dinna fash lassie’s, it’s an Outlander swap!

Thanks for stopping by! This is a general craft swap for those of us who are either a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s fabulous books or the more recent TV series… or both! The swap is being organised by myself (alittlereddress) and Hannah (quirkyhannah).

As this is a general crafty theme, you can make whatever you like tailored to your partner’s desires and it can be one big thing or a number of things. All we ask is that you check out your partner’s feed and create something special. You can include extra items (handmade or purchased), but these are left to your discretion.

Now for the the important bit:

Sign Ups Close: 13th February 2015.

Partner Allocation: Will be sent out by 20 February 2015.

Deadline to Send: 01 May 2015 for International 14 May 2015 for Domestic.

Now for some pesky rules…..

  1. This is a blind swap – you will create something for your partner in secret and not reveal your identity until your package is received. You will not know who is creating for you.
  2. This swap is open internationally so there is a possibility you may have a partner in another country. If we get enough interest we will try and match where possible to keep postage costs low.
  3. The shipping deadline is 14 May 2015 for Domestic and 01 May 2015 for International. You may ship a little earlier but please do your best to ship on time! If you are unable to do so or need to pull out of the swap for any reason please let Hannah or myself know as soon as possible. It is not much fun to be on the receiving end where nothing turns up.
  4. This swap is open to all abilities and all crafters.
  5. You must have an active and public Instagram account to participate. This makes it easier for your partner to find out info about you and your tastes so that they can create items with you in mind. Posts from private accounts will not show up in the hashtag feed. I apologise to those who are unwilling or unable to be public but this makes it easier and fairer on all.
  6. You need to complete the online questionnaire available here. Please be as helpful as you can in your answers but also bear in mind your partner might not be able to cater to all your requests.
  7. Please post teaser photos on Instagram using the hashtag #outlandercraftswap so we can all see your progress and wonder who the lucky recipient will be!
  8. When you have sent your parcel please post on Instagram tagging either alittlereddress and/or quirkyhannah or email us.
  9. When you have received your parcel please post it and a thank you on Instagram tagging us and your partner.

Still interested? Now go fill out this form….

Any questions? Comment below. We’re both really looking forward to this and seeing what you all create!

xoxo Kylie

purr… an open letter to T2

purr

Dear T2,

Just writing to say I had a lovely time in your Highpoint store this afternoon. I picked up a “Purr Mug“. Unfortunately when I took it out of the bag to unwrap it from the swathes of protective tissue paper you had wrapped it in, the cup was upside down and the lid (the reason I purchased it in the first place) fell from my grasp and smashed all over my kitchen floor. Is there any chance I can get a new lid?

Kylie xoxo

 

Edit: later that week… a large black box, filled to the brim with further swathes of orange tissue paper arrived on my doorstop and inside? one new mug, complete with lid! Thank you T2. You are the bomb!

 

 

diy for tea…

So, just recently I posted about a cute sharpie marker style mug that I quite liked, but unfortunately it was a link from Pinterest and the shop doesn’t appear to still exist on Etsy. It was a bit of a shame, because the cup was cute and for some reason that song routinely pops in my head when I least expect it, so it really resonated with me.

I decided that because of that little fail, I should have a go at making my own sharpie marker style mugs. I have a neat little collection of plain, white mugs that came with a new dinner set I bought last year and thought they would be perfect for this project.

Generally in reading through the loads of tutorials around online, these tips seem to offer the most success:

  1. Give the surface a quick wipe over with alcohol first.
  2. Keep your design clear of the lip of the cup.
  3. Use oil-based sharpie markers.
  4. Leave your design to dry for a couple of hours before baking.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 180 degrees Celsius.
  6. Leave to cool in your oven overnight.
  7. Hand wash your mug!

1.Lots of tips like this on Craftaholics Anonymous. // 2. These ones on PopSugar are sweet! // 3. The Gold Jellybean shows oil based vs. regular sharpies. // 4. Pounds for Pennies also try oil based sharpies. // 5. Another tutorial over here on A Beautiful Mess.

wishes…

Year around, I come across fabulous little finds around the web that end up on my virtual wishlist. You know… that list of things that catch your eye, that would be nice to have…fun stuff, pretty stuff or things you just fancy. Do you have a wishlist? Here are a few things that have jumped onto mine of late…

wishlist

1. My favourite quote by E.E. Cummings // 2. A yellow vintage ladies bike from Reid Cycles // 3. Queen Bee mug, you can never have too many cups! // 4. Ric Rac Ring by Christina Lowry Designs

Itching to stitch…

Well hello there! I’ve been away from this blog for such a long time that I thought it was time to pop back in for a moment and show you something pretty.

Thanks to the lovely Tania, I recently came across this new embroidery book by Gail Pan called Patchwork Loves Embroidery. As I also LOVE embroidery, I thought it must be time for another book review.

source: Martingale

I’ve reviewed this lovely tome over on the Sunbury Stitchers blog so I won’t repeat myself here, but suffice to say once my exams are over in the next two weeks, I will be whipping up one or two of these little pincushions. Tania and I have a history of crazy stitching challenges, so I’ve pledged to make one of these gorgeous pincushions with her as a challenge. I haven’t caught up with the Gisborne stitching group in quite a while, purely due to my mad commitments this year…more about that soon, but I do hope to catch them over the semester break.

source: Martingale

Here are some divine versions of these pincushions done by blogger Sameliasmum {see link below}. She recently had a giveaway for this book, but alas I was too late and missed out. Her colour selections are so me, all bold, bright and modern. I LOVE them!

source: Sameliasmum
Sameliasmum on Pinterest

By the way, if you need some embroidery inspiration and these images aren’t quite enough for you, take a look at my little collection of pins over here… You’ll find lots of links to stitching tutorials too!

life is a journey….

Someone said to me once (after seeing one of my tattoos) why would you choose to scar your body? I’ve got enough scars and marks on me already, why would you go and add them on purpose?

I don’t normally say anything in response because I’ve found this topic is one of those great conversational divides. People usually either love tattoos, or hate them and I figure that sometimes it’s easier to shrug, smile and walk away.

The reason I decided to write this was because I was thinking some of those sad, deep thoughts about life. About the journey people travel and what makes them the person they are. It got me thinking about my own journey and how scars can sometimes remind us about parts of that journey. The good and the bad, the fair and the foul.

I have scars on my legs from growing too tall, too quickly as a teenager that remind me of how much I hated high school swimming carnivals…but loved sitting in the sunshine, talking endlessly with my friends. I have a big squarish scar on my knee that came as a result of a fantastic primary school game of rounders and scars on my belly as a result of pregnancies. They remind me I have three wonderful children and that I probably shouldn’t wear bikinis anymore. I have a little, dinted, scar on my forehead that my Mum tells me I got from an accidental bump on a door frame as a baby. There is a 1cm long scar on the back of my left hand that I got because I was scared of the dark…reminding me of the many shenanigans my brother and I got up to growing up.

I have metaphorical scars on my heart from losing friends and loved ones. Sometimes they hurt so badly I feel like I can’t breathe. I get terrified, I cry, I wish with all my being that I could talk to them one more time. Tell them about my day, my problems, my triumphs. Tell them how much I love them, just in case they didn’t know already. Tell them about everything they’ve missed and about how much I’ve missed them.

Then there are the scars I put there myself…a butterfly on my ankle to remind me that even though lots of awful, sad, unfair things happen in life, there are lots of unexpected, beautiful, happy things too. And lastly the swallow on my left wrist which reminds me that my heart will always have a home with the man I love and I’ll never be truly lost with him in my life.

So as I continue on my journey, I carry these all these scars and memories with me and I feel blessed that I get to travel with so many wonderful people along the way.

playing catch up… {no. 29}

You may have noticed I have a lot of UFO’s. I haven’t even listed them all on my UFO page, because apart from the sheer embarrassment factor, you might find yourself scrolling and scrolling and scrolling so far down your browser, your arm falls off from the sheer strain of it!
So…in the essence of keeping things simple while also trying to shrink my HUGE list of projects (some started, some still in the planning stages and others just twinkles in my eyes) I’m going to endeavour to finish one thing every week (and not start any new ones).
I won’t name names here, but you should see one post every week showcasing a finished UFO item. It’s a big ask, but I do need to get things moving along a little. So here goes… the first item to be crossed off the list is the prototype of the Little Mister Softie and Cushion pattern. He’s been sitting amongst my sewing things as finished back and front pieces for a few months now and here he is…ta da….finished! I’ve embellished him a little, with specs and some buttons on his shirt, but you can make him up as is, straight from the pattern.

My little mister has specs, because he’s for my Gabriel who also wears them…

The most exciting thing about this particular project being finished is that this Little Mister was my final run through of the Little Miss/Little Mister patterns. Now that I’m happy with them and Little Miss is all finalised in my Etsy store, ready for crafty peeps to buy, I can finish off Little Mister and list him too! 
To celebrate, I’m going to giveaway a copy of your choice of either my Little Miss or Little Mister pattern, along with a fabric kit to make one up (colour way will depend on your choice of pattern).

All you need to do to enter is to leave me a comment mentioning what fabrics or colours you might use to make a Little Miss/Little Mister softie. Extra entry if you like my facebook page. Because this giveaway started a little later than I wanted it to, you have until the Sunday, 4 November to enter… yay!