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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!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Karin knits for twins

Karin laid aside her quilting for a bit and made these 2 cardigans for some little little friends.

Working with the 2 colours of yarn at the same time makes them lovely thick and warm.
Very cute. 
I wonder if Karin is practising classic grandmother skills? She has 2 sons married now and 3 to go. How is your quilting challenge going Karin? 

Monday, 28 November 2011

Special Handmade Cards

Here's a sweet Geisha card by Cheryl.

Rita makes sweet little gift cards

Who made this one? Oops my recording system is failing!

Not sure if I have shown these before but I think they are by Gloria.

I will finish off this card frenzy with some pretty cards by Louise which I have shown before but they deserve repeated viewings!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Led Light Slippers!

I wish I invented these slippers. What a practical idea. No more crashing into things as you walk to the loo or check that the back door is locked at night.


Have a great weekend!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Our Creche and non creche

We LOVE our Craft Group Babysitter Pam. She organises a few helpers each week, mainly from our church, and runs a fantastic program for our Craft Mums!
She not only gives the kids a great time but she does such a lovely service to the Mums who need a litttle time to be able to be create and connect with other women.
The system works well.
Most of the time.

Some things are out of our control, like the I-don't-want-to-leave-my-mother's-side phase.

Here is Nathanael clinging closely to Mum. The knitting continues but it does get a bit squishy for all involved!

These photos are already 5 months old and Nathanael is now happy to play in the creche. He just needed time to settle. (Yay for Mum!)

They have heaps of fun.

We have a great safe courtyard where they can ride little bikes and play.

But even in the tricky stages and ages, we wouldn't want our kids to grow up too soon. 
It is good to take a deep breath and thank God for our kids and the lovely bond they have with their Mums.
And while you are there thanking God, thank Him for Pam and the other great helpers we have had this year faithfully looking after our little ones.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

High Tea & Salmon Swirl Recipe

Last week after The Craft Group, who ever wanted to was welcomed at Marion's house where we shared a "High Tea".  Everyone brought along a plate of something savoury or sweet. Marion brought out all her prettiest cups, saucers and plates and we sat outside in the very pleasant spring afternoon weather.

If you need to bring a plate of something savoury to a gathering this Christmas, try whipping up Bev's little recipe...

Bev's Salmon Swirls:
She bought a packet of gluten free crepes, or pancakes from the frozen section of the supermarket. She then mixed together well a small can of red salmon and some creamed cheese. She spread the crepes with the mix, wrapped the rolls in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. Then on the morning of our High Tea, all she had to do was take them out of the freezer, cut them into slices while the roll was still a little firm and pop a toothpick into each one.

They were so nice and the texture is really unexpected when you pop it into your mouth. Instead of the firmness of a a flat bread, like a 'wrap', it is so soft and melt-in-you-mouth.
Sorry the photo looks like the plate is half empty, but you can blame me for that!

PS.Thanks for being my model Caitlyn!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Cat quilt by Bev.

A while ago, Bev was working on appliquéing these quirky cats.

Well, they gathered themselves together and settled themselves into position, as only cats know how, onto this special quilt made by Bev.

She made it for her young grandson.

She even found a very fun cat fabric for the backing.
Really cute quilt Bev!

(just thought I'd mention that we have 3 people called 'Bev' at The Craft Group. So it is not always the same Bev being featured! Bevs just must be very clever and productive people!)

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Judy's loveletter scrapbook page

Isn't this the MOST gorgeous scrapbooked page you have ever seen? The letter and accompanying photo is just so special. You have to read it to fully appreciate it.
Judy is so blessed to have a grandduahgter who loves her so much and who has written a lovely acrostic poem to tell her so.

This is Judy and her granddaughter, Jade.
Hey Jade, you and your lovely letter to Grandma are now famous!
We agree your Grandma is pretty special. 
We especially agree with the second last line!

Monday, 21 November 2011

A Wedding

Oops, you can see when life gets a touch too busy... the blog is totally neglected!
On the weekend I went to a sweet wedding.
Present ready and off we went. 1 1/2 hours drive into the country.
It was outdoors and the weather was blessed!
The Bridal party complete with a 'Bridesman' & a 'Groomsmaid'
The cake  :)
Best wishes to the happy couple!
It was a lovely day and very nice to see 2 people acknowledge that God has a real place in their relationship. May they have many blessed years together!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Drawings on a quilt by Bev

Bev searched and experimented for the best way to transfer drawings onto fabric. In the end, she lightly spray glued her fabric onto paper to make it flat and stiff and then put it straight through her computer printer which acts as a photocopier.

She made this quilt for her son, which she named the "Lots of Love" quilt.
She used a collection of drawings her son did as he was growing up. She wrote his age or year of school on the drawings to remember how old he was at the time of artistic creation.
(Sorry for poor quality photo!)

What a great idea! She warns to beware of clogging up a good photocopier. Try it on a home machine and test it for colour fastness before sewing it into your project.

What a lovely keepsake.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Crocheted dolls by Nadia

Hello, we are new at The Craft Group.
Nadia made us and brought us along.
                                Wow, you have pretty hair!

I am often admired for my bouncy curls.

They are natural you know.

Here is our Smurf friend. Oops, she is laying down.
Oh, I think she is looking at my hair.
If you can't have the hair you love honey, love the hair you have!

Bye, have a fun, creative Thursday!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Crocheted bag from Recycled Plastic Bags - Tutorial

This is a great recycling idea and something fun and practical to make.
This bag was crocheted by Jenni and made from a mix of recycled and used plastic shopping bags. There is a really cool method of cutting the bags up which you just have to see. So here is my pictorial tutorial of making a bag from recycled shopping bags.

1) Lay the bag flat and cut off the bottom seam

2) Cut the top off the bag as well.

3) Lay the bag in front of you with the folded seams on the top and bottom.

4) Leave 2 cm at the top and fold the bag upwards in half.

5) Fold up in half again....and again...

... until it looks like this.

Don't forget to leave 2-3 cm at the top.

6) Cut strips out of the folded bag but stop the cut before you get to the single unfolded section.

7) Keep cutting 2 cm strips all the way across.

Make sure you don't cut the top section.

8) Give it a shake to unravel the folds. 
(action shot... sorry about the fuzz!)

9) Slide your hand along the inside top of the bag

Like this.

10) Now watch closely. You cut DIAGONALLY from one strip to the next.

As you cut it, let it fall and cut the next one diagonally.

Keep going until the end. 

It should all be falling on the table as one continuous strip. If you have ended up with a whole heap of loops then you have done something wrong baby and have to go back to step 10 and get the hang of the diagonal thing.

The last one is cut off like this and that is the end of your "yarn".

11) Now roll it in a ball of sorts around your hand.

Thanks Jenni. Great demo.

Now for the making of the bag.
I don't have the exact pattern because Jen just started with a long row of chain and then started to crochet around it to form a long oval shape.
She then kept going but didn't increase stitches in a few rows so that the oval started to form sides. She then kept going around and around up straight until the bag was the required height. Because she used a double crochet with a chain between each stitch to make the bag 'holey', she could just finish it off by threading a plaited cord through the holes along the top. If you do 2 loops of rope through the top, you pull both loops and the draw strings close the bag nicely.
Now go off to the beach to try out the bag!

PS. If you know Jenny, her craft is always precise, neat and very pretty. She started to use recycled grey and white bags but then the pink roll of bags caught her eye in the grocery shop. AND it had a cherry scent. How could she resist? Well, she still stopped those pink bags from becoming land-fill, so it is still recycling!

This post was linked to House of Grace 
and A bowl full of lemons
and Tip Junkie...

Tip Junkie handmade projects
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