Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mills and Boon?

One of my weaknesses is books, especially crafting books and vintage books.  One of my more recent  finds is a Mills and Boon book (but not of the romance variety) and it ticks both boxes, vintage and crafting.  It is called Toys for your Delight by Winsome Douglass and was published in 1957.  First of all I love the author's name, it's not often you meet a Winsome these days and the embroidered toys and illustrations in the book are truly beautiful.

I was also fortunate to find An Orange Robin Story Book at the op shop.  I love the illustrations in this book and can see them as an embroidery one day.... 

 I may of course need a million "one days" to do all the things I would like to do.

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Where does the time go...

Well that was a quick two weeks.  Now I am left trying to remember what I have been doing.

We are getting ready for the school fair in March next year and the craft stall always has to start early because sourcing materials and making stuff always takes so much time.  The other night several of us went to Lyndal's to learn how to wet felt and dry felt.  I am not so keen on the wet felting but loved the needle felting.  I would rather stab myself in the hand occassionally with the needle felter than put my hand in boiling water.  There was a lot of stabbing of fingers rather than felt going on which may have had a bit to do with the wine consumed. 

It was great fun.  Here is my first attempt at needle felting....

I definitely want to try this again and have invested in a new book Needle Felted Figures, which is beautiful.

Over the last few weeks we have been treated to several sushi meals.  Jack has been perfecting the art of making sushi and we have been willing guinea pigs.  This is part of his food technology class at school.

I have also been toying with an idea in my head for some Christmas decorations using the large babushka fabric... this is what it looks like so far..

I will finish embellishing and then create a stuffie with a hanger to pop on the Christmas tree.

It is scary thinking about Christmas - so much to do - so little time!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Entering the Blog World

Well I have been thinking about taking the plunge into the world of blogging for some time. I enjoy reading several of the great blogs out there written by fellow bloggers and have always felt quite initimidated. Well here goes ... I am jumping in at the deep end to see what happens.
I am hoping that I will be able to share some crafting and also motivate myself to not just start but also finish my crafts.

Today has been a great day, the sun was shining and as well as going to work I was able to spend some time pottering in the garden. I also took some of my friends out into the garden for some fresh air.

I think they enjoyed escaping the house!