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Virtual Visit to the V&A Museum

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Haaa, the week is over! It was a tad more stresful than planned but at last it is over. My projects are done (well most of them anyway) and today was museum day. Or so I thought...

At 6pm my friend cancelled our museum trip because she wasnt feeling well. Which is fine of course, others were going anyway. Then I thought about it. It was 28C here today but it is September after all and it gets dark at 7pm now so after that it is more like 18C so not really mini skirt weather which I had chosen to wear today (the green dress has its second outing). So I went home instead and slept on the sofa while watching the Social Network (I love that movie!) which had more to do with my mental state than the movie itself of course. I guess it was a good thing my friend cancelled!

But to finish this busy crafting month in style, I wanted to share some images with you that I took at the V&A a few years back. Oh yes, the V&A stands for the Victoria & Albert Museum and contains a lot of arts…

Stashbusting September - The Finale

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Hi all!
This is it, the end of Stashbusting September. I am actually still working on my upcycled project as that was part of the challenge also, but it literally fell apart so I will make the baby room flower my upcycled project. It does have candy wrappers and drinking straws so I think that counts, doesnt it? And yes, September only ends tomorrow but I have plans so wont be at home crafting (for once) LOL. I will post something probably but it is more likely to be about the outing :)

So, what is my finale piece? Do you remember the 60 fabric circles?

Yes these...

Which turned into the 57 yoyos as I needed three unsewn pieces?Made out of remnants of my clown dress, the failed pillow covers, the Sally dress, the Mombi dress, you name it it's in here.
Some of you may remember the yoyo clown I made a little while ago for a friend at work. Well, for her little baby boy that is, not actually for her ;) And when another colleague had a baby girl, I really wanted to make a toy and after ca…

Quilting Failure & the Origin of Fabric Scraps

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Hi all,
OMG I have literally just finished the 57-yoyo-project! Photos will have to be done tomorrow, I am exhausted! But it sure came out good :) Ok I know that is horrible English but am watching Conair so just imagine that sentence in a Nicolas Cage/Cameron Poe accent and it works quite well ;)

Anyway, September is nearly over and I wanted to show you where a lot of my scraps come from. It may be surprising but they actually come from one project! A few years back, my sister asked me for some quilted pillow covers. I had never quilted before so I didnt know about 'quilting quality cotton' and just bought some fun designs. I spent hours over the design and trying to cut the fabric (also new to the rotary cutter idea of course) and I sewed everything together. I didnt zigzag, I didnt use FrayCheck, and I didnt topstitch after sewing it all together. I did add lining, however, as I knew how much my sister loves to do laundry and the pillow covers might not last very long. This w…

Stashbusting Baby Booties Collection

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Hello again everyone! And of course welcome to my newest follower, I appreciate you (and everyone else) taking the time out to read about my crafts :)

In the spirit of stashbusting, I'm still making stuff. Although I have just gone over my list of things to finish before Friday and I dont think that I'll manage really... Shame as I have so many cool items nearly done! Most of all of course the yoyo project which I really hope I can finish by Friday. I am currently about 35% done so who knows. Also, I really wanted to have one month where I post something I did or made every day (have you noticed yet?) and this is it! In Holland we have a saying which translates to 'the last lead pieces are the heaviest'. There must be an English equivalent but I dont know what it is. My point is that I am struggling to finish the month with a post a day LOL.

So anyway, today's stashbusting projects are baby booties :) I made three pairs and they all have matching other things but wh…

Stashbusting Flower for Baby Room

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Hi all,
I am so behind on my projects, and only this week and then Stashbusting September is finished! So without further ado, here is yet another project done.

At the moment I am making a rather large baby package for someone at work who just had a baby girl, so lots of girly stuff to make. He doesnt read my blog so I dont have to worry about him seeing anything before actually receiving it next week.

This flower was actually done a few weeks ago but I wanted to post everything together at first, so that's why I didnt publish this yet. It's much more fun to post this bit by bit though, especially when you see the materials I've used :) As always, the original idea for this comes from Bird Crafts.

Let's start off with the flower pot. A few months ago, in summer, I bought a few small pots for some herbs but never bought the herbs themselves so I had these and had been planning on making some flowers like this for a while. Score! I painted the pot purple (still leftover from…

Stashbusting - Not Making Any Progress

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Hi all,
OMG this weekend has gone waaay too fast! With the bf out of commission I have to run the entire household which is actually more than I thought... On top of that I decided to do some ebaying this weekend also and I actually thought that I would have enough time left to finish the about 10 WIPs I have right now... NOT!

So we had a Star Wars marathon (currently on part 6) and all I seem to have done is sleep and make yoyos. On a positive note, I now have all the yoyos I need for the project I am making.

Check it out: 57 yoyos! Yes I need 60 but three need to be assembled mid-project.

To finish my stashbusting month I still have to make 2 pairs of baby booties, 1 onesie, 1 baby hat, one bathmat, and a sewing kit. I think I may have to roll over into October as I only have one more week, a full time job, and an injured bf. I feel tired just thinking about it...

Yes yes, I will stop complaining and focus on the movie now :) Hopefully I will be able to blog about a finished project tom…

Practical Magic Blog Party

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All hail and welcome to my Practical Magic blog post as part of the Practical Magic blog party:



I am extremely unprepared in comparison to last year's party, mainly due to the EFF dresses, work, and the bf's injury. So I wasnt able to host a spectacular party this year but I did want to stay within the essence of the movie and make it a little bit special (and funny I hope).

Of course I could go on and on about that wonderful house that the aunts live in (did you know it is just a facade and doesnt actually exist anywhere? *pout*) but I'm thinking that that idea has crossed everyone's mind by now. Which is why I wanted to go more into the element of magic. While watching the movie again, I had the idea for this post. Dont you just love being inspired by this lovely film? I wanted to share with you what makes this movie special to me in a funny way by sharing my view of magic with you.

So what's magic anyway?

Magic is not just spells....

...and potions. It's much mor…

Visit to Brueggen, Germany

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Hi all,It's weekend at last!! The bf has cancelled his weekend plans due to his shoulder (poor him, he was so much looking forward to it!) so I had replan a few things, including my Practical Magic Blog Party which I was going to prepare tonight. As usual I planned this in the last second, with all the EFF stress I just didnt manage to get anything done!To tie you over though, I wanted to show you a little bit of Brueggen, Germany, where we were last weekend. It is a small town, very popular with elderly tourists (not us! LOL) and my sister lives close by. Which is why I dragged the bf along for a quick visit and breakfast.

See our yummy German breakfast? The bf looked a little weary as there was a wasp aiming for our food and he tried to stare it down ;)


I was completely delighted with our lovely brekkie outside and enjoyed it very much :)


Then we went to visit the 'Brueggen Burg' also known as the castle of Brueggen.


Did you know that they found documents about this castle i…