Thursday, June 25, 2009

Jack and the Beanstalk

O was home from Kindy today - could probably have gone, but tomorrow is the last day of term 2 and they're having pizza and doing other fun things. So I'd rather he have a quiet day today so he can enjoy tomorrow :)

I saw this the other day via One Pretty Thing - this has to be one of my favourite online resources for cool things to make. I HEART it even. I know. It's serious.

Anyway - O has really been getting into the Jack and the Beanstalk story in one of his bedtime books so I thought this would be a great way to take up some time today.

Here is our beanstalk - I drew the rough shape on some old cardboard I saved (see my husbane??!! There IS a good reason to hoard all that stuff!), then I squirted some green paint on and the kids painted roughly where they were supposed to. Do you like my beautiful christmas-themed drop sheet? Then I cut around the shape with a stanley knife (NOT a box cutter as we live in Australia ;) )

Next we hung it up on the door in the loungeroom so that it can be a focus for awhile and be played with while I'm doing things in the kitchen.

Then we were going to use some old photos as the characters but I got such a look of disgust from my son! He wanted to draw them! So he did - and little sister wanted to be in on it too.

The concentration is palpable!

I will update over the weekend once all our characters are drawn and attached to either iceblock sticks or clothes pegs - haven't decided yet.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The sick house

Yes. Again.

But I have many plans to do many lovely crafty things so while I have O home from Kindy today we'll try and do something fun and when they have a rest I'll try and do something fun for me.

Does that sentence even make sense?? Meh. No energy to change it. Going to have a cuppa and blow my nose.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

SEWN competition winner :)

I decided that I cold really do two draws - why not, right?? I drew the two numbers randomly (using the random number generator) and got . . .


And that post belongs to . . . . . .


And the second winning number is . . . .


Digital Misfit


I will be contacting you both shortly to discuss what you would like :)

And thank you to everyone who entered :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Just to remind you . . ..

I've just finished uploading some pics of my favourite pieces of jewellery I have made over the last couple of years. Mainly because some of you entering the SEWN giveaway were having trouble finding pics on my blog - and that owuld be because I didn't have very many up!Silly moi!

So the posts are now labelled better and you should be able to find pics to look at.

Now go here and leave a comment so you can be in the running to win some jewellery :-)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

More jewellery pics

simple glass beads and silver-plated beads on tigertail.

Memory wire bracelet with cut glass rounds and hearts and silver-plated twisted tubes.

Indian glass beads on double-strand of black cotton.

Another wedding set for a different friend ;) Swarovski glass pearls, swarovski crystal rondelles and silver-plated wire. This is such a beautiful, elegant set. My photography (including setting up the backgrounds!) has improved a lot since then!

More pics again.

I made this set for a friend's wedding. A twisted wire neck cuff, twisted wire bracelet and long earrings - pearls, shell, amethyst chips.

Czech glass pearls on silver-plated wire cuff and matching earrings.

Something fun! A tea straining with dangle - rose quartz and goddess charm.

Twisted wire seed beada dn glass bead necklace with tiger-tail and seed bead earrings.

Asymmetrical necklace - glass beads and drops on tigertail.

More jewellery pics

Bag charm - czech glass pendant, czech glass beads and assorted plated findings

Czech glass drops, czech glass faceted rounds and long bugle beads on nickle plated findings

Resin wobbly donuts and rounds on brown cotton cord

silver plated wire with a selection of pink czech glass and crystals
I hand-shaped the cuff frame.

Another wire cuff with selection of mint czech glass and seed beads on silver-plated wire. I hand shape the cuff frame on this one as well. These are probbaly my favourite thing to make :)

Assorted Jewellery I'm proud of.

Glass Button with black wire and czech crystals

glass beads on red twisted wire, bronze findings

Green czech glass beads with twisted silver-plated wire on european ear hooks

Handmade wire and glass/pearl beaded pendant on silver rat-tail cord

Button and wire necklace on rattail cord.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Party aftermath

Ok - so we were supposed to have a lovely party for Miss E's 2nd birthday last Sunday. Unfortunately, we succumbed, one by one, to a little virus that saw much time spent in bed and/or on the toilet. Not happy Jan!

Master O went down first, then party girl, then Daddy - so we postponed the party on the morning of the celebration. Nothing like last minute!

I was nice enough to wait until the night of the intended party to succumb. So here are a couple of photos of some of the cakes I made that had to be frozen and the birthday cake - a teacup - an awesome creation by DH - that had to go in the bin due to him icing it before the bug hit!

This is our very lonely birthday candles ceremony - and yes Miss E did snaffle those Tim Tams as soon as the cake was put down!

and a closeup of the cake - we were stumped on how to do the handle - but will try something different next time. This attempt was a bit droopy :)

We did our own pass the parcel with Miss E, Mr O, Mr O's teddy and me. He was really looking forward to doing pass the parcel with all his cousins so we improved. And guess who won?????

My cupcakes in icecream cones. I was very happy with how these turned out. I hope they will freeze well!

And of course - here is the birthday girl enjoying her present. She absolutely loves it and won't let anyone else near it!

All seems to be fine, gut-wise, in the household now. Here's to good health and happiness! And remember to leave a comment on this post if you want to be part of the huge BLOG party giveaway for the launch of the new SEWN website.