Thursday, 31 March 2016

My Great Grandmothers Wall Divider

Sunny Jim the budgie is a bit pissed off with me.

I dragged her 850km to mums house again. She didn't mind the first trip. She was safely in the back of my XTrail. She had a view, she hopped around on her perches and chirped to my crazy music. This time we were in Bears SUV. She had a view and music but I think she objected violently to his lame middle of the road music selection and hated the whole trip.

Sunny Jim and RHA in happier times....
But I had a mission and I knew once Sunny Jim was safely perched in her cage on mums back verandah singing to the Bower Birds and lorikeets, she would forgive me.

She didn't. She bit me quite viciously when I tried to pop my hand in the cage with some fresh greens. Then happily sang with all the local coast birds.

Whoever said budgies don't draw blood should come and meet my little feathered vampire.

The mission? For as long as I can remember my Nana kept her super special things in a large wall unit. It has wooden sliding doors at the bottom, randomly placed shelves, some of which are behind sliding glass doors.

It was originally bought in the late 1960s by her mother in law, my Great Grandmother who passed away before I was born.

When Great Granny died in 1970, it passed to my Pops sister who sold it to my grandparents for 40 pounds. 40 pounds! It's so old it precedes Australian decimal currency. Crikey! 

And Nana and my Aunty Horse Whisperer almost put it on gumtree.com.au for free! FREE?!?


So I put up my hand for it, gave the Bear my best lovey dovey puppy dog eyes, and bless his Beary soul, he offered to hitch the trailer to the car and make the trek up north to collect it.

It was an awesome excuse to spend an extra long Easter weekend up at mums in Mollymook and visit Nana who lives just 5 minutes away from her.

So before the big reveal, I'll share some of the fun we had over the weekend.

There was plenty of shopping at the nearby town of Milton with a quick visit to Nikki Bs. Who are we kidding? I was in there for nearly an hour.

#dogs #milton #redhairedamazona

Wandering up the street, we saw Samson the Clydesdale visiting the local bakery. Apparently he loves their buns.


I then discovered my new favourite shop The Fig Tree Forest where I bought gorgeous feather hair clips and a sumptuous feather hair band made by one of the shop owners Karin as well as a few other cute bits and pieces.


Insert gratuitous feather selfie here...


The super friendly Karin is also a wonderous photographer (check out her Instagram!).

Gorgeous little felt items crafted by Lisa
I bought the last French Pear scented soy candle for mum, then popped in the next day to see if they had any more French Pear candles and then met co- owner Lisa who was more then happy to make one to order.

There was fishing on Burrill Lakes.

Now obviously there was more to this photo, but the way I was posed, I suddenly developed 2 extra chins. After this photo, I gave him the old Rex Hunt, and released him back into the river!

And we bought yummy preserves and jellies at a local Farmers Market at Cupitts Winery.


The best part about visiting Ulladulla/ Mollymook over Easter is the annual Blessing of the Fleet parade on Easter Sunday.

Mother and Sonofagun bonding at the Festival. Fun was had by all. So much bonding.
 
There were vintage cars on display.
I'm like getting all up in ya grill. I've heard people say that. Not sure what it means.
 
 And the parade of course!

Movie themed this year.

Lots of rides and games.

If you have a clown phobia (and let's face it, who doesn't), look away now...

#sideshow #clowns #circus #redhairedamazona
 
I satisfied my inner non-existent highlander with the soul quenching sound of bagpipes.
 
 
I loves me some bagpipery. And a fella in a kilt if he looks like this...


And at the end of the day, fireworks.

red haired amazona ulladulla harbour

I managed to get in quite a bit of crochet.

I made 3 little eggs inspired by Ann Egans pattern in Issue 42 of Simply Crochet. I added a bit of dodgy embroidery on the largest egg.


I also finished 3 more bowl cosies. I always try and make multiples of items before publishing a pattern to make sure it works.

crochet cotton

There was plenty of beach action. Here's one of those gratuitous ugly feet/ paws pics...


The next day we had heard about some rock sculptures. I am going to be a big meanie and not tell you where they are. The locals whisper its location only to each other. All these rocks are simply balanced and rightfully they are worried little hooligans will go and kick them over.



Finally on Easter Monday we took the trailer to Nanas and loaded her wall unit on the back of the trailer.  It was wrapped up and strapped up ready for the long trip home the next day.

Nana blew it a kiss goodbye and told me that my Pop would have been very happy that it stayed in the family. {insert little tear here}


The following morning at 6am, we piled ourselves back into the car for the long trip home.

I was super relieved that the Wall Divider survived the trip without even a scratch and is now safely in place with some of my treasures on it.

 

Things will get rearranged and moved around. A lot probably. I keep looking at it and can't believe that it's here! 

 
 
 
I am definitely seeing some crocheting doilies or mandalas in my near future for those surfaces. What do you think?
xox
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona

Monday, 14 March 2016

Neon Pop! Gingham Cushion Cover


Phew! What a long pattern name that is!

A couple of months ago I had some old, dirty, daggy cushion covers on my cushions.

I won't show you what they looked like. Just too embarrassing!

I saw a picture of a funky tea towel on the Instagram of one of my favourite Grammers (Insta-ers?) called Colorfulsparkle. It was just one colourful object on her kitchen bench with lots of other gorgeous, colourful objects. It is green and white gingham, with hot pink writing screenprinted on it. I think it says 'laugh'. There might be other words but you can't really see them properly.

I happened to be sitting on my couch cruising the Instagram when I saw this pretty thing. Then I glanced over at my manky old cushion covers and a light bulb went off.

The first cushion cover I made is one I introduced to you a little while back. My Neon Budgie Cusion cover. I drew inspiration from a bit of Warhol and the neon colours in the tea towel.

 

I decided at the time that it was a bit too tricky and dodgily made to write up as a pattern for the moment. But the next 2 which are more tea towel inspired, are finally finished!

 
#crochetaddict #gingham #neon #budgie

 


What do you think? Do you feel like making a little statement in neon?

Sure you do!

Cushion cover red haired amazona
 
It's a super cheap pattern available in my Etsy, and Ravelry shops.

The pattern tells you in 6 pages how to set about making your own bespoke gingham style cushion cover in granny stripes. I have also included written and stitch graph instructions to crochet the letters 'G', 'L', 'M' which also doubles as 'W', 'O', 'P' and an exclamation mark (!).

So you can write those all too familiar interwebs abbreviations and catchy words such as:

POP LOL OMG POW GLOW WOMP 
or my personal favorite: GLOWMP!

or just: !!!!!!!!!!!!!




Sunday, 6 March 2016

Cushions & Cramps

After last weeks party happenings, I have dived head first back into my crochet and yarn like it is a cool swimming pool on a blistering summers day.
Over January I had teased Instagram and Facebook with photos of a cushion cover I was working on and last week I was finally able to finish it!


I was originally inspired by a picture of a gingham tea towel I saw on the interwebs a few months ago which was gingham white and green with hot neon pink writing screenprinted onto it and thought that would make a funky cushion cover. I've had heaps of fun experimenting with making letters of the alphabet to make cute words like 'POP' and 'LOL'.


Then I decided to make another which I'm halfway through working on now.

I've writing up the pattern and crocheting like a crazy woman so I can publish the pattern soon, and hope to have it available on my Ravelry and Etsy shops. I did promise this a few weeks ago but I think I'm back on track now. I spent yesterday finishing up designing stitch graphs for the letters!


In a return to my love of amigurumi, I've also had fun playing around with making more of those little cupcakes.


Here is a photo of my latest one. A Red Velvet Cupcake!


Once I have finished the Neon Gingham cushion pattern, I'll work on writing this one up too. There's so many cupcake patterns out there so I plan on posting this one as a free pattern.

Sonofagun No. 2 had so much fun after his party last week. I bought him a swing set which he has been playing on almost every day after school. I actually didn't think he would use it as much as he has. He spends hours out there, mostly perfecting gymnastic type twirls on the little swinging bars where he hangs off the two handles and somersaults himself around on the spot. He also tried doing weird boy ninja moves around one of the dual swings. We warned him against it. He ignored us of course, until he swung himself a little too violently and banged himself in the goolies one afternoon while showing off to my BFF the Blonde Bombshell.

The shock and pain whipped across his little 7 year old face as he experienced that agony which all men dread on their precious jewels. The following conversation took place:

Sonofagun No.2: OMG Blonde Bombshell! Why does it hurt so much!
Blonde Bombshell: Oh sweetheart! You whacked your doodle! Of course it bloody hurts!
Sonofagun No.2: Does it hurt girls that much?
Blonde Bombshell: No baby. Girls don't have penises.
Sonofagun No.2: I know. They have to wee outta hole. WHY? WHY DO BOYS HAVE ALL THE PAIN IN THE WORLD AND GIRLS DONT HAVE ANY PAIN DOWN THERE???? IT'S NOT FAIR!!!

It is probably not good parenting that upon hearing this sad tale, I threw my head back and laughed and laughed. Then looked at the BB, and she looked at me. We shared a look of "poor Sonofagun No.2".
Then both laughed some more.