Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Crafting - Eggs and Baskets

It's school holidays here in Victoria.
So... my job over the next 2 weeks is to
keep the boys busy and happy.

On Monday we decorated eggs with food colouring,
we dripped spots of wax onto the eggs
to make patterns.
I blew 3 eggs which was really hard work,
thats why I only did 3 eggs.
I had never done it before and probably never will again!
Boys thought it was very funny though.

On Tuesday, 1st born had a friend over to play,
this time I hard boiled the eggs and
made dye from soaking
crepe paper in boiling water,
then add some vinegar to set the colour.
The red and blue worked really well, but
the yellow and green were a failure.
I probably needed to use more crepe paper for those colours.

We used the wax again

And also oil pastel crayons

Then we made basket to leave out for the Easter Bunny
I was actually making these
But ours turned out very different.
We painted the PVA glue onto the ballon
then stuck on the pieces of fabric, 2 layers in total.
Then once dry, I watered down some PVA glue
and used it as a varnish,
just 1 layer to make it a little stronger.
When dry, we popped the ballons and trimmed the edge.

The baskets (which are actually more like bowls)
went straight onto their heads as hats.

I will definately make these again.
I will do them as a big round ball next time,
in scraps from the boys quilts.
I'm thinking,
a group of them hanging from the ceiling in different sizes.
I am a serial scrap keeper -
now I have another use for them.

Jacqueline :)

Friday, March 26, 2010

March Departures

These 2 green and navy Buntings
have headed off to Artarmon in NSW

Anakin Name Garland has a new home
in beautiful St Helens, Tasmania

A name Bunting for Raffaele
has gone to Leeton, NSW

Rose Garland has a new home
in Melbourne, Vic

This 6 metre Bunting has gone to Oakleigh, Vic
for Stephanie at Jellibeenz to decorate her market stall

Gerogia Name Garland has gone to
Mosman, NSW

2 of these single sided buntings
have a new home at Ferney Hills, QLD

Liam and Aidan have been delivered
to Penshurst., Vic

This new red bunting has gone up to
 the very talented Selina of
to decorate her market stall

And, the Arlo Name Garland
has a new home in Melbourne, Vic

It has been a busy year so far at ZippyZippy HQ
Thanks to all my lovely customers for your purchases.

Jacqueline :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Weekend Bargain

Yesteray I stopped in at the
Bennett Road Kinder Car Boot Sale.
I picked up this old tent for $5.

The frame is made up of metal bars,
there is no floor, so if we leave it up for a few days
it won't stress the lawn.
When the boys are too big for it
Peter will be able to use it as a frame to
protect the vegie's.

I am really looking forward to making a new cover for it,
something more interesting and colourful I think.
Hope you had a nice weekend


Thursday, March 18, 2010

What A Weekend!

Our girls weekend at Allanvale Homestead
last weekend was fantastic.
(Thanks to our host Annie, she most most accomodating)

There was lots of chatting and laughing

There was cycling and boot camp
run by Sergant Woodfine
Boot camp team, Jo and Michelle

Nicole used her weekend away to study

And, Shelley silversmithed

There was tennis
The weather was glorious,
but not quite warm enough for the pool.

Of course there was some
stitching and sewing done,
Wendy, Judy, Bron and Shelley

Bron Stitching

There was a tiny bit of crochet done by Jo.
And I think Simone's cross stitch came out
but no stitches were done.
Michelle, Rachel, Simone, Nicole and Jo

The evenings were spent in front of the open fire,
stitching, bitching, knitting, sipping and nibbleing

There was even a pedicure station!
Tash, Jo and Shelley

And now for some project pics
Just to prove our weekend away was productive.
I quilted the second borns quilt (blue and green one)
 - now to do the binding

Judy's bags - finished

Judy and Wendy's quilts

Bron's quilt

I started a quilt for the First Born

Michelle's sock

We had a fanitastic weekend
Sorry, did I already say that.

I bought these giant paper clip book marks
from Sarah, you can find her shop here,
Thanks for getting them to me so quickly Sarah!
 Iwrapped them with a choccy
to say thanks to the girls that attended.
I still have yours Liesl!

Thanks to Michelle, Lisa, Jo, Liesl, Shelley, Wendy
Rachel, Bron, Tash, Simone Judy
for coming to Allenvale and
making it such a great weekend.

Oh, and thanks to the Dad's, Grand Parent's
and friends who cared for our little one's
while we were away.
I'm sure you will all benifit from
the refreshed mum's

Jacqueline :) :) :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Annual Leave 3 Sleeps Away

I have now been a mum for about 7 1/2 years
So, by my calculations,

I have about 30 weeksof holidays owing to me :)

Sometimes, you just feel like this, so,

I have decided to take 4 days off from being a mum.

On Thursday I'm off to Ballarat to do a class at

I will stay in Ballarat the night,
have a look around Friday morning
then head back to Great Western for
A well deserved girls weekend.

I have been organising this weekend away
for some crafty friends
And it's finally, almost here
We are all off to
for a weekend, staying in the shearers quarters
There is about 14 girlies going, last count, including

We can do whatever we wish
sew, cycle, tennis, swim, sleep, read, relax or nothing at all,
just sit on the verandah and sip.

When it's time to go home on Sunday
I should be refreshed and 
feel a little more like this

Jacqueline :)

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