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Friday, October 16, 2009

Awesome giveaway from The Oz Material Girls

To celebrate their 5th birthday The Oz Material Girls are doing heaps of AWESOME giveaways!

This one would have to be my favourite so far!

Beginners sewing kit valued at over $100

 

The kit contains...
A Craft bag to hold your Goodies
An Amazing Selection of Fabrics... with novelty prints, blenders, funky retro and more
A Sewing Kit & Tape Measure
A Collectable tin of pins
A Melly & Me Soft Toy Pattern - Easy Sew

Total Value Over $100.00

To win all you have to do is join The Oz Material Girls fan page and comment here.

To receive extra entries:

Visit The Oz Material Girls store and sign up for their newsletter then add a comment on their fan page that you have signed up.

Post about this giveaway on your blog, and return to here and leave an extra comment letting them know the link to your post.

Mention on your Facebook Page and leave a separate comment on The Oz Material Girls Wall , along with the link.

Retweet on Twitter and leave a seperate comment on their facebook wall , please copy and paste the following - RT @OzMaterialGirls - Win a #craft pack- #fabric, #pattern valued at over $100 http://bit.ly/3etO2u

Winner will be drawn Saturday 31st October at 10.00pm by an online random number generator so every individual comment, link or tweet will gain additional entries.

Be sure to check out our blog- http://www.theozmaterialgirls.blogspot.com also for more great prizes and giveaways

Good luck!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baptism invitation.

My Niece is being baptised in November and I have the honour not only of being one of her God mothers but also Kate has entrusted the creation of the invitations to me :D

Here are some designs I’m playing with.

 

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Each has a subtle difference but I like them all for different reasons.

Craft expo disappointment….

Well Noah and I took ourselves of to the Royal exhibition buildings in Melbourne on what was one of Melbourne's most beautiful days!

And TBH the glorious weather was the highlight of the trip!

I was underwhelmed at the expo. Granted it was smaller and more intimate than the bigger quilt and craft expo’s but it still left me flat.

If you were a scrapbooker/paper crafter, older generation occupant (LOL) more into the traditional sewing/quilting etc it was perfect. But for the more contemporary sewer I was left wanting more.

I did how ever purchase a melly & me pattern “petunia” for $16 petuniafrom In stitches of Williamstown, check out their blog here. In stitches was the only booth with contemporary funky patterns and fabrics such as Amy butler and melly & me to name but a few.

After we have been around the expo a couple of times (in hopes something new would miraculously pop up ) we went outside in the sun for some food and a stretch of the legs.

 

 

Here was a community mural, of which after the expo the canvas and money raise will be donated to the Humor Foundation. People were offered the chance (for a small monetary donation) to contribute to the mural. The people in blue were professional art teachers to help the budding artist with their input.

 

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“The artwork, designed by leading decorative artist, Pam Jones, is titled ‘Carousels’. It depicts “the journey from ill heath in the darkest depths of the forest, to good heath full of family and sunshine – travelling along the River or Life looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead.”

Taken from the craft expo magazine.

Some photo’s from the afternoon…

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Sponsor news IHC has welcomed 4 new sponsors to the blog

The Oz Material Girls

Ozhandmade

Nattyjane Designs

baby laila

They all took up 1 months free sponsorship, welcome guys!

Keep checking back with IHC as I’m currently working out sponsorship opportunities for your business on both the blog and the IHC forum.

Gem xx

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sorry I’ve been absent blogland…

But I’ve been busy being creative YAY!!!!!

I have been creating digital delights!

This is my first attempt at illustrating anything on photoshop and I don’t think I did that bad of a job!

I created the little creatures for a little man’s first birthday party, its farmyard theme.

Here are the animals on their own…

Chick having a nibble..

chick 2

Piggy..

pig

Chick standing

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Sheep eating some grass..

sheep

The barn they all live in..

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and the final designs..

Option 1

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Option 2

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The client went with the first option (which quietly is my favourite!)

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Blogtoctober post 2 - Craft kiddy style!

Today I thought I would blog about my little man Noah.

Noah is almost 2.5 and loves to keep his mummy on his toes!

He has shown a interest in drawing and is always drawing something, be it on paper or the wall!

This morning I thought would be a great time to crack open the craft supplies for him.

He loved it! His little 2 year old brow was furrowed as he painted the clag (glue) on the paper, the concentration on his face was awesome!

Here are some pics from his craft session :D




And this one is a tribute to Uncle Sam ;)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

BLOGTOBERFEST 2009 has begun!

What is BLOGTOBERFEST I hear you ask???

TinnieGirl has started a post everyday for the month of October challange, sooooooo I thought I would give it a go, considering how lackadaisical I am about blogging, it would be a great opportunity for me to stretch my blogging legs and see what this baby can do.

If you want to participate in blogtoberfest click on the links above and sign up!

I thought I would start the festivities and show off some of my latest creations...

First we have a plywood draws from Ikea...

Before


After









I sanded, primed and painted with white spray paint. for the fronts of the draws I used scrapbooking paper and mod podge to both stick it down and as a protective coat, to prevent damage to the paper.


The other project was a MDF serving tray I picked up from spotlight for $16. Initally I wanted to paint it using a crackle medium but that failed, then I thought I would paint it silver to give that faux metallic look which also failed. So after letting it sit around the office for who knows how long I and after trawling the many awesome craft blogs out there I came across a few with some really nifty ideas on decorating items such as trays, cupboards, plates etc. The two blogs that come to mind are Infarrantly Creative and That's so cugly so I decided I was going to spray it with a gloss back paint and then mod podge (can you tell mod podge is my lastest favourite craft thing!) some pattern onto the inside botton, but I can't think of what to put on there. So if you have any ideas don't hesitate and let me know!!!!





So that is my first blogtoberfest post is done and dusted, I wonder what I will chat about tomorrow????

Till next time (tomorrow) TTFN.

Gem

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ok so its been a while!

I appologise to my loyal fans that I haven't been blogging for ages! Between looking after a 2 year old, to a month on injuries and illness I am finally coming out of the fog of my world so to start it all off I am having a giveaway to the first person who signs up to my forum iheartcraft.com.

Be the first to sign up, and post and you will recieve a crafty prize. Its a secret now but any crafty person would love it!

So go, sign up and post and see how you go!

iheartcraft.com

Friday, August 21, 2009

New giveaway on Habby Goddess

Sorry I haven't been around for a while, life has just gotten away with me, I haven't been up to crafty much, I have made a few things here and there and of course have bought some gorgeous fabric and will share them with you ASAP!

But in the mean while I want to share with you all an exciting giveaway The Habby Goddess is having on her blog!

Do you love Melly and Me patterns???? If you do this is the give away for you!

August giveaway by The Habby Goddess

I love love love the pig!!!!

Good luck and if you win let me know!

Friday, July 3, 2009

I’m in love…

With a magazine!!!

Australian Homesewn is a new sewing magazine, and its freaking awesome!!!!

Its jam packed with tutorials and projects for you and your kids!

There’s reviews on sewing machine and a massive lift out all about organising your craft space!

The editor is Melissa Goodsell and she is one talented lady!

Anyway I just wanted to share my utter excitement over this awesome mag! Its a must buy for all those sewers out there!!!


ETA: I have started a group on Facebook for AHS, come check it out!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Oppps I did it again!

Changed the template for IHC, I’m likin’ what I see tho! The search box is annoying me but I think I can get rid of that.

IHC forum is doing well, we are up to 42 members which is VERY exciting! But we need more member, the more the merrier so they say so come one come all to i heart craft forum.

If you haven’t already noticed both the blog and the forum has a new header and button! I am utterly in love with them.

 128x128 iheartcraft

Please feel free to add the button to your blog! Here’s the code for you to do so :D

<a href="http://www.iheartcraft.com/"><img src="http://jarodandliz.com/tempstuff/128x128.jpg" /></a>

The very talented Liz of Savvy Cat is responsible for these creations, she’s such a clever chick!

Ohhh baby update, a few weeks ago I mentioned that my sister due to have a bubba, well I am happy and proud to announce the new arrival of my little Niece. She is the most adorable, precious, tiniest littlest think I have ever seen, and I am totally in love with her!

Oh and I get to make lots and lots of cute little dresses and girly baby things I can’t wait!

Pettieskirt here I come!

 

That’s all from me for tonight.

♥ G

Monday, June 22, 2009

National Premmie Day 31 July 2009


A very important day is coming it up soon! Its National Premmie day on 31 July 2009.

For those who have had premmies or have know people who have been through the tough journey that having a premmie takes you on you will know how much of a worthy cause this is.

For more information on what you can do to help raise awareness or if you are a parent to a premmie bubba and just need somone to talk to or want to network with other parents of premature babies have a look at....

Lil Aussie Prems
Bad Mummy
National Premature foundation

Friday, May 29, 2009

Taggie Blanket



I whipped up a taggie blanket for a friend.

I am in love with the fabric. I would love to say I patch work quilted it but alas I did not LOL.

It was dead easy to do although next time I think I will just do a pressed seam and top stitch rather than sew and turn it out and blind stitche the opening, or I could just make the opening smaller.

Also I think I might use a fleece as a backing, it will make it a bit thicker and more cozy.

I also want to have a go at making a pettiskirts! They are just the most adorable skirts.

Although I don't think I can justify the $ when I have no little girls to wear it. My fingers are crossed that I have a little neice on the way ( c/sect 15th June ) so I might be able to get away with it ;)



Pettieskirt tut on martha


On the Lilypad front, I FINALLY sold my first froggy!!!!

The i heart craft froum is doing ok, we have roughly 26 member and a few have started posting on a regular basis, I really hope IHC will oneday be as popular as some of the other big craft forums :D Baby steps baby steps LOL

I've been doing some design work, here is what the client chose, a very elegany black, pink and white desgin.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ruffled Bloomers

I've been busy sewing last night and today!

I've seen ruffled bloomers around which tend to cost an arm and a leg, so I thought I would try my hand at making some!

And this was the result.

Sorry the pics aren't the best!

I'm hoping to have them up for sale at Lilypad Creation so keep posted :D



Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Katies having a baby!!!!

My Little sister is having her first baby in less than 8 weeks!

So we are throwing her a baby shower!

Her nursery is tiffany blue with a cherry blossom theme, so I themed the invites around that of course!

She doesn't know if its a boy or a girl (thanks jon!)

So here it is :D




New look IHC!

I have changed the template, do you like it?

I have no idea how to work the link and ad certain things but I'm getting there and its looking rather pretty :D

A little update on things...

I have so many thoughts and idea's rolling around in my head, I just wish I could actually get some of them out on paper!

♥Some new things going on I am in the process of getting the www.iheartcraft.com and getting the forum set up over there, for some reason the forum has been playing up and there is little to no support from the provider so I might have to start from scratch but never fear I will let all the current members know if there are any changes.

♥I have to design some logos for site links and banners for sigs, blogs etc

♥I have some exciting ideas that I am hoping will get off the ground, watch this space for updates :D

♥Invite design jobs in the works which is exciting.

♥Design and make up some wet bags for Lilypad, I have to get photos worthy of the site as well as some better pics of the quillow (not sure how I'm going to do that, if you have any idea's let me know :D)

♥Have a certain little mans 2nd birthday coming up which is just crazy! (I'm in denial that I have a growing little guy!)

♥Find a house to rent, I want my own space and a craft room, studio with heaps of room for all my craft stuff and a massive cutting, sewing table!

Well thats all I've got, I will end with showing off my latest design jobbie!









Monday, April 27, 2009

IHC forum!

I've created my very own i heart craft forum, come and check us out

i heart craft

Will see you there :D

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Moving announcement and quillow!

Do you know what a quillow is? I didn't until a couple of weeks ago. For those who have been living under a rock with myself a quillow is a quilt and a pillow in one! When its open it looks like a quilt but if you fold it a magic way it folds into self and makes a pillow! All be it not the most comfy of pillows but a pillow non the less :D

And for those who totally didn't get the name, its QUilt & pILLOW :D





I also whipped up a "were moving" announcement card for a friend who is leaving Melbourne is a short few weeks :(

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I have taken on the zipper and survived!

I put it off long enough, but I have finally concurred my fear of sewing zips!



They aren't perfect but not bad for a first attempt!
I need to get myself a zipper foot tho, I thought I had one but apparently not!

In other news Oz Handmade is now open for business!!!! Come over and check out all the awesome stores of hand made items from baby toys, clothes to soaps and jewellery!

You can check out my wares for sale at my store, Lilypad Creations . I have a few things up for sale but will be adding things as quickly as I make them :D

Here is but a taste of some of the things I have for sale!
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I'm also working on some new things, Off to spotty tonight for supplies, then I will put them up on lilypad :D