Sunday, February 15, 2009

In Good Company : NNC 2nd Anniversary Gathering

I joined NNC two years ago and I missed the first anniversary gathering and have regretted eversince, so it was a pact to make it for this year's gathering. Check out Nik's (the founder) yahoo group here. We're a cool bunch - All passionate about crafting! Here are some of the photos my friends took of us having a great time eating & sharing last week.

All of us with our 'HANDMADE' gifts and stash.

The Gift bags Tini assembled for us all.

Lot's of goodies from everyone!! Crafters are very generous souls!!

Group photo of us all! Notice the pressies in front from our gift exchange.

I prepacked colourful buttons for the gathering.

Don't they look yummy!

I got these from Alice and did'nt even notice the rainbow shades until I packed them.

Here's Tini demonstrating her baby 'buttercup' embroidery machine. Very impressive one!!!

My gift from Margaret. She's a wonderful cross-stitcher and I'm blessed to have two gifts from her todate. It's a beautiful pinkeep with a cute little pincushion and some seriously great stash for some great projects! The gift came with a box of green coordinated beads too.

The back of the pinkeep features a little lambikin! So cute!! Thanks Margaret!!

The spread of food everyone contributed. We sure had a great time eating too!

My contribution : The Macadamia Mango Cheese Cake : Easy Peasy to do, maybe I'll post the recipe in my next post.

Here's Nik with her Sizzix machine. We were all so amazed that it cuts both felt and paper.

Here's me demonstrating the shrinkable plastic craft. I printed individual tags for our members.

Everyone paying attention as I passed each one their individual tags for cutting.

The finished tag. They look so cute together.

Me and my prized possession!

I also made needlebooks for everyone. Look at the pile-up!

If it's not crooked - It's not from Mel's! I had fun sewing these. Perhaps a tutorial in the near future?!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Shades of Pink

I can't explain this 'Pink' phase I'm going through. I think it's contagious. SO beware...
I went stash shopping at Macy (Petaling Street) and went overdose on pink yarns. A thousand shades of Pink. I was pairing the colours as I went spree shopping. Come'on they were only RM1.70 a skein!!!

Three strands for each colour band. I started with a darker shade and progressively reduced the shades as I went. I think it doesnt really matter how many tones under, they turned out quite nice. Use your imagination. If the shade is not what you were looking for just unpick and rematch again.

A close-up of the shades. I'll try something out of this world one of this days. Maybe contrasting colours in all three strands?!

The finished bag for the NNC gift exchange. I added velvet ribbons and a magnetic clasp. Glueing the button to support the clasp looks like a good idea too. The bag opens smoothly and closes with a good snap.

One bag usually leads to a few more. Here are the other shades. I used excess yarn to make a little pouchette. Maybe a little camera bag.

Don't they look lovely. What is a bag without a felt flower? I used the same method as in my previous felt flower tutorial and made these with a little flower petal Dianne sent me for scrapbooking. Just sew a button and attach to a pin.

Close up of the pouchette. This button is gorgeous! Thanks Dianne!!!

Close up of Felt flower.

The stash and bag all packed up for Shanny!

My friends at NNC met up for an anniversary get together. After much chit chat, demos and good food there were feedback on my blog and I found out that my blog loads rather slowly. So I've decided to eliminate some of the ads appearing on my blog. Keeping it simple so that I don't irritate my blog visitors. Do keep in touch by leaving a comment if you have any suggestions, requests or a simple Hi! will do too. Keep in touch!! Hugs...!