Fete 2014 - collage

It’s all pretty crazy over here at Whipup blog HQ and I’ve been neglecting my post(ing)!

It’s the Fetes.

In ancient Greek mythology, the Fates were the daughters of Ananke, Goddess of Necessity – these days it’s the school Fetes which spring forth from need.

In Australia, the school fete is an annual fair organized by parents (with lots of help from the teachers) to raise money for the school. Most schools would have a fete – and if not would certainly be raising funds in other ways. Raising money for the school is a necessity. Schools get government funding, but not enough to meet all the costs of running a school. If you want decent facilities and resources you have to raise money. A great deal of money.

So it’s crazy busy here and here and here and elsewhere as we gather our offerings for the Fetes: sorting through wardrobes for the clothing stall; ruthlessly ransacking toy boxes for the toy stall (the kids will never know – just hope they don’t buy them back); loading boxes with once-read, never-touched or double copies of books; hunting throughout the house for ill-considered purchases or miss-matched well-intentioned gifts; running amok with secateurs and trowels in the garden for the plant stall. I don’t bake but I know there’ll be a paper plate coming home from school with instructions to please fill with clearly labelled baked goods and return for fete day.

Every week there’s a new item to add to the weekly grocery shopping list. Last week it was Jaffas for the Jaffa smash (Jaffas are small round chocolate sweets with an orange-flavoured red sugar coating). This week it’s lollies (UK English = sweets, US English = candy) for the lolly bags. Next week it will be bottles of… anything really, for the Mystery Bottle lucky dip. Last year we bought three tickets in Mystery Bottles and won a bottle of blue nail polish, a bottle of salad dressing and a bottle of raspberry syrup. I was hoping for champagne, or maybe some craft brew beer…

For the last four fetes I’ve been working on the Environment Stall. There’s a core group of about six parents and teachers, with extra hands joining in for working bees and fete day staffing roster. We talk about ideas all year around but the serious pinning to our Enviro Stall board happens about four months out from Fete Date. I think there are about 2000 pins there now, and counting… But it’s time to stop pinning and start upcycling.

We’ll be bringing back the big hits from last year (juice/milk carton wallets; t-shirt bags; melted vinyl LP planters; recycled felted sweater garlands; scrabble tile magnets and brooches; plastic soy sauce sushi fish earrings) but we have lots more to add this year…

I’m making containers.

Containers out of plastic milk bottles, olive oil tin lids, ice-cream sticks, plastic lid rings and googly eyes…

Put your snack in here…  and your Easter eggs in here…

Milk box collage - whipup March 2015

Containers out of texta markers…

put your secret message in here, or your earring studs, or a couple of Jaffas for when you need a sugar hit…

Texta lid best buddy secrets - fete March2015 copy

Containers (bags) out of t-shirts

put your towel and swimsuit and sunglasses in here…

T-shirt bag complete - small

Containers out of plastic yarn (plarn) and tarn (t-shirt yarn)

carry your groceries in here…

Plarn tarn market bag collage - Fete March 2015 copy

and put your fruit in here….

Plarn and tarn bowl - small

And that’s not all!

The other crafty folk are making all sorts of gorgeous things – I’ll take a few pics and put them up here too.

Back to work for me now!

What are you up to?

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Nine things Whipup sampler

Can you believe it – Whipup is NINE years old! Hiphiphooraybirthday!!

So for the month of February 2015, if you pop into the shop here at Whipup.net or at Action-Pack you can get 25% off on Action Pack purchases by entering the coupon code:

NINE2015

I had a little stroll down memory lane this morning, visiting the first posts back in 2006 – Wednesday 1 February 2006. There were twelve posts on that date and a community of contributing Whipsters. Why don’t you settle down with a cuppa and some cake if you have some handy and pop back in time for a lovely crafty reunion.

I got a bit wistful and teary, but also inspired to go and make something straight away – well, almost straight away. I decided we needed to bake a birthday cake first.

Now, I’m not a baker – I’m not handy in the kitchen at all really. But I do love to decorate cakes. Last year, (or possibly the year before…) I went through a (very short) phase of making fondant icing and sculpting little critters to put on top of cakes. I had bowls full of rainbow coloured sugar in the fridge for ages. OK, maybe a week. It was FUN.

I had a lot of help from the intertubes in particular from Ann Reardon’s How to Cook That on YouTube.  I decided to watch Ann’s tutorials because I live in Australia and since she does too I could be pretty confident that I’d be able to source all the ingredients she used. There’s nothing so frustrating as following a recipe and then finding you have no idea if cornstarch is the same as cornflour or if the recipe means flour made from wheat or flour made from corn… or something. You think you speak English and then you find you actually speak Australian – or Canadian, or American, or South African, or Northern Irish or… English? Yikes.

So anyway, (back to that birthday cake) I went off to look at what Ann Reardon had in the birthday cake line, and then checked to see what the Domestic Goddess and others in my husband’s cookbook collection had to say (he is the cook in our family – and thank the Domestic Gods for that…). And then it was all too much for me because I read too many yummy recipes and was frustrated that not one of them was possible without a trip to the supermarket.

I ate a biscuit and had a cup of tea to revive.

Then I created a Happy Ninth Birthday Discount coupon for purchases of Action Pack instead of baking a cake.

Happy Whipping Up everyone!

Nine Grannies

 

 

 

 

 

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Tootgarook front door tinsel and coathanger ornament 2014 ed

It’s Christmas Eve.

We’re down at the beach visiting my Mum who lives at Tootgarook. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive south of where we live in Melbourne. The quirky tree ornament greeting us at her front door is made from coat hangers covered in tinsel. Yes, she’s my mum and all that crazy packaging-repurposing and scrap-hoarding crafty goodness has come down to me through her genes.

Just as well she keeps all that stuff – we haven’t wrapped the presents yet so Mum’s stash will have a good going over before the end of the day. I feel quite odd if I buy new wrapping paper. Like I’ve suddenly changed bodies with someone else. It doesn’t feel right somehow. I blame Mum for this. And I thank her. Thanks Mum – love you, love ya work.

I thought I’d spend a little time linking to other lovely crafty mums and not-mums who are great with the re-craft.

Decorations…

Top of the tops for me is my gorgeous friend Julianne who is a mum who crafts and blogs and loves both types of music, country and western. Check out her re-purposed, upcycled craftiness and her glorious re-styled pre-loved vintage glamourousness at Sister Outlaws. In particular I’ve been loving her Coffee Sack Stars ornaments and her shiny shiny Glamtastic Disco Wreath. I should have linked to these earlier – but they’re worth checking out for a little late eco Christmas gawking!

Wrapping…

The Crafty Crow is a fabulous hunter gatherer of the kid-crafty kind. I’ve followed the linky links to Buggy and Buddy’s tutorial on printing your own furoshiki - Japanese wrapping cloth – and a feast of re-crafted wrapping from the Rockin’ Art Moms. I really like Pink Stripey Socks’s interactive poppable wrapping paper made from bubble wrap. That’s my kind of wrap! Follow the Rockin’ Holiday Pinterest board for more.

Presents…

In my Christmas Letter to Santa I directed him to Betty Jo Designs and suggested he make special note of Petal Seasons necklace and the ‘I still call Australia Home’ wall plaque. These glorious creations are made from pre-loved Linoleum off-cuts. I totally adore them, they make me smile. I hope Santa gets my letter on time. I really have been a very good girl. Truly. Betty Jo blogs at the Lino Forest, but sadly her Gleaners Inc shop has closed it’s doors so browsing is online only.

I love finding new uses for the discarded, post-consumed and pre-loved. Wrapping presents, that crazy festive exercise in crafting the most ephemeral of artworks (one excited exclamation, one look, one touch and it’s gone) seems a very appropriate place to use (and reuse) those bits and pieces otherwise overlooked or thrown away.

So today, as we hide in the spare bedroom sorting through the collected papers and bits of ribbon and string and wrapping the odd-shaped presents oddly, we – Mum and I – salute all the parents and not-parents out there who’ve passed on their out-of-the-box craftiness to us all.

Happy Holidays everyone!

 

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3 Angels in the grapevine

It’s soooo close now. Christmas. I’ve barely time left to clean up the house – actually I don’t have time for that, I’d rather be making stuff…

I’ve been archive diving. There’s so much treasure down there it’s sometimes hard to remember to come for air and a cuppa.

After making lots of tassels and turning them into angels, I thought I’d go for a dip into the deep bottomless (surely) pool of the Whipup ‘holiday’ category and find some more dangly crafts to make and share with you – while there’s still time. Plenty of time left if you don’t clean the house…

Here are a few cuties:

A home sweet homey little house by Cate Anevski (Bee’s Knees Industries)

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This AMAZING wreath by Michele Pacey (Michele Made Me) made from a MILK CARTON! I didn’t believe it either.

Milk Carton Wreath Completed - Michele Made Me

A re-fashioned necklace by Cheri (I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar) that would make a fabulous Christmas wreath hangy thingie

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There is MUCH MUCH more in the archives – pretty pretty vintage-style hearts by Hanne Matthiesen at Heaven & Earth;  A no-sew Matryoushka ornament by Kathreen; Chalkboard gingerbread people by Helen of Curly Birds; and many more tutorials besides these. I think I counted 32 pages of tutorials on all sorts of subjects and creations going back to 2006. So there’s a lot to keep us busy through the holidays and beyond!

Thanks goodness of all that creative energy out there!

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TASSEL trashy glittery Dec2014

I’ve been looking at a LOT of Pinterest images in the last few days – there are some very pretty things out there!

Specifically I’ve been hunting for things to hang around the house instead of on a Christmas tree since we probably won’t have a live one this year.

I LOVE the smell of pine trees – it reminds me of childhood Christmases and really brings the season into the house like nothing else. I might put a few sprigs around to do the job, but our house is way too crowded with stuff to manage an actual tree. In fact, I’m not sure we have wall space enough to trace a tree on the wall or hang anything at all. Really, I should declutter. After Christmas maybe…

Christmas tree 2008- Jane Schouten - atlitwIngrid Jansen tree 2012 via atlitw

I’ve seen some wonderful alternatives to Christmas trees. The two above come via the photostream of Jane Schouten (of All the Luck In the World). Thanks Jane for letting me share these images!

The first was made by Jane in 2008, a tree-shaped hanging of  (useless but pretty) objects  to use Jane’s description.

I certainly have a lot of useless but pretty, even useless and quirky, or weird, or where-did-this-come-from objects collected over the years. If I had enough wall space I could have a pretty fabulous tree and feel vindicated for collecting (um hoarding) them all this time.

The second tree, made from salvaged recycled timber is by Ingrid Jansen of woodwoolstool. This particular one was made in 2012, but Ingrid has some similar assemblages in different colour themes available from her Etsy shop – along with some other gorgeous things to drool over…

There are hundreds of non-traditional Christmas trees out there in Pinterest, Instagram and Flickr, but I haven’t yet found my tree – the one that’s taking shape in the back of my mind…

In the meantime I am busying myself with making the ornaments and hanging thingies that will eventually be my tree. One such hanging thingie – a tassel really – is featured at the top of the page. It’s made from that shiny plasticized packaging that crackers and biscuits, crisps and chips come in. That stuff is FABULOUS to make sparkly glittery things from. I tried to describe my process over on my occasional blog habertrashery, but I’m not sure I was very clear. So I’m posting here as well with a few pics:

  1. Get your shiny plastic packaging, open it up and cut the stiff seams off – these can be used for making another hanging thing later.
    Christmas2014-bag seam hangy 1 low res
  2. Roll up your piece of packaging longways and then snip it up into strips – about half a centimetre or quarter of an inch wide.Trashy glittery tassel - cutting Making2-Dec2014 copy
  3. Unfold the strips and lay them together in parallel. Using some thread – sparkly is always good – tie the strips securely together about half way along the bunch. Looks like a big glitzy spider or a scrappy bow tie.Making-3 -trashy glittery tassel Dec2014 copy
  4. Fold all the strips down so they are hanging down vertically and use some more thread to tie them together near the first knot – the top of the tassel. Now it looks like a proper tassel – or a shiny person in a big sparkly dress. I’m now finished – TA DA – but you could add some wings by using a wide ribbon instead of thread for that last knot and make an angel.TASSEL trashy glittery Dec2014
  5. With the leftover stiff seams of the packaging I tied bows together for another hanging thing. Trashy glittery hangy thing Dec2014
  6. And finally all those left over scraps of packaging and sparkly thread was cut up into DIY glitter for future emergency glitter projects!  Trashy glitter Dec2014 low res

That was a lot of fun to do – but I have a lot more hanging stuff to make before I have my tree finished.

Back soon!

 

 

 

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