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Crayon Tinted Embroidery: Introduction

Tinted linens & Quilts.

Tinted embroidery is as simple as colouring in pages of a colouring in book. Over time tinted textiles have held a special place in popular embroidery. Items from toys, needle cases, quilts, laundry bags, pillow slips, tea towels and other humble linens used for the home once featured tinted colour and or combined with embroidery stitches. A touch of tinted colour often transformed simple, popular motifs into artful timeless treasures. Hand tinted novelties from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s were at the peak of popularity.  The charm of tinted works of these eras were so popular it is hard to image the era’s without them. Today tinted embroidery is rarely heard of and many collectors appreciate the vintage charm older pieces have.

To make: STEP 1: Position material over a pattern, secure corners with masking tape. Trace pattern outline directly onto material with a blue line fade away pen or pencil if you prefer. Step 2: Place material on a padded surface like…

A snippet of this and that

The weekend was nice and fine, on Saturday I attended the Simple Living workshop on how to make home made beauty products. It was a really interesting lesson on how cheaply it is to make your own products and how healthy they are when you are just adding a few natural ingredients. Nanna Chel of Going Grey and Slightly Green gives a good run down of what happened at the workshop.  There was also a swap table and I came home with some pumpkin, beans, rocket, and we were given some home made beauty products to take home after I swapped my Pot holder ladies which seemed to be approved of as I didn't bring any home. I did seven and have two left for presents at a later date. A very good day I think.

Sunday came around. Palm Sunday for religious folk and Sunday dinner for us. Mum prepared the meal and Dad set up the BBQ that's just been sitting for ages not being used to be finally be put in use.

The meal turned out very nice. All the family who came over seemed to enjoy it too.

I …

A quiet life

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life...

to mind your own business...

and to work with your hands...

...just as we told you."  1 Thessalonians 4:11

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Card for today

Another hot day and a late storm. While it was raining I made up a quick card. The background paper, the above image, I found on pinterest and printed it out to cover my card with. To alter the background paper I used a resist technique. First up I used KaiserCraft music stamp and inked up in Versamark. I stamp over the entire background. I then used a Embossing powder from Celebrations of Australia: Hologram. I brought this ages ago so not sure if it's still about. When embossed it's comes up glittery. I used TSUKINEKO Dew drop Memento ink in Grape Jelly and inked over the embossing. It's best to start off light and build up the dark ink to let the embossing show through. I added a 'For You' stamp, using Stazon ink in black. The stamp is from the cheap stores, Wayne's world. I added the stamped 'for you' on stiff card, popped it up with some foam squares. Then I added a ribbon which is grape color. The ribbon came from some towels mum brought at Aldi.…

Applique 101


Appliqué technique has a few different methods that can be used. There is the traditional to the super quick method.

TRADITIONAL APPLIQUE: To begin lightly trace appliqué design onto background fabric with a pencil. Trace each appliqué piece onto paper and cut out. Pin each paper shape, face down onto the wrong side of the appropriate fabric, then cut shapes from fabric, adding 7mm seam allowance. Clip curves and V’s. Turn seam allowance over the edge of the paper and tack in place through both layers. Pin or tack shapes in place on background fabric and stitch in place with small hemming Stitches in matching thread, catching only the folded edge of the shape. Stitch within 2cm of starting point, remove paper with tweezers and finish stitching.
TRADITIONAL APPLIQUE TWO: Trace appliqué design onto background fabric with a pencil. Trace each appliqué piece onto firm paper and cut out. Draw around each shape on the right side of the fabric and remove pattern piece. Cut out sh…

Rose delights

To prepare rose water, first gather fresh rose blossoms; this should be done in the morning when all dew has gone. Next place petals in a glass, stainless steel or enamel saucepan and cover the petals with distilled water. Weigh the floating petals down with a heat-resistant glass dish. Place pan over low heat and allow the steam to release for at least an hour. After an hour drops of rose oil floating to the surface of the water should be seen. Do not allow the water to boil. When the water has taken on a rosy hue, feels thick and soft, and rose oil can be seen on the surfaces train and press all the liquid from the petals. Store in refrigerator.

(NOTE: Don't use roses sprayed with chemicals)

USES Use as a light fragrance. It doesn't last long but is nice for it’s brief uplifting scent of fresh rose petals. Rose water may be used as a skin toner by applying to the face with a cotton ball. Hair Rinse. Use after shampooing and conditioning hair. Thoroughly rise …

A touch of gold

We has some storms past through over the weekend. In our neck of the woods the storm knocked out the power during the night. Most folks would just go to bed, like you would. But we generally stay up and it's usually not long before the power comes back on. During times of black out we use solar battery lights that work a treat and a little more safer than candles and lanterns. Not as romantic though. If you are looking for an alternative light source during blackouts consider the solar lights. I don't think you'd go wrong.

The storms announced it was the change of the season and brought in Autumn. It's a little cooler today and feels a bit like Autumn should. I brought this wood chopper bloke from the thrift store for not much, when you turn him over you can see the axe head. He's missing a 'pearl' off his belt which is okay by me. He's a brooch (pin) and is very suited to Autumn don't you think?

I've been working on some new 'lessons' …

Today and always

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.


Parsley, Curled (Petroselinum crispum) Umbelliferae. Biennial. Parsley, Italian; (P.crispum neapolitanum) Umbelliferae. Biennial. Progation; seeds. Spring (again in Autum in temperate climates). Position: sunny. Soil: average, well drained. Height: curled parsley, 25 cm (10 inches) Italian parsley, 45 cm (11/2 feet). Parts used: leaves, root (sometimes).
DESCRIPTION Curled parsley, as the name suggests, has tightly curled leaves of bright green. Some kinds may be more crinkled and tightly curled than others, such as tripled-curled and moss-curled varieties. P.crispum is the variety of curled parsley that people usually refer to as parsley, and is the most widely used.
Italian parsley, which is not so familiar, has leaves which are not curled, but are deeply cut and serrated like the tops of celery or lovage, the flavour being regarded by many as stronger than curled parsley. However, curled parsley is preferred for garnishing because of its more decorative leaves. Another less…

Festive Biscotti

1 egg
1 egg yolk 2/3 cup caster sugar Ginger slices Glazed Cherry slices Walnuts chopped pieces 1 1/3 cups plain flour ½ teaspoon baking power
Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Beat egg, egg yolk, sugar and ginger, glazed cherries, and walnuts in large bowl until pale and thick. Sift over flour and baking powder. Stir to combine. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly until smooth. Divide dough in half. Shape halves into 20 cm long longs. Place on prepared trays. Flatten slightly.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Cool on trays for 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 140C/120C fan-forced. Using a serrated knife, slice logs diagonally into 5mm thick slices. Place slices, in a single layer, on baking trays. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, or until dry and crisp. Stand on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you a…

Washing Day

In many early artistic works in Australia the simple domestic life of women settlers featured as a subject. In some paintings the humble days of washing is just visible in the backdrop of the Australian landscape. In other domestic paintings the domesticity of wash day intrudes into the landscape. The wash day by these artist was not seen as unromantic like the Hills hoist clothes line found today in numerous back yards. Yet even the Hills hoist has its benefits, no line falling to the ground in the mud, for example.

Washday, usually Monday, was part of everyday chore of house keeping. Some home keepers managed to brighten the existence and rise above it by using whimsical and charming pieces of craft work, such as the simple  peg bag. Washday, was and still is a large part of domestic housekeeping and even today novel homemade pieces explore the theme of washing the family clothes.

WASH DAY SENSE -Wait until you have a full load before running your machine. If you have a smaller wash,…

Victorian Greetings


MATERIALS Card Stock 6 in x 12 in Pressed rose with leaves Wet craft glue for plant material  Tsukineko Memento ink: Lady Bug Paper doily Glue stick Scissors 20 in of red ribbon about 1/2 in wide

1Fold the card stock neatly in half length ways to make a stand-up card.
2 Carefully place the pressed rose in position on the front of the card,  then remove and place wet wood glue on the flower.  Press the flower in place and allow the glue to dry.
3 Cut the paper doily to trim the outside edges of the card.  Ink the paper doily cuts out all over in TSUKINEKO Memento ink in Lady Bug  Glue in place around the edges of the card with a glue stick.
4 Finally make two slits along the fold of the card, thread the stain ribbon through  and tie into a pretty bow.  You may also like to write the botanical name beneath the pressed flower.
For pressing flowers:Introduction to pressed flowers.

I hope every one is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Granny Mac’s Fruit Cake

Granny Mac and my mum are old timey cooks, they don’t use measuring cups and measuring spoons. Everything is a handful of this and a pinch of that. Granny Mac was the same and she showed mum how to bake this cake by demonstration.  I learnt this cake by videoing mum one day while she made it and I wrote down the recipe. Keep in mind this is a rough measurement.
Granny Mac was mum’s mother-in-law. She passed away a few years ago.
To Make:
Line a tin with baking paper.
- Self raising flour (roughly) 2 1/2 cups - Sugar. ½ cups - Fruit: Sultanas. Mix Peel. Glazed Cherries. ½ packet each of Sultanas. Mix Peel. And only a handful of Glazed cherries. Don’t over do the glazed cherries unless you want a Christmas cake. - Couple of big spoons of melted butter.
- Heap teaspoon of Bi-Carb soda. - Eggs. 3 eggs if you are making a small fruit cake. Mix eggs into mixture fast so they don’t cook in the hot melted butter.
Bake at 170 degrees for a fan forced oven. Put a knife in the cake if the knife…

Candlewicking Embroidery


Candlewick Embroidery It is said Candlewicking embroidery came from the story of American pioneer women, while sitting around their fires at night, started embroidering pieces of heavy calico used to cover their wagons with the cotton wicking used in making candles. Both materials happen to be cream and, in order for the embroidery to be felt and seen, they stitched with French or Colonial knots as these stitches stood above the fabric.
Today Candlewicking has been refined, but it has retained its homespun charm and character. Simple stitches are used – satin and stem stitches with knots as the main stitch. When stitching you should use an embroidery hoop.
Material to use: Calico (Muslin)  Thread to use: You will need to use a thicker thread. Pearl cotton from DMC is suitable.

Transferring a design: On a piece of muslin (calico) trace off the preferred design leaving sufficient space between them for using your hoop. To trace, place the design under the fabri…