Apr 29, 2007
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Apr 28, 2007
Every morning on my walkabout, nature surprises me with a new flower, scene or other delight.
This morning, despite the cold wind and autumnal weather, there were new flowers to be seen.
These are all wild flowers, growing in their virgin land, untampered by man, one of the reasons why we leave our bottom acre as it has always been.
Who knows what this greenery will bring tomorrow?
More in next post.
Posted by Scallywags Scribbles at 10:50 PM
Today I learnt how to do crazy patchwork. Anne my quilter friend gave us a workshop making a scissor fob using crazy patchwork. I LOVE IT! oh I can't wait to try out more ideas, ideas that just kept tumbling around in my head as i was working on the scissor pouch. Crazy patchword is wonderful to use up all those scraps of fabric and bits and pieces for embellishing. Will show a picture of mine as soon as it's is finished. Here are some samples of the ones Anne did.
Old boxes. I love boxes of all sizes, especially old wooden ones. Here are three smallish ones from my collection.
The one on the left is quite old and has mother-of-pearl inlay. The centre one is not as old and has a working clock inside. The little one on the right is the latest one in my collection and comes from Egypt. My daughter bought is as a gift from her recent holiday there. It is very pretty and lots of inlay work.
Apr 27, 2007
My favourite tip for ageing is burnt umber. I love this stuff and use it on most of my pieces.
Place a little on a cloth and using your finger under the cloth, gently rub burnt umber in places to age, especially around edges and corners. I use it on paper, cloth, wood, clay well anything and everything.
Another thing I use frequently is shellac. Shellac is basically used for french polishing but makes a great ageing medium as well. Shellac is mixed with methelated spirits and the liquid can then be applied to paper, wood, fabrics, clay. Be sure you have done all you need to do on fabric like stitching etc before adding shellac as item will get quite hard.
To make great aged tags, paint your paper with one coat shellac, let dry completely, then write your wording once dry. Shellac on paper gives it a lovely almost waxy feel and your paper won't tear as easily.
Apr 26, 2007
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Today I finished my first penny rug, I loved doing this and it was thanks to Karen from KMPrimitives for giving us an online lesson. Thank you Karen, you're a great teacher and wonderful person! Picture will have to wait until all penny rugs are completed.
Next i want to learn rug hooking and punch needle and so many other things. It never stops and I cannot understand anyone ever being bored with all that there is to do in the crafting world!
You can visit Karens wonderful penny rugs at
Posted by Scallywags Scribbles at 5:05 AM
Apr 25, 2007
I am sitting outside on our deck, it’s a beautiful day, clear blue sky, gentle warmth from an autumn sun, the trees are hardly nodding their heads, they too are just enjoying the moment of stillness. The only sound breaking the silence now and then is the call of the wild birds. Little manikins have come to feed, although twittering excitedly; they are sitting in a neat row, heads bobbing up and down while gathering food. The Marico Sunbirds are out in their gorgeous colours, iridescent scarlet band across their chest, contrasting with the metallic greenish-blue of their heads, they are truly one of nature’s beauty. The Blackheaded Oriole was early this morning; his fluty song could be heard above all. Flycatchers and woodpeckers dart in and out joined by the many weavers, laughing doves and forktailed Drongo’s.
I have a lovely CD playing in the background, it’s a flute arrangement by an old Chinese group, I am sure its beautiful sound has called to the birds for there are more than normal at one given time. Even the dogs are at peace, Jessie basking in the sun, (she is a sun worshipper), Sherlock resting under my table. How fortunate we are to enjoy such a beautiful world!
Posted by Scallywags Scribbles at 12:51 AM
Apr 22, 2007
I am trying to update my website and write the next free newsletter from Mother Hubbard's Cupboard.
If you would like to subscribe to my mailing list and receive your copy via email of my next newsletter, just drop me a line at
The last one I sent out is still on my site at http://www.geocities.com/motherhubbardza/inbetween.html -The In-between Newsletter.
You can see a sample of what the next one will be about here
I should have it finished in a week or so with interesting tit-bits, freebies and lots of wonderful pictures and ideas.
Apr 21, 2007
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Apr 12, 2007
Thank goodness the bees left without too much fuss. On a group I belong to, the conversation got onto paper creations. I love working in this medium and turning flat white plain ol' paper into a 3D creation. One of the best ways i have found to preserve your paper creation is to give it a coat of shellac where possible. Stitching the paper together gives it a great finish, you can stuff parts to make them 3D, add embellishments, dress them up in fabric and other papers, in fact wherever your imagination takes you.
Here are some samples of paper creations I have done. These were simple paper creations, old music sheet, mica flakes and rusty bells
This one is done by printing a picture of a face, with hat and heart ruffle. I added vintage tinsel around the ruffle and painted the back of the head/ruffle where necessary. I printed an extra hat to glue on the back of front of hat, so the back view looked complete. I then made an armature of the body/arms/legs using chenille stems and glued this to the head. Finally made a skirt and sleeves using crepe paper and painted hearts on it. I stuffed the shirt slightly. I glued printed shoes to the ends of legs.
Apr 10, 2007
Apr 6, 2007
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Apr 5, 2007
Stay safe on the roads.
Yesterday we all went meandering, it was a wonderful day with amazing views.
This one overlooks a valley of gently rolling hills, called "The valley of a thousand hills" its name describes it well.
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Apr 1, 2007
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