It is 2 weeks until the end of our long summer school holiday break (I live in Australia in case you were not sure), and we have had a really busy and good break, usually around this time we are all pulling our hair out — can’t wait to get started on the school year — but this year it has been different, we have had, along with plenty of activities, some quiet time, time to reflect and be on our own, we have had time to work on projects, time to just chillax (in teen speak) and time to have some together-ness type fun. And despite not getting to the beach this summer we have had a really chilled out time.
The last couple of weeks of the school holidays we’ll be spending doing some projects, watching movies, going for bike rides and heading to the pool – swimming laps has been our summer recreation and we are all a little better for it. I think our summer of relaxin’ is due to my new direction of taking things easy – slowly – mindfully – intentionally – peacefully. Hoping it keeps going this way.
- This past week on whipup has been extra good. You may have seen a tutorial to make a washable lunch bag :: some links to help organise your kids activities :: a guest post on making seaweed soap :: and another guest post on a sewing apparel challenge :: as well as my new interest in pinterest.
- SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress this week thanks to the largest online protest in history. On January 18th, 13 million people took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw the protest last Wednesday. See the amazing numbers here and tell everyone what you did. Tweet with us, shout on the internet with us, let’s celebrate: Round of applause to the 13 million people who stood up.
- And thank you everyone for filling out my demographics survey – over 1000 have completed the survey so far – its not too late if you have not done it yet and it only takes 5 minutes – and I will posting the results on monday.
More crafty discoveries to keep you busy …
- Making fabric from paper
- How to dye with bleach
- Love Betz White’s handbag from neckties
- I love me some plarn
- Love this crochet elephant baby hat (on etsy) (pictured)
- This granny square design is cute – and the blanket is fantastic. (pictured)
- And these 5 minute crochet hearts are too too sweet (pictured)
- Love the granny a day project by crafty minx
- I have been playing with Kuler colour
- Anne Weil has a new knitting pattern out for a lovely ribbed hat
- Shannon Cook has a new cowl knitting pattern out
- Loving Helen’s felt fortune cookies – perfect for valentines day
- Alicia’s counted cross stitch tutorial part 1 is here
- Am loving the peaks at Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr’s new quilt book – this one especially.
- Beautiful Botanicals: 45 Applique Flowers & 14 Quilt Projects. By Deborah Kemball. Published by C&T Publishing (April 16, 2011).: If you love applique and applique flowers in particular then you will love this book. It is unique and inventive and has a lot of tips for technique – not just applique but some really neat methods for borders and foundation piecing.
- I am enjoying River Camp Knits pattern book for Rowan by Amy Butler — Since that first knitwear collection for Rowan she has produced two more collections – I haven’t seen the patterns in the flesh so to speak but I do love Amy’s style and so I am sure I would love them too. Colourful and simple but with flair and interest.
- Little Artists Handmade by Carly Schwerdt and published by Penguin Australia (2011), is much like her blog Moopy and Me — colourful, clever and quirky, featuring lots of handprinted fabrics and kids artwork. The book is divided into two sections – projects for kids (aimed at preschool aged kids and requiring adult help) to make and projects for adults to make from the kids finished artworks.
[Thanks to publishers and distributors for sending me books to review, I don’t get paid to post reviews but I am an amazon affiliate]