I’ve spent the last few days working on this little fellow.
In hindsight I should have put the ears closer together…
I’m pretty sure the recipient doesn’t read my blog so I should be safe posting it here. I can’t decide if he’s really cute or if I’m going to be the aunty that gives the weird gift…
If you’d like to make your own you can find the free pattern here. It doesn’t use much yarn. The one modification to the pattern I made was to line the body of the rabbit with fabric before sewing it together.
Gorgeous Girl has been helping me make Christmas cards. She chose the two background papers for this one. I think it works in a weird kind of way, and the summery island feel to the paper is entirely appropriate to an antipodean Christmas.
The stamp is from a Stampin’ Up set that was a gift from my good friend Kerin a few years ago.
It comes with ornaments too.
And song lyrics.
I probably should have torn the centre paper instead of cutting it. I’m not sure it works in it’s current form.
I think I’ll do the rest of the cards like this.
I coloured this one. Gorgeous Girl has been colouring some of the others, but they went to her teachers before I got a photo of them.
Nice and simple and quick to do.
My current crafting goal is to get my beaded yarn plied and off the spinning wheel before we head to Australia. I’d also like to get some more done on Gorgeous Girl’s new quilt and make her another pillow case for Christmas before we head off…Not sure if I’ll get all that done.
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We will be spending part of December here in Papua New Guinea and then flying to Australia for our annual leave and Christmas. Gorgeous Girl has an Advent Calendar every year. However, it is a very large wooden train with drawers and it isn’t practical to put it in the suitcase and take with us (particularly since we always seem to gain a LOT of luggage when we are in Australia). In an effort to maintain some continuity in her life I made a transportable Advent Calendar.
If I was in Australia I would have gone to the store and bought a co-ordinating line of paper to make this. But I’m not, so I had to work from stash.
Folded bags that don’t require glue. Then I stamped on the numbers and hand drew the edging. She’ll get lollies (candy) in the Advent Calendar while she’s here in PNG. The Australian ones are more experience based “go shopping for Daddy’s Christmas present”, “eat out; your choice where” kind of thing. She’s pretty excited about it (though she doesn’t know what’s in there). So that’s good.
Ages ago I won a prize from Molossi through an online competition run by Frosted Designs.
I had the prize sent to my SIL as we have some concerns with the security of post coming up here. I picked it up when we were in Australia recently.
Lots of lovely things, bigger than I’m used to, so now I need to find some time to play with them. Any advice on what to use to colour the chipboard?
Speaking of lovely things. I received a gift card for my birthday in October. I finally had opportunity to use it. I picked up a few goodies for scrapbooking.
Add this to the lovely die-cuts I received for my birthday from SIL and I’ve got a heap of new inspiration to play with. Now I just need to find the time to sit and play.
The collaborative Christmas cards with Gorgeous Girl have turned out well. Just need to finish a few more and take some pictures. I’ve found the perfect pattern for a Christmas gift (I’ve been very uninspired when it’s come to gifts this year) and so am eager to raid the stash later today and start making. Still have a number of gifts that I have no ideas still…
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We’ve been back from our quick trip to Australia for a while, but we have had very intermittent internet connection at home which has made blogging difficult.
I passed my mid-thesis review. Next goal is to have both chapters of the thesis written for submission in May and then I’ll work on the final draft of them and the introduction and conclusion for final submission in November next year…Lots of work ahead.
Gorgeous Girl was a flower girl in a wedding. She was truly gorgeous.
Here she is making her grand entrance. As the youngest of the three flower girls she came in first.
This bouquet belonged to one of the bridesmaids – it was just beautiful. Roses and leaves from Australian trees.
Bit of a weird look on her face, but it shows her hair well. The back was curled and pinned with a gazillion bobby pins. I was impressed at what they were able to do with the hair given that Gorgeous Girl had shorn part of her head at the beginning of the year…
This was the wedding car.
She was a bit disappointed she didn’t get to ride in it.
I have a terrible rash on my arms and hands which has put a stop to all knitting and crocheting until it heals up. I have done a bit of paper crafting and Gorgeous Girl and I are planning to work on our Christmas cards today. While in Australia I picked up my prize from Molossi that I won earlier in the year. My long-suffering SIL has been holding it for me, I need to think about how best to use it.
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I have a mental block when it comes to sewing. Not the sewing that involves making quilts. That’s not a problem. But the sewing that involves making other things gives me pause.
Perhaps it comes from failing sewing in Year 8 at high school. I avoided it altogether in Year 9, opting to do woodwork and then in Year 10 scraped a C-. After that I chose all the academic subjects and my schooling in sewing was over.
So when it comes to sewing things I tend to procrastinate a little, and then I’m always amazed when they work out. Today I finished some sewing projects for Gorgeous Girl.
My MIL worked in China for a while and brought back a significant amount of novelty cotton yardage for me that she had found in the markets. I turned most of it into a top sheet last year. Last weekend I cut out part of the fabric and today cut out the rest, and sewed it to make a pillowcase.
I used a tutorial from an Australian magazine (either Handmade or Australian Patchwork and Stitching can’t remember off hand and it’s been put away already) that I picked up last time I was in Australia. I was very pleased with myself when this fitted the pillow.
Buoyed on by this success I turned my attention to a drawstring bag for Gorgeous Girl’s marble collection.
I used an online tutorial and in retrospect should probably have reduced the size of fabric they started with. My bag turned out huge. I also had problems squaring off the corners. Need to play around with that a little more I think.
Gorgeous Girl choose this fabric when we were still living in South Africa. It’s been used in a soft toy for her and now this bag and there is a little bit left to find its way into quilts. She chose the sheer purple ribbon for the closure. I have my doubts as to how that will hold up. But we will replace it if necessary…
Time to go and crash on the couch with my crocheting for an hour or so before tackling a new-to-me recipe for dinner.
What did you get up to this weekend?
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Last year was a very poor year for mangoes. The rain came at the wrong time and we didn’t get a single mango off the tree (there were a few on the tree, but they got picked by people other than us before we could get to them). This year we have so many mangoes we are giving them away.
The black is from the sap and they are perfectly fine inside.
I did not grow up in the tropics, so I was really surprised to see that mangoes grew on really long stems like this.
I always thought they grew closer to the branch like apples…
It’s not just people who are enjoying the mangoes. The flying foxes leave evidence of their visits as well.
Unfortunately, I have confirmed that my severe allergic reaction last year was related to being in contact with the mango tree. I’ve been really careful, Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl have done all the picking, and Gorgeous Man has dealt with all the peeling of the mangoes because I was being careful to avoid the sap. But it would seem that eating them causes a reaction as well. I woke up this morning with tiny blisters on my lips and looking like I’ve had a collagen injection and a few hives here and there. So no more mangoes for me.
We’ve frozen a lot for Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl to enjoy once mango season is over.
One thing I wanted to do when we found out we were moving to Papua New Guinea was grow orchids. We’ve amassed quite a collection in the last 20 months.
This one is flowering at the moment.
I really like the curly petals.
I finished this shawl ages ago, but have delayed photographing it. I think one reason is because I’m so disappointed with it. I spun the yarn, got gauge, and followed the pattern, but it turned out tiny.
It’s Gorgeous Girl sized, and then only for a little while.
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This weekend Gorgeous Girl pulled out her fabric stash.
It’s just a small stash. Some fabrics she got for Christmas from Grandma and Grandpa, a fat eighth pack we picked up on our holiday to Cairns and some fabric I found in an OpShop (thrift store). She declared that she was going to make something.
Fabric was selected. A design was drawn onto the fabric, I was not allowed to help at this stage. There was some help with the cutting out. I really need to look for some left-handed fabric scissors when we are in Australia over Christmas. Embellishments were drawn. I helped with ironing on the heat and bond because, as talented as she is, Gorgeous Girl is still only 6 and I do have some reservations about her using the iron. Also, in the humidity the heat and bond has separated from its backing making it rather tricky to use.
Then there was some sewing. Seams were sewn mostly on her own (there was a little help with cornering). There was a little bit of assistance with the outlining of the windows, but she did the door outline on her own. Finally her first self-designed project was complete.
(I ladder stitched the bottom closed for her). A house pincushion. She was so excited she took it to school on Monday for show and tell.
I’m doing a crochet along with a friend at the moment. We’re both working on the same pattern. So here’s an update for her, and the rest of you get to enjoy it as well
The colours are fairly accurate in this picture. The yarn is handspun. I dyed the fabric for this in South Africa in 2008, and finally got it spun up this year.
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I’ve done the after-thought heel.
As you can see from the photo the sock is stretched very tight across the front of the foot opposite the heel.
I’m wondering if I have started the heel in the right place, or if I should have made it deeper?
The sock from the front. Fits well on the foot portion.
Yes, I had to reknit a portion because I pulled the stitches out when I tried it on.
I finally put all the finishing touches on my oral presentation and written chapter that I have to submit as part of my thesis programme, so I rewarded myself by casting on a new project.
This is a crochet shawl in handspun.
It’s more purple than blue, but I can’t get the colour right.
The yarn starts out dark and gets lighter, so it will have a dark centre and a lighter edging. Yarn is a lace weight and I’m using a 2.5mm crochet hook.
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