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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!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

What I did Easter 2012

For those of you (if there is anyone) who regularly checks out this blog... I am sorry for the short break but I am back. Where have I been? Let me tell you.

Our kids are getting older and I didn't think we would all be holidaying much together anymore but no one wants to miss out on anything! So the 6 of us sat snuggly in the car and off we went. A 12 hour drive to Toowoomba, Queensland. Check out Mark's driving gloves.  From the deep dark archive called the glovebox, came his ancient gloves for long distance driving. 
The kids of course laughed at him. 

We went to Toowoomba for 3 reasons.

1) To see the relos!

Many hours were spent with friends and family who popped in at Mark's sister Sandi and Rodney's house to sit, chat, laugh, relax and catch up.

Their coffee machine received a good workout.

They have fantastic ways of feeding a crowd. Casseroles in a few camp ovens outside. YUM!
We also went to church with our family up there and had a great time remembering what Jesus did for us on the Cross and how that still impacts our lives in an amazing way today. We are so blessed.

We celebrated Mark's birthday there. There he is on the left.

We caught up with Mark's mum and met the newest member of the family, Mikkah.

I love this photo!!!

The kids and their cousins went 4 wheel driving. Thankfully I could stay home sipping lattes.

A big thing in Toowoomba is the annual Easterfest which we bought weekend passes for.
Our lovely niece works for Easterfest. She is very clever. It was HUGE and ran like a well oiled machine. They set up huge stages and marquees in Queens Park and have bands running all weekend. The bands are mainly made up of Christians and it was such a positive atmosphere.

I've added this photo because this is my friends Donna and Ron's son. He was very good.

After Toowoomba we went as a family to the Gold Coast and had 3 action packed days going to theme parks. Epic fun!

Here are the kids making themselves feel at home in the apartment we rented for 4 days. It's tricky finding accommodation for 6 but this was perfect.

We went to "Movie World". I might try driving like that next time I go down the street.

We went to  "Wet 'n Wild". There were vertical drops and 'tornados' and I did them all! There was just one thing that scared me to the point of near panic. It was climbing up those tall flights of stairs to get to the tops of the rides. I coped with the physical climb but the height! I am so scared of heights if I am not completely enclosed. It was a relief to be hurled down a water slide ride at the speed of light just to get off those stairs! We also went to "Sea World" where we saw cute penguins like this one. I also got stuck on a ride! The "Jet ski Rescue" broke down and we came to a sudden halt in a tunnel. It took ages for us to be rescued from the rescue ride!

 We strolled along the beach and met up with friends.

Here I am in "Infinity" at the coast. It was a maze of rooms which were all lit in many and varied ways. 

Well, that is where I have been.
The Craft Group is getting together again for term 2 this thursday at a coffee shop.
But before then, I have lots of pictures of lovely crafts different people have made that I want to show you. So, out of holiday mode and back to work sharing fun craft ideas!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Crochet scarf inspiration

You know you want to crochet. Admit it. Well, here is a scarf that the women who come to "The Craft Group" are going to make next term. Jen is teaching it and assures me it is cheap and easy... and of course very pretty.
We just might be able to put the pattern here on the blog too for our cyber craft group members. Wait and see!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Oma Slippers

Here is a pattern you can buy from HERE

I found them on the internet though I haven't bought the pattern or tried them yet.
Aren't they cute?

Monday, 16 April 2012

Marika's birthday bag

Jennifer is a clever with a sewing machine. She surprised her daughter who turned 15 recently with this groovy bag. She had a few inspirations. One was a colourful jacket her daughter, Marika loves to wear. This bag picks up colours from the jacket perfectly. The other inspiration was the Bullseye quilt blocks the ladies at the Craft Group are making. 


Jennifer calls it an "e-bag" because inside she has sewn all little pockets for her daughters phone and ipod. 

A modern teenagers bag!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Jenni's been crocheting!

Next term we are teaching "Crochet 101" at The Craft Group.
Here is clever Jen who has been crocheting in her sleep lately.
Here is a top she whipped up, making it up as she went along. She bought a singlet tshirt and added the top trim on herself. (No, Jenni said she is not teaching this one in her class!)

Here is a lovely rug. You can feel the quality in it. It is wool/cotton/lycra.
Everyone needs a crocheted rug or two in the loungeroom for chilly, TV watching kids (and adults).

She made this cross for a special teacher. She was going to put a little Easter egg inside and tie a ribbon around it to give this Easter.

With some left over angora she made a cute little warm scarf. 
Yes, I don't want to admit it but winter is coming!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Crocheted rug by Janine

I love it when someone makes something for the first time.
Yay for Janine who finished her first crocheted rug!

The rug and I went outside into the native Aussie bush for a photo shoot.
She looks beautiful!

Well done Janine.

Don't you just love a good granny square?
Just in time for the cooler weather.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Easter Parade this Sunday

Have you planned out your Easter weekend yet?
Sydney is having a parade and festival in the city on Sunday with the theme "Jesus is Risen"!

Have a great and Happy Easter to you and your family,
from all of us at "The Craft Group"!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Bubble Picture Magnets

This is a great little gift idea. 
Choose a tiny little picture, glue it under a glass bead and see your picture grow!
You then attach it to a magnet which makes it easy to be displayed on your fridge.
Last year when I went overseas for my family reunion, I made up 20 little gift packs for the relos. In the pack I included this little magnet featuring our family crest. (We all felt pretty patriotic!)

Here's how to make them.

You will need:
* Bag of flat bottomed glass beads (I found mine at the Reject Shop).
* Packet of round self adhesive magnets smaller than the base of the bead (Spotlight).
* Glue that dries clear. Mine said it was suitable for gem work. (Spotlight)
* Tiny round pictures to fit exactly on the magnet. If you print them off from your printer at home, they may not be waterproof, so first make a colour photocopy of it.

STEP 1 - Cut the picture exactly the size of the magnet. My magnets had one self adhesive side, so we stuck the paper onto that (see STEP 3 below). If you are good with a craft knife, you can stick the picture on and cut around it, otherwise just cut it with scissors first.   (It doesn't need to be perfect).

STEP 2 - Place a blob of glue onto the picture. Hmmm, this picture looks like it has a bit much on it. Try just a tad less than that. Now carefully place the glass bead on top, centering it and not pushing all the glue out. You won't be able to see your picture for maybe a day. Just leave it somewhere to completely dry.

STEP 3 - All my beads with their picture came off the self adhesive magnet!!! It obviously wasn't sticky enough, but that was OK, I pulled all the magnets off the backs of my picture bubbles and reapplied them with a little of the same glue. It is better to do it at this stage than at the start and at least you'll know it is well stuck on. Leave it another day to completely dry.

Here you can see them just about dry. The glue is still a bit white.

There are many things you could put inside. Tiny words or messages, a photo of someone, a special scene, a cute animal or flower, a date to remember, a musical note... the possibilities are endless!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Cards by Anne

Here's an idea for making a card with an extra dimension. 
These cards are by Anne. To make them you need 3 of the same picture and some card.

Stick 2 smaller cutouts of the main picture on card (to make it stronger). Glue them onto some open ended rectangular prisms. These will automatically fold flat when you close the card.

Here is another design Anne made. 
Its something different to do with that special paper tole paper you have in your stash. It gives a nice surprise to the receiver when opening the card.

Who can resist a Hummel figurine paper tole card? Anne had a few of these too.

Did you know...?
A nun, Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel first sketched little drawings of children in the 1930s. An art company published them on postcards and then a porcelain maker started making them into little figurines in 1935. American soldiers in Germany bought them and sent them home to the US as gifts. There you are. A bit of Hummel history.

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