Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter Bunny Tutorial

These little bunnies are a great project for little ones.

You will need, cardboard, tops or slivers wool, glue.

Firstly draw an egg shape, any size you want. This size 20cm x 15cm was for the big bunny. You will need two. Place the two together.

Then wind the sliver around the two pieces of cardboard. Keep winding till you can't fit anymore in the small hole.

Cut in between the two pieces of cardboard, and tie some yarn tightly a couple of times around in between the cardboard.

Okay, yes your right, it's a glorified pom pom.

Now for the ears, place some tops thinly in a flat container, put a thin layer of pink over the top. add a little bit of detergent. Then(adults only), pour boiling water over it. I use a potato masher to felt it up. Then roll it up in between a sushi maker board, and agiate it. let dry.

Cut out two ears and glue them deep in place, you want the bunny to be soft, so don't put the glue near the tips of wool.

Now the fun part, you all get to play hairdessers, or the children do. Trim the pom pom into shape.

Joey(always Joey) asked if I could do hopping back legs, nope I said, just crouching ones.
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

I need your Help

After many months maybe even years, I'm going to do it, yes, I going to open a real shop selling quality fabrics.

In Australia, we really don't have, well I can't seem to find, really beautiful fabrics.

We do have great quilting shops, but I think there's a market for clothing, swiss bastiste, Italian silks, Irish linens, european prints, organic fabric, Australian knits and pima cottons from America. childrens, womans and men.

I'm stuck, I need your help, a name is so important, don't you think?
I've loved some names, then after a while I grow tired of the them. And most names I come up with are taken, yeah, all the good ones.

I'm down to two; Gingham Girl or Bloom.

What do you think? I'm open to new ones too!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A dress for Alice

Even though Alice is two, I'm still able to dress her, really, does she have a choice. With a name like Alice, she was always going to be girly and sweet.

Don't worry, she gets plenty of time to wear short's and pinnies around on the farm. But she isn't a tomboy, by far.

A childs name say's something about them, don't you think?

My eldest Jim, say's solid, earthy and no fuss, just like Jim. People ask is it short for James, and it isn't. James to me has such a different meaning.

My youngest boy Flynn, say's flamboyant, fiesty, I'm here!.

What does your childrens name say about them?

Back to the dress, lovely lilac spotted voile, with a square smocked yoke. This is the first time I've done the traditional square yoke.

Pin tucks and lace adorn the hemline, I figure that pintucks are a sneaky way to let down the hem as she grows.

Oh yes, my clever one can wink, on cue......
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Button making

The boys thought they would make some buttons to sell at the school fair.

Blackwood and manor gum dead branches were sawn away by Dan.

I think I might have to squirrel some away!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What I've been up to

Our school is having their annual Autumn Fair, and seeing I have all this gorgeous wool, I thought I would do a stall.

I've been madly knitting beanies, crocheting berets and slippers and winding wool.

My wonderful friend and neighbour Sue has been dying my wool.

Oh, I thought I would show you my favourite lounge pants, Although I think I wear them everywhere, made from the softest linen, I used a fancy joining stitch on my sewing machine to join the border, I love this print,I always giggle when I look at the ladies bottoms, I'm the peach lady....... I wish I was the cherry!

Which one are you?
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

And the winner is....

Congratulations Wehaf, you have won the silver grey yarn.

Congratulations Evening Star, you have won the natural, cream yarn.

Congratulations Lily Boot, you have won the chocolate brown.

And because so many of you were interested in the brown, Joseph drew again,
Congratulations Laangal, you have won the chocolate brown.
Thanks everyone for playing along.
My email is thegreensnake at bigpond dot com
Please send me your postal address.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


This is the finish yarn from our sheep, I'm so in love with this wool, it is so soft, it feels like cashmere. We have two brown, two grey and four cream sheep.

I think it's about 18 micron, which means super fine.

We were so lucky to get these sheep, it was a case of a friend of a friend's farmer husband was ready to cull these sheep from the flock because of a little colour in their wool.

It just goes to show doesn't it, one person rubbish, another persons treasure.

I think it's wonderful that they are coloured, the farmer did not share my enthusiasm.

It's funny isn't it, they can be fourth generation white sheep, and then for no reason, throw a black sheep.

Beautiful rich dark chocolate colour, even the children just want to smooch it.

Gorgeous silver grey colour.

If you would like to win some of the wool, leave me a comment telling me which colour you like and what you intend to make with it.

If you blog about it, I'll enter you again.

I'll anounce the three winners this time next week.

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