There’s been a small knitting finish. This is a very small hat.
Pattern is Swirl. A great free pattern. I’ll be making this again in thicker yarn. The pattern comes in a variety of sizes. This Premmie one is going to a hospital in South Africa.
I recently spent some time cutting more fabric for the Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt that I’m making up as I go along. My foot has been much improved lately and I wasn’t too sore after standing and cutting for several hours. I think an end to the whole ordeal may finally be in sight (as long as I remember to do my Physiotherapy exercises). After cutting I had time to piece a border for one side.
I think I’ll need two pieced borders on either side and one pieced border at each end to make it fit Gorgeous Girl’s bed, but we’ll see how it goes. I have more of this fabric left over, so I have ideas for another (play mat sized) quilt floating around in my head. I’m pleased with how this one is turning out. I’ve also realised I could never write patterns for a living. My brain won’t do the maths. Hence the irregular sized blocks in the border.
What are you working on?
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One of our neighbours is turning one next week. (I promise this next bit is related) Yesterday Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl and her new carpooling friend set off for school. Traffic was so bad that they moved 100 metres in an hour. At 8.45 am (an hour and a half after they had set off) Gorgeous Man made the executive decision to turn the car around and bring them home for the day.
In the morning Gorgeous Girl and her friend did some maths and English worksheets and books I had in the house. They also did some painting and played outside. After her friend went home at lunch time. We decided to use the rest of our school free day sewing. (I also have to stop studying if Gorgeous Girl is home for the day, so it was ‘school free’ for both of us). Gorgeous Girl asked if she could make a birthday present for the neighbour.
She raided her stash and drew a design on a piece of paper. (She traced one of our wooden figurines from South Africa). I helped by pinning the two bits of fabric together, cutting out, and sewing around the curves.
I also stuffed and sewed the eyes. I think it’s a great design. She’s very clear on her design vision, shape and fabric wise, just needs a little bit of help in the execution of it.
Hopefully her little friend will like his Gorgeous Girl Original.
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While we were in Australia I made the front of this card. I’m pleased with how this turned out. Really must get some inks of my own next time I’m back there.
It’s more purple and less blue in real life, also more green than yellow… could not get this to photograph correctly.
I finally got around to sewing in the ends on a couple of hats for charity. I’m planning on knitting a few more and then sending them off to a lady in one of my South African groups on Ravelry for delivery to a hospital in Cape Town.
I would need to double check the stash, but I think this is the last of the orange striped yarn. I still have a ton of the blue yarn left, unfortunately it is one of my ‘what was I thinking?’ yarns. I might do some crocheting with it next…
After a long absence my sewing machine has been run through it’s paces. I’ve added the borders to Gorgeous Girl’s Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt. (Yes, I’m aware that she has no need of a quilt here. Occasionally she gets her quilts out puts them on the floor to play on).
I need to lay it on her bed to check the length. I’m making this up as I go along, so the next step is to add some more coloured squares on the sides to make it wider.
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After making the other two pages I felt inspired to enter another online challenge. It’s been a while since I entered one of these. Often the challenges specify items that aren’t in my stash and living in a country with no scrapbooking stores makes entering those sorts of challenges difficult.
Anyway, this week I saw a challenge at Stuck?!Sketches.
I really liked the sketch.
This is my take on it.
Materials used: Background paper is DCVW Neutrals cardstock stack. Flowers are fussy cut from Kaiser Craft Hippy Girl collection. Circle is free-hand and the photo layer and banner were done with spray inks.
Some closeups of the page.
I adore this paper and wanted to stretch it as far as I could, so I fussy cut out the embellishments.
I spent a little time during the holidays experimenting with doodling. This is a zentangle pattern.
Yes, I’m still scrapbooking photos from 3 years ago. To be honest I’m not sure I’ll ever get “caught up”. But I’m having fun and I guess that’s the main thing.
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I finished this scarf just before we left for Australia. I love how it’s turned out. The yarn is from Nurturing Fibres.
I had a crochet finish while we were away.
Handspun yarn from fibre I dyed myself. I’m pleased with how this turned out. Of course there is no need for a warm shawl here in Papua New Guinea, so it’s been packed away for visits to cold climates.
I was spoilt while we were in Australia. My good friend Kerin in Perth sent me a large package of her paper scraps. She has awesome scraps
My SIL Rockmelon Recycled gifted me with some embellishments and showed me how she created her backgrounds. (Mists are now on my shopping list). Last, but not least my SMIL gave me some fabulous scrapbooking papers for Christmas. This generosity has kick starting my scrap booking mojo and I turned out two pages in a short space of time.
First is this layout of our Christmas in Zambia in 2011. Better scrapped late than never. The paper is Kaiser Craft from SMIL and I took a big breath and painted directly onto the paper for the jounalling spots. Butterflies are from SIL.
I really like the way this one has turned out.
This next page is from the same day as the first one and is about how the hotel brought me a foot stool to put my handbag on. The paper is from Stampin’ Up and was a gift from SMIL. I’ve used Creativ paper flowers and the die cut is from my SIL. Photo corners were a prize from Cathi.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the page.
Gorgeous Girl also did some scrapbooking while I was working on these pages.
Completely unassisted. She also painted her journalling spot. There is journalling on it which doesn’t show in this picture. I think she’s going to be a better scrapper than I am before too long.
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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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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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