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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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

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

How to make a funky miniature garden and cure depression

Ilianthe Kalloniatis
My good friend and fellow blogger Ilianthe Kalloniatis

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Some ingredients needed for this project

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Pot painting in progress

Recipe to Cure depression:

Ingredients:
one good friend who is a fellow crafter (see above)
numerous cups of tea
some cute little teracotta pots
some paint and modge podge
bad t.v shows on home improvement
one beautiful long afternoon.

Method:

1. Go to your friends house, drink a cup of tea. Do some outdoor gardening in the overgrown front yard, prune some plants, have another cup of tea. Talk lots.
2. Go to a local cafe and have lunch. Talk some more.
3. Drive to the local secret plant pot shop.
4. Interact with the very lazy shop guy who gives you are really good bargain.
5. Go back to your friends place and have another cup of tea.
6. Put on the T.V. to a home decorating show, craft show or gardening show.
7. Break out the modge podge and coat the inside of the pots. You can also use watered down PVA or wood glue. This stops the pot from being so porous and it will hold water better.
8. Mix up some funky colours. Talk some more with your friend.
9. Undercoat in white acrylic or gesso first for brighter colours.
10. Go crazy painting patterns, designs and colours on your pots. Leave to dry.
11. Spray with outdoor varnish.

Voila!! depression overcome and you have some cute pots ready for planting. I’ll post how to plant up the pots in the next post. Thanks to Illy ( http://yarn-bombing.com/)and to my friend Branwen for the inspiration for the layout for this post)

Love and art
Sarah-Jane

Crafty Crochet Goodness

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Hello crafters,

I’ve been working on yarn bombing jars and glass objects with crochet..as you do!! I found these Fowler’s Jars in an Op Shop recently and decided they were a great shape to yarnbomb. Fowler’s jars are the Aussie version of Mason Jars. Traditionally, they are used to preserve fruit. They usually come with a metal lids and spring clasp to hold it on and seal the preserves in. These ones I found didn’t have the clasps and there were only a few lids. Of course, not many people do their own preserves these days so the bits and pieces used for this are getting lost or thrown away.

I decided to buy a few to test out how they would look yarnbombed and I love them. These are size 31 jars and they are quite large. I made these with the intention of selling them at markets. They look great with a candle inside as the light shines through the crochet and make different shadows depending on the stitches used. You could of course just use them to store your stuff in! My dilemma is this: At the last market a woman picked one up and said “what are these?? Just jars covered with crochet??” Well, er, yeah they are if you want to look at them that way. I was wondering if I should actually make soy candles (which I have done before) in the jars so rather than being ‘multi-purpose’ they have one distinct purpose ie: THIS IS A PRETTY CANDLE for those who are lacking crafty imagination like the rest of us?? What do you think?

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Spoon me

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Hello folks, Here’s some garden herb markers I made recently using old wooden spoons. I’m moving house and its amazing what you accumulate! This was not even all the spoons I found laying around. I painted them with white exterior house paint…. (Actually I must confess I had so many I had started using them as paint stirrers so some already had paint on them!) When the white dried I found some blue exterior grade paint and did the words and decoration. I must confess I saw this idea elsewhere and its not wholly my idea but I can’t for the life of me remember where. They are going to look awesome in the summer herb garden at my new place. Can’t wait.
Love and art
Sarah-Jane