One Down,

51 to go.

Weeks, that is.

(Hmmmm seems like this one didn’t publish last night haha tired much? 🤪)

We’re just over a week into 2022 and I am sadly heading back to work tomorrow 😭😭😭

I decided to join one of my favourite bloggers in a QAL this year! The CUT IT UP QAL! The only prerequisite is that you cut up and use some of your collection!

Head over to mollisparkles.com for details and to join in!!

I have decided to use some Amy Butler. I have been hoarding it for years and so far have cut from her “Love”; “Lark”; “Glow”; and “Cameo” collections!

I didn’t have a firm idea of how many I wanted to do. I meant to do a couple, but wasn’t thinking and cut every block needed from each fabric I pulled! 🤦‍♀️ So I ended up with 10 x 12” blocks!

I’m looking forward to seeing what Molli chooses for the next blocks!

I’m off to be now, like I said, back to work tomorrow and a 5.30am alarm beckon s 😭😴

Take care, Kate xo

From Chaos

… comes order. I hope!

Do you ever feel like there’s just too much chaos around you to create anything? Or get anything done? I feel like I have SO much “to do” that I don’t know where to begin!

Back to school happens in a couple of weeks and we have a heap of purchases to make and things to do between now and then … and back to work happens on Monday for the Hubster and I 😭😭

I have finished my first quilt top for 2022! Here is a pic :

My 12yo helper says “Ready! I’m smiling!” 🤣😂 He tickles my funny bone!

I have also begun a list of UFOs. I am determined to get some finished this year! I feel if I get some special containers and set out exactly what I have to do I will get it done … does anyone else lie to themselves like this too? I kinda need to have a bit of a destash. Anyone have any tips? lol

Oh well, I’m off to make a start on my “to do” list! And by that I mean – I’m off to tackle Mt Foldmore! 😆 Does the washing, folding, ironing, cooking, cleaning ever end?!?

Take care!

Kate xo

Treadmill

This year I am going to use what ever title comes to mind first, when I am shaping a post in my head. I was thinking of writing a post condensing what I had created last year. Yes, one post will do it. I don’t feel like I achieved much in 2021 besides keeping my head – and my family’s heads – above water. So one post will definitely do it! We were effectively on a treadmill.

I was even going to mention a long weekend away, but realised even that happened the year before! 15 months ago in fact. I guess no one is travelling tho, hey.

So I’ll just leave a couple of photos for now and be done with the last year or two for today ☺️

We stayed by the beach 💙
Visited an old castle! Paronella Park
Huge trees! I don’t remember what they are, it was 15mths ago after all haha
We saw a million road signs cautioning drivers that these guys were everywhere and only saw one Cassowary!! On our very last day – driving home if you can believe that! 😆😆

OK. That’s all I have today. I’m off to disconnect 😉 Kate xo

Word of the Year ~ 2022

This year my Word of the Year is a bit of a conundrum! (Conundrum isn’t my word tho 😉)

My word is:

The conundrum part is … I want to connect more to people that are important to me … Achieve more in my sewing, work, family, and “solo” aspects of life; and learn more. But I feel to do that I need to disconnect. Ya get me?

I really need to disconnect from gadgets, socials, and – when I’m not there – work. On the flip side, since I’d also like to connect to people I love more and also sew/create more, I kinda need to not disconnect totally. lol. See?! A conundrum!

Well. We’ll see how I go.

What’s your Word of the Year?

Happy New Year Friends!

Hi Friends!

Happy New Year! Did you see the new year in? We went to the early fireworks with the kids and realxed in the airconditioning to see off 2021 ☺️ Its been steamy here!

I am on holidays for another week and am trying to get a little done around the house … some painting etc. I feel like I need a bomb under me to find some motivation, tho!

I have been doing a little sewing tho ☺️

I’m off to do a little more sewing now! Happy January, Happy 2022!

Kate xo

Sporadic

sporadic/spəˈradɪk

adjective

  1. occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.”sporadic fighting broke out”

I guess thats how I’d best describe my blogging style 😆 Sorry guys! I promise each time to be better, but break it before long so I’ll not do that this time.

I’ll just say, ”Life is busy. And boringly un-blogworthy most of the time. But i will try to do better.”

A lot has been going on in the world since I last posted, hasn’t it!? How are you coping? Are you doing ok?

Its only a couple if hours til this shitty year is done, so HAPPY NEW YEAR! I sincerely hope that 2022 is all that you are wishing for and that you have a happy and safe one 💕

Another Project …

… done and dusted!

I found this cute little bedside table on a sell/swap/buy page a couple of years ago:

5B8D6D60-20D6-4710-8C04-F7950DE8596EI’ve been using it as is waiting for some colour inspiration. I considered a pretty metallic or a bright purple, but never felt it in my bones. Until I moved a chest of drawers into the same room. I had a clear vision of what I want to do with that piece from the start so I decided to kinda match this to it! Here she is all finished :

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I am a little bit in love with it! I feel all goofy-smiley when I look at it! I used Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Charcoal and waxed over the paint. Here’s a close up of the handle which has screws behind but doesn’t come off 🤔 so I had to tape well and paint it while attached.

Can you see the tiny scratch on the top left? I did that with a fingernail while waxing it 😩 I will fix it another time. For the handle I used Dulux Duramax Spray Paint in Rose Gold.

I also used my favourite Edge Lock Blue Tape to tape the sides of the drawer cos they have these awesome hand cut dove tail joints! It would have been a shame to paint over them.

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And I left what might be my favourite thing til last … check this out!!

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How pretty are they? 😍 Rightio, I’m off to feed the masses, I’ll won’t share the chest of drawers project for a few weeks as we have visitors coming soon and I don’t want to chance them not being done as back in the spare room 😁

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

Not a Quilt …

… but a finish all the same ☺️

I scored this gorgeous barn chair from a crafty acquaintance having a sell out a few years ago. It has had a couple of spaces in our home and recently got handed down to my youngest son who requested a colour change.

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I think that was a fair request, it had become a lot chippier since I bought it. I knew red was going to be a challenge to cover so I primed first. The test spot bled thru the primer big time! So I invested a few more hours sanding time and used a tinted undercoat primer to block any remaining red.

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I was actually really in love with this grey! But Master 9 could not be swayed … He chose a lighter, and more green colour than what it ended being, but it looked a bit insipid with the blonde seat pad so we chose a deeper shade with a bit more blue. For anyone interested, it’s called Dulux “Zuni”

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We all agree this is a much better colour! In fact, Master 9 is in love :

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Hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday!

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

Still Here …

 

I have been a bit absent, but still pottering along … A few interesting things have happened.

Not long after my last blog entry I had surgery on my right hand for Carpal Tunnel.

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Ouchies!

I had 4 weeks off work and even more time off sewing and crafty type things. I am considering having my left hand done this year. It’s not as bad yet tho.

To get back into the swing of sewing early this year, and because I wanted something I could just mindlessly do, I made a big push and completed the top of my Leaders and Enders project!

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Excuse the bad photo, but I do love this one!

Then, in early February my city had a “500 year weather event” and experienced catastrophic flooding from days and days of torrential rain. The local dam was so over full that authorities decided to open the flood gates and release millions of litres of water which inundated many, many homes and businesses. We and our home thankfully stayed safe and dry – despite always being told we were on flood plains! While a lot has returned to “normal”, a lot hasn’t for many people.

I haven’t done much sewing since then, but plan on quilting my Leaders and Enders top in the next few weeks. It will be the largest job I have attempted on my home machine and I am a bit nervous lol

In the last 2 nights I picked up an old hobby that I re-discovered while cleaning out our spare room closets – X-stitch! I chose a dead easy project to attempt to get me back in the game!

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Night one’s efforts.

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Night two.

Well, that’s a bit of catching up for now. Hopefully I will have some interesting things to share in upcoming weeks.

I hope you and yours have a safe and happy Easter!

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

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Bag Lady – Another finish!

I am a bag lady.
I love carrying a bag to put all my essentials in. I generally have a handbag for every day use; a backpack for when I need to have my hands free; and a large tote style for work.

I had a couple of days off last week and made myself a new work tote!
It was from a mini MODA charm pack I had hanging round and some scrap denim I have been cutting up for another project I have on the go.

I just free styled all the charm pieces together and surrounded them with recycled denim, sandwiched and FMQ’d the front:Then I put two pieces with pockets together for the back :
A couple of long 4″ strips sewn together, turned right way round and double stitched each side for added strength (those faded seams in the middle of the handles are from wear at the bottom of the jeans!):Tagged! :
And a gorgeous pop of Tula Pink colour for the lining! Here I am turning it in the right way after stitching it all together:
It’s a pretty good size too, at about 18″ long and 16″ wide at the mouth. It fits a lot of bits and pieces, so is perfect for work or even shopping 🙂 I gave it a rectangle bottom so it looks tapered.

While I was making it I decided that since the denim had a bit of stretch, I should over-lock the seams. But I was lazy and had a look thru my unused stitches, sure that there would be a solution. If nothing else, I would zigzag the edges. I found a locking stitch!! Look at this below!!
Just like an over-locker but I didn’t have to drag mine out and rearrange my sewing table lol I love finding new features! ❤
Not sure what I will sew this weekend. Might work on a UFO … What are you sewing at the moment? Hope you’re having a wonderful week!