Six ways to get your craft on. FNL style

The wild weather this weekend gave the FNLs a perfect opportunity to get our CRAFT ON.

Unfinished projects, new projects, major projects and partnership projects.  We covered them all.  Together. INDOORS.  THE WHOLE DAY. We even managed to not kill each other – which is a medal-deserving project – so add that little baby to the mix.

Here’s a little peeksie at our crafty ways:

The pouffe:
I finally finished the smaller Amy Butler Honey Bun Pouf to complete my set.  Sweet!

Amy Butler Honey Bun Pouf

The handmade Denim Bag
Designed and sewn by my eldest daughter GG – 7 yrs

Denim Bag

Doing ‘yours’ hair
Hair by my daughter, JZ – 3 yrs.  Modelled by Myself (ouch)


My personal fave: Handmade undies for JZ
Designed and made by GG, at the end of a long afternoon.


A new floor mat of crochet:

This one is mine – made with the incredible Hoooked Zpagetti.  I love this stuff – the yarn is actually the offcut strips of tshirts.  Very recyclable, very easy to wash, and fast to grow.  This stuff rocks.  Go – check it out here.


Finally to Mr F’s craft.  Almost the deal breaker.  I refer to it as:

AWDAACH – Avoid Washing Dishes At All Costs.  HA.


To which I respond with:

FFSWYJWTDBIYTFFS – FFS Would You Just Wash The Dishes Because It’s Your Turn.  FFS.

I tend to get repetitive when speaking in acronyms.  Also our arguments don’t last long because we are too busy focusing on said acronyms.  Plus mine are always so long winded and CLEVER, that I forget what the original point is.

How was your long weekend?  Safe and happy I hope.

Hasta la vista,  Amy x

PS. I’d like to send my thoughts and prayers to those further north in Bundaberg, Gladston, Ipswich, Brisbane and all areas that are experiencing devastating floods. If you’d like to donate, you can do so via the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013.


The discovery of a new family fun activity

Yesterday Jazzie (age 3) and I had a home day.  There were jobs to be done.  Housework, computer work, garden work, TOY ROOM TIDY, and a day needed for chillin’.

By 1pm, we’d both had enough of being stuck at home.  We had to get out.  For both of our sakes.  Let’s just say that we were BOTH getting a bit antsy.

So we got sorted and headed out.  Not to the park.  Nor the beach.  But to Uncle Dan’s.

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The Lipstick Assassin

Three lipsticks.  Destroyed.  Squashed.  Smished. Flattened.  By a three year old.  Yes, that would be Miss Jaz.  Miss Jaz has a tinkering for some pretty.  Be it lipstick, jewellery, nail polish.  This sweet little babe will seek and will destroy.  Actually annihilate.

In fact, when I took these lippies out to photograph tonight I walked away for a few moments.  I then turn around to find the lipsticks scattered everywhere.  I turn to Jaz. Hmmm.  Click on the link below for the instant replay:

My little lipstick assassin.  That’s my Jazzie. Excuse the runny nose.  We’re having a battle with boogas at the moment!


How I can out-talk the message bank

Yep.  There’s an achievement.  Out talking a messaging service. Though somehow I don’t think I’m alone.

I’m referring to the mobile phone answering service which converts your message to text:  “Please leave a 10 second message after the tone and we will convert it to text”.  Something like that.

I try and I try and I try to keep my message under 10 secs.  But I JUST CANNOT DO IT.

See, I’m a talker.  I like to talk.  I have messages of high importance.  You need to understand the full story of my message.  You may not know that I want you to call me back…if I don’t ask you to.

Anyways.  A message in 10 seconds?  It’s never going to happen for me.

I just left a ’10 sec message-to-text’ for somebody.  It cut me off when I was leaving my phone number.  It makes me feel foolish, a bit embarrassed.  You know when you get cut off.  Your voice trails off.  With a half laugh.  Usually closely followed by some clever sarcasm, like “Whatevs text converter schmerter”.

Then there’s the message recipient.  All too often the message they receive is NOT the message that was left.  Kinda like a chinese whisper.  Hey maybe the message should say:

“Please leave a 10 second message after the tone and we will send it to the recipient via a chinese whisper.  If they translate the message correctly they will win a real-life voice mail service”.

I’ve been playing a game with a friend of mine.  She has ‘convert message to text’.  I leave crazy names with crazy messages.  We then check the text message for the ‘conversion’.

Something like: “Hi Stupenda.  It’s Porky Pig here.  Just checking if you’d like roast beef on your swing set?”  Hmmm.  Okay, I didn’t say it was a highly intelligent game!

So the crux of it all.  I still can’t manage to fit all my words in and really I never will.  Hmph.

Bring back the good old-fashioned voice message I say.  Where the message you leave with your voice is the message that your friend hears.  Maybe not so-old fashioned.  But you get my drift.

Ciao lovelies.

Amy x

Image from here

A fabric vignette. Cute.

I love a good vignette. Sounds like a good wine I think.

By vignette I mean a shading / screening / ghosting effect often used in graphic design. Like this:

Exactly what I’m talking about. This fabric vignette. Aptly named Ombre Dots by Riley Blake Designs.

Cool, huh? And I’ve learned a new word: ombre. You may already know it. In case you don’t, it’s a french design term meaning the graduation of colour in a garment.

I’ve just made some super cute pillowcases for my girls. With some left over blue for….some creative genius Pinterest type item.

If you like it as I do you can buy it right here at Hawthorne Threads. BTW Hawthorne Threads is one fabo fabric store. I buy all my fabric there. Go. Now. Click. Hawthorne Threads. That’s it.

Bye x

Back from Siesta-ville

Hello folks!

Have you ever been to Siesta-ville?  Also known as Take-a-Break Town.  Quite nice isn’t it?  Not a real place, just taking a step back and chillin’ for a while.

I’ve just arrived back from there – I had some time-out from blogging, facebooking, teaching sewing classes and other Rosy stuff.  It was not planned, it just happened – and it was only a few weeks.

I’ve enjoyed it.  It’s always good to take a step back and reassess.  It allows you to plan for bigger, better, brighter.  Or just new stuff that’s fun.  Do you ever do this?  I feel guilty at first…then I enjoy.

Mind you, I have been busy making (along with day-job, family, dog, sport, housework, cooking….the general grind!)

Back to making.  Crochet.  Actually lots of crochet.  Here, look:

Do you like?  I call it my lolly crochet cushion cover.  Maybe you prefer calmer colours, black/white, natural?  Some of you have probably seen it before in an earlier version.  I’m now crocheting the back of the cushion cover.  I’ve had a few go’s at it actually.  I had trouble with it growing!  I’ve nearly finished it now though & I’ll post some tips very soon.

Also Lampshades.  I have a great tutorial for this lined lampshade – and it’s coming soon.  Seriously drab to fab.  Here’s a before & after shot.

Did you know that recovering a lampshade is really quite easy, inexpensive, and you get the exact fabric and look that you want.

I get my lamp frames from op shops and the like, then I re-cover to suit.  I’d just recommend that when starting out to make a practice one first, so you can get the hang of measuring, stretching and gluing.

Floor Cushions.

One of my faves.  And we’re selling the pattern (one of our very own) here.

So now I’m back and MAN I have some good sewing stuff to tell you about.  Lovelies we are going to get busy – I’ve got lots to share.

First stop is: Stencilling.   I’m talking fabric, walls, cushions, furniture.  Anything that doesn’t freely move really.  And I’ll post this little beauty in the next few days.  Yes my friends, just a small wait.  Exciting?  Why yes.

Oh, and I’ve finished the bar stool upcyle.  I’ll finalise this little how-to in the next few days too!

Thanks for reading me.  Hope it’s entertaining!

Amy x