Monday, February 28, 2011

hello stranger

I've been a little quiet lately as a corner of The Craftroom
was soaked in the recent rains .
It was a great opportunity to have a big cleanup.
Lots of stuff was ruined and has been thrown out .

My studio was originally built for
teaching decorative painting
and before classes my machine and sewing supplies
had to be stashed away .

Now the Craftroom is just for me I'm finally
setting it up just the way I want it .
As I am running Clare's Craftroom from here
I want it to be functional but comfortable .
There is still lots to do sorting out as
well as running my business but
I'm getting there .
I can't wait to show you when it's finished .
Just thought I'd let you know in case you
thought I'd become blogless !

Thursday, February 24, 2011

my creative space

The last thing I need is more wool .

I found this pretty colour at the $2 shop .

But then I remembered I don't need any more wool .

But then I remembered how much I like to
sit at the end of the day and just do rows
of crochet and not having to think about it .

And then I remembered winter is coming and
this would keep me warm as I made it .

But I don't need anymore wool .

But what if the name on the label
was just as pretty as the wool itself ?

Sold !

I really must have needed more wool .

More Creative Spaces here

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

off with the fairies

I'm often off with the fairies and the last few weeks
the poor fairies must be thinking they'll
never get rid of me !

I've been spending way too much time
on facebook and having a lot of fun
but I've also been working very hard lately too .

My new design for Sew It Together has
been finished , tested and printed .

I'm very close to finishing the pattern for a new bag
and there is a particular softie that I can't wait
to get started on .

Getting settled into a routine working from
home has had it's challenges but I'm really loving it .
Once I'm more organised I will be able
to do a bit more blogging and visiting as I have missed it .

In case you are wondering about the picture ,
this was a drawing my daughter did for me
when she was very small and
it was just crying out to be stitched .
The things poking out from the side of
her head are actually wings !
I hope to see you tomorrow for My Creative Space
I think there will be more fairies involved .

P.S. Thanks for yesterday xxx

Friday, February 18, 2011

got big lips ?

If I had big lips like this ...

I'd need a really big lipstick !

I mean really , really big !

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

my creative space

I like old keys , the new , sleek ones have nothing on these.

As The Craftroom has been flooded a few times recently
I thought it might be wise to get a few things off
the floor and hanging out of harms way .

I strung a heap of keys to a hoop and it is
now tinkling from the ceiling .

Do you have any idea how hard it was trying
to take a decent photo !

You'll just have to take my word for it that
it really is beautiful .

See more creative spaces with better photos here .

PS . I had a few enquiries about the white frames
in my last post . They aren't even wood they are
a cheap plasticy kind that I bought from
one of those $2 shops .

Saturday, February 12, 2011

doily makeover

I picked out the doilies that were stained .

I cut them .

I framed them .

I added a little zing with some vintage buttons
bought from The Button Bower  ,
no relation to me I promise .
I will eventually have these displayed in The Craftroom .
It's nice to give some old doilies new life .
Pretty ?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

my creative space

It's all about doilies here today .
I found a few pretty ones the other day
and just left them in a bag in The Craftroom.

With all the rain on the weekend my floor was flooded .
Some of the doilies got wet but not ruined .
I thought what a shame it was that I rescued the doilies
from the opshop and then allowed
 them to be neglected again .
Some of them are so beautiful and so much work
has gone into them I think they deserve a little better .
(Yes we are still talking about little bits of fabric here .)

So I will be in my creative space appreciating
my doilies and making new treasures from them .

Any suggestions ?

More creative spaces here .

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I love hearts !

I do love hearts !
With Valentines Day very soon there are
hearts everywhere I look .

My husband and I have never exchanged Valentines gifts.
Not only because he's not the romantic kind
but that it is not an occasion celebrated much
in Australia despite what the card and chocolate
companies would have you believe .

As someone who has lost both parents to heart disease
I decided that the money that I could spend
on a gift would be better donated somewhere worthwhile .
What better place than The Heart Foundation .

This really makes my heart feel good .

Monday, February 7, 2011

Rainy Days Sheet Fabric Winners !

Just to prove to myself I could cut up this cute fabric
I made a cushion cover with tiny pom pom trim
for my lounge and my teenagers are horrified
that we have little kid  stuff in our loungeroom !

I told them to suck it up .

could please send me their details I will send them
some of this fabric and they can use it to
make young children happy or
annoy some more teenagers ,
lots of fun either way !

Friday, February 4, 2011

vintage sheet fabric giveaway

Doesn't this print just make you smile !

I found these in my local Vinnies the other day ,
two single bed sheets in beautiful condition .
To be really very honest with you I have enough
trouble cutting up one sheet let alone two so
I thought I'd better give some away to
someone who can really use them .

This will be the first time there is going to be
a catch to one of my giveaways , are you ready?

I would like you to tell me what you would do
with a metre of this fabric .

There are 2 pieces being given away so 2 of you
can have some , yay !

I can't wait to hear what you would make with this .

All welcome , I'll tell you the winners in a few days .

Thursday, February 3, 2011

my creative space

My creative space is so hot this week .

Pretty , vintage hankies are being put together
for a very light blanket .
I can't call it a quilt because I'm not a quilter .
I think I'd like to be though .

See more Creative Spaces here .

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

summer holiday

We're all going on a Summer Holiday ,
no more working for a week or two

are you singing along?

Fun and laughter on our Summer Holiday
No more worries for me or you
for a week or two .

Everybody has a Summer holiday
doing things they always wanted to .
So we're all going on a Summer holiday
to make our dreams come true ,

For me and yoooooouuuu !

I hope I've got you singing this annoying song and
I know it's annoying because my family
 keep running from the room .

So I'm not really heading off with Cliff Richard
but if you would like a little holiday at home
The Happy Camper pattern is in my shop right now .