Thursday, December 30, 2010

Noah's ark cross stitch

Another of those long forgotten cross stitches!  This one is hanging in my old bedroom, but if someone was to ask me about all the cross stitches I have done, this one wouldn't come to mind.  After finding the long stitch in the cupboard, it motivated me to hunt around the house for other old pieces. Again, I think I was in my teens when I did it so it was a while ago.  I think it would have been the first cross stitch kit that I ever stitched.    It's pretty simple, lots of block colour, no fancy stitching.  One of the most important things about cross stitching is keeping a consistent tension so that all the stitches are even.  This isn't really the case with this one, but by the time I was finishing it, I think my stitches were definitely on their way to being consistent.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The longstitch in the cupboard

I came across this long stitch in my search for something else.  I made it years and years ago.  It hung in the hallway for many years before it ended up in the cupboard.  I think it was one of my firsts.  Long stitch is a great way to get into cross stitch, cause it is fast and effective.  Wow, I really wish I knew how old I was when I did this.  I think I would have been a teenager at most!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Road trip Part 4 - Bordertown, family and the quickest way home!

Welcome to Bordertown, population 2660.  (I tried to add the pic of the sign, but for some reason it's just not working).   Bordertown SA is pretty important to my family.  My Pop and his brother were born there (in fact his mum may have even been too). Pop met my Nan there, they had all their kids there.  Aside from all that, it is also where Bob Hawke (an old Prime Minister) was born.
This is the clock in the centre of town.  I know it looks nothing like it, but it reminds me of the Back to the Future movie (perhaps it's the lightning bolt... I dunno?!)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Road trip Part 3 - Beautiful Mt Gambier

The Umpherston Sinkhole may not sound like the most beautiful place to visit, but believe me, it felt to me like The Hanging Gardens of Babylon!!  (a real wonder of the world).  It was particularly beautiful in my mind as they had just had a light rain, so it smelt divine and it possibly looked more green than it would have without the rain.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Road trip.... Part 2

After saying farewell to our lovely Melbourne friends, we we continued west with our aim - the Great Ocean Road.  But before that, I had to see the famous Bells Beach.

To be honest, it really wasn't what I was expecting.  The beaches I am used to have vast amounts of sand, sometimes dunes, are pretty large and normally have a surf club or some kind of kiosk nearby to satisfy those ice cream cravings.  No, Bells Beach is definitely a surfing beach.  Still, I'm glad I have seen it.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My road trip with mum... as inspired by Ms Winfrey

I've been catching up on my Oprah episodes and have only just watched Oprah and Gayle's big Yosemite Camping Adventure (hilarious).  I really enjoy watching those two travel together and I was so glad to see Gayle came to Australia with Oprah.  I mentioned last time that her Road Trip adventure with Gayle were some of my all time favourite episodes.  They were just so much fun and they had me in stitches.

After watching those episodes, it inspired my mum and I to take our own little road trip together.  We took our little trip was back in May 2007, but I thought I would dig out some old photos and reminisce.

For starters, I had never driven outside of NSW/ACT, so it was a little exciting when I crossed the Victorian border as a driver! 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Angela's ultimate Oprah Australian Adventure!!

To say it's been an incredibly busy week would be an understatement.  I can honestly say I am so exhausted, but very happy.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Decorations, trimmings and all that stuff

I think I mentioned last weekend we had a storm, and I didn't have a car so I was stuck at home.  It wasn't all that bad, cause I had a lot of fun putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house.  I have to admit, this year is a bit more low key than usual, as we have a little toddler who visits, so we need to keep things a bit higher and out of temptation, and we also need to keep some space clear for her to play.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Countdown 2010!!!

Even though I had to stay close to home this weekend because my car was being fixed, and we had one of the biggest storms I've seen in a while. I still managed to have a really nice weekend.

Last night I went to my ladies group.  We all had to bring a craft activity for the group to do.  It was heaps of fun.  Roz had this awesome idea to make a Christmas Countdown chain.  Each of the links have a message from one of the other ladies or a bible verse, and each day in the advent, you get to rip a chain off to read it.  (you can read it on the chain - but so far I've been very restrained and haven't).

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas is just around the corner....

This is a little wall hanging I made a couple of Christmases ago.  I bought a little embroidery kit (the middle square).  I had some cute Christmas fabric so I added a little bit to the square (the instructions didn't mention that).  Then after I had made the square I had an idea to create some more and make a bit of a theme.  I wanted to keep it simple.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Just a few more of my favourite things....

I'm not so much into the regular type of souvenirs.  Pretty much all of my cute little things have meaning and remind me of someone or somewhere.  I've already shown off some of my favourite memories.  Here are some more.

The above picture contains a little fairy doll I actually bought in Lucerne, Switzerland.  I don't think it was made in Switzerland (it might have been made in Spain), but I remember where I was when I bought it, so it is my Switzerland memento. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bags, bags, bags

I made these bags last year for my cousins' little girls.  You've already seen how I make them (see Jelly Roll Bags), but for these little ones - similar to the ones I made for the birthday twins, I embroidered the girls' names onto some calico and sewed them on to the bag to personalise them.  The bags are fully reversible.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

More cards

These are some more cards I made a while back to sell in my aunty's craft store.  The cardboard part was already decorated so they were super easy, but I think quite effective.  I used rub-on words and decorated with die-cuts, flowers and brads.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rag quilt experiment

I've always loved the look of rag quilts, but I never knew what they were called.  My clever aunty told me what they were called and we did some Internet research and found that actually they aren't that hard.  So I went and bought some fabric and thought I would have a go at making one (on a small scale) to see how I go.  There is LOTS of cutting involved in making one of these things, but at the same time they are fun, quick and effective.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Soccor cake

This is a cake I made a few years ago for a lovely 'sporty' friend who was into playing soccor at the time.  I haven't made that many novelty cakes, so I was pretty proud of my achievement.  It tasted good too!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Amy's birth sampler

This is the birth sampler I made my niece.  I finished it the same night she was born.  I pretty much had it done, I just needed to know her name, date of birth and weight.  I framed it the next morning and she had it hanging up in the hospital room before she was even a full 24 hours old!!!  The nurses were really impressed, and all the visitors she had also thought it was great.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Playing with dandelions

I look after my gorgeous little niece Amy every Friday.  We love our days together.  We don't generally do that much - but it amazes me how much fun the simple things can be.

We've had quite a bit of rain in Canberra the last few weeks, which means that things have been growing... especially the weeds.  But you know, those dandelions can be a lot of fun - especially when you are a 16 and a 1/2 month old!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jelly Roll Bags

Today I am going to try and do my first instructional craft blog.  All my other crafty ones so far have just been the finished product.  This weekend I made some lovely little carry bags for some very special ladies for a Christmas gift.  I've made quite a few of these little bags over the years (my very clever aunty helped me come up with the design), but this is the first time I have taken photos as I went along.  I made them out of a jelly roll which made it even easier (less cutting), but if you don't want this look, you can simplify them even more by making them out of solid fabric (see my cutest little bags post for end result).  Enough talking, lets see if I can explain how to make them...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sewing room cross stitch

This is one of my all time favourite cross stitches that I have done.  It took quite a while, but the beauty of this one was that there were lots of small bits, so it was great to finish a small patch and feel like you were actually getting somewhere.  I also love the details in this one - my favourite parts are the tassels on the doilies. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I love my family!!

One of my cousins bought me this frame a couple of years ago.  I think she might have gotten it from the Kingston Markets.  I wasn't sure how to fill it, but then after my sister's wedding, I had a stack of current photos of the family so I made a bit of a collage.  I couldn't leave off my dear old Pop who sadly passed away in '99.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

These are a few of my favourite things....

I have a bookshelf filled with the cutest stuff.  This is one of my favs, it's a little pink tea set.  I just think it is so cute.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The great Christmas weekend quilt

Believe it or not, this quilt was whipped up in one weekend.  Hehe, ok, not quite... I'll explain. 

My sister is a teacher, and you may or not know that teachers often get given things for their class to use for craft activities etc.  One of her kids mum dropped off a box of stuff and said that she had a heap of quilt squares in the box.  She thought they may be able to be used for a craft project, however she did say that she would prefer if they were not cut up for scraps because they had obviously taken some time to do.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bathina time!!

This is the little cupboard I have near my shower in my bathroom.  I bought the Bathina Shower Cap at Macy's in Hawaii last time I was there.  I love that cap.  I've actually never worn it cause I just like the look of it.  I use another one that's cute, but not nearly as cute as Bathina.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Whatsoever things are lovely....

This is one of my most favourite cross stitches.   It was quite fun to make because it had lots of small items to make up the big picture.  I started on it just after my sister got married and all the friends and family went home.  So I guess it was the treat I had for myself to do after the wedding excitement had passed.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cutest little bags for the cutest little girls

These are some little bags I made my sister's little girl and her birthday twin.  When Amy was born, Tara had been born only hours before.  Their parents had met at pre-natal classes, and they were pleasantly surprised when they saw each other post babies. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A bombardment of handmade cards....

The other day I was going through some of my old photos looking for old craft projects I've done over the years.  I didn't realise how many hand made cards I have made. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My handpainted lemon plate

Most people know this plate from my mum's kitchen, but not everyone knows I painted it.  Not long after starting at my current place of work, some of the girls were going to ceramics classes.  I decided to go along with them, and I made a couple of kinda cool things.  One of which is this plate.  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

30th anniversary celebration quilt

So I've just realised that I haven't mentioned one of my most important craft items.... I call it my 30th anniversary celebration quilt.  I made it the year I turned 30 (not that long ago), and I wanted to include photos of my loved ones on it.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fantastical fabric frame!!

So last time I was in Hawaii, I fell in love with that gorgeous store Cinnamon Girl.  There were a couple of stores that I came across while I was there, one on Waikiki, and another at Ala Moana.  I spent so much time looking at all the beautiful things they had, and on my last day there I bought a dress and the below fabric picture frame. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The delights of spring in Canberra

Ok, this is weird, this photo shouldn't be rotated, I am really not sure how that happened, or how to fix it.  Anyway, I was enjoying the colours in my beautiful little garden last weekend, so I took some shots of flowers etc which was a good thing, because this weekend, it went from the most delightful spring weather to a miserable, wet and freezing weekend.... of course we had visitors so that explains it!!! 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Another baby cross stitch sampler

This design came from one of my lovely friends at work.  She is an avid stitcher and is AMAZING at it too.  Her x-stitches are pretty much the same on both sides... mine are a complete mess of knots on the opposite side.

Anyway, it is a really simple and effective design.  It has 'fuzzy' cotton for the bunny (which is really hard to see in the picture), but you need to stitch it first, then fuzz it up.  Then you can stitch the rest of the design.  I think the original text says something like "Good Night, Sleep Tight", but I think baby's name and DOB makes it really special.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Amy's Library Bag

She's way too young to use it as a library bag (she's not even 2 yet), but my sister asked me to make my niece a bag that she'd be able to use to take her sheets to and from childcare.  I thought I would embroider her name onto it so if it was taken home accidently by someone else, they would see who to return it to ;)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

God made us family

This was a project I created a few years ago.  I had been to the craft store down the road to get some paper crafts and I just happened to look through the quilts and patterns and saw a similar design with the quote "God made us sisters, love made us friends".  I was going to make it for my sister, then I thought, I could change it slightly and it could represent my family (mum, my sister and I).

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Quilted cot blanket and personalised one...

So I went a little sheep crazy for dear little Sam.  My aunty has the most wonderful embroidery machine(s) and she is extremely generous.  When I told her that I had designed a cross stitch with a sheep for Sam, she went on a search to find some sheep designs to electronically embroider.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Blue Nose cross stitch

Ok, maybe one day I will get the hang of this blogging thing.  To be honest, I had forgotten I had set this up.  The main reason why I wanted to create a blog is because I love creating things (mainly crafty stuff) and I love reading other people's blogs.  Hopefully I will get into the habit of posting more than once a year!