And we’re back! Sea turtles and daffodils and project bags, oh my!

Well, hi there! I bet you even forgot I had a blog. For myself, I did a really great job at pretending this didn’t exist and avoided crafting almost completely. A depressingly, disappointingly great job at avoiding.

My last post was in August 2014. At least I can say I didn’t go two years until poking my head back in here? I had a moment of craftiness last year when we were going to a dress up party and I had this brilliant idea I would make our costumes. I got fabric and worked out the patterns, did our measurements, cut everything out and started sewing. I got partway through my top and tried it on and it was enormous. I wasn’t sure as usually I’d be a 16 or 18 but my measurements said I would need to make the 22! In hindsight, should’ve gone with the usual because this thing was just way too big and I couldn’t see how I could save it.

Reduced to tears and depressed as hell by the fail, I threw the crafting in the bin until about one month ago.

A dear online friend, who hubby and I have met through Final Fantasy XIV Online (our shameful yet awesome addiction), who goes by the name of Lona, sent us a box of goodies from the US. She’s an awesome crafter, and she KNITS! And crochets and weaves and spins. Not so much since her little boy was born, but she’s still awesome.

So Lona sent over some starter needles and some yarn to start me off. I’ll do a post in a few days about my knitting escapades. We also got some fancy chocolate and other goodies, and some utterly terrible Crackerjacks. Please don’t ever send those again ๐Ÿ™‚ย And the prettiest scarf I have ever seen that she made herself. For me!

And so, we had to tag team a gifts back. A multitude of Australian chocolate bars, Aeroplane jelly, chips, bikkies in the shape of tim tams and iced vovos, Aussie toys for her kiddo and some gorgeous red 100% Australian merino wool yarn.

I had to send back some of my crafties. There are two things our Lona loves, sea turtles and daffodils. Without further ado, cookie pictures and sewing pictures!

I grabbed some green and blue cotton fabric from my sewing room in an attempt to make it look like they are swimming. Well, I tried…there were another three of these guys getting ready for their container to the US.

Closeup sea turtle. Say cheese! Aww, check out that cute smile.

These cookies have four different greens on them, the body, and the flipper/head accents, and the two greens for the shell. I used the wet-on-wet technique to get the cookie surface to stay flat, and I’m just amazed at how well it worked. To refresh you, wet-on-wet is applying your base icing colour and while still wet, add the second on top. The second colour sinks into the first so that it smooths into a flat surface.

Lets get a little closer. I use Pavlova Magic as my dehydrated egg whites in my royal icing mix, and this adds this crazy awesome sheen to the cookies. It really shows up in these pics.

And daffodils, which are Lona and my favourite flowers. Because come on, they are just the happiest flowers ever.

Both the sea turtles and the the daffodils were hand-cut from a paper template and a lot thicker than I usually make them in hopes they would then not break when flying overseas. I used the wet-on-wet technique again, putting down the pale yellow across the whole cookie, then adding the medium yellow and the dark yellow. When the icing was wet I could barely tell the difference between the pale and medium colours but they came out great! I left this to dry somewhat, added the raised dark yellow drops and left to dry completely until the next day. I then piped on the black outlines freehand and quickly to enhance that abstract feel.

Almost last minute (the week before) I had been knitting and my project was getting bigger, I realised I needed a project bag stat! It’s not great just to leave your project on the coffee table, or on the couch, especially with a cat around. I figured I wanted to make Lona one as well and visited my local craft store to find some pretty fabrics. Her favourite colour is blue (just like me!)

I picked up this gorgeous fern-like fabric for half-price, so that was even better. The blue I used for the top and bottom is a part of a cotton stash I had lying around at home, same for the gingham ribbon. Hubby is happy when I don’t spend too much money on fabric ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also got this cream coloured fabric with stripes to go in the interior. I wanted a light colour so that no fabric dye would potentially mark any yarn placed inside. They were washed first as you do anyway!

Closer look at the two fabrics. Hmm, maybe I should have used white thread in the bobbin…. lucky I sewed straight!

Finished drawstring project bag with two balls of yarn inside and two balls outside. Lona received these goodies today, and initial comment was “Love them! The other knitters I talk to will be so jealous of this bag”. I got these yarns from Bendigo Woolen Mills, and they are 100% Australia merino wool. Gosh we make some great stuff here in Australia. These colours are Sangria (dark red) and Ruby. I may have gotten some other colours for personal use too…. How could I resist!? Those are 200 gram balls of quality yarn for about $16 a ball. That is just an amazing deal.

One final shot of the bag, it really shows off the fern pattern brilliantly and our delightful ruby yarn, in a more true colour shot. (I suck at taking photos :P)

If you would like to make your own drawstring bag, this is the tutorial I used, just increased the middle section so the bag was tall enough to put in 14 inch knitting needles.

So that’s all for now. I’ll be back soon with a post about my venture into knitting land.

Until next time, have fun.


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