Tidying…

Ooops! I’ve managed to lose all sense of day and time, even though I went back to work this week! The chaos that is school holidays has completely exhausted me (Can’t imagine what it will be like once bub is here and school aged!). Apologies for this coming to you on a Thursday instead of Wednesday!

We have been spending a lot of time sorting, cleaning and clearing the entire house!

Before Christmas, we cleaned and rearranged the pantry. After Christmas we attacked the laundry. Two pretty simple tasks.

This week, it’s all about the studio… which turns out to be a pretty mammoth task…

the studio needs a tidy
it’s actually pretty good in this pic because most of the clutter is in the living room!

Our house looks like a disaster zone. We have pulled a lot of things out into the living area to be sorted and made sense of before it comes back into the studio…

the mess before the organization

We also pulled all the boxes of fabric out of the garage and organized it too. A lot of it is stuff I’ve held onto to up-cycle… There is at least 4 boxes of denim!

boxes of fabric

If anyone is “nesting” it is defiantly Guy! He is totally to blame for our current cleaning and de-cluttering! (Love you!)

Once we have finished tidying the studio, I will do a bit more of a detailed post on how I organise and make sense of all my random bits and pieces.

Until then, what are your favorite storage solutions and tips?

Have a great week!
<3 Cate

A Crochet Cat Cave

For Christmas I decided to crochet my mum a cat cave for her cat Puddy.

cat cave
I made my mum a cat cave for Christmas

I had a bunch of white shirts printed with promotional material, and a bunch of old dye that needed using or tossing. So I haphazardly threw the dye on the shirts. I was impressed how vibrant they came out! Some of the dye had been sitting mixed up for over a year!

dyeing shirts
haphazardly throwing old dye at old shirts
I was surprised how vibrant they turned out!

After the shirts were washed and dried, i cut them all into yarn. I cut the fabric to about an inch to an inch and a half wide. A slight pull to the strips as you wind them into a ball kinda makes them curl in on themselves and makes them easy to work with.

Cutting yarn

I didn’t quite have enough dyed shirts, so I made the base from other plain coloured t shirts I had in my stash.

The base is a crochet circle, increasing every row to make sure it sits flat.

Then a couple of rounds without any increasing to start the sides.

You’ll need to decide where and how big an opening you would like, then start turning to crochet back, instead of crocheting in the round.

Continue like this until you are happy with the height of your opening. Count the amount of stitches you left when creating your opening. Chain this many to cross the gap so you can continue crocheting in the round.

A few more rows of straight crochet, then start decreasing. You could decrease so it comes in flat, or domed, but I decided I wanted to make the top a feature and did a kind of tail. Some fringed pieces on the end give the cat something to play with!

I hope Puddy likes it! It was super fun to make!

I broke a hook halfway through and had to make a mad dash to pick up more sturdy aluminum hooks!
Even before Christmas 2019, the air quality in Canberra was often hazardous or at least poor. On days like this, I shut myself in the bedroom, my little pedestal fan blowing full force whilst watching Netflix.
crochet cat cave
I love how it turned out!

I’m currently at home for another week. Guy requested I not work this week with the air quality being crappy and me being sick over Christmas with bronchitis. Usually I would of argued this with him, but I’m getting too tired to argue lol. I have a few projects to work on, but mostly just resting up!

There has been some great initiatives for crafters to support the animals harmed in the current bush fires. If you’d like to help, check out this Facebook page.

Stay safe everyone! The summer has only just begun!

<3 Cate

What a year! What’s to come?

Cate and Guy at December suitcase rummage

The new year arrived under a heavy blanket of smoke from the many bush fires burning around us.

We’re super thankful for the firies that are risking their lives to help save others. Many properties lost, much land has been burnt, wildlife killed and injured. Several people have lost their lives in the fight. They’re not super close and unlikely to affect us directly, but we have the affects from the smoke and anxiety they bring. We have friends and family caught up in the chaos. We feel totally helpless and just keep hoping/praying for rain.

We ended the year fairly quietly. A few close friends and family gathered for a BBQ. Those with children faded off early, then me, my sister and my cousin had a bit of a knit/crochet session to bring in the new year whilst Guy chatted to my brother and sister in law.

2019 was a much quieter year than 2018. The blog fell into silence for several months, as your all probably aware. And in all honesty, so did my creative desires.

I did manage to get a few projects in.

I took on a commission for a quilt for a close friend. I had a ton of fun making it!

The finished quilt

I did a whole bunch of dyeing!

cooking a rainbow of alpaca fleece
The rainbow cooking
tie dye patterns
All the different patterns I have been playing around with

I up cycled a chair.

after..

And who can forget the Fbomb crochet! I seriously need to make more of these!

crochet fbomb
Don’t drop the F bomb!

And crochet this lovely shrug

The finished shrug on the dress makers dummy. I think i need to make a nice wooden shawl pin! It’s currently held together with my wooden crochet hook!

On a more personal level there was a few things that took our breath away…

I started a new job in February, which has proven to be more challenging than expected. I’m amazed I lasted a year to be honest.

Easter was spent at my parents house repainting their living area. That was quite the task!

Day 3 – we painted the walls

My mum got really sick and ended up in hospital, and I spent a few days trying to help out, but feeling absolutely useless. She seems ok now, a bit tired of what the year has thrown at her.

We found out we were expecting our first child.

baby due march 2020

Then went over seas for four weeks. That was a hard four weeks! Trying to navigate through Europe and horrible morning sickness at the same time.

waffles in belgium
Of course we had waffles in Belgium!

One big thing I managed to tick of my goals list was to attend a market! It was a lot of fun, and a big learning curve, but I’m hoping to get to a few more this year!

Cate with the stall
Me with my exceptionally bright store!

Now we’re into 2020, I’ve tried not to write a massive list of goals. Of course there are things I would like to achieve, but I’m trying to allow myself to breath and savor what I know 2020 will bring! My one true goal is to survive 2020!

I will become a mother this year, that I do know! And I have no clue what that will bring. I have, what I feel is a healthy dose, of being terrified! lol

What I would like to achieve however I’m hoping are small enough bits and pieces to fit into the survival tactics…

  • I would like to attend some more markets
  • I am reallllllly going to try my hardest to keep up with my weekly blog posts! This may mean you get inundated with things I make for bub.
  • I have a whole bunch of things taking up room in my cupboards that need to be up cycled and moved on.

So…

Here’s to 2020, here’s to becoming a mother, here’s to surviving and trying to make the most of the next 12 months! And here’s to getting a rain dance happening to help relieve the fires.

Stay safe, take care!
<3 Cate