Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Craft Fair

On Saturday afternoon Andre and I went for a BIMBLE (this is a word my father in law uses for window-shop/look through the shops) through a Craft Fair that was being held in the civic centre.

It was never my intention to purchase anything - rather my plan was that I wanted to see what types of things that people were making and what was selling with the view to perhaps making some of this to sell on etsy or to give as gifts for Christmas. 

But then I spotted this....

 And much to the littlest princess'es disgust - No it was not a bed for baby...
 Even though baby fitted really really nicely...
 It was just what mummy had been looking for to hold her current craft project ... something that was easily transportable...inside to out... and that looked neat whilst containing the necessary clutter that craft creates.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Squares - Squares and more Squares

I belong to a yahoogroup called color me square and you can find it by clicking here

Each month we swap 6" (15cm) Granny Squares...and send 2 squares to everyone that signs up.  Each month we have a colour that we have to use, but the pattern can be any pattern of your choice - fancy or plain.  

October's colour  is YOUR CHOICE....So I made the following squares.  Using up some bits and pieces of yarn that I had laying around :)

 Other than myself all of the other participants are in the USA.  So if you are reading this and think that you would like to play with squares and make yourself an afghan from all over the world - click through the link and join :)

Unfortunately the postal service is not the best and it appears that they have lost all of my September squares.  I am hopeful that they will still show up but since I had my crochet hook out and I was in the "zone" I thought I would make the most of the postage on my October swap and resend squares for September.  September colours were "Fall" colours....

Originally I had made squares with red, yellow and orange... but as I had none of that yarn left I came up with the following combinations...  Hopefully these will be still considered "fall" type colours ?  The centre in this one is actually a warm beige-ish colour...

When I was making this particular square....  the pattern for which I made up as I went along I was thinking to myself hmmm this is really pretty and would make a lovely blanket for us...So as I have LOADS of this colour yarn (about 20 balls from memory) I have decided this will be one of my next projects...

This picture gives a quick indication of what it will look like - of course this is not my blanket - just quickly placed together squares for the photo.  I love it :) love love love it :) 

Unfortunately I am yet to start on our blankie - As all of these lovely squares will be heading out in the mail on Thursday to the USA :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Geisha Update No.5

I have been really busy this past week with sick kids and other bits and pieces... so I have not had much of a chance to stitch on my Geisha piece - BUT I did manage to sit still for 3-4hours this afternoon and I am pleased with my progress.  


I have not posted my TUSAL jar for what seems like forever - so as I realised I have once again missed the new moon this month I would post a rather late update.

 As you can see my jar is starting to get rather full....
 and here is a view from the top....

Monday, October 18, 2010

Knitted Star Cloth

Last night I finished off this star cloth that I started a few nights beforehand - I am practising my knitting and love the way these cloths look with all the pretty patterns.

This cloth is a part of a set of Christmas cloths that you can find for purchase on this BLOG

Expect to see some more of these cloths appear soon.

I was hoping to knit some as Christmas gifts but feel that my knitting is not up to a standard where I could give it to anyone as a gift - so meantime we will get lots of usage out of my practice cloths which will keep DH happy as he wants to keep everything that I make for us...  Funnily enough I rarely if ever make anything for us?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Crochet Cloths for Donna

 My friend Donna ask me if I could crochet some dishcloths for her ... She picked the colours and I crocheted them mostly whilst I was blogsurfing :)  I have found that I can crochet at night-time easily enough and I don't actually have to see it :) So the lighting issues I have with cross stitching are not really an issue.

 We have a pretty purple varigated cloth...
 A funky orange cloth...
 A Fun colours of summer cloth...

A lovely white with green flec cloth...

All made using the Bark Sedge Stitch cloth that you can find on the Lion brand webpage HERE - I have to say that this pattern is fast becoming my favourite dishcloth pattern.  The cloths work out to be thick and spongy and apart from colour fading have withstood lots of abuse hardwork in my busy kitchen :)  I have even started using the older cloths for cleaning tasks like bathroom duty.

Last night I decided that I would also make Donna a set of coasters.
 I love crochet coasters - so handy - spill your drink - no problem just mop up the mess with the coaster and throw it in the wash :)

Geisha Update No.4

Saturday afternoon was a beautiful "crisp" afternoon and as DH and I wanted to spend it outside in our BBQ area, we pulled the table into the sunshine.   It was glorious to be sitting outside, enjoying the garden and each others company.  I was cross stitching on my Geisha piece....  and you will notice some progress from my last update picture...

Today we had another afternoon of lazing around out under our undercover BBQ area.  It was not as cold today so we enjoyed the shade.  Once again I pulled out my cross stitch and have made lots of progress from the above photo.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Geisha progress pic 3

I am really enjoying stitching this project - maybe its because it is for my friend and I have set myself a bit of a challenge to get it stitched in time to be mailed for Christmas??


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I am in SHOCK!!!

In the 7 October offer round you have been offered:

858605 Bachelor of Environmental Health - external - CQUniversity, Rockhampton Campus
Start Month: March 2011
You have firmly accepted this offer and you will not be considered in any further offer rounds.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Sunday is always a lazy day in our house and we have started to get a bit of a routine happening which I have to say I am in love with...

DH loves to BBQ so on the weekends we let him do his thing... Sausages, onions and sweet potato chips.. and veal steaks which are not on the grill yet....

 It gets me out of cooking though I did make this yummy salald.  Low fat cheese, tomato, baby spinach leaves, snow pea sprouts, avocado, celery, mushrooms and onions... with balsamic vinegar drizzled over it. 

 This is a picture of my plate just prior to eating... 
 Anyone want to join us for lunch???

After lunch the dishes get cleared inside and we like to hang out as a family - enjoy the afternoon, the garden, each others company and do our own thing.  I decided to take my cross stitch outside and was quickly absorbed as this sneaky photo proves..

 *SPRUNG* I realised what DH was doing with the camera...

 Lastly a progress shot... a great afternoon's stitching and I was amazed at how much I achieved...

I certainly didn't want to pack up and go inside when the light started to fade and the Mosquitos decided to attack.

You can see the sparkles in the material in this photo :)

Tomorrow I will share some photos of the garden with you all....

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A New Start

Hi everyone...

Once again is seems like forever since I have updated my blog - those 6 or so weeks have sped past in a big blur of everyday activity accompanied by illness...

So moving on as I am sure that you do not want me to report to you every illness etc that we have had to endure...

Ever since I first saw this issue of Cross stitcher I have been tossing with the idea of stitching the Geisha on the cover as a gift for my best friend... whether it be for Christmas, her Birthday or just because... 

My best friend is a wonderful lady whom I love with all my heart - she is throughtful and always puts others needs before her own...and she is ALWAYS there for me 24/7 despite anything that is going on in her personal life... so it would be wonderful if I could stitch her something special.  I know that she sometimes reads my blog - so Bwookie if you are reading this you know that I have started this for you... when I finish it will be the surprise :)  Knowing me as you do I am sure that you know not to hold your breath waiting :) 

 Isn't she just so pretty?  I have made a start... this is my first real attempt at stitching on evenweave and am finding it easier than I thought I would... I am now wondering why on earth I have been so scared to try before now?

Not entirely sure if you can see it or not but the material I have chosen is a cream with a sparkle through it - VERY PRETTY :)

I am hoping to get back to blogging again on a regular basis, sharing some snippets of daily life etc.  I now have access to a working camera (yay) the kids and I made sure we bought DH a good one for Fathers Day :)  So on that note I hope to chat to you again soon :)