green tea and sweet beans update

First up, have you donated to help the survivors of the Haiti earthquake? You could try Doctors Without Borders, or the Red Cross. Every bit does help.

Well I haven't finished the quilt top mentioned in the last
post. I got waylaid by whooping cough, yes adults can get it. I didn't
know this but apparently it's a bacterial infection. Yum. Would explain
why I haven't been able to shake this cough that I've had since Boxing

Anyhooo. I have been working on GTSB's. Slowly hand piecing my way through it. This is a totally new experience for me having never hand pieced a quilt. I'm trying to not get overwhelmed by how much there is to do by just focussing on the next lot of blocks at a time.

So here we have propeller blocks, not finished piecing them all together yet. There are also the 2 lozenge blocks, just don't look to closely at the parts not lining up. I'm not going to be too worried about imperfections like this as long as my final blocks measure the correctly it'll be ok.

EDIT: Oh and thanks for all the basting suggestions in the last post. I'm going to give spray adhesive a go on a smaller project first to get a feel for it.


This? This is "mad as a cut snake piggie".

stinky face, no not a new crafting technique

This always cracks Sondra and I up but I don't know if it amuses anyone else. Excuse the bad lighting, wobbles etc it was taken very quickly with my iPhone, man how to sell a video. The best "stinky face" is at about the 30-35 second point. People with cats might have experienced the "stinky face"? Our two are serious stinky facers.

sunday stash 7

Here we go, late again. This week a print I've had for a few years now. I have no particular use for it, I just love it. Other stashers and the flickr group.


And now for some random pet humiliation. Little Miss Piggie is the queen of knocking stuff off shelves and then flicking it under cabinets, yep, useful. So now, whenever she does she gets to wear the "crochet cap of shame". She's loving it isn't she :)  Sondra couldn't get her to be still so out of focus will have to do.


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


Why is it so much fun to torment the cat? This was Ted’s puppy t-shirt that we bought in those early days of puppyhood and of course he’s never worn it. Happy Caturday!

Entitled, "I am so going to crap in your shoe later"


Followed by, "Ha! Crapped in your shoe".