Wednesday, 29 July 2015

WIP Wednesday


My excitement is high this week. I love my cross stitch and this weekend I stopped trying to force myself to work on beacon at daybreak.... it takes too much concentration as it's small and complicated. Instead I brought out Afternoon Tea. Yes I know I don't understand how afternoon tea can be simpler... that said I park the threads and don't have to think about the colours that I need I just work on the next thread and then fill in the colours that are missing from the parking.

I love working on afternoon tea and I managed to finish a column. It was such a productive day.

Here is what it looked like the last time I showed you. I was almost half way down the column and about to enter the crazy confetti area.


 It doesn't look like that much different. But it truly is.



I love working on this piece.

Also I will leave you with an update of my granny stripe. I caught him pretending to crochet it over the weekend and he hid from me under it when he saw my camera. It was so cute.


Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Monday, 27 July 2015

Mount Gravatt Show

It's show time again :D

Many years I've spent getting excited about the Mount Gravatt Show and anticipating when it would be coming. Last year both Lana and I had cross stitch in the show and we managed to win a couple of prizes. This year I'm no where near that organised and really haven't been working on any cross stitch at the right size.

We go back and forth to the show every year and the last couple of years the kids have been introduced to the fun of the show. Unfortunately the kids don't get into the excitement of looking through all the displays and they can't think of anything else but the rides. It's slightly annoying because the displays are my favourite part.

So I want to share some of the beautiful stuff I found at the cross stitch and quilting displays.

I'm sorry about the quality of the photos but the Aztec design was gorgeous.

This quilt below has been cross stitched and then quilted into a quilt. It is beautiful.


It was 100 years for the show this year and they had a big display for 100 years in needlework. It looks absolutely amazing.






The needlework is amazing and the quilts look awesome. I loved this one below the pattern is amazing.


Each year they have a treasure hunt competition. The kids loved doing it. They had to go around all the displays and find the odd item out. In the quilts there was a great big number 1 balloon. They thoroughly enjoyed searching for all the stuff and I hope one of them wins the prize.


There was some awesome old machines, this one was running beautifully.


There was a hot wheels display. With this awesome little kid as well. He managed some awesome tricks and then his dad took over.




By the end of this trick you couldn't see a thing.



All in all it was an awesome day/night and the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I loved all the crafts.
Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Friday, 24 July 2015

Blogger Meetups - I want to meet you!

I went to a blogging meet up today. :D

Can I say I was a little bit nervous and a whole lot excited. It's the second meet up I've ever been to and this one I consciously decided to go and network. It was an awesome chat that did highlight some things for me. I have to get my blog theme and logo sorted and then print up some business cards. That and there are a surprisingly large amount of bloggers that come out of the woodwork living not far from me.


That said, it's HARD being a craft blogger in Australia. There I said it. It's not because of the blogging, and no I don't live with the kangaroos, it's because I'm so far away from EVERYONE!! Even today, I was the only dedicated craft blogger, most of the people there were lifestyle bloggers with a couple of business bloggers thrown in. And although I do do some lifestyle blogging and I love to talk about achievements and life here the main focus is on my crafts. Always will be. It was great to meet and talk blogging and life with others who understand my need to share what I'm doing. They don't necessarily get my topic but they get the need to share.


I don't know where exactly all are you are from but I do know the vast majority of my readers are from USA and UK. Which I absolutely love. It is great being able to reach and share with so many like minded people all around the globe. It is such a great thing to share and be inspired by others. It's why I got into blogging in the first place. I wanted to share my projects and be inspired by others. But it has become sooo much more than that. I love to teach and share and I constantly find myself wanting to help others learn and love crafts as much as I do. This online community we have is wonderful as there is always someone to lend a hand or commiserations as the case may be.


I know I have a lot of readers that don't comment on my posts (I can read my stats). Sometimes it's time sometimes it just is hard to comment on my phone. I am very guilty of that more often than not.


So this is my call out to ALL of you.

I want to meet you too. 

Whether you are in Australia or overseas and far away, please introduce yourself to me. Tell me where you are from. Tell me what crafts you do. I want to share some of the support and love and want to get to know you guys. Join me for a cup of tea or something stronger and lets start some conversations going.

So Happy Stitching,
I look forward to hearing from ALL of you.
Caitlin

If chatting through blog comments isn't your thing then you can also find me over on instagram or facebook. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

WIP Wednesday

We interrupt my regularly scheduled program with NOTHING. I really haven't done much of anything this week. I had a crazy weekend with a concert on and then I had to dash off to a show I was going to see. It was awesome. It's a production called Creative Generations which is a production with only state school (primary and secondary) students. It's like a variety show with music, dancing and singing but all done by kids. There are mentors and teachers all around but the ones doing the actual performance are the kids. I've been twice now and it was pretty amazing.

Evenings at the moment have been me sitting with my crochet across my lap but not achieving much of anything. I think I added one more colour from where I was. I do feel bad about my lack of progress but I did have a lot of progress the week before so it adds up.

Now I have a question for you. How do you tote your projects around? I'm at craft day today like every Wednesday and I've got my granny stripe sitting in it's special duffle bag. It has become the only thing big enough to carry the blanket and the yarn in at once.



Then all my other projects are mixed between pencil cases and bags depending how big they are.

So what do you use?


Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Monday, 20 July 2015

Fruity Hippo

I mentioned this Hippo on Wednesday but I figured that this gorgeous little guy deserved his own post. 

I signed up for the voodoo rabbit fabric toy club at the beginning of the year and it finished last month. This was the first kit that I received and within the first week I cut out the pattern and had it all on cardboard ready to go BUT for whatever reason and usually with me that can just be lack of motivation at the right time I didn't cut out the fabric and go for it. 


So over the next couple of months the pattern has been sitting there and last week I finally got myself in gear thinking that I would give this as a raffle prize for the upcoming concert, If you follow my instagram you would have seen that I was cutting out the fabric and on Sunday I sat down in the morning and sewed up the hippo. It was going great and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is where some of the trouble started ... when I put the eyes into the seam I just cut some of the stitches and they opened up more than I wanted them to. I sewed them shut around the eyes but I realised at that point that I wouldn't be able to give this away as a raffle prize but I still loved it. Look at the cute face :D

Then before I sewed up the hippo I don't know if that was during the stuffing or before but that back seam was ripping really bad. When I sewed up the opening it was still pulling and looking quite messy. So I decided that I had to cover up the area and since the pattern came with a felt flower I made up one of those and sewed it over the opening. I think it looks so beautiful.


So despite everything that happened in making this hippo I just LOVE him. He's so cute and sweet and just scrumptious!



Such a lovely smiley face :D

So Happy Stitching, 
Caitlin
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