It's for Miss H who makes a lovely tea and cookie treat on Sundays (Miss H and Miss B are the ONLY people Ramona drops in on unannounced) but alas they have no coffee table and usually use a wobbly chair. Now they have a spare spot for teacups and friends. Inspiration and free stencils template from (take one guess)! Now Miss H won't mind so much when she hears that all too familiar knock on the door...
Dear Beloved HML readers,
We love 'other peoples craft' here at hml, and regular readers would be aware that most of our craft finds of the week are the results of happening upon magnificent examples of both the weird and the wonderful output of the unknown crafter. While we have a big collection of ceramics, embroidery, needlepoint, shell art, knitting and crochet it wasnt until Saturday that we managed to find the most rare of OPC items - latch-hook. We don't know quite why they are so hard to find, but like the proverbial hens tooth they are... so when Beck saw this little number out came the wallet and home came the mushroom.
Ramona was a little disturbed when Beck pulled it out back at hml headquarters having had a particularly traumatising time with a latch-hook chicken as a child. Having toiled for many moons on her first latch hook project at the age of 12 she had planned on making it into a cushion for her bed (it went so well with the Holly Hobby sheets). Instead it got snafooed into the nursery of her newly born cousin. Ramona has never recovered.
Beck also found this excellento kids book while rummaging through the op-shop, a hml how-to for little people by none other than super illustrator Richard Scarry, including such fantastic projects as the lowly worm book and a hand-stitched felt Ms Mouse. We can't wait to get started on the projects.
They also had us making quickfire connections to two of our favourite patchwork quilters - the lovely and local Miss PenPen and our international fave Denyse Schmidt, especially given that we've both been gifted goods by each in the last couple of days... the fabulous baby quilts featured yesterday straight outta Durstonia, and this essential crafting tome straight outta dymocks...which begs the question - just how would these two approach a tulip field inspired quilt project and can we please be on the short list if they do ever get around to one?
...The Queen of Craft quietly dropped round these two gorgeous quilts as baby gifts - one for Ramona's small person, the other for Rebecca's. If you know us at all you can easily guess which is which. For despite both being children of the 70's we emerged with different aesthetics from that era..
For Ramona it was all soft colours and quaint story books and playschool... For Beck it was all Sesame Street psychedelics, HR Puffenstuff and roller skate disco...
Sure there is alot of crossover but we think Miss Pen Pen showed enormous insight into our respective styles...
ANd we'd like to send her a HML hug of thanks xxx
Yes the christmas insanity continues and no it show no signs of abating. And don't go thinking Ramona has many original ideas - this one came from (you guessed it) here...
dubbed 'the other art fair' the latest group show at Joint Hassles is quite a roll call of diverse and interesting artists. We love this space for two reasons - 1. we never know what we'll find in that little warehouse and 2. it's within walking distance
Thought it would be nice to share another xmas project. After regailing Miss B with stories of obsessive laundry hamper shopping and manic christmas present making Ramona though her most deserving of the apple print laundry bag. Apples make great stamps, really marrimeko- ish and super fast.
The gift includes a 3m hook for the back of the bathroom door and a bottle of distilled water in a spray bottle scented with rose oil for fancy pants ironing. This was such an easy and fun project even for Ramona who has very dodgy sewing skills. 2 hours over 2 days. not bad...