A little monster

“So many hours of cooking fun”

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A little birdie told me the cutest almost two yr old was getting a toy kitchen for her birthday. A little further investigation determined she didn’t have an apron to help in her cooking adventures.

With a little searching I stumbled onto this monster apron design. Some more searching found this pattern by Still Dottie. I reduced the size by a third and adapted the rest from there to create this fun monster apron.

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A labbit habitat

“A bit of fun decorating”

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With renovations more done than not I now get to think about crafts again. Gone is the worst of the mess and now the treasured items are starting to be unearthed.
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Some time back I came across labbits and loved them instantly, much to my partners amusement. I kept buying them until finally I got the pink bubble blowing one I was after.
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Then on a date night out I saw some fabulous vintage pool table triangles and it struck me how great they would be as a way to display items. A random photo later (which I can easily change – I’m still determining if I like the current one but it is fun to try for now) and the labbits have a little habitat!
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Inspiration despite moving, renovating, new job and patchy Internet connection

“getting back on track and some inspiration along the way”

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So it’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to post anything. Moving, renovations, a new job and patchy Internet access have been conspiring against me when it comes to getting time for anything craft related.
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My craft materials are all still packed away but I’ve had some time to keep an eye out for inspiration.
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Whilst reading the latest copy of uppercase I came across Trent Jansen’s work and was especially taken with the ‘Briggs Family Tea Service 2011’:
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Source: Trent Jansen

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As an Australian the story behind the pieces was compelling but the mixing of two very different cultural styles to produce entirely new pieces inspired me the most. I’ve always been especially interested in the crafts of indigenous people and how we are loosing skills once thought essential to existence. I look to forgotten techniques when I can to incorporate into my work so these pieces were especially inspiring.
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Well I hope you all enjoy exploring the story and pieces. I hope from now to post more regularly again on so watch this space.
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Coming soon: I also hope to finish the robot toy pattern I’ve had in the work in progress stage for too long…

Inspiration & Renovations

“embracing what you can do”

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I recently bought my first property – Yay :)  – it’s all very exciting. My life is now full of packing, cleaning, moving and renovating. I have blisters from removing what feels like thousands of staples from the hardwood floors following the removal of the old carpets and underlays. Just one of the many jobs to be done. I love the process of transforming things from one state to another so despite the less creative aspect of it all it has been rewarding.
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With all of this going on it is hard to find time and energy to work on crafts projects not to mention most of my crafts tools are packed away. For now I’m having to accept what I can and can’t do and have instead been using my downtime from work and renovating to seek inspiration for future craft projects. So for the next couple of weeks while the renovations are underway I’m aiming to share my inspiration sources. Here are a few to start with:
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(please note I do not own these images or ideas. Follow the links and check out the websites and blogs they originate from for a little inspiration…)
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I’ve enjoyed making a pillow from old tshirts and also a robot toy but what to do if you have lots of tshirts to recycle? There are only so many pillows and toys anyone needs. I love the t’shirt quilt designs from Night Owl especially this version with different sized blocks:

Night Owl tshirt quilt

There is a great selection of quilt designs on the website. Go check them out for some inspiration.
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I love ideas that utilise unusual tools and that are accessible to everyone. Maybe it is just my imagination but I think pom poms are making a bit of a come back of late. I remember making them as a kid using a cardboard doughnut shape which was always a little fiddly. This technique seems far more straight forward and I can’t wait to give it a try:
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fork pom pom by vividplease
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Check out Vivid Please’ blog for more details and instructions.
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As those of you who have been following my blog will know I’m a big kid at heart so when I saw Little Blue Boo’s sprinkles resin pendant I knew I had to add it to the list of things I want to make. I love the colours and fun nature of the design.
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DIY Resin Pendant tutorial by lil blue boo
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Check out Little Blue Boo’s blog for the tutorial.
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uppercase magazine
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When I’m not browsing pinterest or crafty blogs online you can find me kicked back with the latest copy of uppercase with a cup of tea feeding my creative inspiration. The magazine is beautiful and always packed full of articles of truly inspiring crafters from around the world. Well worth checking it out.
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**A little inspiration**
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So I hope that in the absence of sharing my own designs and crafting activities you will enjoy and find inspiration in some of the blogs, ideas, tutorials etc that I’ve shared above and will share in the posts to come over the next few weeks.
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Happy Crafting!
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The wonderful and beautifully intricate designs of JungJung

“some of my favourites”

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I recently came across the extremely inspirational work of JungJung. Her intricate knitting designs are awe inspiring and stunningly beautiful. As a crafter and knitter I can only imagine the time and effort that goes into creating these designs.
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I sent her a message to indicate how much I appreciated her work and also to ask permission to post some of her pictures here. (Please note I do not own these pictures – they are all from JungJung). Although she is busy she took the time to reply and indicate her gratitude for my appreciation of her work.
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These pictures are merely a taster and I highly recommend checking out her work on her website – http://jungjung.jp/
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I hope you find her work as inspirational as I do. I certainly will be following her work eagerly and can’t wait to see what she creates next…
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Dragon’s Loyalty Award

I was extremely excited recently to be nominated for the ‘Dragon’s Loyalty Award’ by Crafty Minx. Thank you so much. It really means a lot to be nominated. I love reading about her adventures and misadventures in crafts with her two mini men.
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I understand this award goes to loyal followers of your blog and/or the blogs you loyally follow. What a great idea!
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We all shape and construct our blogs for a variety of reasons. The act of posting online can seem initially like writing a message in a bottle. You’re not sure who will read it but you have taken the time to share your thoughts, ideas, photos and the like with the world.
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Those who read and comment on our blogs encourage and inspire us, as do the blogs we read and comment on. A big thank you to readers and bloggers alike.
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In keeping with the tradition of this award, I have to:

  • Display the award certificate in this post (tick)
  • Announce the win and link back to the person who nominated me (tick – thanks again Crafty Minx)
  • Present the award to another 15 nominees and notify them in their main pages about their nominations (see list below)
  • Post seven interesting things about me/my blog (see my list towards the end of this post…)
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My Nominations

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It is hard to put together a list of only 15. There are so many great blogs and bloggers. Here is my list in this moment. Tomorrow it may have been different. They are a mix of the early supporters of my fledgling blog and those bloggers I loyally follow.
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7 Interesting things about me/my blog

  1. Writing this blog makes me more productive. I’ve started and finished more craft projects in the last 3 months than I probably did all last year.
  2. My ‘kuki’ crafting inspires productiveness in the rest of my life too.
  3. The background image on my blog is a closeup photo of a blanket my Gran made for me. Crafting certainly runs in our family. Both my grandmothers taught me many things that have remained with me even though they are no longer with us. My mum and aunt create and craft as well and over the years we have enjoyed sharing the results with one another. And not to forget the boys who’s ‘making’ is just as crafty in my mind. then there is the extended family…
  4. I’m really starting to realise just how much of a big kid I am. I have visions of making as many toys as I can with more and more of my own designs. When I have too many I may have to accept I will have to sell some. Maybe…
  5. I still own and wear shoes in all colours though I now wear a somewhat larger size.
  6. I suspect animals would make good consumers if only they had a say in house hold spending. Monty very much still loves his monkey!
  7. I feel I’ve only really just got started with this blog so I’m leaving this one last ‘interesting thing’ open for the future…watch this space.
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Making themselves at home

“on growing a personality”

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When constructing toys I find that as soon as I add the stuffing they seem to come alive. They go from being merely pieces of fabric to a constructed three dimensional character that takes on a personality of their own. This part of the process is probably my favourite.
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Once constructed they can begin to settle in. Amusingly, I’ve noted that the monkey seems to end up slouched pushing the others about. My steam punk character, named Marmoo*, frequently ends up falling off his perch.
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The big kid in me loves finding the stories.
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*The design for the steam punk character was a combination of characteristics of a marmoot and a moorhen. The name coming from a combination of his origins. Only later did I realise that Marmoo is the name for the aboriginal god of evil! I like to think of him as misunderstood and most certainly not evil. The colour choice of the design was also chosen before I knew of this connection but interestingly despite it being unintentional also mirrors the look and feel of the Aboriginal god somewhat. Marmoo’s unintentional associations may play a role in him being pushed off the couch…
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