Thursday, November 29, 2012

Going Crackers



Yesterday at our Sweet Pea Gathering Rochelle showed us how to re cycle tin cans to make Christmas Crackers.

Here’s what you need to make a cracker:


2 pieces of fabric (the same) 9½ & x 12 inches

ribbon to tie at the ends – 2 x about 22 inches

2 x cans – 420gm size, no rough edges

½ sheet of (cut lengthwise) of fancy A4 size corrugated cardboard. (sourced from the Warehouse or a $2 shop)

12 inches wide Christmas ribbon for around the middle

double-sided tape

pinking shears or roller cutter with wavy blade


Optional extra – coffee and cake!


Trim down one long side of fabric pieces with pinking shears or wavy rotary cutter blade.



Place a piece of DS (double sided sticky tape) on one short end of each piece of fabric.


Remove paper from tape and fold tape over to create a hem.

Tip: if you cut an angle at the and of the tape it is easier to remove the paper

Place a piece of DS (double sided sticky tape) over the hem and down the un pinked side of the fabric


Remove paper from tape.Place open end of can at the un hemmed end of the fabric. Right next to, but not on top of the tape like this:


Carefully roll the fabric around the can keeping nice and straight right by the tape. Roll right to the hemmed end and press down the tape to seal the join.



Turn the taped long edge of the fabric into the inside of the tin.


Other end will look like this:

DSCF3840Gather the fabric at this end together and tie with ribbon:


Goodie half way now.

Rule a line down the centre of the card. Attach DS tape below the line and along the bottom of the card. At one end put DS Tape down one side on the other end put tape just between the two long strips.


(sorry about the different tapes! the white backed one ran out)

Remove paper and place one end of the cracker on the card like this:

The edge of the can should be level with the top of the middle piece of tape. Pick up the end nearest with short piece of tape and wrap it around the tin. Keep on rolling and wrapping until you reach the other end with the tape all the way across. Press and seal. The two parts of your cracker will now look like this:

Slide the short half inside the half with the cardboard collar on it.

Ta dah nearly there:


Final touch, cut a piece of trimming ribbon 1½ inches longer than the girth of the cracker. Using DS tape across each end of the ribbon attach one end to the cuff wrap ribbon around tin and stick the other end down.

All done.


Pretty festive, yes?

These crackers are large, 9 inches long and 3inches wide.Probably too big for the dinner table. More of a fancy container for smaller gifts. I have been looking in my pantry and I see smaller cans which would make great crackers too using the same idea.


The coconut cream tin is 165ml and the beans can 300grms.

Hope this makes sense. Any queries just email me.

Now ladies, get cracking!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sweet Peas

gathered at our house today. Numbers a tad depleted as two SPs are overseas.

Christmas goodies were popular again. Andreena has just completed this superb Christmas runner:


I thought it looked pretty cool on my table. I was hoping she might forget to take it home. No such luck!

Rochelle also showed us a runner:

Rochelles Runner

Isn’t that pretty?

After show and tell and all important morning tea:


Lemon drizzle cake mmmmmmmm

Rochelle showed us how to make the big Christmas Crackers that I talked about on Maxie’s Birthday.

I also gave a quick demo on making partridges.

Small partridge pic

This afternoon I have made a second Cracker. I took lots of photos, I’m now busy writing a tutorial for you. Come back it will be up soon.

Bye for now

Monday, November 26, 2012

A bird in the hand

Yesterday I  made this very cute little partridge:


Think you’d like to make one too?

Head on over to Modest Maven for a free tutorial.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Kaffe’s Kandy Celebration

I have just finished this quilt for Julie:


A very modern bright quilt for Julie’s niece who is turning 21.


This is the fourth quilt made with this pattern that I have quilted. I love them all!

I so wanted to take a nice picture with our Rhododendron in the background but it’s just too bright today and the quilt is going home soon. No time for another photo.Never mind you may still like to look.


Thanks for asking me to quilt your quilt Julie. I hope your niece loves it.

Bye for now

Saturday, November 24, 2012

It’s a hard life for cats…..

…….around here.
Fresh fish for lunch,  followed by some Cat Mint.
Then a zoom groom.
All is well:
Today is the Great Lake Cycle Challenge.This is the biggest cycling advent in the Southern hemisphere. Very exciting buzz around town Recently this HUGE cycle was erected not far from our house: Of course people cant resist the temptation to climb all over. I think they call that interactive art.
Me? This is a stay at home day. Nice to stroll around the garden and take stock. Can anyone tell me what this yellow flower is in front of the white Foxglove is?
These flowers plus lots more foxgloves are growing right by our clothes lines. One large foxglove has grown right up through the lines.Makes our hanging space a bit smaller but who could pull them out when my friends the Bumble Bees love them so?
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. To my American friends, hope you are getting over yesterdays festivities!
Cheers from Down Under

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The mountains have been rumbling…….

Yesterday Mount Tongariro decided to let off a little more steam:


If you go to NZ Herald you can watch a video of the eruption.

From our lounge we look directly down to the mountains. Glynn just happened to be in his chair at the time and saw it happen. Amazing to be able to watch from a safe vantage point.

Thanks for popping by

Sunday, November 18, 2012

You’ve never been ignored…………...

……until you’ve been ignored by a pussy cat.

CiCi the cat who adopted us (Peggy)after we moved to Riverview on Robinson has not been happy since Peggy went on holiday.

She has spent the last hour like this:



Totally ignoring any friendly overtures. Never mind as the evening gets cooler she’ll probably be here:


……on my knee. Not looking at me of course because I am NOT Peggy

One year ago today…….

Our Mum slipped away from us:


Pansies and cats – two of her favourite things.

We’ve been remembering the good times today.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Another restoration

A little while ago my sister Barbara told me that her daughter had bought a quilt at an opshop. My niece decided to give the quilt a jolly good wash. That’s when a big whoops happened. The quilt had woollen batting and it shrunk!. My sister offered to unpick the quilting and I said I would re quilt it.

This is what it looked like before:



I looked long and hard at this quilt before I started working on it. It was hard to decide what  would be appropriate. When I ironed the quilt to prepare it for the frame I discovered that the piecing was not that good. All those set in seams were a bit of a challenge for the patchwork constructor. The centres of the stars didn’t sit flat. There was worse to come – the borders had been stretched as they were applied so they are smaller than the centre of the quilt. So I decided on my McDazzle on a large scale all over.




I do love this pattern. The stars pop and then the baby bocks seem to explode away from the stars.


Needless to say a cat scan was required:


Thanks for popping by

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Triffids are on their way

Such a delight to quilt another one of Fiona’s quilts. Caterpillar stipple border – suitably funky:


Once again Superior Lava thread Hot Coals, always looks so good on black:


………………..and just because I can the bees have been bumbling about the garden again:



Don’t you just want to touch him?

Thanks for popping by.

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