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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, 28 June 2012

Crocheted Pot holders

Lydia is the queen of crocheted circles :)
She makes amazing little caps and cute hats. To be practical, she has made some pot holders.


I love the spiral effect and she's not just a pretty face. She made it double thickness (black on the back) so they will actually work at not letting her get burnt when she takes her next exotic Indian curry out of the oven!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Happy 90th birthday Oma

Today is my mother-in-law's 90th birthday.
Happy birthday Mum / Oma!

Mary is 90. She has dementia. She is in a special care home.
We saw her this past Easter. We are in Sydney and she lives in Toowoomba (12 hours drive apart), so this morning Mark flew up to see his mum. She won't know who he is but together with his siblings and her local church they will celebrate her life thus far.

Mary came with her husband Harry and 3 young children (and pregnant with the 4th) on a ship to Australia from The Netherlands in the 50's. The war was finished and they didn't see many opportunities for work. They took up the offer and came to Australia. Can I just repeat... pregnant and with 3 young children... 6 weeks on a ship. She said goodbye to her family and a life she knew, to make a new beginning on the underneath side of the world. Well, in hindsight that was a great move. She always loved the warm weather, the local church, friends and bringing up her children in Australia.

Here she is about 5 years ago with Annalee and this year with Mark.




Her greatest delight are babies and young children. She had 6 children and 23 grand children and I just did a rough count and I think she has 31 great grandchildren. Here she is with great grandchild, Mikkah.


I love this photo.


It would be impossible to comprehend how many people have been cared for, loved, provided for, hugged... and I'm sure lovingly smacked with these hands. It would be even more impossible to know how many blessings God has sent to this earth in response to the prayers sent up when these hands have been folded in prayer.

I admit there are tears as I write this post. I know she is in God's hands and I am convinced that God has His plans and purposes in the difficult things in life, like dementia.
Human beings so easily return to the default state of selfishness. It comes naturally and easily. By allowing people to live on this earth in a state of dependance teaches us to care for others. To respect life. To not just think of ourselves but of the needs of others. To love.

Thank you Lord for lessons to be learnt and help us to be good students!

We are also thankful for the staff at the home she lives in, for the love and prayers of all her friends and for the family who live close by and care for her and do so much for her.

Here is a precious photo taken yesterday, on her 90th birthday.



Happy birthday Mum.






Friday, 22 June 2012

12 year old quilt finished!

Yay for Lorraine. [insert trumpet fan fare here]
12 years ago she started this quilt. She was with another quilting group somewhere when she started. She just never got the hang of hand quilting though. Then she started coming to our Craft Group.

She says, "I just could never get the hang of quilting, then I came here and Elaine explained it to me and it just clicked. I got it!"  3 cheers for Elaine.


But, as creative minds do, they get sidetracked on many different projects. Did you see her Jelly Roll quilt? I still have to show you her "Cat in the Hat" quilt and bag too.

But at last she came back to her original quilt and finished it. You've inspired me not to give up on the very first quilt I started many years ago... and never finished. It's for Jacob who is now 20. I started when he was maybe 10. Every time I start a new exciting project, Jacob says to me with a teasing grin, "Hey how's my quilt going mum?" I must get back to it.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Poor me.

Sorry that I have not blogged for a few days!
What have I been up to?
Well, I have hurt my knee.
I don't know how seriously yet. I have to wait for an MRI.
All I know is it doesn't feel very stable and my Physio is predicting a long haul ahead.
So... hurt knee... put your feet up... do plenty of reading, craft, blogging...
Ha!
Life goes on and everything just takes a bit longer, so I am getting behind with all the things I have on my "To Do" list!

So, you want to know how I hurt my knee?
Really... do I have to tell you?
OK but don't tell anyone because it's a bit embarrassing.

I thought it would be a good idea to be a volunteer parent  helper at the High School Athletics carnival. Right? Right.

I thought it was a good job I was allocated to do, helping organise kids to throw the Javelin. Right? Right.

I thought it was good how the teacher was explaining to the novice kids how to throw the Javelin. Right? Right.

I thought I would throw the Javelin to show them, seeing as I used to be a pretty good Javelin thrower in my younger years. Right? Maybe.

I thought I would give a second demo with the next group, and maybe this time I would make my Javelin actually stick in the ground. Right? WRONG!!!!!!

I was not trying to be a hero, so I was concentrating on not hurting my shoulder.  What I didn't think about was the huge twist involved when throwing a big stick through the air. The full force of that twist  zoning in on my left knee.

Ouch. Crunch. (think of pulling a chicken leg apart)

Anyway, I will spare you all the details.

I'll keep you posted although they will be pretty boring blog posts. Sorry!


Saturday, 16 June 2012

Mobius crocheted

Why not try it?

It is a mobius strip. 
Remember that from school maths/science?

It is at Craftzine.
Have fun.
Stay warm!



Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Craft Fair


We had a really nice day just pottering along and looking at aisle upon aisle of creative loveliness.

I had some birthday money to spend, so I bought...
* Some square blank cards and matching envelopes. 50 for $10. I thought that was pretty good value.
* A fabric button kit to make huge covered buttons and necklaces. Just for fun!
* A kit to make a Sashiko block. Because I have always wanted to make one.
* A pair of dressmaking scissors that cut like butter. How can you be so excited about scissors, well believe me, I am! They are going to be do-not-touch-these-scissors-without-written-permission type scissors, hidden away from the common folk, saved for a moment of glorious fabric cutting indulgence.

Are you going to the Craft Show?
What did you buy?

(Thanks for lunch Mum!)

Monday, 11 June 2012

Zucchini & Chorizo Soup

It's the monday long weekend and it is cold and raining and you know you really need some soup. 
Here is a great recipe from a friend of Tahlia's which she shared on her blog here.


Go over to see how the recipe goes, she has done a great photo tutorial so you can't go wrong. The main things you need are some chorizo sausages, zucchini, frozen peas, onion, chicken stock, garlic and cummin.
Thanks Tahlia, I have made this a few times, for quite large crowds too (thus the styrofoam cups) and it has been a huge hit!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Crochet top loveliness

Jo made this gorgeous crocheted top which we all  absolutely swooned over. 
The details are so nice and the perfect way is sits on her hips makes it look super stylish and comfortable. As usual, we were like a pack of starving wolves pouncing on a pattern, ready to devour it and make a top like this for ourselves. Well, I wasn't one of them (this time). 
There is one thing I need to sort out before I make a top like this...



I need to get a waist like that to sit the pretty band on!
I used to have one, I just need to find it again. I know it's there somewhere.




How old are you?

Today I would like to say... well.... 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

I have an '0' at the end of my age again and that is a big thing. Leaping into the next decade feels like more of a big deal than just hopping along the years within a decade.

Yesterday at "The Craft Group" I did our regular "Thought for the day" spot. 
If you are interested in my thoughts and are curious to find out how old I am, you can click below on "read more".

I will tell you more about my celebrations and the BEAUTIFUL thoughts and gifts I received in future posts. Fun!
Oh, and I might also point out that the photo above is of the beautiful flowers I had in little glass jars on the tables of my party (bought from the flower markets by my lovely niece Sam and her Mum, my sis, Sharon... thanks for getting up at 4 in the morning for me! And the Royal Albert vase is from my sis & bro-in-law Helen and John. Thanks for coming all the way from the sunny north to wish me happy b'day and help out!)
OK... now to reveal how old I am... and tell you which town not to drive through!

P.S. Don't tell anyone how old I am. It's a secret.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Pop up card

This is a very sweet card. How lovely would it be if someone made this for you for your birthday.
I only have one question though...



Who made it?
Someone at The Craft Group made it and the part of my brain where information such as who made things is stored is unavailable at the moment.
Can anyone enlighten me?

Saturday, 2 June 2012

A few weekends ago, I attended a conference for women called "EQUIP". It was fantastic!
Just as an aside, I go there every year to be the hostess for the ladies from the deaf community who come each year. The conference arranges for 3 sign language interpreters to come along who take turns to interpret all the talks, announcements, songs and interviews. I have the lovely privalege of chatting to the ladies (yes, I know sign language from years ago when I worked as a youth and family counsellor for The Deaf Society). I catch up with my deaf friends there and have lunch with them overlooking Cockle Bay at the lovely Darling Harbour. We catch up about the year and talk about the presentations we have just seen. It's a great day.
Anyway, back to what I was going to tell you. During the conference, they showed a video interview of the 2011 winner of Master Chef, Kate Bracks and her sister, Emma. It is really worth seeing. Grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy!

Check it out by clicking here.



Friday, 1 June 2012

Carolyn's quick panel quilt

Carolyn is a serious quilting machine. She makes quilts with speed, beauty and skill like you wouldn't believe. And everything is hand done! Sometimes though she needs a quick quilt for a new baby and so she buys a ready made panel, sandwiches it together with a good quality batting and then hand quilts around all the lines in the picture. This is a great project to sit with in front of the TV. It is a also a good way to learn the art of quilting. There are no lines to draw, no seems to add thickness to parts of the fabric and no patterns to trace and follow.


Great inspiration thanks Carolyn!

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