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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 November 2011

My Creative Space

Happy December everyone1
This last month I have been on a mission. I have set myself a task of spinning 50/50 silk and merino to create something gorgeous for my mum for christmas.
These are the stages so far. Sorry I forgot to take pics of the tops before I started the spinning - I was so eager.


 I love the natural colours.....

 but my mum loves grey...

.....so grey it is.

And now I am madly crocheting away. Thought I would have it finished but the lady in question has been staying with us over the last few days  - but I am back on the hook now.
And if you want to see what I am currently spinning head over to 1FUNKYKNITWIT - mine's the citrusy colours.
AND for more creativity head over to ourcreativespaces.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

FREE BANGLE PATTERN


 Thanks for all your lovely encouraging words about my bangles ,
or I should call them my handless gloves (as christened by Vic).
As promised I finally put pen to paper so to speak and have written the pattern.
This bangle pattern is easy peasy crochet. And weighing in at less than 10 grams, it's great for using up those  leftover bits in the stash.



 The cotton I used was an 8 ply and I used a 3.5mm hook.
U.K. terms used.

 Chain 40 in main colour. Slip stitch to first chain ( making sure not to twist the chain)
(note: there is no turning involved. It is worked in the round)

 Row 1. Chain 1. Half treble in next 39 chains.Slip stitch to top of first chain.

 Row 2. Chain 1. Half treble in next 39 chains. Slip stitch to top of first chain. Fasten off.


Row 3. Slip stitch 2nd colour to first chain. Chain 1. Half treble next 39 chains. Slip stitch to top of first chain. Fasten off.


 Row 4. Slip stitch main colour to first chain. Chain 1. Half treble next 39 chains and slip stitch to top of first chain.
Row 5. Chain 1. Half treble next 39 chains and slip stitch to top of first chain. Fasten off.


Now fold in half (as in picture below).

On the home run now. Make sure all loose ends are placed inside the bangle.
Join the 2 edges with a double crochet stitch into each chain and opposing loop. Fasten off.


Pull loose end into the inside.

Now you'll need to "unflatten" the bangle by kind of "squashing" it into shape. Love the techy terms!
And hey Presto!

I hope that was clear? 
Now you may find you need to increase or decrease the number of chains depending on your desired size.
The below bangles were made in wool/mohair and I only chained 35.
Any questions please contact me. If you do use this pattern I would love to see your creations. And a link back here would be appreciated too.


And just one more...

PS Have you noticed I've opened up an etsy shop? See the sidebar.It is still undergoing some setup(until I've worked out how to do a few things).

Pop over to ourcreativespaces for more inspiration.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

A Flash Weekend

We had an afternoon /night out at the amazingly beautiful St Patrick's estate in Manly.




This was the walk from the Great Hall down to the toilets.
It gave me a good reason to  play around with the phone's camera too.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Weekend Snippets

TODAY 

The girls

Watering -we really need some rain.

You'll see lots of this happening these days at our place.



Popping into town...




YESTERDAY
Every now and then I work in this fab shop -Wiseman's Ferry Vintage & Collectables.






Hop over to Tinniegirl for more sunday snippets.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

my creative space...

Another action packed crafty week !
I finished my blanket  knee rug. 

 I'm pretty happy with it. It tells my learning to spin journey. The centre orange is real chunky(my very first), then I went real thin and there is a bit over underplying, some dyeing...and I love it. 

I decided last week that I wanted to create my own pattern for some fingerless gloves in ultra soft alpaca, merino and mohair..
The below is the result!

 As you can see it didn't quite work....but I'm happy with the bangles I came up with instead!
So then I went about with another bangle , this time in cotton, and with the purpose to share the pattern with you.(Let me know if you want it) I'm not happy with the photos along the way, so I will try again. Stayed tuned.

And the kids and I made some paper beads ....

and some chrissy decorations

I've also been experimenting with some fabric paint.
These are stencils I made using freezer paper I bought from The Haby Goddess and the paint came from here
Just testing out the 3 colours ; indigo, sea green and morrocan red.
I quite like the combination of the blue and green together, and this stencil worked really well.
With these ones I sponged them on ( because that's all I had). Will try other ways to apply.
 I have to get my hands on a roller me thinks!

For loads more creativity head over here

Sunday, 6 November 2011

My place and yours.....

......my favourite piece of clothing.

Another great theme from Vic this week for MPAY
Thought it was going to be an easy one. But my problem I found I could not narrow it down to just one piece.
I love all my clothes. 
So then it struck me. I have kept just one piece of clothing per child from when they were tiny. They are the piece of clothing that was my all time favourite to dress them in.They just looked so darn adorable in them.



And yes if you guessed I don't like to iron.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

My creative space

It's a  quick snapshot  for ourcreativespaces this week.
My 5 bunting pieces together.

My birdie all waxed up.

Some revamping and continuing my doily love.


And another cowl, this time using my hand painted hand spun wool
and dipping into my button collection at the same time.

hope it has been a creative week for you too.
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