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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: what is going on here??? (pic) on: September 04, 2008 02:42:15 PM
This happened to me the other day - arrrggghhh - frustrating.  I suspected that it was the bobbin and spent ages pulling apart and cleaning the bobbin and its mechanics helped, nor did changing the bobbin, but when I changed the bobbin I used and different colour and found that that was not the problem and that it was the top thread getting all chewed up. My problem was with the tension.
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Aussie only craft my stash on: September 03, 2008 04:11:20 PM
gorgeous work.
farmgirljane is an excelllent crafter, well done.
beautiful girls and dresses!
I dont know how you find the time with all your kids! you are so quick!

Hi Cyndi long time no talk to  Grin  Thank you all for the compliments.  As to where I find the time - it is just a matter of organization and my craft is about the only thing I can organize really well.  Kids have set bed times so I am usually flat out crafting after 7.30.  Plus the older girls  generally keep the younger ones busy.  Harry does like to join me in the craft room during the day, drawing and playing with my fabric scraps, pins and the rubbish bin.  And of course he and Ruby both have naps during the day which is good crafting time as well.  Housework - mmmmmm, early mornings and weekends only.  Plus the older kids have designated jobs.  Weekends are usually family times, and jobs around the farm but I can manage to sneak in a few hours. 
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Aussie only craft my stash on: September 02, 2008 10:58:36 PM
The girls look so gorgeous in their dresses, I am so glad I was able to make them for them.  They seem to fit just nice. 
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Aussie only craft my stash on: September 02, 2008 10:29:37 PM
This is what I recieved from emerri

And this is what I sent back - not including what I made

25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: OWS 37 discussion thread on: August 31, 2008 07:23:55 PM
You did a great job Summer - thanks.

Wow - I just realised that I managed six claims this round, not to shabby for overseas postage. 

Going to find OWS38 sign up
26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fred rumbles in costume on: August 31, 2008 05:28:00 PM
Book week again and this year a friend asked that I sew a costume for her son.  I give you Mr Fred Flintstone.  This young chap loved the costume tho was not thrilled with just wearing jocks underneath.  It is fairly cold today, about 15 degrees, and the ground is wet from rain.  Poor bugger.  Oh well he can change out of it after the parade.  I also made a furry hair hat.

27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Raggedy Anne and Andy come to play costumes on: August 31, 2008 05:20:19 PM
Book Week is here again (we don't have Halloween) and the kids dress up as book characters for school. Last year my daughter went as an Ooompa Loompa and we wanted to top that so this year she went with a friend as Raggedy Anne and Andy.  I am thrilled with how they turned out.  The only fabric I had to buy was the red and white stripe for the stockings so a major stashbust as well.  She starts high school next year so these will probably be the last costumes from me until the young man starts school (3 years)   Sad I really enjoy doing this kind of sewing.


My daughter as Andy

Her friend as Anne

Excuse the no shoes bit, it's winter and it's muddy for once.  They have black shoes to wear.
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: *Australians Only* Craft my stash - signups closed on: August 28, 2008 05:55:15 AM
Well tonight I had some choice words for my sewing machine - but - I am done and will be posting out tomorrow.  Then I think I will clean the bombsite that was once my sewing room.

JD - I have pics of what I recieved from emerri, do we have a gallery yet, I can't seem to find it.
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: OWS 37 discussion thread on: August 25, 2008 04:17:33 PM
Last fall I had a rather severe encounter with carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Owww - me too - it is when something like this happens that you really start to realise how addicted to much crafting you actually do.  Hope all comes good soon K.

30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 37 (8/01/01-8/31/08) on: August 25, 2008 03:34:36 PM
I claim Therisa for a Khimar or Chador

This is my six claim 5 sent 3 recieved

I am a 40 yo mother of 6  from Victoria, Australia.  We live as self sufficiently as possible on seven acres, growing our own food and meat.  My passions are quilting and sewing, I also dabble in papercrafts, crochet, I can knit but prefer not to.  I can quite often be found in the craft room well into the wee hours of the morning crafting for my market stall.

vintage,reclaimed or recycled items are fine In no particular order but those highlighted are preferences. Alot of the items on my WIST list are for my reference please check before choosing. I also have some favs in my profile.  Books are fine new or used.



Wrap/yoga pants

A  mat 1.5 metres  x 50 cm (knitted / crocheted or sewn) to put in front of the coffee table - we just had the carpets clean and this area was disgusting - in dark blue or green tones

A pillow sham in maroon and gold tones approx 2 metres x 50 cm

cushions covers , white, embroidered/stencilled with a  magpie

A nice piece of artwork of a German Shepard, Magpie or sheep painted,pencil, drawn there are some examples on my wists

A needle felted German Shepard, jersey cow or sheep

Hair barette like this in browns, greens, yellows

Pens covered in polymer clay

Polymer clay canes

Knitted beanies for the kiddos - Bob the Builder sttyle for Harry would be cool if you can do it - PM for sizes

A stuffie tractor for Harry

Crocheted MaryJane slippers for the girls - pm for sizes

Stencil of a rooster or cow - max 6 1/2 inch 

Fancy hairclips or hair pins for my 13yo daughter

Mans XL black/grey sleeveless/muscletop shirt with a WW2 tank/bomber/aircraft carrier stencilled on it

scrappy Quilt squares to make this - sizes 2 1/2 inch to 12 1/2 inch

Hand dyed or bought fiibre like this or in red,black,blue,green, teal

Lino block print kit - I already have some carving tools
lip gloss kit
resin kit


Dog or bone shaped cookie cutter

large diecut dies suitable with sizzix original machine (yay finally got one) for flowers,leaves,stars,hearts or geometric shapes - pm for what I already have which is not alot Grin  I have found them to be cheaper and easier to get in the US

Funky black and white fabrics - 1/2 yard min

Fabric charm squares - 5 inch - suitable for girls

Fabric with stamps on it - 1 metre of this would be fantastic if you can find it

Hexagon die for sizzix machine or compatable with - I would soooo owe you a surprise if you can find me one of these, I can find nothing and am desperate.

Silver chain for making necklaces or any silver findings (eyepins,crimps,ear hooks, ring and pendant mounts clasps etc)

Plastic inards of Kindersurprise chocolate eggs or similair to use in rattle toys

elastic - 1/2 " - 2"
Tunisian Crochet hooks - anysize
Crochet hooks  - 3.5mm
Patterns for felted bags crochet or knit
sewing machine cottons - various colours, also larger reels for the overlocker
hand sewing needles with large eyes - I keep losing mine
rotary cutter blades - 45's
printer fabric or the liquid you can get to make your own (can't get it here)
Multi needle felting tool
Eyecord automatic knitter thingy forgotten the name of them
Handheld wool carders
Rubber for stamp making
Molds for polyclay or any clay tools, supplies other than clay, books

embroidery hoops - plastic kind to display fabric swatches - any size/shape - but preferably pink/red or black

Any of the books on my  wist
Also any books on polymer clay, chain maille jewelry, crochet accessories,pre loved is fine


Fabric badges, pins/souvenier from your town/area - I want to display them in the craft room so I can see where my craftster friends are

Thankyou in advance for choosing me
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