Thursday, June 30, 2011


About two weeks ago Gingermelon had a giveaway for her lovely paper dolls and I was a lucky winner. I was so excited because her dolls are just gorgeous and I have never won a giveaway before. So today I printed and cut out my Olive doll and she is now hanging on my wall next to my monitor

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Weekend musings

Hi all! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Ours has been rather lazy and relaxing. Slept in till 11am on Saturday which for me is a feat in itself as most mornings you will find me up round 6-7am no matter what day it is.

My sister is arriving for a fleeting visit this Thursday for a couple of days!! I am looking forward seeing her again. I just hope her flight doesn't get cancelled from the ash cloud. It is her birthday tomorrow and I have made a special something for her which I will post about later after she has recieved it!! Exciting

I will leave you now with this sweet music video I found.
TTFN xxx

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Crochet update

I haven't spent as much time as I would like to learn crochet this week but last night I sat down for how long I don't know and tried to do some basic stitches. I found a book at the library which teaches you the basics with pictures and instructions. I kinda got the hang of it but I was losing stitches and it just didn't look right. So I jumped on good old Youtube and searched for tutorials. I found a couple that have been really useful. I now know that I am more a visual/hands on see it in action learner than just reading instructions from a book.

So this here is the start of my granny square. I will have to start again because I feel it's too small and tight but it is starting to resemble some form of crochet instead of a knotted mess! Practice makes perfect.

So here are some links I found to be useful:

Hook and needles: Very clear and helpful videos. Not too fast and very clear.

Crochet geek: A series of video tutorials going through all the basic stitches for beginners

Monday, June 20, 2011

My weekend in pictures

We had a lovely weekend going on little road trips. Saturday we ventured to Tweed and surrounding areas. Went for little walks by the ocean and eating in at random restaurants. Sunday we drove up to O'Reilly's. We went for a trek to the Moran falls and found the most gorgeous view of the hinterland. My legs are paying for it today but it was totally worth it.


Wishing well at Point Danger

Cute little art gallery and gift shop

Roy at the Alpaca farm

Critters in jars

A 200 year old fox from Scottland

Tree Top Walk at O'reilly's

Top of Moran Falls

Gorgeous view

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Last year I bought this magazine called The Art of Crochet. It came with instructions for beginners, a dvd and a hook with wool! I thought this will be easy. Little did I know how tangled and knotted I would get. I got very frustrated and eventually put the whole lot in the cupboard and forgot about it.

The past couple of weeks I have been inspired to try again. There are so many wonderful projects you can make with crochet and I want to be able to make them as well! Here are some gorgeous finds from Etsy:

Green Cotton Crochet Cap

Crochet Flower Headband

Little Button Pouch

Crochet Ombre Bracelet

Apple Cozy

So I will be trying to crochet something that resembles a square to start off with and hope it doesn't turn into a big mess. If anyone has any useful links for beginners or some easy patterns please share. Or maybe something you have crochet yourself. I would love to see your creations.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Fabric rosette headbands peek

Hey hey it's Friday!

I had some parcels arrive for me the other day which contained some supplies I had ordered to make the lovely headband you see in the photo!! I am super excited how well my first one turned out and some more are on the way to stock up in my shop.

So today I will be head down in my little nook working on these pieces plus if I have time, to finish my little raggamuffin doll from the very talented Gingermelon.

Have a wonderful day my lovely readers!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Creative Nook

A week or so ago I decided to move my sewing machine into our spare room which only gets used for when we have guests staying. And instead of keeping everything on the floor in piles I am using this very awesome bookshelf which was found under our house. I am pleased how well it all looks now (so much tidier!) and I love sitting in there while creating. I still have to move a cupboard from the garage up there so I can then move all my card making supplies in there. But I will save that for a rainy day!!

Where all the magic takes place!

Look how nice and tidy it all is now and I love all the wonderful bright colours

Some of my fabric stash

Pirates! Still waiting to be adopted


My collection of colourful threads

Moi enjoying my space

Well I hope you have enjoyed a behind the scenes look of Lovemandy.


Friday, June 10, 2011


Oh look what I have discovered today!! I can see this as being quite fun to use. If you haven't already go there now: pinterest