Monday, March 23, 2009

The love of crafting has always been there!

I guess that in some ways I have always been a bit of a crafter.  Though, I have always crafted in fits and starts.  Crazily knitting beanies all of one summer for example.  I remember being in the group to help the craftily challenged when in grade 6.  Somehow I always manage to be 'too busy' to really sit down and really enjoy any particular craft.
Circa 2005 (whilst living in Japan) I found my lovely friend Sooz via Loobylu's blog.  A whole world of crafting, the kind I love, opened up to me!
I have been to two crafter's weekends with this person, this person, this person and of course this person...

There had been lots of talk about the Stitches and Craft show coming up in Melbourne so I planned to go. 
The night before I felt like a kid about to be let loose in a toyshop.  The show totally didn't let me down.  It was WONDERFUL!  I loved it.  I spent a little bit and wanted to spend so much more!!
Here is most of the fabric I bought... Already stitched up.  I bought a green/orange pack from, Leni and Rose?
The boarder green was from Kelani.
Still have to do the quilting bit.  
You can't see it in the photos, but the back in a blanket off cut from Pear Tree.  Oh, Pear Tree how I love thee!
This lot is my favourite.  Very precious.  I am hoping to collect enough to make a quilt for my own bed.  You can see a wonderful pack from Green Olive.  The birds are you know who... yes Kristen Doran.  Love her!  And... Shannon, I'd like you to know I bought from you.  I didn't just pickup and put back.  I do wish I bought more though... I LOVE all of your wares!!!
In other news...
I won a blog giveaway.  How lucky am I.  These little felt bowls are much sort after and now I have one.  Thanks to the lovely Jo over at Jelly Baby for making the bowl and hosting the giveaway.
And here it is in situ.  Don't you just love it...

6 comments:

superrelish said...

I love that craft is no longer a fuddy duddy thing to do, that there is far more than cross stitch available. Lots of inspiration now, but only a little motivation. Oh well, eventually...

mbi said...

Hey, Ellen:

I followed your link and came to visit your blog - your crafting projects and photos are absolutely beautiful!! I hope they inspire me, too. I am feeling today like I need a list of goals so I can check them periodically - I seem to start with a list of things to do and get really busy and completely forget most of my good intentions and then a month has passed.

It is ironic to spend so muc time here reading your blog, as I was thinking of posting to my own blog today (after a long rest)... You have taken me on so many nice tangents.

Anyway, wanted to let you know that I have added you as a Friend on Flickr - very happy to see more of your photos there. I am bananas for breakfast (big thing about a banana diet here in Japan ha ha). I am really thinking these days that albums are so outdated and wondering if you have better ideas for storing photos - Flickr or an electronic frame seem to be the way to go. (We have another reconstruction project on the go, so have been shifting hubby's albums from one place to another and thinking about how, tucked away, we never seem to look at them.)

Will come and visit again soon. Alison

Rosie said...

Baby news??????

Anonymous said...

Hi there. Have been surfing the blog links from your page. So many clever and imaginative people you know. I'm just glad to know one in you. X Jodi

triplejanda said...

You have such hidden talents...I always love the crafty things you do and find out about.....let the crafty you be set free!!!!!!

sooz said...

The orange and green is so lovely - I agree I could have bought the place out at Stitches and Craft!! But you chose well and it is great to see you getting in up to your elbows with the whole crafting thing :-)
xx