My Creative Space…

A little early I know, but its getting hard to do this at my usual time and place due to other commitments – meetings all day tomorrow in other words!

How fun are parcels in the mail???? This week I got my very own signed copy of YOU SEW GIRL, plus a very cool bundle of zips and a 1″ bias tape maker…YAY! Plus my very first Martha Stewart book, and the FRANKIE Spaces publication. All very nice to receive after a rough day at work I must say.

This week I have been plodding along on my knitting. As I restarted due to my perfectionism I am feeling a little bit remorseful about it, BUT I will get there in the end.

Over the weekend I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to sew clothes for my Blythe dolls.  I would like to add them to a list of things to sell at some stage, but not until I perfect the patterns I am making (first time ever for doing this!) I have found that either my printer doesn’t print the scale that everyone elses does or my dolls are a different size to all others in the ENTIRE universe.  This could be seen as a negative, however, it has made my venture into the new territory of pattern drafting.  Here are my two efforts from the weekend…

Now I might add, I have been a bit shy in saying how much I love Blythe dolls! I don’t have millions, maybe want one or two more, don’t ‘play with them but love to create things for them…odd, but FUN.  I put it down to not really having a doll fostering upbringing. Apparently footies were more appropriate.  I am now starting to seriously doubt that.

Anyway, the next project for my creative space MIGHT be a repurposed bookshelf from start to finish (ie right now it houses paperwork, CD ROMS etc and STUFF.   Later it MIGHT house dolls LOL, always wanted to make a doll house and now I just think I will,, DD is up for it though she is in no way at all impressed with or interested in playing with dolls or even thinking about them much. Hee hee.

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My Creative Space

Well after a frivolous weekend spent crafting and camping, I am still attached to my hook!  There is a market coming up in my area and along with garden things to sell for my classroom I am trying to get together some handmade goodness to sell to the punters.  This market is not traditionally renowned for handmade really so it could be just the thing everyone is looking for!

My list of things to test at the stall include crocheted dish cloths, doorstops, ipod/iphone pouches, baked goodies and possibly some jam. The classroom list includes worm wee, magnetic pegs and seedlings.

I would be most grateful to hear from any of you that do the market rounds.  This market caters to a very small few – no more than about 500 i reckon and that is a very generous estimation.  I am not sure how many of each item to prepare…any help would be great!

Oops…i forgot to add that you can go to KOOTOYOO to find many many more awsome spaces.  Its a great linky link to get out there in blog world and see lots of handmade goodness!

MY creative SPACE

Well its been a somewhat creative week here on my farm, but it’s all over now as we sit in the car on our adventure back to the red centre.

I was very excited to do a small but lovely bit of shopping at the local patchwork shop. A few things to tide me over…including a rotary cutter and ruler thingy…


I did go back for round two to grab the wool and needles I need to start my first ever real knitting project from BHG mag last month. Was so excited to find the store keeper in inglewood knitting exact same project so I could get details from her, tad hard to make a special purchase like that without the list of requirements (because said list is on kitchen table in different state!!!)

I had NO idea figs could taste so good! whipped up some fresh fig jam on Monday and it is glorious. My new favorite with cream on scones! Yesterday I made some lemon marmalade too… Equally yummy.

Also found some great sheets for the vintage sheet swap but no pics as they are safe and sound on roof rack!

Well I am off to look at everyone elses spaces at (I have tried so hard to make. Link from my mobile but can’t figure it out sorry… Seeya!





Yum! Watermelon and Ginger jam…over Christmas i finally made my first ever jams and LOVED the whole process.
Over the past two weeks we harvested more than 60kgs of watermelon and that was just 6 melons!
There is only so much you can give away and i have been keen to try my hand at sauce or jam since tasting watermelon and chilli sauce from and old bloke up the road from the farm. So jam is my creation this week…
The recipe is simply a basic jam recipe with a twist.
5kg melon
3.5kg sugar
Juice and rind of 2 lemons
Reasonable size knob of Ginger(mine was half my palm)
2pkts jam setta

Chop melon flesh into small pieces and place in LARGE pot. Add sugar and warm through till all juicey then turn up the heat. Peel and grate Ginger, add lemons. Cook on high simmer/ slow boil till liquid clears. This took well over an hour! Much of melon dissolves. Rinse and steralise jars (5mins hot oven). While jars in oven add jam setta and continue to boil 15-20 mins. Remove jars and let cool SLIGHTLY. they must be hot to add jam. Test for set according to setta packet. Add to jars, add lids and let cool. ENJOY!!!

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My Creative Space…

Its nice to be getting some craft done, after what seems like forever of not having the time.  I am really loving the MY CREATIVE SPACE blogging expedition through kootoyoo and hope that you join me in celebrating the work of some VERY talented folk. 

I am working on what was to be a cushion cover for my son, who is an eels supporter.  I was informed by my daughter that the eels were green with a bit of blue and yellow.  Much to my surprise its actually blue and yellow with a bit of green!!! So now the green granny squares that I have learned to crochet will be added to in great amounts to create a blanket for him instead…

My daughter is invited to a birthday party for one of her best friends, and we have decided that a make up kit and a little pouch to hold it all in will be just the order of the day.  She has chosen the beautifully bright fat quarters from spotlight and I will whip it up a little later this afternoon.

I really can’t wait to see what others have going on at their creative spaces that you can find at kootoyoo.  Please don’t be shy if you visit here, leave a message as I will for you.