Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kenny K's Krafty Girlz challenge

This is my latest Kenny K digital stamp purchase ... she totally rocks!!! After being busy preparing for markets and taking care of a few other deadlines, I've finally cleared off my papercraft desk and dusted off my copic markers. Feels gooooooood! This week's challenge is an awesome sketch by Donna. If you check out the sketch you'll see that I've been a little liberal with it's translation LOL ... but it was truly my inspiration ... honest!

Anyway, supplies:
Copic markers (too many to list!)
Digital Stamp - Rock Chic, Kenny K
Greeting stamp - Darkroom Door 'All Occassions'
Frame - Cricut, cut from Graphically Speaking, coloured with copic YG's
Cardstock - Bazzill
Pattern paper - from stash

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rainbow Serpent crochet pattern available now!

I gave you a sneak peak last week, and now here it is ... the Rainbow Serpent! This gorgeous crochet amigurumi is my sister's creation, and she has created a pattern for it as well!

If you can do a single crochet, slip stitch, increase and decrease, then that's all you need to know! It's a great pattern for using up leftover yarn from other projects.

You can purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop, Hello Dollies. Click here, or on the photograph to be taken directly to the listing? Not an Etsy shopper? No problem. Just email me at and I'll be happy to send a paypal invoice for US$5 + shipping ($1 within Australia, $2 everywhere else). Currently the pattern is on paper only, but we're working on a PDF pattern to be available soon :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It made my day!

It was election day on Saturday, and I worked at one of the local polling booths. I love working on election day ... the people ... the occassion ... the papers!!!!!!!!!

During the day I saw a lot of young voters come in, but what really made my day was seeing a mother photographing her teenage son casting his first ever vote. She must have been a scrapbooker :D

As the evening progressed I was opening the huge senate papers, and when we were about 1,000 into the bunch I pulled one open and found this ....

I laughed out loud and it REALLY made my evening :D Sure, it's an informal vote, but his intention was clear LOL. Note for non-Australian residents ... this was our prime minister until recently when his deputy prime minister staged a coup and kicked him out.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I don't want to know how many days ... but ....

Yeah, I know ... I'll have people covering their ears and trying to ignore me. Sorry! What I am particularly excited about is the fundraiser I created for my Girl Guide district last year. We offered personalised christmas gift tags to our families, and I was overwhelmed with the response! I created and printed over 2,100 tags!!!!

The tags are 2" x 3", and I print your 'from' greeting. This was particularly popular with large families, as they were pleased not to write 'from Joe, Sarah, Robert, Ada, Susan & Jack' (or some such essay) on hundreds of gift tags!

Anyway ... they are coming back, and not only for my girl guides. We are offering this as a fundraiser for other Aussie groups like Guides, Scouts, preschools, P&C's, sporting groups, etc. If you want some info, just email me at and I'll happily send you everything you need to see and know :) Otherwise, if you want to place an order for yourselves, the new designs & order forms will be available really soon. Just let me know, and I'll happily email you an order form :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Rainbow Serpent

Last year I discovered amigurumi, which is a modern and gorgeous style of crochet. I showed it to my sister, and she has really picked it up and run with it!!! See this little snakey snippet ... my sister designed this! It's her rainbow serpent, and it's as tall as my mother!!! This crochet reptilian will be accompanying me to the Handmade Craft Markets on Sunday 22nd August, and the pattern will be available for sale. What's that? You can't make it to the market? What a shame. You don't have to miss out, though. Stay tuned because I'll let you know when this pattern is available on Etsy.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Rubbah!

Today I bought my first Darkroom Door stamp set. This is a shocking state of affairs ... not because I already have too many stamps (*snort* ... that's funny) ... but because I have known Rachel Greig for yeeeeeeeeearsssssssss! I figured that since I have asked my friend Sarah (Inkurable Stampers) to borrow her set about 3 times now, I should probably have my own.

This is the absolute ultimate in greeting sets for cardmakers! It not only has pretty much every greeting I will ever need, I also realised I can mix & match some words to make more! Go check out the gorgeousness that is Darkroom Door at their blog here.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Last Sunday we took the kids to Taronga Zoo, and I took my zoom lens! It was a gorgeous day, and I was happy with some of the 400-ish photos that I took *hee hee*. Thought I'd share 3 of my faves.