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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!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Quilting fabric… to wash or not to wash?

The Craft Group is starting again soon for a new year of crafting and friendship.
(13th Feb for Enrolment Morning for local ladies).
So everyone is thinking about what projects to finish, continue with, start or share.

Fabric addicts, prepare yourselves.

Do you prewash your quilting fabrics or not?

Years ago it was a definite "Yes, of course!" You don't want your fabric to shrink or the colour to run after your project is finished! But now, with improvements to dyes and the preshrinking of new fabrics, there is a strong argument not to prewash. A small amount of shrinking after a quilt has been made can give it that lovely, slightly puckered vintage look.  Also, using the fabric unwashed is a bit easier to cut and sew as it is a little stiffer than after you have washed it.

I found a good explanation of the whole debate HERE on the Craftsy blog. There you can read more points for and against pre-washing and some helpful tips if you are going to wash. There is another blog with a strong case against pre washing but strong advice on dark backing fabrics HERE at Quackadoodle.

I can go either way but what I like doing is washing fabric. I give it a real hard time. In a perfume free washing powder I give it a hot water wash, then dry it on the line for a bit then finish it in a hot dryer and then iron it. I can be so disrespectful towards lovely fabric! But I figure if it behaves after all that handling, then I am not going to be worried about it misbehaving when I wash the finished item.

Here is a lovely blog I found called Lollyquiltz.  This is what she says…



So gather your craft supplies and see you soon!

Diana x

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Mini fork Pom Poms. Cute!

These are so cute and easy.
All you need is a 4 pronged fork, some yarn and little sharp scissors.
I want to make a heap and make a garland.
A good holiday project.
Check it out HERE at a blog called "Small good things"


She makes cute wreaths and garlands with her pom poms of all sizes.





Thursday, 16 January 2014

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year to you!

Summer holidays are nearly over for me :(
This week is just lovely.
I am home alone throughout the day. (3 are away and 2 are away for work from about 6am til 6pm).
You have to be running a household of 6 people to understand how blissful this is.
This week is my favourite weather. Sunny, hot and 27 to 30 degrees c. This is my ideal temperature for holidays at home.
I do a few things (mainly sorting paperwork… what's new!) then decide I'm a bit hot so I go for a swim in our pool. The water is a pleasant 28 degrees c, so no heart attack as I hit the cold water. So nice.

4 days of this. Ahhh!

A few weeks ago our family went again on an SUFM team, running family activities at a caravan park on the south coast. One event we ran is a women's pampering afternoon where we give foot scrubs and massages. About 80 ladies came.



If your feet are looking a bit too 'summery' (i.e. dried and cracked), make some of this Pumpkin Spice Scrub. (I have no idea what pumpkin pie spice is but I don't think it is essential to the mix.)
If you don't have anyone to rub it in for you, rub it on your own feet then put your feet in a square bucket of warm water with a whole layer of marbles on the bottom. Roll your feet around on that. Trust me, it's very relaxing. HERE is another recipe using epsom salts and olive oil.

So, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere… take some time for yourself this week because soon BAM! The routine gets back into full swing and you'll be thinking…. "What holiday?"
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