Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
There has been some activity in the sewing room.
The cat projects are complete and were delivered to the Mother today.
One phone pouch and the Mother put her phone in there immediately - perfect.
The bag is from the pattern in Simple Pleasures by the talented Anni Downs with Mistea modifications of course.
The big Cat stitchery makes a pocket on the front and there is a pocket on one side.
I didn't put any internal pockets but I did include a swivel hook to keep the keys from falling to the bottom of the bag - forgot to photograph the inside.
My new green vest is done and I wore that today with a little button closure - it is not fixed and may be changed as out in the daylight it was not the right green colour.
Perfect for a little celebratory outing with the Mother.
The yarn is 'Alice' an acrylic and wool blend from Spotlight and the pattern is a free one from Lion Brand.
Below is a close up to show the pattern.
It has been a productive week in the craft room - Perfect.
Hope you have had some time in your craft space this week too.
Monday, July 25, 2011
I won again!
(I know there has been a lot of that going on lately)
This time it was the June OPAM monthly draw and look what pretties turned up in my mail box late last week.
Love the red polka dots and that is just the wrapping paper.
That card is just the cutest.
Inside there was this super cute shopping list - now I can tell by the pics on it that it is a shopping list for fun stuff only!
Under that there is this super pattern and kit for some bears from the talented Toni over at The Red Boot Quilt Co. Everything is there except the stuffing and there is sure to be some of that in 'the warehouse' somewhere.
How cute are they?
Look buttons too.
Now Kris did mention that these might show up on my OPAM list?
You'll have to wait and see on that one.
Hope you are warm and dry where ever you are today.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
definitely a PJ day here as the weather was not suitable for outside activities.
I made some progress with the cat projects - after cutting all the fabric in the right shapes and sizes. I succeeded in attaching the pocket to the front of the bag and sewing the outer bag pieces together. I feel like I am almost done!
The pouch pieces are still waiting to be sewn but they are all cut out.
A large portion of the day was spent on the couch with my new hooky project.
I know you can't see it very well here but I have made good progress and it is even the right shape and everything so far. The yarn is a super soft Acrylic/wool blend in a pretty green colour.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
I started out by gathering some supplies.
A girl's gotta have a little sustenance for serious creative activities - Right.
I finished off the little cat stitchery and,
gathered some fabrics for a little bag making.
More of the red crochet. I started the second piece on Thursday, it is growing really quickly.
I used some leftover white yarn to try out a pattern and today I went to Spotlight for some yarn to make the real thing. I could have a big whine about not being able to find the colour that I thought I needed, but I got something pretty anyway. May just have to replan my outfit around the new colour.
Thanks to Heidi for hosting Friday night Sew in even if I did get distracted from my sewing projects by the crochet ones.
Hope your Saturday is filled with creative moments.
Friday, July 22, 2011
An Hellenic monument.
One of the interesting old buildings near the entrance to Melbourne's Royal Botanical Gardens.
There is no information on this building except the no 1899 - looking good for something so old.
Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance -a rather grand structure.
The Friendship fountain with water flowing - something that was not happening during the drought. All the rain earlier in the year means that this area is once again green and the fountains are bubbling nicely.
Perfect stroll in the winter sunshine.
To see who else is playing favourites run on over to Mrs Pyjamas.
Tonight is Friday Night Sew In hosted by Heidi and Bobbi - thanks ladies I'm almost organised and hoping for some serious sewing action tonight. It's been a while.
Hope your Friday is Fantastic.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Hi there. Geoffrey here - mum said I could tell you about the picnic today.
While mum had a nice hot coffee - I went exploring in the park by the water.
There was this really cool thing to climb on. I just had to get up to inspect it closer.
Who put all those big bolts in there? This structure is mostly metal and looks very old.
I wonder why they need it here by the water.
Holding on tight while I climb across this bit, it's a long way down for a little bear like me.
I see now why they need this here by the water. It is to protect the city which is just over there.
Another rather cool grey day here but we had fun out exploring this morning anyway.
Hope you can join the picnic today, we'd love to see what you get to explore.
OOoops - apparently there has been a change in the picnic schedule so we won't be joined by the others today. Just when we got a bit organised too.
Hope your day was a good one where ever you are.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Taking things slowly yesterday I sat with stitching in hand and got quite excited when I thought this was finished - but a quick look at the pattern pic reminded me my cat is missing something/s.
Oh, yeah that would be the whiskers -everybody knows cats need whiskers.
Then I started this mini version - which is the actual size for the Simple Pleasures quilt the design fits within a 2&1/2 inch square - yep titchy and requiring lots of concentration on this pretty fabric.
Coming along nicely so far.
I didn't mean too, but while I was out today gathering some essentials I found this yarn which is perfect for trying out a new design - if I am successful I will even use it.
You know how it is just had to make a start - no point putting it in the cupboard where I'll never see it again! I really didn't have enough of anything in the warehouse to give this design a go.
I'm hoping it grows quickly because it could be very useful.
Have a wonderful Tuesday - I hope it is happy and bright.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Lots of things happening around these parts these past few days, a bit of a shock after my recent inactivity.
So yesterday while I was waiting and waiting to submit some paperwork I started the requested mittens from the yarn I showed a few days ago - the colour is more true in previous post.
Well as I was in the neighbourhood I called in on some excolleagues and while I was there catching up on all the office gossip, I kept my hands busy. Ok so I can talk a lot in real life too, and by the time I left the office one of the Mitts was as good as done.
I made the matching one in the evening ready to be delivered to their new owner this week.
Today I had an all day training session - big yawn!!
To keep myself awake in the morning, (unlike my colleague next to me who took a nice nap) I kept my hands busy and got this little number done.
Yes, it is miniature - a baby sized crocheted beanie.
As you can see I had yarn leftover and as I finished before the lunch break I was thinking I should have made it bigger.
The yarn is very pretty and not plain white at all but with subtle shades of pink, blue, lemon and purple, it also has a sparly thread through it. No clue as to its identity as it came in a mixed bag none of which have labels attached.
Friday, July 15, 2011
I visited the Hottie Exhibition again yesterday with The Mother, as there were only a few people there this time it was easy to take a closer look at some of the amazing creations and take a few photos.
Here are some of my favourites...
Yes, I included my entry, she sure is keeping excellent company.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This pretty yarn came to my house yesterday with a request to make a pair of mittens for a crafty friend. A lovely soft Merino yarn which will be very nice to work with.
Guess that isn't catty at all - but do you see something else in the picture above?
Inspired by this little kitten hanging out in the garden.
I decided to stitch this kitten on this pretty fabric with a soft vine print.
Cat from Anni Downs book Simple Pleasures. This little book contains a number of stitch designs and little projects with instructions to increase the design size for some. I decided this one would look good on the bag featured in the book.
Having fun with needle and thread.
Hope this week is productive in your craft space too.