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Saturday, May 16, 2015

My sewing skills..


...Are shit! LOL
Yeah I am not loving the sewing atm..mainly because of the fabric I think. That and I clearly think I am the size of a hippo rather than say a baby elephant, so I cut out and put together the wrong size. While the armscye are larger on this style of clothing, when they are as low as waist level we have an issue :P
Not to worry, I know for next time.

I'm still searching for fabrics that I can handle sewing without it being a huge power struggle, but that work for this style of clothing. Lagenlook, ragamuffin, Magnolia Pearl etc
I will get there. I need new clothing so I better work it out :)
Down 12kg and my clothing is getting way too loose.

I haven't been knitting either.
Mainly just fixing this house...fix one thing, something else goes!
Again, getting there. Not tooooo much more can go wrong. I hope.
Anyway, I have just finished replacing burst pipes, the piers that were damaged and new flooring in my room (because we had to rip up my floor to get the the burst pipe..gah!).

So I have beautiful turquoise floors, light grey walls and a super dooper bed canopy to stop those horrid little blood suckers getting to me. The cats thinks it's for them, they love sleeping in the bed fort :)

One thing I have started again is drawing, something I enjoyed when I was in my teens. I bought myself a little cheap desk so I can sit and scribble when the mood strikes.
Enough babble..let me find some pictures





My beautiful bed - canopy, fairy lights and a scrappy quilt made by my Mum :) Loooove my turquoise floors :D
Mum made this quilt using all the fabrics she already had in her stash. It's so vibrant and colourful. PVC and sticky hooks hold up the canopy.
 This is my wardrobe...err and vacuum, yeah ignore that. So I wear lots of black apparently :P I still have to paint the skirting boards, shhhh.



My cheap tiny desk plus side table with art supplies...right next to my bed is my IKEA stool, complete with T2 coffee cup :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Boom!

Whoo, back online!!
Super dooper long story short...
J was a prick. Sold house and E and I plus animals ended up homeless for three months. Shit happens.
Bought a fixer upper than I can't afford to fix up out in the boonies aka Riverina, NSW.
We live in a remote town that had just mobile broadband, that sucked big time!
NBN arrived last month and BOOM! We are back online and loving it!

We are also happy be ourselves again, living quietly our way :)
Took awhile to find our happiness again but we have it back in spades.
Amazing shit happens when your true to yourself and take care of yourself rather than trying to do what someone else wants you to do. More of that later in this post.

We don't have big gardens just yet but hopefully soon. Summer out here is just too hot!
We do have a large variety of pot plants, mainly foodstuffs growing in the cat enclosure, aka front porch.
We do have chooks again, our last lot of babies including new baby Australorps went to live with my brother.
I don't currently have a craft room, but I do have a sun room that needs some love which will eventually become my craft room.

Our little house, 2 bedrooms, is a shit hole, no really. BUT I have done some work. The previous owners, are douche canoes and hid some major faults with this house...even the building inspector missed them :(
The day we arrived we found one bedroom floor had collapsed, they had the room full of boxes apparently packed and ready to move..bullshit!
6 months here and the bathroom fall apart...in winter! It gets to -5C here in winter and we had to go to the other side of town and use the caravan park showers. I won't lie, it was brutal!
So we now have a nice new shiny bathroom :) It is beautiful.
I then got the same builder to rebuild the bedroom for E...he now has the funkiest bedroom, purple walls, furry rug, black curtains..it is beautiful :) And he got to have it just how he envisioned it.

So craft...hmm not much happened in the last two years to be honest. April 2014 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, yup that was a bitch. Hand and wrist pain stopped me from doing much. I won't go into all the medical dramas as it is a bit full on...needless to say I did a big change in diet to a "real foods" and my medical drama llama is slowly coming under control :)

Atm I am sewing a dress. Now I am not a big sewer, very much still a beginner after 25 years of sewing little projects here and there. Yeah, a skill I should practice more, esp since I have a machine.
After Christmas my Mum, Aunt and Stepdad came out to visit for a few days. So us girls got all craft crazy. I showed them the Tina Givens sewing patterns I have collected and want to sew...they fell in love with them also, so we went shopping. Really what else would you do? We hit Lincraft and Spotlight, both had a 40% off sale going on.
I came home with some cheesecloth type fabric to make my first dress, plus more to make another two dresses/tops/pants.
So glad I got the machine serviced two years ago, she is running like a dream :)

I have a cardigan about 2/3 knit, now that my RA pain is subsiding I am hoping to get that finished before winter. Everything Nice Hoodie in a plum colour. Hoping I have enough yarn left over to knit boot toppers also :)

I love layers, the more the better...well almost, don't wanna look like a bag lady ;)
I like the Lagenlook, Dark Mori Girl, Strega look..yeah look those up on Pinterest.
The clothes are hard to find here in Oz and super expensive to buy ($200 - 500 for a basic skirt or top, pfft), so I am going to spend this year sewing a few basic pieces. Here is what I want to sew...
5 skirts - 2 plain, 1 with a lace edge, 1 with a ruffle and 1 with multi layers
5 dresses
5 tops
3 pants
2 shorts
2 cardigans or jumpers

I also have a handful of patterns to knit up, but only 2-3..more if the body allows.

I figured since I am losing weight I am not buying clothes, will just sew up things that are adjustable, eg elastic waists :)
I have dumped 7kg already and still have about 20 to go.

This year I am concentrating on our health, confidence and happiness. After the last few years of being smashed emotionally and mentally we are determined to find our inner selves and bring them to the forefront, live true to ourselves. For me that means letting my inner hippy/bohemian/gypsy self out. She is a beautiful soul so why not? I am over looking or doing as society demands. I've always dressed that little bit different, but now I will embrace it. My hair I prefer long so I am growing it again, I even started putting some dreadlocks underneath, i's only taken me 25 years to finally just do it!! :) I hope our self confidence grows by being true to ourselves.

Rach, her hubby Alan and kiddies moved to Cootamundra in Nov 2014, I am so stoked to have familiar faces so close (90 mins away). We catch up about every 6 weeks, talk gardens, craft and kids :)
It's been hard out here with no family or friends nearby. Family are 7-8 hours away and the Sydney girls 5 hours. Living in a tiny town, approx 250 ppl, means no local entertainment except gossip, so I soon gave up going to craft group at the school. Yeah I just don't care for all the town gossip. Happy news is great, the rest of it, not so much. I'm happier on my own in that situation.
Anyways...
Here is to more craft in 2015..I'm bursting with ideas, now to put them into action :)




Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Holy snap it's been a year since my last post!
I guess I should update huh.
Let's see....well we moved to the Central Coast after saving our butts off to buy ourselves a little 2bedroom cottage, which we just adore. We are in the process of building a new garage, hopefully that will be in by the end of May. That will be E's hangout zone...set up with his xbox, dvd's etc
I have put in several vege gardens which are feeding us and the chookers quiet well atm.
For Xmas J bought me a Maine Coon kitten, which he named Arwen. She is just gorgeous and loves to smooch and get kisses. Arwen and Garf are the best of buddies and are often found snoozing together or playing tumbles. She has the most fantastic lynx tips on her ears and tufts of fur coming out of her ears and between her toes. She is a jumper and Garf is seriously following her lead LOL She likes to sleep between our pillows and pushes her nose in under the corner of mine to sleep. We love her :)

I've just returned home from Perth, Dad had a heart attack last Wed so Joe and I flew over on the next available flight to be with him. He was bloody lucky - the paramedic on site (out at the mines) knows Dad and rang him to let him know what happened and to see how he was going. Turns out Dad's heart stopped and it took them 20 mins to revive him, the paramedic got to 20 mins and said "Fuck it, one more shot", which ended up being the zap Dad's heart needed to go again. His chest is badly bruised, he is very sore but he should be fine now. He had a stent inserted into a main artery and has been warned to stop smoking.....my brother took his cigerettes when we left :)

I'm still teaching E, so not a great deal of knitting going on. I have knit Norie (hat), Still Light Tunic, Line Break (Shawl) and some Cloudy Day leg warmers in the last few months.
On the needles now is Spire, a square shawl for my sortaSIL. I'll try get some pictures up in my next update, which won't be 12 months away :) Promise.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Flowers!


I love a quick craft project. I've just made two lovely flowers with some organza fabric and a candle. I followed this tutorial.
These 2 flowers took less than 10 mins to cut, burn and sew onto pins.
Fun! Go give it a go :)

Link

Monday, April 11, 2011

Recycled this...

So I've had this doona cover for years, with the full intention of making a skirt with it, a huge billowing Victorian underskirt in fact. Well I don't have much occasion for a Victorian underskirt so a simple A line skirt was made instead. It just has a simple fold over hem and elastic casing for the waist. I've made it fitted at the waist since I am currently losing weight on Dr's orders....this will hopefully keep me going with that request :P
Anyway, enough chit chat...pictures!























The Doona Cover











New skirt.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Craft's Up!

I've been feeling the need to shake a few things up in my life at the moment, some of which I will let slide onto my blog to reflect all that s going on here.
A few weeks ago I went to my Dr due to having a headache for 3 days, so intense I kept thinking I was going to be sick. First thing he did was check my blood pressure..hello problem! It wasn't good, I knew by his reaction as the actual reading didn't mean that much to me. Anyways, I'm now on medication, was told to reduce all stress from my life, and he even changed my diet - no carbs, processed foods or salty things for a month to lose a few kilo's to try help the BP come down.
No carbs *weep* Ok so it's not THAT hard, but no more pizza Sundays for me, even though its homemade with generally left over baked veggies on it, not layers of processed meats.
The weight is coming off but the blood pressure is being stubborn. Reduce stress he said...right, goodbye Twitter! Seriously, either it's the ppl I have on there or it's just a Twitter thing, but well over 80% of the feed was users bitching about everything and anything they could. Very little was anything positive and outgoing, which I need. Constant negatives get me down. I have not missed it.

The weather is starting to cool down, harrah! That 3 week heatwave was very hard to handle..my electricity bill proves it, oops! I much prefer the cooler weather, the leaves turning pretty colours and the nights being cool enough to sleep :) Losing some weight and winter coming on means new clothes will be needed. New? Pfft, no way! I've decided since my weight can bounce around dramatically when adjusting my diet, medications and season's that I won't be buying any new clothes, undies and bras aside. Instead I am going to repurpose what I have, refashion it, recycle what I have an buy from thrift stores instead. What's the point in buying new clothes, spending a fortune and only wearing the item one season? Waste of money and clothing frankly.
I love a good op shop find, I'd much rather buy clothes from The Salvos, refashion something tailored to fit my look/shape than buy expensive sacks.
April - Sept is my goal, that gives me the cooler months to sit inside and sew to my hearts content. Knitting is also to be from stash (still) or from ripping back old sweater finds.
Now I am no mad evil genius sewer, far from it, I can sew basic things, so this is part of my challenge...and possibly my downfall in this little challenge I've set for myself :D
I have several skirts planned already, I just need the kiddo to set up the sewing machine for me. My machine is an old Bernina, about 32 years old, all metal, weighs a tonne!
Another thing I plan on making ASAP is a quilt for my bed. Looking at feather quilts the other day for winter I kept thinking there had to be an alternative, a cheaper one too. Basic feather quilt $100+, quilt from recycled materials could be as little as $10. E will need one too :)
I will keep a log of what I pay for any items I buy, if possible I'll find a similar item brand new to compare the price too. Just for added fun :)
Other things I will start to post on here are pictures of things I love...flowers, small homes, organisation ideas, clothing, whatever takes my fancy at that moment. I blame Pinterest.com for this 100% :) I love the virtual pin board, saves me printing out things and adding to my folders I keep. Less clutter, paper wastage, ink, time and effort.
Oh and I have decided, for each new item of clothing I make, one must leave the house...no clutter!
WOW that was a ramble :)




















Skirt made from old bedsheet - Tutorial found http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/circle-skirt-from-an-old-sheet

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

So we've begun 2011

The last 2 months have been all kinda of crazy. E and I were busy finishing up school for the year, getting last minute lessons done and sent in. We were so determined and one track mind on our tasks we actually finished a week earlier than when school finished. Another bonus to Distance Education :)

J was working and applying for several jobs, finally hitting the jackpot with a job within Newcastle University on the Central Coast. This meant many trips back and forth, organising his contract, starting days, orientation, looking at places to live etc.
We even stopped to look at a place on the way to the Snowy Mts to see his family for Xmas...thankfully on our return we found out the flat was his if he wanted. He took it, so over the weekend I moved him from Newcastle to Ourimbah. I discovered something about him over this move, he stresses WAY too much. When I got to his house to load up the car he didn't have much packed at all. As in, a few bags and that was it! I just had to stand back and bare it. When I am moving EVERYTHING is packed and usually 2-3 days before the move. Guess we do things differently. It's not that he didn't have time, he has had a few weeks to get organised...he just hadn't done it :) So several trips and he was all moved in, then last load I left him to unpack himself, I headed home feeling tired and sore. I was aching, my neck was so tense across my shoulders, not much was different yesterday. Today I feel a little more relaxed.
The lounge is going, that beast also puts me in a heap of pain so we went out and found me a single chair, just something basic but comfy that should help.
My gardens are inbetween crops, I have pumpkins galore growing, 2 tomato plants and some herbs - sadly most died while we were away, Mum said she watered it but the day we were coming home was just very hot and sadly killed off most of the tomatoes, the white czar bean (again dammit!) etc Then the massive floods of QLD, VIC and NSW (and I believe TAS was badly hit too, not hard much about their floods) hit, wiping out so much in it's wake. Ppl have perished, beast and crops..anything that was in the waters path was obliterated. I filled some gardens with as many seeds as I could stuff in them so we don't have to pay outrageous prices for basic veg. I've heard of places in QLD charging $9 for a loaf of bread and $8 for a litre of milk...that is profiteering not rationing! While I might happily bake bread for us, not everyone knows how, so shopkeepers overreact and do the wrong thing. Though I did hear of one bakery that baked bread for 24hours straight and sold the loaves at 80cents a loaf, free to anyone who didn't have the money, now that is how it should be! Both places are in the Ipswich area.
Tomorrow is Mum's birthday, I've knit her a shawl - Shaelyn Shawl for those on Rav - a lovely quick shawl to knit, easy and straight forward. This last shawl I tried to knit Mum failed, I was allergic to the yarn :S Hopefully she likes this one :)
Now it's time to gear up and get ready for the new school year, for us that means organising the "school room" again, we don't need to run out and get shoes, socks, uniforms, bags etc, just need to restock the stationary and wait for our textbooks to be delivered :)
I've cast on some over the knee socks, 4ply on 2mm or 2.5mm needles, either way they are bloody tiny!! These will def be a LONG term project, something I can knit while teaching E. Maybe I'll even finish Evenstar shawl this year :S