Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Funniest thing ever

For fiber lovers...How to shear a cat. My ribs are still sore from reading this.


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

One wonders, that said, would you really trust a plant called 'ickleberry'? Methinks not. Anyway, the rose thing comes up because I want to brag endlessly about the rose I embroidered for jane_feebles. She wanted me to keep it a suprise, but because I am 99.999(recurring)% sure that she won't come here on purpose, here it is!

embroidered rose It is a sublime stitching iron on transfer (those things are wonderful!)

And for some more proudness... here is the back.. see, it looks neat!

Back of embroidered rose

word of the week : ergo.

adios lol

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Beautiful things

Hey everyone! Hope you are well...I see the rain clearing, and I tell you, I just want to keep it here! Instant 5 year old, just take away rain.

Just found some stuff that is definitely on a 'need to share' basis.

First things first. Human tetris. Tetris with humans. Its not what I expected.
Here Courtesy of Crumpart - I don't have sound on my computer, I can only imagine how funny this clip is with sound.

Secondly, onto the beautiful section of the segment.

Is this not the most breathtaking quilt ever? (note, picture is linked and SHOULD take you directly to Allie's in Stitches - Allie being the incredibly talented person who created this piece. Hopefully I've hyperlinked this baby to give due recognition/admiration.

Have a good one everyone!

Monday, August 20, 2007

The race is on...

To get my swap items finished... I'm about halfway through my first quilting project every, and my machine just up and died. Rats. Cleaning doesn't seem to fix it, kind words don't seem to fix it, playing with all the bits and pieces until I'm well and truly OVER playing with bits and pieces. ARG!!!! Two things (three if you counted a cushion cover which was borderline being shelved anyway. Oh and I made bias binding with my clover tooly thing that makes bias binding. Nothing makes your ego float than something doing what it is supposed to be doing without complaint. Take note sewing machine...

Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying this rain (I love rain, except for driving in it... and with 4wds on the road. I'm sorry, but I loathe 4wds, and thinking about how much they pay to fill up at the bowser doesn't make it much better either. Much hehe)

Anyway that's all for one night. Aside from the sewing machine thing... I have a swap package!!!


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Clarence the postman gets stalked

What a busy couple of days it has been! Yesterday I went for some professional development (which can be a perk or a pain, depending on the food) and learnt some interesting things, one of the coolest being that the motivational speaker, (hilarious woman, cracked everyone up) was the voice of Blinky Bill! The fact that I still know all the words to the Blinky Bill song is clearly testament to the fact that I never, in fact, grew up.

Then there was today, which, while I was doing lots of running around (good) some rather misguided people decided to emblazon the school with some... considerably tasteless decoration. But the important thing was that I was running around, feeling important, emboldened by my tea. Got home, having done a good day's work, and found this in the mail, sent by the wonderful Craft and Chaos
Fused glass pendant
Lovliest package from Lyndsay

Check the fused glass pendant! She actually MADE that which is *trying to find right adjective involving, clever and cool*. See the bookmark? Hand embroidered and WAY better than using receipts / leaving the book flat on its face. The book and postcard are two little extras which she put in for fun. Clockwork Orange fits in perfectly with my goal to read a stack of classics. (consider: an arts degree without the HECs and assignments).

I have also been rather creative. Last weekend, my first shift volunteering at the opshop I SO love to frequent, I found these utterly adorable cocktail napkins and glass base cosy set thing. (You slip these things on the bottom of your wineglass, and its like a coaster that goes with you). Because these would ultimately wing their way to the US, and given that the whole point of the swap was handmade stuff, I attempted some SRE (silk ribbon embroidery) on the corners of the cocktail napkins. For a first timer, I quite like them, so cross fingers she does too..
Attempted close up of SRESilk Ribbon Embroidery (note those cute little flowers were done by someone else's machine, the roses? All mine.) I got the tute for the SRE roses way back in the archives on here,

basically just winged it. I'm hoping to have as many craft things as cooking books. Does anyone else have an addiction to cooking magazines? For some reason I do, despite the fact that I'm usually too tired at the end of the day to actually make something.

Last but not least (sorry people with slow internet connections!) I thought I'd have a light, easy project that would also be a stashbuster. Meet Granny Squared!
Granny square blanket I used ALL my bulky yarn for this, figured that 9mm would be a good middle sized hook, and just went for it. Actually I've done a heap more since this picture (this afternoon!) and if I finish it, it will be a blanket done in just under a week. SWEET!

Also I found this stashbusting game on the crochetville forum. The rules (from what I understand) are thus: Every skein used, +2 points, every ball +1. For every skein bought, -2points, every ball bought, received or inherited -1. I think you start off with -how many skeins/balls you have in your stash. The reward? no stash so you may fill 'er up again! Although this was used on a crochet forum, I'd be interested to see what all crafty peeps can do with their excess supplies (like excess supplies is ever a bad thing! It just means you'll never be bored!)

anyway that is indeed all for now (what a post!)


Monday, August 13, 2007


Want a sense of the world's impending doom? Check out this link! Go to the NOW section and find out how many people are getting born and dying this very minute!

Just had to share :D

Saturday, August 11, 2007


As the usual, I can't think of anything remotely intelligent to title the latest blog post, and I would have posted sooner if the broadband hadn't been as embarrassingly slow as it has in the last week. I have however, finally uploaded pics to share

garterlac detailed shot

Revel in my garterlac-ness! Actually I've yet to use it, but I tell you know, this baby is SOFT!

Now this is a wee swap spoiler but I have two of these for my wonderful swap partner. just a simple washcloth cotton square (30st x whatever looks good)


Other news, I am entering the gold coast show! I may well be the only person turning up, and I am entering the pincushion section. It looks like a low commitment project, and I would love to start entering shows, for fun. Oh and if I win the Gold Coast Show, I might put my winnings (all $8 of it) into something worthy, like yarn, :D


Sunday, August 5, 2007

So long and thanks for all the fish

Apologies, couldn't think of a better title, and for some reason that song popped into my head. I've been busy, and I've taken photos, I've just not had time to upload said pics. Firstly, I thought I could learn some new skills, so I tried the garterlac washcloth from here using Anchor Magicline, which at $2 for a 50gm ball makes me not entirely sure if I have had value for money.. but anyway, now that I can entrelac, I'm ready for anything!

Which moves me onto my next point. My weekend, was, despite promises, not as social as I'd hoped. Never fear, I got the swap partners up and running for the Kitchen, recipe and accessories swap. A hint, never assing swap partners before breakfast, although I suspect I am not alone in my mistakes. Between sending people their own information, to sending people information to which they didn't need (err.. whoops) to assigning someone (and this is my big mistake) someone with a cat allergy to someone who doesn't have a cat allergy. Never fear though, now the inboxes are safe to roam, I can't help but eye this swap off. Seriusly, sign now until August twentieth and send out earlier october. All swap obligations should/will be finished by then, and I like tea... eeny meeny minie moe... arg

Now to the brainstorming.. I've had some fun ideas for this swap, and in my mind, I'm two projects down. The unfortunate side effect is that now I really want to knit a hallowig, which might be cute until we are talking a 70's theme here. Even in 70's colours, is a hallowig 'in with the theme'? I wish to know... alas. 3

adios for now...

Thursday, August 2, 2007


Sorry I've not been terrible postworthy as of late. Firstly, I'm tired, and I have no idea why. Secondly, I've been doing more driving that crafting, which both sucks and is sad, and thirdly, who knew this swap thing could be so much work?

This week has not been my best. Hence the (rather appropriate) title. Why?
- Had a wee accident, on friday, in peak hour traffic. I've not been in an accident before, much less one where I was the guilty party.
- Not having been in an accident before, and being rather shaken (not stirred)it took a rather reassuring phone call from the insurance agency to realise that I should have received her details as well as forking over mine. The hour of the fool. Arg
- various small things throughout the week, that although minor, are annoying. But they add up.
- Not hearing from said accident victim for five days and then getting a hand delivered letter in the mail, with an insane repair bill and a kind reminder to get going or face the wrong end of a solicitor. Shaken, stirred, twisted, befuddled. All of the above.

On the bright side of life
- I never thought I would say this, but my insurance agency was fantastic, made light conversation even though I was rattled, and reassured me that I wasn't paying for the girl's repairs. Plus the guy who inspected my car for damage was wonderful (I secretly suspected that he liked me, I mean me = damsel in distress, him = manly man, giving kind placating words, ego boost for all involved.)
- I'm starting my volunteering at the op shop next saturday, and I REALLY can't wait. I think it will be super fun. Walking distance from home, people I click with, plus conscience is clear for another week, (cheaper than church, and more accommodating)

Anyway, I have been making progress on the garterlac washcloth. Pics this weekend.

And to leave you, a definition from my favourite king of all things sarcastic Ambrose Bierce and his 'Devil's Dictionary'

Dictionary - a malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic.