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With the help of my friends, I co-ordinate "The Craft Group" which is a place for women to gather and do craft! We share a whole range of things, from craft to the small things that matter to us right up to understanding the whole meaning of life! I learn so much from everyone, I thought a blog would be the perfect way to record the memories! The "Plus..." is all about extra bits 'n pieces that I have found and would love to show you. Welcome to our Craft Group. Please feel free to say hi, leave a comment or become a follower! Enjoy!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Child directed rug!

When a friend of mine makes a quilt for one of her grandchildren, she takes them along to pick out the fabrics they would like. Even if she is not keen on their choices, she works with it and the results are gorgeous and personal.

Today at The Craft Group, Bev I had a knitted rug for "Show and Tell".

Her 6 year old grandson was quite specific about what he wanted...

It had to have some white patches in it.

And because he sometimes gets hot feet, it has to have openings for his feet!

How crazy cute is that!

A Grandchild creating something innovative together with his grandma.
I love it!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Christmas Table Runner

Ida is inspiring us with the table runners she made.
Christmas is just over 5 weeks away!
A good time to start making some decorations that are good enough to keep for years.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Where have I been?

In the past...
I have been to Europe.
I have been to Canada.
I have seen some of Australia.
I have never really had the desire to go to any Asian destination for more than a stop over.
Then, our daughter decided she wanted to live and teach in Southern Asia.
So... after 9 months of her moving there, my husband and I went for 3 weeks to visit her in the Himalayas.
What a fascinating experience!
We are back.
She is still there.  
I am very thankful for modern forms of communication.

There are so many stories to tell but seeing as you are all my craft friends, I will share some crafty photos...

There was folk art on every single building. A newly built apartment block was being built near our daughters place. We loved watching the men perched on the bamboo scaffolding painting all the amazing designs for weeks on end.

 We went to a paper making factory. 

We watched women weaving scarves.

We saw hand woven yak wool textiles.

And of course we made things too. Here are the first of her Christmas decorations. 
(More details about the crocheted stars soon!)

I have also been quilting like a mad woman over the last 10 weeks to make a quilt for our daughter's birthday. It was finished, admittedly, at the very last minute. It was packed up and came in our hand luggage!
I will tell you all about it soon, I promise!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Blue loveliness in a quilt by Ida

Ida made this quilt for her son and daughter-in-law.

I loooove blue and white. It makes me feel calm.

The quilting was done by her friend who was practising on a big quilting machine. 

I really love the binding which has a little extra layer/flange.
It's the sort of thing that would really stand out (in a bad way) if it was crooked but it has been done just beautifully.
Ida shared her secret...

Thanks Ida. We hope your son loves the quilt and can see the love that has gone into it.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Trinity Crochet

Nadia is at it again.
Crocheted characters are her specialty and now she is going online to sell them.
You can see her facebook page HERE.
We found these at The Craft Group and we didn't even need a mobile phone to see them! ;)

Sunday, 12 June 2016

a special birthday card

It was my birthday!
I had lunch with my childhood family. It was funny driving in the car with my Mother, Father and 2 sisters. We had a nice lunch near the beach. Then I had a lovely dinner  (Thai take-away) at home with my 'now' family. I so enjoyed torturing them with half an hour of watching home videos from the past. I only get to do that on Mothers' Day and on my birthday. This year even my daughter living overseas watched with us on Skype. They complain about home movie nights but I know they secretly love it ;)

The next day I went, as usual, to The Craft Group and let me show you the card my gorgeous craft friends gave me!!!

Looks like a box you might be thinking.

A very pretty box...

With a very pretty ribbon.

One ribbon was easily removed on the back as it was stuck with double sided tape. I could remove it one handed like a movie star instead of like a crazy craft lady trying to undo it to keep every inch of ribbon for... well, you know, we just keep everything just in case!

And inside was a card!

A very pretty card.

A very very pretty card (made by Elly).

So Special!

There were even dew drops on the flower :)

And inside, it was jam packed with love.
Thank you to all my lovely Craft Group friends!

Monday, 30 May 2016

Wall hanging by Sharyn

Sharyn made a wall hanging.
A beautiful wallhanging featuring Australian native flowers decorating a monogrammed alphabet.

(My terrible photography does not do it justice.)

I thought at first that she had machine embroidered the letters, but...

The letters are painted!

Sharyn has combined her love of quilting and folk art.

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