cut, fuse, sew and stuff

Hi! I'm gearing up for Perth Upmarket in March. There's been a lot of cutting, fusing fabric, sewing and stuffing. LOTS of stuffing. I'm taking it slowly, no way I want to aggravate myself and get another pinched nerve. No way.

Like the pincushion display at the bottom? I had this cupcake display in the cupboard and it's perfect for these. Now I'm just deciding whether or not to make a banner for my stall. Lots of ideas have been floating around, one is to create it digitally and print it at Spoonflower. A little less manual in some ways and something else to get done after my day job in my "spare" time. I'm fortunate that Sondra is supportive and she picks up the slack at home whilst I'm stuffing, sewing etc. Doesn't hurt that she's super cute as well!

On that note, some more cuteness at the bottom of the post. Enjoy and happy crafting and if you're in the neighbourhood come say hi at the Perth Upmarket. Oh and there's a Brown Owls chapter starting in Perth, so if you're a crafty type, new or experienced join up and come on down. Details about the meet here and go over here to signup, you want faraway membership.

Apple orange close

Apple pincushion display


felt bunny, teatime print, felt pincushion.

I succumbed

I've been looking at Blythe dolls for a few years now, but had always talked myself out of it. Thankfully Sondra treated me this Christmas to my first doll, a Precocious Candy Mushroom. I say first as I'm sure there will be more Blythe's in my future. Those that have them will understand. They're addictive.  *Cough* I see a Gentle River Blythe in my future….

I'm researching a few customisations like face matting, eyelash replacing, new eye chips etc. I've already removed her braid and given her hair a little trim, I'm thinking of bringing her with me to my next haircut and asking my hairdresser to give her a trim. She's wearing the first dress I've sewn for her, made using this pattern and some Liberty Tana Lawn. It's an awesome print. So you'll probably be subjected to a few more Blythe posts.

These pictures aren't the best, I've just finished her dress tonight and don't have the energy to spend a lot of time setting up better lighting, but they give you an idea of what she's like.

Any of you guys got one?

PCM hi there

PCM new frock

pointy sharp teeth and needle like claws

Miss Piggie 12 weeks01

Well hi there!  So we've had more health issues here at craftapalooza since my last post. I hinted at Sondra not being well. Her condition (a very sneaky pilonidal sinus/cyst) decided to get infected very quickly over Christmas and she was in a lot of pain, and I mean a lot. After I rugby tackled her to the ground I got her to hospital. The ED doc took one look at "it" and you could see he was all like "WTF" how long have you had this?! And we're like, it came up nasty and quick dude, he was all like, here have a morphine injection. Anyhow. We were sent up to Surgery and waited around for a surgeon to check it out. He took one look at it, said it was infected, cut into the side of it to drain it and said see me in 2 weeks in my rooms, we're operating. Ouch. Saying that after he cut it (and left the cut open to leak) Sondra was feeling immediately better. So she's been home resting and doing a lot better and we go see the surgeon this Friday.

So that's sorta what dominated the holidays, oh and that my neck/arm was/is still sore but nowhere near as painful, but annoying enough to remind me that it's constantly there and hurting.

BUT. We're all good aside from the physical. So what's with the title? Well a couple of days after said cyst draining and pain etc, we had to take Ted to the vet for his annual vaccination and our vet has a kitten/cat adoption service. You know where this is heading don't you? Let's just say there was a little bottom lip wobbling, teary eyes and can I hold the kitty. I knew we were doomed as soon as said kitty was cuddled….We had been discussing a second dog, but now we have 2 cats and a dog, that's it. I will say this, kittens are a crapload easier than puppies and funnier. I love Ted to bits, but kittens, easy in comparison. No toilet training, she uses the litter tray. She is super silly and runs around the house like a nutter, tackles Spud, who is handling her very well and I think he's even enjoying her, though he hasn't told us. Ted is confused and frustrated as he's still on pen rest, the first surgery went well, but pen rest is still required. It lets Spud and Miss Piggie get to know each other without the help of a puppy, if you know what I mean. She, Miss Piggie, did deceive us though! She was all purrs and cuddles at the vet and the first day at home, but then….she turned into an ankle biting, clawing she-devil. A very cute devil though. So she is often referred to as bushpiggie, Princess Piggie, Piggie, feral cheryl (sorry to the cheryl's out there) and "ouch you little shit".

New Years? Was spent at Al and WJ's making and eating homemade pizza from their pizza oven. Lots of laughs and a nice easy evening. I admit, Sondra and I left at 12.01am. We're such nannas.

Crafting? Pfft what's that? The neck is still not allowing me to craft much and makes me tired. I did however spend quite a bit of my Christmas break sorting and folding stash. I'm thinking of cutting back my yarn stash, keeping sock yarn and some other special stuff but getting rid of a bunch of other bits.

Anyhow, if you've stayed this long, well done! Enjoy the fuzzy cute kitty pictures, the one with Spud and Piggie is for scale. She's 12 weeks old.

Happy crafting oh and I'll be sharing more links this year, that's the plan. Here's my first few, they're a little apple centric.


Apple leather keychain. Link.
She'll be apples screen print. Link.
Modern apple letterpress print. Link.

Miss Piggie and Spud01