Sunday, November 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
cartoon biplane online which I printed out and translated to fabric.
Lastly a bit of recycling (upcycling?)... Many towels in my linen cupboard are developing holes for various reasons. It seems a pity to just ditch them, especially as I do need bathmats. It occurred to me today that there's no reason I can't chop them up with my lovely bigshot and make new from old. This one is an old towel that has a velvety side and a loop side, so I've chopped it up into lots of squares with my scallop square and made a new mat. If it frays I'm not too concerned as it will add character. I'll do the same with other old bath-mats and make something slightly more colourful next time. Considering I whipped this up in just under an hour, I'm slightly pleased with myself. And now I know my bigshot dies will cut TOWELS!!!
Monday, August 29, 2011
For these, I searched for a free pattern for pin-cushions. After discounting most of the animal patterns because I hate the idea of sticking pins into cute little defenceless pin-cushions, I found these fabulous Toadstool Cottage and Mushroom House by a Kiwi lass who publishes a great crafty blog called "The Little House by the Sea". She has a template/pattern for these mushies and although she uses felt and embroidery, I adapted them quite successfully for scraps of Flirtatious and Beau Château fabrics. And look, not a rooster in sight! For the stems, I used the inside of a wide-ribbon reel gently eased into the stem, stuffed toy-fill between the fabric and reel, put some barley inside of the reel and stitched it together. Well, actually, I stuffed the stems full of toy-fill first and they wouldn't stand up properly. Hubby suggested putting something firm in the bottom - the ribbon reel insides are perfect because they have a lip on one end which acts as a stopper for the stuffing, and makes it very stable on the bottom.
Hope you like!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s Christmas in July blog hop. You may have arrived here from Michelle's blog or just be visiting my blog, whichever way once you’ve checked out my creations you can continue the hop through the link at the end of this post to the next team member.
How quick is this year going! Have you started to think about your Christmas cards and projects yet? The INKlings team has and we thought that this month was the perfect time to host a Christmas in July blog hop. You'll find lots of great ideas provided by 15 team members’ fantastic blogs.
Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each blog and then email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject Inklings Bloghop) and let her know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 15 handmade items plus other goodies.
Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU! demonstrators but you're more than welcome to leave us a comment!
Here's the start of my idea. I took some plain calico fabric and used the Scallop Envelope die to cut out 24 envelopes (2 at a time). I then mixed some Cherry Cobbler (and Always Artichoke) ink with textile medium and rolled the mix with a brayer onto the raised part of the Vintage Wallpaper textured impression folder and ran it through the big shot. When I did this, I left the flap hanging outside the edge of the folder (could get two on the textured impression folder this way!). It all looked to plain, so I mixed some gold smooch in with the textile medium and spritzed it across the envelope flap. Ironed everything to set the colours. The idea is to make an advent calendar with each of these little pockets stitched onto a backing fabric. I'm working on this! The background in this picture is my ironing board. This is also my blog candy - will update this when I've finished the project. I've laid out the envelopes in straight lines 5 rows with 5 envelopes (4 on bottom row), or tried a Christmas tree pattern. What do you think would work better?
Well that’s all from me. Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is the lovely
Fiona Brown. Have fun and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy.
If for any reason you find a missing link on the blog hop I've included a list below of all the members taking part.
1. Clare www.crafty-cow.com
2. Janice www.janicespencer.blogspot.com
3. Christie www.christiescreativecorner.blogspot.com
4. Kari www.karigail.wordpress.com
5. Joanna www.joannawassens.com
6. Michelle stampinground.wordpress.com
7. Alana www.alanagalagher.blogspot.com
8. Carol www.inkantations-and-inkarnations.blogspot.com
9. Cath cathdeanpapercraft.blogspot.com
10. Amy amyandersonsblog.blogspot.com
11. Vanessa stampness.blogspot.com
12. Michelle D stampinkpaper.blogspot.com
13. Ryn rynscraps.blogspot.com
14. Fiona B fionajanestamping.blogspot.com
15. Liz Halbisch lizhalbisch.blogspot.com
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Hunt is On! Here's the kids towards the end of the egg hunt. Kids loved their bags! And, of course, once Easter is over, they can be re-used!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The other highlight for me was the news that the platypus at Taronga have puggles! Puggle is the name for a baby platypus. Apparently, Mum won't let them out of the burrow until they're the same size as she is. Its awesome that they are breeding in captivity! And I felt so lucky to be able to see the platypus swimming around inside; I'm afraid my family had to drag me away. I can't wait to see more of the platypus when we next visit. Joining zoo friends was the best idea! It will be fun to visit again before December this year.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
I took a few photos along the way to show how I put this together. These bilbies are actually refinement number 3 - the first two were not-quite-right. And my daughter added her two cents saying just one looked "lonely" so I should make another for the card. The image below shows the bits I used and very simple instructions. Print this and the card above and I'm sure clever people can figure it out!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
And for those wondering, it will be six weeks since my interview in Canberra next Tuesday. I'm seriously hoping for some kind of feedback by then, but still have not heard anything at all to date. The website states:
As a Department, we are well aware that the selection process should be efficient and prompt – to this effect, we are encouraging and supporting our Divisions to complete their recruitment processes within a six-week timeframe. Regrettably, this is not always possible with every position vacancy, but it is a firm goal of the Department.
Understandably, I'm no longer holding my breath. :) But keep watching - you'll know when I know, lovely readers!