Seed beads, tiny morsels of delicious colour and endless possibilities

It’s been a few years since I last posted anything to this site. I know no one looks here, that’s cool. I enjoy looking back at my hand made accomplishments.
For the past year I’ve rediscovered beading. In particular, seed beads, weaving and embroidery. I discovered a whole new world of beaders dedicated to the beautiful hues of Japanese seed beads. Just google Sherri Serafini or Heidi Kummli. I usually follow a pattern bought online from or from a lark book. Love Lark publishers.

Cabs purchased from the Sydney Bead Show at Marrickville. Currently working on encasing them with Miyuki gold size 11 db-31′s.

Here is a taste of what I’ve made. It’s my design for both. The pendent was my first attempt at bead embroidery. Love it still.

The Royal Easter Show

Yesterday I had pleasure of visiting the Royal Easter Show. The main reason I go is to visit the arts and crafts pavilion. It’s so inspirational. The standard of work is exceptional. I’d love to enter something but I think I need a few more years under my belt first.


Chocolate Raspberry Waffle Pudding

300g Waffles
4 eggs
1/3 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
600 ml thickened cream
250g rasperries (canned is fine and not to mention cheaper!)
250g milk chocolate, roughly chopped
Icing sugar, optional for presentation

1. Prehaet oven to 170C. Set aside a 5cm deep, 24cm diameter ovenproof dish.

2. Lightly toast the waffles if frozen and cut into 3cm square pieces. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs, caster sugar and vanilla extract for 3 minutes or until pale and thick. Add cream. Beat on low speed until just combined.

3. Arrange one third waffles over the base of the dish. Pout over one third cream mixture. Top with one third raspberries and one-third chocolate. Repeat layers twice. Allow to stand for 30 minutes (this allows waffles to absorb cream mixture, producing a lighter pudding).

4. Place dish on a baking tray. Bake for 45 to 50 inutes or until custard is set and top is golden.

2-Jul-05 Dust with icing sugar and serve with a scoop of vanilla icecream :p~~~~

Note: Check pudding after 30 minutes. If top becomes too dark, cover loosely with foil.

Serves 8

Charity Quilt

With the arrival of baby Maxie Moo, I of course haven’t been able to spend anywhere near the amount of time sewing like I use to but I’m not complaining. I love the little fella.

That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making things. After having a healthy happy child I feel like I should be giving something back  so why not a quilt to brighten up the life of a child. After contacting a few organisations, I found that The Bear Cottage is more then happy to receive them.

My friend has also joined me in making a charity quilt. She has made a Peter Rabbit themed quilt and not having sewn one before she went full steam ahead with a complicated design.

My first Charity Quilt “I Spy Something”

Valentines Day 2012

With the expected arrival of bubs, we both decided to keep Valentines fairly low key. I made hubby a quilted card file to store any personal letters and cards he might like to keep, a hand made card and hand made envelope. I was very happy with how all the items turned out.

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Christmas 2012 Crafts

I love Christmas. It’s a time of creative madness for me, usually a little too much tinsel and seeing family and friends.

This year I made quite a few items. Here are just a hand full of the items made.

All the cards were made from scratch using mainly scrapbooking materials.

This stocking used a combination of techniques including patchwork, needle turn applique and cross stitch. I hope that this stocking will stay in the family as a heirloom.

Santa Cross Stitch Baubble

Quilt for Baby to be

For the past 3 days I have been working on a quilt to give to my baby to be. I found the Stella Pattern online at the Killara Village Quilt shop. I bought the pattern and fabric for only $38.
Tonight I just finished piecing together the main part of the quilt. I plan on putting a few borders around it to inject a bit more colour.

The hard part is figuring out how I’m going to record the details on to the quilt. I’m thinking perhaps a simple cross stitch which I can then sew on to the quilt (yes, thank you to Sonia for picking up the error ‘baby’ instead of ‘quilt’. What was I thinking?)