Closer to a “Boot Sale”

When Mum suggested to me that I could have a “boot sale” with my creations, I didn’t even know what a boot sale was! One of the challenges I have been having (and a pretty major obstacle to selling at craft markets or out of my car boot!), was not knowing how to box up and present my cards beautifully. Well – thanks to a yummy, beautiful BOX of macaroons that landed on our table that is a challenge no more. I cut and folded a great box, tied it with bright ribbon and voila! – a safe and professional-looking box for my cards. Did I remember to take a picture before giving it away? Of course not – but will remember to do so for the next one.

Here’s the card I made for my beautiful friend who plays the violin, loves purple and is now Mummy to a gorgeous little bub:

Isn’t this folding design fun?! Wait ’til you see the next one i’m working on…!



E is for Evie!

When I was a young girl, my Mum was a bit disturbed when I returned home from a birthday party sporting a black balloon. Apparently I was soooooo delighted because I got to CHOOSE it! Although I don’t remember the balloon (and I’m sure it was very SHINEY and worthy of my admiration) I do, however, remember the occasion. My lovely Nanna picked me up and I remember bounding over to her and declaring that “I was the only NORMAL person there” to some wide eyes, a bemused look and a gentle “shhhhhhhhhh”. I had been the only caucasian child at the party and had felt very special being included. If that one afternoon was anything to go by, I must have been a very misunderstood child ha ha!!! Anyway, I digress.

The black balloon story came to mind because I was thinking about what I enjoyed looking at as a very young girl. I used to enjoy anything a bit ‘busy’ with lots of colour, detail and bling. I tried to bear this in mind when I created this “E” for baby Evie. I hoped to make something that she might like to look at when she’s little (and not necessarily what I think is pretty now that I’m all grown up!).

Hope you like it too


Quilled cards

Here are three of my first cards. I’ve started a separate page so I can add future creations as I go.

Personalised Baby Gifts

I have many friends who have had babies recently and I love making gifts. The only problem I find, is that the time from conceptualisation to completion of a project can be a really, reeeeeally long time! (Especially if you spend a month playing in the orchestra for Les Mis which has taken up my evenings and weekends!)

This one, for example, came to me in the middle of the night, feeding my own bub several months ago. My friend, a flautist, had a beautiful baby girl named Ella. We have known each other through music for many years, so I obviously wanted a musical theme. The notes on the stave are E-F#-G#-A which are the last notes of the A major scale so they sound nice and also kind of fit with E-L-L-A (you can see what I’ve done with the flowers). In lieu of sharp signs, I’ve used butterflies and dragonflies. I experimented with monogram quilling for the treble clef and learned to do the various flowers along the way so it was a great way to increase my “quilling repertoire”. Hope you enjoy. I look forward to posting some of my other baby gifts soon (as soon as I can bust them out)!


Training an early riser…

…to be less of an early riser, is not easy when you are talking about a three year old. The first thing I tried was sewing block-out fabric to his curtains and making a cover for the skylight in his room. That gained us about an hour but I still had a little monkey climbing into my bed well before 7am every morning. I quilled him a clock and told him to play in his room until the hands pointed to the rooster. The system worked really well…until the clock stopped working (because it was a $5 piece of crap!). Oh well, lesson learned – here is the clock. It uses very basic techniques, as it was one of my very first quilling projects.