Sunday, January 25, 2015

Market day, gifts and UFO's

  Cheerful company
shortens the miles.
-German proverb
Waking up yesterday morning was so much cooler than the morning before....what a relief! We had one of the hottest days I can remember, with it being 46C under the shade! Eekkk! Let’s see what today brings us shall we? Lol

Hey, you've got to go visit this cute blog for heaps of inspiration. I have to warn you, you'll be knocked over.

A fair bit of action has been going on around here this last week. Market day is coming up and I have made a start with these beauties that I have a lot of success with....


A cute little child’s bag....

It’s wonderful having a cute little niece to spoil as there was never any pink happening in my house as it is full of boys. For my sweet little Shae I made a rather bright, fun cushion to decorate her bedroom....that is full of pink stuff. 

Had to make a tooth fairy doll to go with it of course......


and I couldn't possibly throw away the last little bit of that fabulous print, so I made a delicious little cushion with her name stitched on it. I'm so excited for her! lol Pink tie to hang it on something.

Even made something for myself this week. Heather the feather gave me this crazy yarn as part of my birthday gift and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. The minute Heather left my house I had stitches on the needle going for it. I could see a yummy cowl being made. It didn’t matter how many photos I took, the real colour just didn’t show up. The yarn is actually a bright green.

I have managed to end up with some ufo’s....silly me. I have been commissioned to knit a baby blanket and pillow case cover, which I have on the go....

      a crocheted top (also for me) on the go....

and started sewing these beautiful pieces of fabric together.

Before I buzz off, as always, I wish you all a lovely creative week ahead. My thoughts are with John as he faces another round of chemo. May it be Godspeed my friend. xx   
Regards, Anita.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boy it's hot!!!

The busy bee teaches us two
lessons: one is not to be idle, and the other is not to get stung.
-Early American proverb
Good morning to you all! We’ve had such a busy morning already that I thought I would quickly pop in and post. With our temperatures being so hot already in the mornings, it is a wise choice to get as many outside chores done before it is impossible to do so.

The production line was a bit slow this week, due to the heat, in terms of crafting in my sewing shed but I did manage to get some things made.
            Here we go......
My knitted garden gnome sits proudly with his shaggy beard. A quick and easy knitting project using left over bits of yarn in 8 ply. Any of you wonder what to do with those unusual yarns you have left over that you can still use for something? This was a perfect choice here for the beard yarn. I managed to use what was left of this funny yarn without having to throw it out.

.......another head band. I think I have enough headbands made as a starter for the coming winter season. My plan for this year is to get ahead craft wise and I’m so far sticking to the plan. 

What I have enjoyed about the headbands is:                you can use your scraps up
        Cast on as many stitches as you like to
        cater for all sizes
        Add all sorts of embellishments to them

I bought this super little book for Heather the feather’s Christmas gift and I am looking through it now for some ideas. It’s loaded with great fun ideas.

I made this i pad holder using measurements from a friends i pad and will sell this at the markets. I will try my luck there and if it sells I will make more.

And.......I made this little i pod mini carry bag for when I’m at the gym so I can listen to my music and not worry where the pod has slipped while on the treadmill. Lol

I hope where ever you are the weather is treating you kindly....we’re in for a whopping 40C by Mr Weatherman. Hubby has just put chlorine in the pool for today’s swim. That’s where we’ll be.

Cheers, Anita.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Still crafting

A glorious sunset, a baby’s smile, a beautiful work of fine art. Divine essence is everywhere in the eyes of the heart.
Always on the look out for a new and easy headband pattern, I have again been lucky to come across another little cutie. It’s pretty amazing all the different styles and variations that are floating around out there. This one has a little twist in the front and is done in single rib stitch.

 I can’t remember where I got the pattern from but I did cast on 14 sts and 10 ply, work 32 rows rib. To do the twist I slipped 7 sts on to a cable needle and held at back of work and knitted the next 7 sts, then knitted the sts on the cable needle. Continue in rib st and cast off.. 

Here's something interesting for Aussie bloggers...After the bush fires in South Australia, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is calling for people to sew mittens for the koala bears whose little feet have been burnt in the fires. For all the details click here
Below is how mine have turned out. They are quick, simple and you can churn them out very fast. I will mention that when you down load the pattern make sure you adjust your printer to A4. It does mention it on the pattern, but it is not highlighted.

What have I been up to during my holidays?........
Made a cover for my note book

Gone to the library and found some super books 

Had another shot at crocheting. Love these cute 
buds? Click here for pattern.

Made a little owl to sell at the markets...
Admiring our little smiling cute.
Today is major sewing day. Very happy I have managed to blog early this morning, off to have breakfast and then into the sewing shed I go. 

Thoughts go out to our Aussie friends roughing it with the bush fires raging around the country. Beaming you heaps of love and strength.
Regards, Anita.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A head start.

A well spent day
Brings a happy sleep.

-Leonardo da Vinci.
Having completely left 2014 behind me, I’m now on a 

mission to get a head start on my projects before I get 

bogged last year! As I struggled through 

2014,on many levels, I kept thinking to myself ‘why 

didn’t you start this months ago’? I believe the only 

thing I managed to get right was to start my Christmas 

shopping and gift making in July. Having said that, I 

have decided one of my busiest times through the year 

is always through winter. Everyone is after mittens, 

scarves and head bands and I’m usually flat out trying 

to fill orders. So you know what?..........I’ve started already 

with head bands.

                                              How groovy are these?
One of my friends from gym gave me her cloth doll and 

asked if I could give her a make over ie new outfit, new

hair. I wish I had taken a photo of what she looked like

to start with. Little dolly now has new pants, shoes, 

petticoat, dress and hair. It was quite a job to remove 

the old hair which was hot glue gunned on to her 

head!!! Eekkk! I’m still going to add a bit of bling to

the bodice and maybe a beaded bracelet, or if I feel like

being saucy.....perhaps an anklet.

She’s so cute.
As we are in our summer and the days are pretty hot, I make my way out to the sewing shed in the mornings before it gets unbearable in there. I was wondering what to do with a lovely piece of fabric someone had given me a while back. I came up with a great idea.........a new skirt. I found a basic skirt pattern and added a small 3 inch ruffle to the bottom. Elastic waist....of course. Lol

It feels so nice on.
I plan to have a great week ahead.....Heather’s birthday is on Tuesday so I’m taking her out to morning tea out of kindness and revenge. Lol Yesterday Heather came over and allied with my against me they were, with Heather at the helm. I have a plan for that rat bag. Lol

You guys have a super duper week ahead, do whatever it is that makes you happy, create to your hearts content. I plan to do the same.
Cheers, Anita.       

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Give me strength!! lol

Act as though it
was impossible to fail.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Did everyone have a lovely Christmas? I sure hope you did. Our home was humming, especially with our new bundle of trouble joy. I’m so excited to finally show you what Heather’s gift looked like wrapped up in the stitchery tag and calico ribbon I made........

You like?
Milo also enjoyed his first Christmas and even though we tried very hard, it was impossible to get a still shot of him parading around in his Chrissy hat I made him. I stitched his name across the front of his hat....

He certainly had a ball playing in the paper. He popped all the balloons by biting them and we were very fast to get rid of the pieces of balloon before he ate them.

 Amongst the handmade things I made for gifts, these are a pair of knitted bed slippers I made for my sister Rosa. She is bed ridden and feels the cold, and so she loved receiving them.

What’s this?
no Milo!!


Stop that!!!!


Is that some baron land Milo has landed on? Oh no....that would be what’s left of my once lush garden!!! Naughty!

I suppose you didn’t do this either Milo?

He’s chewing everything!!!! Lol

In all this fun and madness, I managed to knit a pair of fingerless mittens. This pair I kind of concocted a pattern and went for it. You may think I’m mad knitting in this heat....yesterday we had 45C. Man it was hot, but when you’re a knitting addict you just can’t stop.

Today I’m plodding around the house, probably not going too far as I get up early to do doggy training, water the garden, feed the chooks and do any job that will be too difficult to do later in the day.
Have a super week guys and Happy New Year.

Cheers, Anita.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's marvellous what a difference Milo makes.....

Until one has loved an animal a part
of one’s soul remains unawakened.
Anatole France.

We welcome with love........
 This little bundle of joy has arrived just in time for Christmas. Milo is an American staffy and some of his hobbies are: chewing (everything), howling at night time, eating everything he can find in the yard and playing I spy with the chooks. Milo was born into a litter of 10 puppies!!!! Eekkk!
We have a couple more sleeps until Santa comes and I'm ready and waiting. I have been just finishing off the last of the handmade decorations.....
I found this cute little idea here. I added the things I wanted but you could do whatever to the heart. It’s a super little gift idea.

I made 2 of these hearts and sent one to someone special in blogland. I won’t say her name in case she hasn’t received it yet. lol
This dinosaur bag is for a really nice girl at the school I work at. In fact this girl has liked dinosaurs ever since pre primary and years later....she still likes them. This is one side of the bag.....

Here is the other side. 

Tucked carefully inside her bag was a dinosaur bench runner. I'm sure this girl has a thousand dinosaur models and every things. lol
An early Christmas present from Denise, my partner in crime at work!!!! Have a super Christmas Denise. I'm hoping Milo doesn't chew this up as he loves the garden. Hmmm?
Chester and his girls eyeballing Milo and staying a good distance away. They needn’t worry at this stage, Milo is petrified of them.

To everyone out there in blogland...many thanks for your friendship throughout the year. I have met so many wonderful people while blogging, and your inspiration has been endless. To those of you who celebrate Christmas, may you and yours have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year.

Cheers, Anita.


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