Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Works in progress for Chrissie gifts!

I have been juggling a few more projects than normal just recently, just to make sure that I get all my gifts hand made and finished before the gift-giving season commences!!

Fancy a peek?

Xmas stitchery progress 2

Some soft pencil shading on this wonderfully whimsical stitchery design by the gorgeous Cheryl over at Willowberry Designs.  I just love the playfulness in Cheryl’s designs, they really bring out the ‘little girl’ in me!!  Actually, if truth be known, Cheryl is also very apt at bringing out the little girl in me – she’s been a dear friend since our Gumtree days, and always puts a smile on my dial and tickles my funny bone!!

Xmas stitchery progress

This darling project is destined for a very special friend… I’ll show you more when it’s finished!

Next up is a completed paper craft project.  I can show you this in entirety because the lovely lady it is destined for is too busy to read blogs at the moment – she’s only two weeks off giving birth to her fourth child!  She’s been finding it difficult to get her sketch pad in the right position because her tummy is getting in the way!  So I thought she might appreciate a new creative journal, for those stolen moments in the future when baby is asleep.

Xmas journal 2

Xmas journal

I used scrapbooking paper by Kaisercraft, I think it is called ‘Chapter One’.  The tree is also a Kaisercraft product and I painted it with acrylic paints and gave the leaves some sparkle with Crystalina KindyGlitz by Derivan

Xmas journal dragonflly closeup

The dragonfly charms were hand sewn to the paper and secured with sticky tape on the reverse. 

Xmas journal with tag

Finally, I made a personalised tag and attached it to the binder along with some co-coordinating ribbons.

Now… can you guess what this is going to be?

xmas cat progress

Something purfectly girlie and frou frou!  Anyone who knows by little Rosie knows that she is obsessed with kitties!  When she clapped eyes on THIS beautiful feline she fell in love instantly and has requested that I make one EXACTLY the same.  “Mummy,” she exclaimed excitedly, “this has to go top of the list, so everything else I’ve asked you to make for me will have to wait!” 

Aye, aye Capt’n!!!!

Okay – best be off – I’m also working on a tutorial that you’ll be able to find over at Simply Christmas in a couple of weeks’ time!  Have you been following along?

Till next time, creative hugs!  Vikki Smile

Friday, November 18, 2011

Angels playing happily – pattern # 3 and the big reveal!

Angels playing happily…

Angel fabric wings 2 pic

Fill our hearts

Angel fabric wings 3 pic

With love and glee…

Angel fabric wings 1 pic

I’m very happy to be introducing you to the third and final instalment of Angels playing happily!  Do you like the fabric wings?

How about…

Angel feather wings 4 pic

…with feather wings?

Angel feather wings 2 pic

Angel feather wings 3 pic

Angel feather wings 1 pic

The choice is yours!  Instructions for making the project with either feather or fabric wings are included in the pattern, which you can download HERE.  A full requirements list can be found HERE.

I really enjoyed designing and creating this sweet angelic project and hope you enjoy sewing it!  I would love to know what you think of this and my other designs, so please don’t be shy – leave me a comment or drop me an email.  What kind of projects do you enjoy making?  Stitcheries?  Whimsy?  Quilts?  Funky?  Your feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Till next time!  Angelic hugs!!

Vikki xo

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Diva Diner published in Homespun & a sneak peek!

As the interior decorating continues,  I managed to take some time out this past week to catch up on some crafting goodness!  My mojo is returning to its former glory.  Have you heard the old saying, “if you want a job done, give it to a busy woman!”? Well, that saying holds so true for me.  Now I’m up to the elbows in wall paint, I’m energised and having to carry my notebook around with me as new ideas keep popping in to my mind. 

My notebook also contains daily lists.  Here’s an excerpt from last weekend:  1.  Supervise six year old sweetheart while she helps to paint walls; 2. Turn back and wonder where aforementioned six year old has disappeared to with paint-roller; 3. Roll eyes and exasperate; 4. Bath the dog! 

Homespun diva diner 1

It is always mojo-inducing and a real thrill to have a project published in your favourite magazine – and that too happened this week!  The current issue of Australian Homespun magazine is the ‘Food, glorious food’ issue and my ‘Diva Diner’ recipe card holder is the bonus web project.

Homespun diva diner 2


I designed this project for my sweet friend Deb from The Angel & the Pukeko as part of a special Christmas package last year.  Deb is mad crazy about red and white polka dots and she plans to decorate her kitchen to accommodate her growing collection of dotty goodness.  Hence I designed a recipe card holder – one that can be hung from a kitchen cupboard whether it has a handle or a nob.  Deb’s favourite recipes can be written up on cards and viewed through the plastic window without concerns that the card might get splattered!  (Not that I’m saying you’re a messy cook, Deb!!!)

When I think of polka dots, I think of the 1950’s and so designed this project around some pictures I found of a 50’s diner with its gently curving roofline and light bulb-surrounded signage.  Even the straps were designed with reference to the knots in the scarves that girls would use to put up their hair.  The ‘original’ was named ‘Deb’s Diner’!

Diva Diner Debs version 1pic

Diva Diner Debs gifts pic

This issue of Homespun (No. 102), and all future issues are available in digital format on iPad or HERE, which makes it widely available and also opens up a whole new way of enjoying the magazine!

There are some wonderful projects including a sweet red-work table runner by the lovely Leanne Knell of Petals & Patches – do you remember the Matroyshka sewing set I made here? Gosh I love her stuff!  Plus, there’s a fabulous shopping tote designed by the talented Vivian Robinson of Viv’s Creations – you can see some of her amazing designs at Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop.  There’s also a quirky octopus (who is way too cute to put in the cooking pot!) designed by softie sensation Pauline McArthur of Funky Friends Factory.  Pauline is currently gifting new newsletter subscribers with one of her cute softie patterns so head on over and say Hi!

With all this talk of cute and soft it’s time to give you a sneak peek of one (of two) possible conclusions to my free BOM, Angels Playing Happily

Angels playing happily teaser

Intrigued?  I hope so!  There will be a full-on photo session for this project over the weekend.   I’m planning to complete the interior painting of my hallway tomorrow so that I can put the hooks back up and then hang the angelic project in order to get some good pics!!!  So… you shall have the third and final instalment next week – or I’ll eat my hat!!! 

Til next time!  Hugs! Vikki xo

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My creative space!

This past few days my creative space has been in the SUDs’ family lounge room!

Decorating 1

At close of play yesterday, the first coat of ‘Ivory Stone’ was on the walls.

Decorating 2

A vast difference from the yellow, eh? That’s a dividing wall between the lounge and the front door and it will all soon be the same colour.  I am looking forward to painting the front door white!

Mr SUDs and Master SUDs applied the second coat of wall paint last night, and today I have been glossing the window frames and skirting boards, it’s looking really good!

Decorating 4

Okay – my coffee break is over – back to it!!

Where is YOUR creative space this week???

Hugs! Vikki x  Smile


Related Posts with Thumbnails