Tuesday, December 30, 2008

handbag for helen

handbag for helen
Originally uploaded by djbebe
I made this bag, by request, for my sister-in-law's mother. The fabric, including smocking, came from a thrifted shirt. A pretty little bag to carry pretty little things.

Via machen machen the things I have done meme. Things in bold I've done. And you?

1. Started your own blog.

2. Slept under the stars.

3. Played in a band

4. Visited The Great Barrier Reef.

5. Stood under the stars in the outback, the real outback – think Uluru.

6. Given more than you can afford to charity.

7. Been to the Gold Coast’s theme parks – anyone, you take your pick.

8. Climbed a mountain.

9. Held a praying mantis.

10. Sung a solo.

11. Bungee jumped, jumped out of plane, been paragliding or hang-gliding, hot air ballooning – you get the idea, you’ve been hundreds of metres about earth in a seemingly flimsy contraption.

12. Visited Melbourne.

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.

15. Had a child. Raised a child. Worked with children.

16. Had food poisoning.

17. Been to the Snowy Mountains.

18. Grown your own vegetables.

19. Visited the Brett Whitely studio in Surry Hills, Sydney.

20. Slept on an overnight train or bus.

21. Had a pillow fight.

22. Been backpacking.

23. Taken a mental health day.

24. Been buried in sand with just your head and toes sticking out.

25. Held a possum, kangaroo or koala – or any other native Australian animal.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Been in a fun run.

28. Been on the Blue Mountain cableway.

29. Seen a total eclipse.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.

31. Played, or watched, summer cricket.

32. Sailed, kayaked or canoed our beautiful waterways.

33. Seen the Daintree.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.

35. Visited an Aboriginal settlement or mission.

36. Learned a new language.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.

38. Toured the Sydney Opera House.

39. Tried rock climbing (indoor or outdoor), abseiling or just simple bush walking.

40. Visit Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art.

41. Been to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

42. Sunbaked at Bondi.

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.

44. Visited Broome.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.

46. Been transported in an ambulance.

47. Had your portrait painted.

48. Gone fishing.

49. Seen Tasmania’s old growth forests.

50. Been to the top of Q1, on the Gold Coast.

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling.

52. Kissed in the rain.

53. Played in the mud.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.

55. Been in a movie.

56. Driven the Great Ocean Road.

57. Started a business.

58. Taken a martial arts class.

59. Visited Norfolk Island.

60. Served at a soup kitchen.

61. Sold Girl Guide biscuits.

62. Gone whale watching.

63. Got flowers for no reason.

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.

65. Gone jet boating.

66. Visited Port Arthur.

67. Bounced a cheque.

68. Flown in a helicopter.

69. Saved a favourite childhood toy.

70. Visited the Australian War Memorial.

71. Eaten Caviar.

72. Pieced a quilt.

73. Stood in Federation Square.

74. Been on the Murray River.

75. Been fired from a job.

76. Travelled, or climbed, over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

77. Broken a bone.

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba.

80. Published a book.

81. Visited St Mary’s Cathedral, in Sydney.

82. Bought a brand new car.

83. Been to Hermannsburg.

84. Had your picture in the newspaper.

85. Read the entire Bible.

86. Visited Parliament House.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.

88. Had chickenpox.

89. Saved someone’s life.

90. Sat on a jury.

91. Met someone famous.

92. Joined a book club.

93. Lost a loved one.

94. Saved a pet.

95. Been to the site of the Eureka Stockade.

96. Swum in The Whitsundays.

97. Been involved in a lawsuit.

98. Owned a mobile phone.

99. Been stung by a bee.

100. Read an entire book in one day.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

sweet vinyl pouches

sweet vinyl pouches
Originally uploaded by djbebe
I've been making pouches. These ones are available in my madeit store. And now I'm taking a break from crafting to be appropriately festive. Hope you all have a merry, happy, joyous Christmas and with all family members playing nicely together. That's what I'm hoping for...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

cherry tomatoes

cherry tomatoes
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Look - they're nearly ripe! I've been checking on them daily since they were babies, and now the first ones are almost ready to eat! Tomorrow, I reckon. Fresh from the garden, warm from the sun - that's the way to eat tomatoes.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

newsprint summer cuff

newsprint summer cuff
Originally uploaded by djbebe
More things crossed off the list:
  • add some items to madeit store: cuffs

  • try new yoga class: vinyasa yoga - felt good, energising. sore today.

  • Christmas cards: 95% done. need more stamps

Monday, December 08, 2008

brown: placemats

Originally uploaded by djbebe
One more thing crossed off the list: placemats. These were quilted in a batch of bibs, but I decided long ago they were way to dark for babies - well for most babies - so I ran some binding round the edges, and voila: placemats.

Brown used to be my favourite colour, but I think now it's green. I still like brown, just not as much as I like green. And nowhere near as much as this woman likes orange.

Friday, December 05, 2008

golf cake

golf cake
Originally uploaded by djbebe
I created a golf course cake for my brother's 30th last weekend. I have to say I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. The biggest fan of the cake, though, was my 3 year old nephew Henry - he loves his golf, and he knew what it was straight away. I think he liked this cake even more than the tiger one we made for his second birthday - and he was pretty impressed with that one at the time! This green iced concoction - he was still looking for it the day after the party, and the day after that - luckily there was a lot of cake so they took plenty home!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

on my desk Wednesday: frills!

Originally uploaded by djbebe
It was a very rainy Wednesday, so I abandoned my "out" todo list and got stuck into the "craft" todo list. All these dresses are now just waiting for a button, and then they will be finished, ready to go with this one to the Reverse Garbage exhibition. On Monday. Must get going on those buttons!

Don't they look pretty all stacked up like that? Who knew I had so much lace? And I'm not even close to running out...

More on my desk fun here: http://www.kootoyoo.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 30, 2008

renaissance dress I

renaissance dress I
Originally uploaded by djbebe
A few weeks ago I sent in my proposal for the upcoming Reverse Garbage Christmas exhibition, entitled 'Renaissance' meaning rebirth. Below is what I wrote, and this little dress is the latest finished thing (it's reversible).

I'm pregnant with my first baby. Pondering my pending motherhood, I've been thinking a lot about birth. I've also been thinking a lot about the rebirth of myself, as a mother.

Changing priorities, changing roles. So much to learn. New skills, new experiences. It's almost overwhelming: so in order to come to terms with this new era of my life, I've created things that I would want my baby to wear, to use and love. Soft, gentle bibs, fun little dresses and one very huggable quilt. All with a vintage, ageless touch. Creations that express how I want to be, as a mother, and how I want my baby to begin. Birth and rebirth.

I think it's still appropriate: I have already been rebirthed as a mother. And I still want to think about how my baby should begin. And I'm still enjoying making little dresses. They are a perfect use for all that lace that people keep giving me!

Thank you all for your thoughts and comments, I am healing.

Monday, October 27, 2008

baby Rita

baby Rita hand
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Bad news: we had our baby two weeks ago, at 24 weeks, and she didn't make it. I just went into pre-term labour, and she was just too small. She had very long fingers and toes like her mum, and a nose like her dad. We called her Rita.

We had lots of fantastic support from family and friends - big thanks to you all - and are on the road to recovery. Looking at that little hand is still the hardest thing.

I will be back with some good news soon.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

carnival daisies

Originally uploaded by djbebe
It's all about flowers here in Toowoomba this week. Who doesn't love a carnival? Despite the lack of water the flowers still manage to bloom. It really feels like spring! Since starting the Queen's Park Markets in April, Sunday was the first one we weren't sitting there shivering with blankets up to our necks. This was the view from behind our stall: giant chillies! The call of the chilli chocolate eventually got the better of me and I brought some home. Tastes just like chocolate, with a chilli aftertaste. I also quite like chilli strawberry jam.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Originally uploaded by djbebe
After a long day at the markets - a lovely, sunny, long day - we're snuggling in front of the fire, watching the tele. Kitty says don't you dare change the channel.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Think Pink

Think Pink
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Sorry, I couldn't resist another mosaic... If you like pink, and you're in Brisbane on Sunday with the afternoon free, you should go to Lyssy May's Think Pink party. I'm a bit late posting about it - you have to RSVP by tomorrow... It's being held to raise money for breast cancer so there will be lots of raffles and (pink) prizes - so put on something pink and head along. You can see some of the prizes - including one of my scarves here.

And if you're in Toowoomba on Sunday with no plans, I'll be at the Queen's Park Markets.

Photo credits: 1. vintage tea set with cupcake, 2. rose, 3. pink gadgets, 4. Pink Petals

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Flickr mosaic meme

Flickr mosaic meme
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Photo credits: 1. Sally Antoinette, 2. the cheesemonger did not say cheese, 3. House in Fields, 4. The green hair club meeting, 5. Bond,James Bond 007 is Daniel Craig in QUANTUM OF SOLACE,08, 6. Chai tea latte mix, 7. Canada - Alaska Highway, 8. Baked Cheesecake, 9. Sub-miniature designer dogs, 10. Duck Family Portrait, 11. shy, 12. one mitten

Hmmm, I answered green for my favourite colour but looking at this it might still be brown - I thought it was my ex-favourite colour.

This is a Flickr meme I saw here and here

And if you want to play yourself, the questions to answer, via flickr:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite colour?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your nickname/flickr name.
And put it all together using fd's Flickr Toys.

Monday, June 30, 2008

woodland tote bag

woodland tote bag
Originally uploaded by djbebe
I didn't mean to take such an extended blog break - but I needed it! I finally got some craft mojo back on the weekend and whipped up this generously sized tote bag. A friend at work put in her order about a month ago (see, it's not just you faithful readers who've been waiting on the edge of your seats!) - and took it in to work today, all excited - and she had the day off.

In other news, I got labels. They're giving me all sorts of professional airs. And, I made myself a skirt. The fabric is called 'Chevy' which pleases me immensely. I'm wearing a car. Heh.

Can you tell I like brown?

Friday, June 06, 2008

Adorn Me

I will be at this next Friday night, along with some of my creations, and several other artists and their creations. I'd love to see you there if you're in Brisbane - RSVP to Reverse Garbage - and make sure you come up and say hi!

It's a fun night, everything is for sale and it's very informal. You can still rummage through the vinyl, fabric, tiles, cardboard, etc that is the wonder of Reverse Garbage if you need more raw materials.

This is us at last year's Re-creations exhibition opening, so you can spot us.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


3 scarflettes
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Is that a real word yet, scarflettes? Why was it chosen over scarfettes? Too much like Smurfette?

Anywho, these are my latest creation - I made two prototypes but unfortunately they escaped being photographed because my mum and aunt were here at the time and they snapped them up as soon as the buttons were sewn on. These are two super-practical ladies who glance at my brooches and cuffs and move on very quickly - but scarves, and indeed scarflettes, they like. I concluded that the prototype was a success. So then I made 6 more and that's the end of the black fleecy fabric which is what makes them so cozy and tactile. I even made a dent in the magic never-ending box of fabric samples.

I had a very successful trip to Brisbane recently - so there are some more djbebe goods in Lyssy May and Reverse Garbage and a new shop called Bliss Ecowear, located at 15 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington. All three are worth a visit if you're looking for something unique, handmade, earth-friendly or all of the above.

That means, however, that my stock is somewhat depleted, and the next market stall is only one more weekend away - where does the time go? So this long weekend I'll be working on some hot water bottle covers and heat packs. I know an agronomist who is donating wheat for the heat packs and he assures me it's all "prime hard wheat" - I don't know what that means exactly but I'm not sure that it's a selling point for heat packs...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

not dead: sleeping

green velvet cuff
Originally uploaded by djbebe
I'm still here, just catching up on everything. You'll be pleased to know I have done my tax return - and it's now almost time to do next years...

Back to making my own shoes - perhaps this would be a good first project. Maybe in summer. And no, I'm not going to make your shoes - but if anyone wants to make mine...

Want to see me battling the bitter wind at last week's Queens Park Markets? Hopefully the next one won't be so cold...

And I finally got around to listing some more velvet cuffs on etsy. I love making these, despite the fact that velvet needs a good talking to before stitching - velvet gives them such a great texture and structure.

And, I've been bestowed an administrator of the DUST etsy blog. HandyMan is now calling me "Miss Administrator".

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

on my desk: more tissue holders

more tissue holders
Originally uploaded by djbebe
On my desk this week is some post-work crafting while cooking dinner. (Thanks Kim for the Moroccan chick pea soup recipe!) More tissue holders: by the looks of this spots and stripes are apparently pushing my buttons right now.

Also on my desk is a pile of brown and gold fabrics which I can't promise isn't going to be more scarves.

And that pin cushion in the background was a gift from Ali. It's pretty nifty.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

soft pink and grey

Well when I said I was finished making scarves it wasn't entirely true - but now it is... A batch of pink and purple, mauve and grey ones were finished up on the weekend. Ready for the markets on Sunday - wow 4 weeks can go quickly! pink and grey scarf and teapot This scarf is part of that batch - and doesn't it go perfectly with my new favourite teapot?

Oh yeah, this soft, soft pink cuff is available on my etsy. But if you hate pink, it's not for you.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

on my desk Wednesday: tissue holders

tissue holders
Originally uploaded by djbebe
I didn't mean to take a week's holiday from blogging but you were probably sick of me anyway. I realised during that 30 day challenge that because I really only craft on the weekends I don't have that much to say, blog-wise, during the week. So I will attempt weekly posting.

Once again this on my desk pic is the result of some sneaky pre-work crafting. I've had enough of scarves for a while - and there's plenty that I haven't photographed yet. So I have moved on to tissue holders - whipping up a few for my next market stall.

Does anyone else have the urge to make their own shoes? No? Just me then. Not that I have started yet, but you know, I'm thinking about it. In a sort of learn Portuguese, travel to Iceland, clean the cobwebs off my side mirror kind of way. In the meantime, it's more tissue holders and finish of the pink batch of scarves.

Want to see what was on my desk on Tuesday?

Thursday, May 01, 2008

macro 30 of 30: cement duckie

cement duckie
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Only one day late, my last macro. Hasn't it been fun?

This little cement duckie (not rubber, no squeak) was a housewarming present - one of those that you get when you say you don't need any presents. Totally useless, but kinda cute. He lives in a potplant just outside. He does not float.

blue shoe
Originally uploaded by djbebe

And because I started this thing with a shoe, I will end with a shoe.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

29 of 30: on my desk Wednesday

wip: black and brown scarf
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Hey it's Wednesday! I'm jumping on the on my desk bandwagon. I meant to do it last week but I lost track of the days... And it just almost happened again...

This is a black and brown scarf that I started this morning and this is how I left when I had to go to work. Late. Easy to lose track of time when you're sneaking in crafting before work!

macro 28 of 30: scarf detail

scarf detail
Originally uploaded by djbebe
I know, I'm a couple of days behind. Forgive me?

This scarf now belongs to my mother - early Mothers' Day present. It's jersey, satin and velvety faux fur. Fur is hard to photograph - satin is easier.

Monday, April 28, 2008

macro 27 of 30: wine velvet cuff detail

wine velvet cuff detail
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Well I'm still undecided about the pinstripe scarf - I have already cut out some more grey ones to distract myself from the decision... In the meantime, this cuff is available on etsy. And while you're there, check out this bracelet made from yo-yos. Normally I don't condone yo-yos (I think I was scarred as a child by a particularly hideous yo-yo clown) but for some reason this appeals to me. Maybe it's the green. I'm going through a green phase.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

macro 26 of 30: grey pinstripe scarf

grey pinstripe scarf
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Three scarves finished this morning, all along a red/black/grey theme. Side A fabrics all came from the magic box of fabric samples, and the Side B fabrics are knits from the stash. I really like this pinstripe scarf (more pics on flickr) - it's so soft and grey grey grey. Charcoal grey. I'm torn between listing it on etsy (poor shop is a bit bare though I am slowly stocking it with bits and pieces), my next market stall - or just keeping it! I will gladly take your suggestions...?

We bought a painting at the art show! Our first "real" art purchase - it's an ink piece called "The feather boa" but no pics yet - we have to wait until the exhibition is finished before we can get our hands on it...

macro 25 of 30: fabric samples

fabric samples
Originally uploaded by djbebe
More from the magic box of fabric samples.

Friday, April 25, 2008

macro 24 of 30: green cuff detail

green cuff detail
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Tomorrow night we're going to a friend's first solo art show, somewhere in the country, so I decided I needed something new and fabulous to wear. This is the result - green and brown cuff, featuring velvet ribbons and some sort of smocked knit fabric that came in the latest big box of fabric sample discards from Lyssy May. I finally had time and courage enough to open it. Them, actually, there were two. I think the side you can see here is meant to be the inside of the fabric, but I liked the more structural look of this side. More on flickr if you care to see the finished product. Inspired, I think, by Ms brown sparrow who I just discovered this week.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

macro 23 of 30: golden gate rose

golden gate rose
Originally uploaded by djbebe
It's raining again today so this pic is from the other day when it was sunny. Not that I'm complaining, since we are in dire need of decent rain. A Golden Gate rosebud.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

21 of 30: puffer fish

puffer fish
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Afternoon storm today so once again not photo-taking weather. I dug this one out of the archives - part of a mobile made for Kim's baby which I never got around to posting because it was a secret project. I don't think it's even a macro. Let's just pretend. This puffer was inspired by this one and I used the lip-techniques from this book. If you've got nothing to do, browse the stupid sock creatures gallery. Endlessly amusing.

Monday, April 21, 2008

macro 21 of 30: thistle

Originally uploaded by djbebe
I like how this thistle looks like a russian winter hat. Something Anna Karenina might have worn. Only in black. Or white.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

macro 20 of 30: lovely spool

lovely spool
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Well my first ever market stall went pretty well. It was very cold setting up, and very windy all day - but at least it didn't rain! We had lots of lookers, a few sales, and good company - so we're coming back next month! With reinforcements and sandbags for all the bits that kept getting blown over...

So, after a very long day, I am now unwinding like this spool of thread. With a glass of wine and a bit more of The Constant Gardener.

Thanks again for all your market tips - they were most helpful!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

macro 19 of 30: rocket flower

rocket flower
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Markets tomorrow! Must go get my beauty sleep...

Friday, April 18, 2008

macro 18 of 30: fig

the insides of a fig
Originally uploaded by djbebe
I clearly remember the first time I saw the insides of a fresh fig. Fascinating, fleshy and wonderfully detailed. So much more interesting than peeling a banana or an orange.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

macro 17 of 30: alphabet cards

alphabet cards
Originally uploaded by djbebe
I picked up this little box of cards for free, a local electronics store closed down and left a table of stuff "free to good home". They're helping me get organised for the market. I haven't found a use for them yet but just their stern orderliness is helping me focus. I did my stocktake last night. I have 93 brooches. Seems like a lot. But what if I sell out? Oh I have other things too - 35 cards and 54 cuffs and 22 scarves... I should be ok.

Oh and Fi alerted me to this which sounds very fun - deadline for Bris is tomorrow though so will have to get cracking on the submission! Anyone else doing this?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

macro 16 of 30: pincushion present

pincushion present
Originally uploaded by djbebe
A most lovely and excellent package arrived today from Ali. Tea cosy, pincushion, bag, beads, mixed tape (well, cd) - all totally awesome! I will have to wait until I get to work tomorrow for the tea cosy fitting. It felt a little invasive to take all the prescribed measurements of my little teapot: height, girth etc. Although you are a bit rotund, little teapot, I love you all the same. Thanks Miss A!.

And speaking of statistics , I've been secretly and somewhat obsessively keeping tabs on my blog stats, and the most popular search terms to get you here seem to be "pink elephant quilt" and "dandelion kimono". Fascinating.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

macro 15 of 30: chive seeds

chive seeds
Originally uploaded by djbebe
The gardening books say not to let your chives go to seed because they'll come up everywhere. I am, however, somewhat of a lazy gardener. Plus I am experimenting with seed saving.

Thanks for all your market tips - I'll sleep better tonight!

Monday, April 14, 2008

macro 14 of 30: hammer

cuff + hammer
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Once again I have left the photography until too late for decent light. This is what I did before work this morning. (Hmmm, I could have taken the photo then - too busy wrestling with press studs - I have the broken fingernails to prove it.) I hammered the press studs onto 10 more cuffs. Cuffs with lace, cuffs with frills and cuffs with embroidered tulle. Cuffs galore!

If you're in or near Toowoomba this weekend, I'll be at the Queens Park Craft Bazaar (my first market!) so drop by and say hello.

Anyone got any market-stall tips?

Sunday, April 13, 2008

macro 13 of 30: seedlings

Originally uploaded by djbebe
Sprouts! The ones in the foreground are Red Dutch cabbage; the ones (or one?) in the background are snow peas. Seeds ordered online from Eden seeds. I'm still waiting for the Bulls Blood beetroot and Coles Dwarf broad beans to come up.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

macro 12 of 30: pond plants

pond plants
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Today was family and gardening - the only crafting I did was make a polo shirt for HandyMan (I still don't have the neck right) and make a basket liner for my nan's wheelie walker (one very happy customer). So not no crafting exactly, but no cutting edge crafting. Now we're watching Storm Boy on the telly.

Speaking of gardening, if you have a coriander plant that is out of control, this is a delicious (and easy) dip/pesto recipe:

1/2 cup macadamia nuts (raw or roasted, if they're salted omit the salt later)
1 small hot red chilli, seeded and chopped (optional)
1/4 - 1/2 cup packed fresh coriander leaves (depends how much you ike coriander)
1/4 cup cold water
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Pulse nuts in food processor/blender until finely chopped.
Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
Serve at room temp; keeps in fridge up to 4 days.
Note it will thicken over time so you may need to add more water later on.

Friday, April 11, 2008

macro 11 of 30: lace

Originally uploaded by djbebe
To make up for lack of post yesterday... This guipure lace is a lovely buttery cream colour which is completely not captured in my photo. I think I might work it into a cuff or something - there's only about 4 inches of it. It's sitting beside my sewing machine, I dare not put it back into the black hole that is my lace/ribbon/trim/string bag which is completely out of control - it may never be found again.

macro 10 of 30: autumn leaves

autumn leaves
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Autumn leaves gathered on this morning's walk; the fabric is raw silk suiting salvaged from Reverse Garbage in Brisvegas yesterday. It was a hectic, running-around day - but we did get all our jobs done - and we didn't get home until late last night - hence no post yesterday. One up my sleeve. Want to see our self-portrait ala Andy Warhol? I really liked the exhibition, I learned a lot.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

macro 9 of 30: scribble cuff

scribble cuff
Originally uploaded by djbebe
This is detail of an experimental cuff - it too is waiting for a cuff link. We are taking advantage of the local show holiday to jet off to Brisbane to see Andy and visit Lyssy May. And get some car parts chromed.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

macro 8 of 30: birdcage detail

birdcage detail
Originally uploaded by djbebe
One more step closer to my market stall: decorative birdcage makes a handy display for cuffs. Previously used as the 'wishing well' at our wedding.

I called in sick today and spent the day reading The Constant Gardener and drinking hot lemon drinks. Feeling a bit better tonight.

Hope the winter bugs aren't biting where you are!

Monday, April 07, 2008

macro 7 of 30: lemon blossom

lemon blossom
Originally uploaded by djbebe
I'm feeling a bit under the weather today so this is what I need - vitamin C. And early to bed.

But first, the winners of the giveaway - I decided to pick two winners... The random number generator picked 2 and 8 - it was complicated because one person commented twice so I had to count backwards... I'm rambling now - it's the fever - anyway, the winners are Kleas and Hokey - and thanks to all of you for dropping by!
So send me an email: djbebe.remix at gmail.com with your address and I'll pop a surprise in the mail!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

macro 6 of 30: cuff links

cuff links detail
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Thanks to Ali's tips (she's having a giveaway too - go look!) I finished these cuffs off this afternoon - cuff links made from buttons and embroidery thread. I used a 3.5 size crochet hook which was ok but I think a smaller one would be better. I like the effect though: exactly what I was looking for - a bit of extra bling.

Just down from the cafe where we had breakfast yesterday was a camping store with 30-50% off so I snapped up a marquee - one step closer to doing the markets!

I'll be drawing the giveaway tonight so there's one last chance to get your name in - I'll announce the winner tomorrow. Hey this daily posting is quite handy!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

macro 5 of 30: cockroaches in a beer bottle

cockroaches in a beer bottle
Originally uploaded by djbebe
No crafting today: we just got back from the Glasshouse Mountains. We stayed with a friend who lives just at the foot of Mt Tibrogargan - awesome views.

This photo was taken on our honeymoon in Vanuatu. We had a lovely time, honest - and this was actually our favourite place. But primitive enough that if you leave the dregs in your beer bottle overnight, you will wake up to the scurrying of cockroaches. The snorkelling was excellent though!

Oh, and for the record the Christmas quilt was very well received.

Friday, April 04, 2008

macro 4 of 30: blue scarves

blue scarves detail
Originally uploaded by djbebe
More scarves! I finished these two today - and two more are half-done but we're going to a 60th birthday party shortly so I have to get ready, wash the dishes, wrap the present etc. The present can be viewed here at least in part. I helped my mum make it. I am like her private consultant and sewer of bits that are "too hard". The quilt itself is not really my style but I'm assured the recipient will love it!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

macro 3 of 30: donated fabric samples

fabric samples
Originally uploaded by djbebe
Since I am known amongst my friends and family as a fabric garbage can, I received a big box of fabric samples a while ago from Lyssy May - lots of stuff that's a challenge for me because it's not what I normally would sew with - lace, velour, suiting and sequins. But I never say no to fabric - so it's been sitting in the corner looking at me for quite some time now. But I have made some sequin cuffs which I am happy with. I just need to fashion some cuff links because I think that's what they need - big bead-y sparkly cuff links. Not sure yet how to do that but that's my aim for this weekend.
Oh and my Moo cards arrived! Yay!

Update: Lyssy May has just got herself a blog too - go take a look. She mentions a pincushion that I made but I have to confess that I got the voodoo idea from Ali.