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!
Before The Craft Group started again for the year, I whipped up a new sign to show people where to find us in the church building. It's not exactly a masterpiece but any excuse to put light blue on white is a good one. Plus, I have to tell you, the canvas I used for the sign was a bargain! I found it on the side of the road in someones pile for 'council clean-up' and it was still wrapped in the plastic!!! Thankyou anonymous giver for cleaning out your craft supplies you knew you'd never use!
At the start of the year we always give a gift to the ladies who come along to the Enrolment Morning of The Craft Group.
Last year we made envelopes with a few goodies inside.
This year we made little teabag packs with our very own labelled tea!
Jenni and I were down the coast in the pretty coastal town of Milton with some friends from work, going in and out of those gorgeous gift shops. We didn't buy much but kept saying to each other..."Ooo remember that idea for Craft!"
So you see, our weekend away with the girls was really a Research Assignment ;)
We saw some cute little bags which we committed to memory and redesigned to suit our own purposes and then, I must say, Jenni did most of the work and put these little bags together. They contained some chocolates, a welcome note, calendar, tea bags and a magnet that says:
"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you 'Do not fear, I will help you'". Isaiah 40:13
I thought that was a pretty comforting promise from God for His children at the beginning of the year.
Self labelled tea bags. Pretty cute hey?
Sorry to the ladies who enrolled online or over the phone and didn't get these gifts. Maybe don't read the blog post above and you'll never know what you missed out on.
This is the heaviest, warmest crocheted quilt I have ever felt.
Bev made it from a pattern book which uses images from the Bible to base it's patterns on.
This one is called "The Rose of Sharon".
Isn't it beautiful? All the ladies who are coming to the group, or watching this blog for the crocheted flower patterns will be able to move onto bigger and greater things like this! What an inspiration Bev!
(added later: It is a beautiful pattern from a book from Leisure Arts. "Afghans inspired by Scripture" designs by Tammy Kreimeyer.)
This is a great pattern for making a special card. It can be embellished as simply or as ornately as you like. These are by Pat and Elly. Keep scrolling down for some good links on how to make this type of card.
In the past, making a quilt was often a community event. Recently I was part of a project where a group of us made a quilt for a friend. It was SO nice to secretly work on it and present it to her at the end.
It came together really nicely. The basic idea was that we alternate a 9 patch square with a cream coloured square. These were all shared amongst us and we could do whatever we wanted on the blank square with the theme of a 'heart'.
Working out where the pieces should live was a fun group task. Those squares were moved so many times!
Here are a few of the squares I made.
Then we gave it to Vivienne who is an A-MA-ZING quilter. She sits for hours and hand quilts. I think she did it in a week!!!
The finished quilt.
Seeing as I have not finished a quilt on my own for such a long time, it was very satisfying to be a part of this lovely gift.
This quilt was not for Jenni. Sorry Jen.
But I still want to say HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY for you today!!!
Every crafter needs to make a new bag at least once a year, don't you think?
Here's some inspiration. A Japanese bag by Sharyn. It is a brilliant design for slinging over your shoulder and going for a quick errand on your bike. That's what we all do regularly, don't we? ;)