Friday, December 5, 2008

Strawberry cheescake

It has been a while since I was here, I have been very ill with my back, it allows me nothing, some days I can not even walk, and others I have the energy of a new puppy, lol. The heat is starting to creep in to our lives with summer upon us now here in Australia. So what is a gal to do on a lazy saturday afternoon but eat strawberry cheesecake of course lol. So grab a fork and I will share it with ya.....:)

Cheers and Happy Pink Saturday to ya all.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Its been a while

Yes Its been a long time since I have posted anything, I am sorry to those who do come to visit. I have put my back out, and can not walk very well, I need to have daily morphine injections at the moment, and needless to say I can hardly use my arms, lol, I think they will have to start jabbing me in the backside lol, it is a lot tougher than my arms, YIKES....

I hope to be able to post something nice for pink Saturday this week, I have been working on one of my dollshouses, though this one is yellow not pink, I will show you some of it, also I have been making polymer clay plants to fill a mini conservatory, I need lots and it is starting to look very nice indeed.

Most of the plants are made from polymer clay including the hanging baskets, and the baskets themsleves, I make these and use jewellery findings for the chain etc
A couple of the larger plants are made with mulberry paper leaves , but all in all I think It will be quite nice and green and lush when finished, now I just have to make the conservatory to put them all in lol.
The tiles on the floor are from Hirst Arts (R) and will be painted another colour, they are made from plaster of paris, from a mold, and are about 1 inch in size, so in real life these would be about 1 foot square pavers which is about right.I would like to get this finished soon as I have just purchased 2 more dolls houses, very large Dura Craft (R) ones, both mansions lol.

Here is a pic of some others that very clever people have built.

This one is from the very clever Tracey Topps, if you google her you will see more wonderful houses she has made.

And this gorgeous one, I can t remember where this one came from.

If mine turns out half as nice as these I will be very pleased indeed.

Cheers for now Debra.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Pink Saturday.

Sorry for the late posting, and I missed out last week, I am so busy getting my shop ready, yes a real life shop. It is getting there slowly (I will tell you all about it in another post OK),any way I have found some jewellery I made ages ago I hope you like it . Plus my space bar has just packed it in. Gggrrrrrrrrr
The first one made with polymer clay canes. Dont you just love the butterflys and roses. It has only been temporarily strung. Waiting for a creation to come to mind lol.

Cheers Debra.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Now I lay me down to sleep....

I pray the lord my soul to keep.
And a nice warm and soft bed to sleep in.
Tucked up between my mummy and my daddy.
I will never know what it is like to sleep outside, or in a laundry.
I will never feel the cold wind on my fur, or have to be wet and damp
and have only a tattered rug to sleep on, or worse.
I pray for all the little doggies that have to live this way.
May they too find a home to be warm and loved.
Yep I am sure one very lucky little doggy.
Please find it in your heart to adopt a little mate and save him or her from a fate worse than death, you will be forever loved in return, every single day of our lives we only want to be near you and to love you.
I am posting this tonight for mum, she is busy getting her new shop ready, won't she be surprised to see what I have done woof woof...:)

Good night
And Happy Pink Saturday to ya all.

Hymie (And mum Debra) She is the light of my life, I love her with all my heart.

I say my prayers..each and every night.
I wait for you to come to bed...

I got sick of waiting, so I will keep the bed warm for you.

Sweet Dreams

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I'll give you a daisy a day dear

Just thought I would share these gorgeous daisys I picked today while grocery shopping, they were growing next to where I parked my car, so I picked a few, not even thinking that they might not survive the trip home. It is starting to get hot here in Australia, anyway as it turned out I had to go to the chemist for a script, so while there I noticed they have one of those free drinking water bottles that you help yourself to, so I helped myself to a drink and took another cup full to the car for my daisys.

It also makes for a beautiful vase, dont you think. lol.

Have a happy daisy a day dear.

I have no idea how to spell the plural of daisy, is it daisys or is it daysies. Yikes I am usually so good at these things.

Cheers Debra.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My art/craft room studio

Yay, my new craft room is nearly done. I have finished the painting. And am now ready to start making the frames for my cubes, that will hold those red and black tubs you see sitting on the foor. Plus an array of other shelves desks, work stations etc.
I am still deciding if the computer will go up here or not, I can always just bring up the lap top, so I can still blogg away lol.

I have to accomodate a sewing machine and very large fabric stash (see an earlier post) a scrapbook/cardmaking area, a painting and drawing place, and also a bead/jewellery and polymer clay station, including somewhere for my boys toys, (bandsaw, scroll saw, electric drill, jigsaw, sander and many other wood working items) and my dolls houses lol, I really need to plan this out right, or it won't work.

The room is a reasonable size 10 feet by 14 feet, so I do have some room to play with. I know many people have to share the bedrooms, dining rooms, under stairs or just a cupboard etc for their crafting area, so I am very lucky to have a whole room I know.

I have been trawling the internet the past few weeks for ideas, and have come up with some really nice ones. Especially the colour scheme I have picked.
I must email the lady in question and see if it is ok to mention her here. I had no intentions of copying anyone, it just happened.

You see I had already painted the room yellow. and I bought the rust red for the floor (floor is crappy chipboard) then I came across it, this gorgeous room in yellow and would you believe it rust red. OH my instantly I fell in love with the colours, and seeing as I had the rust red, well the rest is history lol.

I am very happy with it, it is big change from pink and white and green, but my shop downstairs will be in all those colours, so I will still have my shabby fix lol.

If anyone has any ideas I would be very grateful for your help and suggestions b4 I start cutting and nailing.

I have been buying lots of storage containers etc ready to stack into my cubes and shelves, so I will have plenty of storage, it is the little nooks I need to create around the room for my different activities, Oh why do I do so much lol, couldnt I just stick to sewing or painting lol.

I am thinking I will build a large table on wheels for the centre of the room, with storage on each end, just the right height to be able to stand and do my work, also I will be able to bolt the bandsaw and scrollsaw to this table. (this must be done for saftey)

So I am thinking shelves and work spaces all around the walls, and the large table in the centre.

I also have a double door built in cupboard in the room, but I was thinking this could be utilised for my stamp collection and many thousands of stamps I have collected, (Yes another hobby) and my stamp reference books etc. I could put a small table and a light in there and when I want to work on my stamp collection I can just open the doors and I am good to go.

So many ideas, so much to do so many craft items to store, so little time lol.

Oh well it could be worse, I could have no where to go play, I am so lucky yes I should be so lucky lucky lol, sorry Kylie just popped into my head being an aussie and all.

Ok Thats it for now, I'm off to start measuring walls and storage containers.

Cheers Debra.

Here are a few pics of the finished room, well so far anyways lol. You did ask for updates, if you have not seen the before pics just scroll back a few entries.

These curtains are not staying. Or the heater, it belongs in the pretty room.

The red chair, is really old, it can stay.

Storage tubs for the cubes, and a large round cardboard box, painted rust.

Black cats for good luck, I don't have any real ones ATM :( I love cats.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Its pink Saturday again

Happy pink Saturday everyone, again I am still busy finishing my craft room, so I am cheating in a way, and snagging some pics off my computer of things I have made from polymer clay, These items I have made and sold in the past year. Some are not pink, but hey isnt everything in our world pink lol, just put on your rose coloured glasses and it will all be pink lol.

Hope you like them.

Cheers Debra.

Anyone for valentines day cakes. The hearts are actually sugar candy from the cake decorating isle, bought in a container of thousands, and are about 2mm in size lol

They are for dollshouses, with little calories in them lol.
Not pink, but they are the size of a dime I spose, or a 10c piece.
Ready for a party.....I wish I had something for size reference, but they are about 1 inch across, if that.
Sitting on a dollshouse table, the table is about5 inches across, oh they look so yummy.

Anyone for a pot of orange tea, strawberry maybe, oh you want apple okies lol.

All made from polymer clay, and about 5mm in size.

How did that pic get in here, lol, my beautiful granson Luke......

Happy PINK saturday again.....:)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I must wear plaid and garbadeine NOT

I was going through some pics yesterday, I found this one, yikes. I look like I stepped out of a horror movie lol, I spose I thought I looked good at the time.

Time....about 6 months ago

Place....Friends 50 th Birthday.

The other pic is when I first got my glasses, (About 18 months ago) so I thought I would dye my hair red, yikes, a bit different lol, I have now gond back to blonde lol.

Its mine in another 7 months, so I spose I'm not doiong so bad for and ole chickie hey. It could be worse lol.

I was reflecting back, who said when you get to a certain age you must dress a certain way. I remember my mum dressing like a very old woman when she was only about 40 but that was the 60s, back then woman were made to feel old very early on. Once you were a married woman with children you tended to forget about fashions and looking super good, after all your job was done, you had snagged your hubby had your children, made your home etc. You had no need to look good hey.

How wrong did they get it. Apart from the obligatory trackie and slippers in the mornings I could no more wear old fogie clothes than swim in the lake in winter.

I like to be able to wear the latest fashions if I want to, pull on a pair of skinny jeans and bubble top if Iwant to, not that I want to do the latter very often lol.

But I do enjoy and pair of jeans and a white top, or a litle sundress if it is very hot.

I guess I am lucky I have been relatively thin all my life, I did have a patch there after my child was born where I put on a lot of weight, so I know what it is like to be over weight, its not nice.

Anyway I thought I would dig out some pics of me when I was a child, some of the creations my cousin made for me were nothing short of hip and mod, well it was the 70s after all, you know cycadelic 70s lol, (Well some of you will) oh how I loved the 70s, but I think I will leave that for another post lol.

Cheers Debra.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Not quite pink

Happy Pink Saturday.

Ok so my pics today are not really pink, they could be lol, depends on how you perceive the colour of the walls on my new craft room. I had painted it all yellow, then I came across a wonderful webpage with the red colour as well, I said to my self, self: you have that colour why not go way out of your comfort zone and paint a couple of walls red.

Now I have to tell you I am not really a red person. But I seemed to like this idea, so a new colour scheme was born.

I have black and red storage boxes (sitting on the floor) and am going to make cubes from mdf, these will be painted black and red and the storage boxes will slide right on into them, well thats the plan anyways lol.

The window will be white and the blinds will be in the bin. I am making yellow curtains (I think) that could change, Blinds would be good. But so would an unlimited bank account.

So I must do what I can with limited funds and two hands, and a lot of hard work.

Now bloggers, this is why I have not beed around lately, every spare moment has been spent walking up 13 steps, yes the room is upstairs, oh lordy me, oh well excersise I spose with out really trying. The computer is so going up there too pmsl.

Anyways this is my contribution to pink Saturday, like it or lump it, rofl.

Have a great day.

Cheers Debra.

Edit Bit....

I couldnt leave out my best friend could I, he is with me everywhere I go, even he got sick of walking up and down the stairs lol, so in the end he just stayed on my puter chair till I came and sat down again, he knew I would be back sooner of later.

Oh and my rough drawn plans for my cube station, to hold the tubs, to hold my STUFF, well that is the general idea, if it all comes together lol. (Have faith woman, have faith) I intend to make them all different sizes, for various items.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pink Saturday

Happy pink Saturday.

I have been really busy sewing and getting my large craft room ready to open my shop, more about that later.

So I am posting more pics of my gorgeous quilt for ya all.

Hope ya understand lol, I will fill ya in on the shop details and plans in another blog.

Cheers and Happy Pink Saturday.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tea time and a shabby quilt

I did this post earlier and it wiped itself, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, so I will upload the pics, then add to it.

This is my quilt I have been working on, it is huge about 5 feet square. All cotton fabrics with pure wool wadding and pink drill cotton backing, sewed with gutterman cotton thread as well.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Click to Mix and Solve

Click to Mix and Solve

Just thought you might like this puzzle to do, I love trees and green grass, hope you do to. Then the next one is my new faux flowers I bought yesterday.
Just click on the arrow to get them ready for solving, I hope you enjoy them.
Cheers Debra.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The day the country came to town

Log September 22
Its now 3pm in the afternoon

I awoke from a granny power nap, to find it looking more like I had been transported to mars, it was an eerie brown out side all the windows, so with camera in hand I went out to investigate, not knowing If I were going to b e deported to some ailien martian lets see what your made from camp or what, so I took my little dog with me for protection (Of course) and on venturing out side I was greeted by dust, yes dust and more dust.

It seems every few years we are bestowed upon by the country, they seem to think we need some of their precious top soil for some reson or another, but I do however feel sorry for those poor souls who washed their cars yesterday, or the little girl I saw cleaning the windows at the local woolies supermarket pmsl.

Here are a few pics of what greeted me out the front and side of my house .

I assure you I have not doctored these pics in any way, this is the colour it was outside, it has somewhat cleared a little now as I type, but is very very widy, so I am sure the winds will blow it on to the next town along its path, dropping some it of its load as it goes. Yes it is bin night, if the wind dosnt blow the bin down the street for all to see my gargbage lol.
OK I think I will go save the bin from this fate, and go secure everything that is likely to blow around in the yard.
So it has jsut started to rain turning this dust into yep you guessed it (MUD)

Then the power went down for a few hours tonight, so I had to take a pic of me all set up with my laptop still connected to the internet, thanks to still keeping my dial up account, I knew that would come in handy one day lol. And one of my mums old kero lamps, the amount of light they throw out is amazing. And of course the wood fire burning, it was glorious while it lasted, now the power is back on. I am so tempted to turn off the lights again and stay the way I was. Oh the good ole days lol, I could have even gone and done some sewing as well. I use my mums trusty singer treddle machine. I sews better than my two electric ones I own.

Oh well now back to the mundane things of doing the dishes now I can see what I am doing lol, yuck.

Cheers Debra (Australia)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Yippeeeee Pink Saturday again

The cutest pink cotton buds, I dont think hubby will miss these ones. Pink tags I have cut out to put on some gifts, lucky recipients.:)

My spray starch in its bottle with pink handle and nozzle, too darn cute..:)

Dolls house I am making with its pink painted siding....:)

A fabric piece I got at the local thrift shop last week, its destined to become a cushion I feel.....:)

And my favorite, a bag of pink rose pot purri, it smells as good as it looks I can tell you, it was reduced down from $8 to $1 I cant figure out why, it is devine, I am going back for some more if they have any left........:)

Well I hope you like my pink things for this week, It is not too hard to find pink around this house lol, everywhere you look there is pink, oh except the kitchen, it is going to be yellow and blue, but that is for another blog entry..:)

Cheers Have a wonderful evening.................:)

The first flowers for

The season, I love these freesias, they smell divine, if you have them in your garden you will know what I mean. I cant leave them in the garden I have to pick them and bring them inside, I adore the smell wafting through the house, though hubby will come home and say, what is that infernal spray you have gone and bought now lol.
He does not hold the same affinity with cut flowers that I do. That could be why I never seem to get flowers for any occasions lol, Hmmmmmmmmmm might have to work on that, come to think of it, I dont get flowers or chocolates or anything for any occasion. :(

Any way on a lighter note the weather is warming up, I think this will be the first night since the start of winter that I wont have to light the wood fire. I have bought in the kindling etc incase it cools down, but I am hopeful I wont need it.

Also my quilt is coming along nicely, I have got three strips of squares sewn up, and I am very pleased with it so far. ( I had to take a pic of the progress) I cant help myself ROFL.

Let me know what you think of the table cloth pink green and white fabric I have mixed in with it (the table cloth fabric I call it lol), it is so hard to find a nice green to go with my beautiful roses fabrics, but I think this works. Too bad cause it is all cut and sewn up now lol.

Oh my the smell is wafting out to me now at the computer, it really is a strong fragrance isnt it. Its making me feel more like spring has finally arrived.
Ok back to sewing up my quilt.
Cheers till next time.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

10 sewn 90 to go

I am making a shabby quilt, I have sewn 100 squares of gorgeous shabby roses fabrics, all wadded with pure wool wadding and backed with pink drill cotton. It is going to be huge, I have 100 by 100 7 inch squares if I use them all on the one quilt, I will decide as I go along.

Here are the squares waiting to be sewn together, and you can see some of the fabrics I have used sitting beside them.

I have been wanting to make one of these quilts for so long, I started one a couple of years ago, but was not happy with the fabrics I had.

I hope to finish it in the next couple of days, If I can stop having visitors that is lol.

Hopefuly my builder freind will be here in the next week also to make a start on my shop, I am converting the large family room in our home into a shabby shop, I have all the furniture etc and most of the stock to fit it out, and we are in a fabulous spot for a shop. I will update you more as it progresses, this is something that has been in the works for about 2 years now, it is so hard to get any one to come and do work, and even harder when it is not a major building project. But I am hopeful it will happen sooner rather than later lol.

And to all of you who sent well whishes for my recent back surgery, A big big thankyou, I am much better thankyou, I think it may have worked a litte, I had a couple of nerves burnt off at the ends so I do not feel as much pain.

I still have the lower back to see to though, and have to still take my pain medication for that, so am unable to get of it yet. If you ever have to take pain medication, please try to only take it as you need it, it creeps up on you and before you know it you are addicted to the stuff.

Anyways the main thing is I feel somewhat better, and am able to do the things I love doing. So with that said it is off back to the sewing room.......

Cheers and have a lovely weekend.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Miniature Furniture and a shabby cushion

I have been busy, my headache finally left me, so I got busy, I have a few dollshouses on the go at the moment, so while I wait for glue etc to dry, I shabbied up some furniture for one of my houses. It is just the same as doing real life size lol, but it dosnt take as long.

I have had this gorgeous Rachel Ashwell fabric for forever, and I had already tea stained it and the vintage chenille, I finally got around to making a cushion out of it last night. I am very pleased with the way it turned out, I diddnt tizzy it up with lace and ruffles, I was going to but decided against it, I wanted it to just be bold as it is. The back is brown cotton fabric.

Well that is it for today, I am off to pack my bag, I am going to have a small operation on my back on Friday, I cant rememebr what it is called, but they inject some sort of pain blocker into your spine, and hopefully it will alleiviate my pain. I have two discs that are stuffed in my lower back.
I spose it cant be any worse than the big horse tablets I have to take for it now lol. I have been this way for about 3 years, and have waited 12 months for this operation.
Due to my back problems I am unable to work outside the home any more, so if anyone is interested in buying this cushion or dollhouse furniture from me just send me an email and I will send you the purchase details, I will also put them into my shabby vintage blogshop as well, I dont have much in there yet, but I am working on it. I hope to have shabby items, and dollhouse furnture and miniatures, all hand crafted by me.
Ok happy bloggers have a lovely evening and I will talk to you when I get back from my operation.
Cheers Debra.