As the interior decorating continues, I managed to take some time out this past week to catch up on some crafting goodness! My mojo is returning to its former glory. Have you heard the old saying, “if you want a job done, give it to a busy woman!”? Well, that saying holds so true for me. Now I’m up to the elbows in wall paint, I’m energised and having to carry my notebook around with me as new ideas keep popping in to my mind.
My notebook also contains daily lists. Here’s an excerpt from last weekend: 1. Supervise six year old sweetheart while she helps to paint walls; 2. Turn back and wonder where aforementioned six year old has disappeared to with paint-roller; 3. Roll eyes and exasperate; 4. Bath the dog!
It is always mojo-inducing and a real thrill to have a project published in your favourite magazine – and that too happened this week! The current issue of Australian Homespun magazine is the ‘Food, glorious food’ issue and my ‘Diva Diner’ recipe card holder is the bonus web project.
I designed this project for my sweet friend Deb from The Angel & the Pukeko as part of a special Christmas package last year. Deb is mad crazy about red and white polka dots and she plans to decorate her kitchen to accommodate her growing collection of dotty goodness. Hence I designed a recipe card holder – one that can be hung from a kitchen cupboard whether it has a handle or a nob. Deb’s favourite recipes can be written up on cards and viewed through the plastic window without concerns that the card might get splattered! (Not that I’m saying you’re a messy cook, Deb!!!)
When I think of polka dots, I think of the 1950’s and so designed this project around some pictures I found of a 50’s diner with its gently curving roofline and light bulb-surrounded signage. Even the straps were designed with reference to the knots in the scarves that girls would use to put up their hair. The ‘original’ was named ‘Deb’s Diner’!
This issue of Homespun (No. 102), and all future issues are available in digital format on iPad or HERE, which makes it widely available and also opens up a whole new way of enjoying the magazine!
There are some wonderful projects including a sweet red-work table runner by the lovely Leanne Knell of Petals & Patches – do you remember the Matroyshka sewing set I made here? Gosh I love her stuff! Plus, there’s a fabulous shopping tote designed by the talented Vivian Robinson of Viv’s Creations – you can see some of her amazing designs at Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop. There’s also a quirky octopus (who is way too cute to put in the cooking pot!) designed by softie sensation Pauline McArthur of Funky Friends Factory. Pauline is currently gifting new newsletter subscribers with one of her cute softie patterns so head on over and say Hi!
With all this talk of cute and soft it’s time to give you a sneak peek of one (of two) possible conclusions to my free BOM, Angels Playing Happily…
Intrigued? I hope so! There will be a full-on photo session for this project over the weekend. I’m planning to complete the interior painting of my hallway tomorrow so that I can put the hooks back up and then hang the angelic project in order to get some good pics!!! So… you shall have the third and final instalment next week – or I’ll eat my hat!!!
Til next time! Hugs! Vikki xo