To say it’s been a big couple of weeks here would be a massive understatement. There has been much packing, lots of stitching, some drinking of cocktails, farewells and celebrations. My Emerald Hot Air Balloons have been hanging in the Etsy Pop Up Shop in Sydney which is so exciting – there are gorgeous wares from some very talented designers all over Australia and I’m so honoured to be part of it. Go check it out – it’s open until the 12th of December on Castlereagh street.
Sending the emerald balloons I had created for the Bondville Charity Auction meant that I had to whip another mobile up last week. I’ve been sneaking in sewing early in the morning, at soccer matches, doing school pick-up and any other moment I could possibly spare. So here’s the past week or so in pictures…
There’s something about the wit and whimsy of a gingerbread house that I just love. I started my “house” career when my son was born. I was all inspired by Diane at craftypod, and overflowing with new mother hormones, I wanted to start a little Christmas tradition. In typical moi fashion, it has turned into an epic baking event each year.
My first gingerbread house was very modest, but I had an absolute ball making it in my “I have a 6 week old baby” sleep deprived haze. It’s the little details like the lollie trees, star anise and cinnamon logs that I love creating.
The second house, also known as the “ikea” had to be baked and then flat packed to be transported to our family Christmas in Melbourne and assembled on-site. I seem to recall that was the year of disastrous royal icing which sets like concrete on my in-laws pristine new kitchen bench. Joy to the world.
The third house – my all time favourite, was the mid-century modern interpretation. Oh the fifties!
The fourth house I decided needed a swimming pool – well it is the middle of summer here in Australia! It was based on the Rose Seidler House in Sydney and was technically quite the construction to undertake.
I’m moving to Hong Kong in 10 days time and I honestly don’t know if I’ll get to make a gingerbread house this year. I don’t even know if I’ll have an oven when we get there! Although looking back through all these piccies I desperately want to! Do you make gingerbread?
You can find my gingerbread recipe here:
In just three weeks we’re moving from Sydney to Hong Kong.
Visas have come through, schools have been applied for, hotels and flights have been booked. There’s just the… ahem…. small task of my craft room. Oh dear God. I have spent years building up a stash of fabric, buttons, trims, notions and all manner of supplies. Now that I’m staring down the barrel of a tiny urban flat I’m going to have to have a serious clear out of what is known in these parts as the woman cave.
I can only take one box of craft items with me. And that has to include my sewing machine. Yes, it’s insane. I know that you understand this but my dear husband seems to think it’s quite reasonable. I can see that I’ll be sneaking extra items in with the kids toys and kitchen supplies. oops.
The silver lining of this cloud is having awesome asia craft supplies on my doorstep but how on earth am I going to destash my beloved craft room? What should I take? Do I prioritise the vintage items over others? It’s an unbearable task.
I began last week by sewing up lots of my red stash into bunting – this kind of destash I can definitely manage however I’d need another year to stitch it all up into projects.
So – any destash tips out there?
You will need:
- 1 Womens size Sock (crew length)
- 7″ or 15cm square of Fabric (non-stretch)
- Toy Stuffing
- Handful of Poly Pellets, Rice or pebbles
- This PDF Pattern (print at 100%, no scaling)
- Cut the toe off the sock as shown in diagram. Next, cut a section ankle band off sock approximately 5cm (2 inches) long and 3cm (1 inch) wide as shown.
- Using the attached pattern pieces, cut two circles from felt or fabric – large will be the mushroom head, small will be the stalk base. Now you should have all the mushroom pieces.
- Take ankle piece of sock, place right sides together and sew a seam from top to bottom. This will be the stalk.
- Place the stalk on remaining circle of fabric (right sides together) sew right around the base – by hand is usually easiest.
- Flip right way out, your stalk should look something like this.
- Flip the toe piece of sock inside out, place right sides together with the mushroom head circle. Pin into place (this is important) and sew around the edges, leaving a 2cm/1 inch gap for stuffing. This step can be done by machine or hand.
- Flip the sewn head right way out then stuff the mushroom head until it’s nice and plump. Massage out any lumps and bumps.
- Hand stitch the gap closed.
- Fold the ankle band inside the stalk and stuff with toy pellets, rice or little pebbles. Whatever you decide to use, it just needs to have some weight to it.
- Sew stalk to the head of the mushroom – if you’re having trouble with the stuffing falling out you may like to pin it in place first.
Done – pop some pins in the top or you could sew on some buttons for spots.
I love the sprinkling of Hot Air Balloons across the interwebs at the moment. Here are some beautiful balloons made by Schmaft customers that I’ve come across:
Stunning balloons in Tula Pink Fabric by SixOrangeSocks.
Here are Kyra’s gorgeous balloons. Love the colours and that she added a few extras, it looks great!
Here are Amy’s gorgeous balloons complete with matching big bunting…
And Cindy has been busy making balloons as party favors for her daughter’s birthday. Just look at this lovely lot…
The time has come to clear all of the Craft Schmaft stock. Here it is peeps, the Craft Schmaft moving sale with up to 50% off printed patterns, softie kits, fabric panels and more. You heard it here first:
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
My first international trip was exploring Indonesia at the ripe old age of 21. The moment I experienced a different culture I knew that travel was for me. I set off on my own with nothing but a backpack, and a teary mother at the airport, to explore Europe in 1999. And yes, I did – ahem – party like it was 1999. I met my future husband en route from Spain to Portugal and lived in London for four years. Together we’ve explored over 40 countries across the Europe, The middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. Yes indeed, I have the travel bug.
It’s been quiet on the wanderlust front for some years with two small children but next month we’re starting a new chapter together.
Craft Schmaft HQ is moving to Hong Kong.
We’re trading our big house for tiny apartment living and our safe shores for the promise of adventure, inspiration and a life experience that I hope my little muchkins will treasure forever. It’s pee your pants excitement people. Imagine the crafty supplies, the colour and craziness of being in the heart of Asia.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey. The Craft Schmaft blog has always been about life, love and crafting and I can’t wait to share the next chapter with you. And if there are any Hong Kong peeps reading this let me know, I’d love to meet you when I get there!
I read this in a vintage snoopy book once and I have to say I agree! Here are some the sock puppies I’ve been working on in the past couple of weeks.
“Happiness is a warm puppy”
- Snoopy, circa 1973
The Woof Pattern, Sausage Roller Pattern and Sock Pup Kits for them are all available in the Craft Schmaft store now.
Softies … stitching … packing … sewing … patterns …. fabric folding … coffee! Brisbane Craft and Quilt fair starts tomorrow, here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at Craft Schmaft HQ this week.
So it’s off to Brisbane we go! Please come and say hello if you’re at the fair, I’d love to meet you! I’ll be at stand D14 Wednesday until Sunday.
It’s true. Over the past month I’ve spent more time sleeping in Queensland than in Sydney, NSW and what started out as a little visit here and there has become true love. I’m having an affair with the sunshine state.
Last month I attended the awesome ProBlogger on the Gold Coast. Two days of inspiration and a wealth of information were had at the awesomely retro QT hotel.
Then I went up to the far north of Queensland for a holiday with my boys. Twelve days of perfect sunshine. Seriously. It was 30 degrees and sunny every single day. We spent our time sailing boats crafted from cereal packets and bamboo sticks, snorkelling on the barrier reef and sipping… ahem… a few too many cocktails after dark.
And like the allure of a bad boy, the deadly box jellyfish and crocodile warning signs at the beach only made me love it more. OK I’m being dramatic … it wasn’t jellyfish or croc season when we there but… the signs on the beach were very cool!
I’m back home now however next week I’m sneaking away from my beloved Sydney once more for The Craft and Quilt show in Brisbane. Amongst the stitching, packing and prepping I’ve promised myself it will be the last trip to Queensland for a little while but you never know. I do heart QLD.