Tuesday, June 30, 2009

So predictable really :)

You knew I wouldn't be able to stop at one, didn't you?

This one is for a sweet little girl I know who is turning 9 today...


These dolls are the perfect size to add to a gift. I'd love to have a stash of them ready just for that purpose, but that is probably wishful thinking :) I made her a card too...

Off to add the borders to my Christmas Belles quilt...yep, THE BORDERS! Yippeeeeee!

TTFN xxx

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Matryoshka Angel

Have you checked out Rosalie Quinlan's new book yet? It has some of the cutest designs for cushions and dolls and bags and....you get the idea :) Picking a project to start on was difficult, but I started simple...

This is a Matryoshka Angel. It's Scrapsidaisy's 4th birthday this month, so I thought the cow print would make a perfect little gift angel to celebrate. The orange and blue are the shop colours (or close enough to it, I'm hoping).

The back view is too cute :) These little angels are very addictive...watch this space!
The sun is finally shining after days and days of rain, so I'm off to enjoy it. Enjoy your Sunday, and thank you for visiting.
TTFN xxx

Saturday, June 27, 2009

An education in cakes!?!

In patchwork terms, most of us have heard of the "fat quarter"...a piece of fabric measuring approximately 20 inches by 22inches. Most patchwork shops sell them, and fat quarters are a great way to build up your fabric stash. In my recent wanderings into patchwork stores and online sites, I have noticed a whole new way of selling fabric (keep in mind, I took quite a long break from patchwork while nurturing my obsession with scrapbooking...thus my ignorance LOL).

It's the names of these bundles of fabric that got me in though.

This is a Honey Bun...

...which consists of 40 x 1 1/2 inch strips cut from the width of the fabric. This is a Basic Grey Sultry Honey Bun by Moda......yuuuuuuummmmmmm!

Not to be confused with a Jelly Roll....
...which is 40 x 2 1/2 inch strips cut from the width of the fabric. This is a Jelly Roll of Eva by Basic Grey.......again, yuuuuuuummmmmmm!
Then you have a Layer Cake...

...which is 40 x 10 inch squares, in this case Urban Couture by Basic Grey.
Now for the trick question... if you combine a Jelly Roll and a Layer Cake, what do you get?? You guessed it....a Jelly Cake. Go figure. I even found a website selling Turnovers. What's a turnover? A pack of 80 x 6 inch half square triangles!
After all that research, I am feeling hungry!
TTFN xxx

Friday, June 26, 2009

Figgy Pudding and Front Porch

Basic Grey in fabric...does it get any more tempting than that?

Oh my. Basic Grey released the Figgy Pudding papercarfting line a couple of years ago, and I think I used every sheet in the range at least twice over...I made LOs, taught classes, created cards and generally just loved it to death :) You can imagine my reaction when I saw the fabric. Oh my. If anyone has any tips on how NOT to buy this , please let me know.

I've used a little more of the Jenni Bowlin Front Porch range....

This piece of paper combines everything I'm loving at the moment...polkadots, red and green and big white flowers...it's called Oilcloth. The quote/saying comes from the book "She"...I'm not sure who wrote it, but I love the message. It's been written on a scrap of paper floating around my desk for months.

I've used lots of leftover alphas from various manufacturers. The LO was inspired by a recent one by Stephanie Howell, a US scrapper whose work I love.
Smile....it's Friday!!!
TTFN xxx

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Two Little Chicks

It's taken me a while, but I've finally completed the June challenge over at the Scrapsidaisy forum...a bit slack, since I'm the one who set the challenge...oops!

The final criteria were to scrap a photo of yourself as a child, and to use your favourite ink.

Finding a scrappable photo of myself was a challenge in itself...thank goodness for Photoshop! This one was taken in 1973, and is my sister and I at Hawks Nest NSW.

The new range by Jenni Bowlin Studios is what got me motivated...it arrived at
Tomorrows Memories this week and is so perfect for older photos. I've used Front Porch diecut and Green Crosshatch, some BG and Bella alphas, Collections and Fancy Pants chipboard and some ribbon from my ribbon jars :) The flowers on the chicks are rubons by American Crafts.
Have a great Thursday...I'm off to watch my son play Aussie Rules for the first time... should be interesting!
TTFN xxx

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What's your cotton?

What sort of cotton do you use to embroider with? Do you choose by brand, or colour, or by what the shop you're in actually stocks? Do you store your cottons in a box, all wound onto spools with their numbers written on ...or do you have a tangled cluster in the bottom of your sewing box?

These are the questions I was pondering as I wound some new threads onto their little cardboard spools this afternoon....and don't say it....I know what you're thinking LOL. I'm a little bit anal about my cottons :)

Apart from a few lonely skeins of Anchor and Semco left over from my teenage years, I'm a DMC girl. They have the most colours, the quality is wonderful, and DMC is the most widely used brand in patterns. Speaking of which, if you're after some cross-stitch/embroidery/ crochet patterns, check out http://www.dmc-usa.com/ ...lots of free goodies that you can download right now!

So...what's YOUR cotton?

TTFN xxx

Monday, June 22, 2009

So VERY bad at keeping secrets!

I had to laugh the other day when I read the comments on this post ....it would seem my dear sister really liked my new purchase. Funny...because I knew she would, and had already purchased a variation for her (and couldn't resist spilling the beans....I am very bad at keeping secrets!)

And since it has taken me days and days and days (weeks?) to post it to her, I thought the least I could do is show her :) It's on it's way now LOL. I also had a few of you ask where I found it, so here is a link to the website: http://www.sweetcountryabode.com.au/ . I have to be honest, the website is nowhere near as beautiful as the shop, which is located at 42 Farrall Road, Midvale. If you're going, give me a yell and I'll meet you there LOL ....their food is scrumptious!
I've also had a couple of you ask me if I am planning to quilt Christmas Belles myself, and the short answer to that is ....NOOOOOOO!!!!!! Despite doing a course with the famous Lee Cleland a few years back, I have never come to love machine quilting...more is the pity, because paying to have a quilt custom-quilted can be expensive! Nevertheless, I still pay :) The last quilt I had done was very disappointing, so I have found a new lady and booked it in (despite the fact that it's not quite finished...hee hee hee) If I love her work, I'll be sure to pass her details on! If her waiting list is any indication, she is very good :)
TTFN xxx

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The end is near...

...I can feel it :)

This is the second last block of my Christmas Belles quilt, and ranks right up there with my favourite Christmas puddings block! Such pretty colours.

Now, to find some stitching time to finish off that last little block :)

It's Sunday afternoon, and I'm finding it hard to believe that the weekend is over....it's been a busy one! I'm having serious paper withdrawals, but hoping for some inspiration (and spare time)to strike soon.
The great news of the weekend is that my DS has qualified to jump at the National Trampoline Championships in Adelaide later in the year...YIIIIPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEE! He will represent the State of Western Australia, and I'm so excited for him I could almost burst :) ....although I'm trying not to think about all those training hours that will come between now and then.
Wouldn't you think I would have a perfect body, with all the hours I spend at the gym each week??? LOL
TTFN xxx

Saturday, June 20, 2009

When I grow up....

...I want to be an interior decorator :) How fun would it be to create beautiful rooms all day long, playing with fabrics and storage and colours?

I've been spending some time over the last couple of days drooling over the Pottery Barn Kids website....dreaming of how much fun it will be to decorate my kids rooms. Again :)

And all the time I'm thinking, although my husband has probably never heard of Pottery Barn, that he should be very grateful that they don't have a store in Australia. Seriously. This is the sort of thing that could send us bankrupt.
Check it out when you have a spare few hours :)
TTFN xxx

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rubber balls :)

"When juggling as much as you are, remember that some balls are glass and some are rubber. You can't drop the glass balls."

I've always loved this quote by Nora Roberts....I often think of it when I get busy, and can't seem to find time for my hobbies (the rubber balls). It's been a bit like that lately :)

I've squeezed in some time to make a couple more cards. I love the simplicity of this one...

...using some Basic Grey Marrakech and a BG rub-on. And then something a bit more feminine...
...I pulled those gold leaves from way back in my stash, and love the texture of them. The journal block is by Making Memories.
Here's to juggling with those rubber balls some time soon!
TTFN xxx

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mess mess mess!

Making cards would have to be one of the messiest passtimes I can think of...for me, anyway :) It becomes an exercise in pulling everything that I own out of it's place, covering my desk with it, and then trying to create something in the square inch of space I have left.

I do have a few cards to show for it though....see if you can spot what I am loving at the moment...

This is not quite as bright as it looks here-I used auto colour correction in Photoshop, and this was the result...reminds me of someone who has just got new false teeth LOL...all bright and sparkly white :)
Some older Basic Grey paper on this one, and a mixture of stamps and inks.

And another artificially enhanced one :) The colours were really dark when I took the photos, just in case you were wondering why I have given these cards a mini-makeover.
I had better clean up some mess, as tonight we are off to the footy...real footy as my hubby calls it. I haven't seen a game of rugby league in years, so it should be fun!
Enjoy your Saturday
TTFN xxx

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


...living life as you dream it.

Today I found the cutest little shop in the most unexpected of places...complete with cafe and packed with treasures and homewares...

...and look what I found inside! So quirky and cute...the capital "I" measures just 2 inches. The little details are what got me...
...divine! I am such a sucker for cute :)
Another challenge at Scrapsidaisy this month is to scraplift one of your favourite scrappers
giving credit to the designer of course. I chose Keisha Campbell...

Her style is so very distinctive and classy. I love the way she uses decorative pins, especially on these butterflies (I've Cuttlebugged mine for some texture).

The paper is by Creative Imaginations and American Crafts, stamps are Technique Tuesday by Ali Edwards, and those beautiful pins are from the new Wedding Collection from Making Memories...expect to see those a lot on coming LOs! I used vellum for the first time in years, and machine stitched a little too. Not my usual style, but lots of fun to do!
TTFN xxx

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wanna win some prizes?

It's Scrapsidaisy's 4th birthday this month, and to celebrate they are giving YOU the chance to win $50 worth of scrapping goodness! There are 2 of these delicious packs to be won, and all you need to do is make them a birthday card and send it to them ...too easy! Details of the competition can be found at www.scrapsidaisy.typepad.com . If you mention this competition and link it on your blog, you also have the chance to win a $30 blog candy pack...what are you waiting for????LOL

Here is the next instalment of Christmas Belles...

...the end is getting near :)

I'm working on the last two blocks as we speak....yippppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
TTFN xxx

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Double doubles :)

It would seem I am stuck on doing double layouts...I have no idea why, except to say that it's a bit like that with me...remember the non-stop Christmas LOs a few months back? Hmmmm....

So here is the first...

These are the ice skating photos from back in January...I've blurred the photos of some of the kids, but you get the idea :) The letters and snowflakes are cut with the MM Slice, and I've added some Kindyglitz to the snowflakes to make them sparkle.

Papers are MM Paperie, American Crafts Sixth Avenue and October Afternoon Night Light...I love the challenge of mixing papers from different manufacturers. I've scraplifted the photo placement from a LO by Allison Davis in the May 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes.
And here is the double from the other day that I had to alter...

And yes, I know it is missing a "D" from the end of the title. These alphas are Heidi Swapp ones from a few years back, and of course, I had no Ds left after I pulled the LO to pieces and the rest of the title was stuck fast ...LOL! So the wonderful Jules is posting one to me from the other side of the country...thanks Julieann xxx
I received a blog award recently from Diana and it looks like this...

Love the cuppa filled with flowers! So in receiving this award, I have to link Diana and also nominate 5 lovely blogs...which isn't too hard really...check these out!
And that's all from me today :)
TTFN xxx

Friday, June 5, 2009


Today has involved chocolate...lots and lots of chocolate :)

This morning Merryn and I tried out a new chocolate muffin recipe (thanks Aunty Leisa) which made 20 muffins! What a great recipe...we used a mixture of white and milk choc bits, so I guess you could call them triple-choc muffins!

And they are yummy!

We then headed out to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory for some chocolate tasting...

(and they were yummy too! ) and to meet these lovely girls for lunch...

Kylie, Kathryn and Miss Abigail are visiting fom Melbourne, while Janelle
and Lisa are local girls...all of us share a love of crafting and fabric, and had no trouble finding something to chat about :) I am so thankful for this thing called blogging...it is wonderful to be able to connect with people who speak the same crafty language as me...and boy, do these girls know the language ;) Check out their blogs if you get the chance...pure inspiration!
Have a great weekend...I hope you find time to do the things that you love :)
TTFN xxx

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The return of the double LO.

Double layouts seem to be making a comeback in my house at the moment...I have no idea why! I think I'm liking the extra space that comes with doubles...more room for the story, more room for lots of photos.

Here is my latest one...


It's a new month, and so I've posed some more challenges over at Scrapsidaisy to keep everyone busy. Confession time...I had this LO on my desk when I was thinking of the challenges, so have a little headstart.

Challenge 1: Use a 12 x 12 diecut on your LO ...tick

Challenge 2: Create a LO with at least 5 photos...tick

Challenge 3: Create a LO with a photo of yourself as a child.

Challenge 4: Scraplift a LO of one of your favourite scrapbookers (and make sure you give credit)
Challenge 5: Use your favourite ink on a LO and tell us what it is.

ok...so I cheated! Here are some detail shots...

I've used a Crate Paper diecut from the Lillian range (available at Scrapsidaisy)
and lots of October Afternoon Cherry Hill and Ducks in a Row. The trim is by Anna Griffin, and alphas by Heidi Swapp(from ages back).
I love those cute little ducks!

I've also completed another block from Christmas Belles...

It's getting closer to being finished now, only a couple of blocks left to stitch.

Do I jinx myself and say it might even be finished for Christmas this year? No...had better not :)
TTFN xxx

Monday, June 1, 2009

Moon and stars.

Well, I couldn't call my post Lime Rickey or even Basic Grey again, could I ? Hee hee

I don't often scrapbook quotes, but I really like this one.

It's probably the most crooked photo I've ever taken , but hey, I'm in a bit of a hurry. It's a long weekend here in WA today, but that doesn't mean my darling son gets off trampoline training...no such luck.

Anyhoo...getting back to the subject.... this LO uses lots of Basic Grey Lime Rickey, and some Hero Arts stamps that I bought at the Craft show a couple of weeks back.

I stamped on one colour paper , cut out, and adhered onto another colour paper to give it a bit more "POP". Love those bright colours!
TTFN xxx