I feel my sewing room is complete now. I bought this desk from Savers yesterday. I went to Savers to look for a chest of drawers for my sons bedroom, I did not find that, but I did find this! The front flap still needs a little adjusting to be level. This bit is for the keyboard originally. I will be having it level permanently by adding a bracket to the underside so that it cannot be moved. The sides can be up or down depending on how much table space I need. When I saw it for $3.99 I had to have it. I borrowed a screwdriver and a spanner and dismantled it into 4 parts in the store so that it would be like a flat pack and fit in the car. I am still looking for the chest of drawers for my sons room. It was quite grubby but I used water soluble Tea Tree Oil and the marks came right off.
I am playing a game with The House on the Side of the Hill Click on the picture to be taken there and play with us. This week we are doing pets. This is my favourite picture of a cat we used to have. His name was Whiskey and he was a rescue from The Cat Protection Society in Greensborough, (the place where we also got our current cats Tilli and Meg.) He was very playful and inquisitive, He was only with us for a short while, a year and a half but he is in our hearts forever.
Not much happening in the way of sewing this week, for a good reason! I have been busy de hording my caravan and getting ready to have my own sewing room. This is Tilli last night, the bed was dismantled and moved from the bedroom into the hall and family room. Tilli loves to be up high, watching us from above on the mattress in the hall. Meggie being a ground dweller true to form always looks for new chin rests. 3 rooms were moved around last night and today, now in bedroom 1 is the bed from bedroom 2, bedroom 2 is now my sewing room, and bed from bedroom 1 is now in bedroom 3. We finished bedrooms 1 and 3 last night at 3am. and I started on bedroom 2, now my sewing room at 8am and finished about 4pm. I still have to tidy it up and vacuum but at least it is all in there now. I do have a new project in the works, A chair make over for the school library, We have yet to find the chair that is going to have a revamp, but watch this space! I am very excited about it.
My Sister Made Me do it. What a fun name for a blog! Do check it out, and while you are there go in and enter her fun giveaway of a fat 1/4 pack of Tweet by Timeless Tresures pack, How? Just click on the picture to be taken there right away.
Hilachas is having a Birthday and Spring Celebration Giveaway. Such stunning fabrics! I Love them. Would you like to give it a go to win this package? then click on the picture to be taken away to her blog.
It has arrived! I entered the competition of a $20 voucher for Fashionable Fabrics from Mommy by day Crafter by night and this is what I chose. I plan on making many of these cats for charity, and one for myself, she is too cute!
Savers in Mill Park is having a 1st Birthday today, I cannot believe it has been one year already!. I went there today to donate books and magazines and at the same time get some exercise and found out all about it. They are having face painting and door prizes and the big prize of $100 Savers Voucher. You still have time to go there if you live nearby. I won a door prize! A $20 Savers voucher and this is what I bought. New baby fabric, perfect for dolls dresses or a quilt, a pack of 50 zips, (i know what i am making for this years Christmas gifts for our cloth doll club this year). Some lovely manly cotton fabrics for Aussie Hero Quilts. What an amazing time I had. I spent that voucher with 5c spare. The really lovely thing about it is the staff, when I was looking around to see what I could buy, They kept saying how nice to see a regular win!
Seriously, I think it needs stitches, (fabulous name for a blog!) is having a giveaway of a layer cake of Little Apples by Aneela Hoey. Little Apples Line of fabric. How pretty is this! I love this too. from Cafepress.com. If you would like to have a go at winning then click on any of the pictures to be taken there.
The hand puppets in progress. Not finished yet but well on the way, from left to right we have Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Andy Warhol, Salvadore Dali, Leonado da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh.
This is what I have been making today, the first draft of a puppet. I am pretty happy with how it went together, tomorrow I will be re making it with the changes needed. Right away I can see that the arms and hands are just a tad too big. I need to redo the hands so that they have fingers, I did not do this on this puppet cos I could already see they were not right.
Continuing with my puppet, I am making the hair. This is going to be a knitted wig, made to measure by adding and subtracting stitches as I go along. pinning on as I go. Just how darling is this fabric! I think it is DIVINE! the picture has been taken from the blog with permission, If you would like to know more then go to A Few Scraps to learn more. (click on the picture to be taken there).
This is a project that I am doing for the Art Room and posting step by step as I go along. It is one of those projects that I don't know how it will turn out, You are seeing it as it happens and I am winging it. The finished head. Leave an opening in the bottom and fill with fiberfil leaving an opening for the shoulder/neck piece. I have decided to use a drink bottle. Keep the lid on it. cover the bottle with a piece of the fabric you are using for the skin. glue it to the inside edge so that there is no rough edges. place inside the body of the puppet. The puppet in this instance is made out of pure wool coat from my stash. The material and is fairly stiff so it will hold it's shape well even when not in use. Pop the head on and ladder stitch it to the neck. The ears are not stuffed but have simple top stitching. Roughly sew the body to the neck, this will be covered by the accessories, in this case the collar. Adding the accessories. One glaring thing I have to correct is to stuff the arms.
This is blogged on behalf of someone else. Please click on the picture to be taken to http://www.mycretanlife.blogspot.com.au/ to read the incredible story of how this came about. I have heard that all the puppies now have a new home. Just mum and dad left. Thanks for reading.
The House on the Side of the Hill is having a Teddy Bears Picnic, so I thought I would share with you one of my makes. This teddy now belongs to my husband, (as you know eveything I make I give away) This teddy is made out of a recycled bath mat. Click on the picture to be taken there.
My niece has requested a pink fairy chair, this is what i have come up with. All the things are bits and pieces I have bought from Savers. I bought this from Savers yesterday and will be turned into a fairy seat/footrest. She loves pink, Her nick name is Pinky! these are an example of the pink treasures I have bought from Savers over the last couple of months. I have decided to go with a pattern repeat. All the patterns have been put into groups. The string of beads and pearls in the centre of the group were necklaces and loose beads that have been re strung and have dictated the number of repeats. The repeat pattern which is going around the top edge of the seat. The pattern of the leaves and beads that is going around the sides of the seat.
The House on the Side of the Hill is doing a segment on Tuesdays Treasures, This is mine. My Step mum bought me this lovely set some time ago and I treasure them. click on the picture to go to the blog and join in on the fun.
Today I have devoted my time to the Aussie Hero Quilts and this is the quilt top I made. This is the parcel I will be posting on Monday, the quilt top, 20 blocks and plenty of backing fabric. I have had a lovely time making them up.