Just briefly (very briefly, for I am absolutely knackered – feel like I didn’t have a weekend at all), I wanted to pop in and announce that the lucky recipient of the CRAFT: magazine is…
… Cathy from Miss Marzie.
Will be back tomorrow (I hope) with pics of the-pants-that-very-nearly-weren’t 🙂 G’night.
This week has seen a bit of reorganisation happening about the house, as we moved Rohan from cradle to cot (which makes nary a difference since he spends most of his night cuddled up in with me anyway). My craft space, aka the wardrobe, becomes somewhat inaccessible with the big cot set up in our room, so I moved some of it out to our third bedroom (aka ‘the junk room/piano room/ study’, though by the end of the year we hope to achieve a functioning third bedroom), packed some of it away for the forseeable future, and even did a spot of tidying up/ destashing. Not a fraction of what it needs though. The sleep deprivation has started to hit in full force this week, so I’m feeling a bit of a zombie.
Anyway, in the process, I found a few things that I thought I might pass on to new homes. First up is this copy of CRAFT: magazine Issue 08 – I have two copies, so one could be yours! If you’d like it, drop me a comment, and I’ll have a random-number draw thingy after 6pm on Sunday (Australian EST). Sorry – Australian residents only this time – I got a bit burned by postage on my last giveaway 😮
PS. If you only pop in on Thursdays, you’ll be wanting to know about that knitting!
PPS. More spaces over at kootoyoo!
How did you fare in the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day? I did very well for myself indeed. Unfortunately I let the deadline for giving stuff away slip by me (which is why I’m joining in a different giveaway, see below…), but I had a ball finding new blogs and entering a couple of dozen giveaways. And I won two! Firstly, I was the lucky recipient of a voucher to Lauren Williams’ madeit store. Lauren creates jewellery pieces using fabric covered buttons. I chose these two pieces:
And I love them both!
Secondly, on its way to join my small but growing quilt book collection, will be the learn to quilt book given away by Dianna of “Someday I’ll Be…“. Thankyou Dianna 🙂
Which brings me to my giveaway. I’m signing on to ‘attend’ the SEWN Launch party. Have you heard about this? SEWN is the new online quilting and sewing community about to launch. As part of the party, loads of blogs are signing up to giveaway free stuff, and you can win prizes at the site as well.
What am I giving away? These two books:
1. Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter, and
2. Yeah, I made it myself by Eithne Farry
How do you win? Simply leave a comment on this post, telling me which of these books you’d like to win (or ‘both’, if you want to be in the running for either book), and you’ll be in the running to win 🙂 Make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you. I’ll randomly draw two winners on Monday June 8th, at (let’s say) 6pm Melbourne time. (That’s Melbourne, Australia, not the other one!) Good luck!
Lastly, I know this has been a pretty Niamh-centric blog of late, but I just have to show you her creative space! A friend gave her a sticky-foam-shapes craft kit for her birthday, and would you believe this occupied her for two straight hours today?! That is simply astounding for a three year old, if you ask me!
I redeemed my most-excellent-Mum status yesterday :giggle: ?! You know, it struck me that this creative streak I’ve been on lately is actually my equivalent of that ‘nesting’ thing other women get. I always thought it was a myth, or I’d been completely overlooked when they handed out the nesting gene. During neither of my pregnancies have I been overly interested in home improvements (aka “doing the baby’s room”) or excessive housework :yuk: But I realise now that at about this point last time I was going through a bit of a ‘make-stuff’ phase as well. Amongst other things, I made a squishy frog toy for Finn, and hand-stitched a felt counting-book, which he still adores. I’d better start thinking of something along those lines to make for Small.
Finn has been wearing his ‘monkey shirt’ with pride today… it rapidly acquired yoghurt stains, but never mind that! He had complete artistic direction over that one – green with a monkey, please Mum! The orange one was more of an afterthought – I thought I’d have another try at the low-water immersion technique, but I never seem to get this exactly how I like it… I’m more of a control freak than this allows! The giraffe design was, um, nicked from the Internet somewhere (shhh), but the monkey is all mine 🙂
And yes, there was also more floss dyeing 😉 And here’s part 2 of “Ask and ye shall receive”. I’m working on an 18-step colour spectrum from which you will at some point soon be able to purchase (with pastel shades to follow). The following 6 skeins have been evicted from the line-up. Not because they’re bad colours, but because they were too close to others I already had. So… six of you lucky ducks get to grab a freebie. All you need to do is comment below – mention which colour you’d like (so that commenters below you know what’s been taken) then email me your address and I’ll have it in the mail asap. Easy!
Vital info: Skeins are 6 meters in length, as I’m keeping a portion for my records. To avoid confusion, let’s call them (left to right): magenta, purple, blue, green, orange, red (which is actually more of a dark orange). The purple does have some slight smudges of blue in places… let’s call that a Finn original!
PS. Forgot to add, it was pointed out to me by two someones that the Caron heart can be found here. Enjoy!