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Rotation System

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If you have a lot of craft projects going at once you know how some fall down to the bottom of the sewing basket and never see the light again. While I try to finish one project up at a time before I start another it's hard to do when I like doing a variety of crafts. Some time ago when I was cross stitching I read in a magazine how to use your project time wisely. When I find some projects getting out of hand and probably not going to get finished before I flit off to the next project I follow the instructions in the magazine to start up a rotation system. Over time I created my own way of doing this and it works for me. You can use this as a starting point to see what works for you. Rotation System: Step 1: Gather all your craft projects you are currently working on. Find yourself large snap lock bags. Step 2: Sort all the projects out so you have the instructions/charts/patterns/threads/materials all together for that one project and pop it into a snap lock bag and label that pr…

Gray day

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It's a gray sort of day today with what looks like the promise of rain on the way. Our glorious spring days seem to be gone but they will likely be back again. It's a good day for puttering around. I made oat scone, with a crunchy sugar cinnamon topping which goes just nice with a good slather of butter and jam on a fresh out the oven slice.
I noticed the other day on one of my previous posts how I spelt a word wrong on this junk journal page, today I added a little white out and fixed up the mistake.
I'm also finding some old clothes I no longer like to wear and cutting them up for the material to use in future sewing projects. The floral material was a old padded coat hanger. The material needs to be washed and is only narrow and small but I can be use for small things like sachets.
Speaking of mistakes this set of seven dishcloths tea towels just doesn't want to be done. I sorched one. Moved the transfer on another while ironing and this one I ironed back to front…

Star gazers

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With spring about the Jasmine is out in full bloom. The little white scented flowers remind me of stars.
I'm pressing some for later and I might try and make a perfume from the scent of them. Fallen stars.
On the art desk I have a junk journal going where I am writing out quotes on the pages. I'm only using black pens and markers, no colour. In my sketch books there's small ideas happening. We'll see where they take me. I hope everyone is having a good day or evening wherever they are.

Cent sale

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Over the weekend I popped into a local church 'garage' cent sale. They held it inside a hall which was good because the weather didn't look very nice. Inside the hall there were tables of items all up for sale. I could of brought mostly everything home, instead, I came home with a handful of books and a really pretty lemon coloured vase. I brought it because I liked the flower design and the colour. Yellow isn't a colour you see much of these days on any household items. It's a real vintage colour I think. All up I only spent five dollars.
(You can see the vase I brought here). I also crochet up a new dishcloth using up odds and ends from other projects and finally managed to finish a crayon tinted embroidery I've been working on. I love this type of embroidery as the stitches aren't taxing on a tired mind. The crayon tint embroidery is done on an old cotton bed sheet I found at the thrift store for about $1. There's still miles of fabric left that I h…

Spring Love

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Right now the spring air is really about even though we've had some grey, drizzly days of weather.  A neighbouring fence on one side of the house is a mass of starry white flowers of Jasmine and it's climbing up a tree that is ready to bloom, the scent of Jasmine is all about in the air when the day is warm. You can hear the bee's, bush ones I think, in the tree humming about have a good time by the sound of it.  Home, there is some puttering about spring cleaning, decluttering, baking things, and I'm just resting listening to the goings on and some times up for when there's offer of freshly baked cake. Just a little piece, my appetite is small these days. I've also been spring cleaning my paper stash, making up little home made books. I use printer paper for the pages folded and a pamhlet stitch to bind it all together. They make nice little note books for scribbling in and use up bits of scrapbooking paper at the same time. I like the idea I can bind all the…

At Home

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It's been two weeks since I had my operation. I was well looked after at the Toowoomba base and the staff were lovely. The doctor (Dr.Shariff) over seeing my hysterectomy did a good job of making sure things went smoothly.
I did have some drama's on the operating table, my blood pressure shot through the roof, I had erratic heart and lost about 600mls of blood (apparently usual for this sort of operation, google is interesting sometimes). With the high blood pressure and heart rate the doctor thought I might have a stroke on the table so rather than removing everything she only took the ovaries and the cyst ( thankfully benign). I can tell you now this has been the best thing for my weight loss. I'm getting back to my usual weight! I always felt hungry (not to mention tired and sick) and now I'm back to eating normally. Before I went into hospital I brought the book Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel. I've been reading it ever since and hope sometime to try that Who…