Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Softies for Mirabel

The girls and I made a few Black Apple dolls over the weekend.

The blonde one is Zoes, the brunette Meg's and the red head is going to the Softies for Mirabel cause. The girls are keen to paint the faces on themselves. Mmmm what can I say.....
For those of you who missed Emily on Martha, you can find the tutorial here.
The dolls are very easy to make and Emily is happy for them to be used for the Mirabel cause.
Happy Sewing

Sunday, 27 April 2008

This is....

...my favorite book

It was impossible to choose just one fiction piece, so I went with this non-fiction beauty. My mother passed it down to me. Im thinking its probably vintage 50's but not 100% sure. I love the pics and the accompanying "advice"....

"Beauty Outdoors - Through Woman's World you will learn how to extract every ounce of enjoyment from your days outdoors and still remain safely your glamorous self "

"Etiquette - It's so easy to get a bad reputation. We may not deliberately do the wrong thing but sometimes circumstances catch up with us and before we know it we are labelled with....She should know better"

"Home Decorating - Home decoration today is a very vital and practical science. An understanding of it is a must, so do rever to this section when the need arises!"

And finally my personal favorite...

"Domestic Bliss - Being a successful wife and mother is a most desireable achievement but it is also a full time profession for which, unfortunately there is little, if any, formal training....Consistently bad or unispired cooking, a neglected appearance, a disorganized and chaotic home, an unbalanced budget, a constant feeling of pressure caused by the absence of a proper household routine, and generally an inability to cope with the many demands life places on a woman, make it an impossibility to achieve domestic bliss...There is no magic formula for domestic bliss, but Woman's World will take you a long way along the road to enjoying fully this pearl of great price."

Thanks Dee for a great theme this week. Check out Angela's blog to see everyone elses favorit book.
Happy Week - Everyone

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Just stuff....

My labels arrived today...
I think I'm happy with them. I ummed and ahhhed for ages about color, font, title etc.
Anyway this is they...

Also, Cam suggested a great idea for storage in my new sewing desk.
Shoe box lids, to fit in the slide out tray. Well I didnt have any shoe lids spare but found these gorgeous cardboard boxes for around $3 each at Big W.

Anyway I doctored the first one up a bit cause I thought the lid was not overly practical.

I've got fabric scraps in the second one & nothing in the third as yet. I think I'll leave the other two with lids for now and see how mad it drives me. Thats a sneak peak of Megs quilt in progress in the bottom right hand corner.

We're off on a family trip to Barongarook this afternoon. Enjoy the long weekend everyone.

PS For all those who one my PIF contest....you are not forgotten. I'm just having trouble sourcing a particular item I need. Thankgoodness I still have around 300 days to track it down!

Monday, 21 April 2008

This is....

.....my latest discovery

Brown Owls. I suppose I cant really claim it as my discovery as there are lots of lovely crafty types who have discovered it also.

Anyway I'm there again tonight to learn how to crochet.
To see what everyone else has discovered, check out Angela's blog.

Have a good one!

Monday, 14 April 2008

Zoe's Quilt and My Dinner Party Guests

I've finally finished Zoe's ragged quilt over the weekend.
I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.
Not bad for my first quiliting attempt.

Im also taking part in three buttons "this is" meme.
This weeks theme was "This is my perfect dinner party." I asked Hubby to choose his three. They are:

Scientist - Stephen Hawking

Actor - Dustin Hoffman

Musician - Joni Mitchell

And mine...

Author Liz Gilbert - (whose book "Eat, Pray, Love" I'm reading at the moment and would highly recommend).

Federal Health Minister - Nicola Roxon (I loved how she gave Tony Abbott a serve during the election campaign last year!)

And of course the obligatory eye candy....
George Clooney.
Night y'all

Friday, 11 April 2008

Catching up on this is....

This is the contents of my handbag....
Ok so I love lippy. Grandma's pocket money (for the girls) are in the envelopes. My 2008 diary from Kikki K (love it, love it, love it).
The rest, very boring and self explantory except possibly the little bottle of Rescue Remedy
My gorgeous MIL put me on to it a few weeks ago when I was feeling positively bitchy!
Anyway its great, it works and I love it.
Secondly, this is my jewellery / knick knack box.

And the contents....

I think there is some sort of theme going on here?????
Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Im back...

Hey there. Well the computer fix only took a couple of days but hubby and I have been very busy creating.....
....My new room

Let me show you round

Craft storage....

I think Ive posted this before but, there are often new additions. The big white bins and draws are both from Ikea and are fantastic. I can see myself traipsing all the way back to Richmond to pick up more. Im still grieving the loss of their Moorabin store - can you tell?

Custom made computer desk...

I tell you Im in love with this new machine. Its actually got 2 USB ports in the front and wireless technology. Who would of thought????? He's very clever that husband of mine. I think the new desk fits perfectly in the new space and has allowed me to use the old computer table for .......

My sewing/craft desk

Dont you just love how the sewing machine slots in to the tower space? Thats Zoes quilt almost done up the top left (hopefully to be completed by the end of next week). I just love my little hat box down there on the floor. Its full of all sorts of fabric scrappy lovliness. There is also some other gorgeous fabric (up there on the desk) for a gift for someone special ....but more about that much later.
And finally no girls room is complete (unfortunately) without the exercise zone.

Ive been doing alot of running lately (as part of this caper) and have really been getting sore knees. So time to drag the cross trainer out of the garage and get some serious k's in. Of course Im bored out of my brain on it, so I motivate myself (with the little tv up there) with back episodes of Oprah, Biggest Loser and any other trashy stuff I can get my hands on.

Gee its nice to be back. I'll catch up on my "This is" later in the week
Have a good one folks :)