Thursday, October 23, 2014

these are a few of my favourite pins ~ wreaths

 
It's no secret I love pinterest.
It's also no secret I love Christmas.
My Christmas pinterest board is bulging with
more ideas than I can ever hope to attempt.
 
Here are some gorgeous wreath ideas that are
not only very easy but beautiful as well.
 
Top right ~ Mine!
Bottom left ~ Embellished Bayou.
Bottom right ~ Little Red Window.
 
Check out my Christmas board on pinterest for
lots more wreaths and decorating ideas.
 
 
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

creative challenge no 2

 
Here we go with the second Creative Challenge!
This time we had over 60 players sign up so
here's hoping we have a lot of them link up
to show you their creativity!
 
If you are wondering what all this is about ~
bloggers sign up and then I send them a random
colour and picture.
It is up to them then to use these clues to create something
using any medium they wish.
 
The next challenge won't be until February so I
hope you'll join in then!
 
 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I buy craft stuff because......

Do I really need a reason?
Opshops , garage sales or Spotlight I head straight
for the craft stuff.
Somehow I have ended up with beads.
Lots of beads.
I have never done beading in my life.

 
In an effort to use up some crafty things I painted some
branches pink, as you do, then I threaded beads onto fuse wire

 
attached them to the branches and stuck them in the garden.
Of course I also chose the windiest most overcast
day to try and get a decent photo of them.
 
 
This is the real reason I buy craft stuff ~
because then I can make stuff that just makes me happy.
 
Do you buy things just because?
Are you a hoarder?
Do you have more than you can ever use?
 


 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

burp cloth tutorial


My nieces have been having babies
so I thought I'd like to make them something
very quick and easy and decided on burp cloths.
I really don't like the name burp cloths and I'm sure
when my nieces get these they won't call them that either
I'm thinking chuckers or chux but anyway I digress.





 
First of all I prewashed some fat quarters and some new white towels.
Then I cut the length of a fat quarter (about 22") 
and the width of about 10 inches.
The same measurements were used for the towelling back.

 
I used Dickies towels for the backing although you can
buy towelling at Spotlight it's nice to support
Australian manufactures.
 
 
With right sides facing stitch around the two
pieces making sure you leave a gap for turning.
Trim corners and turn right side out.
Give it all a good press.
 
 
Top stitch all around about 1/2 inch from the edges
closing the turning gap as you go.
 
That's it!
So very, very simple but such useful gifts.
 
 
You'll have a pretty stack in no time.
 
 
 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

these are a few of my favourite pins ~ halloween

We're not big on Halloween in Australia
although it is growing on us.
 
My kids have never done anything Halloweeny
but I have to admit I love all the creepy decorations
that I see coming out especially in my Pinterest feed.
 
So here is a small roundup of my favourites.
There are thousands and thousands of ideas out there
these are just a few.
 
I think I may need to go to America in October one year.
 
 
BOO!
 
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

easy apple slice recipe

 
Hi there!
It is a really beautiful day here today and I hope
it's nice wherever you are too.
 
We have a thing at work where we take
turns bringing in morning tea on a Monday.
 
It's my turn this week and of course I forgot.
So I don't turn up empty handed I threw together
one of my faithful old recipes ~
Easy Apple Slice.
 
Mix together
1 pkt of vanilla cake mix. (no name brands are fine)
1/2 cup coconut
125g melted butter.
Press into a lined slice tin and bake at 180c about 15 minutes.
Let it cool.
 
When cool open up a tin of pie apples.
Spread apples over cooled base and sprinkle over a bit of sugar.
Take a tub of low fat sour cream and spread it over the apples.
Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the sour cream.
Pop it back in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Let it go cold before slicing.
 
So simple but so delicious!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

another creative challenge sign up

 
For those who missed seeing about the first
we are going to have another before
we all get crazy, busy at Christmas, hooray!
 
How the challenge works ~
you must email me at clarescraftroom@hotmail.com
This part is very important as I need to have your email
address to send your clues to.
 
When I receive your email I will then send you a random
picture and a random colour.
Use these as inspiration to design something.
It can be anything and you can use whatever
medium you like eg. fabric, glue, paint, beads, anything at all!
 
Get a blog post ready showing the pictures I sent you
and your finished design.
When the linkie thingy goes up here add your link
and visit the other challengers to see what they have done.
 
Feel free to take this picture to put on your blog and invite
as many friends as you like.
 
As I don't want this running too close to Christmas
I will close off sign ups this Sunday 21st September.
You will all receive a return email from me by Tuesday 22nd September.
You will need to have made your item and prepared
a blog post to be linked to by October 19th.
Have a look at the first challengers items here.
 
Please keep in mind this is not a competition it
is just a fun way to get crafty and meet some new bloggers.
 
What do you think?
Are you in?