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Inspired By Madness

Hellllloooooooo my little crunchy nut cornflakes!!!!  MillyTant here.  Thank you sooooooooooo much, Sue for inviting me in as a guest blogger.  She wanted me to write about what inspires me.  Well, at the moment, there is just one thing that inspires me……..MUG RUGS!!!!!  I just can’t get enough of them….It is like feeding a donkey strawberries.  One is never enough.  I go to bed I dream about them,  I go online I look them up, I sit down at the sewing machine, I make them.  I just can’t stop!!!  Not that I would really want to stop.  They are such fun, aren’t they???

Here’s one I finished just last night.

When I get excited about something, I just want to get up and sing about it to the world…Now, some unkind people have said that I have a singing voice that could strip gloss paint off a door, but we know that is just not true, don’t we?

Anyway, back to the subject at hand….When I was a young grrl….not that long ago, really. 😉 …I danced my Saturday nights away with similar minded young ladies to the sounds of Madness.   One could always get a good workout to their songs….nowadays I have to visit the gym six nights a week to get the same effect!!!

I was inspired by a trip down memory lane while listening to them on the CD player to pen new lyrics to my favourite song.  I call it…….ODE TO THE MUG RUG.  I’ve pasted the words below.  I do hope you enjoy it!!!!

 Mug rug, mug rug, making a mug rug

Mug rug, mug rug, making a mug rug
Mug rug, mug rug, it is no humbug, ha-ha
Mug rug, mug rug, it is no humbug, yee-ha-ha-ha

It’s plain to see

I’m making it just for me

Mug rug, mug rug, making a mug rug

Mug rug, mug rug, making a mug rug

I’m about to explain

I’ll make them again and again
All you viral critics you
I’ve a-got E-quilter too

All you viral critics you

All you viral critics you

I’m gonna quilt all over you

Mug rug, mug rug, making a mug rug

Well if this is a mug rug

Then I know there is no humbug

Life’s gonna be brighter

Life’s gonna be lighter
And you won’t be the one who’s gonna miss out
Oh no, you won’t be the one who’s gonna miss out

Next, I’m gonna make just one for you 

 I hope to see you all again…………soon!!!!! MMMMMMUUWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAHHHHHH MillyTant



There’s a caffeine driven phenomenon sweeping across the blogging landscape with no sign of slowing down or stopping. It’s spread like wildfire through WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Flickr and a myriad of other social networking sites. 

 When quilting diva, Wanda Mugwort, was asked about this marvel, she just cackled and shrieked “It’s spellbinding!”

These shy quilters, who only want to be identified as Rotary Cutter and Skinny Eighth became quite animated as they agreed with Ms Mugwort.  “They can be as complex or as simple as you like.” smiled Ms Cutter.  “Oh, yes.  It only takes an hour to make one.  But who can stop at one?” giggled Ms Eighth.

So what has taken the quilting community by storm?


Raid your stash and make one today.

The Heading You Have When You Don’t Have A Heading

After a nasty case of Blogger Block and the first thing that happens when I begin to write a post is I sit with fingers poised high above the keyboard ready to type out a witty and eyecatching title……nothing!!!  Now that is ironic. 😉 lolol

Earlier this evening saw a mad scramble before the light went to get photos of the projects I’d been  working on while being nonbloggusmentus.  Here goes………

No, we are not being taken over by strange alien creatures here in the west….It is an awesome, tiny tripod….a gift from The Missus.

Lestat sending up zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s on my computer chair.  He loves anything made of fabric and considers this chair his own.  It began its life as a Moda Bakeshop wallhanging design (I will have to look for the name of it) and because I ran short of fabric, it morphed into a throw instead.  It looks much nicer than the long strip of polycotton which was on it previously….and is much easier to get the cat hair off, too!

This scarf is maroon in r/l…amazing what the light and camera can do!  It is a wool k1, p1 scarf for The Missus when we go fishing.  It is Cleckheatons Country wool.  It is a fave of mine when I want plain yarn.  Knits up really nicely and wears well.  I’ve told her if she falls in she has to take off the scarf and let it sink, as I can always knit her another.  Her reply was she’d use it to fight off the great white shark which had pulled her in.  The way wool stretches, it would be long enough to mummify the shark by the time she had finished.

I spotted some face washers at Woolies recently and thought they’d make brilliant covers for heat/ice packs.  I think they will be much more practictical than having tea towels flapping about. 

The Missus said these decorated tea towels will give her something lovely to look at while she does the unpleasant task of drying dishes.  Gotta love that woman!

These started out as mug cosies from the Fall 2010 issue of Quilts and More.  The later the night got, the more tongue tied I became…..until I was calling them mosies….The name stuck.  The top left is mine for Halloween.  The Missus’ is on the right.  The bottom left is mine for fishing, the bottom right is The Missus’ for fishing.

About the fishing………The Missus has a tackle box full of all kinds of interesting fishing doohickies……I have a bigger tackle box….full of craft stuff!  We are going on our first fishing expedition next weekend….If she catches anything I will be running off screaming in the opposite direction. lol

This Halloween panel was the perfect size for a coffee tablecloth.  It was the year for Halloween panels.  I made a couple more, but the piccies will have to wait for the next post, as the ones I took were pretty gruesome.

Another Halloween panel which I sliced and diced and added to some Halloween fabric to make a nine patch throw for the back of the settee.  The little mats on either side are for the most spoilt cat in the Universe Lestat to sit on so he doesn’t leave fur all over the back of the settee…..Not that he sees any problem in that.  He has sulked in his basket ever since I replaced the ones that are usually there earlier this evening.  Gotta expect him to be set in his ways now he is ten….

This biscournu started life as an Christmas ornament from this year’s JCS Christmas preview edition.  I like the aida and the verigated thread, but not this design as a biscornu.

I cast on Stephen West’s appropriately named Boneyard shawl this afternoon….no piccie yet…I’ve knitting twelve rows……of the pointy end.   A nice bit of mindless knitting which you may enjoy, Miss 376!  If anyone does start it, K1 not K2 at the end of Set up Row 3 will save your sanity.

Have a wonderful Halloween and week.

Put Into Proportion

Earlier today I was pondering whether I should buy the book skinny quilts and table runners (edited by Elenor Levie) for $45 at my LQS.  Everything was put into proportion when I overheard the customer next to me telling the shop owner to charge her $16 000 long arm quilter purchase onto the credit card.  It put my CASH purchase into proportion.

There have been some cold mornings this winter, so…….

I thought this bloke might appreciated a bit of warmth and gifted him this scarf.

He reminds me of the piccies I’ve seen of early le Tour de France riders.

The month has flown past.  The Missus and I have been taking advantage of the cool weather, which we both like with the occasional beverage and something sweet at our favourite cafe.

We’ve loved what was on tv.

Finished a quilt….it just needs to go through the wash and dryer a couple of times to get the

fuzziness that makes rag quilts so scrumptious.

Received a lovely bunch of flowers from The Missus.

Picked some from the garden.

Was awed……

and pondered upon the talent and imaginationof the artists from……

Patricia Picinnini’s Studio.  This one is called The Embrace and it is an interesting take on motherhood.  We saw it as part of the Relativity exhibition.  I think it could also be called Clingy!!!!

I did get some FOSAL stitching done…..this one’s just waiting for a frame.

Made sssssssllllllllloooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww progress (and continue to do so) on a set of computer covers.

and indulged in some home made cordial tonight while watching The Lost Boys in my pj’s.

Tales From The Crafty Crypt

Go towards the light!!!!  Go towards the light!!!!  Do you think I could get a job as a Ghost Whisperer??? lol

These are some of the MANY plastic crates which have had my craft supplies squished into them for the last X number of years.  It is all changing.  The Den of  Inequity is no more.  It is well on the way to morphing into The Crafty Crypt.

There has been trip after trip to Ikea….the car goes there automatically now.  Many pieces of furniture and crates have gone to new homes via the path out the front of the house with a hand written note which says “Free to a good home. :)”……We must have GOOD junk….it goes within an hour.  Other bits and pieces are heading to be re-loved via the Good Samaritans.

The piccie shows one of the sets of drawers which The Missus bashed into submission.  She is a whizz with a hammer.  I was her able assistant, singing Klingon Opera to make her laugh when things wouldn’t behave and rubbing in bruise ointment the occasional time when it was  necessary.

Now instead of emptying crates and pawing through piles of crafty mess, then repacking it all….and it never seems to go back in quite the same way……. I can slide out a tray, lift the lid……..

and pick out what I want…….without having to unpack, then repack everything, whether I’m quilting,  sewing, knitting, playing with paper or making a mixed media project.

This little beauty holds my favourite paper craft bits and pieces.  You can tell by the rosy tint in piccie that I’ve been speaking of it in glowing terms.  One of the things I like about it  is that I can’t pull the drawers out onto my foot!  It is also very nice having easy access to my light box and it is just the right height for me to stand and trace.

Access to my stamps and bits and pieces is so easy now.  I can’t wait to get into my stamping again.

The storage crates are gone and all my crafty bits are nesting in their new homes.  Some general tidying over the next week or so and The Crafty Crypt will be open for business.

The Missus took her life in her hands last week when she braved The Den of Inequity to pick out some fabric which I used to make some bags for her DS accessories.

She survived unscathed and emerged triumphant with a couple of Japanese style fabrics for the car battery chargers.

The stylus pouch was a dry run for a knitting needle pouch.  Starting small is good when frogging!

I’m down to scraps with both these fabrics.  I bought a metre of each a few years ago from a quilt shop that was closing and they’ve been a favourite ever since.  The Missus preferred velcro to button holes for ease of closing on all the pouches.

This fabric reminded The Missus of the movie The Matrix….I used it to make a pouch for the power cord.  It looks a bit tight, but The Missus is happy with it, which is what matters.

I almost forgot to say how I came about the name “The Crafty Crypt”.  The Missus was in there and mentioned how cold it was.   I said it gets as cold as a crypt….and it was just a hop, skip and jump away from The Crafty Crypt.  It also helps to have a life time interest in the Macabre.

Old  Goths never die…..we just need less make-up.

The Gateway To The Weekend Is Open

The warm autumn days are being followed by cool nights which is perfect weather for wearing my favourite Friday night attire… pyjamas with penguins and a t-shirt.  Sheer heaven!

I’m clearing the decks of my sewing WISPS, as I’ll be starting a bed size quilt as soon as they are done….. and things are mostly zooming along….

Meet Owlfonzo the Explorer…..He was hatched last weekend by The Missus and I from a pair of Explorer socks.  He will be joined soon by his life partner Owlawishus and their bouncing baby Owlbert.

I put this stitchery in a “safe place”, which made perfect sense… the time….After searching all the places it could be,  I found it in one of the places it couldn’t be!  I’m using this bag for small knitting projects.  I added a button and bias loop to the top after the piccie was taken.

Same with this one…..and it is fun mooching through my stash looking for the right fabric.

I managed to include three orphan blocks in this laptop runner.  On their own they are extremely gruesome…..I’m quite pleased with the way they look together.

This is A Merry Kitty Klawz by Val’s Stuff from JCS 2007 Christmas special…..One can never keep a craft magazine for too long!  It was my April ornament for the Festive Ornament SAL

These little chocolate bunnies were my one and only Easter ornament this year.  The pattern is from the blog Matryoshka Biscornue I stitched it on 20 count pearle linen, so it is quite tiny.

I’ve managed to get over the hump on the Halloween Fairy……after making froggable mistakes six times in the same spot I decided last year to put it away for a while.  I pulled it out last weekend, promising myself that I could make a Halloween ornament after I had finished the section I was stuck on.  I enjoyed it so much that I kept going and did some of the pumpkin.  I’ll post a piccie of my progress soon……I’m too comfy on the settee tonight!

Have a WONDERFUL weekend…..

And There’s More!!!!

WordPress has decided NOT to play nice again….and only posted part of my last post….So (hopefully) here’s the rest!

This heat/stop the table getting scratched pad fell victim to the “safe place” syndrome recently. I know things will turn up…it just bugs me when I can’t find them!

I dabbled with a bit of dyeing over the past couple of weeks. I was short a few pieces of fabric for the tablecloth top in yellow and purple, so dived into my stash for some black and white fabric to makeover. I was very pleased with the yellow. The next lot had a few ups and downs….I will post piccies soon, as the fabric needs an iron.