Not Scrapbooking, just sticking scraps into books for future reference.


It has got to the point that I have itchy fingers, feeling the need to handle fabric needle and thread, but paper is the current focus of my stuff-ups.

I used to have a pile of magazines about a mile high … well, that is an exaggeration, but there were lots of them. A friend passed on another pile recently as well. Over the last two or three years I have been sorting the scraps of paper saved over about 30 years into scrap books, but there was still a lot of magazines.

I think I have pulled them all out of hiding, and pulled them apart … saved the bits I wanted for future reference, the rest was added to the recycling bin, with a few intact magazines passed on to others.

Instead of that pile of magazines I now have a pile of scrap books, though in the new parlance perhaps I should call them journals. They reside in my filing cabinet, and the next project is to clear off the shelves the magazines used to inhabit and use that space for display and books like I intended. I have already added some hand write notes to emphasise why I have kept some pictures … none of the designs will be used, but have been kept for inspiration, starting points for future designs for quilt blocks and quilts, and other crafty projects.

More scrap books are waiting attention … I am clearing out the boxes containing bits of rag dolls from a former life, but want to keep a record of all the original designs.I am still sorting doll pieces, patterns and scant instructions into some sort of order so that all the relevant information is saved … in some sort of order!

Photo above is from a previous scrapbooking session … photos of the current project will happen when I finish the doll project, which has already taken about 6 weeks fitted in between the rest of life activities, and get covers on all the books. (Some of the books have to be made … loose pieces of paper will be stitched or glued together … then covered!).

I have also printed off twelve months worth of Virtual Quilter … the first three months in 2008 and all of 2010 have already been printed and bound, but the whole of 2009 was not done … now it is half way!

Timber Lace

“It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.” ~ Douglas Adams 1952-2001

Thank you Sharyn … a great quote from one of my favourite authors.

1st February 2011

Went shopping for crafty stuff … bought more paper products than anything else.

Found some black paper sketchbooks and pads … could be fun using the sketch books for scrap books to hold together some samples and inspirational scraps of paper. The pad might become cards.

30th January 2011

Oh, the memories! Late November, cool but not cold, breezy but not windy, and the views around Beachport were wonderful.

OK, I know I got sick of miserable weather , but I think I want to go back to winter … soon!

The first hot spell is upon us.

It is way hotter in the north of South Australia though!We haven’t reached forty degrees Celsius yet, the have made it to 47.

Plastic Cookies … Laminated Edition

Some time ago I published some pattern books intending to give them to great nieces for Christmas.

However, before I had finished putting them together I realised, when I touched a page with a wet finger after washing off some paint,  that I would need something a bit more childproof in households where some of the users are not yet going to school!

So I reprinted the pages, placed them back to back and laminated them before stitching them together.

The final step was making some of the items following the instructions from the book and stitching them onto the pages of the book.

The finished book will store much better than the first edition, and will still stand for display.

Very limited edition of three were printed, one for me, with two completed, one for each of two families with under ten year old children for Christmas 2010.

The third one is for me to keep as a reminder of how to make more in the future.

(I also have the one and only First Edition … if I sign it will be even more exclusive!)

PS While making the decorations I created some scraps.

Before adding most to the bin I cut a few plastic icicles to add to the collection of designs. I now have to work out if I can easily add a page to the second editions … I know I can add to the original, the only problem is matching the paint colour exactly!

25 January 2011

When I was packing away the Christmas decorations this tree fell apart, held together by a set of lights and a bit of tinsel alternative.

To glue or wire it back together I had to remove the decorations to be able to get to the trunk, but in doing so I unwrapped a bit of tape which was holding the branches in place.

The trunk will be easy to fix together permanently.

Getting the branches back on  …. I have no idea what to do or how to do it!

Some of the options ..

Glue the trunk together, work out how to glue the branches back on.

Glue the trunk together, remove all the bottom half of the branches so that I can hang a ‘waterfall’ of decorations from the lowest remaining row of branches.

Use the remaining branches to make wreaths, garlands or bunches.

Interesting times ahead.

22nd January 2011

Floating seaweed from Beachport Jetty … was talking about some favourite places today, and Beachport is one of mine.

January 17 2011

Late this afternoon we went to Scowns Runaway Hole.

After rain run off heads to the lowest points, which around here is usually swamp areas, but this spot is a deep hole. The water flows in, and disappears, finding its way down into the aquifer quickly.

This is the first time in fourteen years it has had water running into it, and many more since it filled and overflowed.

It won’t fill this time, as the water is running out as quickly as it is running in,like a large funnel.

The water is about 2 metres deep around the base of that tree, but by morning it could be empty.

All the local swamps have similar runaway holes too, and it may take days for them to fill up, but they can be empty overnight.

The world’s very own deep drainage!


We are two hours west of Horsham, one of many Victorian towns being inundated with flood waters … the rain here was heavy, but not heavy enough to cause damage.

January 15th 2011

I don’t want to bore anyone with stitch by stitch reports on quilt making, or any other slow moving hand work … there is enough of that out there already …. but do think I can add a word or two about one activity which has amused me each day.

It might be about quilt making, or some other crafty project, it might be a photo I took during the day, or one I found in a file or box. It might be about the garden, or shopping  but not if it is for groceries!

So, today I printed and framed some family photos to display in the rogues gallery. Which means tomorrow will include finding room on the notice board to fit them in!

The pelican is not a member of the family, but he did share the same holiday destination between Christmas and New Year.

Christmas Card Garland

8th January 2011

Packing up Christmas decorations usually involves some alterations and mending.

This year there is some of that to do, but decided that something new would be fun to find in the collection when the decorations go up again in November.

Nothing too demanding … paired up Christmas cards from the last few years to find matching pairs, trying to match up sizes first, then hoping I could match themes as well.

I glued them back to back then joined them together with thread so I can hang them over a door. (Or narrow window.)

The best part is that they are reversible, or if in a window they can be seen from both sides!

Now, I usually forget new post Christmas projects so this will be a surprise when I open the box next year.