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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, 27 July 2011

My Creative Space

Loved making my granny bag, and this one is a keeper.
And I was very good in that I crocheted most of my loose ends in as I went! I even tried  a new joining method, which is so much easier and quicker  I used a method similar to this , but used a dc stitch and hooked through whole loop. This I think is what gave me the desired ridge effect.

If you haven't been following the progress, the square pattern is from crochet with raymond .
This is how it is set out before it gets joined and folded. A gets joined together , as does B to B and C to C, and D is where it folds. I had these handle, made from recycled plastic, that I had bought from zpagetti .

This is my current project.
Thought I'd have it finished by now, but with sick kids it just hasn't happenned.
This is using Noro silk garden. Will post it in a few days....

And now for my design dilema...

For some time now I've wanted to create a Scottish themed cushion for my daybed, in a kind of honour to my dad. I really wanted to purchase a chunky chooky cushion but alas my funds can't even stretch to Cath's very reasonable prices at the moment( still on my wishlist though).
And then the light shone and after a  call to mum, I now have 4 linen tea-towels . I dyed them in coffee. This overcame the aged spot marks and also tied them all together and goes very well with my colours.
But what to do now? I don't want them looking like a pillow case. Initially number 2 and 3 were my favourite, but the highland cows are staring me down( which is odd because you can't even see their eyes). And number 2 has the words to Amazing Grace with the bagpiper. It's all quite sentimental to me , so I don't want to rush into it ......
Any ideas?

Lots of creative people over here . Check it out!

Monday, 25 July 2011


I've taken this shot many times before. It's my favourite sunrise shot and  I never get bored seeing how that first light hits the Hawkesbury sandstone.
How's your day starting?

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

My creative space

After getting great feed back regarding my belt lastweek I decided to make another one. In Zpagetti yarn again ,this time in leopard print. Quite funky don't you think?

 It will be in my shop soon( edited -now in!).
As soon as i can get more time with the computer! 

And needed an accessorie quick smart  so whippecd up this necklace in Jo Sharp wool.

Still working on my round granny squares. Completed 14 ,10 to go.

Hope you are having a creative and happy week.
Pop over to Our Creative Spaces (when it's back online) for more fab ideas.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

What a surprise!

What a surprise I'm doing some hooking this weekend!
I've combined two things I have wanted to achieve: 
1. a round granny square , courtesy of crocheting with raymond.(I made the first two rounds the same colour)
2. And a bag .
I've made quite a few bags recently, but not one that I really need. So stay tuned and hopefully I'l have it finished soon.

And look what I just won on ebay.I confess I'm in love with Noro yarn!
What's making you smile  this weekend?

Friday, 15 July 2011

smiles all round.

Today I'm playing along with Maxabellaloves weekly gratefullness.
And this week I am just plain gratefull for 3 great reports from the dentist for my kids.

And really grateful also that it was freebie from the government health dep. too.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

My creative space

Do I have a problem?

Being school holidays still in nsw I took my 3 kids plus 2 to see Kung Fu Panda 2.
Now some kids movies are fine with hidden adult humour. But I really would rather be doing other things than sitting through a kid's movie.
So when I contemplated taking in a book light was that really wrong?
But I wasn't going to take it in for a book , I actually thought I might be able to do some crocheting!
Does this mean my crochet hobby has turned into an addiction = problem??
But but but I didn't.

But I did find some other time to do some hooking. Yay!

It seems that someone else was hooked on necklaces in last weeks creative space. This lead me to create the circles necklaces.The photos show it being worn in different configurations.
Thanks Megan !

And thanks to another blogger Jo for her inspirational "boring dress"  I went on a mission to create  a similar dress. Only one problem - the pattern ( simplicity 3835 ) Jo used is out of print. So after an unsuccessful search I found this pattern which is pretty close.

And  ta da.
 Well now I see it like this it reminds of a robin hood outfit I made for my son last year!
Just need my bow and arrow.
 I did have to alter the pattern. It looked like a sack first up. So I took it in around the bust and made the belt. Jo's dress tapered out at the base and  definetely had a bit more style. I 'll try to do that next time.

The belt is treble crocheted using Zpagetti yarn from here and a chunky brown button from my stash.
The yarn was just perfect for  this project which required a bit of weight. And using a treble means the button can go anywhere along it. Truth be told I was more happy with how the belt turned out!

Currently hooking some granny squares for an exciting new project.
Hey but also need some HELP with a "to try" item (see side bar). Does anyone have a pattern for a kitchen towel crochet topper ?- you know so it can hang from a handle.

Thats about it . But make sure you head over to our creative space for more inspiration.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

treasures - old and new

Have been meaning for some time to pop a photo of this vintage find.
Just love the colours - my favourites at the moment!

 It was found at my local - Wisemans Ferry Vintage and Collectables. Details in the sidebar.
 I can't rave enough about the shop - lovely finds and at unbelievably good prices. AND there are so many beautiful clothing pieces that my wardrobe is at risk of exploding. Shall have to take some pics of these..

And my new treasures. Can you guess what they are, apart from the obvious?
A friend sent them to me  - aren't I lucky!

And I thought I'd share with you a bit of home renovating/recycling.
We inherited an ice cream container full of souvenier spoons and soon after we needed some kitchen handles. So voila!
Saved us heaps and looked really good with our rustic reno.

Oh and those babuska dolls are kitchen measuring cups.

For more vintage finds pop over to Her Library Adventures

Friday, 8 July 2011

A whole lot of gratefulness

1. Grateful for my loving and supportive husband and beautiful, cheeky kids.

2. Grateful for halfway through school holidays and I'm not pulling my hair out this time.

3.Grateful for the bloggy community. I've discovered so much  since I have been on my short blogging journey. And I've discovered it is full of very kind hearted people who are just overflowing with the sharing spirit.

4. Grateful for my local community.

5.Grateful for today. Live in the moment.

And don't forget to pop over to Maxabellaloves for more gratefulness.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

My creative space

Eventhough things have gone askew of late I've still managed to do some crafting. To be truthful it's what keeps me sane sometimes.
So as I didn't quite get to last week's creative space, there is a bit of a back log. So bare with me!
In no particular order.
1. I wanted to gift some flowers to some friends and I thought some brooches might be the go.

2. And a black hat pin for moi that I use to pin my wraps and scarves.

3. Some hair clips for market stock. I haven't added any buttons to them. I am always a bit concerned about selling my clips with buttons to children I don't know. My kids were putting foreign things into their mouth well up to 4 years of age.

4. Some stylish grown up hair clips with vintage buttons, from a button stash I inherited. I'm going to add these to my little shop

5. And several posts ago I posted I wanted to create a coffee cosie.
Well it didn't quite go so well!

6. So it  has taken me this long to think about it again.
 My crochet confidence has increased since the last attempt and this was done following no pattern.
I still need to embellish it, but haven't worked out with what yet....any ideas...? It just can't be too weighty as too pull it down and I'm a bit over flowers.

7. And I just love new inspirations. Saturday I went to a friend's for drinks. I was greeted by the hostess wearing a devine orange crocheted necklace. Well of course she had to take it off so I could have a closer inspection. It was almost 3 meters at a guess. This is my attempt to recreate something similar.

8. And then I got the necklace bug!

9.Nearly finished an orange necklace and have plans to create one in the noro yarn.

For more creative ideas pop over to our creative spaces

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Sewing daze

I had grand ideas of making a few bags with leftover scraps of fabric.
Easy peasy ......Well I finished one and put the other scraps back in the chest for another time.
Most of the time I fumble my way through a project, especially if I'm not following a pattern like the bag.
And as I discovered I really should have put some forward planning into it.

Oops I really did iron it. So fabric came from the last 2 skirts here and here.
It is lined , but I can't show you as thats where I really should have thought more about it and the straps in advanced.
I've also realised how I can't live without my unpicker.
Without fail I use it on every sewing project.

Is there something you can't live without , in the craft sense I'm talking.


I've got to say June was a tough month.
 I 've mentioned in an earlier post that our community had lost 3 people in tragic circumstances. I also mentioned that on the 27th it was the first anniversary of my dad's passing.
I've also mentioned my kids and my husband have been ill, and were tested for whooping cough. Initial results came back negative BUT then a second test result came in positive for my husband. This then through my kids results into question and to be safe we all went into self imposed quarantine( and it was no Q station treatment this time). So my kids were at home for 2 weeks in all . But it was not just my kids and family that have been unwell. June has seen many families in our area suffering all wonderful winter bugs, with whooping cough being chronic. Their school has seen many empty seats in the classroom., and  the healthy have been in the minority.

So the community was already carrying a heavy heart, we didn't think it could get worse. But it did.
 On the 23rd June we tragically and suddenly lost a friend, Matt - a sculptor, musician , a very loving husband and father. Whilst our community has been shattered, it is that community that provides the support and strength and comfort that we all need.

So while I know life goes on, there is still that deep feeling of sadness.
 My heart goes out to all the families who lost their loved one.
life is precious
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