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Summer . . .Autumn . . .Winter who knows lets crochet

Deary me yesterday was 34c here and beautiful and sunny, I washed all our linen and hung it out to dry. Little princess even got a new donna cover for her bed which I am growing more and more jealous of every time I walk into her room. annabelle's bed

(and yes she is hiding in there)

But today is freezing and cold and wet. Right now the wind is howling outside. But on the plus the cooler weather has seen me in the mood to do a little cleaning. I feel like I have been spring cleaning the last 2 days. But we are in autumn with weather like who the bloody hell knows so I feel I shouldn’t say I’ve been springing cleaning. I have however been cleaning up a storm. Our house is now sparkling a little bit more and the carpet feels oh so nice under foot and all the kiddies mess has been cleaned organised and put away. Oh and of course all of my crafty mess has been cleaned, organised and put away. Except of course the baskets with projects I have on the go. I must show you my new basket. You will not believe where I got it. ‘Hard rubbish’ and I didn’t just get one I got 2 perfectly good baskets that would go for around $30+ in my local op shop (thrift store). Yes our op shops have cottoned on to the bargain hunters and are now aiming at the middle class and as such prices are through the roof.

basketBut anywho I love this basket!! I gave it a fresh coat of stain and made a liner out of what else but red and white polka dot fabric. It’s the first time I’ve ever made a basket liner and I really just winged it so I was pretty happy with out this turned out. A basket with yarn makes me so happy, I love going to my crafty cupboard and collecting all the bits and bobs I need for the next project and packing them all nice and neatly in my basket and heading in to the lounge to create and relax. This one above contains all my supplies to start on the next order for a hoot and hootabelle which is due after the easter weekend. My other basket has a secret blanket in it, So I can’t show it to you just yet.  But the blanket is a very special one. I have absolutely loved working on it and one more row of a border and it’s done! It’s for one of my besties. She is having her 1st baby “YIPEE” and if you can’t tell I am just a little excited. The baby shower is in april and I plan on making a few more goodies to go with the blankie so I will reveal all after the big day.

I’ve also been playing with fabric. Mr C was busy a few weekends ago with Karate business so I took the boys and little princess with me along to a Quilt show organised by the lovely people at Mrs Martins’s. Surprisingly the boys had a ball. The kind ladies let them also vote for a quilt and they loved wandering about looking at all the quilts and I think the felt very special choosing their favourite to go in the draw. But the most exciting bit for me was when a wonderfully amazing lady showed me how to do english paper piecing.  Something I have spotted about but never thought I could do it. Well after discovering it is all done by hand I was very keen to give it a go.  I headed down to Gail B’s (if you haven’t been, and live in the area you must go!) as soon as I could and purchased all of my supplies and began straight away. After sewing 3 hexagon flowers and not liking some of my combinations. I decided maybe I was a little eager and decided a plan was to be made. So in msword I came up with this

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following a wonderful tutorial I found here. So with a plan I restarted and so far I’m liking what I have and loving stitching them together. This is definitely going to be a long term project and by long term I’m talking years. I’m not sure how big it will be, maybe it will be little, maybe it will grow and grow over time but for now it’s an in between project when I can fit some stitching in.

hexagon quiltI’ve also been designing lately, mainly new toys of course but a few other little things here and there. My latest design is  Raggedy Piglet. I’ve had an idea for an old fashioned style piglet wondering around my head for a while.

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I really like her. I love how she has such a flat square bottom like the old floppy dolls my mum used to make. I’ve popped her pattern up on Etsy and Raverly . I want to make a bunny next and then maybe a whole series of fat bottom animals and dolls.  ‘The fat bottom Gang’ maybe we’ll just stick with the ‘Raggedy gang’. Do you see that blanket in the background you will not believe this but I got that blanket for $5. It’s quiet a large blanket made with really nice wool and when the lady in the shop said $5 I have never whipped out $5 faster and handed it over. It is now B’s blanket and he adores it. Most mornings when we get up you can find him cuddled in it on the couch watching cartoons. And I love it as I no longer feel as guilty about not finding the time to make him his very own blanket. So a great blanket and it eased a little mummy guilt all for $5 now thats a bargain. I have a few other little crochet projects to show you but not today, dinner time is fast approaching and I have just typed this up on a computer with Microsoft Office 2013 and I’m feeling a little lost. I think they changed EVERYTHING not one bloody thing is in the place it used to be. Well I’m to cook dinner.

Love to all

xx

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Hello Again

Oh wow hasn’t it been a long time since I stopped by. I feel like I have missed out on so much in blog land. I have not done any swaps and I see stocki’s beautiful blogger blanket is underway and I haven’t even signed up :(. But I have been so very busy. So very very busy with a little something special.

Our Wedding

And I should warn you this is going to be a very photo heavy post but I do hope you enjoy :)

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On January 19th Mr C and I said ‘I do’ well actually in Australia we say ‘I will’ but the point is we made it down the aisle and we are now ‘newlyweds’ . . . with children.

It was an amazing wedding and the reason I have been so busy planning this wedding is because we mainly did everything ourselves.

I spent 6 months before the wedding, working on a mass of DIY wedding projects. I was also very lucky to have amazing family and friends who helped at every stage.

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My amazing bridesmaids and mother in law who helped me cut out over 200 love hearts from glitter paper to form our backdrop that we got married in front of

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We also made our own favors which were coffee beans and hot chocolate. Mr C and I met over coffee and felt this was very us a celebration of the first drink we had together.

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013_CJ_CWe also had a photo booth, but instead of paying $$$ we decided to do it our selves. I built a kissing booth and painted it with the help of my lovely sister and Mr C even sawed a piece of wood the day before the wedding to act like a shelf. Sadly I was having my nails done and missed the first and only time I think I will ever see Mr C sawing a piece of wood. At the wedding we placed a digital camera and props for everyone to use and enjoy after the wedding we set up a facebook album for everyone to enjoy their pics. It worked great and there were so many great pics.

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I also did what all the wedding blogs were saying was a major ‘no no’ but I made all of our bouquets myself. I also added a photo of my mum to my bouquet so even though she wasn’t there to walk me down the aisle she came with me anyways.

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I had a friend the same one who took all the wonderful photos design our wedding invites and then my bridesmaids and I cut and glued them all together. Writing this I can’t actually believe in the space of 6 months we managed to pull this off and yes at times it was so stressful but the end result was every thing I could of wanted plus more.

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Our wedding was totally us!! And we loved every minute of it I could talk about it for ever.

274_CJ_CBut this is not a wedding blog it is a crafty blog and during all this maddness of wedding planning, I have also been crocheting up orders another rainbow blanket was made for a new baby in our friendship family and might I just say baby liv is so incredibly beautiful I want to make her a heap more things already. I have also started another baby blanket for my best friend who is finally having her 1st baby, a boy. I think I may be as excited as the mummy and daddy to be about this little baby. I have a million ideas running through my head about what this baby needs to be made. So I shall return to normal programming and bring you the crafty goodies all to soon.

P.S all the amazing photos were taken by the very talented Clair from See be art who I am lucky enough to have as a close crafty girl pal, but I highly recommend her for your wedding or family photos. She is wonderful to work with and takes the most stunning photos of all the details of your wedding, you will truly have every part of your day captured to remember for ever.

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Baking and Reading

It’s school holidays down under and here we have been baking. B has been asking me for days now to make a cake and I kept saying on the holidays, so now they have arrived I thought I better stick to my word and bake a cake.
So out came my mums little cook book. My mum was a pastry chef and I was left all her recipes. B calls this little book  “Nana’s Secret’s” I think she would have loved that. I do!

And I’m going to share with you one of “Nana’s Secrets”. We loved this cake hope you do to.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

  • 125g butter
  • 1 Cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup self-raising flour

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius fan forced (180 not fan forced), Prepare a 20cm round cake pan, line base with baking paper and grease. Dissolve cocoa in hot water and let cool. Sift flour into bowl and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy

Add eggs one at a time beating well in between.

Gradually add cocoa to butter mixture, beating constantly

Fold in the milk, vinegar and sifted flour in 2 batches.

Spread mixture into prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until cooked when tested. Let cake stand in pan for 5 minutes, turn onto wire rack to cool and than you can decorate and frost as you like.

We used red icing. B loves red icing and always chooses red, must take after his mum.

And of course eat!!

Now I’m going to enjoy mine with a coffee and a good book. I haven’t been reading much lately and I love to read you may remember my bookcase from my first post, well the other day I came across this Fall into Reading 2011. Being down under it’s actually spring here but hey I will still join in the fall read along. This has come at such a great time as I really needed some motivation to get back into reading

So before December I am going to try and get these novels read

‘Frost Bite’  – Richelle Mead,

Which I’m reading right now and indluges my not so secret anymore love of trashy vampire novels. I’ve also read this whole series before and am re-reading.

‘Maestro’ – Peter Goldsworthy,

This is an Australian Author who has sets his book in the Australian city Darwin looking forward to it, comes with a recommendation from Duchess (my sister) as she studied this for her VCE.

‘A farewell to Arms’ – Ernst Hemingway,

This has been on my shelves for ages and I keep picking up but as yet have not even read the blurb, I’m abit nervous about this one I have not heard good things but it is a classic and must be a classic for a reason so I will give it a go.

‘Shadow Kiss’ -Richelle Mead,

Yep another Trashy Vmapire novel and yes I have read this too, but I just know I will want more vampire trash after I finish ‘Frostbite’ especially now Trueblood the tv show has finished (anyone else love that show?)

Well this will be my list I know it’s short but I have so many crafty projects I want to finish by December and I am wonderful and over extending myself so I’m keeping it short to keep the pressure off. Wish me luck I’ve got my fingers crossed I will get all of these done. If your like me and love to read but just don’t find the time join up the Fall Into Reading 2011 and read along with us.

I’m off to clean up the house for craft group tomorrow but I just wanted to leave you with this

the boys playing DS, there is 2 huge couches on the other side of the room, :)

Hope your all well

xx

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Macarons & a sneak peek.

Friday was our fortnightly craft group. I love craft group, I look forward to it, I count the days till it comes around. A day when I get to gossip, eat sweets and craft my little heart out. It just makes me so warm and fuzzy on the inside. This craft group was at my house and being the school holidays I decided to make macarons. I hear you ‘oh no that’s a big task, ‘  ‘make sure you sift the almond meal’, ‘don’t put too much food colouring in’. The recipe came with a long list of notes that I like to refer to as warnings I was thinking god are these going to work. Mr C had faith in my baking abilities he knew that’d turn out ok, so with that in mind Thursday I started to make macarons and apart for the hour sitting time they were super quick and easy to make. So after making 2 batches and than making the filing I told Mr C that he would soon be able to have a macaron, oh excitement plus! So after all my hard work in the kitchen we both bite into my macarons, and do you know what? They taste great! But we both look at each other and realise we have no idea what they should taste like. Oh well we will just after test them on the girls at craft group.So here they are all set for the real test – do they taste like macarons? The answer was a resounding Yes they taste like macarons and they are good macarons. On the Phone to Mr C and his happy too, phew close one there hehe. They will definitely being made again; I’m craving the great taste as I write now.

Normally at craft group I’m busy crocheting away, but as I have been stitching away on my secret project I decided to keep going as it is so close to finished, I thought I would share a sneak peak of my stitching with you

This cup wasn’t stitched by me it’s just part of the work, all will be revealed soon

This is part of my handy work, I’m having so much fun making all those little crosses, choosing colours.

I bet your wondering who stitched the tea cup, ‘what’s going on’ and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I’m so excited to let you all know.

xx

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Crochet Improvement

Recently we got a new couch, we were lucky enough to inherit one so it was free and therefore we did not choose the colour. Not that I am complaining as any couch would of been fantastic, as our old couch was one my mum had given us and was 10 years old and the last year had taken its toll on it with my big preggie bum sitting on it (hehe). Anyways, as we didn’t choose the colour it actually matches our carpet blending into form our lounge room into one vast array of bland. When we got the couch we had to re-arrange the lounge room so it would fit into the room, all our photos and art ended up in the wrong place so it is now still down off the walls awaiting re hanging. This with the blandness of the carpet and couch makes our lounge oh so depressing to look at, so over the weekend I decided I would Crochet the new couch some cushions to brighten her up and make her feel more cosy.

(There’s B still in his PJ’s and little princesse’s arm saying hello)

So I wiped out my hook and my basket stash of wool I have used on other projects, all stored in their colour beautifully lined up, ah I love looking at my wool basket sometimes I just open it for inspiration. Anyway a cushion was a great way to use up some of that wool.

I wanted a cushion with colour, a lot of colour but nothing to bright.
In the words of Mr C ‘bright but country feeling’. So with this in mind I started hooking, randomly choosing colours as I went and then finishing each square with the last round in cream. I think this achieved the ‘bright, but country feel’ as the cream seemed to mute the too bright colours and enhance the lighter ones. I joined my squares as I went following Lucy’s tutorial form Attic 24, it’s a great time saver and you get to see your work grow as you go, no feeling like your not getting anywhere.

So after I had sewn in all the loose ends and sewn up the sides using a double crochet it was time to put it onto the couch.

And yes I think it’s a vast improvement. It’s a bit lonely all by itself though, will have to get to hooking up a friend for it.

xx.

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Welcome

I have talked about it, thought about it and pondered it for long enough.  I have answered the question of   ‘what to call my blog’ and re answered it when faced with the fact that my name was already chosen. It is finally time to bite the bullet and actually begin my blog.  So welcome to my home, where you’ll find a family of five going about their daily lives.  Mr C who leaves with a kiss each morning to take part in the daily grind. A little boy called B, who rushes off to enjoy the brightness of a 1st year at school as a preppie, A 2nd little boy called K, who loves nothing more than to play his ds and watch t.v and a sweet little 4 month old girl who go’s and ga’s and yes screams the day away. And of course myself a mother, lover, cook, cleaner, and a lady who loves to crochet. It is my love of crochet that brings me into the blogging world as family and friends who are not like minded begin to roll their eyes at my excitement of crochet and all things crafty, I’ve decided to tell the world about all my happenings and creations instead. So hope you enjoy and I’m excited to having you visiting. . . Welcome.

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