Creating, collecting & recycling textiles & papercrafts. I love preserving the past for the future.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Five new cards

 I've had such fun the last few days making some new cards
Usually it takes me days or weeks to make one card
Making cards quickly may be a new habit...
I hope so!

For this card I pieced scraps and then cut out with a heart diecut.
Forever Friends The Good Life Universal Embossing Folder
for the cream vertical strip.
I made this card for my niece her new fiance.
Spellbinder's filigree square
the Cuttlebug, Disney embossed Heart Frame.
Double Do alphabet letters
This new Flouishes mannequin and sentiment stamp is so cute.
The background pattern pieces is a Stampin 'Up stamp
I love the subtle softness of this butterfly card.
The Marianne diecut butterfly is a favourite of mine
This little basket diecut is new to me. I love it.
Added a Marianne bird diecut and some purchased flowers.
Cuttlebug embossing folder used for the purple background.

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Friday, 13 July 2012

I recently made this altered canvas for my sewing/craft room.
I entered it in the local country show and it won first place.
A cut glass compote full of gold shank buttons
Pearl buttons in old avon jars sitting on a silver tray

My best friend brought me this beautiful Killarney Lace from Ireland.
 I thought it too pretty to hide away so I framed it up & it's always on show.
A beautiful shelf trim crocheted by my mother

My friend gave me this doll head, it's too cute to throw out right?
Wrought iron string holder & scissors
it's so heavy could be a paperweight as well as just looking so gorgeous.
A scattered selection of buttons, a vintage buckle, and a fabric panel. 
Trying out colours and embellishments for a new bag.
I love to have The Waltons playing in the background as I sew or create
Some very old buttons, some from as far back as the 1800's.
My most recent creation.
Vintage and antique glass buttons
A beautiful box with a pretty tin
a favourite icon of mine, The Eiffel Tower.
A friend brought me this back from Paris last year.
Wrought iron cloche type bird cage vignette
A silky oak day bed for relaxing or even having a quick afternoon kip
Appliqued cushions made by me and the front one by my best friend.
A marvellous way to store fabric collections.
The piano had to stay but that's ok I stacked some interesting things on top.
I store trims in the blue chest of drawers, scrapbooking supplies in the coloured plastic storage drawers and fabric in the white chest of drawers (only some I might add), there are many other plastic tubs on wheels with fabric collections.
Two large work tables
This is a little painted child's play hutch
(that once belonged to my daughter) 
close up with old clocks, dice and tins etc
Some of my buttons and books
I store some of my Spellbinder dies in this old CD holder.
I love the way the individual spines flip forward and back,
it makes them very easy to locate.

A large pincushion made by my best friend
A beautiful new crystal button I bought recently
a crocheted pink heart by my mother
Spool holder painted and decorated by me
Debbie Mumm pin cushion
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I look forward to visiting your creative space too.
I'd like to thank Karen Valentine for once again hosting the party
as well as recently re-designing my blog.
I love my new look, thankyou Karen.
I can't wait to visit each blog again this year.
I met so many wonderful like minded bloggers
and hope to do so again this time.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Icy and cold on The Darling's winter!

Here's my dear hubby holding the water from the bird bath.
Did you happen to notice it's frozen? LOL
The amazing thing is that this photos were taken today at 1pm.
It's been extra cold here the last week.
It does not snow where I live in Australia,
so when we get massive frost events like this it's a novelty.
Don't get me wrong it's regularly below zero early in the morning in wintertime, and is cold all day, sometimes bitterly so,
but to have such thick ice is rare.

This photo is looking over my neighbour's yard towards the creek at the back. You can see the sun is just starting to rise and there is a mist coming off the creek below. All the white stuff on the ground is ice!
The peg bucket hangs on the clothesline, about 6 feet off the ground and was covered in ice.
My wheelbarrow of pansies, all iced up.
Poor little lone pansy...if you look at my post a couple of days ago you'll see this same little pansy looking much more healthy.
I got out of bed before sun-up so I could get plenty of frosty photos.
I donned 2 prs of long pants, 7 layers on torso, one layer being a double lined jacket with hood, 2 prs of socks, a pr of boots and I was pretty right, except I felt like the michelin man...LOL
I let the cats out of the shed (we lock them up at night, in their own 5 star cat motel) and they were determined to help me film my frosty photos but could not understand why they were so cold.
Here you see Edie looking hesitant and suspicious, thinking some intruder must surely be causing her discomfort on this -5 c morning. 

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Pre-loved frame with a new lease on life for my sewing room

Click on the photos to enlarge and to enjoy.
Today I decorated this frame that was given to me by a friend
when she had a 'clean out'.
I removed the glass and covered the backing with some open weave linen and an old threadbare and partially torn doiley
that I had sprayed with Memories Mists 'Pale Ale'.
I used Wonder Tape to adhere the background fabric
 and doiley to the backing.
I loved the way I could use the prestamped linen sample fabric as well as the paper sticker that's been sitting on there for so many years.
Seam binding tape used to cover the join.
Here the elements are sitting loosely while I tweak them.
I made the paper roses, and tied the double bow from seam binding tape.
I stamped a Tim Holtz mannequin on heavyweight paper and dressed it with some lace, ribbon and a necklace from some pre-loved beads.
I used Distress Ink and Chalks to give an aged look.
Here is the second mannequin that I diecut from a cereal packet,
then sprayed with Memories Mists 'Whipped Cream',
then stamped with Stazon Ink, using the Tim Holtz sentiment
from the same set as the stamped mannequin.
To finish I sponged with two colour of distress ink.

Thankyou for visiting today.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of my altered frame that I thoroughly enjoyed making today.
It's always a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.