Saturday, 27 July 2013


This is Rolly, my pet owl.  Rolly was inspired by this post from one of my all time favourite blogs El Hada de Papel.  As you can no doubt tell, Rolly is incredibly excited - today he is a guest over at On the Windy Side, Adrianne's lovely blog.  Check it out! 

Friday, 26 July 2013

5 Ways with Milk Bottle Tops

Wheels for a cart* ...

Christmas Decorations ...


Stick figures ...

Foam stamps ...

Boats ...

Linking up to:
The Weekly Kids Co-op at B-Inspired Mama

* Adapted from project in "Working with Paper", 1971 

Thursday, 25 July 2013


Re-thinking a blank canvas: smooth wood from the kindling pile, smooth stones from our gravel driveway.

Fun on a sunny, mild winter's afternoon.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

WIP Wednesday: 12 Grannies

On the design wall ...

It's a single bed quilt so there are going to be 24 blocks (4 x 6).  Not all of these will make the final cut, I've been surprised by how different the blocks look on the wall and from a distance.

Linking up here:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Walnut Zoo

My niece and I made some friends for the Turtle.  Actually my niece made most of them ...

What can you make with walnut shells and pipe cleaners? 

Linking up to:
Link & Learn at No time for Flash Cards
Made by You Mondays at Skip to my Lou
Tuesday Tots at Rainy Day Mum

Friday, 12 July 2013

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Kokeshi Giveaway.  I'm excited to let you all know that the winner is ...

Comment no 4:

Check your email Adrianne! Stay tuned folks, we have more giveaways planned for the coming months.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

WIP Wednesday: Fussy cutting and a tip

I'm busy with fussy cutting for the centre of granny square blocks at the moment and I've made a little "tool" to help with finding the bits of fabric I want to fussy cut.  Here are some of my fussy cuts:

Some of the fat quarters I bought recently had some square-ish bits of cardboard in them, I cut out a 2 1/2 inch square in the middle of it which then frames the fabric so you can see what the cut piece would look like.  I also find this useful to place on a piece of fabric to focus on the colours without being distracted by the whole piece of fabric.  Here's the "tool":

This black cats and bulldogs may not make it into the final quilt (too black) but it was fun making it.

Happy crafting!

PS - there's still time to enter my fabric giveaway!

Linking up to:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, 5 July 2013

Kokeshi Giveaway!

** This Giveaway is now closed **

To celebrate Pepper-Mae's birthday and our recent move to the South, we're having our first giveaway!

We're giving away two fat quarters* to one lucky punter - will it be you?  One fat quarter of the kokeshi fabric and one fat quarter of the coordinating cherry blossom fabric I used to make Pepper-Mae's party dress.

Here's a reminder of what the dress looks like:

And here's what's up for grabs:

Who wouldn't love that in their stash?  All you need to do to enter is:
  • follow my blog with either Bloglovin' or Google Friend Connect; and
  • leave me a comment here to let me know that you follow.   

The giveaway will stay open until about 5pm Friday, 12 July 2013 (New Zealand time). The giveaway is open to everyone, regardless of where you live.  I will need to be able to contact you so if you're a no-reply blogger you'll need to leave your email address in your comment.

Good luck!

* imperial fat quarters

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

WIP Wednesday: Kokeshi Granny

If you're here for the giveaway, click here

A work in progress ...

I used the Granny Square block tutorial from Blue Elephant Stitches.  I love, love, love her granny square quilt.

This uses some of the fabric that I'm giving away on Friday ...

Linking up to:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Kokeshi dress

If you're here for the giveaway, click here!

Last little detail about Pepper-Mae's Kokeshi party ...

I ordered some kokeshi fabric from Spoonflower, along with coordinating cherry blossom fabric and made a cute party dress for the birthday girl.

P.S. If you like the fabric then check back here on Friday, I'm having my first little giveaway!

Linking up to:
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
TGIFF at Quokka Quilts

Monday, 1 July 2013

Kokeshi Party Favors

If you're here for the giveaway, click here

A little more about Pepper-Mae's Kokeshi Party ...

For the party favors I created little 'Kokeshi peg doll' kits, made up of a wooden clothespeg with a selection of fabric scraps, yarn and ribbon.  We also put in a chocolate treat and put the favors in floral paper bags sealed with washi tape.  The paper bags were from the $3 Japan shop in Auckland.

If you like kokeshi then stay tuned, we're having a giveaway at the end of the week!

Linking up to:
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
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