Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Another Surprise for Me

A few weeks ago while reading the blog "The Morning Latte" I entered a giveaway for a gorgeous pincushion Owl.

Cheree of The Morning Latte asked us what we would name the owl.  Now I said that the little blue owl in this photo (from Cheree's blog) would have to be named "PEEP" as he looked shy.  Don't you agree.

Well much to my surprise Cheree emailed me saying I had won.  Peep was going to fly to my place.

That is a long way for a baby owl as Cheree lives in the USA and I am in Australia.

This is what I saw when I opened the box.
 Then a little bit of movement and...
a little eye peeping out from behind the packaging.

And after a little time, our shy little "Peep" came out to say hello
 Isn't he gorgeous and looks so cute and young.  I am not sure if he understands my Australian accent yet, but he seems to be settling in just fine.

Thanks Cheree

Monday, November 21, 2011

Special Delivery and more Bindi Taneal Photos

On Friday the post man left a lovely little parcel in my mail box.  It was from Lynda.  Over on her blog Heavens to Bettsy  Lynda was giving away some adorable Giggle Buttons to be used in the FREE Red Brolly Christmas Stitchery.

Now I had completely forgotten that Lynda had emailed me to tell me I had won, so it was a lovely surprise when they arrived in the mail.  Thanks so much Lynda.  Go pop over to Lynda's blog to see what she has been up to and over to Red Brolly to see what I should be stitching
If you click here, you will see a photo of the finished design.  So once again thanks Lynda, I just need to get stitching.
And onto my other finises for the weekend.  I have used more of the photographs from the lovely Bindi of Bindi Taneal Photography to create coasters for the upcoming craft fair (on This weekend).

The coasters are in 3 sets
"Views from the Farm"
 "Objects from the Farm"
(Sorry about the sideways photo, I don't know how to fix it)

"Animal Life on the Farm"
Bundled up and ready to go.
I am really getting quite excited (and nervous) about the Craft Fair now.  It is literally only 4 days away.  Friday 25 & Saturday 26 November, Emerald Town Hall, Emerald Queensland.

Crafting, Crafting, Crafting

While wandering our local 2nd hand shop the other day I stumbled across these sad looking lamp bases for just $5 each.
They both decided to follow me home with hope of becoming something greater.

 When they got home they found some thumb tacks that wanted to be with them.
 and after some magic PVA glue and spray paint look what they became.....
a perfect stand for my latest OPAM and Craft Fair finishes "Car" bags.

I am so excited about the stand.  I am excited because it worked and I am excited because it looked like what I had pictured inside my head.  I love it when things just work.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A "secret squirrel" reveal

Tuesday night saw my UFO Craft Group reveal a wedding present to our lovely Becc.  

Becc and her fiance Luke were married on 11.11.11 and we had sneakily planned this quilt for them and made it in the last month. 

If you want the whole wedding story go visit Becc's blog

Here is Becc unwrapping the quilt

 Becc loved it and I have it on good authority from Luke that it is a cosy quilt.  We appreciate the irony of a quilt in Australia in summer, but the symbols of a quilt are far greater than any season.
The quilt was accompanied by this exquisite card by Gayle who is also a UFO Crafter
 Here are some close ups of the quilt.  I have no idea why the photos are sideways, just tip your head, 'cause I can't fix them.


and the whole quilt
 We hope it brings Becc and Luke much joy in their married life.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Props and Shaggy Photo Quilts

In my post yesterday I mentioned that my Hubby was making some props for me for the craft fair.
Here he is 'playing' with the old garden stakes
to create some rustic stands for me
that are perfect for holding my blackboards.  Thanks P they are perfect.
While P was making stands, I was finishing 2 Shaggy Photo Quilts featuring the photos of Bindi Taneal PhotographyBindi is the lovely lady I am exhibiting with when I go to Emerald.  I think our work will really complement each other.  She has some great canvas images, calendars & cards to sell.

Now for the Shaggy Photo Quilts.


and a close up of the photo block

 This one was really out of my colour comfort zone, but I love it.  I think it still shows off the lovely photos but is fresh.
 and another close up.

So these can go in the pile ready for Craft Fair and I have to get back to the grindstone (after home work and looking after a sick boy).

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tea Towels & Christmas, Craft Fair and OPAM

 Look what has been whipping through my sewing machine.  18 tea towels ready for sale at the Craft Fair all paired up and tagged.

Tea cups
 Farm Animals
 And 3 embroidered wall hangings/ bell pulls.
and a close up of  one of the embroideries.

I am getting really excited now.  My hubby is making 'props' for me, we have repainted other props to match our colour scheme and the stock is coming together.  It is just as well I am organised  getting it together as it is only 3 weeks till the Craft Fair.
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