Sunday, October 10, 2010

Creative Inspiration Competition!!! Lookee...!!

Found this inspiration board at Dutch Blue to give you a little idea of an idea you can send to enter into the competition!!! Pass the word around... I'm trying to generate a few more followers!!!

Tonight I'm back from our church women's camp and now off to do a little sewing! Tomorrow I'll let you know what I bought at the Craft Show on Friday! Very exciting!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Creative Inspiration Competition!!!

Okay, I've decided to have a LITTLE competition for y'all! So here's the thing...! Yesterday I bought a design board which is big but boring at the moment! Today I went to Ikea and I bought a nice bright set of cards which is what you will win if you enter!
So, what do you have to do to enter? There are three ways you can enter and you can enter as many times as you like!

1. Send me a link to an inspiring design board idea which you've seen on the internet!
2. Find another person to sign up to The Crafty Camel facebook page and put a note on the comments here that you have.
3. Become a follower on my blog!

You can enter as many times as you like. DD2 will draw a prize on Wednesday 5pm EST and the postcards could be yours to decorate your design board with or write notes to your friends! Good luck!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Parcel Post!

Buying fabric in Australia can be so expensive... up to $28 per metre! It's no wonder, especially with the Aussie dollar being so competitive at the moment, that I buy most of my fabric online overseas! My favourite shop is because they have a great range, good postage rates which they reduce if they can when they post (often you save more than you think!), great specials, and they often have a 50% off facebook special. I can highly recommend joining their facebook fan page! It is not surprising then that a package arrived in my mailbox today... it included 24 fat quarters "Art Journal" by Bari J. Ackerman. Not my thing really but I hope will make some pretty quilts that someone will adore! Stay tuned...

Tomorrow I am having a day out with mum to help supervise DD2 (18mths). We are off to the Craft Expo in Melbourne. I'm hoping to find a few things I am looking for to kick my business along, as well as check out all the fabulous quilts and stalls I know will be there! Maybe you'll find The Crafty Camel there in a couple of years!

While I was out tonight I bought an invaluable tool... a design board... it's big... 80x120cm. Tomorrow I'll be launching a little competition tomorrow so stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A BIG start!

It has been my 10 year plan (I'm realistic!!!) to start a crafty business of some sort... designing patterns, creating, stitching, painting, sewing, whatever! That was 8 1/2 years ago!!! 3 children and many ideas floating in my head later I am finally making a start along the road to reality! Stay tuned and you'll hear more as the journey progresses! Exciting times ahead! In the last month I have bought 3 key pieces of equipment to start the process rolling!

1. Brother PQ-1500S

This is a straight stitching machine which sews at 1500 stitches per minute (or 25 per second as my daughter likes to point out!). Apart from being a beautiful machine to work with in general it's purpose it to do quilting on my second purchase! I hop e that I will be able to both quilt my own quilts, sell some, and do a little quilting for customers as far as the machine is able. At this point I believe this will be predominantly all over patterns up to a 6"pantograph, depending on the size of the quilt.

2. Brindabella Happy Jack Quilting Frame

This frame, with legs, is now set up in my studio, ready for the leader cloths to be made and the first quilt to be loaded on! It takes up most of the lengt h of the room but the machine just glides on it! I can't wait to get started! I have dreamt of buying one of these for years now and have eyed them off at every quilt show I have attended over the years!

3. Electric Quilt 7

For a while now I have been trying to figure out how you get from t he design in your head to the professionally finished design you market to the world! I can't wait to try this program out!

So! There you have it! You can say you were here when The Crafty Camel took it's first steps into the wonderful world of textiles! Who knows how it will all develop... you will have to wait and see! There are so many ideas buzzing in my head! My next major step is to set up my studio in a workable order... that requires some plastering to be finished, some painting to be done, a design wall to hang... till the next installment...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Quilts for Thailand 2010

Well... great start to the day... an advertisement in the school newsletter... a flyer in our church bulletin... two phone calls from ladies wanting to help who also have fabric to donate... sewed up a couple of strip centres for 2 blue quilts... a de-stash of 2 big boxes of acrylic yarn to a good friend who wants to crochet blankets for the orphanage... a re-sort of my yarn/fabric boxes as a result... a trip to Spotlight where I picked up another 15m of boy backing fabric (fish) for only $3m 12ocm wide! Very satisfying! Oh, and I also managed to entertain a 1 year old and 2 school kids (+ 1 friend) who finished school early for parent teacher interviews, and a trip to Highland Dancing! A busy but rewarding day all round! Hopefully some more photos tomorrow! The excitement is already building! Even one of the ladies who I have somehow roped in to help and doesn't sew (she breaks into fits of laughter when I even mention the word!!!) found herself visiting the fabric shop this afternoon to pick up fabric!!!!! Impressive!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Quilts for Thailand 2010

Wow! Sometimes you get inspired and things just take off!!! A young friend from church has gone to work in a Thai orphanage for 6 months during her gap year. Check out It can be a lonely place being in a different culture, away from family and friends for someone of any age, let alone an 18 year old so I thought it would be good to support her and the kids in the orphanage, all of whom have HIV. There are 80 kids in the orphanage and some already have quilts from a donation a while back. So... her mother and sister are heading over in September... and we're aiming on making 60 quilts for the kids there! What great fun! Already I've had a donation of fabric and I've sorted through a whole pile of my fabrics that I reckon can be handed on... (check out what was on my doorstep when I got home this morning!!!! Woo hoo!!!!)
After a couple of hours of cutting strips I have now got a big pile of blue 2.5inch strips of various lengths to make boy quilts. I am thinking of using to make some scrappy ones!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Progress Report...

Well, it's been quite a productive week! Knocked quite a few things off the dining table and am feeling great about it! Tomorrow I'll show you the yarn I bought while up the Dandenongs yesterday... mmmmm!

Friday, May 14, 2010

I'm determined...

Things have got a little out of control in my studio so I've decided to lay out a bunch of things that need not too much work to get them finished... on my dining room table! Don't get too shocked!!! I have been working my way through a huge pile of mending and finishing of late and this is what's left! Hopefully in the next few weeks it will all be done! I'm going to make a special list for it!

Some photos from around my house... part 1

Well, I have decided to show you little bits from my house... since some of you have quietly raised doubts as to whether I ever actually finish the things on my lengthy list of UFOs!!! These photos are from DD2s room! Tomorrow I will show you another room!

I finished this rather cute cross-stitch while I was pregnant with DD1! It now hangs in the room of DD2!

The little mouse on the pile of balloons with big mouse about to pop on and wake him up is very sweet!

Nothing like the Reject Shop for a sweet shoe basket!

The view from the window... cupboard for toys/linen/nappies! A bargain second hand from the friend of a friend!

The view from the door... drawers are also from same friend of a friend! Curtains are a doona cover converted... cheaper than real curtains!

I loved this design from Handmade Magazine! It has silver thread through it and though it was a simple design it is rather fun!

Made this button heart cushion using a favourite piece of material and some buttons from my stash! A great way to use up buttons you like! It was done in an evening at a church craft group I used to run!

Stayed up late one night to work on this with a good friend a few years ago when my children were much smaller! The white cat is a gorgeous soft fur which had some sentimental value!

This papercut (scherenschnitte) was done by a very talented friend of mine for my DD2s birth! The detail in it is amazing!

Well, now you've seen one room... and as you can see quite a few things have been finished! Wait until you see the next few rooms!!! Now it's time to go do some more finishing but first I'm going to show you one more photo...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Some photos from my phone...

My daughter wearing the stripey jumper I knitted for her last year! It is absolutely gorgeous! I knitted it with a Lincraft brand machine washable yarn and it is lovely!
This is the bag I made for my Spring Swap partner! Very cute!
It was a good friend's birthday yesterday and I didn't have a present for her so while DD was asleep I whipped this up in about an hour! I had purchased the material for this purpose about a week ago so I was all ready, just not very organised! One handle is longer than the other and slips through to make a kind of dilly bag. Great for a few items on the go! Something I'd make again I suspect! Came from "Quilts and More" magazine. The inside of the bag was grey with red spots! Quite fun!

I really am trying to make a concerted effort to use up some of my yarn and fabric stash! It is starting to take over the house! Okay, perhaps this is a fairly out of date statement... it took over the house years ago! Still... it is getting a little ridiculous! I "discovered" two hanks of this variegated yarn (10ply?) that I bought at the Wangaratta Woollen Mills last year and decided to crochet it into a cushion for my DD1! She seems to like it so that's good. It's a quick crochet in treble. Lucy at Attic24 has a great tutorial if you want to learn how to make a round crochet cushion in no time at all! This is the effort from this morning!

Getting the hang of this blog thing!

Well, I've had a bit of a play with layouts... obviously have lots to learn about setting out a nice looking blog!!! Any advice gratefully received! Now I think it is probably time for me to go get the chores done for the day and the uniforms washed and the house a little tidy before we have some young guests over for a play after school tomorrow!

Some photos of recent progress...

I finished this cross-stitch last week at 1am the night before I went to visit a friend in her new house! She's moved to a lovely country place and when I saw this design it just felt right for her! It's always hard moving to a new place and making new friends so it was kind of like a message I felt God wanted me to pass on to her!! I wish I'd taken a photo before the glass went on but in all honesty I didn't have time!
I finally have finished this blanket for a friend's 4 year old! I started it about 2 years ago and then got pregnant and had a baby so it has only now been finished! I will be posting it this weekend! I loved the colours and the look of it. It was actually a fairly cheap Spotlight yarn (cupcake, $3.50) but beautifully soft and seems to wear well. It hasn't pilled at all so far. It has a lot of moss stitch and double moss stitch which drove me nuts but adds wonderful texture to the design. The edge is crocheted. I hope he likes it!
The framing of this was easy... went and got a mount cut... pre-purchased frame... spot of spray adhesive and voila! If I had more time I probably would have paid a whole lot more to get it properly framed but I'm not sure it would have made much difference! It was nice to see how well the colour matched the design and her furniture!
I just thought I'd throw in a picture of the very simple cake i made for my daughter's birthday! She wanted a beanie party so I just made a sponge, jam in the centre, and a ring tin sponge, also jam in the middle... cut the bottom off a plastic cup and some foil in the bottom, iced the cake, sat the beanie in... jaffas around the edge to hide the daggy icing... sprinkles on the top... the easiest birthday cake I've made by far but it tasted great and still looked fine!
I spotted these fabrics in a pack (5x10inch rectangles) and they "spoke" to me about my friend!!! She was going through a trying time so I made this in an afternoon as her "calming quilt"!!! They are not my colours at all but they worked great on her grey couch!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Blogging yet again...

Well, since I last blogged I have had a baby so now that she's a year old I'm thinking that it's time to stop just reading other inspiring blogs and get my own up to speed!!! So, what have I been up to? Well, this week I finished off a cross-stitch to say "Welcome" to her new house; finally finished knitting a blanket for a friend's 4 year old son; made my mother a bag for Mother's Day... wanna see photos?