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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!

Monday, 29 April 2013

T Shirt necklace by Elzanne

Here's a great Show 'n Tell.
Elzanne made a necklace from old cut up T Shirts!

You can google T Shirt necklaces in images and see heaps, but none are as nice as Elzanne's.

You can find:
Some T Shirt recycling ideas here.
A very basic T Shirt necklace tutorial here.
A GREAT T Shirt flower tutorial here. So easy.
Have fun.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Archiving kids schoolwork

This has been a 2 week holiday of sorting and keeping up with appointments with Dad after his broken hip as well as a bit of "taking it easy".

Firstly on the resting side of things, I have been home the whole time and Mark goes to work but the kids have been in and out and keeping up with their comings and goings has been a spectator sport in itself!  (It is very nice when they take themselves places!) Camps, housesitting, weekends away. They are all having a great time. So I have not cooked a meal for six people in 2 weeks.   :)

On the broken and fixed hip scene, Dad is going home today if all goes well. I'll go pick him up and make sure he gets up the steps at his house.

On the sorting front I have been going through my sewing room. This was not just a tidy up. This was a complete overhaul!  I inherit that from my Mum. She finds it enjoyable too to just be around all her fabric and craft bits 'n pieces and tidying it all up. It has taken me forever but while I was doing it I listened to a book on CD which was soooo enjoyable.

I also have sorted, AT LAST, all our kids school work. What do you do with 4 children's school work of 14 years each (including preschool)? That is 56 years of things so precious I can't bear to throw them out! Well, at last I did the deed and here is the end result...


I kept something from each of them from each year of schooling. There was a lot that went to the recycling bin. I kept things that showed their own creativity and personality. Some things were too hard to part with but too big to keep, so I took a good clear photo of it and then ditched it. Done.
I had a stash of those little silicone sachets that you get in a shoe box, or any boxed item you buy. I divided them amongst the boxes to keep control of the moisture content in the boxes.

A satisfying job to complete!
What have you done in the last 2 weeks?

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Great Great quilt from Great Great Aunt Bev

Bev I's great niece is having a baby.
They know the baby is a girl.
They know her name will be Adelaide.
So, why wait until the baby is born to get the special gift ready?


Cute!



I love a hand embroidered quilt label.
All the best with the arrival of little Adelaide!


Monday, 15 April 2013

Purple hair for the holidays

I'm back!
I'm taking some R&R. Life has been really busy but great.
Except... my Dad broke his hip!
He tripped and fell really hard on his right side on a concrete step and the hip took the brunt of it and busted! Mum managed to get him up on a chair. I arrived ASAP and he was sitting there saying he'll be right soon. No fuss.
I rang the ambulance.
1 1/2 hours later it decided to arrive. I was obviously too calm on the phone!

Yep. Broken hip.

My younger sister asked if he will need a hip replacement. No, I said, sharing my vast medical knowledge with anyone who asks. They screw and pin and put plates in for a broken hip.
The next day... a full emergency hip replacement operation.

Poor Dad. But good that it is fixed properly and he can get on with getting better.

Other than that, I have had a cold and so haven't visited him for a few days. The kids are all busy with various things this week,  and I have not much on my agenda, so I am having a home/sorting/sewing/getting over my cold week! Yay.

And I might just blog some lovely stuff the ladies at The Craft Group have been making.

Here is my 15 year old Heidi. This is what happens when you combine a little sister, a big sister and a bottle of purple hair dye. I think it looks pretty. It is supposed to wash out in a few washes. We'll see! Oh well, something fun for at the beginning of her school holidays.




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