Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Just came across this wonderful quilt block project organised by WhipUp to raise money for and awareness of Cystic Fibrosis in Australia, via CurlyPops blog, and couldn't resist joining in. Only afew weeks before the deadline so you better get cracking if you want to join in!
Here is a link to the PDF with all the info you need.
Well go on, get on with it..........
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Here are afew I did get........
I didn't hesitate to snap one of these great tea towels up for myself when Myrtle & Eunice put afew up for grabs. The lovely brown paper package arrived on my doorstep on Christmas Eve, so I popped it under the tree. I love it, thanks heaps Tania!
Here's Miss B wearing her new lucky lulu dress. Both Miss A and Miss B loved the handmade clothes they received and insisted on wearing them straight away, they are learning so well........
And here they are on Boxing Day, getting stuck into the sewing cards from Snailblazer.
Oh the make their mama soooo proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well I'm off now to peruse my sewing books for some birthday gift inspiration - it's my mum's birthday on New Year's Day.
Speaking of which, here's hoping for a happy, safe and prosperous 2010 for you and yours xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxo
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
After a not so subtle comment from the very cheeky Cass about giving handmade to my hubby, I felt so guilty I whipped him up an applique t-shirt last night. He has been playing drums for twenty odd years so I feel the drum silhouette from here is very appropriate, boom ta ta is how the girls refer to the drums!
I am so pleased with how these shirts turned out!!! I printed the images onto printable fabric , cut around it then used fusible webbing to adhere the images to the t-shirts. I then zig-zagged around the image and voila - a custom t-shirt or three.
Oh, and because I'm a gluten for punishment I also made three diary covers for my sisters, using this wonderful tutorial by Ros over at Bloom. What a gorgeous blog - if you haven't already, go and check it out.
Some last minute sewing going on tonight - but more on that later............
Phew, only two sleeps to go.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sift 7 cups of plain flour, 2 tsp bi-carb soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground allspice, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground cloves and 1 tsp ground cinnamon over the treacle mixture, then mix to a soft dough.
Divide dough into thirds. Here is where I roll two portions into logs, wrap seperately in greaseproof paper and put them into labelled freezer bags for later use.
Press remaining portion into a disc shape, wrap in greaseproof paper and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm enough to roll out.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius then line trays with baking paper.
Roll dough out on a floured surface until 5mm thick. Cut into desired shapes and place on trays.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until firm to the touch. Stand trays for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.
To decorate add a little water at a time to a cup of icing mixture stirring until you get a nice smooth but thick paste. If you add too much water just add a little more icing mixture to thicken. Spoon mixture into a zip lock sandwich bag and snip off just a tiny corner to make your own piping bag. Pipe icing onto gingerbread as desired and sprinkle with hundreds and thousands before icing sets.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Today I'd like to share with you all the yummy handmade things I'm giving this christmas - because all the talented people who made them deserve some credit (don't mind the pat on the back I give myself several times along the way!).
I really enjoyed making these stamped gift tags
So, here we go......
modelled by Miss B
Miss B - lucky lulu dress, miss haidee romper, Snailblazer sewing cards
13 year old niece - melei bracelet and ring
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Inspired by this most lovely example of Anna Maria Horner's Socialite Dress, I finally got out the pattern which I had purchased back in May.
I finished the dress off last night after having some problems with my machine (argghhhh) and I'm very happy with the results. A light, cool and stylish little dress to see me through the summer months.
The fabric I just love - I'm not usually into wearing prints but I saw this when I went on my fabric shopping expedition to Cabramatta a while ago and just LoVeD it! I didn't know what I was going to do with it but at $2 a metre I couldn't pass it up.
I think my machine is due for a bit of an overhaul. I have been using it rather alot lately what with the mad decision to give ALL handmade gifts this christmas and now I seem to be having a tension problem (the machine as well as me)! I've still got a couple of kids to cover yet so Allie's Attic I'm all cashed up and counting on you for some handmade goodness.
Also, on my doorstep this morning an early christmas present for moi.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I decided this year to hand make as many gifts for Christmas as possible. So I've made a list of what I want to make.........we'll see how it goes.
I was off to a good start yesterday making five little pencil cases for all the little ones in my life starting Kindergarten next year. I used some of the left over fabric from the library bags I made for Graduation Day at my girls playgroup. I filled each pencil case with a new pencil, a couple of cute erasers, a sharpener and a christmas ink stamp. Miss A and Miss B loved them so hopefully they will go down well at Christmas.
There has also been ALOT of christmas crafting being done by my two lovely little sweetpeas.
I have been in two minds about giving hand made gifts. I love the idea (would love to be on the receiving end I mean) and I also love the making (as the gift giver). But I know that some people who are not into craft may see it as cheap and just do not get it. None of my family or friends are into handmade like I am.
What are your experiences with giving hand made? Have your gifts been well received?