Friday, May 31, 2013

Baby card

I've seen a few versions of this sweet baby card around the www and thought it would be a great card to add to my stash.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sponged Background card

I thought these stamps would be a perfect chance to try a sunset background. I did try a brayering technique, but it didn't work too well. Next I tried a sponging background, it is a bit patchy though.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


All this rainy weather is perfect for scrapping :) I've finished a couple of layouts that I started a Simply Crafty a few weeks ago and a few other layouts that were sitting on my desk.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Ripple Blanket Week 5

I think I am about halfway through my blanket :)

Week 5
Rows 16
Bands of colour 8
Rows 86
Bands of colour 43

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

I had an amazing day of op shopping on Monday! Lots of random goodies that made me very happy :)\

Some kitchen wares - retro Tupperware $2, sippy cups (they look new) $2, spotty glasses 50c each, pepper grinder $1, plastic pastry cutter 10c and gorgeous glass jug $1.50.

A sweet drawstring bag $1, book $2 and printed kraft wrapping paper / gift bags 20c each.
I popped into a shop I rarely visit and was delighted to find lots of crafty goodness - cross stitch material $2,  paper parchment supplies (in plastic container), horse cake decorating tool (for my sister in law who makes amazing cakes!) $1 and a flower press kit (for my nieces) $2.

I'm linking up with Thriftasaurus again this week.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Steamed Pork Buns

We had some leftover roast pork and wanted to try something different, so decided to make steamed pork buns (like the ones we ate when we were in Melbourne). I found a recipe on Taste - easy to make and tasted delicious!  As usual, I made some changes to the recipe - I put the meat in the food processor and added onions and some garlic.  They don't look neat and tidy like the restaurant, but the dough was fluffy.  We are definitely going to cook them again!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May card & embellishment swap

This month's card swap theme at Simply Crafty was "Thinking of You / Get Well". Only 2 of us participated this month, but still great to add some more cards to my stash :)
My card

Tanya's card

The embellishment swap was a stamped image.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ripple Blanket Week 4

It's getting a lot cooler at night, so it's nice to have the blanket keeping my lap warm while I crochet.

Week 4
Rows 16
Bands of colour 8

Rows 70
Bands of colour 35

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wooden bead jewellry

I found these gorgeous decorated / painted wooden beads at one of the dollar shops and knew I had to make a necklace with them.  I wasn't sure what style I wanted to make it- I knew a necklace full of beads would be too much.  I googled some ideas and decided to keep it simple - some beads of different sizes and patterns threaded on round leather cord. 

After I made the necklace I decided to make a matching bracelet.  I kept this design simple too - just threaded the beads onto elestic jewellry cord.
I love how the necklace and bracelet turned out and am glad that I have enough supplies leftover to make a few more sets as gifts :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Washi tape and wooden button card

I realised I forgot to share some cards I made last week.  I saw this card on Lucy's blog and was inspired to make some cards using washi tape instead of ribbon :) As usual, while I had the supplies out I decided to make another 2 cards in different colour combos to add to my stash.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Ripple Blanket Week 3

I managed to get a couple more rows crocheted up over the week :)  I am stitching my ends in as a go this time - it was such a HUGE job on the last blanket!

Week 3
Rows 16
Bands of colour 8

Rows 54
Bands of colour 27

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A rodeo, meeting Jaxson and Mother's Day!

We have had such an busy, fun filled weekend :) Friday night my brother Tim came down to compete in the Agrotrend rodeo, so Kate, James, Craig and I went out to watch him.  Unfortunately Tim had to go back to Blackwater for work straight after the rodeo, but we still got to spend some time catching up with him.  Tim, Kirsty and the girls are heading down for the show in a few weeks - so we will get to spend a couple of days with all of them then.

Craig and I finally got to meet the newest member of our Jaxson :) There was LOTS of snuggling with that sweet baby boy, especially from Craig!
Today we celebrated Mother's Day with a delicous brunch at my mum's house, with both my mum and Craig's mum.   Craig, Diane and I headed back to mum's for dinner with family that night. I made 2 desserts - a Chocolate Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding and a Butterscotch Self Saucing Pudding.  Lots more chatting with everyone and snuggling with Jaxson and Cohan.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day Cards

Just popping in to share the cards I mde for Mother's Day :)  I used the same stamp set for both cards, but used different layout designs. The purple rose card is for my mum.

The yellow rose card is for Craig's mum.  I CASEd the layout from a card I saw in the current Stampin' Up! catalogue.  

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

I love that Craig and I both have every 2nd Monday off work together :) I popped into 3 op shops and found a few lovely goodies!

Best bargain of the day...9 rolls of brand new wrapping paper for 50c each! Three rolls each for me, my mum and Craig's mum :)

A lined basket - $5

A wreath $1 (for Xmas crafts) and 2x bags of flowers $1 each.

A sweet patchwork quilt (about 1.5 x 1.5m) for $4.95. Will be great for picnics and snuggling on the couch.

Cute pink clutch purse - $3

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Men's beanie

I have a list of projects that I am slowly working through this year :)  On that list is a beanie for my Pop. I used this pattern - it's very simple, I crocheted this up while I was watching a movie.  I thought it was a bit short, so I added on a few extra rows.  I am working on a few crochet projects in between my ripple blanket, so I don't get bored LOL

A picture of cute Jaxson wearing the puppy beanie I made him :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ripple Blanket Week 2

My blanket is coming along quickly! I crochet a row or two every night while watching TV or on the weekends when I'm watching a movie :) I've managed to get through 1 lot of colour repeats - so now you can get the full effect of the colourrs I have chosen.

Week 2
Rows 21
Bands of colour 11.5

Rows 38
Bands of colour 19

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Magnolia Ink card

I got this cute stamp free with the Magnolia Ink magazine a few months ago, but hadn't gotten around to buying some EZ mount until this week LOL Of course I had to ink it up once it was ready to go :) I'm still learning / trying out blending techniques, so my colouring is not perfect (don;t look to closely LOL). i think this is a cute little card - perfect for birthday / thinking of you / miss you.