Tuesday, 20 December 2016


 I am an enthusiastic, if not perfect (please don't tell the quilt police!) quilter and crafter. I live in a rural area, bout 50kms south east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - with my other half Big Bad Merv, and when she is not living in the big smoke with her ever patient boyfriend, our daughter Elizabeth - who is in her last trimester at University and works part time as a phlebotomist (Google it).
We live on 5 acres with our three cats and dog.
I am lucky enough to have a purpose built shed, where I can sew/quilt/craft to my heart's content whenever I get the chance. Up until now, I have always worked from all the marvelous patterns and ideas available, but l do have a habit of putting my own spin on things and changing bits and pieces. Anyway, to make a short story long, I have just added my first pattern to Craftsy - I am starting small, with a "two for one" Christmas Cat Mug Rug, but have plans for further patterns next year.
In the meantime, her is a tutorial you might like to make for Christmas. It is just like me - subdued, tasteful and elegant.

Special Bauble Headband Turorial

 Clear veterinary reminder from table

Make cup of tea (preferably early grey)

Ensure your audience is both attentive and sober

As you can see, all you need are a small/medium pack of small baubles (large balls tend to get int the way), a pair of old bluntish scissors, some curling ribbon. Ensure audience is attentive and sober - ah have all been milked (except for bull).

Time to ditch the tea - there is no need for the tutor to remain sober

Measure enough of the garden plastic stuff to go around your head - add quite a bit extra to twist closed when finished - more is better than less - you can always trim later. Measure and fold exactly at half way point.

Take a break and drink some some champagne

Start in the middle by threading baubles onto pre cut garden tie. You can either thread on as pictures, or tie each one on with some curling ribbon. If threading on, secure on either side with curling ribbon. If you are particularly anal, you can choose matching baubles and curling ribbon. I am not.

Oops! Time for a refill.

Keep adding until you have enough baubles to dazzle any Christmas event - ensure roughly even numbers on each end of your middles baubles.

Measure garden green stuff around you head and twist -very well- to secure. cut off excess.

Cover the un-baubled area (if you have any) with any wired, snazzy ribbon, such as this one, or florist's tape, by winding around the un-baubled area.

And there you have it .....almost.

It you have some snazzy tinsel you want to use instead (or are just tired and emotional), you can just measure off and twist to size, and then just wrap the sentinel around the garden twine - you will need to use a glue gun just to secure it every now and then.

Here we have a "volunteer" from the audience (he was out of shot earlier), modelling two examples of what can be done with the listed ingredients. You may need more or less champagne than me, but either way I hope I have listed everything. Of couse you are only limited by your imagination - bells, other ribbons, and all sorts of Christmas decorations can be added, if you like.


  1. Such fun Helen
    Looking forward to the new patterns

  2. Such fun Helen
    Looking forward to the new patterns