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

 

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Mother’s Day

This photo frame practically leaped off the shelf at me in the gift store begging to be quilled! I thought it would make a perfect gift for my Mum for Mother’s Day – with the idea that she could put a picture from my beautiful sister’s wedding in it. Of course, Mum didn’t get it for Mother’s Day, the whole project (as usual) took me longer than I had anticipated! The little ragamuffin in the frame at the moment is my eldest boy, just to get an idea of how it looks with a photo inside.

The design is my own, I took inspiration from two beautiful pictures of Lilly of the Valley which I found on 123RF and a photo by Marek Mierzejewski. I have pinned both to my Quiller Queen board on pinterest, which you can find here: http://pinterest.com/gleemans/quiller-queen/

I also took inspiration from Suzana Ilic’s work (quillingwithfun.blogspot.com) and Josie Jenkins (josiejenkins.blogspot.com) for her cute little butterflies. Thanks girls!

 

 

Quilled cards

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

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.

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Easter Eggs

This year, I was keen to find a way to celebrate Easter chocolate free! I saw Katalin’s video on her lovely YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIDRIsZx1NI and took inspiration. Here are the chickens I made for friends and family. A variety of blown eggs were used (small goose eggs, pea hen eggs and duck eggs) and I gave them a small go with some hairspray once they were completed. They were such a hit, but unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to do as many as I would have liked so will have to try again next year!

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Nathan made a special request egg - he wanted a rainbow rooster!

Nathan made a special request – he wanted a rainbow rooster!