31 May, 2009

Paying it foward.........

I found this on several of the bloggers sites when I was enjoying the Sew Mama Sew giveaways - Yes it intrigued me, so here it is - I'm committed, come and join the fun!

Here's the deal:

I am entering into the following contract with the first 5 people who comment on this post and then commit to do the same on their blog. Just read below and if you feel up to the task copy the following into your blog and leave me a comment. I am willing to post overseas (I am in Australia, but remember you must commit on your blog to do the same to others).

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. Whatcha get is whatcha get.
2. What I create will be just for you, with love.
3. It’ll be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. Or it may be monstrous and annoying. Heck, I might bake something for you and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something strange.
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for t
he first 5 to respond to your blog post.
7. Send your mailing address - after I contact you.

Welcome to everyone. I will however, make an effort to do something that you like based on what I see on your blog, BUT there are no guarantees.

So that's that!!

Brilliant, I'm excited - who's on board???

22 May, 2009

A good yarn..

I'm sitting here on the sofa, crocheting my white/aqua blanket...but my mind keeps wandering over to the basket of yarn sitting on the floor. Surely it won't matter if I just put this blanket down & crochet a few quick flowers and surely it won't matter if I start to choose the colours of my next granny square blanket??
NO!! Distraction is a killer, distraction leads to delay, and delay leads to the project being tossed back into the cupboard for another few years.
Bad Rie.
Ignore the basket of yarn.
Stay focussed on the current blanket...

21 May, 2009

Crazy patchwork

A long time ago, probably about 14 years ago, I started to use all my old scraps of material and make them into something useful.
Today, the project is still an ongoing one, I still use
the scraps of material and sew them hap-hazardly together (hand sewn of course!) to eventually make a quilt for the bed.
The patchwork has scraps of material from various handsewn projects over the years - ranging from my old school uniform, dresses, pillowcases and boxer short scraps!

My favourite time to sit down and do the patchwork is on short holidays. You know the type, the long weekends away where your Partner goes off golfing or fishing an
d you spend a well earned break with your feet up normally with a good book or a relaxing massage - well I choose to sit my feet up and add to the patchwork!

17 May, 2009

Already distracted...

I'm ashamed to admit it... but I am already distracted by another project and still haven't finished the crochet blanket.
I ordered a Clover Quick Yo-Yo Maker from the Haby Goddess (love her web shop!) and so I have been making Yo-Yo's with my scraps.
I am not sure how many I will make nor what I will do with them once they have finished....but I have been making them and I have decided to be a good girl and I am sewing them together as I finish each - that way (hopefully) they will be turned into something useful rather than having a bag of individual yo-yos!

But, I also purchased the Bias Tape Maker as well....so goodness knows how long before I start making Bias!
........who has time to go to work when there are so many things to do at home.........

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16 May, 2009

The Big Decision

I had a dream.
Yes a dream, a dream that I finished a craft project - one of my crochet blankets.
Inspired, I awoke in the morning determined to hunt out the project & finish it! As I sat eating breakfast, I tried to recall the last time I had seen the blanket, and more importantly of course...where it was stored.
The spare room, it had to be in the spare room, of course it was, it had to be. I opened up the cupboard and of course, something immediately fell out - but no, it wasn't the bl
anket it was the painting I had started 3 years ago and never finished! I quickly rummaged through the stacks of bags, boxes and piles in the cupboard - it wasn't there. Nothing is meant to be easy for me.
It had to be in the other cupboard, the one that is hard to get in to due to the fact there is a pushbike, chair, stack of blankets, guitar bag, toolbox and of course the Futon smack bang in front of it. Damn, I hate living in a small apartment!.
So after sweet-talking my partner, he pulled all obstacles away, and voila, after a quick search of the cupboard - there was the crochet blanket that I had dreamt about!

I put the kettle on, made myself a cuppa and sat down to finish the blanket.
I pulled the blanket out of the bag and found out why it had been stored all those years ago - it had run out of wool. TYPICAL! The blanket has 2 colours: aqua green & bright white. The aqua green is left over from another crocheted blanket I had finished years earlier - making t
his blanket was a way of using the green up. But it was the white wool that I had run out of!
So off to the shops we went. The closest store to me is Spotlight - but in typical Spotlight fashion, they had no 8ply white wool in the shelves. So once again the project was put aside, until I told my mother the dilemma, she saved the day of course. My mum is the Queen of Crafts,
and promptly walked to her wool stash and pulled out exactly the wool I need. Good ole mum!

I am still finishing the blanket off - I then promptly hurt my back, recovered and then had a bad head cold!