rag rug complete!

It's done! It's heavy and I killed my wrist and hand crocheting it but I think I sorta like it. It falls in the yum/yuck category for sure. A great stash busting project and it came together pretty quick. I ripped 1.5-2 inch strips. 12mm crochet hook. Magic loop to start. Single crochet around into previous round with a single crochet between each. Final round 2 single crochets between. That's about it. Thanks to Jodie for the inspiration, check out the flickr group for other's rugs!

Rag rug finished

hoop up – inspiration

Ok, here's my inspiration mosaic for the Hoop Up swap. I finally came up with a theme. Kawaii! Love it in cross stitch, but I also found some embroidery samples. I'll send my partners both cross stitch and plain cloth and they can decide what they'd prefer.

Final use will be me framing these in embroidery hoops as a collection on the wall. I would show my piece but I haven't started, eeep better get cracking for this Friday's deadline.


Rag rug along

The awesomeness that is Jodie is hosting a rag rug along. I saw the girls (Fi, Bianca, Jodie & Kate) talking about it on twitter and was tempted. Then thought nah. Don't have the time etc. Then Saturday night watching a movie I couldn't just sit there and so out came the scraps and I started ripping. I snipped and ripped 1.5ish inch strips. Measured the first strip and then got over that and guessed the rest.

I started with the plait method and used the technique Jodie was using for slipping the strip through the previous round. I couldnt get it to work, definitely an issue with me! So I decided I'd crochet it. Magic loop to start and then single crochet to get around and slip stitch to join in a circle. I single crochet around and then started adding a single crochet between each crochet into previous round. This is so I could crochet into the gap created by this single crochet. Easier on my hands. If I make a 2nd it will be using the plait, I've given myself a stiff arm/shoulder/hand crocheting it! Here's  my progress since Saturday, it's one hefty rug. Thanks ladies for the inspiration and excuse these terribly dark iphone pictures.

Rag rug progress. Looks a little rough.

#ragrug progress. Hookin away. Killing my forearm.

Last pic of the night. Off to bed. #ragrug

Progress. With #pug assistance. #ragrug

Sunday night progress. #ragrug

and….we’re back

Well, I can't make any promises but I seem to be hanging on to the blog even though I'm not often here. I'm gonna try. Seriously.

So, good Christmas and New Year? I had an awesome at home holiday with the Mrs. It helped by the addition of a new fur kid. Yep we now have 4 fur babies. Well and truly outnumbered. Meet Gossip. She's a 4 year old Pug. We purchased her off a breeder who was retiring her. She is totally adorable and so so cute. If you have a pug or have had one you'll get it. They are the sweetest, funniest, most stubborn little snorty critters. All the other critters like her, well, are getting to know her, but no major dramas which is a relief. If you've been on my flickr or instagram you would have seen her. But if you haven't here, let me bore you with my fur baby.


Aside from that not a lot else, just movie and TV watching, going to the gym, still, yep. Oh and cross stitch.


Oh and I've joined a swap, but don't tell the Mrs, she thinks I have enough on my plate…sssh.

aunty cookie portrait

Can we just ignore that it's been months since I've posted here? Ok.

Shannon does commissioned portraits so I figured it would be a great Christmas present to myself and Sondra. I gave her a vague brief about tail sucking kitties, a little fat dog, that the Mrs likes to dress like a 12 year old skater boy, though recently she's been dressing like a "laaaady" and it suits her. She's cute.

Anyhow, it was pretty vague and this is what she came up with. LOVE IT. Only thing I forgot to say is Sondra is shorter than me, but it doesn't matter. She hit the nail on the head. Thanks Shannon!


Sondra as a "laaady" she looks so cute. The best bit? See those peep toe shoes? She only painted the first 2 toenails, love it. She looked so pretty and it was awesome to see her feeling so good about herself, we've both been working hard at the gym!


I've been crafting. I'm back into cross stitch. Trying out waste canvas on linen and I bought a couple of Lizzie Kate patterns.

New sneaks

I got new sneaks. Love them.

New sneaks

It's finally becoming summer here in Perth and this is how Miss Piggie sleeps when it is hot. She has a fuzzy guts and the best kitty trousers.

New sneaks

I finished my pillow for the Pillow Talk Swap 6, this is a bad phone picture, I have some decent pictures in my camera I'll post another time. So much fun using all the Heather Ross prints I had. I had some hesitation at first about cutting into them, but once I got over it, it was a blast. My partner loves it so mission accomplished. Free pattern from Where the Orchids Grow.
New sneaks

I inkjet onto linen for some tags for product. Pretty straight forward, had a couple of jams but managed to save it. Grab your freezer paper, trim it to the paper size you need for your printer, get your piece of linen, iron it to freezer paper, trim edges make sure there are no stray threads. And print. If you wanted it to be waterproof you could try using bubble jet set, but I wasn't fussed, I just heat set it on a hot iron, no steam. Once it was dry it was good to go.
New sneaks

Mason sewing kits

In tech news 🙂 I got an iPad for my 40th. LOVING it. And if you haven't tried Flipboard for your iPad and just recently your iPhone, do it.

Phew. Next the Son and I are planning our Christmas gift baking. I'm thinking I'm going to give salted caramels a go this year.

recently. via instagram


I've become obssessed with embroidering and cross stitch and crochet edging. Excuse the lack of ironing.


See more. I want to crochet all edges of all things.


I ripped my palm. I guess it's a crossfit rite of passage.


You can't pee in peace, this is my pee buddy.


See, cross stitch. Itty bitty apple about 12mm high. I blame Mrs McPorkchop.