Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Panda Panda Panda

The story of the Panda is one of torture, toils and tribulations... It involved 3 girls, a VERY late night, considerable amounts of alcohol, crying, shouting and arguing. I must take responsibility for the Night of the Panda. The burden of the blame must be carried by me. Here's where the saga begins...

I decided to engage in a craft swap with one of my friends from work. She loves to paint and I love to knit so we struck a bargain, a painting for a panda. Oh what a wonderful idea it seemed like at the time. I found a pattern for a teddy bear on the "Prima" ladies magazine website. I alternated between black and white wool for different body parts to transform him into a Panda. In a move so typical of me, I left the sewing up until the night before! Fooled by my own blissful ignorance, I believed I could sew him up in a matter of minutes. Oh how wrong I was!

After receiving a text from the leading man in my life, I decided to meet with all my friends in the local for a solitary drink. I emphasise that a SOLITARY drink was my intention! Three hours later I stumbled up the road home with my beloved sister and Nat. The unassembled Panda lay in my bag. Drunken reasoning told us that we'd manage to combine our skills to sew him up in a few short minutes. Alas, if only.... We sat at Nat's kitchen table for 4 HOURS trying to sew up the loathed panda. Hangovers were setting in by the time we were half way through. There was shouting, anger and insanity in the quest to put this little guy together. But finally at 4.25am he was finished and all sewed up! I have blanked many of the in between events, my brain cannot handle the memory of them.

Between us three girls, the panda is an unmentionable thing. It causes shudders and sparks of anger. How could something so cute with an adorable "butter wouldn't melt in my mouth" look cause such a hideous uproar! We are not allowed to talk or ever refer to the panda. The words "panda night" have become a synonym for a terrible event. We now use it to describe the unpleasantness of burning the midnight oil for an essay or an unsuccessful night out. Hahahaha!


Have a nice night! Pics of the painting I received in return are coming tomorrow :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

This little project combines three of my recent crafting obsessions... Chunky white wool, roses and cosmetic bags. Hahaha! It was totally easy to knit up, quick and painless! I used some of that amazing American thrift store wool. I seem to have a never ending supply of it. Not that I'm complaining about that! I'm pleased with how it turned out and it made a lovely little project for a lazy weekend.

I lined it using some leftovers from the curtains my Mama bought in Ikea recently. Cheap and cheerful I say! I actually love the curtain material so much that I'm thinking of having a Sound of Music moment and making myself a dress out of the rest of the surplus material. Oh the excitement! If only I lived in Salzburg and could run around the place sporting some curtains and singing with Julie Andrews... *chuckle*

Happy Monday! I hope all your crafting is going well. Have a good week :) x

Friday, February 19, 2010

Snuzzle Cat The Second!

A new friend for the Snuzzle cat has now been completed. He is another cylindrical bundle of kitty cat joy. I was rather happy with the way he turned out. A big fat cuddly cat. It must be said that there's nothing quite so wonderful as that. Hee Hee.

He's knitted in Lamb's Pride Bulky which is quite possibly the most wonderfully easy wool out there to knit with. He's lovely and soft. He was very well appreciated as well by his new owner!

Have a fabulous day and weekend everyone! Thank god it's friday :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cupcake Frenzy

Hi everyone!
So as I said in my last cupcake post it is time to up my game on the icing front. This resulted in a dirty apron clad, frizzy haired insane version of Natalie up till 3am on two nights in sucession trying to make magic happen! 

Below are my mini mouthfuls of joy. 

Went with a black theme here and used a piping bag for the first time. 

The pink glitter on this set of cupcakes is edible! Very exciting... yum yum.