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.
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.
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.
I think every Mum gets those lovely bunches of flowers that are really weeds and that big smile to go with it.
The next comment from my little one is “put it in water Mum”. The problem with most the weeds/flowers I receive are that they have very short stems. I found these little milk bottles are a great size to hold them.
Weeds seem to have a very short life and fade as the day goes on. My weeds get a added pretty boost with this cover so once they start wilting the vase still looks pretty.
Once the flowers have gone it is easy to remove the cover as it has an elastic top. Wash the bottle and then slip the cover back on. Now ready for the next lot of flowers.
We have a tradition of putting up the Christmas tree on the 1st of December. I’m not sure why the tradition started but it has been this way since my husband on I got together 16 years ago.
In the start it was really me putting up the tree while Aaron commented on placement from the lounge, which worked of me and my need to have it certain way. Then once Jackson come along Aaron became more hands on. I found myself sitting back watching Jack and him set up the tree reminding myself I could rearrange it later. Now this year I feel it is going to be Mummy and Daddy referring our two little gems put our tree. It will be so much fun, I hope our little tree survives the event.
I started on the decorations and now looking forward to the December 1st fun.
Knitting Balls for the crafty people,
and Mini Wreaths.
I love Summer time for the outside dining. Sitting out the back in the afternoon watching the sunset is a great time of day and ending it with dinner outside completes the summer life for us. But the one thing that freaks me out are flies on the food. Now hubby said my idea of completely fly screening the outdoor area will lose the outside effect. He may have a point but I am not telling him that, so the next best thing for me is food covers.
These lovely food covers are also a great way to brighten up the table.
And my favorite dandelions.
I have just finished these clocks and it has been fun having a play around with crocheting doilies. I have never crochet a doily before and knew I needed to end up with 12 points on the outside ring, so I started my search for a pattern. Sadly I was unable to find what I was looking for as all the designs seem to have 8 or 10 points on the outside, so it looked like I was going to be making it up as I go along. This is always what I enjoy the most, crocheting without a pattern. The one down side to this is that I don’t make notes as I am going and seem to be only able to make kind of the same items never identical.
Adding the doilies to fabric, placing them in the wooden hoops and inserting the clock bits it all seem to come together nicely. Now they are sitting in my craft room ready for the next markets.
I now have no excuse for being late as there is clocks everywhere.
A while ago my sister had her Stampin’ Up! catalogue launch “Spring time in Paris” and she asked me to make up some Wine Cup Cozies to give out to her guest as little thank you gifts. To go along with the cup cozies I made some matching Wine bag and cup cozies sets for her decorations. I was really happy how they turned out.
The one size cup cozies fits on different size wine cups with an elastic band at the top and buttons at the bottom.
The wine bags are really handy with big handles and can stretch to fit many size wine bottles which makes it easy to carry to parties. I find putting my wine in the fridge with the bag still on helps to see my bottle when it’s time to refill my glass or sending hubby to refill my glass.
I was really surprised how well these little guys sold at my last market and they were made at the last minute just to see if I could sell one. All bar one found a home that weekend, with people studying them before picking one they felt was smiling just right. They all seemed to have turned out a little different from each other, even with one looking a little grumpy.
Beside my chair I have this really handy magazine stand that is at a great level of my drink when I’m crocheting, it also stores my spare crochet needle, scissors, needles and stuff. Now the needles were stuck in a blob of blue-tac which was not so handy, that is why I made myself a little cactus guy. I loved him so it was good to see others loved them and worth the few late nights to finish them it time.
I have made a new batch of guys for my next markets and had lined them up as I finished them. I asked my son what he though and it was pointed out to me that not all the eyes were the same (My son never seems to understand how to answer these questions with the needed “they’re great mum” answer, but I will keep training him). So to fix this I made some glasses for the guys with the eye problems.
Just with some wire and my tongue stuck at the right angle I made these.
Now all done and ready to go.
I am having so much fun making these coffee cup cozies or in Ed’s case leg warmers. I had made some reindeer ones for the kids to use for Christmas. I don’t let them drink coffee yet, but really considering it to get Jack going for school some mornings. What they are really for is for the kid’s water bottles as they fit on them also and Jack loves when I make anything that is not girly that he wants one.
I found Ed sporting her new leg warmers and grab a quick shot of her so sorry the rest of her looks a mess.
I am hitting the shops tomorrow to get more yarn as I have many more ideas I would like to make before the market.
Here are some Christmas ones.
And boy ones.