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My favourite project. In the history of the world. Ever.

19 Mar

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The hubby is away. For what seems like for bloody ever.
I did think about getting the kids some Daddy dolls but, erm, I was completely disorganised and didn’t get any of the right kind of pictures. Then I saw some fabric you can print on at the craft shop. And bought it. I think I bought the wrong kind though. Because when I was ironing one to set the image, I spilled water on it and this happened:

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So I had to head off to the craft shop again. And after some head scratching, it seems this is the answer:

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Now, I won’t be able to wash them. But who needs to wash pillows you are giving to children. Bwahahahaha!
This one is going to the hubby. Once I can get a box together.
T’s has dinosaur train fabric on the back. A’s has bubble guppies. The hubby’s has both and is a cushion cover, because sending an entire cushion seems a bit mad.

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Now I want to make a big pile of them and scatter them around the house. I may have to. They’re being loved to death!
I smell a Mother’s Day project coming on.

Baby makes

6 Jun

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Slightly obsessed with making baby things.
I can’t seem to help myself.

With the Turtle I couldn’t bring myself to buy anything (anything. At. All.) besides the absolute minimum needed for my hospital bag.

But making things is so much fun. Especially those pants by Rae. Even if  I initially got confused by which seam was which.

I have another week or so. How much more making can I fit in???

Earth Day

2 May

Nope, we didn’t do anything to “celebrate” Earth Day (April 22nd, people!) Erm, I was sick. And pregnant. And tired. And …..

But, lookee here!

How pretty is that? See, I had good intentions. And I do think that being mindful of our environment everyday is more important than one big gesture once a year (unless your gesture is planting a forest or something. If that’s the case, grand gestures are super awesome!)

So, my job is to foster mindfulness in the Turtle. And, um, it’s one of those things that I sometimes wish I never started. Picture yourself, on the beach, laden down with stuff, pregnant, tired, ready to go when you hear a shout of “MOM! Trash!” and off goes your 3 year old, haring over the dunes after a piece of rubbish some eejit left on the beach. And you have to give chase. Then you get “Here Mom, you carry it.” As if you have as many arms as an octopus.

Then there’s his obsession with ‘cycling (recycling to you and me). EVERYTHING has to be examined for the recycling symbol. And woe betide anyone who tries to throw away any ‘cycling. I bought some new flip flops the other day. Apparently they can be recycled. I was very lucky they weren’t recycled before I put them on my feet.

Enthusiasm like this is something to be fostered and celebrated even if it can be annoying. With it, there may be hope for our planet’s future.

Everyday is Earth day.

 

(p.s. The pattern for the tree comes from here)

The craft room

25 Mar

I’m a bit f of a haphazard crafter. I grab whatever I need to complete a project, then abandon it willy nilly, somewhere on the floor. I can never find anything. The clear ruler is the bane of my life. I can never, ever, ever, EVER find it. This is what my craft room usually looks like:

Please note the big pile of clothes for recycling. I may be a bit over ambitious.

But a day to myself, a drill and a new bookcase to put together and, it’s transformed! Well, a bit.  By the way, having an uneven floor and being too pregnant to move the bookshelf is more than a bit frustrating.

It’s much easier to work now that I have space. And can find things! So I have been busy beautifying my space:

I love being up there now.

The Hubby said “Wow! It’s like a real room.” High praise indeed.

Mini Pinterest addict

24 Mar

I, like a lot of people I know, seem to have become addicted to Pinterest. What can I say? Pretty pictures are pretty.
The Turtle seems to have become a bit addicted too though. He crawls up beside me and says “We need to make this and this and this. Please Mammy. Please.” He has a good eye that boy. That’s how I ended up making these:

The bear, of course is “Captain Barnacles”, he of Octonauts fame. Slightly adapted from this pattern.

And the yellow fella is a Sneetch. The Sneetches is a wonderful book by Dr. Seuss. Here’s the pattern so you can make it yourself. You know you want to!

Dum de dum…

11 Feb

Attic 24’s teeny tiny flowers

And her teeny tiny hearts.

And some stars from A Foothill Home Companion.

Now adorning my craft room wall. The effort to inject colour continues. And is bringing me great joy.

I think I need to make more. Maybe birds and butterflies and um….

Just need to wait for Walmart to get in some more canvases!!

(The canvases are 8x 10, and I realise now that I should have taken a picture to show scale. They really are teeny tiny, and lovely!)

Colour me inspired!

8 Feb

I love Lucy over on Attic 24. I want her to adopt me, so that I can live in her lovely attic and drown in all of the lovely colouredyness. (Lovely, lovely, lovely!)

Our house is a bit bland. I’m slowly trying to inject some colour. I figure the craft room is a good place to start. If I like being in there, maybe I’ll keep it a bit tidier. Or something. At the moment every time I go in there I leave it looking as though a tornado has hit it. If I prettify it, maybe I’ll keep it tidy. That is the theory.

Down to business. Look. Look. Look.

Colourful storage jars. One for knitting needles, one for crochet hooks and one still empty for the moment. ♥♥♥

And for the wall:

Lucy’s teeny tiny flowers. On canvas, naturally. The vase is simply cut out of a fat quarter and glued on (spray adhesive is awesome!) Happy, happy, joy, joy. I have a few more flowers that may or may not adorn a suitable twig/branch in the not too distant future. I just can’t decide if I can pull off twigs. We’ll see.

Finally finished!

7 Feb

I have been working on these projects for what seems like years. It has, however, only been months.What can I say? I’m easily distracted.

I decided I didn’t like that shade of yellow when I already had one of the squares done. And I couldn’t back out. I do like the purple and green though. I just wish the yellow had a bit more “oomph”. Still, it’ll hardly matter when it’s covered in baby poop and puke 😉

And look at the back:

Styling green jersey! Plenty of “oomph”!! Here’s the pattern. Choose your colours carefully!

And then there’s this:

Cute! And currently adorning my craft room wall. This is the reason why I started embroidering canvases. The fabric is too light. And a complete pain to work with. So it was abandoned. For a while. But the “I started so I’ll finish” mentality kicked in. That and the fact that my craft room is a bit dreary. Colour is the thing!

More colour coming soon!

“Laundry” joy!

7 Feb

My laundry room is a dreary, dreary place. It was probably white once. Now, cream is a kind word for it. No windows. Clothes in varying states of cleanliness. And no matter how hard I try all of the random detritus from around the house somehow ends up on there.

There’s not much I can do with the colour/decor (we rent). And I have reorganised it to death to no avail. So time for some cheery craftiness!

Yes, my addiction to embroidering canvases continues. But this is the first one I designed myself super proud! And it may just highlight the creaminess of the walls in there, but it makes me smile.  Can you see the silver lining on the cloud? And the lost sock? Happy happy joy joy.

Right. I have more canvases. I’m off! 🙂

Making and Doing

18 Jan

I have decided that 2012 will be a year of crafting. I love the sense of accomplishment that comes with a finished project. But at the same time I seem to have an inability to keep my craft room clean enough to actually do anything. I keep buying more stuff. And hoarding old clothes for up/recycling. I am unsure where to draw the line. I saw something recently about having a “collection of thread too short to be useful.” While I am not quite that bad, it’s a close run thing.

Still, for the past couple of weeks I have been able to put my blinkers on when it comes to the mess and just gotten on with it. Pretending that it IS actually organised chaos (it’s not).  How do you not lose your transparent ruler every time you set it down? The hours I spent looking for the bloomin’ thing, well, it’s like a part-time job. Still, here are the things I achieved (beams proudly):

See, it’s Good Thing that I have been hoarding old clothes (can you tell that I have had this conversation with the Hubby already). I made a cape, and re sized a t-shirt for the Turtle. I obviously need all of the other bits and bobs currently littering the craft room floor. I might make something out of them. Someday.

The embroidery on canvas is my favourite. I’m trying not to cover the house with them. But I need to make more. Plans are afoot.

The pajamas were made for the Turtle. He saw the fabric and said “You need to make something for me with this”. Although, a shirt would have been better apparently. Still, he wore them to bed and refused to take them off all day yesterday. An order has been placed for a shirt. “The animal fabric will be fine.”

The cd visor yoke is not perfect (I doubt there’s a straight line of stitching in it), but it does the job. And it cheers up the car.

2012 will be a year of colour too.

And maybe organisation.

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