Monday, June 29, 2009

My scrapbook.

I have a confession to make. I have often mocked the craft known as "scrapbooking". Yes, it was unkind, and I am sorry about that. As is often the case in life, I now have to eat humble pie because today I am introducing....my new scrapbook.

I blame it on my craftnight buddies, Linda, Katie, and Vicky. Linda mentioned one night that when she sees something she likes in a magazine, she rips out the page and pastes it into a scrapbook. Katie and Vicky saw the simple and tasteful practicality of the idea and joined in. I kept a safe distance, razzing them all about "taking up scrapbooking".
But you know, they were right, so I jumped in too. It really is a great way of remembering things that you like. My scrapbook is a mixture of things I could make, things I would like to collect, colour schemes that appeal to me, various patterns, garden photos, furniture, etc.
See? You're never too old or too proud to take up a new craft passtime. Next post, a new fibre art: It's called "kite detangling".
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My gelatine dinner party

Hi, do you want to come to my gelatine dinner party? Whadya mean you're a bit squeamish about gelatine? According to this cookbook it is NOT and NEVER HAS BEEN made from horns or hooves, but rather from tendons and carefully selected pieces of hide. Good. Thank you. We've got that straight now.
My party's gonna be great. First of all, I'm going to make myself thin and beautiful by following the hints for beauty with gelatine.

Then, I'm gonna cook a great menu of wobbly treats. I will take utmost care to have this exact expression while cooking.

For the starter, I couldn't go past the celery and chicken delight. Well, the title says it all really.

Now I know I said quite recently my last meal would be crumbed schnitzel, but I've changed my mind. My last meal would have to be the jellied lamb roast. Num num num num! Note the moulds of jellied peas served as a jaunty accompaniment.

Dessert? Oh thank you, but I couldn't. I couldn't stop myself gorging on the main courses. (Clutching tummy, loosening belt, and letting out deep sigh). Well, it's been a lovely evening. Thanks for coming!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wholesome post: A pincushion.

The title of this post is just to reassure you there's nothing shocking here today, just this little pincushion for my friend Katie, whose birthday was earlier this week.

I just love quick little craft projects like this: 15 minutes rifling through my fabric boxes looking for a cool piece to use, 10 minutes at the sewing machine, then about 15 minutes handstitching in front of the telly to finish it off. It's the perfect project when you're getting buried under big projects like curtains and skirts and patchwork quilts.

I also got her some smart new pins to go with it, the pearl-headed fancy kind. I've gotta tell you, the internet is a great source of pincushion inspiration, like here for instance. Next: A pincushion for myself.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Meet Pinkie

Meet Pinkie. Sylvie chose him last time we were at the junk shop.

Like most soft toys, Pinkie has a fluffy little tail.


Pinkie also has a fluffy little...well...have a look for yourself...

And there's more! He also has an anatomically correct exit point from his gastrointestinal tract. See?

Imagine our delight. Simon whispered to me conspiratorially "I think Pinkie may have just got out of jail."
Pah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Too socksy for my socks

Get a load of this:

Yip, I'm back in the craft community big time now that I can knit on four needles. My knit-tastic friend Linda talked me through getting started on my 4-needle socks, and rescued me when I dropped stitches and uncoolly craft-panicked. This variegated sock wool is the business though- see how it knits up all patterned? I love it.

Speaking of love:

The Founders Park Book Fair was a treasure trove of community cookbooks and other treasures like the one above. This cookbook has me thinking of the shimmering delights of gelatine, and I especially love that all the items within have been prepared by this possessed person. Simon and I had a few drinks the other night and laughed over this book until we wept. Now that's love.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Meme all about Me, Me, Me

The very lovely Megan Rose from Frou Frou Frippery tagged me for this meme- it's all about me, me, me!

What is your current obsession?
Blue cups and dinnerware, old biscuit tins, my children’s art.

What is your weirdest obsession?
If I’m going to be honest they’re all pretty odd.

What are you wearing today?
If you’re asking me that in a heavy breathing voice then I’m not going to tell you.

What's for dinner?
I wish it was baked potatoes, bacon, sour cream, sweet chilli sauce, and salad. I’ve been thinking about that for days and days. In fact it was beef casserole, couscous, and broccoli.

What would you eat for your last meal?
Crumbed schnitzel, tiramisu, a glass of REALLY expensive dry Riesling.

What's the last thing you bought?
This pattern.


What are you listening to right now?
Simon reading stories to the small people.

What do you think of the person who tagged you?
Megan Rose has such a sweet blog, and she lives in one of my favourite towns, Oamaru. I think she is very styley and I’d like to meet her in person one day.

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Nelson! It’s the third most charming village in the world you know.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
A small town in the South of France, where it’s warm. I’d order a glass of wine in charming café and take the whole hour to drink it. Oh dear that sounded very pretentious. But I still want to do it.

Which language do you want to learn?
French. Because when I speak it French people either stifle giggles or roar with laughter. Great that I’m so funny, but I wasn’t actually trying to be.

What's your favorite quote (for now)?
I have two actually…
“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares? ...He's a mile away and you've got his shoes.”
Billy Connelly

“If you’re happy and you know it, drive safely”
Sylvie, my daughter.

What is your favorite colour?
Red. It’s happy.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
My red and turquoise vintage dress. I’ve had it for years and I’ll never ever throw it out. Did you hear that dressy? You and me are best friends forever.

What is your dream job?
Editing manuscripts. Lucky me!

What's your favourite magazine?
Woman’s Day. Stop judging me. I love trash.

If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on?
That makes NZD 300 right? Some workshop jeans, a vintage jelly mould, a new vintage handbag because the clasp on my Molnar original is broken.

Describe your personal style?
I would aspirationally describe it as “Granny chic” but realistically describe it as “What was top in the drawer this morning”.

What are you going to do after this?
Go to craft night with my three crafty friends. Yippee! I love you all, Katie, Vic and Linda!

What are your favourite films?
I really enjoyed The Escapist, which I saw last week. Other than that, the Hitchcock movie “Rear Window” and the first “Star Wars” movie.

What's your favourite fruit?
Using ‘fruit’ in the strict botanical sense, I can tell you that my favourites are feijoas, avocados, and tomatoes.

What inspires you?
Perfect knitting and crochet. Neat sewing. Style that’s come from a person’s imagination, rather than from a shop. Retro furniture. Environmentally designed houses. Décor and clothing from The Thunderbirds, Get Smart, and Alfred Hitchcock movies. Plants.

Your favourite books?
It changes all the time. Recent favourites have been “The man of my dreams” by Curtis Sittenfeld, and “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova.

Do you collect anything?
Oh goodness yes. Please see the last year or so of blog entries for details.

Any advice that’s come from bitter experience?
Go and back up your digital photos right now.

What makes you follow a blog?
Lovely photos, do-able projects, witty or thought-provoking text, a likeable person behind the blog.

And, even though I find it very difficult to tag people, here are eight from my side links who might like to play along. If you don't want to, I'm not offended.
The house of Nana, All this trouble, Creative endeavors in a busy life, Norma Tika designs, Sweet P knits, Earnest Hemming, Seven stitches.

The rules:1. Respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add one more question of your own.2. Tag eight other people.
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Sunday, June 7, 2009

June is for fabric flowers

Goodness knows I have a heap of sewing projects that need finishing, but this afternoon when I got out my sewing machine I had a new project in mind- a fabric flower brooch.
I've seen the sweetest fabric flowers lately. Lucy had a tutorial for some sweet little japanese ones on her blog recently. Then, there was New Zealand's Next Top Model on Friday night. Did anyone notice that Sara was wearing a beautiful red fabric flower during the final judging panel? That's the one for me, I muttered to myself inside my head. It was my very own Saramail moment. I just knew the ties I've been collecting would come in handy for something.

To make this, I unpicked an old tie, pressed it flat, then cut it into a long rectangle. Ties are already cut on the bias, so that helps with making something like this that has a lot of movement in it. I folded the rectangle in half longways, ran a gathering thread along the bottom, then gathered it into a long strip. The rest is all handsewing, just folding it around a little by little until it made a flower shape, putting in stitches as I went to hold all the folds in place. Then a felt circle on the back, and a brooch pin. Easy!

And here it is, glamming up my decolletage. That's a sewing word you know. Happy Sunday to you!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My sister has the coolest stamps

Hello! Here I am. I bet you thought I'd dropped off the face of the planet. Well...I didn't. But my computer did. Grrr. I love and hate computers all at the same time. Anyhoo, lets not dwell on the negatives. I still have my doddery old lap top after all. And, added bonus, I was surprised and delighted to find some old photos I'd forgotten about lurking on it.

Exhibit 1. Look at my sister's great stamp set. I am so jealous of this. I immediately want to get out the stamp pad and start playing with it as soon as I see it.

In other news, I think I might be banned from the craft community because I can't figure out the whole knitting on 4 needles thing. Seriously, I've had two false starts on a pair of socks and it's seriously dented my pride. My A-line skirt is halted at the "how the heck do you put in piping neatly?" stage, and my new curtain fabric is looking accusingly at me every time I walk past it.
Still, mustn't grumble. I have a huuuuuuuuuge bag of cooking apples to make something nice with, and an equally huge bag of persimmons. Now there's a challenge.


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