Friday, July 30, 2010

Bling it on !

I have finally made a start on my Christmas presents , with
5 sisters and 2 brothers it is usually wise for me to get in early .
Each of my siblings receives a handmade ornament from me each year
and this year I am making them my Little Party Frocks in Christmas fabric .
They are so quick and easy and I whipped up these four in no time .
If you would like to make some the pattern is available in

I can count these as OPAM finishes and Early Bird Christmas Crafting !

I will draw the winner for the Tilda book on Sunday
if you would like to win this beautiful book please add a comment in the post below .

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tilda Book Giveaway

Like so many of you I love Tone Finnanger's designs .
I recently pre ordered her new book from the Book Depository
and a few others and somehow ended up with two copies of
Crafting Tilda's Friends . 
I have offered to send it back but I think they are too nice to have me do that .
I would love to pass it on to someone else who will enjoy it (who wouldn't?)
If you would like this book and maybe a few other bits and pieces
please just leave a comment .
International bloggers are welcome too !

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesdays Treasures

My treasure for this week is my lovely crystal necklace .
It originally came from someone in my mums family
and somehow I ended up with it .
I do love things that sparkle .
I wore it on my wedding day with the blue dress that I made but
I won't count my dress as a treasure as I changed my mind
ten minutes after I finished it and didn't really like it
but it was a little too late .
The day before your wedding is not really a good time to start making a new dress .

The handsome man behind me is my oldest brother Patrick ,
I'd like to count him as a treasure too as he is just the nicest man and I think he's wonderful .

Please don't bother looking for this frisky young girl .
Her body has been taken over by some crazy grey haired woman !


Sunday, July 25, 2010

While I ate my lunch .

I was eating my sandwich at work today and I was thinking I must get myself a treasure organised for Tuesday Treasures and maybe remind people it's coming up , most of the time I don't know what day of the week it is and thought maybe others are a bit like me .
Then I thought I don't like to do a post without a photo .
Then I thought what a good blogger I am to have my camera at work .
Then I thought I would show you my lunchroom .


Then I thought I'd show you the walls of my lunchroom.

Then I thought I really don't want to go back to work ,
 but I did .

Don't forget Tuesday Treasures , I think you'll be surprised !
Too much thinking ......

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Now I'm red red ready !

I am so lucky that I won Natalies new book !
It is a beautiful book full of gorgeous photos and
all printed on the nicest paper .
So many great projects , so little time .
I feel a little ho ho ho coming on !
Thankyou very much Natalie


I haven't been visiting anyone as it is taking ages for your blogs to load .
That's what I get for letting the kids play on the computer in the holidays .
The family computer is in my bedroom so I can supervise what all the kids get up to and
how's this for a laugh , there were a group of teenagers giggling at the computer and I snuck up on them and you'll never believe what they were all laughing at , my blog !
Secretly I thought it was nice that my kids wanted to show their friends what their mum does .
 .


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This is the last time.


Yes this is the last time I will bore you with my new blanket .
It is finished . It is done .
I absolutely love it !
I enjoyed not having to concentrate
 (I'm good at that though )
I loved that while I was making it , it kept me warm at the same time .
It was so simple and soothing .
It looks damn good on the washing line too .


My internet has been slowed way , way down until next week .
So I may as well sit with my beautiful new blanket and start on something new .

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesdays Treasures

I love marbles !
They are just so , you know , so shiny !
I've been collecting mine for a long time now
and found the sugar jar perfect to display them in .
When I started collecting them I made myself a rule
that if I wanted to gather them I must find them or be given them .
I cannot buy them .
It always makes my day when I find a marble as 
most days I feel like I'm losing mine.

Add your link and play along !

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Does your husband do this ?

My husband had some time off over the school holidays while I worked .
Each evening I have been given a detailed report on what housework he has done .
It is all done with melodramatic wipes of the brow and sighs .
Don't get me wrong I am grateful that things have been done
 but does he have to act so tortured as he's
 telling me how much he has accomplished .
Try doing it all after a full day of work buddy !
I'm just teasing him really and now
 he wants to know why I took a photo of him with the apron on .
I better go before I get caught !
I'd love to know if it's just a man thing .


Saturday, July 17, 2010

I'd forgotten this one .

I sent this design into Express Publications a looong time ago ,
so long ago I had forgotten about it.
My copy of  Patchwork and Stitching v 11 no 2
arrived at my place the other day
and then I forgot to open it .
Just thought I'd tell you about it
before I forget !

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bonkers !

This is me .
Going steadily , steadily bonkers !
Don't worry I won't bore you with the details .
I think some soothing therapy is in order .

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tuesdays Treasures

You may be wondering how these beautiful flowers can be
part of Tuesday Treasures but these particular
 blooms are very special to me .
When I was a little one I became very ill
with glandular fever .
On one of my worst days my dear old dad came
 home from work with a bunch of daffodils just for me .
Not such a big deal some may think
but as I was one of eight
children I thought it was pretty amazing that one
 little person among so many could be made
to feel so special and loved .
My dad at the time was very ill himself
and he died a few years later .
I can never see daffodils without
 smiling and thinking of my wonderful dad .

Can't wait to see your treasures this week !
Yes I know it is still Monday but maybe it is
Tuesday somewhere !
The other reason I am doing this early as
I am flat out tomorrow and won't be
near a computer to do this post .
It also gives some new players a chance to
organise their treasure and add their link here .
I hope I have lots of blogs to visit tomorrow night
as I'll need some pleasant distractions after
the day I know I'm going to have tomorrow .
Have a Terrific Tuesday !





Saturday, July 10, 2010

I do other crafty stuff , really I do .

Still school holidays here and with a house full of teenagers
 it is just easier not to try and do anything too serious.
I have become a little obsessed with crocheting this blanket and
 it's been getting dragged around with me just like a security blanket .
The beauty of doing something like this is I don't have to think just hook away merrily !
As I am also the teens taxi driver how do you think they'd react if I turned up in this beautiful wagon .
Bit of eye rollng I think !

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

Thanks so much to all who came to play last week .
Some of you made me laugh and some made me cry but I really enjoyed visiting and seeing your treasures , it was also  nice to see that the others players were stopping over for a visit too .
I have a funny feeling that this game is going to grow and if it does and there are lots and lots more treasures to see I will try my darnedest to visit all but I may not always be able to stop for a chat .
I do hope you understand and please don't think I am being rude .



My treasure for this Tuesday is this gorgeous sugar bowl .
This belonged to my grandmother Daisy who died when my mother was very young
and it seems to that this is all that remains of her stuff .
My mum had it out for "special occasions" and all of us kids loved it .
I especially loved it when I discovered I could climb on the bench
and get into the cupboard and stick my wet finger into the sugar bowl , gross child !
Now here's the good bit (well I think so ) this is not my grandmothers sugar bowl !
A few years ago I came across this one in a second hand shop and it is identical to the one my mother still has .
I have to tell you I was so excited to find one that I almost had a little accident in the shop!

Don't be shy add your link and show us your treasures .

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Anything ?


Just a bit of reading ,



a bit of sewing ,



some cooking ,


some crocheting .
Not much of anything , how about you ?