back-tack 4 finale

Hi! I've been a little quiet about back-tack. I finally have had a chance to look through the flickr group and it's awesome. So much creative goodness there.

I've posted this slideshow over at back-tack as well, it's worth sitting through the 4 shows! Thanks to everyone that played nicely. Those of you in RSS readers might have to come on over to see the show.

 http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?group_id=839231@N25&

festiveness

Hi! Well after 7 days of ridiculous pain the neck/arm seems to be settling down. Ironically the neck is the problem but it feels fine, it's the left arm that's copping the punishment. *Cough* after a week of physio we finally figure out that maybe the pillows I've been sleeping on are exacerbating the problem. Um yep seems that was it. Bought a contour pillow from the physio and it's been on the  up and up ever since. Don't worry the arm lets me know if I'm trying to do too much, you know like dry myself when I get out of the shower. Anyhooo, I highly recommend NOT ignoring neck/arm twinges and doing something about it before it gets nasty. I'm going sign up for some hatha yoga in the new year to get the body stronger.

No crafting and it's killing me. We bought a new Christmas tree that I love and Sondra did a rockin' job decorating it. See the little sheep ornament below? That's one of a pair from Mel, it's awesome. I will take more pictures of my BT loot soon and share with you. She made me the sweetest hat out of liberty and linen and a CUTE elephant pouch.

The calico pudding looking parcels are my work's Christmas "crackers" this year. Previous years I've made our crackers and this year they were supposed to be surprise balls, but my crepe paper wrapping skills suck, so these will be a "surprise" but more like at once, rather than unwrapping and getting surprises. They have all sorts in them, chocolate, novelty paperclips, balloons, stick on moustaches that are required to be worn at lunch and other fun stuff.

More pictures over at flickr. Hope you're all well and enjoying the festive season.

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Not so much surprise balls

bt4 delivered

Well I'm still here, still on my back in friggin' pain, fed up? Over it? Yep? Moving along. Melissa's received her BT so I can now share some of it with you all.

First up, a set of scrabble tile pendants. These are addictive to make. I found these ones hard to part with! I love the black one, I used vintage paper lace from this etsy seller. I LOVE this stuff.

BT4 scrabble tile pendants

Then I made a couple of scarves using the Spool Sewing tutorial and some Kaffe shot cotton. Of course I can't not embellish so on one I've sewn on a line of sequins and the other a vintage doily.

BT4 shot cotton scarf doily

I bought some acorns from Casey's, once I figured out how to drill a hole in the top, I applied PVA craft glue to the bottoms and sprinkled them with some glitter. I love these and will be making more. Pictured below is some of the packaging, it's actually part of a tiered container from Ikea. The "joy" decoration is from Paper Boat Press, awesome stuff.

BT4 packaging inner 

BT4 packaging

And here's a full picture of the button wreath, this was definitely hard to part with. Lots of vintage buttons, mixed with new and the odd felt ball. The buckle is vintage shell and I used linen tape to hang it. So that's most of it. There's some more pictures over at flickr.

BT4 white button wreath

BT4 preview

Hi, just a quick drop in post. Posting off my back-tack today. FYI, for any Aussies out there posting internationally, this Friday is the cut-off date for international post to arrive before Christmas.

So, here's a little look. There's more but you'll have to wait until Melissa receives it, though I think she'll be focused on a different sort of arrival! Very exciting for her family.

Button wreath

Packaging

Ok, gotta run. Tonight we're off to our first Thanksgiving, very excited. Have a listen to Emiliana Torrini's "Big Jumps". Link.

to market

Hey! Thanks for the sweet comments on the last post. I've still got this damn cold/flu thing but feeling a lot better than what I was. Ted, he's doing ok, his legs are still giving him grief but he's not yelping, though I'm sure it hurts and we'll do whatever we need to get it fixed. We're off to see the surgeon next week, so fingers and pink bits crossed.

I've been working on product to take to the market and I'm getting there. The coasters and cards pictured in this post are some of the items I'm taking. I love these coasters, any excuse to use Liberty and linen together. Also, not the best picture, but I've rubber stamped my name on the back of them. The linen's a little coarse so it's not super clear.

Liberty criss cross coasters

What else? Not much, working and getting better, crafting and really hanging out for the 2 weeks off I have at Christmas with Sondra. Oh yes, thinking and working on my back-tack partner's goodies. I admit I was lacking in inspiration and ideas, but I cracked it today and I think I've hatched an idea of sorts. So PHEW to that.

Currently loving and listening to Fleet Foxes. Until next time, happy crafting!

Christmas cards bauble

Coaster stamped

on the nose?

Hey! Over here!! Sorry for the lack of nose this week, life got in the way of nose. I’ll announce later this week who the winner is. I’m also suspending 52 Weeks of Nose until say Jan/Feb next year. Sorry to disappoint, I do intend on finishing it and I appreciate the participation so far. I may sneak in a couple before the festive season. With back-tack, my day job and planning to hopefully sell at 2 markets in November…..time is tight! Not forgetting the time I want to spend with Sondra (yes The Son is a woman and my partner, not my son as a kind reader emailed me about, asking if I was confused).

Not forgetting my submission is due for a project I can’t talk about, but here’s a peek, just a peek.

Sneak_peek_2

So tomorrow morning are back-tack signups! Eeeek I can’t believe it’s come up so quickly. I’m really looking forward to it and fingers crossed our new signup form holds up. On that PLEASE sign-up at the back-tack
site. There will be a form there to fill out. Good luck and happy crafting!

 

hop, skip and a leap, back-tack 4 has landed

You ready for it? Are you sure? Yep, back-tack 4 is about to launch. RELAX. When I say about, I mean on 30 September. Head on over to the back-tack site to read some more. Al and I look forward to playing with you again.

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