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In March 2015, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at Southbank plays host to the Stitches and Craft Show. This show is always worth the time with hundreds of stands and so much to look at. It also caters to all kinds of crafting – perfect for a crafty mummy like me who likes to dabble in lots of different things! There is always plenty of fabric and quilting related stands but there are also scrapbooking and yarn and paper and beads and so much more. The Show runs from March 19 to 22 (that’s Thursday to Sunday) and is open each day from 10am to 4:30pm.

Here are my “Top 5 Reasons” why you really don’t want to miss out on this show.

1. Learn with Fabulous Classes

For me the greatest incentive is always about learning new things or expanding my skills, and the Stitches and Crafts Show is a great place to learn. There are demonstrations and classes that you can get involved in to learn everything from jewellery making and quilting to scrapbooking and embroidery. Some of these classes and workshops involve a small cost and perhaps pre-booking, but some of them are free with your entry to the show. There are even activities for the kids. See the complete list of classes with times and booking information here.

2. Amazing Quilt Display

Studio Art Quilt Associates has a display of  50 art quilts from internationally renowned quilters. These quilts travel the world to different shows and will be a highlight of the event if you’re into fabric and textiles. I love being inspired by lovely quilts online but there is something very special about being able to see quilts up close. I find it fascinating to see how quilts are quilted and those tiny stitches are never very clear in photographs so seeing a display is always a drawcard for me. Get a little peek at the quilts here.

3. See New Products

There are always new products being released in the crafting world whether it is new sewing machines, fabrics, threads or dies for cutting machines. Having so many displays and stands from so many companies al in one place gives a great opportunity to catch up on new products and often see them being used as well. The friendly staff are always willing to answer questions and I find I go home with a bunch of business cards to look up later as well.

5000 poppies

4. Bring a Handmade Poppy

The 5000 Poppies Project will have a special display wall at the Show where you can add your poppy to the collection. This incredible project aims to collect 5000 handmade poppies to commemorate 100 years since the landing of the ANZAC soldiers at Gallipoli and I believe they have already collected that many and more.

Read more about the 5000 Poppies Project at their website and find free patterns to create your contribution.

5. Shopping!!

Who could forget the opportunity for shopping!? Many companies who have a booth at the Show offer special discounts just for those couple of days so there are always bargains to be found. Plus having so many stands in one place is so convenient.

Your Chance to Win Tickets

Now that I’ve convinced you that you need to check out the Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show from March 19 – 22, 2015, I can offer you the chance to win a ticket!

I have TWO Family Passes to the Brisbane Show to give away. These entitle the holder to Single Day Entry for 2 adults and 2 children valued at $40 each.

To enter tell me in 50 words or less what you would most like to see at the Show and why. You might want to pop over to the Show website to check out more information.

Fine Print

  • Only one entry per person.
  • This is a game of skill, not chance. You must answer both parts of the question for a valid entry – 1. what you would most like to see? and 2. why? I am looking for creativity and unique answers.
  • You must leave a valid email address for me to contact you for a valid entry.
  • Only open to Australian residents – apologies to my overseas readers.
  • Entries open with this post on Monday 23rd February 2015 and close on Saturday 28th February 2015 at 8pm Brisbane time.
  • The 2 winners will be chosen from the valid entries and contacted via email before midnight Tuesday 3rd March 2015.
  • If any winners don’t contact me, after 4 days I will choose a new winner to replace them.
  • Once I have been in contact with the winner, I will announce the winner and pass on their details to the sponsors who will send out the prize.
  • I can’t take responsibility for any issues in the delivery process.

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Valentine’s Day turned out to be the perfect day for me to start a new crochet blanket for someone I love!

This next afghan blanket is going to be a mixture of navy blue, lime green, chocolate brown and stone. These were the colours requested by my sweet son and since I actually had the colours he wants and didn’t have the colours that my daughter wants for her blanket, his will be the next project.

Note to Self: Must go shopping for more yarn for Little Miss’ blanket before all the yarn disappears from the stores again!

Anyway I started with the navy and decided to try out a new method for starting.

Previously I have created a chain of crochet the length I wanted for my blanket, then created the next row in my chosen stitch. I always find that first row really tricky as my chain is often a little tight, no matter how much I try to keep it loose as I’m making it.

So this time I went back to my Crochet Tutorials and Inspiration Board on Pinterest to find a tutorial I knew I had pinned for a method of creating the foundation row without using chain.

Find the tutorial for Chainless Foundation over at Little Monkeys Crochet. I have seen other tutorials that are similar but I loved the pictures on this one. I found it so easy to recreate Rebecca’s steps and quickly got the hang of creating my foundation row. I made mine double crochet but she also has tutorials to create a Half Double Crochet Foundation and Single Crochet Foundation in the same post.

It did take longer than creating a chain, but I saved so much time as I created the second row that it was totally worth it.

Pin the tutorial for later by clicking here.

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Painted Canvas Art http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/02/painted-canvas-art/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/02/painted-canvas-art/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=19799 I’m not a painter. I have zero art training and my only knowledge is what I have gleaned from the internet. So why I suddenly decided I would try my hand at canvas art is a mystery! Nevertheless here is my first attempt. And I must say I’m pretty happy with it! What You Need...

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I’m not a painter.

I have zero art training and my only knowledge is what I have gleaned from the internet.

So why I suddenly decided I would try my hand at canvas art is a mystery!

painted canvas green blue

Nevertheless here is my first attempt.

And I must say I’m pretty happy with it!

What You Need

  • Large canvas – mine is 15″ x 45″ (38cm x 114cm)
  • Paint – I used chalk paint but any paint would work
  • Large flat brush – mine is size 12

canvas art blue

What To Do

I started with all the little pots of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that I had collected last year – some from the ProBlogger Event and others that were gifted to me for my Painted Basket project. I had four colours: Antibes Green, Louis Blue, Country Grey and Pure White.

I wanted a mix of these so I grabbed a plastic paint tray with sections that my kids use for painting and poured a little of each colour into it. I put the white into the middle section so that I could easily mix it into each of the other colours.

Then I grabbed a thick flat brush and just started painting!

Painted Canvas Art

I started with the green and created a stripe. Then I added some white so that my green got lighter and lighter. Eventually I did a little of just the white paint, overlapping the wet edges of the stripes so that the paint blended.

I continued across the whole canvas switching colours when I felt like it. I used the same brush the whole time and didn’t clean it at all other than by painting with it until I needed to dip it in more paint. This really made the stripes blend together.

I didn’t paint down the edges of my canvas but I’m thinking now that I should go back and do that. The sides will be seen once the canvas is on the wall so I think it will look better.

What do you think? I’d love your feedback.

This whole project took me an hour or so one afternoon, then it had to dry overnight. The chalk paint is super easy to use and comes in lots of different colours. Read more about it here at Paint Me White.

Project Tips

  • Blending the stripes is key so you need to paint the whole canvas at one time without letting the paint dry
  • Pour out your paint beforehand so that you can mix easily
  • Watch out for drips! I had to do some creative blending after dripping paint from my brush across the canvas.
  • Consider painting the edges of the canvas as you go – I didn’t but I think now I should have!

 

DIY Canvas Art

More Paint Projects

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Library Bags http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/02/library-bags/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/02/library-bags/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=19790 School has gone back for my kids and one of the things they use each year are their library bags. When they started I made a couple of simple bags for them and they still use them each week to bring home books to read. So when a friend asked if I could make a...

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School has gone back for my kids and one of the things they use each year are their library bags. When they started I made a couple of simple bags for them and they still use them each week to bring home books to read.

So when a friend asked if I could make a couple for her, I knew it would be a fun quick project to get me back to the sewing machine.

robot bag overlocker

As you can probably guess, there is one for a girl and one for a boy here. The fabrics came out of my stash – some pretty butterflies and cool robots.

It was great to pull out my overlocker again too – it hasn’t seen much use lately! Even though I won’t use it often, I love the fact then when I do it is quick to set up and sews beautifully. I have a Babylock Evolution which was not cheap but totally worth it.

library bag robots

While these bags will be popping off to their new home later today, you can find the tutorial to make your own here: Library Bag Tutorial. They use only about half a metre of fabric and are a generous size to accommodate large picture books. You may want to adjust the length of the shoulder strap for younger children so that they don’t drag on the ground.

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The Crafty Bookshelf: ‘B’ Crafts http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/02/crafty-bookshelf-b-crafts/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/02/crafty-bookshelf-b-crafts/#respond Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=19661 A couple of weeks ago I collected books for some ‘A’ crafts so today I thought I’d share some for ‘B’ crafts. There are probably lots of crafts that start with B but my three favourites are Beading, Buttons and Blankets. Enjoy some inspiration, and remember if you click the cover and pop through to...

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A couple of weeks ago I collected books for some ‘A’ crafts so today I thought I’d share some for ‘B’ crafts. There are probably lots of crafts that start with B but my three favourites are Beading, Buttons and Blankets.

Enjoy some inspiration, and remember if you click the cover and pop through to Amazon, you’ll be able to peek inside some of these books. I love that feature!

Buttons

Beading

Blankets

Find some of my beading projects here.

Find some of my crochet blankets here.

Find some of my button projects here.

The Crafty Bookshelf B Crafts: Buttons, Beading and Blankets

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My granny crochet blanket is growing steadily – mostly each night while I sit with the kids and listen to a chapter of Percy Jackson. (We’re listening via Audible but you can also find the books on Amazon: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Affiliate link)

I still love the variegated blue grey yarn and the way it creates stripes naturally. Plus it is lovely and soft to handle which is nice and snuggly.

After a big week of back to school and work for us, the time sitting each evening and creating a little more has been so soothing. Sadly I think I’m onto the last ball of yarn that I bought so it will have to finish very soon. It looks like it will finish a little over 1 metre square which cover my knees as I sit on the couch.

I may need to try to get some more yarn so it can be bigger I think.

granny crochet blanket

Vital Statistics

  • currently 86 rows done
  • used 9 balls of yarn
  • Cleckheaton California 8ply in Blues
  • Size 4.0 mm hook
  • One cornering mistake spotted in about row 20 when I took photos – oops!

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Do you lose your mobile phone when you’re at home?

I often seem to put mine down somewhere and find myself looking for it later on. Which isn’t so great when hubby phones me from work and I totally miss his calls!

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When I saw these wooden phone stands from CleverPatch, I knew they would be the answer. I could sit one on my standing desk and pop my phone onto it each time I came home. It would be right there when I was working and easily heard from other parts of the house as well.

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It needed a little dressing up though. Hmmm. Paint? Stickers? Glitter? Yarn? Washi tape!

Easy and quick but super cute.

washi tape ends

The stand is made of two pieces which slot together creating a ledge for the phone and a stand at the back.

I simply wrapped a few strips of washi tape around the wood and secured them at the back of the pieces where they were out of sight.

washi tape phone stand

With a little care I matched up the chevrons of the red and white tape to create diamonds – love!

Find these phone holders over at CleverPatch.com.au.

Now I wonder whether I need another one for work…?

Wooden Phone Holder decorated with Washi Tape

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How the Morning Rush Made Me Clean Out my Drawers http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/01/morning-rush-made-clean-drawers/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/01/morning-rush-made-clean-drawers/#respond Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:00:25 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=18158 This morning my drawers exploded. All over the bedroom. My poor husband was trying to get ready for work (after a 2am finish last night – unfortunately not all that unusual at our place!) and I called to him in the bathroom “Sorry, Honey! I have a bit of a mess out here! Just step...

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This morning my drawers exploded. All over the bedroom.

My poor husband was trying to get ready for work (after a 2am finish last night – unfortunately not all that unusual at our place!) and I called to him in the bathroom “Sorry, Honey! I have a bit of a mess out here! Just step around the clothes – I’ll clean up later!”

I had just stepped out of the shower. It was after 8am and I had to get one cherub to school very soon. The other one had a fever so he would be coming back home to bed (better than last week’s gastro, I assure you!), and I still had to make school lunches. Yesterday’s jeans were good to go and I had found a top in the wardrobe, but I needed that T-shirt to go underneath it. The one I KNEW I had seen last in that drawer but right now I couldn’t find.

So I was pulling out shirts in the search and dumping them on the floor. The drawer was too full to start with and there was really no other way to see what was underneath the top layer. Then I tried a couple of other drawers knowing that in recent months there had been some “T-shirt Overflow”. Those drawers got dumped on the floor too in my hurry to get out of the bedroom to the next step before Miss 10 starting getting upset about being late.

Ahhh! There it is! Great. Dressed and off to the kitchen then off to school. Phew!

A couple of hours later I sat on the floor in front of the chest of drawers and contemplated my options as I refolded everything.

Here was my chance to get organised.

Again. It seems to never end!

Rather than start putting things back I tipped out everything from the drawers. Yes. Everything. Onto the floor in one big pile.

I know. Dramatic. And messier than before!

But I knew that if I started with some clothes still in the drawers I would not look at them properly and they possibly would stay there when they shouldn’t. Besides I had read Nikki’s book last week and there was a very clear section about cleaning out your wardrobe that said start by taking it ALL out.

Next step: Sorting and Re-folding

One at a time I picked up each time in the pile and decided whether I should keep it. I thought about

  • had I worn it recently?
  • did it fit?
  • was it free of stains or marks?
  • was it still in good condition – not stretched out of shape or fading?
  • was it still something I wanted to wear?

If any of these questions got a “no”, then it was lobbed over to the pile in the doorway. This was the “Not Going Back in the Drawer” pile. I’d decide later on whether I would bin each item, or give it to charity. For now, the goal was to just get them out of the way.

Things that made the cut were folded neatly into piles by type around me as I continued through the mess.

Back in the Drawers

In the end I discarded about half of the clothes that had been in the drawers, mostly because they were looking worn out. Many items hadn’t been worn for a couple of seasons but had been pushed to the bottom and forgotten. Putting everything back into drawers was a breeze when there was only half as much of it!

I can’t wait for the next morning rush!

I can see now that the next morning rush is going to be so much calmer. Partly it is because I have been through all those clothes and reminded myself what is in those drawers that perhaps I haven’t worn for a little while. But also because I will be able find things again. This has got to make the morning easier. Yay!

How to Morning Rush made me Clean Out my drawers

 

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Beading covers all sorts of crafts created with beads. It includes making jewellery with beads, adding beads to fabric projects, melting beads like Pyssla, Hama or Perler beads, and more. Beads can range from tiny seed beads to large wooden beads. They can be every possible colour and made from lots of different substances – plastic, glass, stone, wood, metal, clay and even paper.

When I’m looking for bead inspiration, I turn to The Beader’s Bible by Dorothy Woods. (The affiliate link above goes to the Kindle edition but I have the paperback version – perfect for curling up on the couch with!)

I love how this book goes through all the basics with lots of photos, then explains techniques with projects to practice on – perfect for when you’d like to try something new but not something huge.

butterfly necklace beaded ribbon

Some of my Beading Projects:

  • Beaded Christmas Angel – by far my favourite beading project recently – I even wrote a tutorial so you can make one too.
  • Long Beaded Charm Necklace – I wear this necklace whenever I want to ad a bit of bling and don’t have quite the right thing to add to my outfit – plus it says “Crafty Mummy” all over!
  • Beaded Bracelet – Another jewellery item I wear a lot in my favourite greens and blues.
  • Wedding Sampler – For an example of beading on a cross stitch project, check out my “wedding gift to us”.
  • Beaded Stars – Another of my favourites, these beaded stars come out to twinkle each Christmas at our house. I also created Double Beaded Stars.
  • Beaded Bookmarks – For a super quick project try these simple beaded bookmarks – ribbon + beads = easy!

Tutorial Christmas Beaded Angel

Beading Classes

There are a number of classes on Craftsy for beading jewellery. I highly recommend their classes as great value for money and always high quality content.

Online Jewelry Making Classes
Beading Pinterest Board

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Quick Craft: Button Paperclips http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/01/quick-craft-button-paperclips/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/01/quick-craft-button-paperclips/#respond Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=19694 Buttons + Paperclips = Getting my bullet journal organised! Yes, this simple craft has made my life more organised and that has got to be a good thing while I learn to juggle home, blogging and working outside the home as well. My bullet journal is one of the tools that is making a difference...

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Button Paperclips

Buttons + Paperclips = Getting my bullet journal organised!

Yes, this simple craft has made my life more organised and that has got to be a good thing while I learn to juggle home, blogging and working outside the home as well.

My bullet journal is one of the tools that is making a difference for me. If you haven’t heard of a bullet journal, check out this video from the guy credited with coming up with it. In the midst of all my i-devices, it seems kind of silly to start using a notebook again, but after 6 months of using this system I love it. (You can read about how Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts uses her bullet journal over at The Organised Housewife.)

The original bullet journal was used as a diary, calendar and to do list but I only use mine for keeping all my lists in one place. I have a front page that works as a Contents Page with two columns and page numbers to find things easily. The rest of my pages fall into two groups: Daily To Do Lists and Other Lists for specific purposes.

The Daily To Do Lists have a date then a list of tasks with a check box beside each one. As I do things I check them off with a tick in the box. Sometimes I cross things out that are no longer needed and sometimes I add a star beside some items to remind myself that these are the priority tasks for the day. I may not create a new list every day, but when the list is mostly checked off or the page is getting full, I will start a new list with a new date.

The Other Lists cover everything from lists of ideas for blog posts, plans for events, gift ideas, books to read, info that I need to keep, and even some pages with columns where I can track my blog stats.

The beauty of this system for me is that all my lists and notes end up in one A4 book and don’t get lost on my desk (or on the kitchen table!)

paperclips

So why do I need the paperclips?

I found over time that there are a few pages that I often refer back to – the page with blog stats, the current daily list, the page where I recorded the hex codes for my blog colours, perhaps the ideas for a series of blog posts that I’m writing – so I started marking the pages with paperclips to find them easily.

Button Paperclips

These button paperclips are just that little bit cuter than plain paperclips. Here’s how to make them for your journal, diary or notebook.

What You Need

  • Paperclips – I used the large type with coloured rubber over them
  • Buttons – the type with a shank rather than holes

What To Do

So easy! Slide the button onto the paperclip. That’s it!

I found I needed to slightly unfold the paperclip to slide the button around the bendy bits (technical term there) then bend it back into shape once the button was in position.

Quick Craft- Button Paperclips

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