I'm Heidi & this is my blog
Just like you, I am trying to find that elusive creative gene...
this is where I am at.
Påske. Easter. Pâques
My mum loves decorating for the holidays (and birthdays),
and no wonder - she's really good at.
Growing up our home
was always full of bright beautiful eggs
and feathers for Easter.
My brother & I were very lucky
In our house there would be,
There would be the ornamental egg bowls
full of mini chocolate eggs,
traditional paper ones (again)
full of mini chocolate eggs,
large store bought chocolate eggs, and of course
the colourful wooden ones attached to feathers hanging
off newly budding branches.
Easter in out house was truly a feast for the eye
and my growing sweet tooth.
In addition to all of the eggs,
we would have hyacinth bulbs growing on the window sill,
freshly baked bread & cakes, and we go looking for Bluebells.
Easter was magical.
It was also spring.
It's not spring in Australia.
Although I have a few hyacinth growing indoors and some
mini chocolate eggs stashed away, the bright colourful Easter
I love hasn't quite made it to my home...yet.
Instead, I have been taking my cues from nature.
Autumn has been
tip-toeing into the Snowy Mountains
this past few weeks and as stunningly beautiful as it is,
it doesn't scream Easter at you.
In fact, it's been gently advising me to slow down,
dig out my cardigans and make rhubarb crumble.
Mmmm...I love Autumn.
However, something in me keeps insisting that I
honour family tradition, and hang eggs.
So why not?
To bridge the two oppposite seasons
I have made little DAS Orange hanging eggs.
They are surprisingly Quick & Easy to make;
all you need is some DAS Clay in white,
earring stems with closed loops, some multipurpose paint
(I used Martha's Multi Purpose piant in Geranium)
and a stencil brush.
You don't need a lot.
a) Roll your eggs and insert earring stems (cut to size),
and place on baking paper to dry over night.
As DAS Clay takes about 24 hours to dry properly,
it's better to roll your eggs in the evening to let them dry over night.
In the morning turn your eggs
and pop them out into the sun for 15 mins to completely dry.
b) Once your eggs are dry,
dab paint onto them using your stencil brush and place
back onto the baking paper to dry.
N.B. the paint soaks into the clay quickly,
so you will be able to do a whole egg in seconds.
c) add string & hang.
It's that easy.
In keeping with the season here,
I used dried Alpine Daisy stems to hang my eggs off.
I kinda like it.
The Print Nest
is a little project I made for #365CREATE.
What is #365CREATE?
It's basically a self imposed challenge
to create something everyday, no matter how small or left field.
I have been dipping into Noah Scalin's
for inspiration, often with hilarious results.
Or at least I think so.
Why create every day?
Well, I thought it would help me think creatively,
accept flawed work, and perhaps help me define my areas interest
(I am easily distracted).
I have now completed over 60 #365CREATE projects
and I believe things are shifting for me -
creatively at least.
(#365CREATE is posted daily on @sewingdaises on instagram)
With Easter on the horizon,
The Print Nest was an obvious
Quick & Easy project for #365CREATE,
especially after making loads of little DAS Clay eggs
the day before.
Speckling Clay Eggs
According to my calendar (i.e. my local supermarket)
it's nearly Easter again.
(sorry I have no idea where that came from)
Brightly coloured eggs lining supermarket aisles,
children making Easter bonnets and other amazing 'Spring' traditions,
what is not to like about Easter?
I personally love it!
However, in recent years I have noticed
a growing conflict within.
Easter is full of the joys of Spring,
but 'down under' we have just seasoned into Autumn.
And, there's the rub.
Celebrating with bright colours
and fluffy chicks is all good and well, unless you have begun
your annual transition into Heidi
Let me explain quickly...I feel seasons
In early Spring,
I bounce around like a lamb on hot coals
(very annoying, apparently),
and in Autumn, I seek out quieter activities that involve as few
people as possible (also very annoying, apparently).
Having Easter in Autumn stirs all
kinds of crazy within.
Let me explain further...
It's very hard for me to make brightly
coloured Easter projects, when all I want to do is bake,
make Mock Schnapps,
and dress like Christopher Lambert in Highlander.
And you thought I was conflicted about
Anyhoo, back to my Speckled Clay Eggs;
Made from DAS clay, and speckled with
Martha Stewart's Multi Surface paint
in Carrot and Beetle black
(using a travel tooth brush & paint brush),
they are a fairly good indication of which side of the crazy I am on...
for today at least.
The Eco Duo Cable Scarf
is the one I started last May (2013) in Morris & Sons
'Learn to Knit Cables Class'.
It's a lovely scarf,
I am not sure why I didn't finish it sooner.
Designed by Shannon Dunbandin
this scarf is really easy to whip up,
even for the likes of me.
Yes, there is a teeny section
that didn't quite turn out right; I blame the actress Katey Sagal.
When she whacked Cherry in the face with a skateboard in
'Sons of Anarchy',
I became her biggest fan.
Enter Katey, exit knitting concentration.
I am actually surprised I didn't make
somewhere along the way
I got distracted (again & by something else)
and put this scarf to one side.
But, I sucked it up the other week and finished it.
I am really pleased I did. It's fantastic!
It's thick, the cables are well defined, and
it's now a cowl.
Because, it looks quite dated as a scarf.
I am no style icon, but I have no interest
in looking like Miss Marple...
unless it's Julia McKenzie, and in another 30 years time.
Now that this scarf is out of the way
I can finally move onto all of the other projects
I didn't quite finish last year.