Just a few pics of what I’m up to.

Still crocheting Dont worry about that ;) 
But this tatting is SO addictive!! So as I’ve said I’ve been needle tatting. But I just did a HUGE thread & bits haul & I got myself a pair of shuttles! I had a go yesterday , seems do-able .. I thought it would just do my head in but it’s not to bad a part from the “flipping ” bit .. Arrghhh… Aaaaanyway.

I also purchased a hair pin lace loom, doing that right this minute .. Learning I mean. Pretty fun.

I got some BEAUTIFUL cotton from Heirloom, so I immediately had to make some little hearts to try out the new cotton.. I’ve waited WAT too long to get into 8ply cotton .. It’s BEAUTIFUL! So soft. I see why it’s so trendy.

And there is a bunch of tatted earrings I’m holding .. That was taken a week ago, there are now 8 times that many earrings! Ill show proper pics with links on how to make them in next post.

And then there is the ring I was finally able to make in the correct thread size. I made one using 4ply thread & it’s ok I THOUGHT til I made this one. It’s oh so pretty & it fits really well. Great beginners prodjects , and you can make so many colour variants & verigated colour threads too.

So I’m going back to my hair pun lace loom now :)

Hope this has found you well. Please like this post if you found it interesting at all. Thanks :) It’s those likes that keep up the free patterns & links to all the up to the minute trends & what not. Also makes ME happy & I blog for myself mainly & if people like it that’s awesome reward.

Enjoy!
Cas 

Just wanted to show off my “Knitting Nubbin”! Santuary fans will know what a Nubbin is. I don’t really know how this little diorama of sorts. I made the mushroom first, with the lid and thought I could keep something in there. Then I made a little creature .. Which was meant to be a bunny .. But no matter how many times I did the pattern this is how it came out!? Anyway I put the punk in the ears and he just came to life .. Then pin heads for eyes .. Yes where there is a will there is a way! Lol, I’m always doing prodjects without the right things so I’m forever making things out of other things! Sometimes it works .. Others don’t. 


Then another day I was rolling a little felt ball to see if this yarn would felt, and the little ball was so cute I immediately had to make something of it. So I made a knitting ball & needles .. Again from pins with the sharp end snipped off .. Still deadly sharp though .. Eek!

He is actually sitting on a circle stitched into the mushroom made from a yarn called fuzzy wuzzy .. I know how cute?
So I wanted it to look like miss and or grass. I set the cat brush on the wee little circle to fuzz it even more. 
Now it’s all glued and stitched together.
So a slow evolving prodjects that I had no intention of doing .. I love that!

So here he is my “knitting Nubbin” :)

Enjoy!

Wow skeleton leaves really CAN be emulated!!  I always wondered how crafts people had SO MANY!? How could they possibly FIND this many!? Lol now I know.

This is my first go ever. And I know what to do next time to get them totally skeletonised. When they are hot wet and mushy it can be hard to tell if they’re done or not. And the scraping with paintbrush or toothbrush can just rip it. So anyway .. These are my first goes. Have a go yourself. You’ll find a zillion ways. It’s terrible I cannot find where I got mine but I’ve got the Measurments .
3/4 cup of washing powder to 2 cups of water. Pop leaves in, waxed based leaves like Magnolia,camellia (takes longer but produces beautiful leaf), may bush,maple leaves & oak leaves for example. Bring to the boil. Then simmer the crap out of them for 1hr 75mim. I checked every 20mins. One leaf was ready after 2-3 20 min sessions, the others took couple of hours. It will look horrid .. Never mind that. Oh and yes it cleans out of saucepan just fine with a couple of swishes of a scrubber.

Now be mindful of water running dry. Just top it up a cup when it’s running dry … Ie: the leaves are more sitting on top of the mixture. You wanna keep them down in that muck ;)

You will begin to see signs of the mushy stuff coming away, don’t be too hasty, but also you can always drop it back in the pot. 

Now have a glass dish with cold water so when you think one is ready or all, pour into cold water, let them sit for a sec.
Then take one over to some paper towl and gradually start scraping the leaf away. I tryed to follow the grain of the veins, this helped a lot. So leaves may just skeletonise and you might only have to scrape a little, others more. Some I practically had to scrape all of it. That was the camellia. The camellia was interesting because you could see the leaf puckering away. Mush like when you roast peppers or tomato .. The outer skin puckers for you to pull away (if that’s what recipe calls for). So even though the camellia LOOKED like the skin would come right I kept on simmering. 

So that should get you going??
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while .. Yeah I know you all miss me :P But I assure you I have a billion things to post. That’s probably overwhelming me so ill just start from first to now on crochet projects maybe .. Aaanyway, long way to say keep your peepers on this space occasionally :)

Enjoy! Go forth and do some alchemy and chemistry!! Skeleton leaves are all the rage ;)
So here is story about how this cute lil turtle came to be.

So it’s the day before my partners birthday & I’m scrolling through patterns sitting at my new dining table/area. Oil burner has these new melts I got called passion .. I’m addicted.
And then I found this list of amigurumi patterns & general cute stuff .. Looked over at some of my new yarn I’ve bought, thought the new bright blue with pastel blue could be nice and oh I could make it for him!! So I knew it was going to be a long but fun day of making this lil guy. 
When I finished the shell I wax so excited at seeing it come together a bit.
Anyway the long and the short of it is I worked from 11am-4pm and then late that night sewed it all together & wrapped it. The turtle has a special meaning for us so I knew he’d like it a bit. But he really loves it :) yay!
I gave him his other pressie .. Bloke soap & some other things and a book on get away places, art studios and room inspiration & architecture. He loved that too. More than I expected. So all round good day. We went on a yummy walk, eating Weiss bars at our leisure.

Pattern can be found here


Big list of FREE patterns. The turtle is a couple down ;)
Enjoy!!
archaical:

www.etsy.com/listing/112910521/custom-cat-hoodopen for 5 orders!

Ok this chick has some SERIOUS shit to offer. Not only is her blog just a wondrous affair , she is GORGEOUS ( inside & out from what I can tell). I thought the seahorse necklace was the best crocheted item I’d seen then I saw these … Omfg. The old punk in me wants one SOOO BAD!!! I can afford ATM, but I will make it my goal to get one. Winter is not far off.Seriously check out all the different colours & races! There is a black wolf one for you wolf fanatics & the Chesheer cat one is AMAZING! And sometime my hair will be dreaded once again, so ill have the full effect :) Jyst another reason to get my arms going & START DREADING!! I honestly don’t know HOW we used to just dread or braid our hair on a moments whim. My hair is just passed the top of my butt so it’s time .. I just can’t do it myself anymore. Anyway that a bit of a tangent!!PLEASE check out her blog AND her shop. Even if u don’t fancy these hoods ( you’re a freak if you don’t, but that’s cool :) ) go & see what else she has. The blog is really inspiring. She is my new YOUNG idol. I have my elder idol Irene Erdtner ., I should and will do a post featuring her work & words of wisdom. So now I can be guided by young & old. I think if these two got together and made babies it would just be out of control!!!?? But geez it WOULD be so cool if they did a collaborative work .. Sorry just dreaming out a loud.Me. Want. Cat/wolf hood. End of story.And a well done to you archaical. Thankyou.Enjoy!!Cas :p

archaical:

www.etsy.com/listing/112910521/custom-cat-hood
open for 5 orders!

Ok this chick has some SERIOUS shit to offer. Not only is her blog just a wondrous affair , she is GORGEOUS ( inside & out from what I can tell). I thought the seahorse necklace was the best crocheted item I’d seen then I saw these … Omfg. 
The old punk in me wants one SOOO BAD!!! I can afford ATM, but I will make it my goal to get one. Winter is not far off.
Seriously check out all the different colours & races! There is a black wolf one for you wolf fanatics & the Chesheer cat one is AMAZING! And sometime my hair will be dreaded once again, so ill have the full effect :) Jyst another reason to get my arms going & START DREADING!! I honestly don’t know HOW we used to just dread or braid our hair on a moments whim. My hair is just passed the top of my butt so it’s time .. I just can’t do it myself anymore. Anyway that a bit of a tangent!!
PLEASE check out her blog AND her shop. Even if u don’t fancy these hoods ( you’re a freak if you don’t, but that’s cool :) ) go & see what else she has. 
The blog is really inspiring. She is my new YOUNG idol. I have my elder idol Irene Erdtner ., I should and will do a post featuring her work & words of wisdom. So now I can be guided by young & old. I think if these two got together and made babies it would just be out of control!!!?? But geez it WOULD be so cool if they did a collaborative work .. Sorry just dreaming out a loud.

Me. Want. Cat/wolf hood. End of story.
And a well done to you archaical. Thankyou.

Enjoy!!
Cas :p

schoolofstitches:

archaical:

Crochet seahorse necklace

My original chain broke, then I hemped it, then that broke, so hopefully this holds up! Seahorses have been popping up a lot for me lately and it reminded me of my pendant that was just sitting idly in a drawer awaiting remodelling. Late night inspiration woohoo!

That’s freakin awesome!

I don’t re-blog much because I fear I’ll start and never stop .. But this sooooo deserves it. 2 of some of my favourite things. Found objects, especially thT of the sea and crochet .. Oh 3 actually .. And vintage :) Just amazing .. Soooo inspired!!! I have my box of dead or found things I’m going to go through and see what I can do like this. I have seals teeth, crows feet, lots of bird wings,skulls of various animals,dried massive bumble bees,a penguin wing , a mouse skeleton and various spines of things. :) Wow, that sounds terrible .. It’s been collected over a long time. I remember moving once and the movers grabbed the box marked “dead things/fragile” they were like WTF!??? Hahaha .. Then you only had to look at me who at the time had a twin blade Mohawk and make up that went for days, piercing everywhere and shoes like gaga’s. Hehe.

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amigurumipatterns:

Omg .. Wow O_O .. Check out the site. You’re SURE to find a pattern you really want , or like me 20!! This girl is really good. I’ve been watching her for about a year. Just amazing to see all the dolls develope & I’m sure quite successful. I just don’t feel I have the confidence to make something like this!!? Crobots yes .. These I’m not sure. But you only have to go to this page and you want to so badly. Enjoy!!

Been making PLARN earrings!!
Was in last issue of inside crochet. They worked really well. I will do a detailed review on this pattern. Things have been a bit rough lately but I am NOT giving up on my blog!!
This was my first attempt, I think I know how I can make them look better.
They feel great on & contrast well on skin. So I see a necklace in the not to distant future. :)
Been madly looking for coloured plastic shopping bags!! Haha!
Anything that re-uses or recycles .. I’m up for ;)

Hope you all had a fabby Christmas & new year?
I had THE BEST time in Sydney (home) with Mum & Dad :) Met her darling friend Kylie & her even more darling and inspirational Brie!! She is 13 & taught me so much from the short time I met her.
As we said to Kylie “what ever you’re doing there, you’re doing a great job .. What a kid!?” .. She is remarkable.
Steiner school that’s all ill say ;)

K, well ill start uploading Christmas presents that were made, and reviews etc once again. Just been doing some house stuff , like new fence in front yard & much needed pruning. Been in the wars a bit too.

Have missed my followers, hope to see you all around soon.

Best wishes!
Enjoy!

Ps/ I’m sure this ‘melting technique’ is online .. From making things in PLARN and then melting them under baking paper & iron. Gimme a yell if want to know more ;)

Hey guys! Just had 10 restoration fillings done in one session yesterday!! Feel better now & my teeth look fab! All ready now if I feel I want to do some singing gigs! Woot! 


 So Christmas as always is all consuming. Photos are a bit crap & raw, the items are being blocked but I just wanted to share.
 I just thought I’d share some great patterns with you too! 
 The snow flakes are by Joanne Scrace (notsogranny you may also know her by) check her patterns out on ravelry.com. Sorry I’m on my phone & quite frankly am doing this real quick, but you will find it easily. Search notsogranny & look for snow flake or search FREE patterns for snowflake .. But the former would get you HER snowflake.. I think it’s the easiest thing I’ve ever crocheted! And I cannot stop making them! The photo above they’ve been soaked in 1 part PVA glue & 1 part water, wrung out and blocked to stiffen the lil things. Now .. The tea light rose!! It’s an AMAZING thing you make when finished. She had rose or lotus. I’m making 2 of each. 2 roses in Xmas colours & lotus in lotus-y colours :p

Here is the link to the lotus and from there you’ll find the Christmas rose with the holly like in my photo. And this wonderful woman has some great patterns and projects! 


ADDED: here .. I got off my arse & here is the direct link to Christmas rose as in photo above .. :)


If anyone has trouble finding anything just gimme a yell ;)

So all the photos are a bit crap today cause they’re being blocked .. Ill photograph the finished result & pop it up on here.

Just one last thing .. The Christmas rose just comes to LIFE when the candle is lit.
Such a Christmassy vibe .. Normally I don’t go for Christmas colours but a red rise sat on Christmas green holly leaves .. Look so gorg!!

Oh and by the by I got an early Christmas pressie from my partner, because we will be apart this year :(
It was Lady gaga’s book! I’m not a MASSIVE fan of the music as much as her .. Love her. Back in my punk days I would have worn ALL that stuff .. And did. But back then you couldn’t buy all this stuff you had to make it. We had to mix and make our own make up and even false eye lashes were hard to come by! So hat off to the Gag’s ;)


Oh my goodness!! My hippie astrum opened this morning!! I had no idea of its colour, my other one is blood red.. This is such a happy flower! Hippie’s have been 1 of my favourite flowers ever since I saw one. And as a young hippie myself back then simply the name and the flower embodied everything 60’s to me. Anyway, please enjoy the show from Tasmania where we are just entering summer. Roses are EVERYWBERE and grow very well here … Just so beautiful at the moment.

Enjoy! xx