Mrs Tiff ....living creatively



Sunday, December 8, 2013

White Table Tray and Crochet Bunting


I had fun yesterday moving a few things around and digging out a few treasures that were hidden away in the cupboards!












I also made more soy candles in little sherry glasses. I added some shells and twine to give them a beachy touch and I am quite happy with how they turned out!








Happy Monday friends!
Tiff
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Homemade Advent Calender

I have managed to get four advent calendars worth of items collected, sorted and wrapped! Phew! I started collecting small items for my children, then I thought how much my grandma would enjoy opening something small each day. This is her first Christmas away from her home because she has gone into care this year. I thought having a small surprise each day will cheer up her festive season. Once I decided to go ahead with my grandma's treats, I realised my mum would enjoy the experience too so then I had four advent calendars to do!

To make the wrapping easier I used brown paper lunch bags and small kraft bags I purchased at Spotlight. I delved into my scrapbooking supplies that were gathering dust and used what I could find to jazz up my wrapping! I needed some numbers to stick on, so I went to my friend Google and found a bird frame I liked. I then inserted numbers from a digital scrapbooking kit I had on file and printed them on to A4 stitcher sheets. I cut them to size and I was ready to wrap!





















Lovely! I think it will be a pretty and fun way to see in Christmas!


Have a happy week!
Tiff
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pretty Soy Candles

I made some soy candles yesterday, using some recycled candle jars. I decorated them with some cotton lace and wooden buttons from my stash. I love how simple and sweet they look.
It is always exciting to make a new batch of soy candles using found and recycled containers - the results are often quirky and surprising!










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Friday, September 27, 2013

Flower Crochet Cushion


I have been trying to brighten up the TV lounge and decided to go a bit crazy with some bright colours.... the room can tend to be a bit dark because it has a large chocolate leather lounge in there. So I delved into my fabric stash and whipped up some bright new cushions, I had pom pom trim and braids all over the place!!! I was quite happy with my efforts but then I thought how lonely my blooming flower cushion was looking and I immediately decided to hook a friend for it!






I found a great granny flower tutorial HERE and adapted the pattern to make a cushion...








I followed the pattern for the flower then attached the blue to the back making a 5 chain, slip stitch and repeating 8 times. I used a treble crochet stitch to make 5 trebles in each 5 chain space. For the third row of blue I started with an increase every third stitch, then next row every fourth and so on until I increased every ten stitches.

Then for the edging I changed colour to red and half treble crochet all around in every stitch. I changed colour again to hot pink and scallop edges were made by skipping a stitch, 5 half treble in one stitch, skipping a stitch, slip stitch and repeat.....

If you are giving it a go, take care, because I had to frog my third row of blue (above photo) because I forgot to flip my flower after the first round of trebles. When I looked at the photo I realised it was back to front! So remember, after doing the first row of trebles, flip work around the correct way!








I cut two fabric circles to size and made a cushion pad with calico on one side and floral fabric on the other side. Then I hand stitched the cover to the cushion pad.








It looks just as good from the back as it does from the front!








I am quite happy with this little project and think it would be nice in some other colours.


I am now officially on Long Service Leave from my teaching job, which is why I suddenly have time to blog again! I am looking forward to doing all the things I love.... more sewing, hooking and baking! I have started walking each morning and l have been learning some yummy new raw food recipes to help my family eat a bit more healthy food (especially for snacks)..... Anyway, it will be nice to just relax and take things as they come. I also have a holiday planned which I am looking forward to as well.

Happy week friends!
Tiff
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Swell Day



Today as an awesome Gold Coast Spring day.... so it was the perfect time to head down to Currumbin beach for the last day of the Swell Sculpture Festival.






































































Sculpture and the beach.... a perfect match!




Location:Currumbin Beach

Monday, July 8, 2013

Delightful Doily Blanket


I am constantly finding projects that I just can not resist. One such project is the gorgeous and stunningly colourful doily blanket I discovered at the Hopscotch Lane blog: http://hopscotchlane.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/summer-doily-blanket.html







I decided to head to Ravelry to download the pattern and get started......








A few cups of tea and coffee later things were progressing nicely.....







I am so delighted with how it turned out. I will definitely be making more, I adore the bright colours Becky used and can see it in a beautiful baby blue.






I do hope your crafty adventures areas fun as mine, and remember you can always catch up with me on Instagram or Ravelry. I don't drop in to my poor little blog very much anymore!

Tiff
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

African Flower Hexagon Blanket

Yay! It is finally finished!






I started way back in November.....






The pattern is from here: http://www.craftpassion.com/2011/04/crochet-african-flower-paperweight-granny.html
I used a size 5 hook and the yarn is Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, bought from Tangled Yarns in Newstead, Brisbane.







I decided to edge them all in white then do another white round joining as I went.







I have to say it was very satisfying seeing all the little stacks of flowers grow!






It is the most colourful blanket I have attempted so far...






..... and I am delighted with how it turned out! I can't wait to start my next project... what will I do next? Have to sneak off to Pinterest for some inspiration!


Have a great weekend!
Tiff

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sweet Garden Cushions

Look at these lovely garden cushions I made for my Prep class.....






One of my friends showed me a Pin she had just made from: http://www.lilblueboo.com/2013/02/simple-round-situpons-sit-upons-from-vinyl-tablecloth.html & I was smitten!!!!






I raced out to Spotlight to grab some fabric! In the original post vinyl tablecloths and ribbons from a bargain shop were used but I bought waterproof fabric & some bias. I used a dinner plate as a template and got busy! I wanted to keep costs down so I cut up an old blanket to use as wadding and two layers seem to work well. I also bought some fabric that might be more inviting for boys but haven't made that up yet.






I am looking forward to taking them in to school for my Preps to use!

Happy weekend friends!!!!

Tiff
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Sugar sugar, honey honey......

Well Easter is over, but even before that I was thinking my family were all consuming too much sugar - we do love to bake....
plus there is all the hidden stuff in foods that sneak in the pantry.

So I bought this cookbook for some more healthy baking options.....







Then I stocked up ingredients......






And, thank goodness it is the holidays, got busy in the kitchen.







This easy homegrown basil & cashew pesto is yummy on toast for breakfast and was excellent added to meatballs served with steamed quinoa.







I made a berry and coconut smoothie for afternoon tea - just a cup of frozen berries, half cup of coconut cream and half cup of coconut water.






Also delish with roast vegetable and feta frittatas! I even made my own onion relish without sugar!







I have even made an extra effort to fit in more walks!

I have to say after a few initial headaches I feel pretty good, and now I only miss my sugar hit in my coffee, a craving which hasn't lessened and one which I am not sure I can overcome!

Could you give up sugar? We will see how we go.....
We are attempting a few dietary changes here and some positive changes are better than none I think!

Tiff
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Crochet tags

When the kids went back to school I went looking for some bag tags and the idea that that I might make some adult crochet ones occurred to me......
















The luggage tag was my first idea....






I sewed some plastic on the back so I could slip the name card in....







These were very easy basic crochet shapes with flowers from the May Roses pattern on the Attic 24 blog. I am pleased with how pretty they turned out to be. I am now experimenting with some other colours.

Happy week friends!

Tiff
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