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National Craft Month Challenge 2017
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Day 12 again because I found a better picture from when I did some pickling. #foodie #BellaCraftsNCM #NCM #craft #food

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#amonthof #mycreativespace

Hosted by Just B.

Day 1 - a creative space 

Day 2 - make lists

Day 3 - notebook 
I was saving this notebook for something special. 
Now I'm using it to record my #amonthof photos and thoughts.

Day 4 - hands 
I use my hands for nurturing.
Day 5 - happy

Day 6 - know your roots
Day 7 - makes you think
Day 8 - nature 
This is the view from the place where I have my facials.
Day 9 - colour. 
 I love getting colourful inspiration from fruit, veg, flowers and plants.
Day 10 - time savers
Make lots and freeze the extra for later

Day 11 - someone else's creative space
I want a lab like Guy Pearce in the Time Machine. 
Day 12 - from above
Day 13 - risk
Walking into a room full of boys who are computer geek types. 
day 14 - greatest hero 
Day 15 - favourite online creative
Day 16 - I made it myself.
The dress & the girl.
Day 17 - from a distance.
Perth royal Show from the top of the Ferris wheel. 
 Day 18 - a great creative link
I still have my kids ones and I have a had a play with them 
Some people call it french knitting.
 Day 19 - in the kitchen
I just seem to eat a lot of fruit and yoghurt when it's hot. 
Day 20 - a creative spark
Hoping my collection will spark something. 
Day 21 - something new 
I love it when a lipstick is new.
 Day 22 - up close
My son took this photo.
Day 22 - up close (another one)
Day 23 - a creative quote
Day 24 - an arrangement
 I did these flowers for a friend's wedding.
 Day 25 - a mistake. 
I did this a while ago and I must have misread part of the pattern because
 it was supposed to be flat but is sort of fluted But I don’t mind. 
Day 26 - frame it
 I framed a picture of the green house from Practical Magic because I just love it.
Day 27 - fresh 
Is there anything so wonderful as a fresh page in a brand new journal?
Day 28 - an oldie but a goodie

Can't go past a Warhol.
Day 29 - rest

Day 30 - finish something
Well, I finished this challenge!


Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long 2012

Hosted by It's DaffyCat

Click the picture above or in my sidebar to go to her page and sign up or to read the rules and other information.

Get a glass container and save your thread clippings or ORTs (Old Ratty Threads!) Some stitchers include fabric trimmings, thread bands or any other stitching cast-offs they gather. You may continue filling this jar throughout the year OR you may empty the jar and start over each month ~ no firm rules here!

On (or about) each New Moon take a picture of the ORTs in your jar and post it to your blog. This is a blog game so YES, you MUST have a blog to be included.

There are 12 2012 New Moon Dates:

January 23
February 21
March 22
April 21
May 20
June 19
July 19
August 17
September 16
October 15
November 13
December 13
Jan 2012
Feb 2012
Mar 2012
Missed Apr 2012
May 2012
June 2012 


Thing-a-day in February 2012
Day 1 
Day 2 
Day 3
Day 4 
Day 5 
Day 6
Day 7 
Day 8
Day 9
 Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13

Unfotunately, this year I was being ambitious to do a thing a day as my health has not been good. But I have been doing a little a day on a bigger project which I will post up when finished. 

Day 21

This was the big project:


30 Things in 30 Days Tumblr Challenge 2012
This a Tumblr challenge for creativity by the gorgeous and talented Angie Hart. She wants to challenge herself with her music and songwriting.  I'm not nearly that talented so, I  am challenging myself to crochet one square a day, with each having a different beginning so I can add to my folder of stitches. This challenge runs from 2nd January until 31st January 2012.
You can read about the challenge at Angie's Tumblr called Words and Music

Day 1: Traditional Granny Square:

Day 2: Daisy Centre 
Day 3: Catherine Wheel 
Day 4: 20 treble start:
Day 5: Flower Centre:
Day 6: Double crochet all round:
Day 7: Doily Centre:
Day 8: Another Flower Centre:
Day 9: Cross or Window Centre:
Day 10: Foundation Chain Start:
Day 11: Ladder Stitch:
Day 12: Church Window
Day 13: Circle in a Square
Day 14: Crossed Square
Day 15: Granny Triangle:
Day 16: Granny Triangle with Flower centre:
Day 17: Two Granny Triangles:
Day 18: 8 point star:
Day 19: Celtic Knot:
Day 20: Treble Rounds (not clusters):
Day 21: Heart in a Square:
Day 22: Lattice:
Day 23: Treble in Rows:
Day 24: Hexagon:
Day 25: Another Hexagon:
Day 26: Circle 1:
Day 27: Circle 2:
Day 28: Circle 3:
Day 29: Fancy Square:
Day 30: Fan:


Thing-a-Day in February 2011

As per my blog post here:
I've decided to just be random as long as I make one thing a day. I will go through all of the projects I've bookmarked and try to do one. My overall theme will be recycling & re-using.
 I will have a weekly challenge:
Week one: Crochet & Knitting
Week two: Cooking
Week three: Book crafts
Week four: Gardening

Day 1- 1st Feb 2011:

I was inspired to make a jar cover so the jar can be re-used to store pencils, paintbrushes or as a vase for dried flowers. The inspiration came from Lock & Spoon (via Craftgawker)
Day 2- 2nd Feb 2011:

I was inspired to make this coffee cup cosy by IngridNation.
I used leftover wool scraps and reused buttons taken from the pockets of an old pair of pants.
Day 3- 3rd Feb 2011:
Home made yarn made from recycled t-shirts.

Day 4- 4th Feb 2011:
I know a few people were wondering what I would make with the home made yarn from t-shirts. I will make something with it on the weekend. I was going to knit something yesterday, but the yarn took me about three hours to make - so that was my thing-a-day yesterday. Today I was so busy, so I just crocheted a couple of flowers from some left over yarn while I was on the train and re-used the hairclips I wore as my sister's matron of honour, to make new hair decorations.
Day 5- 5th Feb 2011:
I made a rag rug from the yarn made on day 3. This took me a lot longer half an hour but it is something I have been wanting to try for ages. So I thought this was a good experiment. Later I can tackle something more complex.
Day 6- 6th Feb 2011:
The pattern for the little hearts on this Valentine card can be found at Meet Me At Mikes. One of the paper hearts is cut from leftover baking paper from when it is cut to fit the tray (which normally would get thrown away). Bits of ribbon and cardboard etc are leftover from other projects. The beads are reclaimed from broken jewellery.
I also made another jar from day one, because my nephew saw it and put in an order for a red one.
Day 7- 7th Feb 2011:
This jewellery was made from crocheted wire and crocheted cotton. The wire was left over from making my daughter's wedding bouquet. The beads and findings were reclaimed and reused from other jewellery pieces.

Day 8- 8th Feb 2011:
Still with my reuse or recycle theme for thing-a-day. Week two has a challenge - cooking.Today was Leftover sausages mixed with vegetables, grated cheese and ground black pepper in pastry.

Day 9 - 9th Feb 2011:
I had a funny day yesterday and it was really hot, so I didn't end up cooking anything. 
But I did make a drink bottle holder, so you can reuse your drink bottle and not use bought water.
Day 10 - 10th Feb 2011:
Apple, Bread & Butter Pudding
3 large or 4 small Granny Smith apples
peeled, cored and chopped into slices
4 slices of bread, buttered & cut into 4 triangles
2 tablespoons of sugar
4 cups of milk
3 large or 4 small eggs
ground nutmeg
craisins or raisins

Prepare the apples and bread. Place a layer of apples in an oven proof dish and sprinkle with sugar to
taste. Add a layer of bread and sprinkle with craisins or raisins to taste. Make another layer of apples and bread in the same fashion. Mix milk and eggs in a separate container until combined. Carefully pour over the layers you have prepared. Sprinkle with nutmeg to taste. Place the dish in an oven tray and partly fill with water. Put this in a moderate oven approximately 180 celcius or 350 fahrenheit. Dish is cooked when the egg custard is set and it is slightly brown on top. Serve hot with icecream.
Day 11- 11th Feb 2011:
I was too busy socialising yesterday to do my thing-a-day, but I did do some crochet of some more water bottle holders when I was on the train.
But socialising is much more important! After a lovely day with my friend lunching in the cultural centre and getting my State Library card, I had a great night at dinner with the ladies from school. Yay!
Day 12 - 12th Feb 2011:
I find quiche is a good way to use up leftover cold meat and vegies. 
Day 13 - 13th February 2011:
Today I made spiced nuts. My Dad gave me some raw peanuts. I think he bought them by accident and didn't really like the taste. So I fried them in some butter, sugar and spices mixed with a dash of water. Then I laid them on a tray and roasted them in the oven. Yummy!
Since it's Valentine's Day tomorrow, I thought I'd also make some Rocky Road.
Day 14 - 14th Feb 2011:
I made my mother a valentine from the Rocky Road I made on the 13th Feb.
Day 15 - 15th Feb 2011:
Into the third week of February now. Wow, time flies. So today I did some scrapbooking with a Harry Potter theme. I picked up an old Harry Potter book for 50 cents. Here is my project:
Day 16 - 16th Feb 2011:
Origami from book pages.
Day 17 - 17th Feb 2011:
More paper crafts from the same Harry Potter book that I got for 50 cents.
The template for Hagrid's Hut was taken from here:http://www.mascal.it/paper2_e.html but I didn't use all the pieces.
The fairy was a graphic free sample. I think it was from Dover Publications but I downloaded it a while ago.
The witch is from the Leaky Cauldron sign.

Day 18 - 18th Feb 2011:
Today was a flower day. I made some cute paper flowers from book pages.
The pattern was from the Meet Me At Mike's book by Pip Lincolne. You can find her here on her blog.
I also crocheted some more flowers with different yarn this time.
I picked up a packet with 10 buttons for 35 cents from the op shop and used them as the centres for the flowers.

Day 19 - 19th Feb 2011:

Today I just made some heart decorations on string from paper. I got the idea from this link on the lovely Eddie's Pinterest. She is also doing Thing-a-day by the way.
I didn't sew mine, though. I glued it. I should have been more careful with my cutting out because it's a bit messy, but I was doing it while I was watching a movie.
Day 20 - 20th Feb 2011:
Template from here.
Inspiration from all over the web.
Day 21 - 21st Feb 2011:
Butterfly template from here.
Day 22 - 22nd Feb 2011:
I made a potting mix scoop from a milk container. I glued the lid in place so it doesn't come off and added a rafia tie so I can hang it up in the shed.

Day 23 - 23rd Feb 2011:
I made a planting guide. I put the quick guide from Yates in the front and then put one month to a page so there is room for notes. 

                          Day24 - 24th Feb 2011:

I had a very busy day today and I was sitting
 wondering what I should do for my thing-a-day,
 because I was stuck and I had very little time.
Then I came across this post in my RSS feed, by Sarah Werkmeister on the Six Thousand blog, where she talks about making a "jungle" using hydroculture. It's such a simple, yet adorable idea and I just had to try it. So now when I talk to myself in my study/studio/workroom, I can say I'm really talking to the plants.

Day25- 25th Feb 2011:
I made a wind spinner for the garden using the instructions from this post. But instead of soda bottles I used an old plastic file to make the strips. I think it turned out quite nicely.
Day 26 - 26th Feb 2011:
I got a little wooden box from the op shop and put some pictures on it with mod podge. Then I made some envelopes up with space to write information for the seeds I have collected.

Day 27 - 27th Feb 2011:
Mod Podge Pots

Day 28 - 28th Feb 2011:

30 Day Crochet Challenge from Tumblr 2010

I found this challenge via http://peachycolleen.tumblr.com and these are my answers which I posted each day on Tumblr. I found the discipline of having to write something every day (even one sentence) was really good for me.

Day 1: What was your first finished project?
My first finished project was a potholder for the school fete. I was still in primary school. I don’t know where it ended up, but someone bought it.

Day 2: What is currently on your hooks?
I am just starting to learn to make amigurumi. I’m starting with these cute bunnies:

Day 3: Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?
I am making a file with samples & stitches I have learned. Kind of a reference file. It’s very useful when you are trying to make things up, because you can look at a sample to see how the stitches will look.


Day 4: How did you learn how to crochet?
I learnt to crochet from my Nan when I was just a wee little thing. But I then learnt new stitches and things just from books & tutorials.

Day 5: How long did it take from the time your learned how to crochet, to finish your first project?
I can’t really remember this. It was a long time ago. Maybe from one school holidays until the next?

Day 6: What is your favorite piece that you’ve crochet?
Although it is a mixture of crochet, knitting and so on. I like this piece, which I have been meaning to blog about and will soon.
It’s called The Mad Crafter’s Tea Party.

Day 7: Your least favorite?
I don’t really have a least favourite, but I hate it when I make a mistake - it drives me nuts.

Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?
I am trying to learn filigree crochet, but whenever I start, I always unravel it. I’m such a chicken.

Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with?

I love working with Feathers, fluffy and those type of textured yarns.

Day 10Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

Sarah London - I really admire her.

Day 11Do you have a “Crocheting Hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good? Do share!
I’d have to say Pip Lincolne from Meet Me at Mike’s -  who is a craft queen, but also crochets. I just love the way she gives so much to the crafting community and she is really upbeat and nice to her readers. I’m totally in love with her hearts (pattern here) and I think she has a good heart.

Day 12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures!

Day 13: Do you have yarn that you love but can’t find a project for?
Not really. I usually find a project for everything eventually. Whether they turn out any good is something that is debatable. But I’m happy as long as I had fun crafting.

Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?
The worst type of yarn to work with (for me) are string, hemp or rope types because they are really hard on my hands. But the effort can be worth it because you can make some awesome things by crocheting or knitting with alternative yarns & fibres.

Day 15: What was your least favorite pattern and why?
Don’t have one. Except for (as I said before) I get chicken with the more complicated fillagree. But I will conquer that in 2011. Fer sure!

Day 16: Have you ever had a crocheting related injury?
Kind of. Earlier this year I sprained my finger and I couldn’t bend it. I had been doing heaps of crocheting as well. The doctor thought I  may have had carpal tunnel syndrome. But luckily it was just overuse combined with the injury and some rest made it all better.

Day 17: Have you ever had a project that you loved become ruined? What’s the story behind it?
I can’t think of one off the top of my head, so if I did, then it wasn’t memorable.
But when the kids were little their grandmother made them both some gorgeous granny square rugs. One of the kids took theirs on a bike and you can guess the rest. Big holes from being caught in gears. That was a bit sad.

Day 18: What are your preferred hooks made from (metal, steel, bamboo, wood, plastic)?
I usually use metal hooks because that is what I learnt on. I haven’t used bamboo hooks, and I will use plastic but prefer not to if I can  help it.

Day 19: Do you watch movies and/or listen to podcasts while crocheting? What are your favorite things to crochet to?
I usually crochet to chick flicks or to TV shows like “The Big Bang Theory”.

Day 20: Do you crochet in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?
I quite often crochet in public. Whenever I catch public transport I usually read or crochet. I even crocheted at the pool waiting for my  nephew doing his swimming lessons. When we home schooled many mums would knit or crochet when the kids were doing drama classes or music lessons or sport. I’m sure my eldest was a little embarrassed of her mum being such a nerd, because she is so cool - but that’s okay we love & accept each other.
This is a good time to post this link to a group by Paisley Jade called “Craft Nerds Going Public”.

Day 21: Do you crochet gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays?
I do, but I am careful about who I crochet for, because some people are picky and do not like home made gifts - they can’t seem to appreciate the beauty of handmade. Most kids seem to love them though, although I have found a few who are so spoiled they don’t appreciate anything they are given unless it is very expensive.
An example of a gift I made is for a friend who is like a son to us. His little girl just loves blankets, her Mum said. So I was happy I made her this one. It is crocheted on one side and patchwork on the other

Day 22: Have you ever stricken someone off your to-crochet-for list because they didn’t appreciate/take care of your last crochet gift to them?
The short answer is “No”, but as I said before I try to read the situation on whether they appreciate home/hand made first.

Day 23: If you had the supplies (and patience) for it, what project would you start today?
I have held onto a pattern for an heirloom bedspread and pillows with gorgeous motifs. I am waiting until I have the supplies, patience, time and skill level. But would love to start it soon.

Day 24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?
No, I’m not that advanced yet. But I do improvise a lot when it comes to crochet. I just work stitches until it looks right. This is like when I made the characters in the Mad Hatter piece.

Day 25: Do you have a crocheting book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it!
I  sort of answered this question on day 3 about works in progress.

Day 26: Have you ever been a part, or wanted to be a part of a crochet-a-long? What was it? If not, why?
No, I haven’t. I haven’t found a group yet, not locally. But I wouldn’t mind doing an online one, but I worry my skills aren’t as good as many people who crochet. I really just do it for fun.

Day 27: How do you acquire most of yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favorite?
I get given a lot, I go to opportunity shops, I go on eBay, and I go to smaller craft shops like the one we have around the corner. I even go to Spotlight and Lincraft sometimes. Though I must say that when I returned from the country after 10 years or so (back to our capital city) I was disappointed how many smaller drapery shops and craft shops had just disappeared the same as the smaller hardware stores. It is a bit of a sadness I have never really gotten over, because so many of my childhood memories of crafting are tied up in the smaller shops.

Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides crochet? What are they, and did learning to crochet come before or after learning these other crafts?
I do enjoy other crafts, mainly knitting, card making and other paper based crafts. I also do some sewing and flower arranging and floral art.
But crochet is the earliest craft I can remember learning. Then I didn’t do it for a long time. But now I am back and enjoying learning some new things.

Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from crochet?
Tips? Make sure you sit really comfortably and support your arm or you will get pain from an overuse injury. It’s true and it’s happened to me more than once. Remember your OHS :)

Day 30: What’s your name on Ravelry? If you don’t have a Ravelry account, why?
My Ravelry name is Abutcherswife, but I haven’t used my account’s many features yet, and I really intend to do it this year.


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