Crochet Motifs

The weather here has turned a little bit cooler which has made me think about making some scarfs and jackets or coats.

Usually it is pretty warm here so I get  much taken by surprise  a bit when it does start cooling down!

I love crochet and I love the idea of using crochet motifs. I was surfing the web just before and noticed this site:

http://pattihaskins.wordpress.com

and immediately fell in love with these paisley motifs which the blog author saw in a book.

http://pattihaskins.wordpress.com/2007/05/22/crochet-paisley/

I would love to make them as I love paisley designs.

Maybe I should try to make some?

*Edit*

Ooh! I just read Patti’s post more carefully and noticed that she offers a free PDF with instructions as to how to make the above mentioned paisley motifs. Must have a go now!

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Handmade Ark Appeal

A big thank you to all those who supported the Premier’s Flood Appeal by buying goodies from the BrisStyle group Handmade Ark Appeal. All items were generously donated by members of BrisStyle. The amount raised by BrisStyle was a fantastic $3646.15! For more details head over to the BrisStyle blog:

http://brisstyle.blogspot.com

My city is in flood crisis

I am reactivating my blog to let my readers about the current situation in my city, Brisbane Australia.

You may have seen in the news that  Brisbane is in the midst of a flood crisis.

http://www.abc.net.au/brisbane/

If anyone can donate to the Premier’s Flood Appeal your contribution would be gratefully accepted.

My Etsy street team is also running its very own flood appeal with all proceeds going directly to the Premiers Flood Appeal

http://brisstyle.blogspot.com/

Anything you can do to help would be appreciated.

Applying for the first BiDM for 2010

The first BiDM for 2010 is coming up fassssst…

BiDM (which stands for Brisbane Indie Designers Market) is the fantastic market organised by my local Etsy team BrisStyle (etsy.com)

I just received the email yesterday with the application details & sent it straight back…..hope I get in!

The first one for the year is on Saturday 6th March….not long to go now. It hardly seems like any time at all since the very successful market we had on Dec 5th last year. Time has flown soooo fast over the holidays. I have been working on some projects over the break but lots of them are still WIPs (works-in-progress) or really just mere ideas in my head!

I will be hope to be creating a mixed range of goodies for the day – vests for children and women, accessories and jewellery. All made by me with a mix of sewing, crochet, applique and more….

I will keep you posted, dear reader, as to how it all goes!

Another successful BiDM!

What a truly fantastic day I had last Saturday at the BiDM (BrisStyle Indie Designers Market)

Beautiful Brissie weather

Fantastic crowds of enthusiastic shoppers

Awesome organisation by the committee – particularly the wonderful Helen of ruby2gogo

Looking forward to next year’s markets!!!

Photos courtesy of the very friendly Darren of Kish Photography & Design (also partner to our very own Daneve of Chicuff

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicuffbydaneve/sets/72157622839859881/

ABCD meetup November

Just saw this post about the next ABCD meetup

on Thursday November 19 at the Powerhouse.

Looks like a goer for all creative peoples.

Reusing CDs

Chatting recently about the number of CDs lying around and ways to recycle or reuse them.

I was asked if I could think of ways to do this, beyond the usual hanging ornaments

or as items to deter birds ion the garden.

The project would have to be  on a low-cost, no-cost basis

– meaning that the labour to do the “recycling” would be free,

but any additional items would need to be donated or somehow “found”.

Hmmm now I love a challenge…at first I couldn’t think of anything apart from the usual ideas above.

Then I did some internet research and came up with a few ideas that appealed to me.

Jewelry – use smaller bits of the CD to create pieces

Drink coasters – use the whole CD between two pieces of fabric

Bowls – use the whole CD which is softened by heat

Mosaics – break up the CD and use to decorate found items

House numbers – using reflective qualities of the CD surface so visitors can see your house number

Clocks – use the whole CD as a feature (the clock mechanism might have to be bought

so even though I love this idea I have put it last!)

Any other ideas?? they would be greatly appreciated!

I just love the idea of making jewelry – stay posted for the creations!!

PS If you reuse CDs please remember to use safety gear

protect your eyes with safety glasses and wear protective gloves.

Work in a well ventilated environment