Saturday, March 26, 2011

Honey Bunny

Now that the Sew It Together girls are all together sewing
I can show you the pattern that I
 designed especially for them .

Honey Bunny is the first in my new range
of handpuppets called Handfuls of Fun !

Honey Bunny is very easy to make and I just
love her reversable dress !

Honey Bunny is not just for kids as
she is quite happily spending time with me
in The Craftroom sitting on tall jar .

If you would like your own pattern to make Honey Bunny
hop over to my shop !

Thursday, March 24, 2011

my creative space


I posted a tutorial the other day here
for shabby Easter coasters
and still had bits of quilted fabric left over .

I used the scraps from the coasters and cut
them into little egg shapes .
I stitched on some pretty buttons and
 then attached brooch backs .
They were then pinned to scrapbooking cardboard .
Now I have some pretty little gifts
for a few special little girls this Easter .


Lots more creative spaces here .

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

still here


Just popping in quickly to let you know I'm still here .
I've done a bit of shopping at Vinnies , love my new tin !


Lots of pattern folding .
Adding new patterns to my shop and my eBay store .


and slowly , slowly cleaning up The Craftroom .

What have you been up to ?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

easter coasters and placemat tutorial



I've been promising a new tutorial for a while
and finally here it is !
It's quick , it's easy and you can change the colours
and make it for kids or big people .
They would look great on your Easter breakfast table !

You will need about 20 x 1" x 60cm strips
 in fabric of your choice .
wadding and backing fabric approx 65cm x 40cm .
Make sure your wadding and backing is
a bit larger than your front piece.

 
Join your 1' strips to make a piece about 40cm .
Lay your backing fabric right side down .
Sandwich the wadding between the joined piece and
the backing fabric . Secure.
Stitch in ditch along all joins .

Use a fabric marker and trace 4 egg shapes about
the size of your hand on the back of the quilted piece.
Repeat for a larger egg shape for placemat about A4 size .
Do not cut shapes out yet.
Stitch all around shapes .
Cut out all egg shapes about 1cm from stitched line .


Use clippers or small sharp scissors to snip little cuts
all around from the edge
to the stitched line taking care not to go too far .


Give your coasters and placemat a good shake to shaggy up the edges .


I hope these instructions are clear enough for you .
I.am.not.a.quilter.

Please let me know if you make some as
I'd love to see them in your choice of colours .




Monday, March 14, 2011

the last dance with the fairies

Do you remember a few weeks ago
I bought the prettiest chenille from GoLo
called Fairy Dance?
I have been happily crocheting a blanket with it .
It sits on my chair in the loungeroom and I
reach for it as soon as I sit down .
It is going to be wide enough to go on
my queen size bed .
It sure isn't going to be long enough though
as I've run out of wool !
The shop assures me they will be getting more .
This is the result of 14 balls so far .


Just enough for a very short queen .
                                  

Saturday, March 12, 2011

the carrots aren't the only things that are stuffed


I don't know how I stuffed up so badly yesterday ....

I thought I would repost my fabric carrots from last year,
at the same time I was working on a post about buttons .
Anyway no buttons but the fabric carrots tutorial
is in the post below but no one knew it was
there because it didn't show up on anyones
sidebars , told you I stuffed up !

It doesn't matter though as long as you're here now ,
thanks !

Friday, March 11, 2011

Something quick for the Easter Bunny

No you aren't seeing things this is a repost of my
fabric carrots from last year .
I lot of blogs have added my carrots to their listings
and included a link directly to me , thankyou !
Quite a few have taken my photos , words and
instructions without acknowledging me or
asking me , to you I'm poking my tongue out at .

For you my friendly , nice readers I am reposting
these so you can get some done in time for Easter .

Obviously I am a girl with far too much time on my hands , why else would I be making carrots for the Easter Bunny !
Anyway I thought maybe someone else would like to waste some time might like these .
This is my very first tutorial and as I must be a very visual type I have done this in picture form .
I hope it is clear enough for you and if you make carrots please let me know , I'd love to see them .
Using the measurements here (in inches 'cause I'm old ) make yourself a cardboard template .
Trace around scraps of doubled green and carroty colours . Stitch and trim .

Turn and stuff .

Turn under a small hem at the top and tack around .
Pull the thread to gather and  secure 3 leaves by stitching through all layers .
Add a bit of ribbon or ric rac and ta da something that won't make the Easter Bunny fat !

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Creative Space


I'm still playing with my gorgeous hankie stash .
It seems such a shame to not let them be seen .


I hemmed the edges of some of them and
threaded some wire through .
Vintage buttons were strung on beading wire .


Now I have a very pretty lightshade .
It took about 10 minutes from thought to completion .
I love a quick craft fix !

More creative spaces here .

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

more softies - book winner


The winner of the more softies book is .....
Congratulations , please contact me with your details .

In the post below I asked for your favourite
crafty blogs . I received a few but it isn't
really going to be a great big list unless
we have a few more suggestions , hint , hint !

In case you are wondering why Toby is the
photo here , I just thought I'd remind you
the pattern for Toby is available in my blogshop

Hopefully I'll see you tomorrow for My Creative Space.
Also hoping I can have been creative by then .

Monday, March 7, 2011

great big list of great craft blogs


Do you know some great craft blogs ?
Would you like to share them ?
I thought I'd gather a list of them and put
them here on my sidebar .

Someone told me about a craft blog the other
day that I had never seen ,
Just Something I Made has over 5000
followers and I never even knew about it .
Yes I am following Cathe now too .

So if you know of a great craft blog
please tell us about it and
then I'll leave it here so you can
come back and find new blogs to inspire you .


Friday, March 4, 2011

more softies - book giveaway


I have one copy of "more softies" to give away .

Unfortunately it was in The Craftroom when the
cleanup of the century began and the top
right hand corner got bent , oops !

Before it gets totally ruined I need to send
it to a new home .
If you love softies and sew or crochet and
would like to save this book from more damage
please leave a comment on this post .

Until the cleanup here is finished
I'm not making anything !
The pace I'm going at I may never create again !

I let you know who the new owner is in a few days .

This giveaway has been drawn ,
thankyou for your interest.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

something just doesn't add up


No matter how many times I tried I couldn't
fudge the numbers anymore .

So this it , I'm 49 today .
I really can't see how this is possible
because although my body sometimes
feels like it is 100 ,  my mind feels like a teenager
and that is not always a good thing .

I hope you have a great day too !