Appliquéd Towel Tutorial

YAY!!!! It is finally here!!!!! The LONG awaited tutorial on how to applique on a towel.

If you have read my earlier posts; this one and this one, you will know that I love giving personalised appliqued towels to the gorgeous little ones in my life. This cute little towel is for the gorgeous little Miss S for her first birthday. Her lovely Mum, Mrs V has decorated Miss S’s bedroom with pretty little butterflies everywhere, how could I pass up the opportunity to do a butterfly theme for her towel.

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My first Photo Challenge

I know, I know… this post’s title doesn’t sound much like the sewing tutorial I promised you I was going to do. However, this is a super fun and exciting post topic. I will still be bringing you the sewing tutorial as promised, very soon. My taste in craft/design/creating is very eclectic and something new and/or different can easily excite me, I know I have a very short attention sp… Oh, something shiny!

This week’s something shiny…

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Resin Jewellery

A number of weeks ago, I wrote about my visits to the 2014 Craft and Quilting Fairs and at the Canberra fair, I attended a workshop on resin jewellery run by Beads N Crystals. Brisbane based, Beads N Crystals run all kinds of workshops and if their workshop at the fair is anything to go by, I’d love to try many more of their workshops, check them out if you are ever in the Brisbane area.

For a long time resin jewellery was one of those crafts that I had always wanted to try but never known how to do it or even what supplies I needed. It always seemed to be one of those really difficult crafts, but as I took my seat at the resin workshop I looked over to see three young girls that looked to be about 10 years old, I felt a little more confident. Surly if they let young children do the workshop it would be easier than I had imagined. I really needn’t have worried, it was so incredibly easy to do.

In the workshop we used a liquid gloss resin called Magic-Glos™. This particular resin required no mixing and is cured by exposure to UV light, either sunlight or UV light bulbs. We each made two necklace pendants using bezel settings for both, one with rice paper and clear resin and the other with resin and resin dye. Both results were beautiful and once they were cured under the UV light they were ready to wear. (more…)

Capturing a moment indoors

A few weeks ago I said that I had a post coming soon on; Indoor photography, the pain, the stress and the results if they turn out. Well indoor photography did not disappoint; it was a pain and just as stressful as I predicted. Although I took a few photography classes at University and I like to learn and play around with new techniques and styles, I am certainly not a master photographer. Taking Photos indoors is something that I struggle with; it is not the most ideal setting for photos. Then when the indoor space has little to no natural light or even much artificial light it is even less ideal.

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A slice of romance and happiness

There isn’t anything that I can say about love that isn’t going to sound like a cliché mess, so I am going to completely sidestep that aspect of today’s topic. Weddings and similar ceremonies are events that I can really get behind! I LOVED every moment of planning, organising and experience of my wedding some 4ish years ago. I have LOVED the marriage and my Mr Hubby even more, so as not to make you lose your breakfast, lunch and/or dinner I’ll stop myself there, but only because I like you and don’t want you to feel sick.

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Coming soon…

It is a busy and messy time in our house at the moment. I have projects coming out of my ears. There are cake decorating supplies all over the kitchen, sewing supplies all over the dining table and photography equipment scatted around the lounge room. Then there is a to-do list of projects a mile long as well. So whilst I am busy trying to create projects for the posts I haven’t finished anything yet to write about. I think I may have an attention span issue! Perhaps I ort to stick to just one project at a time, I can hear Mr Hubby and my mother saying, “I told you so”. Hence why this post is just a quick one to give you a taste of what is hopefully coming soon…

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2014 Craft and Quilting Fair

There is nothing quite like walking into a massive hall, filled to the brim with supplies, tools and experts in the field of your favourite pass time. As I entered the Sydney Exhibition Centre, surrounded by other excited attendees all there to learn, share and shop I couldn’t help but smile with glee like an over excited little girl. And then again 2 months later when I entered the Exhibition Park in Canberra I wasn’t any less excited. This year I was lucky enough to not only experience my first visit to a craft fair but to experience my second too.

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Minky Mania

Who can resist the soft smooth nap of new minky fabric, it just beckons you to stroke the soft cuddly fibres. I see the bolts of it in the fabric store and all I want to do is curl up in the layers of its strokable softness. If I had to describe minky in one word, that word would be; strokable. I love the feel of minky, it just makes you want to stroke it against your cheek and snuggle up to it.

As soft and luxurious minky is to touch it is just as difficult and daunting to work with. I have collected a couple of pieces of minky, purchased when the price was just too good not to. However I never really knew what to do with them and never felt particularly comfortable diving into a minky project. This changed however when I came across a stockpile of the most gorgeous minky fabrics, a supplier was selling at irresistible prices. I couldn’t say no; pink and white chevron, pink with different length nap in a chevron pattern and light pink with raised dots.

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A yummy slice of the past

As a child, the birthday cake was the essence of celebration. Something we looked forward to every year. We would spend days leading up to our birthday drooling over the birthday cake cookbook. There would always be the ‘it’ cake that every year you would beg for and every year you would be denied and as a child you didn’t understand that your desired cake was ridiculously hard and a busy mum just doesn’t have the time or patience to attempt it. When the cake was finally decided upon, Mum would then spend hours on end in the kitchen to make the perfect cake for us. Do you remember the castle cake with ice-cream cone towers, the swimming pool cake with blue jelly water and the cho-cho train and its cute little carriages, or maybe you were lucky enough to get a Dolly Varden cake with skirt glamorously decorated in shiny silver and gold cachous.

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Baby Bundle – Part 2

The Appliquéd Towel

A favourite gift of mine for small children is personalised appliquéd bath towels. It may not be a common gift but I think that is part of the appeal to me. My mother use to give personalised towels as baptism gifts for her nieces and nephews and one of my most memorable items from my childhood was a pink bath towel that my Nan and Pop gave me. It had a pink hippopotamus appliqué on it with blue square framed glasses. It pretty much disintegrated many years ago as a lot of well loved and used items do. However I still remember it with fondness all these years later.

I recently started making these gifts for the young babies and children in my life. The first one that I ever made was for my friend’s daughter; Miss E’s baby bundle. It was the first time I had ever tried appliqué and I was so excited about how it came out. I used a little gender neutral owl motif to suit the nursery theme Mrs S had set up.

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