Sunday, May 25, 2014

INSPIRED

Take a couple of metres of white drill, some fabric paint, water and rock salt, add some Urban Threads inspiration in there and voila - a tote with pizazz!











Needless to say, there is a few more metres of white drill in the washing machine as we speak, being prepared for paint!  

Have a great day.
Sue xxx

Monday, April 14, 2014

GNOMES IN TOADSTOOL CAMOFLAGE ONSIES

Okay, it's a long winded title.    These are a new variation on a theme.   Maurice and Mathilda as quick easy soft toys.   I am also working on turning them in to another batch of appliques.   The red and white fabric is Minke, so you can imagine how soft and cuddly these little guys are.   I have covered lots of hoop sizes with these - 4x4, 5x7, 6x10, 8x12 and 8x14.  (The 4x4 are tiny and may not be suitable for small children - just keep that in mind).   Having said that, the 4x4 make a great key/bag dingle dangle! 

So here is the whole gang, having a nap in amongst the cyclamen and other silvery leaves.  





The gnomes are listed on Etsy and can be found here.    They are available for each specified hoop (you get both Maurice and Mathilda) and there is also a bulk pack with all the sizes in the.    Perhaps they are just the thing for your  "after Easter" stitching!

Sue xxx

PS:  If you don't want to do "Etsy",  please don't hesitate to contact me here.   I have also made up cd's of the designs if you prefer a hard copy.    Postage will be calculated determined upon destination.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CARLA THE CALYPSO QUEEN

Carla wondered if she could ever return to her glory days at the Copacabana!





 



Carla is available over in my Etsy shop.   Hope she makes you chuckle!
Sue xxx

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GEKKOS

Finally got to take the Sweet 16 for a good spin.   I have been trying to teach myself how to do feathers.   I have the theory down pat, just need to practice, practice, practice!!   In a moment of insanity at some time in the last couple of years, I felt the need to buy a jellyroll of batik fabrics.  I put a quilt top together late last year and finally went back to it and added "stuff" as is my style.  So teal gekkos it is!   These little guys/gals are available in my Etsy Shop - here!  There are two styles in each size and start from as low as $2 Au.   I have used two colours in the ones stitched here, but I have given plenty of colour stops to add more shades if you choose.   The two filled gekkos are available in 4 x 4 inch only.










 
A couple of the browns in the batik colours look like they are going to be a problem as they have already run, but I will see how I go after giving them "the treatment".  I am thinking of cutting the whole thing up and making it in to hand bags.   Stay tuned, I could change my mind again.
 
During February I ran two dye workshops cheekily named "Dye another day Mr Bond".   The first Saturday was an absolute scorcher with temps up to 40 Celsius.    Needless to say, as soon as everyone left, I jumped in to the pool fully clothed.  Felt much better after that.    The second class got a lovely day, with a pleasant 23 Celsius.  Much easier to work in.    I ended up dyeing in excess of 45 meters of fabric.   I will post some pics soon.  Did some sensational cram jar colours and a couple of lovely pieces in a kitty litter tray.   The ladies in the class all did a run of 24 fat quarters.   It was amazing at our March quilting day just how different they all turned out and I am pleased to report that everyone was more than happy with their additions to their stashes.   If you have a group who are interested in doing this workshop, contact me via the side bar!   
 
On the O'Reilly front, he has had a big start to the first weeks of the year.   He has had some sort of allergy that required scoping, just to check there was nothing in that big nose of his.   Then he had to have his anal sacs removed.    This was no picnic let me tell you.    I slept on the couch for 10 nights and spent far more time looking at his bottom than I really cared to do.    Just got that sorted when he developed some lumps on his back and the snotty nose returned.   After a few squillion dollars he is now looking good (although his hair is taking its time to regrow round the butt).    My son managed to get a great video of O'Reilly and his cat Harv.   I hope it gives you a laugh.
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Talk soon!
Sue xxx
 
PS - Spelling Gekkos = Genus.  Geckos = Common Name   Just in case you think I can't spell or somefink.

Monday, January 20, 2014

MAUREEN THE BALLERINA

My little corner of the world is never dull - one week whales, this week a Ballerina.....

Her working title was "Maureen always wanted to be a ballerina but her boobs got too big"!  
Maureen is designed for the 200 x 300 hoop (that's 8 x 12)......and there is hand sewing to put her together, and some sewing machine work to get some clothes on her.     Maureen can be found here.
She measures about 54 cm.   
She has ballet shoes
 
 
 
.....and bloomers.
 



 Bye for now!
Sue xxx

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Whales

 
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Just finished a couple of weeks at the beach.   Weather pleasant enough although a touch windy.   Boating takes on a whole new challenge when trying to drive said boat on to a trailer with strong wind sending the boat in circles.......  So feeling all beachy and inspired, here is the latest batch of designs to hit my little corner of Etsy.   (This link will take you to the whole set, but all designs are available separately).  Designs come in 4x4, 5x7, 6x10 and 8 x 12 -appliques and there is also a whale toy/pincushion for the 8 x 12.   I have also included a 4x4 filled whale design for those with a small stitching field.  

 

 Filled design 4 x 4 size only:

I must be well rested, I managed to make these frames up in Paintshop Pro and......save them for further use without having to change all the colours every time.   Then as the final bit of non blondness, I saved the watermark in one go!   By the way, when you need that little "c" in a circle, simple hold down the alt button and type 0169 on the number pad on the right of your keyboard (the numbers along the top don't work for this) - so there you have it, if you don't know how to do the little copy write symbol - © .   ALT 0169.  

Now I can't do a trip to the seaside without O'Reilly pictures......

 
An evening stroll on the beach as the sun starts to disappear for another day.   Evenings were a bit cool!




 
Heading back after a chase of the birds wading in the shallows.....

 
Our evening meals are often of the barbecued variety.   Know what this is?      If you want the most tender calamari whether it be tubes or rings, this is the secret.   Not a chewy piece to be had.   Take a couple of kiwi fruit - those hairy things in the fruit section.   The only preparation I do is to remove the sticky label!   Now, pulverise, either in a food processor or with a stick blender, whatever is to hand, the entire fruit.   Don't waste time peeling it.   It wont be eaten.   Put your calamari into a container with a lid or even a plastic bag.   Pour the fruit over the calamari and make sure the pieces are all nicely coated.   Squish the bag or shake the container once or twice during the marinating process.    I like to leave the calamari soaking for at least two hours.    ALWAYS MARINATE IN THE REFRIGERATOR....   When the time is up, rinse the calamari to remove all the kiwi fruit and pat dry.   If you want to add some salt and pepper seasoning and flour do this after the pat down.   Now cook how you like.   Don't overcook -  I promise you will not be disappointed!


 
Now because I am a little strange, I find it hard to keep the mind off all sorts of craftiness even when on holiday.    I needed a coffee table that could double as extra storage  for those platters and things that take up space in cupboards that are already bursting at the seams.   So, how to get my able assistant into the same mindset?   I bought two cheap coffee tables from Crazy Clints.   I asked my assistant to cut them down and whilst he was doing that, I went to the hardware store and got the extra supplies.    A bit of ply, some edging timber and some paint.    Mr Underenthusiastic  was cajoled into finishing the shell and then I set to work.    I did find mirrors hard to come by, so had to travel a bit to get those.    Next I smashed them, as you do and set to work putting a mosaic together.  My assistant marvelled at my patience over a couple of evenings but I had to do something to drown out the 20/20 cricket games that were on every damn night!     
I had to work out the sequence, do I paint, do I mosaic, but in the end I decided to mosaic first and then the paint could be easily scraped off the mirror, I would put the grout in last.    I bought a slightly off white paint and whilst waiting for it to mix, I saw the sample tins of miss-tints.   Perfect, a blue for the undercoat for $2.   Bargain.     So, two coats of blue and then a rough coat of white paint, a bit of sanding and waxing and I think the coffee table came up very well.   We put wheels on the base so it can be manoeuvred  as necessary.  I borrowed a sewing machine for an afternoon and made the curtain - I think it has a nice beachy feel - and is perfect.   Somewhere to put the coffee cup and it means I can buy a few more dishes for serving!

 


Have a great week.   Sue xxx