Friday, February 26, 2010
As you can see I gave in at spotlight the other day and added “brownstone”, “malachite”, “amethyst” and “carnelian” to my collection the other day, and they WEREN’T on sale. But my justification to my husband is “as I no longer smoke, I have an extra $10 a day to spend on craft items!” (I quit a year ago, so that’s a lot of saved cash!!)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Skirt is a cotton sateen, Simplicity pattern #2807 and is sitting on beloved dress form that Mr Honi bought me.
In the background you can see a glimpse of my inspiration wall too.
For More Creative Spaces, pop on over to Kootoyoo with a nice cuppa and enjoy!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The metallic thread was a little hard to use as it was quite coarse and not smooth like normal thread. The Holoshimmer was like a shiny, smooth metallic thread with a small amount of stretch to it. I used this one for the leaves and it worked wonderfully.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
A quick run down of current projects include:
- continuing with my 200 crochet blocks
- another baby quilt- an appliqued one I'll show you soon
- some "light up" jewellery
- a skirt (Miss Luzi and I are doing a sewing class together)
- a drawing project
- some vintage lace headbands
and a couple of other BIG ideas bubbling away in my head
So rather than pick one of these projects, I thought I’d share some of the creativeness that’s been a’happenin in the kitchen. I’ve started to review cookbooks and plan our meals – which leads to planned shopping which equals less wasted food AND no last minute takeaways which also equals a better diet and losing weight!! YIPPEE!!
One of this weeks dishes above was lamb chops with melted goats cheese served with steamed asparagus, sliced home grown tommies a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and slithered almonds. Takes 10 mins to whip up and is tasty and healthy.
For more creative spaces, pop on over to Kootoyoo!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
My nearly finished name tag for Brown Owls tonight. I just need to cut it out and add the pin. I tried to use all my fave things - crochet, buttons, cross stitch, flowers, fimo, embroidery, bunnies, Japanese dollies and tea in a nice cup and saucer.
I used 3 layers of cardboard as the backing, and then used mod-podge to glue it all together. Mod Podge is wonderful stuff. It is a clear drying glue that acts as a bit of a lacquer and it doesn't warp paper
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"Square Target" block#3 - I'm loving the colours in this one.
Still a little wonky around the edge, but I'm definitely getting the hang of the hook size and yarn type. Never realised how much of a difference pure wool makes!!
Friday, February 12, 2010
My attempt at "Lacy Cross" wasn't too shabby at all-
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The other day I finished off a baby blanket for a friend of mine who is due in a couple of weeks. I am getting MUCH better at planning my projects and making sure I finish them by a due date (rather than 6 months after the baby is born!!) Plus I am forcing myself a bit more to only work on ONE project and finish it before I start a bazillion others!
The blanket is a cotton flannel, with English paper pieced appliquéd flowers across the top, with matching binding around the edges. The spotty material is from spotlight and the centres are Japanese fabric with monkeys, deer and mushrooms.
This is a picture of the hexes before I sewed them onto the blanket.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
This is AFTER being blocked too!! I’m still puzzled by the “growth” in the top left corner. The whole block reminds me of those tests that were done on Spiders under the influence, and the webs they built…
But I do feel that I need to show proof that I CAN do the granny square. So for my Creative Space this week (which happened to be the lounge) I channelled the uber-creative Kirsty and attempted her “mini granny” (as seen here)…..
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
There is a limited range at Spotlight and they're a bit exy at $12 a jar, but oooo i just LOVE them!! With names like "white gold", "smoky quartz" and "lapis lazuli" who can resist them!!!
Sadly, the massive range as seen here at "Such Pretty Things" isn't available in Australia, AND Amazon wouldn't let me buy it.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Now, I can say that I think I have mastered the Granny square – but that’s where my crochet talent ends. Attempt one was so disgraceful, I couldn’t even photograph it. Working in rows isn’t my bag it seems.
What it SHOULD look like (another fine example of it here)
What it DOES look like......Oh god! It's hideous!!!!
I think I have tension issues. I’m worried I’m not holding the hook right, or weaving the yarn around my finger right. I have a feeling I crochet into the wrong holes. I think my yarn and hook choice are mismatched and I know for sure I can’t count stitches properly.