Sunday, November 28, 2010

Honey Bears and a Swap

3 bears finished, Originally i started out with 5 but two went home to a lovely neighbor, unfinished who wanted to finish them herself .
Showing off their hearts. These felt heart have been vliesofix over the turning slit and then decoratively sewn around. The ribbons have been sewn on and their nosed have been glued and sewn and the eyes are safety eyes.
This is where the Swap came in. My neighbor, stopped off to me before she went to Greensborough Savers to see if i wanted any of the bits she was going to donate. This is the yummy stuff i chose. I did not want to take them for nothing so i offered her a couple of bears out of the fabric she gave me but she wanted the ones i had started and she wanted them unfinished to give them her own look. She is then going to donate them to the K.Mart Wishing Tree herself! How good is that!

Saturday, November 27, 2010


This is the giraffe finished, I am making a lap blanket using wool i bought at Spotlight for 50c a ball, 8 balls in total. and Meggie, Loves the knitting yarn so it has to be in a bag when i am not working on it.
Overhead view, I like the way the pattern turned out. Just need to use a brush to take the fur out of the seams.

Stash Manicure

Lucky Duck Dreams is having a Christmas Fabric Giveaway! You have until 30 November to enter. Click on the photo or her name to go there. Good Luck!

Friday, November 26, 2010


Dolphin is finished,
Tilli is telling me not to start on the giraffe!
Quick idea for stopping yarn from rolling all over, use a large open top container, make a hole in the top with a punch This container is made of plastic and was for a body building product. it had one of those plastic wrap around labels. You can also do the same thing with the large metal coffee containers, if you do use those, make the hole larger and place bias binding to the hole to stop it from being rough.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Look what i got in the post today, Vikki from Sew Useful Designs sent this to me, So me don't you think? Purple fabric with cats? Purrfect! the most adorable card and the scissors, delightful!

Bears, Toys, Swaps

Internet Swaps are so much fun! this is what i got from one of my partners, Sue Van, a lovely fat 1/4, two lace doileys, and a pocket thread catcher with needles and scissor holder, this along with velcro dots to hold it onto whatever surface i want. Thanks It is just too cute!
These two patterns i bought from a charity shop in England comes complete (i hope!) with pre cut pattern pieces. I am going to make them and place them also under the K.Mart Wishing Tree.
Bears are almost done, Just need to go and get some safety eyes and noses before finishing the seams.

Pay It Forward

****In my PIF I will make and send a gift to the first 3 Australian followers who leave a comment to this post, requesting to join this exchange, and promising to pay it forward to 3 other people.****
What YOU have to do in return is "Pay It Forward" by making the same announcement and promise on YOUR blog.
So who wants to join me????
Go on it will be fun :-)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Honey Bears

Funky Friends Factory has a wonderful bear pattern that you can download free when you sign up for their newsletter, I think it is just delightful, I am going to make 5 of them, 3 in this light yellow fleecy and 2 in the dark brown, all will go under the K.Mart Wishing Tree this year.

Mini Break

Leigh and Wiss, My daughters two cats. They are just a couple of lovely very large adorable cats.
On the way up to Hill End we saw this! How cute is it!
Wild Goats at Bald Hill overlooking the township of Hill End.
My Son in Law on his brand new ride on mower. Their land is 4and a half acres. overlooking such fantastic views.
Another view, this is from their back veranda and the land slopes down slightly and ends at the trees.
I had such a fabulous time and it is lovely to see that they are settling in wonderfully, already it feels like their home. They have been there for 3 months now.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pincushion Chair

Felt covered tape measure. to be used either as a cushion for the chair or a foot stool.
The crochet cover on the back of the char doubles as a surprise needle holder.
Finished chair. All ready for the Christmas swap at our Christmas Party. Not worried that some of our members might see it because it will be wrapped up.
Off to Sydney for a couple of days, to visit my daughter and see their new house for the first time and to visit Hill End too.

Monday, November 15, 2010

K.Mart Wishing Tree

I have just finished the last bag and filled it up. Each of the bags have a headband, a nail polish, eye shadow palette, an emery board and 2 lipsticks.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Bags

At last! the last bit of my K.Mart Christmas Wishing Tree gift package has arrived, emery boards. Now i know just the size i need to make my gift/makeup bags. First one done, 23 to go! The bags will be green on the outside and lined with the red.

Make Up Bag Re-Makes

This is the fabric and zips i will be using today to re do the K.Mart Wishing Tree make up bags. The ones i made before were too small! but not to worry, i will be putting them aside for next year.
Tilli!!! Not easy sewing with cats, especially when they want to help.

Pincushion Chair

At our last meeting of the year next month at our cloth doll club ACDA we are having a pin cushion swap. I have decided to make a chair, the cushions being the pincushion part. I have used felt for padding.
all parts cut out and covered. The upper seat has been windowed out to allow pins to be pushed in and the seat instead of fiberfilled is having foam cut to size.
The chair is assembled and bias binding is about to be added all around the edges. I will be crocheting a doily to go over the back which will hold a surprise, a needle book.
This is the book i got the inspiration from.
I have also made 10 of these for boys toys for the K Mart Wishing Tree this year.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pin Dolls

Back of the pin doll before the hair and face was done.
Pin doll finished.
The dress was made on the doll after i did the first couple of rows in a large loop that went on the neck of the doll. Each round until the waist was single crochet, then i used a single row of trebles, the next row was 2 trebles in each treble, this doubled the fabric being made. The row after that was again, 2 trebles in the top of each treble I was then happy with the amount of fullness and the last row was single treble in the top of each treble to end.

Go Giveaway

Another Accuquilt Go chance to win. Click on the photo to be taken to Simply Solids and follow the prompts to win. The giveaway will close on Saturday 20th 10 am U.K. time.

Pin Dolls

I had been to Savers in Greensborough the other day and bought these lovely tapestry and embroidery yarns and was wondering what i was going to do with them, and i thought of Pin Doll Brooches. I cut out the pin doll pattern onto freezer paper and ironed them onto flesh coloured fabric.
I then sewed them all around leaving an opening for the arms and snipped on the back of the head and body to turn them right sides out. I use turning tubes to turn them right sides out. What this means is to insert a larger tube in the fabric with the smaller tube on the outside and push them to make it go right through.
Turned right sides out and stuffed. The are 10 cm tall.
Then i decided to use a variegated thread to crochet with and started to make a dress on the doll as i went. More pictures tomorrow with the recipe of how the dress was done. Light in the house is not good for photos right now.

Fabric Giveaway

Just click on the picture and follow the prompts to go to retromummy to be in the running for a great giveaway.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


The cakes are finished and have started a mock up of my next project.
Cushions and back for some chairs for my son and his girlfriend. Not the fabric that will be used eventually and not padded. Using cardboard i traced the shaped of the chair seat and back and sewed then cut them out. I added ribbon to the fabric for ties.

The final chair covers will be padded, the frame will be spray painted to match the final cushion covers.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cup Cake Stand

The cup cake stand is finished, now to finish up making the cup cakes. Just need assembling and decorating.

Go Giveaway

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Christmas Makes

Felt for Cup cake stand, and Meg. It is sometimes hard to do crafts when you have cats, but so much fun.
Felt covered cardboard, and bias binding around the edges.
The makings for a fabric cup cake pin cushion. The case is silicone.
Some of my purchases to go in the bags for the K.Mart Christmas Wishing Tree. I love Ebay! Just waiting now for the nail files. Each pack will have a nail polish, 2 lipsticks, an eyeshadow pack and an nail file. I will be making 24 packs. Total cost of each pack? $4.50 each. Love it!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tilli and Meg

Having just bought on ebay and picked up this pram as a gift for my niece, i thought i will allow my kitties to check it out before i clean it.

Too Cute!