This is Owlie the clock. Isn't he special? He is made from recycled lino and other special treasures. I found Owlie through the Clock Adoption Agency run by the lovely Betty Jo who also makes stunning recycled lino brooches and other jewellery pieces. Owlie fits in perfectly to her new abode as you can see here.......
I don't know! I just know that it is nearly over. It is a bit like driving home, but not knowing how I got there.
I've been wanting to blog all week about the fabulous weekend away our Craft Group had in Ballarat. It was so nice to get away and just craft our hearts out. Simone brought the first half of the Project Runway Australia . That was seriously addictive with lots of big personalities. I can't wait to see the rest. Of course, no weekend away would be complete without a trip to the local Patchwork Shops. We ran into Jodie and Annie at Ballarat Patchwork who very kindly took us to Gail's Emporium. What a fantastic shop. Look what Jodie found. Thanks Jodie and Annie for such a great time.
The accommodation was fantastic. There was lots of room for crafting .
It has been a very exciting day in the Ruffle Household. I knew these little chickies were due any day, but when the books say 21 days until they hatch, they mean it! About 9.30 this morning I could hear some cheeping and thought I was going mad as I could only see eggs. Upon closer examination I could see a tiny crack in the shell. I had no idea that chickens "cheep" in eggs. Little Ruffle and I got home from school just in time to see chicken number one hatch which was pretty amazing. Whilst I was cooking dinner, Chickie number two put in appearance. Chickie is looking very proud and, well, motherly. Chickie was sitting on eight eggs. I accidentally dropped two a week ago when making Chickie's bed. They got caught up in her wings. Sadly, the other four eggs wern't viable. But I'm pretty happy with the clutch of chickies we have. Since there are only two....maybe just maybe Mr Ruffle will let us keep them........
I did a Felting Workshop run by the lovely Mim yesterday and the above is the result. I'm really proud of it (if I do say so myself). Mim is a great teacher, very relaxed and so knowledgeable about felting. You can see her beautiful work on her blog. I am totally addicted and can't wait to do more.
I particularly love how the fabric at the end of my scarf gathers in due to the shrinking process of the fleece. There were some amazing creations at the Felting Workshop. My long time friend, fellow crafter and blogger Alison made an amazing creation. More photos soon.
All up it has been a very productive weekend. I finished a couple of projects that have been hanging around for awhile. I started these bibs a month ago for the new grandchildren of Ray and Rosemary who run Mt Pilot Tourist Farm. Ray and Rosemary gave us Chickie, Long Neck and Penny and we've spent a number of many happy weekends on the farm.
I've got a bit of a thing about making pillowcases at the moment. I couldn't work out how to make my pillowcases look perfectly finished on the inside and tried all sorts of things until my friend Donna showed me the "special way". It is very difficult to explain without a piece of paper to fold or I'd post about it.
Four of these pillowcases are going to my 89 year old Grandmother who is in hospital at the present time. I thought it might be nice for her to have something pretty to make her feel special. What do you give someone who has everything? I've used a combination of Heather Bailey "Pop Garden" and Amy Butler Lotus fabrics. They have a lovely fresh feel about them that I thought might go well in a not so fresh hospital.
Nikki's new purse patttern. Isn't it gorgeous? The purse has a barrel shape and loads of personality. Nikki's instructions were fantastic as always. Strike a pose little purse....
I've been working on this rug for awhile now using a different pattern for each square. I've been knitting the squares in long strips and then joining them together. I've nearly finished the third panel.
I discovered this book at the Library, extended it the loan three times and realised I just had to have it. This stitch dictionary has an amazing range of both knitting and crochet stitches. Fantastic for dishcloth knitting. I've been working on this rug for quite sometime and nearly all the stitch patterns come from ths book.
I love a bit of frugal as some of you already know. There is a huge difference between being frugal and being a tight ass. To me being frugal is making the most of what you have so that you have a bit extra to share with others. It might be making a cake for a friend, sewing something special for a child's birthday or buying a friend a coffee when they need someone to talk to.
The kitchen is one of the best places you can do more with less and spend less time at the supermarket. My favourite frugal tip is to have a grocery purse and never use EFTPOS or your credit card. Withdraw your grocery money from the ATM on payday and put it in your grocery purse. This money is to be used for groceries only. I find I'm less inclined to impulse buy when I only have a certain amount of cash in my purse.
My second favourite frugal tip is to menu plan and write a shopping list incorporating the ingredients I need. I must admit that I hate doing it at the time but am happy for the rest of the fortnight when I know what we are having for dinner and the ingredients are in the fridge/pantry/freezer. That means no going to the supermarket after work (hurrah!). What about milk I hear you ask? Fresh milk has a life of at least a week these days so stock up when you do your grocery shop. Always have some powdered milk on hand for when you run out for tea and coffee ( you won't notice the difference) or mix half fresh and half powdered milk together.
Thinking about making a special grocery purse? You can find the perfect pattern here.
He is rather cute isn't he? Master Melways is a zippered coin purse. The photo isn't that great. I have been using Miss Ruffle's camera which is much better than our old one but the battery is flat. I will post this little guy in the Map 29 Shop soonish with his other releatives. This pattern is one of Nikki's fabulous patterns with instructions that leave nothing to the imagination.