Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hi everyone, 

I hope you have all had as lovely a Christmas as I did with family, or at least thinking of family who are overseas, or interstate.   Best wishes to everyone for a great New Year     Jenny

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Links to my blog

Hi everyone, this is just a quick post, as I am trying to add a link for a craft directory I have found, which is also Australian, so naturally local.   No offence to overseas links, but distance and freight can be a problem for some. 

Anyway, getting back to the reason for this posting, the link I am referring to is:

Australian Craft Directory       URL:
It is a directory of crafters and their finished craft gifts, as well as art and craft suppliers in Australia and overseas.

Wish me luck that this works!  I will write again soon,  Jenny

Sunday, December 13, 2009


No doubt you are probably grabbing a quiet moment to get away from the panic of Christmas (did I say panic!), so I have tried to avoid the topic for you and post photos of some of the quilts I have made in the past.

The Hexagon Quilt and the Star Quilt are both
 hand pieced and hand quilted
I only used the sewing machine to add the binding

The other quilts have been machine pieced, but again, hand quilted.

All of my quilts to date have been made with material from my fabric 'stash'.

I have decided that my New Year's Resolution will be to try and do a couple of quilts  as it has been a while since I have made any.

Writing this, has given me the idea that maybe I should start a diary of my quilt's progress, so anyone wanting to 'give it a go' can do a practice piece before starting on their own big project.  Besides, your prompting may help me to actually finish one.

Remember, I am not qualified to say what is right or what isn't, but if you want to follow me, you are more than welcome.  You can only learn from your own experiences be they right or wrong.  You may even have suggestions of an easier way to do something.  Whatever you decide, DON'T go out and buy material for this - use what ever you have on hand!  Enjoy your 5 minute (okay, maybe 30) respite.  'Til next time, Jenny

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse  w....e....ll.....
maybe just a few, but they do like Christmas too.

'Attic Antics'  is how I usually refer to the mice I have in the shop.  They have gone away for the Christmas holidays  (in other words I've sold out!)  and their relies have come to look after things for them.

There are two generations.  The older generation are approx. 10cm, and the younger generation are approx. 7.5cm.  Sometimes all they need is a bit of encouragement  (a push in the right spot) to sit or stand.  They have a little bell on their tail which is good if ever they get into mischief, but they seem happy to just watch the world go by.  The really patient ones will also hold your pins for you.

At $5.95 each,  I'm sure they would be happy to come and look after your place too.

Best wishes  with the Christmas preparations.  In a few weeks you will be able to sit back and remember this one with joy - not just because it's over....the next one is only 12 months away, not that anyone's counting, ha, ha.   Bye for now,  Jenny

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Baby Silk Set

Thank you to readers of Sugar Pie Prims Newsletters for visiting, and also thank you to anyone who may have stumbled onto my blog.  I hope you enjoy it.

Well!  Anyone who received my sister's newsletter (Sugar Pie Prims) are probably surprised I am not still

 A: busy making crotched silk sets,     or     B:  still rolling on the floor laughing!  

For anyone who didn't receive the newsletter, the joke is my sister spelling crotched instead of crocheted.

I have finally managed to get back on my chair, but haven't stopped laughing yet.....I think it will be a while before I let her live this one down.  I still sent her a thank you (forgot to ask for the pattern though!)

Okay, as you probably saw on my last post,  I am starting to get the hang of adding photos.  I am in the middle of working on the toddlers balls, but will have them here in a few days, so here is the silk set for now.


Hand crocheted with silk thread
 the boottees and bib are sold as a set

The boottees have rows of lace crocheted into them

They have proved to be very popular
for Christenings, or Naming Days

$22.50 plus postage & packaging

Thank you for your visit
Bye for now,  Jenny

Monday, November 30, 2009

Fabric Bags


Approx. size:   17.5cm high  20cm wide
Height including handles add approx.  22cm
Handle width:  approx.  1.5cm

These bags are handy for when you don't want to take everything with you-
just your purse, keys, glasses etc.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Well,a huge sigh of relief. The Christmas Craft Fair is over. I was told not to expect a lot, but I am happy with the sales I had. It was worth the travelling.

The silk set I mentioned last week sold on the first morning. There seems to be a lot of newborn grandchildren either recently born, or due soon, as I sold quite a few toddlers balls as well as fabric boottees. The balls are quite fiddly to make ('fiddly' being the polite term). They are made with a number of fabric segments joined together, making it easier to grab hold of it. As for the fabric boottees, they are fully lined. The size I make are Newborn to 6 months old, however this does depend on the baby (hopefully photos next time).

Not having a car, Mum provided the transport and help over the weekend. A great help she was - took off and abandoned me when the local tv news cameraman and newspaper photographer showed up! Thanks Mum. We helped the organisers set up the tables, then setting up our site seemed to go like a breeze. We even had time for a coffee before the doors were open to the public.

Before coming home, I was invited to 2 more craft fairs next year. As soon as I learn how to add events to my blog properly I will, but for now I can let you know the first one is early May. That brings my calendar of events up to 4 craft fairs as well as keeping my shop stocked and Mum looking after my site at the Howard market for me.

If anyone knows of other craft events in the Bundaberg/Fraser Coast area, could you please let me know? Even just to promote the event if I can't have a site. The earlier the information, the better for everyone to know about it.
Well, Christmas seems to be sneaking up quicker ea ch year, so I will sign off for now and let you get back to getting organised for it (if that is ever possible!!) Bye for now, Jenny

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Well, here I am. My veryfirst blog and lost for words. I can imagine my mother looking over my shoulder as well as the clock implying how late it is. I have usually well and truly packed up my computer by now as it is rather late. Anyway, back to why I started this in the first people can find me! As some of you may already know, I am always doing something crafty. I have actually taken the night off to try to start this. Workwise, I am getting ready for a Craft Fair this weekend. It is being held over the two days at the RSL. I was one of the fortunate few to be invited to have a site there.

I have just finished crocheting some 'string bags' which are popular. They actually fold into their own pocket. Tomorrow I will be crocheting again, but this time, I will be doing a baby's silk set. Even I comment about how much I love to make this bib and boottees set when customers admire it in the shop. It really is a lovely set with lace inserted into the crocheted silk boottees.

Okay, enough for tonight (before it is morning). Thank you for taking the time to read this. Fingers crossed I will improve in time. Bye for now.