Monday, April 18, 2011

What's keeping me busy you ask.. My therapy quilt.

I have the best friends surrounding our family right now. Their genuine concern as well as yours astounds me and I really do feel so much love and energy from all your comments, emails and messages.

Quite a few of you have asked me what have I been creating while Veronica was away and of course it's another excuse to blog too.

The only craft item I managed to smuggle into our suitcase which was already over flowing was the crochet I started back in October when Tina was up here help celebrate Bubbles Birthday. It is a sentimental thing I guess. A way of keeping the memories of the times I miss and the people I love around me.

The other project I decided to start was a big hexagon paper piecing quilt. I figured I would do some hand sewing and play with recycled fabrics while I was at it. It has had a very therapeutic effect since I started it. So it is my new go to project when things are a little overwhelming.

I started by purchasing a collection of orange/yellow vintage off cut fabric scraps from Little Wise Owl on Craftumi.
You can check out Beckie's madeit store here and her blog here.

I figured that way I could start then source more fabric as I needed it although that has turned out to be a little harder than I expected as orange/yellow pillow cases, sheets, clothes etc seem to be in short supply in all the op shops I have visited.

Then I thought if you have an odd pillow case/scrap fabric etc that fits the feel of my 'therapy quilt' I would love to add it too. It would make this quilt so much more special to my family and in years to come the quilt will become the story of our journey through this time of our lives.

I am so sentimental aren't I?! So if you think you have have something you know where I am!!

I had a wonderful donation of fabric, off cut curtain to be exact from Britt of Stitchybritt. See the retro fabric with black through the yellow and orange?! Perfect right?

The kids also love the quilt and keep asking if it's finished...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Craft Schmaft Surprise...

On Friday I received a parcel in the mail and having only seen this little owl drawn on the front of the parcel I recognised immediately who it was from and proceeded to happy dance and squeal while Moo, Bear and Bubble laughed at my antics.

A G-Raf Kit
(The pattern is available in Claire's shop or Etsy)

The best part about Craft Schmaft kits is they contain everything you need to make Mr G-Raf or any other animal you choose which means I don't have to go searching for supplies.

Funnily enough I have tried to make a few projects and found that I didn't have pins, elastic, velcro or believe it or not scissors... I know!? How can anyone craft without scissors. Happy to announce I bought a pair last week!

So a big smooch and massive snuggle to Claire for helping me get back on the crafty yellow brick road. Once I am done making Mr G-Raf I think I will share him on Craft Schmaft's facebook page. While you are there check out Bubble with another Craft Schmaft creation, Wonk right here.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New Craft Space With View...

I have never had issues starting a new blog post but I guess that's what happens when you don't do it for over a month. I want to share so much and then there is stuff I would rather just put behind us...
So I thought why not just show you my new 'studio space with a view' and no doubt by the end of the post I wont be able to stope typing.

My father in law insisted on taking Veronica (my sewing machine) back to his place rather than let it go to storage with ALL the rest of our belongings. I am so glad he insisted because Veronica would have gone just as stir crazy without me!!

I picked the desk up from a treasure shop for $20 literally. I had to carry that thing home and that involved a train ride to the city and a very steep walk up a hill with 2 very tired and cranky kids. Luckily it collapses so Moo carried the table top and I carried the rest.

I actually got in trouble after for not calling local friends so they could help at the time but I just wanted to get it home and set it up. I mean really it's only a desk right?!

The little window sill needed something so I started with a jar of cottons which Helen from The Wacky Wardrobe gave to me... AND if you look to the right of the photo you can see CentrePoint Tower. It's a lot bigger than that from where I sit though.

How freakin' awesome is that!?!
Uh huh... I know CRAZY!

Here you can see my work area, with my desk, sewing machine and chair. In the middle you have our TV and below it our 'entertainment unit' and 'dvd player'. On the right is our round dining table with 4 chairs and then the kitchen runs along the wall to our front door

I will tell it to you straight.

Team MooBear are living in a small 2 bedroom apartment and our living area is only slightly bigger than our bedroom back on the Central Coast. We have managed to simplify to the extremes and make the most of everything we have around us... Each Other!

We are really grateful for where we have ended up and for what we have. This is the perfect stepping stone to get us back on our feet and stable again.

This would not have been possible if it weren't for people and charities that hold there hand out to help families in crisis. Once we are back on our feet and are settled in our own place we will be returning the favour ten fold and will continue to be the voice for those who can't or wont be heard.

Just a few things to keep me going.

Peppermint Magazine (thanks baby you know how much I love my Peppermint!!) Warm Fuzzies felting book to go with my new felting kit which Jazzy put together and bought down for me. I even made her a felt rose but sshh don't tell her it's a surprise birthday present...hehe. There is a library book which has some hand quilting projects and some material I picked up up from a treasure shop for $2.

AND scissors!! You just can't craft with out scissors.

Oh I managed to pick up some op shop zippers and made a curtain holder 'thingy majig'

This is a close up of my first hand felted creation. It is going straight to Jazzy because I think she is one awesome woman and I wouldn't have been able to craft without her kit... I wouldn't be able to do a lot of things without her. She is currently minding Dory our cat which is a massive ask and it's great to know she is safe and loved.

Hopefully I can blog a little more than once a month but if I can't you know it's because my family comes first at this stage in our life.

Happy creating people and thank you for all your love and support. If I haven't responded to your comments or emails it's because it became too overwhelming and I stopped but I will this time!! Promise...

I told you I wouldn't be able to stop