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It’s been a while since I shared a photo of the hexagon quilt in progress. I’ve been working on this since March 2012. Since I’m making it queen-sized I’ve still got a way to go.

 

hexagon August 2

It’s now wider than a small single bed mattress, but not as long yet. I started piecing this by adding rings to a central hexagon. Now I’m working on squaring it up so that I can add rows to make it fit our bed. (Not that we need a quilt here in PNG, but I’m planning for the ‘one day’ when we live somewhere a bit cooler).

Here’s how much it’s grown since the last time I took a picture of it.heagon quilt

I love the riot of colours going on in this.

When I was a little girl I had a lovely big doll. A few months after getting her a parcel arrived in the post. It turned out that one of my Oma’s (Grandmother’s) friends had crocheted her some lovely dresses, trousers, shirts, hats and booties. I still have the doll and she still has her clothes, but they are starting to look a little worse for wear after approximately 33 years.

Recently I was knitting some baby socks, intending to donate them to charity, but when Gorgeous Girl saw them she asked if they would fit dolly. (When the doll was in my possession she had a name, but Gorgeous Girl refuses to name any of her toys and so it’s just Dolly or Big Dolly…). Anyway, as we were trying on the socks she bent Dolly down  to her ear and then told me that Dolly would very much like the socks. How could I refuse that request.

Especially when I realised that Dolly had not had any new booties or socks since the first parcel of clothes when I was a child.

monkey socks 1

Pattern is a free pattern from Sheri Berger: Baby Monkey Socks.

The details of this yarn are lost to time. I do know that I crocheted a receiving blanket for my niece in this yarn. She turns 17 this year… That means that this yarn has been moved to South Africa and Papua New Guinea before being used up. There are still a few walnut sized balls in the stash that will make their way into projects at sometime in the near future. I’m hoping I’m not the only one with ancient vintage yarn in their stash.

The socks are a little bit big for Dolly, but since she won’t be running around in them I think that’s OK.

Sewing

Our car recently spent some time at the mechanics. It went in for a service and some other repairs. Having one car makes it very difficult to get  Gorgeous Girl to school and back when it is out of action. Fortunately, some friends of ours lent us their car so that we could get to and from school.

So I made them some placemats to say thank you. One thing I love about sewing is the speed at which the projects come together (if I don’t screw up the cutting or sewing…)

placemats1

I picked up these placemat panels before we left South Africa, so they have been marinating in the stash for a while.

I backed them with traditional African fabric that I was stunned to see one of the local supermarkets here in PNG selling. This is the same brand as the fabric I picked up in Zambia during our holiday there.

placemats2

Hopefully they like them.

A very quick finish

Last Sunday Gorgeous Girl was watching a documentary about wildlife in India (she loves watching nature programmes) and she asked me to come and watch with her. So I grabbed my needles and  some yarn and by the time the show was over I had this little guy sitting on my lap. I am incapable of watching TV without some sort of craft in my hands…

owl

Handspun yarn. I’m tempted to make a whole flock of these. If you would like to make one of your own you can find the free pattern here.

As I was putting my last two scrapbooking pages away I realised that I’d made another layout which I had neglected to share on the blog. This is a nice simple layout which lets the lovely paper speak for itself. I can’t get over how much Gorgeous Girl has grown.

keukenhof page

These photos were taken on a trip to the Netherlands in 2010. Yeah, I’m slowly dealing with the scrapping backlog…

I started out in paper craft as a card maker. These days I do much more scrapbooking than cardmaking, but I still make all my own birthday cards. This one is heading out the door soon.

happy birthday card

After looking at the photo I’ve since added a white line around the black tag to finish it of a little more. The patterned paper is up-cycled from my 2013 diary.

More Scrapbooking

I’m entering this page in the Let’s Capture Our Memories challenge number 80.

Here’s the sketch we were given to work with.

Layout Sketch 80 by Laura Whitaker

This is my take on it.

swing page

I wanted to add journalling to the page, so enlarged the photo mat to add room for the journalling.

Thanks for looking.

A scrapbooking page

It would appear that a few weeks away from my scrapping supplies works wonders for the scrapping mojo, as I’ve managed to crank out two layouts and a card since being back in Papua New Guinea.

I started with the Berry71blue Pattern Palooza challenge.

The challenge was to use three different patterns on the page. Here’s my take on it.

exhausted page

This photo is of Gorgeous Girl who fell asleep on the floor of the Brisbane airport after catching the midnight flight from Perth last year. She was sound asleep for several hours.

 

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