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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!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Christmas wreath - An up-cycled book!

The school library are throwing out some lovely old books. They are out of date.
I intercepted them as they were about to be thrown into the paper recycling bin.
I ignored the rolling eyes and the "what are you going to do with all those old books?" comments and whisked away the books in the book trolley. (there were a lot!)

Oh, firstly at lunch time the kids helped me to rip pages out, fold them and staple them into paper chains to decorate the library for Christmas.

Then I took some home and made this…

I am so happy with how it turned out.

It all started with searching the web for craft ideas for using up old books.
Then just a few hours and materials I had around the house and ta da!

Start with a large circle of cardboard (40 - 50 cm round?) I used a lid from a fruit box.
Put a point in the centre.
with a compass, draw 2 circles, on with a diameter of 10 cm and the other, 20cm.
Mark the circle at each quarter point.
Turn it over and glue a string loop at the back near the top of the circle so you can hang it when it is done.

Now rip out the pages from the book and trim them. (I used about 65)
Roll them into a cone, sticky tape to secure.
(Try not to make the cone's too skinny).
Flatten the end and staple about 3cm from the tip of the cone.

Now go crazy with a glue gun (have plenty of glue sticks ready.)
Clue the tips of each cone around the outside circle first, starting at the quarter points.
Put a tiny dab of glue further up the cone too to stop them bending.

Then do a second row.

The video shows just 2 rows but I cut some pages a bit smaller and made slightly smaller cones and made a third row, which all joined at the centre point of the circle.

Then I bought some cheap gold baubles, some big and some little and glued them randomly in the centre.

Give it a try… it is so cheap, easy and a glamourous decoration for this Christmas.

Diana x

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Special quilt by Dianne

Dianne's daughter, Siobhan, requested a quilt for her 21st.
Well, good things are worth waiting for.
With a lot of encouragement and some creative stitches from friends, the quilt is finished! (maybe 6 or 7 years later than first planned!)

It was a great achievement for Dianne and she even stepped out of her comfort zone to stand up and point out some of the precious stories, bits of lace, tatting, doilies and humour that were all part of the 'Siobhan' story quilt.

Well done Dianne. You can be proud of your quilt and your daughter!

Here it is!


Thanks for sharing it with us!
Oh, and Happy belated 21st Birthday for Siobhan!

(PS: Anyone wanting to get started on their Old Book Wreath, click here.)

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Crazy Bush dance!

One of my many hats is playing the recorder in Bushband. Yes I know.  Random.

Bushdances were all the rage in the 90's. There are still some happening here and there, now and then.
Last night we played for a fundraiser to raise money for a local Scripture Teacher to be paid to work in the local high schools.

It was the craziest bush dance I have played for! There were hundreds of teenagers who had never been to a bush dance before. They thought it sounded a bit lame beforehand but they had SO much fun. They really got into it and even though they really didn't sound like they were taking any notice of the caller (my Annalee), they did the dances as pros and had a ball.

There is one dance where there are chocolates for things like… the couple with one bearded partner (or something like that) and they got a chocolate.

I stole a chocolate myself and look what my Freddo Frog was doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am a freddo frog.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Give for India

Peter has a beard.

Peter has a very long beard.

Peter loves his beard.

Peter's beard is getting TOOOO long (personal opinion here).

Peter has a heart.

Peter has a big heart for the underprivileged women  and their families in India.

Peter thinks his beard can help raise $16,500 to fund a project.

Peter likes a project run by "Compassion" to educate and equip women in India to be able to run their own businesses or become employable with their new skills.

Peter thinks people love his beard too and would sponsor him by donating money if he shaves off his beard because it is such a huge sacrifice.

Peter is surprised by the people who are so cruelly saying "Yeah, I'll give money if you please get rid of the beard!"

Peter doesn't care about people's opinion of his beard (?) as long as they give.

Peter's deadline is 16th November.

Peter has a revised goal of $10 000 before he shaves it all off.

Peter is only up to $8165

PLEASE consider clicking HERE as a simple way to make a donation and support the worthy cause…


(Oops, sorry, I got a bit carried away there.)

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Sien's slouch Beanie

Sien has never finished a knitting project. Ever. Until NOW!
It doesn't matter that it is finished just in time for summer ;)
There are cool evenings in a Sydney summer, so I'm sure she will get to enjoy it.

With the help and encouragement of the wonderful Wendy-Shirley-Valda-Roma team, Sien can be very proud of her achievement. It's great beanie with the right amount of slouch!

She used a beautiful pure wool yarn.

She made some pom poms for the end. 
But the pom pom dilemma is...

One, two or three pom poms?
She decided on three.
But then she thought it looked a bit like a moose.

I guess this doesn't help does it?
Sorry! I couldn't resist.


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