gearing up for a crafty year!


i’m beginning to get into gear with this years crafty plans.

yesterday i took mum to Lincraft, a large Aussie (i think) craft store with bits and bobs for most crafty pastimes. i was kinda hoping they might have some PL stuff given its popularity nowadays, and just when i was about to give up i found a stand. i was after page protectors, and managed to get what i wanted. i just got one pack of 12 for now – which should be plenty given i am only aiming for a monthly spread. they were a lot cheaper than the recognised brands and seem ok to me. i havent had to cut any cards to fit. i didnt get an album as i have an empty AC album in my boxes which i hope these page protectors fit – another reason i only got one pack!. i’m recording things each day in the diary, indicating if i took a photo to go with it. i’ve set up a folder for PL photos on my laptop, and so far i’m sticking to the plan. when i take photos off the camera, i process the ones for the blog, and shift the ones for PL.

so here is the title page now in its page and tucked back in the packaging for safe keeping.


across the way from Lincraft was a yarn store, so i also popped in there and spied these 5 colours side by side and it hit me straight away that these colours should be for my next crochet blanket. so i brought 2 of each colour other than white, which i got 3 of as i plan on having white as the outer edge or joining colour so will need more. i checked with the sales assistant and its a brand they always have so i can stock up easily when i need to once the blanket progresses. i think i have finalised the pattern, and because i’m only using those 5 colours, it will be a square or hexagon rather than a stripe or wave. i’ll do that next time!!.


i have also begun the stitching on the first months xmas ornament. i’m planing on stitching one ornament a month so i can one day have a dedicated xstitch tree.

this is a freebie from Diane of Little House Needleworks. i only have a few snowflakes and flurries to do and its finished.  then it will need to be made up into an ornament to hang from a tree. its such a cutie.



i havent done any stitching on the neighbourhood so far this year, but hopefully i’ll get back into it at the weekend. i’m heading to Australia for 2  1/2wks and will be taking it with me so i’m hoping i can get a good chunk done there between dips in the pool!!.

so, there you have it – the plans for the year on the craft front. wonder how long i’ll keep it going!!.


4 responses »

  1. I like the of the ornament, is there a particular site you use for patterns for them?
    Yay on the pl page. I got my album and page protectors today 🙂

    • Ally for that piece, it’s free off the Internet – click the link. She’s my fav designer. For charts, I used patchwork rabbit or sew & so in the uk. Both have great service, and the packages fit thru the door unlike pizza boxes!!.

  2. The LHN freebie has stitched up really cute! I look forward to seeing your crochet blanket and your project life updates.

    Have a great time in Aussie.

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