Wednesday, August 27, 2014

a bit of housekeeping

I've been a bit preoccupied lately
with stuff happening around here.
Most importantly the time has come when I
get to see my son graduate from The Royal Australian Navy.
To say I am excited to see him after three months
is a huge understatement.
We will be able to spend the weekend with him
before he goes back for more training and then
he will be sent to another base and hopefully
we will see him again at Christmas.
On the crafty side Monday the 1st of September
will be the day you will get to see the wonderful
creations that have been made for
I can't wait to see what everyone has done!
Please join us on Monday for the big reveals.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

when is a craft blogger not really a craft blogger?

Well I think it may be when a certain so called blogger
firstly loses the camera cable and then loses her camera!

So yes I am still crafting away but unless you
find me on instagram where I use my phone camera
you probably wouldn't believe me.
Back to the search.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

creative challenge update

Hello there, long time no see!
I thought I'd pop in and give a little update on the Creative Challenge.
We had 42 crafty people sign up and take on the challenge.
Each were sent an email with a picture and a colour.
Using these as inspiration they are creating something unique.
Some will be using paint, some will be sewing and
some will be gluing.
It is totally up to the individual.
There are no rules, no prizes and no wrong ways to do it.
It is just for fun!
The challenge finishes at the end of the month and
on the 1st of September I will add a linky thing here
and hopefully all the challengers will link here
to their blog posts showing you what they have done.
I'm really thrilled that so many joined in!

Stay tuned I think we are going to see some fabulous creations!
If there is enough interest there may be another challenge soon.
Would you be interested next time ?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

mashed potato muffins

I always make too much mashed potato.
It then usually sits in the fridge for a few days
until it has developed a nice, crunchy top
and then the dogs get it.
I'm lucky that at least the dogs get to eat the scraps
because I really, really hate seeing food go to waste.
Anyway I had left over mashed potato again so
I thought I'd have a bit of a play with it.
To the bowl I added a bit of flour and egg some dried onion
some grated cheese and a big dollop of sour cream.
I spooned it all into greased muffin tins and baked these
for about 20 minutes.
My oven is crap  not very good at browning stuff
so yours may come out browner than this.
Nevertheless mine were still crunchy on the outside
and soft and delicious on the inside.
I don't think they will make it to the tea table tonight.
Well I had to test them didn't I?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

are you up for a creative challenge?

Many years ago I was a part of a great forum.
We had swaps and meets and challenges.
One of the really fun challenges was where we signed
up and then were given a random picture and a colour.
From these we were free to create whatever we liked
using the picture and the colour as our inspiration.
I was given the colour pink and a picture of a gingerbread man.
I ummed and ahhed and finally decided on this little stitchery.

But if I wanted to I could have made a stuffed pink gingerbread
or cards or wallhangings or anything.
I thought it might be fun to kick off another challenge like this.
What are your thoughts?
Are you interested?
I would need a few to sign up to make it interesting and
you would need to email me .
I would email you back with a picture and a colour.
You would then create something using these as your inspiration.
One month from the day the emails are sent I will
add a linky thing here and you would blog your creation
and hundreds of us would
descend on your blog exclaiming at your awesomeness!
All this was running through my head last night
so if you have any thing to add please just say so.
Feel free to sign up now by
leaving a comment but then you must email me.
It would also be great if you told your friends too
the more the merrier!
I will close the signups at the end of the month which
means you will need to blog your creations on 1st September.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

close enough

I got home from work one day and this was on the bed.
The husband must have been feeling the cold.

Stinky Ralph who is actually a girl but really does stink
seems very happy with the new blanket.

So it looks like it is finally finished.

Lucky I have lots of wool leftover to start a new one.
The winner of the book Blogging for Bliss is
Michelle Sheehan!
Quilt Kitty won herself a gift certificate to my store.
Thanks so much for entering.
Would you please email me with  your details
so I can send your prizes off.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

while we're waiting let's have a giveaway

While we are waiting for me to finally finish the biggest
granny ripple in the world I thought I'd have a giveaway.
I have been trying to get a copy of Mollie Makes Blogging
but it has sold out everywhere but luckily
I have a copy of Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey
for one lucky Australian blogger.
It really is a great read and very inspirational.

If you are an Australian blogger or are looking at
starting your own blog just leave a comment on this post.
No I won't make you blog, facebook or tweet about it
but it would be so nice if you do!
Because it's always a bit sad to only have one winner
we'll have two with the second one winning a gift certificate
from my shop.
I can even send the gift certificate directly to your friend
if you would like.

I'll be back in a few days with the winners
and hopefully a finished blanket......
This giveaway is now closed but
thanks for your interest.