Monday, 29 September 2008

cupcake hamster...

you eat what you touch...

Sunday, 28 September 2008

something I can do with a broken wrist....

sort buttons... :D

It's like a little bit of heaven and therapy wrapped into one!

If you saw what Mr Sew-Funky posted up for me yesterday, you'll know I've done more than just sort buttons. After making the little buttonlets I realised I had kinda overdone it, and had to let him post for me. I am so over having a broken wrist, let me tell you!!!

This morning I let the chickens have a little time out of the enclosure, what fun they had...

all under the watchful gaze of Clementine, the kitten, who after sniffing one of the chickens just a little too closely, got the fright of her life when it pecked her on the nose!

Saturday, 27 September 2008


Mrs Sew Funky has discovered a craft that she can do with a broken wrist, and I've coined the term 'Buttenlets' (Button Bracelets) to describe them. Knowing Mrs Sew Funky's passion for creating you can expect a plethora of these to appear over the next few weeks ;o)

In the meantime check out the following items of coolness:

Win! The Sarah Connor Chronicles DVD

10 Most Controversial Movies Ever
The Rocker Review
New Trailer for Valkyrie

Much love and peace, Mr Sew Funky.

Monday, 22 September 2008

made | button bracelets

Lookie see...

excuse the picture (taken at night!)

I was able to do a "little" craft tonight!  Hurrah!  I tell you, it's so limiting not being able to use my wrist!  I was also able to sort through just some of the buttons I got in a trade me auction last week - fun, fun, fun!

Yesterday, I headed on down to Hamilton to check out the Craft & Quilt Fair. It was a lot of fun and I managed to keep to budget ($100) and get some great fabric bargains in the process! Wish I had more to spend, but I guess I can't do much crafting at the moment anyway, so that's okay. It was hard looking at all the beautiful quilts, knowing that I couldn't even begin making one for at least 4-5 weeks. :( I'm so over the broken wrist!!!

I will post some of my fabric finds later on this week! I found some super awesome teapot/cup fabric to use for applique - yay! Unfortunately, there wasn't many cupcake quarters to be seen :(.

My wonderful 10 year old woke me this morning saying, "Happy Anniversary!". I had to think for a moment about what anniversary she could possibly be talking about... when, of course, it's the second week anniversary today of breaking my wrist! Not something, I really want to celebrate... At least, not until the cast comes off - Then I'll be inviting all my friend's over for a great big "CAST-OFF PARTY!".
Have a neat day,

Thursday, 18 September 2008

when i lose the cast, I want to...

make one of these button bracelet's that are on iHanna's blog!

photo's are from iHanna's blog

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

I'm in a "purple haze"

Today's post is brought to you by the colour purple... ;)

I was interested in finding out about the song, purple haze and I discovered this on wikipedia:
"Hendrix said he was inspired by a dream where he was walking under the sea. In the dream, he said a purple haze surrounded him, engulfed him and got him lost. It was a traumatic experience, but in his dream his faith in Jesus saved him. An early song manuscript has the title "Purple Haze, Jesus Saves". He also mentioned that the song's colorful imagery came to him in the dream. "I dream a lot and I put a lot of my dreams down as songs" in a 1969 interview."

I also discovered that purple haze is another name for drugs (LSD & Cannabis), beer, a wrestler and a tv episode on Eureka!

You'll know why I'm in a purple haze when you spy the next picture. I chose the colour purple for my fibre-glass cast for Aimee (my very own purple lover!). Also, it goes very nicely with this blog layout - hehehe! This is for you babe...

There were about 30 different colours to choose from including a very fluorescent pink and black! Only 5 weeks to go, the countdown begins!!! LOL!

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

yummy mug cake and a wee update...

I have discovered the most delicious chocolate cake recipe ever...

For those times when you have that urge and nothing else will do!


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg (I used half an egg)
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips(optional)
A small splash of vanilla essence
1 coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.
Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla essence, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT!
(this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because
now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time
of the day or night!

On another note, I'm feeling a lot better. Still in pain, and missing doing craft like crazy, but most of the swelling has gone and I should be getting a fibre-glass cast tomorrow - YAY!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

The Curious Incident Of Mrs Sew Funky and the Slippery Floor

It was a wet and windy Monday afternoon when Mrs Sew Funky dropped by to pick up her girls from craft club - rushing into the church hall because the weather was so horrid, she lost her footing on the lino, launching herself into the air, not quite like a graceful ballerina, and choosing to save her self from a horrible thud my slowing her decent with her right hand, fracturing her wrist.

A group of young prepubescent boys - who play war games rather than do craft - rushed to the lovely Mrs Sew Funky's aid swooning over her until being sent away by Mrs Sew Funky's friend Karen who took charge and took the faint and sickly Mrs Sew Funky to the Accident and Emergency Center.

Of course all of the previous story is Mr Sew Funky's interpretation, because Mr Sew Funky was at work at the time.

Mr Sew Funky did arrive on the scene a little later however, like a knight on a white horse, coming to rescue his one armed princess. Arranging for the kids to be looked after - well, dropping by our closest (distance wise) friends who graciously not only took in our children for an undisclosed time frame, but also shared the family roast dinner with them - it was on the the Hospital where we were shuffled around for hours, finally managing to escape shortly before 10PM with Mrs Sew Funky's arm in a cast.

Sadly it will be up to Mr Sew Funky to keep this blog updated for a while, so may I suggest you occupy your selves by reading my stunning array of movie and dvd reviews at Film Guide, or, depending on your political leanings watch this full length documentary on YouTube, about the American occupation of Iraq. Alternatively you can keep up to date with my 'craft' endeavors over at my wargaming blog - though that will probably be less updated than this blog.

Monday, 8 September 2008

No Updates, No Craft...

I probably won't be updating this blog for a while, or knitting, sewing or doing just about anything...

Yes, that's a broken wrist Mrs Sew Funky is modeling in the photo above, yes it's her right wrist and she is right handed.

Mr Sew Funky will bring you more news tomorrow.

me at age 2...

Wasn't I just the cutest?  I just LOVE the fabric and style of my clothing, so retro! ;)  I remember that me and two of my sisters had outfits made out of this fabric, just in different colours.  I think the fabric came in pink, blue and yellow.  So funky, little did that sweet girl know then that she'd love what she wore 32 years ago!  Ooops, now you know my age... hehehe!

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Did I ever tell you I was an addict?

Maybe I did, maybe I didn't... The truth is I am a craft addict and when I discover something I like doing, I do it until I get totally sick of the sight of it, that I stop. And stop means I don't pick it up for a few years. Anyway, that's a bit of a side issue...

I've discovered another new addiction, one not as big as the dishcloth one, but nearing it... ;)

I've discovered how neat it is to make pincushions... yes, I know that makes me weird and slightly unusual (I didn't use the word crazy, but you could... LOL).

Yesterday I went to the local op shop and discovered 3 little ramekins that were perfect for making pincushions and at 50c a piece I could hardly leave them there, could I?! :)

So I spent the afternoon making pincushions, while my 3 girls made coupons and cards for father's day.

number 1 pincushion
(with added blood when I pricked my finger)

Number 2 Pincushion (the cupcake!)
Number 3 Pincushion
(I used some quilting scraps that my friend Cathy gave me - so easy!)
Number 4 Pincushion
(using an old candle holder - I love this one the best!)
I don't know what I'll do with so many pincushions... I now have too many to count. LOL!

Speaking of addictions, I have another confession. I LOVE teacup's and so you'll understand why my heart did a flip when I saw this little set at the same op shop I got the little ramekins from.

Isn't it gorgeous! I just love the delicate little pastel flowers. I couldn't leave it there and so I brought it home to join my little collection. :)

And look at this gorgeous bullion embroidery book I won on trademe! Take special care to look at the second picture. My heart about flipped out of my chest when I saw this pattern - it's a must make!!!

I trust everyone else is having a fantastic weekend and that the dad's out there (probably none read this blog) are having a great father's day! :)

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Today is the day the calendar is released! :)

the starburst cloth designed by me - available in the calendar

Oh boy, today is the day that the knitting in colour calendar goes on sale! This is the wonderful calendar that will have a cloth made by ME in it!!!

Janet has done just an amazing job of coordinating everyone's projects, photographing them and putting them into a beautiful calendar. There are so many nice features including lots of links to special websites for patterns.

I think it will be a really useful resource for anyone who enjoys knitting for the home. It also would make an awesome Christmas gift.

The calendar is being offered as a printed and bound calendar which you can order by contacting Janet through the 2009 Knitting Calendar website . You can also buy it as a download. The link for this version is .

With 35 different patterns, I'm sure there is something for everyone! Also, this year's calendar has a gorgeous male model!! Check him out!! ;)

Friday, 5 September 2008

Aimée's amāta facecloth

This cloth was designed for my almost 10 year old daughter. Her name means beloved and she sure lives up to her name! :) Aimée was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism when she was 5 years old. She currently attends a satellite class at a special school, and is doing very well there. So much so, that our sweet girl is going to be moved up a year at school and will be attending intermediate early! :)

Love was the first word she ever learned how to spell and is a word that would describe our little girl to a tee. She struggles, as do we, with her diagnosis. And yet, there is something other-worldly about our girl. She is at times able to be untouched by the world we live in. There is an innocence about her that I love.

Name meaning from wikipedia:
Aimee, or Aimée, is a female given name and a version of Amy. Both names come from Aimée, which means beloved/loved in French (for a female), from Old French amede, from Latin amāta, feminine singular past participle of amāre "to love". The masculine form is Aimé.

By the way, purple is her favourite colour. Has been for forever, honestly I swear she'll love you if you wear it. She is the purple spotter! :)

Anyway, without further ado, here is the pattern for the face cloth...

Aimée's amāta

1 ball worsted weight cotton yarn, size 4 mm needles. I used Lion Brand Yarn's Lion Cotton, 147 Purple.


Cast on 18 stitches.
This cloth is made up of 6 wedges, all exactly the same. When you finish knitting a wedge, you just carry on knitting the next one. Then the edge is sewn together, the threads are sewn in and the cloth is complete. :)

Every wedge:
Row 1 : K to last 6 sts, P2, K2, P2.
Row 2: K2, P2, K2, YO, K to last st, turn.
Row 3: K to last 6 sts, P2, K2, P2.
Row 4: K2, P2, K2, YO, K to last 2 sts, turn.
Row 5: K to last 6 sts, P2, K2, P2.
Row 6: K2, P2, K2, YO, K to last 3 sts, turn.
Row 7: K to last 6 sts, P2, K2, P2.
Row 8: K2, P2, K2, YO, K to last 4 sts, turn.
Row 9: K to last 6 sts, K2, P2, K2.
Row 10: Cast off 4 stitches then K1, P2, K2, YO, K to last 5 sts, turn.
Row 11: K to last 6 sts, K2, P2, K2.
Row 12: P2, K2, P2, YO, K to last 6 sts, turn.
Row 13: K to last 6 sts, K2, P2, K2.
Row 14: P2, K2, P2, YO, K to last 7 sts, turn.
Row 15: K to last 6 sts, P2, K2, P2.
Row 16: K2, P2, K2, YO, K to last 8 sts, turn.
Row 17: K to last 6 sts, P2, K2, P2.
Row 18: Cast off 4 stitches then K1, P2, K2, YO, K to last 9 sts, turn.
Row 19: K to last 6 sts, P2, K2, P2.
Row 20: K2, P2, K2, YO, K to last 10 sts, turn.
Row 21: K to last 6 sts, K2, P2, K2.
Row 22: P2, K2, P2, YO, K to last 11 sts, turn.
Row 23: K to last 6 sts, K2, P2, K2.
Row 24: P2, K2, P2, YO, K to last 12 sts, turn.
Row 25: K to last 6 sts, K2, P2, K2.
Row 26: Cast off 4 sts, K across row.

You can find a printable version of this pattern here: Free Dishcloth Patterns from

Thursday, 4 September 2008

new wrist pincushion

You might remember a couple of weeks ago when I made a couple of pincushions out of one of the recent get creative magazines. Well, on Monday night I got together with a friend hi Cathy to make another one. This time, in a moment of genius, I decided it would be great as a wrist pincushion. And after sewing a little felt to the bottom and adding one of my trusty old knitting needle bracelets, I had a simple but functional wrist pincushion.

what it looks like from below...

What do you think?

Monday, 1 September 2008

new hairclips...

I am so proud of my efforts... You see, I have never really done much if any embroidery, and here are 4 new clips using satin stitch, detatched chains and back-stitch. I was inspired by my good friend Lianne's gorgeous clips Lianne you really must get your blog up and running;).

The last time I made hair clips I used buttons and embroidery thread to embellish them see pic below.
I made these clips back in July last year. They're not as good as the ones I made today imho. :)

I just LOVE cupcakes and after mastering the flower clips wanted to try making some. It's so great to try something new and have it all work out!!! I am on cloud 9 at the moment.

Hope's Cupcakes & Tea Party

Happy 12th Birthday Hope!

Kudos to Lianne who made all the beautiful cupcakes!!! :) They were YUMMY!!!

My first attempt at applique | new cosmetic bags for the girls...

So, here it is.  My very first attempt at applique using the double sided iron on stuff...  (What's the correct name Lianne?) :) 

I love how they turned out!
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