Saturday, November 1, 2014

these are a few of my favourite pins ~ zipper tutorials

Are you scared of zippers?
No need to be really as I have some great tutorials here for you to take the fear out of using the dreaded many teeth monsters.
All of these and more can be found on my sewing board on pinterest.
Left ~ Melly Sews.
Bottom right ~ Skip to my Lou.
 
What else would you like rounded up from my pins?
Buttonholes? Quilt binding? Christmassy stuff?
Let me know and I'll see what I can do.
 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

gone potty.

I love to garden almost as much as I love to craft.
No not the heavy , sweaty gardening just the pretty stuff.
I've been looking for nice pots for ages to replace the daggy terracotta and forest green plastic pots.
If they are decent looking they either weigh a ton or are way too expensive.
I needed a few to replace my sad looking pots on our back verandah and I decided to go with the plastic toy tubs that you can pick up very cheaply from the bargain stores.
It was easy to drill holes in the bottom of them and I added a bit of gravel to help with the drainage and then I just popped my geraniums in there with some new potting mix.

 
In the last two Summers the only thing that survived
on minimal watering were the geraniums so
I think I'll just stick with them.

 
This is what they looked like before.
The poor things must have been so embarrassed !

 
Now this is the cheery sight I see!
Aaaah much better.

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!