Well, it’s finally happened! Australia has it’s own crochet subscription boxes thanks to Crate Crochet. Hooray! I was so excited when Crate Crochet invited me to review their subscription boxes. I had been wanting to try one for a while, but they sell out fast.
5 reasons to love Crate Crochet! (there’s actually more than 5, but these are my top 5)
Value for money! The RRP of the contents of these boxes is guaranteed to be higher than the cost of the box.
Try New Yarn – i love trying new yarn. This box contained to most gorgeous Australian Superfine Merino from Morris & Sons.
Great patterns – fresh new designs every month from a range of different designers.
Extras – so many extras included : this box included tea, sweet treats, a pom pom kit, stitch markers and a Clover Beanie Gauge.
Skilled Boxes – if you are a beginner there’s a box just for you! If you’re worried the Intermediate/Advanced box will be too challenging, then you have the option to sign up to the beginners box.
There’s even a shop where members get a discount. Crate Crochet are currently sold out, but subscriptions open again on the 18th of June, that’s only a few days away, so mark it on your calendar if you don’t want to miss out. I cannot wait to see what is in my next box.
I’ve seen a few map silhouettes in frames for sale and have often thought that they were overpriced. So when my Aunt was admiring one online for almost $100 i thought i should have a go at making one. This craft activity is super easy and quick to complete. If you’ve got all your materials on hand it only takes about 10minutes to put together. You’ll need –
1. small map of australia about 12x12cm
2. square frame 20x20cm
3. heart template
4. white cardboard
5. scissors, pencil and double sided tape
Trace an outline of a heart onto the map of Australia using a template and very carefully cut it out. Cut a square 20cmx20cm from the white cardboard and stick the heart in the centre using double sided tape. I used good quality card for the backing with a little gold shimmer in it. I’m not really happy with the colour of the map, so i’m going to see if i can find some vintage atlases to make a more colourful option. Overall, a super quick and easy paper craft activity.
Babies grow quickly, right?! They don’t stay perfect little newborns for long, so when my new niece was born last week, i knew we had to visit as soon as we could. The kids were very keen to meet her too, so we made a quick visit over the weekend. It really was a beautiful drive to the Hunter Valley as everything was so very lush and green. The last time we traveled there it was quite dry and a bit sad looking. I managed to get a little bit of treasure hunting in and a generous visit to see the new baby. She was simply perfect, as newborns always are. Such a sweet little baby.
My first find is an assortment of old bobbins as seen above. I found these in Morpeth, just outside Maitland. I have NO idea what i’m going to do with them. I just love the shapes and colours, and being a sewer i felt an instant attraction. Aren’t they neat!
My second find are these old map and state stencils. Unfortunately, NSW is missing and poor old Tassie has to be hand drawn if you are using the one piece map of Australia.
My last find is this decorative wall ornament of two gold swans. My husband didn’t see the potential. But i’m sure they will look great hung outside at Winterfell on the back patio.
So we headed to Winterfell with another small truck filled with goodies. My Mum and Dad joined us for the day trip, which was a wonderful way to combine work and pleasure. And just quietly, my Dad is super clever and multi talented in ways my husband is not. Don’t worry, my husband has his own gifts, but Dad was so helpful sorting out the gas hot water and how to start the heating. I was worried Mum would be bored while we unloaded the truck, but she enjoyed my favourite red chair on the porch in the sun and also spent some quality time with my children. All in all, it was a great day! The red chair above was another fabulous find from the Molong junk shop or treasure trove as i call it. I think it was a wrought iron bed in a previous life. I really love this chair. And RED! My favourite colour for more reasons than one…..three in fact! The initials of my children – Rose, Eilish and Daniel. xo
Here is a sneak peak of some the spaces in Winterfell that are coming together. Overall, i am happy with the progress so far. Some of the spaces are not coming together as i planned….remember my scrapbook? Who knew that things wouldn’t go perfectly to plan? *insert sarcasm here* But i am not disheartened.
Please note replica antique or fancy pants chairs (as i call them) in the background behind the black stools. I really love these chairs and they were a bargain found on ebay, but i dislike them intensely (my mother always said hate was a strong word) in the main living area. NO MATTER! They will be dispersed throughout the house in the bedrooms and i will find something else for around the dining room table.
And finally, some photos my daughter Rose took from the car on the way home. My husband and other children were following in the truck. Ahhh…..the beautiful Australian landscape is hard to take for granted.