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Welcome to my crafty world! I am proud mum to three gorgeous kids, a wife to a supportive husband, and a self confessed craft addict. I am continually inspired to create and would love to share this journey with you. My current obsession is crochet and spinning. I can be contacted at maudeandme@bigpond.com

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

My Creative Space

There's a great blog at kootoyoo that hosts a creative space on Thursdays. So it's a race against the clock to get my post up. My internet is so slow and its about to stop until tomorrow...ahhhh. Thats what you get living outside a metro area ! 

Anyway these are some more bags I've finished and I'll put them into Ferry Artists Gallery tomorrow.

Thanks for droppng by.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Small joys for japan

Just came across this great idea for the children of Japan organised by Lexi from pottymouthmama 

Small Joys for Japan

Give a soft toy, handmade or new, for the children affected by the earthquake in Japan. It's something so small we can do , but if it brings a smile to a child it is huge. 

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Am loving orange

 Bought some out there orange fabric for a skirt. Chose a fine cordorouy for the winter. Actually got it from Spotlight and whilst all the cord prints were fairly girly, they had a great selection of bold and bright straight colours for a really reasonable price. Hard to find inspiring fabrics for under $10 a metre these days.

So I'm feeling brave and have included a full shot photo of me wearing it lastnight to the Ferry Artists latest exhihibition, "Faces of The River". The pattern I purchased from earthgirl fabrics. It's a wrap around skirt and was easy to make just like it said - which was important because I'm not much of a sewer! The only thing against it was the sizing. I cut for a size small, but I think it could have been even smaller - too much to wrap around (and I'm not that small!).

Monday, 21 March 2011

What a day!

I wanted to share the picturesque Hawkesbury where I live with you.
I took this photo on one of my daily walks (well okay may be not every morning).

And this was taken this morning from my back door. Thankfully we had a decent rainfall (it's a shame we hadn't finished putting the gutter back up.....) over the last couple of days and the wetlands have come to life again. It's amazing how quick it fills with bird life.

And this is Jessie, my over excited kelpie who loves going for walks with me.
The chooks are can be seen in the middle ground (if you squint hard enough).

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Getting ready for the cooler times

Finally got some photos of the shawls I made from the yarn I posted in an earlier post. They have been finished some time ago...but I find taking the photos quite a challenge.

And I knitted this feathery black one.
It's a really simple and quick pattern.
Using large needles(15) start with 5 stitches, then increase beginning and end of each row till desired length. Cast off loosely.
It will turn out like a triangle.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

I'm turning into the bag lady

Wrote in an earlier post about a find at the Sydney Craft Show.
This it  - a yarn made from the offcuts of new garmants.
It is just what I like - bold and chunky!
So in my usual way, made one for myself and a few others to sell...

I think this is the one I will keep...

still have to find a handle for this one

It sure does give the arms a workout when crocheting it!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011


What a mess!.
Has anyone got a simple cheap solution to my cotton reel calamity?


Sunday, 13 March 2011

craft expo

Had a day out to myself -what luxury!
What was at the show? Well loads of patchwork gear and fabric, loads of beads and loads of scrapbooking. All very interesting, but not really any new finds in that area. I am more into crochet and knitting at the moment , and there were only 2 exhibits for that. Fortunately they were great and one really had the wow factor. But more about that in a later post when I have more time.
What I did find too was the Can Do Books exhibit and went straight for the Coffee Cosies book. However after looking inside it I changed my mind and found another book that I had to have - Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench, and it had a pattern for a funky coffee cosy too.

As well it had this adorable and easy pattern for booties -so just had to make them up. I was pretty impressed by my effort below!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Am I turning into a nana?!

Well when I told Steve I wanted to make some booties for my first great nephew....well he thinks I'm at risk of turning into a nana.

Anyway I hadn't made any before, not even for my own children (they looked to hard). So after a few failed attempts I finally came across a beautiful pair of booties made by Gillian at Electic Me which she found on Ravelry .

I still had a few teething problems, but over a few emails Gillian came to my rescue again. So a really big thankyou to Gillian. I did put a few of mine own touches. Like the contrasting trim and bow, and left out the last row on the ankle section. Wanted it to look quite bold. Took about 30 photos , but couldn't capture the brightness of the colours ( these look quite dull in the photo). 
It was easy in the end! So I might just have to make another pair....

Monday, 7 March 2011

Happy International Womens Day!

Thought I'd celebrate the day by sharing with you this fabulous painting "Free" by Jenni-Mae Clissold.

I am happy to say this is not for sale. It was a very special birthday present to me from my husband last year. But if you like the style,  Jenni-Mae exhibits at The Ferry Artists Gallery  in Wisemans Ferry.
I think I might just have to start a regular Favourite Art Picks!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

The beautiful Hawkesbury

Went to a fabulous exhibition last night. Fran is a friend of mine, so I could be bias, but it was a real fresh and contemporary interpretation of the Hawkesbury region. And I loved the still lifes.

Sorry about blurry print..but contact number is 02 4579 6579

And the Purple Noon Gallery is a beautiful gallery, the building alone is worth a trip to see.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Lifes too short for bad coffee

I've finally found it. For so long now I've been searching for a pattern for the coffee plunger, and now I've found numerous in this book from Can Do Books.

Forget the tea cosie. For too long the coffee plunger has been left to go cold.
This will go to the top of my wish list! 

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

couldn't stop there.

Just love this pattern and I couldn't resist using this Japanese silk, mohair and wool yarn to create another! And it is a really light weight scarf to wear too.
available at madeit

scarf on steve's table

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