Tuesday, April 21, 2009

whip up and mixtape weekly dance


After a very relaxing weekend at the beach, camping in a beautiful
spot with tall gum trees and lots of great snorkeling and fireside
cooking, I am back home and straight back to work. This weekend
promises to be lovely weather and we have a massive backyard cleanup
planned. The kids have been reading and riding their bikes in this,
the first week of the school holidays, and today I did a big cook-up
of sausage rolls and apple tarts, ready to freeze and eat later.

The past couple of weeks at whipup I have been putting together a
series of craft blog tips - if you missed out here is what we have so
far ... better
craft blogging
: craft
blog etiquette
craft blog writing
: how
to build an audience for your craft blog
photography tips for your craft blog
- coming up more advanced
photography techniques, book reviews, blog design and more... dying to
know something - email me whipup[AT]gmail.com and I will try to cover
it in this series in the coming weeks.

We featured a few recycling craft tutorials this past week - reuse
sewing pattern tissue paper
I loved this one - some really fun and
innovative ideas : recycle
junk mail into paper beads
- I do love making paper beads - this
is a slightly different method though than I have used in the past : fused
plastic backpack
- a great idea on how to use up those colourful
plastic bags : I was in love with the kitty egg
- a time intensive project but worth it : dishtowel
to baby pants
- a really cute and super simple idea :

Some great patchwork and quilting ideas this week too - I loved the easter
carrot tablerunner
- great for anytime of year : curved
seams 101
- a neat tutorial on doing those curves in patchwork :
minimal, masculine quilt
has really got my ideas going ...

We featured some really interesting books this past week - Switch
for the sewing / technology nerds out there : knitting
- a lovely showcase of just a few wonderful artists who use
knitting as their primary medium : make
good crafts life series
- the first two books in this new English
translation of Japanese craft books series : Knitting
on top of the world
- an eclectic knitting book by Nicky Epstein :
- a quilting book that takes a modern look at
traditional designs : And next week we will have Betz White
on her blog tour
stopping at whipup.

Also more sewing - cute pouch
: love the little girls madras plaid
: and the
tulle skirt
: the flowerpot
is too cute : french
seam drawstring bag
is too cute as is the bedtime duvet :
but my fave project this week would have to be the doll
pattern and tutorial by mimi kirchner
- thank you mimi.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting weekend!

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