SIC – 12th month

A reminder here why I am doing this, and the 2nd3rd4th5th6th7th 8th9th10th and 11th challenges if you are interested.

This caught my eye because I could use some of the rosemary from our herb garden.

BHG damper

And here is my version which I made it to take to my friend’s house to share over lunch.



This edition of the Better Homes and Garden magazine [July] has an excellent feature on felt craft. I couldn’t pick just one page to capture here so here is a few.

BHG felt collage

Overlaying felt and stitching inspired me to make a felt embellishment for a baby shower  card I wanted to make. Here is the other part [of the gift] of the recent baby shower I attended. I used my Cuttlebug machine to cut the felt with my flower dies. A combination of French knots for the centre with variegated perle cotton, simple stitching with embroidery floss to sew one flower to the other and blanket stitch for the brown/grey background piece. I also added some matching baby pink and baby blue beads to each petal. I secured the embellishment with some double sided tape so that it could be removed. And a simple “boy girl” boy girl border.

Ashely baby shower

Who ate my apples?

I found this trio on Pinterest. They were too cute to just pin, they had to be replicated. So yes, I decided to make one for my niece that is expecting their first bub in September. I made a mistake and did not make his paws white but I like how he turned out nonetheless.

Here he is, my first amineko cat.aminenko cat 3 apples

aminenko cat 2 apples

Click here for the pattern to make one of these cute cats!

At least my friend is partly ready for Christmas

So my friend gave  me a bunch of card stock. She said, I’m sure you’ll put it to good use. She had a surplus from the supplies she purchased to make her wedding invitations. Of course, card stock equals hand made cards. I had 13 sheets of red and 6 sheets of textured pearlescent cream.


I decided to make a batch of Christmas cards and a batch of ‘any occasion’ cards. Plan was to make these and return them to my friend for her to use.

The ‘any occasion’ batch was made with printed [Best wishes] up-cycled dictionary pages and sewn [creative memories punch] dragon flies. I fed the dictionary pages [stuck on a scrap piece of normal sized paper] through my printed using the free font ‘satisfaction’ – love this font. I wanted to come up with a design that could be used for male, female, birthday, congratulations, bon voyage anything really. I think next  time I would use the sentiment ‘thinking of you’.

best wishes card

best wishes collage

The Christmas batch consisted of a little wreath of textured leaves. Some mounted with foam tape. Little tiny red bows made using a fork [tutorial on Pinterest, of course] and joy stamped with black ink. I used my alphabet stamp and taped the 3 letters  together for quick stamping.

joy card

joy card collage

I wrapped them into cute little packages, cellophane, coloured twine and stickers.

Christmas card pack

any occasion card pack

The detail is in the [million] stitches

The 2014 Craft and Quilt Fair finished today. I went yesterday with my mum and had a great day, attend a workshop, soaked up inspiration, bought quite a bit [ran out of cash, I still had plastic though] and took these photos. Enjoy.


Freeform crochet


Freeform knitting


Human knitting


Knitted characters


So many strips!


Too cute not to photograph.


And this one too.


Shashiko embroidery and traditional quilting.


Denim background.


Shades of green.


The lines and lines of stitches, amazing!




Hope you are able to zoom into the detail.

My new addiction

Quilling on Instagram! Just when I think I have seen the most gorgeous creations I see more unique designs and variations. I am hugely inspired by all this talent. Just last week our neighbours offered us a little look at their collection of fabrics from when they were in the ‘rag trade’. And we were allowed to take any that we fancied. They are a such sweet couple and would not accept any money, in fact they were grateful we helped them clear out as they will soon be downsizing. Well a thank you token and card was the least we could do. When we were shown through their home it was evident my neighbour loved lady bugs. So here is my little thank you card I designed. A few coils, tight, loose and someone pinched, secured with a little glue created these shapes and eventually Miss Beetle came to life. Martha Stewart round corner punch to a add a soft touch. Some freehand typography.


Oh and of course a bit of research on Pinterest didn’t hurt either, follow me or my board  for some inspiration.

From boring to basket!

Luckily I thought quickly when I was about to discard this T-shirt I had never used.


It was one of those that have no side seams. It was too big, long, baggy but perfect for upcycling. Yes I will turn into t-shirt yarn. You may have seen this new idea on Pinterest. I washed it and turned it into yarn, if you would like to see how, click here.


I then crocheted using a size 10 hook and created a little basket. What do you think? I had a go at styling so cut some camellias and a hydrangea from the garden.


I wrapped some sinamay, grosgrain ribbon and I made crocheted ric-rac [you can see it on the bottle on the right.]


I gave this to my BFF – she loves it.

SIC – 11th month

A reminder here why I am doing this, and the 2nd3rd4th5th6th7th 8th9th and 10th challenges if you are interested.

This effect, gave me an idea for a card.


Using paint chips, double sided and  foam tape I replicated the effect. Little tag and ribbon completed my SILs birthday card.


Some stitching on the gift wrapping instead of tape. Travel memories…. gorgeous grainy [not obvious from the photo] paper acquired in Bali and colourful paper ribbon from Thailand.


Must admit this month’s food challenge got me – not very happy with the result, it seemed easier than what it was [for me anyway].


But I guess that’s what challenges are all about, stretching ourselves.  I managed one fancy chocolate butterfly and a few average ones. None the less the cupcakes were enjoyed during a family gathering on our recent Queen’s Birthday long weekend.


Deconstructed flower

Deconstructed, it’s a popular term, don’t you think? So many recipes and cooking shows talk about deconstructed dishes. Recently I saw it refer to in the craft world. And this card was an accidental ‘deconstruction’. I started with making petals, 5 of them. I had in my mind a flower of course. Then when I had 4 strips of the biege/pale yellow left I start twisting into loops, just playing around. It resulted in what I think looks like a fish. I liked the flourish I created and then started playing around with the placement of the petals. This is my result, my deconstructed flower and fish quilling card. I used alphabet stamp to create the sentiment, my Kikki K copper metallic gel pen for some dots and round corner punch to complete my card. I like the result. I made it for a sweet family friend.


little closer ;)


Pretty Paisley Pin Cushion Tutorial








 I didn’t intend for my second tutorial to be another pin cushion but here is my paisley print inspired shape pin cushion. Any questions please drop me line would love to help you re-create your own. And my first go at a 100% pictorial tute.