Wednesday, December 17
Sunday, December 7
to my new craft room, in my new house. Hallelujah! Finally the Whizzme clan are enjoying extra space, gardening, shady trees, new discoveries. I'm not enjoying the frigging mess that now can be spread further in a bigger house by everyone else in the clan, however, the smiles on all our faces, including Wally the wonder dog is worth it. (Well, nearly!).
Sunday, November 2
I know I had said come back Saturday, but my Illustrator skills are not as good as some, and well a few champagnes and time just gets away from you. Just save the image above to your computer for the pattern. I used my overlocker to sew the whole outfit, in less than 1 hour. The costume possibilities are endless, but please don't tell Miss Whizzme I said so!
Wednesday, October 29
I figure you are probably pretty sick of hearing about the whizzme clan moving into their new abode - like get in there already!! But for us the date is fast approaching and organising all paperwork, inspections, packing, logistics seems to take up all my time at the moment. Boring for us both really. I did manage a quick bit of sewing on the weekend - and I mean quick - quick as you can put your foot on the pedal witch's dress for a halloween party (pictures later this week, after its second outing for trick or treating friday night). And a dress for myself (hello wonderful sewing girls - another great get-together). This too was the "sew quick I even amazed myself it worked" category of sewing, but again I haven't got to taking any pictures yet. Both sewing projects will come with a quick recipe so you can make them yourself - if you feel so inclined! Check back here on Saturday for the Whizzme sewing like a demon projects :)
Until then, did you know Amy Butler is coming to town (well, Melbourne and Sydney) for one night only? I don't know if I can make it - damn. And this Saturday the Elwood Market is on again - if the weather stays like today it will be a superb place to be having a browse and a coffee. If you are far more organised than I ever will be and want to have a stall, contact my lovely friend Cam Sunshine via the contact details on their website. Tell her Sam sent you!
Now I'm back to the mighty moving list and leaving the rest of you to enjoy the beautiful day. See you back here Saturday for some craftiness. Finally!
Saturday, October 18
yes the house is sold and in 30 days the Whizzme clan will be moving on. Currently the relief is far out weighing the excitement, but we can't wait to embrace new surroundings. With no more weekends of open inspections to endure it would be a grand time to break out the crafting. Unfortunately, the beautiful weather this weekend finds me in bed with bronchits while the rest of the clan enjoys some social freedom again. Even Wally the wonder dog has abandoned me for a playdate with his pooch girlfriend. I am consolling my sorry self with mulling over how to best set up the new craft room. So don't stay inside moping with me. Get outside. Enjoy this glorious weather. Have a champers for me darling.
Saturday, October 11
I guess really that's it. Not much of substance, but I can tell you there is a whole lot of emotion involved! And because I had no photo's of my own to share with you, the mosaic above is some favourites this week from flickr. Enjoy.
Tuesday, September 23
The house is ready, photos have been taking - now we wait for a buyer.
We are all exhausted from the effort of reducing the Whizzme clan's love of hoarding to bare necessities. I feel like we are in some reality TV challenge to see how long we can last. It shall be interesting. Miss Whizzme is ill and at the moment does not care that she has only 6 toys and a handful of books left to play with. I on the other hand, despite my various aches and injuries(as above*) cannot wait to once again let my hands do some craftiness. I might even be able to get back into the swing of regular posts and blog reading. I have quite a library of posts to catch up on what all of you have been up to. But for now I must be off to work. Feel free to take a sticky beak at our house.
*thought having aching limbs, sore hands from cleaning was enough but managed to whack my head on the corner of some furniture just before the photographer turned up!
Friday, September 12
Thursday, August 28
The Whizzme clan are celebrating big time - we bought our new house! The relief is wonderful, but the reality of now having to sell the house we are in is very rude. Agents talk a lot about de-cluttering for open inspections - for us they talk about moving out! All my china displays, mementos, books and artworks are slowly being carefully packed away for storage. Mr Whizzme can be heard quietly cursing the fact we have so many books in the house, so it is lucky he hasn't seen the piles of fabric yet. Ms Quilt has offered to have my craft books, which I have jumped at, as it will mean I can still get to them if the need arises. She also told me of a girl she knew who labeled her boxes of fabrics books - but we agreed this wasn't going to help in my situation. Any suggestions? All this means that the rush is on to get our house ready in 4 weeks for sale. Arrgh! To keep myself motivated I look a photo's of the room that will be mine for crafting. Bliss.
Monday, August 18
Edited to add - BHG pattern available here
I know can you believe it? finally a crafting post. There has been a severe lack of crafting on this little blog for quite a while now. Not that there hasn't been any crafting going on - there has. It is just that projects are in various stages of
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Sunday, July 6
well now that you are well and truly sick of hearing me moan about my princess ways, I have decided to entice you with a book sale. I have decided to cull my rather large craft book stash, and at the same time earn some money for my New York* spending fund. So go take a look in my etsy shop. There are several craft areas - knitting, quilting, sewing and even some japanese craft books. I have only managed to upload a third of the pile, so keep checking back.
Friday, June 27
- bean bag for Wally - has be the most complex patchwork bean bag cover anyone has ever considered making their dog!
- continue hand sewing liberty patches for Miss Whizzme's quilt - only @ 150 to go!!
- recover the floor cushions - chosen the fabric - it's a start!
- rowan exchange knitted socks - so far have only swatched the wool.
- school uniform for Miss Whizzme's school's mascot doll - umm, found a pattern and knitted one tiny sock.
- finish hand stitching two more hoodie's for etsy - pinned and ready to sew
- break out Gocco for some trial runs - still sitting in box
- fix holes in Mr Whizzme' socks - sitting in laundry basket
- fix tags on Miss Whizzme's apron - sitting in laundry basket
- fix cushion cover from Grandma - sitting in laundry basket
Monday, June 9
not only am I here back blogging again - thanks for sticking with me!, but finally, finally I updated the shop. I know, I can't believe it either!! Bluey above is sporting one of the beanies, suits him don't you think?! But go check it out, there are hoodie's, pants for children and bags for mummies too. There is still more in progress so I hope to update again in a few weeks, but feel free to shop right now.
So....life has been good to the Whizzme household, and well, really I'm back just in time to tell you that we are off (What AGAIN?!) to Fiji next week for a little family bonding and oh, you know we might just relax a bit too. I have my stack of books packed and a few crafty, easy to tote projects. Unfortunately it hasn't left a whole lot of room for anything else, I'm having to prioritize and well not one of my strong points! I know I can hear you all crying for me!! I'll try and send you a postcard!
But really, Thanks again for coming back - it means a lot.
Sunday, June 1
quietly she slips in the back door, past the unswept leaves and gathering dust. everything still looks the same, just sort of sad from the month of neglect it has endured. guiltily she backs slowly out, whispering, to nothing in particular, sorry... I promise I will be back soon, very soon....promise...
Thursday, May 1
coffee with friends, cleaning out cupboards, long weekend in daylesford with best friend, playing monopoly with Miss Whizzme, reading the real paper (not the online headlines!), sewing, drawing.....
*I hadn't planned on taking a break from blogging, but sometimes life just takes its own course. So I am happily following along, waiting to see where it takes me. But I will be back soon with new stock for my neglected little etsy store.
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Monday, April 21
I have been slowly restoring my spirit with some mending both physically and metaphorically. Mr Whizzme and I are taking quite a while to get over a respective ills and feel like an old couple in their retirement, shuffling around the house in comfy clothes, ugg boots, cups of tea. I furthered this image by being regularly found in my favourite chair applying patches to jeans, embellishments to tops, darning socks and tights.
For quite a while now I have had a growing pile of clothing that is too dear for one of us to part with, but needs some form of repair. This pile has been my crafting solace over the past week, as my jelly head wants something simple to focus on, and my body has been rickety and slow in movement.
I can focus on a mother's daily
Thursday, April 10
There is little to show, in fact I am really just here to tell you that. Mr Whizzme and I are both home nursing ourselves through colds and infections, and generally getting on each others nerves. Him with his cough, cough, coughing, his this hurts, that hurts, and me, well actually I'm a pretty good patient! Miss Whizzme is still riding on a high from her 6th birthday last weekend, (Little sis I uploaded the photos here!). The party did go very well, and the Butterfly lady was fantastic. Finally I can stop dreaming about beetles, bugs and butterflies. But as there has been a lack of craftiness to show of late, I thought I would whip out this little item I made a while ago.
Monday, April 7
Wednesday, April 2
yes it has been a while. So long in fact, that catching you up with all that has been entertaining the whizzme household of late would be overwhelming to have in one post, so here is just a snapshot.
- Finally cutting into the Liberty, after inspiration from here.
- Easter at home: family painting on Good Friday, eating well, lamb roast on Sunday, Ravelry, Miss Whizzme making her own softie, catching up with an old friend on Easter Monday.
- Panda: counseling, and finally a survey online for those of you who have used Panda before.
- Down the coast with some friends: time spent drawing, gossiping, eating well, trampolining, more drawing, making sock puppets, laughing, more drawing, a little crochet.
- Back home: cleaning up the chaos, making items for Miss Whizzme's party, uploading, washing, reminiscing.
Monday, March 17
Miss Whizzme had four, yes 4, birthday parties on the weekend. Three of them were on Saturday, so we went from fairies, to disco and then appropriately pyjama's and there hadn't yet been a tear from her. Mr Whizzme and I however, were feeling a little shattered. Then Sunday we attended the much talked about party for a certain girl who
will should be cast in the next High School Musical. This was a little more relaxing (for me), and involved a good dose of gossip, party games, party food and air-conditioning. There's nothing like having a sweltering weekend of birthday parties to bring parents to their knees! Miss Whizzme breezed through on a sugar loaded, party induced high. I'm still waiting for the crash....
Friday, March 14
I went to bed way too late last night....
- Miss Whizzme's birthday invitations
- Contacting the plumber
- Putting the washing away
- Photographing the clothes for eBay
- Photographing the new stock for etsy
- Putting away all the stuff covering the dining table
- Writing my Easter cards
- Mending my summer dress
- Finishing the ironing
- Buying some groceries
- the list could go on, and on, and on
Wednesday, March 5
I have been spending a lot of time with busy work. You know - that work you do when you are studiously avoiding doing something else you should be doing?! Busy work is actually one of my core skills, and I like to show off this skill all to readily. So, most of the weekend was spent busy working all my craft related stuff that has been scattered throughout the house, into neat, like-with-like containers. All sewing needles in one box, all embroidery thread in another, bobbin's in the nifty bobbin holder, sewing machine bits in a special sewing machine bits box. It is such a cleansing process, and most certainly needed to be done. I mean, it was way more important than those things burning permanently into my to do list. Way more.
Last night it was the books in the house turn. Of course I started this task at 8.30pm. But now all the knitting books are together, the sewing books are together, the quilting books together, well, you get the idea. When I had finally finished, even I had to admit that there probably weren't too many books left that I still needed to add to my collection. Phew luckily, I hadn't admitted this out loud. Because today the post man delivered this little hoard which I had quite forgotten about.
Sunday, March 2
for those of you in the northern hemisphere you may have had one of these kits made for you, I have only read about how wonderful these ready to make children's clothes were. And, now they are coming back, with a new contemporary feel.
As their web site explains each kit comes with:
"All the cutting lines are printed directly on the fabric, so all you have to do is choose your size, then cut out the appropriate pieces.
Thread, buttons and any other haberdashery are all included.
All you need is a sewing machine and enthusiasm!
Kits can be put together by both the beginner and experienced stitcher alike.
All our kits come with simple, step-by-step illustrated instructions to guide you through the process.
You will soon also be able to download duplicate instructions here.
Part of our work-in-progress is developing an online video library that has quick films demonstrating tips and techniques. Please check back soon, or join our e-letter to be updated of news."
The Russian Doll Dress by Annabel Waterman is divine, and the design is meant to be coloured by the child themselves. However, I'm waiting for the adult skirt with Rob Ryan's touch
Thursday, February 28
Monday, February 25
Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
Saturday, February 16
We use the words comfy and cosy often in our house: it’s to be warm (or cool!), safe and content, doing something or nothing, with someone or thinking of someone, feeling good to be home. I also think of it as Me and Him together, the two of us: old comfy and cosy.
2. What inspires you to blog?
Other bloggers! I’m so inspired by the collections and creativity shown on by people on their blogs. At first it was the big bloggers, as I think of them, like Loobylu , Nikki-Shell , Angry Chicken , Hop Skip Jump , 62Cherry and Aunty Cookie.
The amazing Australian and NZ community of bloggers inspires me (just look at my blogroll!). There are so many people with similar interests and collections that we can connect on.
In my neck of the woods, I like to blog about my op-shop finds, the fabric and buttons (oh the buttons!) and books I pick up along the way. I slip in the occasion bit of knitting or embroidery (oh so occasional!).
3. How often do you read other blogs?
I read blogs every day. I sometimes get a little fixated and the blog reading becomes an obsession. But I can also let go and my bloglines show all the catching up I have to do. I always read my Aus/NZ bloglines first and for some reason Ask Moxie (not very craft-related!).
4. If you could only read one blog, which one would you choose?
That’s far too hard to answer but I really, really like Muppinstuff for her wonderful photos, creativity and her wonderful ability to write about day to day life.
5. What's your favourite crafting tool?
Buttons! (Are buttons a tool?)
6. If you could have your dream job tomorrow, what would it be?
I think I’d like to sell fabric. And buttons! An online and mail order shop: something where I could post out a newsletter. So maybe not all online after all. I’d like to combine the wonderful immediacy of the internet with the thrills of receiving newsletters and cards and parcels in the mail. I LOVE parcels, wrapping and addressing them, going to the post office: the whole process. So, something mail order, I think.
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