Thursday, 13 November 2008

Firsts plus some more

I'm going to post a few photos here.

First up I'll show you my firsts, my first teddy and my first quilt, wallhanging actually.
I worked with a girl in Brisbane who was a mad teddy bear maker, Yvonne and she was the one who really started off my love of craft. I told her I wanted to make a minature bear and it had to be blue, I think she thought I was insane tackling such a difficult project. I did and here's the result, not perfect but I still love it. I've taken the photo next to my mug just so you can see how little it is.
The wallhanging is from a magazine and I made it in 2002, no idea which magazine or who designed it. I'm much better at keeping the details these days.

Mum taught me how to use a rotary cutter, told me why I had to sew a 1/4 inch seam and how to do applique. It was from this I was totally hooked.

I made a few more teddies, like Hamish who I've posted about previously, Marnie who I made and sadly finished just after my grandmother (Marnie) passed away

and Ted, who I think is pretty handsome

I'm also a scrapbooker and this year I joined a "Book of Me" class just so I could do some girly layouts, here's a few, they're just a bit of fun. They're all on 8 x 8 pages.

And this week I've been doing this

it's an online class by Jessica Sprague. I've made the journal and now I hope to learn a bit about how to best write my life stories and put some down on paper!

What were the first things you made?

14 comments:

trashalou said...

messes

Roseanne said...

so love your teddy bears. I have a bit of a collection of teddy my self .I have only ever made one witch I sent away in a swap.

julia said...

Hi Jo -
well done (includes everything you've shown ;o) )!
Oh, I am way behind the 'Stories...' class - I had some problems finding the right materials here & as I haven't got a inkjet printer that will have to wait until I invade my parents ;o). Fortunately, the materials&informations are still accessible after the class ends...
Hugs, Julia

Linda said...

Well aren't you the woman of many talents? I adore your teddies, just too cute and those scrap pages are gorgeous.

Ann J said...

All beautiful as usual, Jo, but must admit Ted has stolen my heart !!.......Luv AJ

Marita said...

I love the little blue Ted. Fantastic result for a first try. Never tried to make teddy bears because they look too tricky. My first quilt (about eight years ago) is very wonky when I look at it now, but I still like it.

Stina said...

Your sure are a crafty lady... :o)
Love your teddies...!!!
Will try out scrapping this weekend... DH is turning 50... ;o)

wonderwoman said...

i just love your teds, they are sooo cute!! the first quilt i made was for my daughter - who, even tho she is a lot older now, still snuggles under it when she's cold or poorly. ahhh.


xx

Amanda said...

I just love your teddies. I have a bit of a collection of teddies myself, though I've never been brave enough to try and make one. I've done a bit of scrapbooking, and I'm doing the Stories in Hand class, though I'm changing it a bit as I go along. I've been sewing forever, so can't remember the first thing I made - an apron at school I think!

Jodie said...

I tried to make a shirt with tuxedo tails when I was about 13. I used newspaper to make a pattern and sewed it up - It was atrocious (pale yellow) but I wore it proudly.

Chookyblue...... said...

we all have to start somewhere and your blue bear is very cute........

Robyn said...

Jo...your Teddies are adorable, especially your tiny blue one :o)
Love the scarecrow hanging...I remember that pattern myself :o)
Gorgeous everything.
I'm very interested in your last item, your journal.
All beautiful work...a real credit to you and your wonderful talents!
hugs
Robyn xx

Isabella said...

Well who's a busy girl then I just love your Grandmothers teddie I have done lots of teddies but could never get the faces just right didn't have expresions LOL

DAWNIE said...

Oh yes, of course why did I think for a minute that you wouldnt be into teddies!!! Just sooo cute!!
I also have a little fella about the same size in a honey colour - they are just great and one can never have too many, well may be a few too many!! Your blog is always so great to read.