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Crafty Bitches May 2017

Well April turned into a bit a fizzer.  Half the team was on vacation in Venice and the other half was off babysitting the first couples chickens and chihuahua’s.  That along with great flooding across the nation cause the Crafty Bitches to pretend we didn’t have an April.

The May one went much better

We have decided due to this ‘show and tell’ event turning into a drinking session every time that it would be better for all if we make it a pot luck dinner.  This was an excellent idea and nobody had to sneak through a drive through on the way home or try to not burn the house down making toasted sandwiches at 10.30 at night.

The crafts were an interesting variety once again. Ana repurposed some toilet rolls into something very un-toilet rolly and fabulous.

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I don’t know about y’all but I’m impressed 🙂

Ana’s mother-in-law presented her knitted bed socks, a pair of slippers and a blanket.  Very busy with the needles she has been.  She tells us that the socks and slippers are all ‘one size fits all’ and she sells the blankets for $60 NZD if anyone is keen.

Mel revisited her childhood and make bookmark using lamination (They used to use clear plastics over greeting cards), hole punches and crochet.  Very cool way of repurposing stuff.

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Our lovely Ricki finished her long term quilting and stitching project.  The stitching on this beautiful.  It had a minor wardrobe malfunction in that it had a pocket which is now on the inside against the padding.  If she hadn’t told us we would never have known.

Then there was me 🙂 I bought my bunny from last month because I was proud of him even if his arms are on upside down.  I also bought my finished ugly mat which was this months project 🙂

Amy and Other Mel both phoned in theirs this month.  Amy continued her cross stitch and Other Mel continued with her rotation.

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Because the dinner idea was a success we are going to make it regular and are giving it a twist.  We are going to cook our way around the world and each meeting will have a different country for the dinner theme.  June will be Egypt 🙂  See you then xxx

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Crafty Bitches March 2017

This months gathering was at that lovely Ricki’s.  Snacks a plenty arrived and way too much alcohol flowed.

We had our meeting on April 1st this time.  This also will mean that the next meeting for Crafty Bitches will be in the same month but oh well 🙂

First up was Ana.  This month she continued her theme from January and made wine glass candle holders.  Very cool they are 🙂

She is doing amazing work with glass at the moment 🙂

Ana’s mother-in-law couldn’t make the meeting so Ana bought them along herself.  She had crochet a couple of very cute cushions.

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I think they would look great on a TV couch 😀

Next up was Mel (or mum depending on who you are 😉 ) She has been crocheting some christmas bells.  They look fabulous hanging from a christmas tree.  She has already given away several sets as they are rather pretty.  She is trying to get together enough to sell to earn some extra cash.  If anyone is interested please let me know.

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Then there was me.  I am soldiering on with my cross stitch at the moment trying to get it finished so didn’t have much time for a crafty idea this month so made this instead.  I picked up the frame which had been gold painted in a 20cent clearance bin at the local thrift shop.  The backing is just giftwrap paper and the labels are just cheap stickers.  We use chalk pens for the writing on the glass and now everyone knows what the feck is happening every night in my house because we are often stupid busy and never sure who is home or not.

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Last, but very much not least, is our Ricki.  she has been continuing with her stitching this month.  The is her first ever stitching project and I think she is doing beautifully.  Is going to be lovely when finished 🙂

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After show and tell we tucked into the yacking and the snacking when this happening.  You probably can’t see them but there are chickens in the tree’s yelling at us.

For some reason I find this hilarious 😀 half an hour later there was one on top of the garage.  I tried to get a photo of that one too but it torpedo’d at me hahaha missed me by an inch and then ran off down the drive 🙂

Next months meeting will be at Ana’s house, possibly April 29 but will confirm closed to the time, and we can’t wait 🙂

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Crafty Bitches February 2017

This month saw the alteration of our name.

We are now known as Crafty Bitches and their Dodgy Bastards.

We had a couple of husbands want to come along in a more male situation so we have set up a crèche area where they can play pool and darts unsupervised.  The rule is that they must bring their own refreshments in the form of a craft beer and such and they must have enough to share 🙂  It seemed to work well with minimal crying and no fighting.

Sangrias were of course the ladies drink of the afternoon.  We began to worry that it was a fizzer when nobody except my brother and his adorable wife had turned up but the remainder arrived fashionably late by and so relief was mine.  Nobody wants to be that party.  You know, the one where only one member of your family and no friends turn up.

We were down a member, Amy, due to prior commitments but she as assured us that she will be back next month and phoned her craft in.

As you can see good progress has been made 😀

Melly Moo was up first with her cat mat

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Its a double sided thermal drape curtain that is being upcycled into a mat for under Johnny’s litter tray.  She has been unsure about her edging and was attempting some crocheting for the boarder.  We all discussed and are looking forward to seeing the end product.

Next up was the fabulous Ricki and her chicken

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And a very cute chicken doorstop it is 😀 I think its adorable 😀 The lace is one of those plastic plate mats that you get from the all good $2 shops.  I love when people think outside the box 🙂

Next up was our stunning Ana and her fascinators

They are incredibly lovely! Mum (Melodie) said that she made at least one of them while chatting to her one night.  I am in awe.

Then there was little ole me

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Very simple.  I just trawled some second hand shops looking for patterned cutlery then grabbed a cheap canvas and raided the husbands spray can cupboard.  Glue was the biggest problem.  I don’t recommend using a hot glue gun when attempting to stick metal to canvas.  It has a tendency to let go at night when the family is away and you are watching The Conjuring 2 all by yourself and dropping cutlery loudly all over your tiled floor.  This is not ideal for either keeping wine in glasses nor wee off sofa’s.  We found a more appropriate glue and have not revisited this issue since.

A good day was had by all I think and we are all looking forward to next months meeting which will be either the 1st or the 2nd of April at Ricki’s home.  Yes this does mean that there will be 2 meetings in April but we are all a bit busy and will run out of March this time 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crafty Bitches January Edition

Saturday dawned screaming hot and perfect for Sangria’s on the deck and the first meeting of Crafty Bitches.  Sun umbrellas were deployed and cobwebs were removed.  We usually use the other deck so this is like the formal dining area of our outdoor placement and the spiders had been busy since Christmas it appears.

We had a couple of last minute cancellations but still I think 7 is a good turn out for our first gathering.

I made the Sangria while all the snack people assembled their snacks and we adjourned to our outdoor wonderland.

Everyone was a bit nervous as most of us hadn’t met before but Sangria quickly sorted that all out and the chatter flowed.  They made me go first for show and tell as it was my idea.  I apologised profusely that my craft was a bit crap but got good feed back.  Ricki, gorgeous sister in law, says its still better that the one she paid $50 for. In fact the girls were wonderful and we discussed improvement options.

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Next up was my mum, Melly Moo.  I have put in an order for three of these in various sizes for my birthday, Christmas or mid winter Christmas.  Which ever one suits her.  It really is rather beautiful.  We popped a tea light in it and ooooooo’d and ahhhhhh’d.

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She did well.

Next up was new friend Ana.  Ana is Canadian and moved to NZ for love.  She is just gorgeous and going to help me with my eyebrows (because I am looking at changing salon’s so I can go on a Saturday or Sunday.  Eyebrows are not unruly nor mono type) as she is a beautician by trade.  She bought her mother in law June with her and I think June may be keen to get her craft on for next month.

I love this!  Its very similar to one I was given as a gift at Christmas time.  She used a placemat for the lower covering of the bottle and the little reeds were from her garden.

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Beautiful niece in picture learning to diamond paint

Ricki was up next and she decided to forgo a craft this month as she was in need of inspiration and is now buzzing to get started.  She was fascinated by the diamond painting and has gone home to purchase and apparently has a wish list.

Hannah, my gorgeous niece (see above photo), was next in line and we have come to an arrangement.  When I discovered diamond painting I went on line and bought 2 kits.  One big one for my wall and one little one for practice.  Big one arrived first and I couldn’t help myself and started it.  Turns out diamond painting is not difficult.  Anyway small practice kit arrived in due course so I thought I had better start that one too. I have found that I don’t really want to do this one as I just want to keep going with the big one. So the arrangement is this.  Hannah has taken the practice one home and is going to finish it for me.  When she is done I will buy her one of her choice as a thank you.  She sat at the table and made a start 🙂

Hannah did not drink Sangria.  We limited her to orange juice.

Finally we have the lovely Amy.  I met Amy last month when the Lunam family descended on the local surf lifesaving club and their quiz night.  It was a fun night and we came in second and discovered that PizzaHut will deliver right to your table when you discover that snacks can not be purchased on site only after arrival.

Amy is not going to do a monthly craft but rather is going to continue with her sampler that she is making for her little one that she is carrying.  We are going to take photo’s each month and track her progress 🙂 Its a beautiful little sampler.

Amy also did not drink Sangria.  We limited her to orange juice and lemonade.  As you can see we are a very responsible group 😉

After show and tell we settled back into snacks and I remember to grab my book rat off my mum.  I found the pattern online a few months ago and made her make it for me 😀 Its terribly cute and I am rather pleased that I made her do it 😀

Turns out we have a wonderful bunch of ladies gathering for this 🙂 I loved how there was no criticisms or negativity.  It was such a joy to spend the afternoon with this bunch.

Ana’s husband arrived to pick them up and stayed for a beer with my husband.  I feel that this might work in rather well as later on my brother suggested that the husbands start up Crafty Bastards and begin making, or purchasing and drinking, craft beer while we do the girl thing.  This may result in Dial A Driver learning where my house is without GPS.

Such a fabulous way to end the month.