Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ta-daaaaaaa!!!!!

It's all done!  My version of Janelle's beautiful  "Orange Blossom" table runner pattern. :)  Yay!!! 

So here it is...


(Sorry about the quality of the photos.  We've had lots of overcast and drizzly weather here so these are the best of the bunch.)

I had SO much fun putting this together...I really did! 


The pattern was so well written and easy to follow.  Loved it!


A couple of closeups of some of the appliques and hand stitching...



This is what the back looks like.  I love that it's reversible...although I do prefer the other side. ;)


So there you have it!  I'm really happy with how it turned out and now it's looking lovely on our dining room table.  It really adds some much needed colour to the room I think!

If you'd like to grab your own copy of the pattern check out Janelle's blog for a list of stockists. ;)  If you do make one too I'd love to see it!

Sheree xx

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Location Location Week 6..

Our 6th week of Location Location is underway and this week's challenge is "On My Screen".    I decided to scrap how I like to spend my winter nights in front of the tv curled up on the couch with a hot cuppa, some chocolate, my iPad...and hubby of course!!  :)

Here's my sample page...


One of the criteria this week was we had to use a tv program or part thereof...so I took a page from TV Week and painted over it with watered down white paint to dull down the colour...

We also had to include a clock so I stamped randomly over a tag, then added some of my fave shows.  I think it'll be fun to look back on down the track...


The last criteria was to include a screen and I happened to find this cute October Afternoon Modern Homemaker tv sticker in my stash...perfect!


It's not too late if you'd like to join in.   All the details can be found HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Sheree xx

Monday, August 29, 2011

Design Team Call at Scrapz.Biz!!!

Scrapz.Biz is seeking new designers to be part of our creative team.

Scrapz.biz is an Australian online scrapbooking and card making store which is based in Toowoomba, Queensland.
We are an active site which offers a wide range of weekly as well as monthly challenges and competitions.

We are looking for designers who have the ability to:
- create fun, creative and innovative weekly and monthly challenges
- create on-line tutorials
- participate in Virtual Crops
- chat and interact with members in the gallery and forum
- work to tight deadlines
- take clear photos of their work
- prepare samples for competitions

We offer our designers:
- a monthly allowance of $50 to purchase materials from the store to prepare samples
- a generous 40% discount on any other materials from the shop for your personal usage
- a fun team of girls to work with
- promotion of your work through our site

If you think that you are the person we are looking for, please e-mail us a link to your blog and any galleries which feature your work and answer the following questions:

- How long have you been scrapping for?
- What is your favourite product line?
- How would you describe your style?
- Do you scrap mainly 12x12 or other sizes?
- Do you enjoy cardmaking?
- Have you held previous DT positions ?
- Have you been published before? When? Where?
- Which on-line forums are you currently active on?

Why do we want YOU on our DT?

We look forward to hearing from you.

All applications to admin@scrapz.biz

APPLICATIONS CLOSE September 18, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rainy Day Sewing...

It's been miserable weather here the last couple of days...so windy and rainy!  Today Madi and I  decided it was the perfect day to do a little Blythe sewing.  She really 'needed' some new dresses for her girls apparently! LOL  So we delved into my fabric stash, picked out some cute materials and then, with Madi on official pin duty, we got started.  :)

I'd been meaning to try these cute free patterns found HERE for ages.  First up we made this little a-line dress...


 Since it was a little chilly today we thought we'd better pop her cardi on too...  ;) 


Then we made these cute little Empire Dresses...


Ok...don't look too closely now!  They were a little fiddly but came together really well...and the girls seem to really like their new clothes! ;) 


It's supposed to be raining again tomorrow. We haven't had much rain for a while so it's kinda nice watching the rain while we're cosy and warm inside.  :)


Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Sheree xx
ps.  I'll be back soon to share some pics of the table runner I've been working on...it's all finished!  YAY!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Location Location Round 5

The week 5 Location Location challenge is up and this time the topic is "Inside My Handbag".  I don't know about you but I seem to have everything but the kitchen sink in mine!  You just never know when you'll need to whip out a camera or wipe a messy face! ;)

Here's my page sample:


My journaling...

We also had to include something we found in our handbag and something shiny.  I found this little ball chain in my bag and used it to hand a little charm similar to what I have on my keyring.


 We also had to include a credit card, gift card or similar.  I didn't have an old card that I could use but I found this flash card in my October Afternoon stash so tucked it under my pic.

If you'd like to join in you can find all the details HERE.  There are some great prizes on offer!

Sheree xx

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Location Location & stitching progress...

We're into round 4 of our Location Location comp over at Scrapz.Biz this week and the topic for this challenge is "Inside My Car".  (More details can be found HERE.)

Here's my sample...


I took these photos on our trip down south last Christmas of the kids in the back of the car with their fave travel buddies.


The criteria for this challenge included using at least two photos, a map or part thereof (I've used map paper for the "O" in HOME in my title) and we had to have a car on there somewhere too.


A closeup of my journalling tags...



You can see Kerryn's and Belinda's DT samples HERE too.  Gorgeous!

I'm still stitching away on Janelle's Orange Blossom pattern.  I've finished all the appliques now and I've almost finished hand stitching all the circles into place.  Yay!


Don't look too closely...I'm fairly new to applique and some of these embroidery stitches! LOL

I'm really happy with how it's all coming together so far.  Soon I'll be able to get the sewing machine out and start putting it all together. ;)  Do you like the colours I've chosen?

Sheree xx


Friday, August 12, 2011

A new stitching project...

I'm working on this...  :D


Last night I started the applique designs from one of Janelle's beautiful table runner patterns called "Orange Blossom".   I'm so excited to be stitching again...it's been too long!  

You can see Janelle's totally gorgeous version of her pattern in this post HERE and if you love the pattern as much as I do and would like to give it a go too you can purchase it HERE or check out the list of stockists on Janelle's blog

I'll share more progress pics soon!

Sheree xx
ps.  Thanks so much for the lovely comments about my knitted Blythe clothes in the last post...you all really made my day!! xx

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Knitting Bug...

Yep...we've caught the knitting bug at our place!  Madi had been asking me for weeks to teach her how to knit.  Being only four I thought she'd be a bit too little to learn the usual style of knitting so I bought one of these for her to start on instead...


When the boys came home and saw it they wanted to learn too!  So I went and bought two more Pea Pods and all three of them have been busily knitting scarves for their fave teddies.  LOL  They've been having so much fun watching their work grow in length!

As for me...well I've been busily knitting for our little Blythe family.

I've been making things like this little top and beret...

And this sweet little top with a crochet flower...

 And this dress...

And this little sweetheart top too...

I've also been knitting cardigans, hats and crocheting some hats too.  However, even though I've made quite a few of these for us and for friends I haven't taken photos of them before sending them off...silly really. 

Most patterns I've found on Ravelry but there are some great patterns to be found just by googling on the web too!  Madi is loving all these new clothes for her girls that's for sure and I'm having lots of fun making them. ;)

Have you been knitting or crocheting lately?  I'd love to hear about!

Sheree xx

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lunch Date...

The new Location Location challenge is up over at Scrapz.Biz...and this week's topic is "On My Plate".  I love that these challenges get you scrapping the everyday stuff. :D

I chose to scrap about lunch dates with Paul.   This year with both the boys at school and Madi going to kindy 2-3 days a week we've been able to start going out for lunch together once in a while...with just the two of us.  It's been SO nice just to relax and enjoy some time out together.  We used to do this all the time before we had the kids...but that was over 8 years ago!  We try and go somewhere different each time but this particular day we were checking out the new Nando's restaurant nearby...

The criteria for this challenge was that you had to have a photo of your plate, recycled packaging for your title...
 at least one eating utensil on the page  (luckily I found this sticker in my stash)...
 and at least 30 words of journalling.
 I mainly used the American Crafts Abode collection of goodies with a little Hambly Washi Tape and Echo Park paper thrown in too...
If you'd like to join in the fun you can find all the details HERE.  ;)

I'd better get started on next week's page!
Sheree xx

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Location Location

We've got a new comp happening right now over at Scrapz.Biz...and it's called Location Location!
It's been a lot of fun so far!  I love that this comp is getting us to scrap things we wouldn't normally scrap.  (More info can be found HERE.)

Last week the challenge was "In My Shopping Trolley"...and the hardest (most embarrassing ) part about this one was snapping a pic of your trolley or basket in the supermarket!  Thank goodness for mobile phones though...I snapped my pic on that while noone was watching. LOL


Does anyone else go through what seems like truckload of milk each week?  We go through a LOT of milk at our place...

We also had to include  a shopping docket (I photocopied mine and used it behind my photo)...

a tag (I used a few of those!)...


and we needed to use the word basket or trolley on the page (mine's in my journaling).


This week's challenge is "In My Wardrobe".  (Details can be found HERE is you'd like to join in.)  Here's my sample page...


Yep...I'm one of those people who organises their clothes by colour! LOL  Must be the scrapbooker in me or something. Now come on...surely I'm not the only one? :D

The criteria for this week is to include a pic of your wardrobe...


some felt or fabric (under my flower and at the top of the tag above), a button and a coathanger or peg (I found these cute coathanger paper clips at Kikki K...love that store!)..

and stitching (had that one covered too!).


I love seeing what the girls are coming up with for their entries!  Lots of fun!

I'll be back soon with more...
Sheree xx