Sunday, January 23, 2011

Previous Craft Work

Well while we all wait patiently for me to finish my next masterpiece - here are some photos from my previous craft work.

Some baby bibs - fabrics courtesy of Lauren - supa kawaii!
My first practice piece - with cute bees chasing after ice cream that they can never get!

The finished piece for a friend's bday pressie - i appliqued a few dresses on the ties

Close up of the fabrics

My friend was thrilled with her apron - she cooks and bakes a lot but she said that she only uses this apron on special occasions because its so pretty. I really like the scallop edged template - I will have to paste the link for the template if I can find it again.

I always like how different the same template looks just by changing the fabrics!
I'll have to find a pic of my god son's quilt which is just a block quilt and get a pic off Lollybags who made a quilt from the same pattern but different fabrics. She gave me the kit actually for my first quilt and i just swapped a couple of the fabrics and added an extra border around the edge.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Project Updates

Hanging out with the god-kids over the weekend which was really special...and I showed my friend her daughter's quilt so far and she loves it and asked if I could embroider her name in as well and perhaps put in some birdies because her Chinese name means Swallow. So I'm glad I showed her so that she can contribute these ideas. =D

Would like to have a go at the 10x10x10 photo project, although I'm going to wait until internet has been sorted at home. Had it and then lost it! Computer is having problems detecting the router and estbalishing a connection.

Was mightly impressed that hubby painted the ceiling in the guest bedroom (without any hints, suggestions or nagging) while I was away over the weekend. There were glow in the dark stars stuck on the ceiling (in this room and the previous room), which the previous owners painted over! So we literally had falling stars when we scrapped them off.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Virgin Post

Well here goes it - first post ever!

Now that we actually have internet access at home, I can blog all projects on the go. 

We bought our first house last year, post 1940/50s , 4 room weatherboard and moved in Boxing Day, just over a year! With the help of family and friends, we did quite a lot. Let's say that our previous owners were a bit lazy in places and peculiar (i have infuriating fly screens that are on the inside of the house, that have to be pushed up for you to actually open the sash windows)

Before moving in, we ripped out carpet and underlay in the living and hallway, and vinyl in the kitchen.
Removed wall paper freize (not sure of the spelling there) which were different flowers in every room. Then re-painted the living room, hallway and main bedroom. Sky blue walls didn't bother me, it was the grey blue skirting board and picture rails that pulled the colours down. So we've gone light and bright with cream walls and white trim. PS. I'm addicted to home magazines

Study was finished over the holidays! Now just need to figure out how to put together a desk inherited from my brother in law. And 2 more rooms to go - the guest bedroom and my Craft Room - aka Happy Room cos i'm going to paint it a nice light yellow to lift the spirits. The happy room faces south so doesn't get as much sunshine. 

Finished - the Study!

Next room to paint - guest room

Last night, we had lots of heavy rain so it revealed a few drips around the place - I'm fussing and saying should we check it out in the roof/ceiling in case theres water pooling somewhere - hubby Alex's response is *shrug* its an old house - there are going to be drips....did i mention that the shower is blocked too...hahaha that's the thing with buying an older place - there are always a few things that will require fixing up.

I'm a beginner with quilting - my sister in law and mother in law got me into it about 3 years ago and I made a simple block quilt for my god son, which he lovingly and sometimes selfishly treasures to himself. So now I'm working on my second quilt for my god daughter and I made the design a bit different to challenge myself and try out some new patterns. 

I'm motivated to finish my god-daughters quilt cos shes actually here in australia at the moment - she's visiting from overseas. It was supposed to be finished for her birth - shes now 9 months - so I'm behind schedule - but definitely will finish in time for her 1st birthday - her mums throwing a bash for her while they're here. Its my first time doing applique and sewing pin wheels and so far I'm pretty happy with how its looking. Finishing touches on the applique - a flower and a bee - then the basting, backing, quilting and binding. I'm going to have a go at free hand quilting on the middle section - I'm going to try and quilt love hearts that match the hearts in one of the fabrics. Photos will be posted after the quilt is finished and given to my god-daughter - i love surprises so don't want to spoil the surprise for my bestie!

TV Programs:
A program on the Scouts Awards was already broadcasted in Chinese on ATVAA on C31, so I've been asked to do an English voice over. Just need to actually watch the program and correct some minor grammar in the existing script. Hmmm...difficult to focus on this task when I'd rather be quilting...

Cooking Program - omg - been in the pipeworks for ages - but my friend has volunteered to star in the pilot episodes so I better get cracking and get organised. Another friend who works in the hospitality industry has some how become my sudo casting agent and is lining up lots of interesting characters to star as cooks on my show too - it will be called "From Your Kitchen". I was thinking about calling it "Your Signature Dish" but then i dont know if Masterchef have copyrights to that expression! 

Kids Picture Book:
Another unfulfilled promise - so guilty - all pages have been laid out for the book and a few pages have been sketched, but need to dedicate a full weekend to really get this one moving.

But you know what - i was inspired and fascinated by looking through the Art of Graeme Base book at tLauren's place. Such talent, imagination and wit! 

i've got an idea for another kids picture book with sheep - more on that some other time