31 August, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

30 August, 2011

Fabric purchases

How cute is this Kangaroo Xmas fabric!  I bought it for a swap, it's on its way to the USA.
The red & white fabric is for Bubba Joe's (very first) Xmas stocking.
The colourful stripes fabric.... well, how could I not buy them!
But... what should I use the stripey fabric for??? (they are fat quarters).

AND... did you enter my GIVEAWAY yet???

Taa daaaaaa!

Here she is... 
Meet Mona, the button girl.
Made from a couple of fabric Yo-Yo's sewn together & stuffed with scraps.
Another Yo-Yo for the head, folded, stuffed & sewn on.
Button arms and button legs, with a small button perm hair do!
And off she goes to New York for a swap!
I'll show you how I packaged her in another post!

27 August, 2011


I have for you a most excellent Giveaway.
But first.....
What do you think about scrapbooking?  
Me, well... I'm not really one for cutting up photos to put them back together on a page.  
This is no ordinary Scrapbooking, no. 
This is better. 
This is good.
This is great.
And I'm sharing it with you!
This scrapbooking program is fantastic, you can upload your photos & play, play, play & create the most wonderful memories right there on the screen - without having to get your photos developed & then cut them up & glue & make a mess on the dining table! 
Here's a sample of what I have made - trust me, it's really easy (I didn't even read the instructions) and will doing a photo page to add to my Xmas cards this year.
So yes, you have a chance at winning the My Memories Scrapbooking software, so you too can spend oodles of time sitting, creating, chuckling, doing more & more and having lots of fun.

Entering the Giveaway is easy peasy and there are multiple entries allowed, you can do any of the following... 

Entry 1 ... Go to the My Memories website, have a look around & tell me what you like there & come back here & leave a comment below.
Entry 2 ... Be a follower of my blog & leave an extra comment stating that you are.
Entry 3 ... Like the My Memories blog & leave an extra comment stating that have below.
Entry 4 ... Tweet about this Giveaway or pop a mention of this Giveaway on your blog and of course, coming back & leaving an extra comment (& maybe a link too so we can visit you).

Remember when leaving a comment/entry that there is a way for me to contact you if you are the winner!

Oh and an extra goodie for you.......
We have a special offer for you. Whenever you make a purchase from the My Memories website, use this code at the checkout: STMMMS84183  and get a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software AND a $10 coupon for the My Memories.com store, that's $20 value... (free for you!)

Go on, enter the Giveaway & pop over and use the code to buy yourself something speccy because remember Christmas is coming up & think of all those most excellent things you could make ready for Christmas!

Entries are open world-wide.
Entries close 5th September 2011.

...boy I wish I had this 2 weeks ago when I was trying to do something similiar & ended up with craft glue all over my good sewing scissors & coffee table!...

25 August, 2011

Don't worry, she's Harmless!

I'm mean... armless!
Mona is still in the process of 'making'.
She's made from a coupe of fabric Yo Yos & buttons...
and is for a swap I joined.. maybe she's for you??

See more Creative Spaces here...

23 August, 2011

In the makings....

Some more pics of what I'm making...
Still wondering what it is??

22 August, 2011

On my wish list...

I'm in love with these cookie jars.
Wise Ol' Cookie Jar, Grey
Winking Wisecracker Jar
Wise Ol' Cookie Jar, Orange

Want. Need. Love.

19 August, 2011

Making not baking Yo Yo's

Crafting some Yo Yo's today... 
and sewing them together...

Any guesses with what I'm making???????

17 August, 2011

Balancing Act

This is my version of a balancing act.
Crochet granny square middles on the arm of the couch.
Both rings off my fingers & placed on the arm of the couch.
There was a cuppa tea there as well, but I sensibly moved this.

Note to self... get a side table for next to the couch!
Did you know that I can't crochet with rings on... weird. Can you?

12 August, 2011


Choose option a) or b)

a)   Are you on Ravelry? Yes! Then lets be friends, I'd love to see your projects, your bookshelf & of course all the items that you fave.  You can find me as craftyrie  (yeah, I know, I'm not creative when it comes to making up names!!!)

b)  Are you wondering what the heck Ravelry is??   Well, Ravelry is kinda like Facebook for yarnies (knitters, crocheters, spinners etc) but way cooler & it lets you record what's in your yarn stash, upload your list of craft books and of course, you can show off your current projects and find patterns etc etc etc. I highly recommend it. BUT you do have to sign up for it, but don't worry, its free and FUN!!!  Click here to join in the fun....   

10 August, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

09 August, 2011

Taa daaaaaa!

And here is Joe's dressing gown (finally) finished!
Phew, I didn't think it would get there, but it did & my lil bubba can be toasty warm from now on!
BTW, that's Bubba Joe with his new hair do... His hair had grown beyond his eyes & was hitting his cheeks... sob, he had to have it trimmed & he's not even 8mths old yet!


What a mess.
This is what happens when you..
a) don't follow a pattern
b) don't take notes
c) don't look at what you're doing
d) don't even have a proper goal.
In case you can't tell from the picture - it's sticking up in the middle (the green crochet) instead of lying nice and flat like it was supposed too......

08 August, 2011

Match for Match - creating a piece without a pattern

As you may know, I'm making bubba Joe a crochet dressing gown.... and I'm not using a pattern.
I have been using a fabric jacket (purchased)  as a pattern which I will use as a guide & make bigger & longer.
The above photo is what it looks like so far.
The photo's below show the jacket I'm using next to what I'm crocheting.  I still need to crochet extra length onto the dressing gown, this will be done soon (I hope!).
The jacket is in need of iron but it has been stuffed into my crochet bag for weeks now so hence the wrinkles... and besides bubba Joe doesn't mind a few wrinkles.

06 August, 2011

Taste testing

I've been experimenting in the kitchen.
A birthday is coming up for a newly diagnosed Diabetic, so I've been experimenting to find a recipe suitable for a birthday cake.
I made cupcakes with & without sugar using the same recipe and also did the same with the cookies.  
A friend came over & kindly helped me taste test the above plate! And to our surprise, they all turned out ok!  So my experiment has worked, I can now bake both a bday cake and a batch of cookies for the Bday girl!
The photo shows me cheating... I'm not going to using chocolate icing on the cake, I'll use cream - I just didn't have any on hand for the taste testing!!  The cupcake on the left has the fake sugar and the cookie on the right has the fake sugar too.

Do you have any tried & tested Diabetic friendly recipes that I can pass on??

05 August, 2011

Layout of a dressing gown

Below is a picture of what Joe's dressing gown looks like at the moment.  It has been laid out flat, the front panels (dark blue) have been sewn onto the back and the sleeves have been crocheted across both front & back.  It's slowly getting there!

04 August, 2011


My lil bubba Joe was sick. 
Sick for the first time - ever. 
High fever, vomiting, floppy, listless, crying in pain.
The poor lil thing. 
So I took him to the doctor.
He had his first medicine. 
First medicine ever.
The medicine worked. 
Bubba Joe is well again. 
So I kept a momento, the medicine bottle. 
The medicine bottle is now a little vase.

And may I just add, that I know that I'm a brand new mum and I know he will be sick many times in his life but this was the first time EVER.
My soul was ripped up and I was at a dithering loss. But I sucked it up. I sucked it in. I remained calm. I remained logical. I remained me. And we got thru it and I'm glad.
Phew, tough few days but they've gone now & the giggles are back, the grins are back and the bouncing on peoples laps are back  (Joe not me)!

01 August, 2011

and the winner is....

And the winner of the crafty supplies is......

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Zoe of Digby & Clementine 

Congratulaitons Zoe (I've sent you an email) & thanks to all those that entered.
Stay tuned for more giveaways!