Thursday, October 31, 2013

Recipe for a bed makeover: My creative space

take one ugly divan bed from the second hand store
add some elbow grease to sand and undercoat
and race to finish it before your daughter gets home
yes, those trophies on her shelf are all her's earned at netball over the last few years
Add a zig zag vintage sheet quilt and polka dot knobs to match her little desk
and you have one happy girl!

Next up is replacing the curtains, stripping the wallpaper and painting and then the best bit... ripping up the carpet!!!

Joining in with Show and Tell

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dishcloth swap : the goodies!

Thanks everyone who took part in the dishcloth swap!

It was a lovely little swap and it certainly has got my dishcloth mojo going.

First up, here is the beautiful package I received from Kimberley 

Lots of cute little goodies!!!

And these beautiful dishcloths! almost too lovely to use

Thanks Kimberley!

I sent my package off on Monday so I hope my secret swap partner has received it!

I included a couple of crochet dishcloths
and some Peppermint and Tea tree cleaning paste (the best cleaning paste ever!) You can find the recipe here and read more about our chemical free living here
And in the meantime there's been so much dishcloth making... all in preparation for Christmas
car crochet
growing piles

wrapped already! who is this organised person???

Monday, October 21, 2013

Sew Funky: Kiwi Christmas Ornament Swap 2013

Be sure to pop over to Sew Funky and sign up to join in with this years Kiwi Ornament Swap!
I've done it twice and its such fun!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Four years!!

Today it is four years since I started blogging. Four years and 550+ posts.

I started this little blog to share my crafting, parties, cakes and bits and pieces with other like minded people.

I have been thinking about how much our lives have changed during those four years.

When I started this little blog I had two chidren at school and a preschooler. We were living in Brisbane and the house we were living in had heaps of space so I had lots of room to spread my craft out!

In four years we have seen all our kids go off to school, we have moved back to NZ not once, but twice (so that's three international moves in four years!) and lived in 6 different houses (no wonder I'm exhausted!).

I have learned to crochet and am now addicted to making quilts!

We've had the joy of taking our kids to the USA on an amazing holiday and we are watching them blossom into awesome people!

Four years ago I had just started having problems with gluten and since then have been diagnosed with coeliacs and also become intolerant to dairy, egg, tomatoes and chicken. If  you had told me that four years ago I probably wouldn't have believed you! Mostly its something I just deal with...but its not without some stressful time and tears too.

This year I've had to let some things go in my life so I had room for other things to come in. My focus is on my crafting, my family and maintaining part time work so I can also focus on my health. I feel like I have my crafting mojo back - finally!

I thought I'd share with you a few of my past favourtie posts

Wild West Party

Arty not a party

Socially Intolerant

Oh Deer  - Amigurumi Deer


Baking Party

Yo Yo Christmas Tree Tutorial


I'd like to thank all of my readers for sticking by me when the blogging was (is!) sporadic and for those who take time to comment, I really appreciate it!

And to those who have become real life friends... I feel blessed!!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The quilt with a story

It's finished.
It took about 4 or 5 years.
It has been back & forward between Australia & NZ.
I decided to hand quilt every square/rectangle...queen size and hand quilted!
We upgraded to a King size bed during the making - but I am determined it will stay on our bed.
It is made up of many of my favourite fabrics, Oily Lily, Amy Butler...and backed with red & white polka dots - of course.
I love it.
I am immensely proud.

Joining in here, here and here.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Mug Swap

I was so excited to be a part of the inaugural Mug Swap hosted by Alisa.

When my parcel arrived I literally squealed with excitement when I saw my dear friend Tracy was my secret swap partner!!! (even if she'd lied to me about it - haha!).

She sent me the most beautiful parcel with yummy apple tea, amazing coasters she made and lots of little goodies that I just love!
And the beautiful mug!! I love drinking from this!

Thanks so much Tracy and thanks Alisa for organising this!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mug Cosy & Coaster

I recently joined in a FAB mug swap.

Tomorrow I'll show you the beautiful box of goodies I received from my very dear friend Tracy.

For my swap buddy I made her a crocheted mug cosy.. from a green t-shirt cotton.

pattern here
and I saw this cute idea on Pinterest (of course)
The apple coaster was about an ongoing promise between us to get together and have a cup of apple tea together... hopefully SOON!
from here
Joining in with Show and Tell, New Zealand Handmade and Made by Hand