying our kite which was a lot of fun.

I have also finished my first pincushion of the month project. 

I think it turned out OK but as I had never actually worked with felt before there are a few things that I would have done differently. I think I should have done it all by hand  and not used the sewing machine as I couldn't sew an accurate seam. Well I guess you always learn something. I am now looking forward to what the postman should be bringing this week I will also be posting my Stitchers Angel project this week as well.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

On holidays

I'm currently enjoying a short holiday in Normanville. Will post pictures when I get back soon. 80)