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Cross Stitching Again

I’ve started a new cross stitch project. It’s weird that the last time I did some cross stitching was around Christmas time too, but that was back in 2006. I handmade Christmas tree decorations and a stocking for Richard’s family then. These were the pretty cross stitched ones:

Dad's Christmas Presents 2006

Emma's & Dennis' Christmas Presents 2006

Mum's Christmas Presents 2006

In retrospect, these look dang good and I can’t believe I made them! 😀 *pats myself on the back*

You can read more about that Christmas at this blog post and if you would like the free tutorials for these decorations, follow the links here [pdf] and here.

Anyway, back to my new project. Cath gave me an old copy of Cross Stitcher magazine (May 2008) that she no longer wanted. I like gifts like these. There are so many pretty, non-nanna-ish patterns in that one magazine.

Cross Stitcher Mag May 2008

Plus, it came with a free complete cross stitch kit. Woohoo! Don’t you just love those red tulips!

Spring Tulips Cross Stitch Kit

I got cracking on Saturday when it was too hot to move off the sofa. This is how much I’ve done over the weekend.

Spring Tulips Cross Stitch WIP

My poor RSI-stricken elbow is thanking me for taking a break from knitting and crocheting. When my elbow is happy, I am happy! 😛

Hmm… I wonder where I will this hang this up when I’m done…

Related Post:
Christmas 2006


Tree Mobile WIP

The granny squares I starched yesterday are completely dry and they have kept their rounded shape without being cardboard stiff. Phew! Now I can work on the other parts of the mobile.

I had picked up a reddish branch from one of my bushwalks and kept it with the intention of using it as decoration in the home some day. Well, the day has arrived! The branch is now the frame of my tree mobile. I’ve cut it in half and tied them together in the middle with kitchen twine. I hung the granny squares from the centre at the same time.

Tree Mobile WIP

This is just a mock up of what the mobile will be like in the end. None of the pieces were tied on properly. I simply wanted to see whether the idea is worth pursuing. I originally thought of using fishing line, instead of the kitchen twine. I thought the fishing line will make the pieces seem like they were floating on air. I’m undecided because Richard and I actually like the rustic look of the twine. What do you think?

Tree Mobile WIP

I especially love the shadows on the wall as the morning light shines on the mobile. The longer I stare at them the more my imagination runs wild. Looks like jellyfish bobbing along in the ocean, or papers floating from the sky, or a pine tree in the breeze… I would happily wake up to that each day.

But that’s not nearly the end of this mobile. I would like to crochet four little birds to hang from each end of the branches. Attic 24’s birdie decorations {pattern} would be perfect for this. I am so loving this project!

Related Post:
Starching Granny Squares


My Craft Space

I have organized my craft space and I’ve kept it clean and tidy for a few weeks now. Hard to believe that my new system stood up against overly enthusiastic stash enhancement shopping sprees and even more yarn acquisition from a generous friend and the dabbling of yet another craft hobby and most importantly, “I’ve-got-a-great-idea-that-I-must-do-it-right-now!” moments!

Computer workspace
Ifa, my female cat, pretty much lives on the printer. The only time she gets up voluntarily is when I’m cooking or eating or when it’s her dinner time. I normally kick her out of the room halfway through the day so that she can get some exercise.
My computer workspace

Craft workspace
It’s so good to have a table just for my sewing and crafting. The white board and stackable storage boxes helps keep me on track and in check. Cats have learned to keep off this area, otherwise, Mummy goes psycho!
My craft workspace

Store related containers
Two of my 50 litre containers hold my store related materials, stock and yarn. My thinking is that if these boxes are overflowing, I’m not selling enough products quickly enough. Time to re-think a few things.
Store related containers

Yarn stash
The largest of the containers is 57 litres and it holds all my stash yarn. I really can’t afford to have any more than this much yarn. I don’t have the space or the money to let this grow any bigger. I have enough stash yarn to keep me knitting and crocheting for at least one year! Although, I will make allowances for free yarn. I’m not that silly!
Stash yarn

I would like to talk more about this in detail next week. But if you can’t wait to enhance your yarn stash now, CLICK HERE to grab a one off deal from my shop. 35- 50% off!
Yarn for sale

Knitting WIP
I have Shawl Collar Vest [pattern] and Feather & Fan Comfort Shawl [pattern] on my needles now. I am almost finished with the vest and I’m obsessively knitting it every chance I get.
Knitting WIP

Crocheting WIP
These are hot off my crochet hooks. I’m just waiting on a delivery to put the finishing touches on them. Watch this space for my new Christmas crochet pattern. Coming very soon!
Crochet pattern WIP

Did you like the voyeuristic peek into my craft room? I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours. 😉


Rubber Stamp & Woven Labels

I bought this rubber stamp kit years ago and use it regularly to stamp my address on my outgoing mail. This is my 3rd home in 5 years so it’s great that I can change the stamp as and when I please without having to buy a new one.
DIY Stamping Kit

It’s a little bit tedious and time consuming to place the tiny letters to make the stamps. And I assure you, there were quite a few cross-eyed moments! But I really like the “homemade-ness” of the stamped item.
Making Stamp

So I stamped the reverse of the foam stamped tags. Some in red ink and some in black. What do you think?
Stamped Tags

Now for the actual Amigurumi Pears. I bought customized woven labels from this UK company. They were cheaper, more professional looking and had more options than any of the Australian companies I looked at.
Customised Woven Labels

A woven label is sewn onto the bottom of each Amigurumi Pear.
Customised Woven Labels

I also made bags out of disposable pillow cases I got at a bargain price from a clearance warehouse. Yip, disposable pillow cases! Necessity is the mother of invention. 🙂

Each pear is placed into it’s own handmade bag.
Tagged & Bagged Pears

A ribbon and a cuddle seals the cute softie within.
Tagged & Bagged Pears

And off they go to another loving home where I’m sure there will be plenty of hugs and smiles. Au revoir, my lovelies!

Related Posts:
Ysoline {+ Amigurumi Pears}
Say Hello to My Amigurumi Pear Family

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Homemade Foam Stamps

I saw this tutorial about making your own packaging and decided to use some of ArtMind‘s tips to create my own tags to go with my Amigurumi Pears.

I used a small piece of foam and outlined a pear shape with a pencil onto the foam. The vertical lines marked the sides of the tags I was using.
DIY Foam Stamp 1

Using a craft knife, I cut along the outline of the pear but only going halfway through the foam.
DIY Foam Stamp 2

Then I cut along side of the foam until I reached the cuts I made for the outline of the pear.
DIY Foam Stamp 3
DIY Foam Stamp 4

And within minutes, I had made a pear shaped foam stamp! Dip in a little acrylic paint and got stamping right away.
DIY Foam Stamp 5

I tested the stamp several times on scrap pieces of paper and immediately fell in love with the texture the foam gave to the pear stamp.
Testing Foam Stamp

Now for the real thing. I stamped the paper tags I bought from Officeworks and drew in the stalks with a Sharpie.
Stamping on Tags

I also wrote a little message above the pear. (Thanks Mike! 😉 )
A Message on Tags

I’ll show you the rest of the packaging in my next blog post.

Oh. By the way, have you had your cuddle today?


Well, here’s a little hug from me… H-U-U-G-GG! 😀

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