Saturday, March 21, 2009


What inspires you? Well I find inspiration from all sorts of places. Mainly blogland but also books. I found out that my local library had these great books on their shelves so promptly borrowed them. 
After looking through them I have decided that it is going to be very difficult giving them back so have put them on my gift list for 2009. I write this list during the year to help people out with ideas of what to by me for Mothers day, my birthday and Christmas, so am hoping that these will find there way to me on one of these occasions.
The Doodle Stitching book has inspired me to start my own here...
I have stuck pictures of stitcheries that I have seen in blogland and have drawn my own version of them. I have even converted the bottom stitchery into this....
A bottle bottom pincushion with special hand made pins. The pinheads have been made using Shrinky Dinks. These were really fun to make and started out as an experiment that worked out really well.

I went to Spotlight last week as I had a $10 voucher to spend and of course I couldn't pass up an opportunity like that. 
I found these gorgeous papers....

and matching stickers...
These stickers are great and I will be using these for sure. I actually bought two lots of these. The second lot are in green and brown only but they looked really fun.

Finally I bought some more socks (little 5-8 yr old) to make a couple more sock monkeys.

I should have a finished product to show you next week as they will need to be finished by next Friday. It is registration day next Friday for next terms craft classes and I am teaching a block called "One Week Wonders". I am going to teach the little bottle top pincushions, bottle bottom pincushions (see picture above), tape measure covers, thread holders, Shrinky Dink pins and Sock Monkeys. It will be a full on term but I am really looking forward to teaching these fun projects.
The crochet is coming along really well with my summer bag almost complete. I will post a picture of that next week as well.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Crochet Fun

I am loving this blog at the moment and have been inspired to make some of her tutorials. I have completed this bag...

which was made using my current wool stash, I just need to add the crochet flowers to the handles but can't decide what colour to do them. I have now started another one in summer colours similar to the ones that Lucy has used with wool obtained from our Freebie box at Friday Craft and I am hoping that I have enough.
I also really love her hexagon blanket and have decided to make that next and I purchased this wool for the project but am needing a few more colours. 
This wool is really soft and will be so nice to cuddle under. I think the trick is to join them together as you go so that you don't end up with a huge job at the end. I would also really like to make her Granny's Flower Patch blanket with the crochet flowers all over it. I can see these as being special blankets that will be used during winter time while people are sitting in the TV room and trying to keep snugley and warm.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Where Did February Go?

I can't believe that a month has gone since I posted last and that I didn't even get to post in the month of February. Now what did I get up to last month? Well, I made a few of these...
and some of these...
and one of these.
I received another one of these
and bought this...
I also will show you a photo of our new family member.
We now have identical twins and mine is the older of the two (it is actually just the model previous) I must admit that I feel very spoilt to now own my very own macbook and it is great not having to wait for someone else to finish on the computer so that I can check my emails and blogs. We really are a very geeky family as we now have a computer each and one spare.
We have been having to get used to a new routine now that school is back and everyone is going to the same place. I must admit that I do feel a little like a taxi driver with all the comings and goings to the school because we only have one car. We try to leave home at 7.50am and I drop everyone off at school at 8.00am, I then drive to my work to start at 8.30am (1/2 hour earlier than last year. Fortunately I have a wonderful boss who is happy for me to work the extra ½ hour each day). I leave work at 3.00pm to pick the kids up and usually have to wait in the busy carpark for 15 minutes for the two boys to come to the car. We drive home and I try to get homework started and dinner ready then I wait for my sweetheart to call me to go back to the school to pick him up, which has been at about 6.00pm (he works a very long day usually without a lunch break). Last week was a bit of a break as we had the use of my In-Laws car as they went to Melbourne for the week, so, Sweetheart drove himself and the boys to school and I only had to make one trip up there to pick the kids up.It feels like my life is a bit of a roller coaster at the moment. My brother and his wife with their two littlies left to live in Melbourne last week and I am going to miss them all a lot. I know that my kids are going to miss their little cousins as they just love them to bits, especially my 11yo.
My craft group just had their first Slipper Night for the year and it was Japanese theme this time. I gave a Sushi making demo and I think that it went really well. I just realised that I should have taken some photos of what I did but I was so busy with thinking about what I had to do that the thought didn't even enter my head.
Until Next Time 8o)