I am finally feeling a bit more organised. Our builder entered our house after the renovation in the Housing Industry Awards and the judging was yesterday. It was a bit weird because while it is our house, they were judging the builder's work so our builder tunrned up before the judges then showed the judges through our house, pointing out the features, while we kind of hung around. All a bit odd. I only got the first names of the judges so I don't know what their background is but gees would I love their job. How cool to check out houses and point out your favourite things about them!! Anyway, the judging was a great motivator to finish unpacking and sort out the house before they came and as a result I'm feeling way more organised and tidy and clean - nothing like people coming to rate your home to motivate you to tidy it up! Today, I stumbled upon this old shelf and it's just what I needed in my quest for organisation...
Simple but useful. Yeeha. I'm sure it will be full and bulging with stuff in no time... I made the pin-up board above it a couple of years ago using an old picture frame painted white and cork tiles from Bunnings - was cheap and fun to make and it's useful too!!
During my sorting I realised I have a lot of craft books I've gathered over the years and I thought I might preview some of my favourites from time to time in case anyone out there is also addicted to craft books??? (I did work in a bookstore for seven years so that's one of my excuses...). I'll try to preview books I've actually made something from but I might include some others too as there's some nice ones that inspire even if I haven't actually made any of their projects... First up is a recent acquisition - Last-Minute Fabric Gifts by Cynthia Treen.
The book is relatively new (published 2006), has a great range of projects and is divvied up into crafts that take between less than an hour and more than three hours to make. The instructions are easy to follow and there's some fabulous tips on fabric selection and sewing basics (types of needles, how to cut bias strips easily etc). One drawback is the measurements, which are only in yards and inches (eh?) which we Aussies have to convert (unless you're a whiz and can think in both measurements?? I'm not!) but there's some different crafty projects that make up for it (felt rocks and a bunny play mat complete with a vegie patch are two of my favourites!). The book also has a section on Wrapping Fabric Gifts and there's instructions for a gorgeous bias blossom present decoration, which was perfect for my sister's recent birthday...
(one of her pressies was a pocket mirror from belle & boo who sent the cute sticker in the package).
So, Last-Minute Fabric Gifts is a pretty good crafty book and I will award it four of my crafty stars out of five. ISBN is 9781584794851
Now all this organisation has made me a bit weary so I'm off to hang out with Matilda and devour another book or two (I've discovered a few I didn't know I had...hrm). Hope your weekend is relaxing.