This past week had me busy with a lot of customer orders. Customer orders are the best, knowing what I am making is what someone will want is better than just making an item questioning myself if anyone will like it.
One of the items I made this week was a new chair cover. I loved this chair as soon as I saw it and the owner was a very lucky lady to have it returned. I kept looking at this chair thinking there was something so familiar about it but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. After my sister saw the chair the one word that put it all in place for me was “Orange”.
My Nanna had one of these chairs but the Fluffy seat was a bright orange.
Well this chairs fluff was to go and be replace with a new cover.
The foam was still in great condition so the first layer was this natural cotton.
Next was the crochet cover, the back of the cushion still had it’s paper label on it so the crochet cover is tied on so it won’t mark the paper.
The Crochet top is in a cotton tape and in a pattern that I love. This flower makes a appearance on one of my chairs also.
All done with a new lease on life.
I finally have made some of the animals Bundaberg is famous for, but in a smaller cuter version.
Again like my Happy Cactus Pincushion each guy gets a smile that is unique and gives him his own personality.
The first batch of little hatchling went off to the local art gallery gift shop, BRAG. But one little guy got to stay with us as Edina could not part with him.
I have done heaps of painted shoes for the younger members of the family but not for us adults. So while sitting with my sister we were talking about how cool it would be to paint ourselves some. So I started off on the shoe buying challenge. Well it wasn’t really a challenge, shoe shopping is second nature to us.
I found these Grosby’s on special for $10. I know, $10 for these cute little wedges. There was only red but we could work with that, so I got two pair.
So a quick text to my sister “What do you want painted on these”
Her reply was “WONDER WOMAN”
No complaints from me as she is the best super hero by far.
The toes got tipped with blue and the Wonder Woman symbol to the sides.
With the wedge heel getting a blue base with white stars.
I loved them so much I did myself a pair but in flats.
Now to look for ideas for the second pair of wedges.
I have loved making these hand bags, yet again it is making it up as I go along. Which I love to do.
I saw a girl shopping one weekend with this amazing handbag and I was taking as many mental picture as I could so I could give it a try. This is what I ended up with, not quite the same but I’m really happy with my version.
Getting started on my first bag was the fun of making the front crochet panel to fit the piece of leather that I had. The crochet circle is a tad bit smaller but once your purse, phone and keys go in it stretches to sit really well.
After crocheting the circle to the leather and trimming the edge I added the strap which once your items are in it stretches to sit nicely on the hip.
This is bag Two (with the flower), Three (modelled by me) and four.
I loved bag One so much I couldn’t part with it and has now become a favourite in my bag collection.
Tuesdays nights are my nights to go out to a craft class. I get to sit there and have someone tell me what we are going to do and what the next step is. This might seem a strange thing to do as I craft a lot, but I find it great to sit back, just enjoy creating something and not over thing it. Which is something we all do as crafters, over think it.
Along with the craft there is a great bunch of ladies to see and chat with each week. One of those ladies gave me a chocolate free Easter gift this year which set me off on my new lot of creations.
With this gift of string (pictured on the right above) I turned it in to a basket (on the left).
But then I could stop. Working with the twine is a lot harder as it is not as soft and smooth but the smell is great and I felt I was back at the farm while working on each piece.
Plain twine with a label to write on.
Twine on the bottom and string on the top.
and finally twine and string blended together.
We have moved a lot and I mean a lot.
By the time we started having children we slowed down on moving, but in saying that my son is 9 now and has lived in 8 different houses already. With only 4 of them being our own home we have braved the rentals also. So the one thing I always wanted to do of marking a door frame with my kids heights was a no go for us. When Jack was little I started a fabric wall hanging that we used as a height chart but the fabric became dirty. Not being able to wash it in fear of some height marks washing off was making it look a little gross so I finally made a wooden take with us chart.
My sister loved our height chart and put an order in for a Bell family one so I thought I would show how it was done. Tan’s furniture is a darker brown so I use the same darker stain as the stool but added some water to lighten it enough to see pen marks.
Next is the painting which I love, the repetitiveness of all those line was something I enjoyed, weird I know but I love having a pattern to work with.
So it’s as easy as that, three hours of painting. Now it’s ready for delivery.
Well the school holidays are long over and it’s feels like the next lot wont be far away.
Our holidays are normally a lot of traveling and day trips. Either a weekend away, a trip to see family, day trip exploring and even days at the beach. That many that I feel I am always packing the car. By the end of the breaks I seem to have it to an art form and only forget to pack one or two major items each time. Who really needs their own hair brush when we can share and we do need new tooth brushes anyway.
One of the key items I was not able to forget was something to play, this was solved by me always having the kids balloon ball covers in the car seat pockets with a handful of balloon ready to go.
Now the not so easy solved is as soon as we back out the drive way “I’m hungry Mum, is there any food.” and then “When are we going to stop, I need to pee.” admittedly the second one was not always asked from the back seat.
Here is some exciting news from Wen Crafting.
The Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Gift Shop now has a small range of my crochet gifts for sale.
I have to admit I was thrilled when contacted out of nowhere asking if I would like to stock my items in the gift shop. For the next 3 months my items would be on display in the hope some might sell. My excitement turned into a little happy dance when I was asked for more stock after two weeks. So Little Miss and I drop some more stock off today and had a look through the Gift shop.
If you are a Bundaberg local and are enjoying a visit to the Art Gallery, drop into the gift shop to check out my and other local crafters/artist items.
My sister has turned the grand age of 40.
That is how I was going to leave this post but thought I better not, she is helpful to have around. So I will share a little bit of love here and show you what I gave her for her Birthday.
Now I was thinking that turning 40 may be hard on her and me making this wonderful gift will help her through it. I got my inspiration once again from pinterest. There are lots of ideas for turning 30 so I just added 10 years and a couple of items that suited Tanya.
Give yourself a makeover- makeup
Have a sleep over- PJ’s
Dance the night away- Shoes(Tanya has a small shoes addiction)
Play dress ups- Jewellery
Take hours in the bathroom- Bath salts
Have a facial- Avocado
Build a sandcastle at the beach- Beach bag (hand bag addiction also)
Pig out on lollies & Get a new hair do.
And finally a bottle of wine and glass- When all else fails have a glass of wine.
Happy Birthday Tanya.
My dining table has given us a lot of good years but it was starting to show the wear and tear of our family. Cup ring marks, colouring oops that had left the page, shadow writing where the heavy writer had left indents on the table and the general knocks and scratches. So I felt it was time for a revamp and after I had seen a Pin of a table with stenciling on it I wanted it give my table a bit more character.
So this is what I did.
To start with I sanded back the top and gave the base and legs a light sand. I changed the stain to a deeper Indain Tea and gave it two coats. The base and legs got a primer coat and two top coats of a leftover cream paint my husband had from a job. It is great to have a handyman around, all the calls I made to him while standing in Bunnings was helpful as I had no idea what to get.
Next was the design, I really liked a pattern I found online so I printed it out to make a rough stencil. I wanted the pattern to be uniformed and have a hand painted feeling at the same time. So to get that I marked out the stencil with chalk as it is easy to wipe off and then hand painted the pattern in. I finished the design off with a thin line on the inside. All the design was done in the same cream as the base and legs. I love that the lines are a little crooked and the pattern is different thickness, it gave me the hand painted feeling I wanted.
With some coats of vanish to finish it off my family were happy to get the dining table back after it’s 5 days in time out. Next is the chairs and I’m thinking these may take me a while. Looks like we are standing to eat.