Following on from my recent rant regarding Patterns Dos and Don’ts, I’d like to share some observations regarding craft videos and photographic tutorials. The following is a list of things to consider when creating a video or a tutorial with photos of each step if you’d like it to be one that many people will refer to and refer others to because it is helpful and not because it is a good example of how not to do something. Screen shots, where they are included are for illustration purposes only and it should be pointed out that I’ve likely found them because I like theRead More →

So last Sunday I decided to cast on another project. Yes, I know I have 3 others on the go (and we won’t talk about the fifth that I started on Monday, OK so maybe we will but not just at this second) The pattern I decided on, after much much searching, was Elizabeth by Georgie Hallam. I’ve done one of Georgie’s patterns before, a gorgeous cross over dress so I know that the patterns are well written. I’m using a cotton from Morris and Sons in Melbourne which is a variegated dusky rose and deep pink and is sooo soft it reminds me ofRead More →

Most people who know me know that I love social media – I’m generally one of the first to jump on and try things out. Facebook, buzz, foursquare, twitter, hotspots – you name it. Today I came across this article from a like-minded soul in the US, Shea was Foursquare stalked. It’s something I’ve wondered about, there’s an inherent danger in letting the whole world know where you are and something entirely creepy and horrible about being stalked. It doesn’t make you feel good – it makes you feel vulnerable and that’s a ghastly feeling. Read the full story here and then read on forRead More →

I stumbled across this site while looking for information about different oil mediums and was immediately impressed by just how comprehensive it is. Bill Martin offers free online oil painting lessons, tips and instruction to guide beginning artists in learning beginning oil painting techniques and purchasing art supplies. I figured I’d share it in case anyone reading this is interested in oil painting 🙂 http://www.guidetooilpainting.comRead More →

When laundering doilies or other linen pieces that need careful shaping, leave unstarched for the first ironing. When ironed and shaped to your satisfaction, dip a thin cloth in starch, wring out and smooth it over the article on the ironing board, then iron both layers dry. The doily will be nicely starched and finished. Have you tried this? Not quite so sure it’ll work that well now that we have handy spray on starch.Read More →