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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, 20 February 2020

Painted Rocks

We may have rocks for brains but we are painting rocks!
I love any art or craft with a community aspect to it. 
People all over the world are painting rocks then hiding them somewhere in a public place where someone else might find them. 
Making a surprise discovery of a little painted gem is sometimes all it takes to brighten someone's day. The idea is that people can leave the pebble where they found it, keep it or re-hide it!

Some rocks I painted
A fun afternoon painting with my 10 year old niece!
Some people like to follow their rock's journey. There are many facebook pages to help them do this.
I like the fb page NSW ROCKS. If you join the group and check out their "files", you will find many resources about how to paint rocks. I like their emphasis on not ruining the environment you place them in. For example, no goggly eyes or stickers that could come off. If you want to track your rock, you write fb NSW ROCKS on the back and the postcode where you first hid the rock.Check it out and be inspired to play rock Hide-and-Seek!

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Healthy snacks

I love Summer.
I love holidays.
I love snacks at 5pm.
But they are not always good for me.
Except these!
1) A slice of cucumber, cream cheese, smoked salmon and chives.
2) Half a cherry tomato, a basil leaf, half a bocconcini ball, toothpick together then sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.
Sooo good. And so good for you too!

Saturday, 11 January 2020

God bless you in 2020!

It's a new year!
New resolutions.
New expectations.
God's Blessings?
What does that actually mean?
More health, wealth and happiness?
Hmmm... it is tempting!
But maybe... well more than maybe...
God sees things differently.
The Bible shows a clear picture 
that life is more than just having things go really well for us.
A life well lived is one where we have a relationship with Jesus.
Being adopted as a child of God.
Knowing our real purpose for being here,
knowing we are loved.
Knowing a peace that defies normal logic.
So, I do wish you a blessed new year!
A year where God blesses you
in the richest way He knows how.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Elly's ladybugs

Lady bugs... or ladybirds are good for your garden.
These are good because they are super cute!
Elly gets old golf balls from the golf course and cleans them up, undercoats them and paints them into fun creatures for the garden.
Then she sells them to raise money to help her daughter-in-law pay for some of her diabetes equipment.
This fits in so well with our theme this year!
2019 - RENEW
Old golf balls renewed into fun critters for the garden 
which create cash for important medical equipment. 
So good.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

"Making a Posie from shop bought flowers and cuttings from the garden". Floristry Workshop 1 with Nicola

We are always so so thankful to God when someone with a particular gift/flair/passion crosses our path! Enter Nicola!
Nicola has come to our area, our church family and to our Craft Group with her lovely family and her amazing creativity.
She kindly agreed to running 4 floral workshops this year. We are SO excited.

Flowers are beautiful, cheerful, miraculous, soothing, amazing and often... expensive!
So our first workshop was about how to make a lovely posie of flowers using a grocery store bunch of flowers with clippings of all sorts of flora from our own garden.

We all made a beautiful bunch of flowers definitely worth giving as a gift for only $15. They actually looked a million dollars. (Maybe slight exaggeration.)

Tips  from Nicola:
* Buy fresh flowers, a mixed bunch is good, ensuring one flower would make a good main focal flower to start with.
* Cut the ends of the stems with sharp snips or secateurs at a slight angle.
* Go hunting in your garden. We had Lavender and Rosemary and Lemon scented geranium as well as some Eucalyptus leaves and more. (Our posies smelt divine!)
* Lay out all your pieces, cutting them to length and removing any foliage on the lower 1/3 of the stems.
* Start with a feature flower in your less dominant hand. Keep adding other stems, turning your bunch clockwise as you go. If you angle each stem slightly, they should twist a bit like a stack of spaghetti making them settle nicely later in a vase.

* Now... Trust yourself! Look and add. Add and look. If you don't like it, you can put it all down and start again. But this is not meant to look perfectly neat. It is a beautiful and organic looking posie made with love - not frustration ;)
* Tie your posie with some twine to hold it together.
* Roll in brown paper and tie with a ribbon and present it to yourself or someone else you love.

Here are some pics of the day.


Nicola leads the way. 
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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Harriet's first crochet project

"I want to learn how to crochet" said Harriet.
"I have NO idea how to crochet" said Harriet.
"If you run a crochet class, I'll join it" said Harriet.
"I'll probably never be able to do it it" said Harriet.

Well... ta da!

Harriet bought the most beautiful quality cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills.

...and succeeded in learning to crochet and made this wonderful rug for herself.
Well done Harriet.
(And a big Hurray!  for Kay who was so great at teaching the Beginners Crochet Class!)

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Wendy's Crochet Rugs

A Patons pattern.
Super soft yarn.
2 cosy throw rugs made by the beautuful Wendy.

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