Dirty Girl Granny Skills

Dirty Girl Kitchen

 

Hello peeps,

Happening this Friday and Saturday until late in the evening in Adelaide is the Dirty Girl Kitchen – Artisan Christmas Markets. Should be amazing, with live music, lots of food stalls, arty crafty goodness and styling and retail stalls like mine!!

Come along and enjoy the vibe and buy something original and handmade for Christmas.

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Lovely “Maureen Margaret Alice” handmade ceramic plates with crochet – named after my Granny.

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Crochet goodies will be there. Perfect for storing all your stuff and great for pressies.

 

I’ll be there so drop by and say hi. I’m quite excited about the gin bars myself!! Quite partial to a nice G & T on a hot day.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

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The Virgin Awaits

My lovely assistant Illy (aka yarnbomb.com)

My lovely assistant Illy (aka yarn-bombing.com)

View through the gallery window

View through the gallery window

Yarn bombing at a height

Yarn bombing at a height

Detail of the Virgin

Detail of the Virgin

At the beginning

At the beginning

Lace bombed Virgin

Lace bombed Virgin

 

Howdy folks,
I’ve been yarnbombing a plenty this week at The Art Gallery of South Australia! Woo Hoo!! What a great gig. Myself and my lovely assistant Illy (aka yarn-bombing.com) covered the Bourdelle sculpture in the courtyard of the gallery with hoardes of collected lace doilies. The gallery is currently displaying a lace exhibition and this project references this exhibition. The yarn bombing itself was done earlier in the week and required a large scaffold be erected around the sculpture. I’ve yarnbombed quite a lot of things but never working at such a height. It was quite scary to start off with but we got used to it. Luckily, it was a beautiful day and we had great views. The sculpture is located in the rear courtyard of the gallery near the gallery cafe, so we had quite an audience of people walking by and admiring our work over their lunch break. It took most of the day to cover the sculpture and it looked fabulous at completion.

I’ve never yarnbombed anything that was figurative or that had a face. All the objects I’ve covered have been inanimate objects so this was really different in that regard. We decided to leave the faces of the sculptures showing which created a lot of comments. Some viewers thought the virgin was wearing a hijab, others thought it had a Russian flavour. I know the Russian women do amazing lace crochet. Anyway, it was all interesting to hear and to discuss with everyone. Unfortunately, It was only left in place for about four days, but with an approximate audience of about three hundred kids coming to participate in the monthly kids art club at the gallery there was a lot of viewers. Kids came and make pompoms and did tomboy stitch to add to the base of the sculpture. We went through 300 balls of wool and many, many toilet rolls and pop sticks!!

A great project to be involved with.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

 

New Human Being, New Martian Creature

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My latest Martian toy for my niece Violet

My gorgeous niece Violet at 10 weeks old

My gorgeous niece Violet at 10 weeks old

The proud Aunt and Violet

The proud Aunt and Violet

 

Just a quick post before I go off to teach at Ridley Grove Community Centre again today. I made this little softie toy for my new niece Violet yesterday. She’s sooooooooo cute. A really gorgeous girl. I’ve made lots of these softies over the years but haven’t made too many lately. The first one I ever made was for my ballet teacher when I was about ten years old and it was an owl from the Woman’s Day Craft book.

I’ve got a copy of that craft book I picked up in an op-shop ( or thrift store for those of you outside Australia). Op-shop is short for “Opportunity Shop” which is what we call them here because you have the opportunity to grab a bargain!! Woo Hoo. I’m going to find that book and post you a picture of it to show how far I’ve come in crafting.

I haven’t quite finished this Martian creature. I’ve got to embroider a mouth on it and make up a little story about it’s life and where it’s from. I do this every time I make a softie a people love. it.

Speaking of embroidery, off to teach it now.
Catch you soon.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Hernando the Grape Vine

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It is with much excitement I introduce you to “Hernando” the grape vine. A one hundred year old vine from the South Australian Barossa Valley. Late last year, in the Australian summer, me and my friend Ilianthe of yarn-bombing.com drove out to McLaren Vale to Oliver’s Taranga Winery where we met with the lovely Hernando. We spent the afternoon covering Hernando with lots of lovely yarn and glammed him up to appear on the label of a wine appropriately named ‘Yarnbomb’. This wine has just been released here in Australia and I can’t wait to try it.

Here is the promotional video made by the winery to talk about the wine and it features (very quickly) me and Ilianthe in action along with the wine maker Corrina Wright covering Hernando.

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I’m so excited about this!!

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Planter Pancakes

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I had this plastic container left over from making my gluten free pancakes…

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Mmmn, pancakes. I decided to use this container to make a garden planter. I should say that the original idea for this came from a Pinterest post, but it had no written instructions, only pictures so I decided to try it myself with my own twist and write it up for you all. The crochet part is my idea. The original planter decorated the outside of the container with markers by adding patterns. Cute too, if you can’t crochet. To see the Pinterest post go here.

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Mark on the plastic container where you are going to cut it on the front…

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and on the back with a marker.

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Use a sharp utility knife or scissors if the plastic is thin enough and cut your plastic container in half where marked.

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At this point I soaked my container in warm water to get the paper labels off, but you can do this before you start if you want.

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Now you have a plastic pot to decorate and plant into! This is where the real fun starts!

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I was looking for the hole punch and found this eyelet thingy. I decided it would look cool and professional to make a hanging hole using it to hang my planter on the wall but you don’t have to do this bit if you don’t want to.

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Put some holes in the bottom so that water can drain out or your pot will get waterlogged. This is especially important for succulent plants.

image I found the hole punch after a lot of bad words and stomping around the house in my dressing gown. (You can skip this bit) I put a row of holes around the top of my plastic container. It’s quite hard to use a hole punch on thick plastic and there might be an easier way. Let me know if you come up with one.

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I used builders line to crochet around the top. It’s nylon and won’t rot like wool will. It will fade over time though. If you cant crochet you could just weave some wool through the holes or get creative and come up with your own idea.

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If you are crocheting each stitch needs to be pulled through the hole and I did three stitches in each hole.

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Make sure the stitch bit is on the top

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You will get a nice little row of stitches on the top of the plastic edge.

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Ta Da!!! Finished and funky plant pot.

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Now all you need to do is fill it with soil and plant your favourite plant.

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By the way the left over top half of the container makes a great scoop. You can use it in the kitchen for scooping flour out of jars or you can use it as a soil scoop to put the soil into the pot. How handy!!

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Garden Art

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Hi folks,

Well, here’s my hand painted miniature pots all planted up with lots of succulents. What do you think? The patterned ones took longer that the plain fluorescent ones but I have a feeling the fluorescent ones will actually be the best sellers. Typical!! Oh, well we shall see. Now I did promise you a ‘how to plant succulents’ explanation in this post but I’m going to refer you to a site that I thought was the best and covered everything about this very well. It’s needlesandleaves.net. Check it out.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Pink Planter Revamp

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Planter in progress

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Finished planter

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Close up of planter

Hi folks,

I’m in love with fluoro pink at the moment. I’ve had this project in the pipeline for a while and finally got it done yesterday. Of course I was so excited to get it started I forgot to take a ‘before’ photo. I got this planter from hard rubbish from my neighbour. It was rusty and broken but I love these 1950’s style planters and thought I could revamp it. I’ve done a couple of others previously and painted them either white or black but went for the full colour version this time.

How to revamp a planter:

1. First you need to remove as much of the rust or old paint as possible. I did this using a wire brush you can get from the hardware shop. You can also use a dremmel tool if you have one, with a sanding attachment. I reckon this is the best way actually.
2. Once you have removed all the flaky old paint and rust the best idea is to coat it with a rust inhibiter. This will stop the piece from further rust. You can buy liquid ones you paint on, but for this piece I used a white spray undercoat with rust inhibiter in it. It’s easier. When using spray paint wear a mask so you don’t inhale the fumes. You also need to set up something to stop the over spray from covering everything in the vicinity. I used an old large cardboard box we had a fridge delivered in. See the first photo above.
3. Once you’ve done the undercoat start with you selected colour. It’s better to do a number of light or thin coats than one thick/heavy coat. Too much paint at once and your piece will start to drip. Make sure you do both sides and all angles waiting in between coats. I turned this piece upside down too, to make sure I covered all the bits.
4. Once you’ve covered all angles and left it to dry, set it up in your favourite spot in the garden for all to admire and cover it plants.

YAY!!

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane