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.