Friday, July 8, 2016

Tea Cosy, Knickerbockers and Dog Carrier Bag.


I have been busy creating different things on this second week and last week of my holidays. 

This is my finished tea cosy for the Mulgrave Settlers Museum annual competition.  It's by no means a winner but I did enjoy knitting again after about twenty years.  It will add to the number of entries. I think it is pom pom top heavy.  I found this fantastic technique for making pom poms which claims to be five times faster……and it was.  Visit Homemade gifts made easy to find out how. 



Our daughter always knows how to make us laugh.  Here she is wearing it on her head when she arrived home.  I told her it was a tea cosy and she said I thought it might be, then she stands in front of the mirror and says "What are the two holes for"?  


I said back to her while laughing…….. "IT'S A TEA COSY".  :-)  Her …… oh thats right.


I put my hand up to help sew some costumes for the local high school musical.  My task was to make three knickerbockers for some characters.  So I used the Sunny Day Shorts pattern here and cut the leg longer.  I haven't put elastic in the bottom of the pants yet as I am not sure of the length they need them. Fingers crossed that the pants actually fit the kids….they are on holidays so can't do any fittings.


My friend now has a new addition to her home as of Wednesday last week - a 10 week Shit-Poo or Shitzu Poodle cross or a black ball of fluff with white front paws.  So cute.  It was not so keen on walking the distance we walk with the older bigger dogs so my friend had him in a cloth shopping bag but it just wasn't working due to it being so deep and shoulder straps.  So this is a practice run of a sling bag that I sewed using this reversible sling bag pattern.  I just made the base shorter.  Now my friend and puppy can trial it and I will make one with fabrics that she likes and buys with all the added extras needed. :-)


Puppy (Bailey)  and owner very happy with the new puppy carrier 


I have to share these photos as it was fun although at the time that was not a word I was thinking. :-0 After 13 years of waiting I made good on a promise to my daughter (when she was 7yo) that I would take her up Walsh's Pyramid (922m high - 3km walk to top) when she turned 9 yo.  She is now 20yo and a very patient girl. :-)  The photo above is me in the foreground and my cousin behind….daughter took photo.


This is Gordonvale from the top.   That is the sugar mill that you can see the puff of white which is steam not smoke.  To the back of it you can see where it is all steamy in the river near the tree line.  This is the Mulgrave River which runs behind the mill the water is warm with the run off from the mill which the crocodiles like.


This is looking from the top all the way in to Cairns.  All the green patches are sugar cane fields ready to be harvested.   The brown have been harvested and ready for replanting.

Thanks for passing by, wishing you a great day.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sympathy Card


Sadly, I had to make a sympathy card for the wife of one of the volunteers of the local museum who passed away.  I have had these wonderful lily stickers in my stash for a long time and this was perfect for my card.  So simply a bit of layering with white card stock which I ran through one of my embossing folders.  Sentiment is computer generated.

Hope your day is a good one.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

June Craftmad Swap


For our June swap over at Craftmad (Pinterest album here) we had to copy/case/be inspired by earlier cards in our Pinterest album.  I chose Kaye's card below.  Dug out the Kraisercraft papers I was given at Christmas time and embellished with pearls and a doily.  I really like the end result.



For my second card I was inspired by the card I had received in an earlier swap from Kerry (below).  Kerry had done the weaving so neatly that it did look like a quick card to put together.  However, the weaving on each corner was fiddlier than I expected.  I chose the sticker which I adhered to card stock and cut around.  Decided that the lovely light blue glitter paper would make the perfect background and cut thin strips of blue, yellow and red, colours picked from the sticker.


Card by Kerry

Thanks for passing by.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Surprise…. a month….. wow!!!!! What have I been up to?


I am surprised it has been a month since my last post…..I knew I had been busy but felt like it was only a couple of weeks.  I am now on two weeks holidays and hope to catch up a little.  Here are some photos to show you a little of what I have been doing.  The dog got a haircut,  :-)  He was not keen on looking at the camera but I had more patience than him. 


I have still been doing my 6am walks with friends on a Saturday morning.  Coffee stop half way.


Visited our son and girlfriend in Townsville, this is the view from their backyard.


Our trip back home from Townsville we stopped off at the Cardwell Range Lookout and saw this amazing view of Hinchinbrook Island. 


I flew to Brisbane for a weekend and spent the time with our daughter.  Fun girls weekend although a little wet.  Movies, food and catching up with a friend.  This was taken at Roma Street Parklands.



View from our daughter's balcony.  Well it was her balcony until yesterday when she moved house.  Guess I will just have to do another trip now.  ;-)


Yes, another Saturday morning walk.  Much darker these days at 6am.


Our son and his girlfriend stayed with us before flying to London for a couple of weeks.  We are enjoying the trip with them via Snapchat and occasionally a phone call via Messenger Facebook.  I say it all the time but "gotta love technology."


Monday was my first day of holidays which was showery and overcast.  Great time to drag out knitting needles I have not touched in about 20 years.  Decided to have a try at a knitted tea cosy this year for the annual Tea Cosy Competition held by the local museum.  www.mulgravesettlersmuseum.weebly.com 


Later in the week now and the sun is shining the weather has cooled a little so I thought I would do a spot of trimming or rather hacking in the garden.  The bushes with flowers are safe at the moment. :-)

Throw work, housework and general life in the mixture that is where I have been for the past month.  I am hoping to catch up with everyones blogs soon.  Hope everything is well in your part of the world. :-)
















Saturday, May 28, 2016

Craftmad Christmas All Year Round Sketch #5





I have now caught up on the Christmas sketches over at Craftmad.  I really like the fresh colours on this card.  It was the piece of glitter paper that caught my eye and decided what colours I should use to colour the little fairy using my copic pens.  I layered everything up and ran the bauble and square card stock through a Christmas embossing folder I have.


Another cute fairy image which I have coloured again with my copic pens.  A lot of fine work.  It doesn't show in the photo but the fairy wings and star have been coloured with my Stella by Wink pens and have a lovely sparkle to them.  After using glitter paper on my first card I had to find some more this card.  So more layering up and finishing off with embellishments from my stash.


A manly style of Christmas card.  I had already coloured this poinsettia image with my copic pens finished it off with a paper poinsettia I received from my Secret Santa last Christmas.  I found all these wonderful Christmas paper in my stash, layered them up and pin pricked around all the edges.  The square I created with rows of star sticker borders from the Sticker Store. 

Christmas card running total = 16.  Yay!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Carftmad May Swap - Polka Dots

Hi everyone, our swap theme over at Craftmad for May was Polka Dots.  I had so much fun putting these cards together.  Of course, I used Pinterest for inspiration and cards to case. Click this link to see my inspiration for this card.  I am not quite sure where the flower image is from as I had it printed three times in my stash ready for colouring.  Thought it was a digital stamp I had but can't seem to find it.  I coloured the image with my copic pens, cut out the flowers to create the different layers.  Die cut the leaves and the word Thanks.  Silly me was looking for a tiny piece of orange card stock for 'Thanks' that would match the flower.  After about five minutes of searching I suddenly thought 'cut it in white and colour with the same coloured copic pen'. Duh!


I love this card, it just makes me smile.  This is the card I spied on Pinterest.  I used my Penny Black stamp "Thorny Affair".  Coloured him with my copic pens and cut off the holly leaves that he normally carries.  I pin pricked around the edge of the card front then stitched through the holes.  Free hand cut the balloon shape and attached the string.  Finished with work stickers from 'The Sticker Store'.

This for passing on by, wishing you a fantastic day.

You can see what other people have swapped in our Polka Dot swap here on our Pinterest Board.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Craftmad Christmas Card Sketch #4


As you can see from the photo it is a little dark here today as we have rain that has set in.  Great time to catch up on the Craftmad Christmas Card Sketches.  I have now finished my three cards using the April card sketch which is shown at the end of my post here.  If you would like to see everyone elses take on this sketch please visit out Pinterest board here.  

I found three white pre-folded cards for the base of my cards.  Then went through my Christmas papers and found some Stampin Up papers I bought a couple of years ago.  Teamed them with a variety of stickers from my stash.  Tadah! a Christmas card has emerged.


This is my favourite of all three.  I have had these foil bird stickers for a while and it's nice to put them to good use.





This one I am having a love hate relationship with it.  I think it depends on the angle I look at it whether I like it or not.



Running total - 13 Christmas cards completed. :-)


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Happy Birthday - Dogs


I made this card for my Sister-in-Law's birthday back in April.  She has two very cute miniature poodle type dogs which are the loves of her life.  Although, none of these dogs look like hers I thought she would appreciate the images.  I spied a cat card here on Pinterest which inspired me to make this card.  I remembered I had a sheet of black dog stickers from The Sticker Store that would be perfect.  I initially cut out 9 even white squares and attached them to the black pre-folded card.  Of course the squares looked wonky so then I added thin strips of black along all the joins.  Why didn't I think to just attach a square of white card stock first off then the grid of black thin strips…..guess you live and learn.  Next I attached all these fun dog stickers with 3D Foam tape to raise them up a little.  I made the little paw print from leftover pieces of stickers.  Done.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Blurry Cat


Sorry the photo is a little blurry…..I was in a hurry to get the photo, envelope the card to mail off on the way to work so that it made it in time for my Sister-in-Law's birthday last Sunday.  

I couldn't resist the blog post title name either as I really enjoy listening to that new song Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots, my husband thinks I'm weird.  :-)  Oops, have now discovered the song is actually call 'Stressed Out'. 

My SIL adores cats and has a couple of her own.  I am enjoying collages and street graffiti so when I saw a card like this via Pinterest I thought I had to give it a go.  To start I found some cat information on the internet and printed that out then cut that into strips.  I then roughly cut out the black oval of card stock and hand drew with pencil a cat image.  I then filled the image with the strips of the printed paper.  Attached a couple of eyes, created a collar from paper scraps and a sticker.  Finished with a sticker border.  I know the result of the card is a little naive but I so enjoyed the process and always find it very relaxing attaching all the strips.

Thanks for passing on by.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day


Happy Mother's Day to all the Mum's out there.  Hope you receive a little acknowledgement somewhere throughout the day.  A simple 'hello phone call' will do me. :-)

This is the card I made for my Mother-in-Law using the Craftmad May Sketch.  You can see what other people have created with the sketch here on our Craftmad Sketch Pinterest Board.

I decided to use the image that I coloured with copics on my Daintree weekend away here. I teamed the image with some of my Graphic 45 papers.  The sentiment is computer generated, I then ran the yellow card stock through my new embossing folder.  Finished with some gel bling.




This photo shows my MIL card and card for my Mum….blogged here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Happy 18th Birthday Nephew


I found a wonderful tutorial for this card by Emily Pitts here.  Perfect for my nephews 18th birthday.  I had intended on sending him a Dan Murphy gift card but time ran out and he scored an iTunes gift card.  Although, I have since been told that he does not use iTunes and his younger sister scores these gift cards.  I am thinking I will send her (turning 15yo in July, I should have my act together by then) a Dan Murphy gift card so that her brother can use it. :-)  I enjoyed putting this card together and hope it was manly enough.


This photo shows where the gift card sits….modelled by my Spotlight members card. :-)

Thanks for passing on by.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy Day - Washi Candles


I am now up to date, this is my final card to share with you from 2015.  :-)
A quick and easy birthday card made with a variety of my washi tapes.  The flame shape I cut from foam to create a stamp then used to shades of yellow/orange ink to stamp the flame.

Hope your day is a good one…..or a happy one. :-)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tea Tree Cottage Daintree




We have just spent the ANZAC long weekend up at Tea Tree Cottage Daintree……not really a cottage but more a tree house.   We arrived up there late Friday afternoon.  This was the first holiday we have ever taken our dog with us, a nice change.  Although the older that he gets the more anxious he is in the car.  He has never been sick but these days is on the back seat and tends to watch the floor like he can see the road.  But we all made the trip and he enjoyed his break away with us.   This is the view I had on my first night while washing up the dishes after a BBQ meal cooked by my husband.


Saturday morning we were greeted with this view while drinking our first coffee of the day.


Looking back towards the BBQ and to the right is the kitchen window I was looking at the moon the night before.


From my seat on the verandah I could see through the dining area to our bedroom as you can see the house is made of trees…..everything is wood and so beautiful.


It was a very relaxing weekend.  I managed some colouring, read and entire James Patterson book….this is a huge achievement for me as there never seems enough time to just sit a read.  :-).  Played lots of puzzle games on my phone, played real Patience with actual cards….have not done that in a while, watched tele, walked the dog around the property.  But the best part of the weekend was our trip to Cow Bay to walk along the beach (dog friendly).  On the way we were privileged enough to see a Cassowary and chick (not a tiny chick it was about 80cm high) walk across the road in front of us.  In all my life (and it's been a lot of years in the tropics) I have never seen a Cassowary in the wild, seen lots of signs saying they exist and recent sitings.  So I am one happy chappy.   No photos as they were gone before we knew it and I just wanted to take the moment in.


This was our view on Sunday morning…..very wet and a little windy, so we just had to stay home all day and do nothing other than relax, read, colour, drink eat and talk to each other.  


More views Sunday morning….paw paws weren't quite ready for us.


We managed to walk around the yard a few times during the day between showers of rain.


Monday mornings view from the other kitchen window.  Still a little wet, we had our coffee, breakfast and headed back home.


We were front row on the ferry ride back across the Daintree river.


Now to plan our next adventure.



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