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.


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