Wednesday, March 14, 2018


When you have been a crafter all of your life you come to love a variety of crafts and most people have dabbled in many crafts throughout their creative journey.

The same is true for me.  I love most crafts and dabble in lots of different things including clay, yarn, textiles and paper.

However, the style of crafts that I love is ALWAYS Shabby, Pastel ad Pretty .....  It just makes my heart sing

Pretty Laces, Pretty Pastels and different textures .........  

Paper crafting has been a long time love of mine that I have recently become reacquainted with

I follow a business on Facebook called Bella Paperie - The eye candy that Deborah (the lovely owner) posts every day is enough to make my heart skip a beat .........

So when I knew that Lets Get Stitched was going to be in Brisbane this year a visit to her gorgeous shop at Brendale was a MUST .......

And to say that I was in creative heaven would be an under statement .......  Oh the pretties, the inspiration, the talent and the lace ..........

Deborah kindly gave me permission to take photographs so that I could take a little of that inspiration home with me and here I am now sharing it with you .......

If you live in Brisbane there are many classes on offer regularly and the supplies that are available for purchase are divine.  Deborah stocks lots of European brands that we just do not see very much of here in Australia.  She also has a BLOG.

I wanted to bring it all home with me or alternatively just move into the shop and live out my creative days right there !

Every time I turned around there was something else that took my eye.  The OOhs and AAhs could be heard for the entire hour we spent in that shop.

So many ideas and inspiration can be carried over into textile crafts such as quilting and embroidery - The possibilities are endless .......................

The flowers

The textures 

The bling

The Lace .....   Do you see what I mean ?

And the little vignette displays were adorable

I wish I had have had more time to do some classes whilst I was there 

Isn't this delightful ?

So pretty and shabby

And this piece hanging behind the counter is my favourite.  I will be creating something like this for my own studio one day really soon !

A lovely bag full of goodies from Bella Paperie came home with me so that I can create some pretties of my very own.

Watch this space.


Fee xx

Monday, February 26, 2018

Simple Little Gifts

Quick simple little gifts are the best kind.  It's always a nice feeling when the gift box is brimming with items just ready to be gifted.  Often one of my children will ask if I have anything in the gift box suitable for an event they have forgotten about or has happened on short notice.  I also love to give "thank you" gifts or "just because" gifts so when I saw these cute little chocolate packs on a You Tube channel recently I just knew that they would be perfect to have on hand for those occasions.

The problem I had was sourcing the neatly little wrapped Hershey bars here in Australia.  Nothing we can purchase here is anything like them so on every outing I was scouring the shelves for them.  I was lucky enough to finally find them last week so bought a packet to try my hand at  wrapping them and presenting them in a gift pack.

I have really become a "frugal" crafter these days and NEVER throw away usable cardboard or the off cut pieces of my precious scrapbooking paper.  My stash of these were perfect for these little packs.

I simply wrapped each chocolate in a 2" square piece of scrapbooking paper, secured it with sticky tape on the back and then covered the cardboard with more scrapbooking paper, inked the edges and then attached the chocolates with some washi tape so that the recipient can reuse the backing board if they wish.

I placed them into a little cellophane bag (Oh how I love these for presenting gifts) and added a little scrap paper topper.

I keep a little tin full of die cut shapes that I make from my tiny scraps of precious glitter paper (Gosh I hate waste) and added them to the top of each bag.

And then they were done.  Some cute little gift bags of gorgeous chocolates to be given away.  And they look just adorable.  Sometimes it's the simplest ideas that do not take much time or money that make the nicest little gifts.

Aren't they cute?  I have another quick and easy gift idea to share with you soon.

Until next time,


Fee xx

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Blah Blah Blah ......

Blah Blah Blah .....  That's how I'm feeling today - Mostly because it is dark, grey, wet and quite cold (17 degrees celcius) And it's summer.  I do not have a lot of energy each day still but today I decided that I JUST HAD to get something done.

I wondered around the house dreaming about all of the things I want to get done BUT either can't because it's too big a job on my own or not possible at the moment.

I have a seasonal home - by this I mean that I like to change the way it looks each season so that it is more suitable to our needs.  We have such HOT summers (except for today LOL) and long COLD winters .........

Today was a reminder that winter is coming ..........

Although we need the rain and a good down pour has freshened things up it it certainly is a little reminder to start getting ready for the chilly season ..........

So with one of my daughters visiting I decided it was time to move one of my display dressers that currently lives opposite our winter fire. (sorry for the dark photo - Everything was gloomy here today)

We unpacked it completely and everything received a lovely clean bath and now looks sparkling clean.

We moved the dresser into the family room and I changed up the display a little and removed my vintage cookie cutter collection which I will find a new home for sometime next week. But I'm happy with where it is now and all of my pretty vintage china is now sitting on display and sparkling clean !

Hattie wanted her bed back where it was so her wish is my command.  She's a happy dog when she is laying opposite my recliner.  Hattie has been retired for 18 months now..  Her brother Huxley sits in the chair next to me - Greyhounds are such devoted pets.  These two turn 5 in July and Huxley will have been retired for 1 year in May this year.    I can't believe how easily he has converted from racing super star in the kennels to lounge lizard.  He still gets excited when he hears the race dogs barking but quickly decides that the couch is a much better option for him.  Lucky boy !!

So back to my room change up.  This is the pellet fire that we installed last year - Even though I LOVED my wood fire it was no longer possible for me to carry logs with my EDS so we had this installed and we LOVE IT !  It holds 15kg of wood pellets at a time and looks and feels just like the wood fire.  The best thing we did.  One of my favourite things in the winter is to sit in front of the fire but my dresser was opposite so now .....

The area is vacant.  I have an old 2 seater couch in our summer breeze through area which I am going to move back into the house next time I have someone here capable of moving it.  It's burgundy in colour and won't fit with my colour scheme but I have ordered a $28 couch cover off E-Bay today in Black (the same colour as our lounge and two our dogs LOL) it should arrive sometime this week.  

I need to be frugal these days so a $28 washable cover is much better than a new lounge.  AND a friend called today and she has found me a shabby brocade fabric suitable for some new cushions I mentioned to her I wanted to make to freshen up the house for winter.  One of her friends is destashing so I am able to get it for a great price.  I can't wait to have this room ready for winter.  More pics coming soon.

I haven't done very much on the sewing front.  I have had a dislocated wrist for many months and now I have torn a major tendon so have to go off to the surgeon again in a few weeks.  Oh the joys of this dreadful condition !

Anyway I promise to try and blog more often.  I think about blogging often but just never get around to it - I will try harder.


Fee xx

Friday, January 19, 2018

Promises ....

Like most crafters and quilters I tend to get a little dazzled when I see new projects, fabrics and supplies

Last year I started a number of major projects yet again and didn't finish what I started.  It has become a pattern over the last 10 years or so ......

A pattern I aim to break this year.  My challenge to myself is to try to finish some of the major projects I have started.  Some are more than half way finished - I truly believe that I start out with good intentions but then a new design is released that I fall in love with and MUST make and it dazzles me .......  I lose focus and then the previous project is put aside whilst I start another .......

When I think about the money I have tied up in UFO's it truly makes me feel quite ill.  It is just plain stupid .......  So I aim to get some major finishes this year.

I must stay focused no matter how much something dazzles me.  I have promised myself that I will start NO MORE major projects until some have been finished.

I have purchased a 3 tier IKEA trolley which will sit beside my chair and I will work on these projects religiously until they are finished and are replaced with another .........  The plan is to have 1 Stitchery Project, 1 Applique Project and 1 EPP Project in the trolley to be worked on so that I can vary my work a little.

This project is "Round You Go" by Sue Daly and I have been purchasing it as a BOM (without fabric) from Patchworks Plus.  I had 6 months worth just sitting there.  Looking at me ........  Making me feel guilty for spending the money ......  I am committed for the whole 12 months so stopping it or selling it on were not options.  So as my recovery has been slow and has involved a lot of sitting I decided to just get into it.  The quilt has 48 of these 7" finished circles in it.  Some blocks are much easier than other but it involves a lot of stitching !

I have finished 21 of these circles so far with Month 7 already on it's way to me.  So just 7 blocks to finish and I can say that I am up to date.  Each circle still needs to be needle turned onto a 9" background but hopefully when I catch up I can put some time into doing that.

There will be no fabric purchases for me this year except for a little retail therapy when I attend the annual LGS retreat so I am committed to using stash only.  This means backgrounds fabrics, backing etc.

That in itself is a challenge. I have unsubscribed myself from all fabric retail stores so that I receive no tempting e-mails in my "inbox".  I have enough fabric to last for the rest of my days so I need to be tough on myself.

So today hubby is putting together my IKEA trolley and I will spend some time filling it with my 3 chosen projects and keep plugging away.

What about you - Are you working on UFO's this year too ?

Love and Hugs,

Fee xx