Friday, February 27, 2015

I'm a Basket Case!

I'm recycling anything I can get my hands on for the school fete environment stall. My fabric stash is now pleasantly depleted! Much of it was scraps, old curtains, small pieces, tablecloths, sheets - stuff I didn't want to sew but couldn't throw away.

Basically, I find this basic sort of crocheting very easy and well...basic. Which is sometimes good for my buzzing brain. Because really. Basically, I am a basket case.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What in Tarnation 2

It's a pom-pom crown.........

......or a necklace!!

All from recycled t-shirts. Making these for the environment stall at the school fete. Next up tarn pom pom hair ties! Yay for TARN.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What in Tarnation?

What in tarnation? No I haven't turned into Sylvester Cat nor Bugs Bunny. But I do feel like I'm in a tarnation of a mess. Up to my ears in tarn*

It's all steam ahead for the school fete environment stall and right now I'm making anything and everything from donated old t-shirts.
To start with - tarn pom-pom necklaces. A little bit nautical........

..............but nice!
*tarn is yarn made from t-shirts.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Everybody loves String!

Who remembers the episode of "The Goodies" about string? Remember the song? All together now,

" String ,string, string, string,
everybody loves string!
String, string, string, string,
everybody loves string!
Pull up your pants,  pull on your vest, everyone agrees, string is best!
String, string, string, string,
everybody loves string!"
I've been singing it in my head for days now. The hand dancing is optional. I vaguely remember that string was evil in that episode and taking over the world?

String took over my world for a few days while I made a string bag. Because string bags are handy! Expandable! Collapsible! Sustainable!

However, this crochet version was LABOUR INTENSIVE to make. So I don't think there will be matching string pants to pull up or string vests to pull on any time soon! Phew!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Anyone for tennis?

What month is it? Well it is February. But you would be forgiven for thinking it's frocktober all over again with this post.

I am making stuff. Making so much stuff.(I will show you all I promise) But for today, I thought I might give you all a squiz at this  vintage tennis dress. I wore it to ladies tennis this morning....

What's wrong Julianne? You wouldn't be the first person to ask that in the last few days. It's the pouty scowl. You see,I have a big bad mouth ulcer that is preventing me from smiling...and obviously I smile a lot because there has been much concern expressed for my welfare.

And yes. I do actually wear runners to tennis. And here's what I wore after tennis...
Thrifted seventies floral number with pintucked bodice and sleeves accessorised with yellow tights, pale blue platform shoes....


and yes, a pouty scowl. Or is that a scowly pout? 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Quick Valentine's Day Card to Print and Paste!

 Quick. Simple. Two cards, same design but different.  World or song? I printed and pasted onto vintage wallpaper but only because I had it on hand. I would have happily used bought blank cards.

You will need:
Blank cards or cardboard/paper for card base
Old atlas, old map ( or print out image below)
Old sheet music (or print some - plenty of free music available)
A printer
To make:
Print out image below with ribbon banner and heart template. I've even put on a blamk ribbon banner for your own message.

Then cut out music and/or map in a heart shape and glue to the centre of your card.
Carefully cut the matching ribbon banner message and glue it on! Viola!
Ah..another Valentine's activity another equals yet another corny song stuck in my head..."You're my world you're every breath I take you're my world you're every move I make..." Oh dear. Is it stuck in your head now too?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

DIY Valentine's Card with Crochet Brooch!

It happens every year. Valentines Day equals corny messages and bad love songs stuck in my head. For example right now in my head I am singing "what is luh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-ve, anyway? Does anybody love anybody anyway?" and doing the obligatory shoulder pushy eighties dance. And now you are too. Sorry.

Last year I made gifts for my kids which were a hit! So here I go again. Mr Acorn-head brooch was made using this pattern from crochetspot. I added a face and leaf and a brooch back - it's handy to use your ends to sew on the brooch back.

Miss Apple-face was made using a pattern for an apple fridge magnet by Cylinda Mathews but I can't for the life of me find the link! So I've included the pattern below. To make the brooch I downsized a little, leaving out Row 4 and adjusting the shaping of row 6 accordingly. It was simple. Trust me.

It looked fine on plain old card stock in the photo above, I know, I know, but I couldn't help over complicating things with a little bit of added collaged imagery!

Pin the brooch through the card and it's done!
 Here are the speech bubbles if you want to print them for yourself... 
and here is the apple brooch pattern. I've translated it to English/Australian Terms. Yay!

Green Apple Designed by Cylinda Mathews

Small amount of worsted weight yarn, (Lt. Green)
Small amount of worsted weight yarn, (Brown)
Small amount of worsted weight yarn, (Dark Green)
Hook size F (I used a 3.5 and 3.0)
Hook size E

Finished Size 3" W x 4" T

Apple:(Using Lt. Green and Size F hook)
Row 1) Ch 2; 8 dc in 2nd chain from hook; join with a slip st in first dc: 8 dc.

Row 2) Ch 1, 2 dc in joining; * 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first dc: 16 dc.

Row 3) Ch 1, dc in joining, 2 dc in next dc; * sd in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first dc: 24 dc.

Row 4) Ch 1, sc in joining, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; * dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next sc; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first dc: 32 dc.

Row 5) Ch 2, htr in next dc, tr in next dc, (2 dtr in next dc) twice, tr in next dc, htr in next dc, dc in next dc (center top), htr in next dc, tr in next cc, (2 dtr in next dc) twice, tr in next dc, htr in next dc, dc in next 6 dc, htr in next dc, 2 tr in next dc, htr in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, htr in next dc, 2 tr in next dc, htr in next dc, dc in last 4 dc; join with a slip st to 2nd ch of beg. ch 2. Fasten off, secure ends.

Stem:(Using Brown and Size F hook)
Row 1) Attach Brown to center top of Apple; Ch 1, dc in joining; ch 1, turn work.

Row 2) dc in dc. Fasten off, secure ends.

Leaf:(Using Dark Green and Size E hook)
Row 1) Attach thread to center top of Apple in same stitch stem is worked; Ch 7, dc in 2nd chain from hook, htr in next ch, tr in next 2 ch, htr in next ch, dc in last ch, slip st joining. Fasten off, secure ends.

Attach magnet to back or Brooch clasp.