Saturday, January 29, 2011


I'm working on a new design .
It has a lot of pink in it .

It's messing with my head .

Thursday, January 27, 2011

my creative space

I was meant to be making my daughters curtains .

The curtain rings who have sat patiently for so long
started to get a bit jittery .
They sparkled and winked at me and led me astray .
I thought I'd give Lola Novas tutorial a go.
The tutorial is clear and full of step by step photos .
I still couldn't get it right !

My flowers are bigger and floppier but that's ok .
I'm linking them together as I crochet and when
I'm finished I'll have a pretty string of flowers
but no curtains .

See more creative spaces here

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

a girl can never have too many pretty tablecloths

or pretty plates or kitschy little koalas .

Very happy with my latest Vinnies scores .

Can op shopping become an addiction ?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sew It Together

It's official I am a sponser of Sew It Together 2011.
What could I possibly do for 58000 stitchers
that are coming from far and wide to be part of this ?

Well firstly I am giving patterns as door prizes .
and then.......

I am designing a brand new little pattern
What will it be ?
Something bold and bright ..
or something soft and pretty ...

Everyone attending Sew It Together will
receive a copy of my new mystery
 pattern in their goodie bag .

Very exciting isn't it !

If you are interested in going along and joining
thousands and thousands of fun stitchers
eating , chatting , laughing and some stitching too
pop over to Sew It Together and see what
all the fuss is about !

PS. Not really thousands but lots !

Friday, January 21, 2011

now we know where you are !

Hi ! Thanks so much to all for playing
"where are you?"
especially the bloggers who have never
left a comment here before and in some
cases had never left a comment anywhere before !
I hope you enjoyed seeing where everyone
comes from , I found it very interesting.

Not a lot of crafting going on here at the moment
as it is still school holidays and we are still renovating .
Just have a look at the beautiful old lino we found
under the carpet in my daughters room .
Whole pieces are being torn up to send to
Liz at Lino Forest go and see what this girl
can do with old lino , genius !

Besides the normal chaos at my house we
decided we needed just a little bit more .
Meet Blue our new red heeler pup !
Just to add to the craziness at our house !

What have you been up to ?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

where are you ?

I was waiting for an email the other day and
instead of doing something productive
I decided to have a look at my blog stats .

Most of my visitors are from Australia ,
New Zealand , USA and England .

I also have visitors from Spain , Italy and Croatia .

Where are you from ?

No I don't want your addresses to stalk you
I'm just interested in what general area
you are from or maybe I'm just a stickybeak !

Please just leave a comment here like-
"Hi Clare , I'm from Transylvania "
or something like that .

Thanks I think this will be fun !

Monday, January 17, 2011

the old hankies have a new life and a winner

Thanks to your suggestions and the lady from Vinnies

I now have bunting !

I've always wanted some pretty bunting so using up some
 old hankies was the perfect opportunity to have a go
at making some .

I had to end up taking the photo inside as I picked
a very windy day to take photos outside but
they did look so pretty fluttering about
on my clothesline .

The winner of the Sew book by Cath Kidson was......
 Ellieboo would you please email me with your details .

Thanks to all who entered come back soon
for a pattern giveaway !

Saturday, January 15, 2011

a little message and a giveaway from the girls

I was so excited about my hanky score in my last post
I totally forgot to wish everyone a Happy New Year !
Better late than never .
To kick off a great year the girls and I are having a giveaway .
Would you like a copy of Sew by Cath Kidson ?

Silly question I think .
If you would like a chance to win please
just leave a comment on this post .
Open to all , easy !

Thankyou for your interest , this giveaway
is now closed .
Come back soon for a pattern giveaway .

Monday, January 10, 2011

a bargain not to be sneezed at !

I popped into a nearby Vinnies store today
as always on the lookout for embroidered doilies .
One of the ladies who knows me thought I might
be interested in some hankies .

No one wants to buy old hankies love
we just usually throw them out .

I didn't really know how to take this ,
does the rare person who does buy old hankies
have a certain look or was it just the
way my eyes lit up when I saw these beauties .

Either way I think she felt justified that she
had labeled me an old hankie buyer
as I giggled and skipped out the door !

No I have no immediate plans for these but
I can't really be expected to think rationally
after all I'm only an old hankie buyer !

Thursday, January 6, 2011

my socks are pulled up ....well sort of

 I'm getting there .
I'm writing this with an ache in my heart
and a tear in my eye but I know it must be done .
My mum was always so proud of my creative pursuits
and whenever I was published she would
ask for a signed copy of the magazine ,
I still find that just beautiful .

So with my greatest supporter watching over me
I will create , love and smile again .

I have a big year ahead and I think it
will be good for me to get back to work .
Lots and lots of new stuff coming !

Thankyou so much for your kind words but
I'm sorry I didn't reply as at the time I really found
them very difficult to read .
Also thanks go to my special friends who
privately contacted me and offered their support .

Just don't be too surprised if you see a lot of green
in my projects this year as this was mums
favourite colour .