Our Guest Crafter for this post is Nicki Tervo from Brisbane. Many of you will have seen Nicki's ceramic buttons at lots of quilt and craft shows. You can take a peek at her great range on
1. web: www.handcraftedbuttons.com.au
2. blog: www.nikkitervodesigns.blogspot.com
3. facebook: Nikki Tervo
Nikki also has a range of patterns under the Brandy Gully umbrella. When asked how she got started Nikki replied; "A potter by trade, I then had an industrial accident so took up making buttons to trade for fabric as I had just taken up quilting as a hobby. My Gran lent me some money so I could buy a kiln and it all went from there. That was 16 years ago…… (suddenly I feel old)" Don't we all Nikki!
'"Ceramic buttons are what I am best known for but I love designing small easy projects that can be finished easily by any level of crafter. The patterns have buttons on most of them but not all of them. They are a real cross section of patterns as I love to make different things myself" was Nikki's reply when we asked her what she created.
Nikki's tip to share with us? "Never unpick your work as that is like unpicking your history. No matter how bad you think it is or how much some one else’s is better, right now this is the best you can be and you will get to see yourself improve and have the proof to show others just starting out. Always share your knowledge freely and happily." Wise words!!
Nikki's favourite recipe is a yummy one! Coconut Ice. Makes 12 large bars. Into a saucepan put 6 cups of sugar and 1 ½ cups of milk. Bring it to the boil while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Boil for 5 minutes on low. Add 2 ¼ cups of coconut, and boil for one minute more. Take off the heat and beat with an electric beater until very thick and creamy and ‘wave type ridges’ form in the mix. Using a shallow 1” deep by 12” long and 6” wide tray, wet the inside of the tray with some water and then pour out the excess water but don’t dry the tray. Pour half the mix (and it will till be hot as you have to have tray ready and work fast) into the tray and smooth across the bottom of the tray. Then using a pink food colouring, colour the rest of the mix in the saucepan with your wooden spoon until all one even satisfactory colour (too much colouring makes it look odd, you need it to be a lovely pink not a bright hot pink) Spread this mix over the top of the white mix in the tray and smooth out. Then use a wet knife while the mix is still warm and cut the mix through. Cut it into whatever sizes you choose, Keep wetting the knife as you go. Once all the cuts are in, then put in fridge until set and cold. Flip out of tin and the knife cuts should allow you to break it into the pieces with ease. This is a great lollie for school fetes etc. (For those of you who live outside Australia a "lollie" is a sweet or confectionary Ü)
When not crafting Nikki loves to spend time in the rainforest, gardening, spending time with husband and family and definitely drinking cups of tea and eating sticky buns with friends!
We asked Nikki what she thinks she will be doing in 10 years time: "Not sure at this stage. Still sewing and as clay makes my soul sing, no doubt I will still be making buttons. The kids will be at the age of having kids, so that brings in a whole lot of new adventures. John wants to tour around Australia in a campervan so he is madly trying to design a sewing room that will ‘work’ so that I will travel with him. LOL"
Our final question to Nikki was does she have a favourite designer: "Don’t really have one. I love to make lots of things and lots of quilts. I love making dolls, but they usually do my head in. LOL I love making useful things and I love making really complicated quilts as well as really easy ones. So I guess I love every ones things but don’t ever stick to one set designer." Thanks to Nikki for being our guest designer this post.
It's time for Cath's Teddy BOM this post and we're sure you will enjoy stitching him!
Cath's patterns for showcase are listed below.
This Raggedy is fun to make. She is free standing and has bare feet. Also included in the pattern is her swim ring and her pull along duck. This doll can be made by a novice doll maker. A real cutie.
Lady Bug Annie.
Try the usual: Right click; save to your hard drive and then print! If that doesn't work, email me. Ü If you have ever seen Cath's cute, cute, CUTE faces on her Raggedies you will love her free tutorial this posting. Here 'tis!
e pattern only...... $5
Teddie BOM #2
Also e mail me for the instructions to stitch this Teddy. Please take note I will be away from Friday9th until Sunday the 18th.
e pattern $5
My free stitcherie for this post is two for the price of one! Ü
If you have ever seen Cath's cute, cute, CUTE faces on her Raggedies you will love her free tutorial this posting. Here 'tis!
Our lucky follower to comment for last post is Deb from Maine! Email me Deb and I'll organise your prize! Ü
We hope you have enjoyed your "read" and always let us know if there's anything special you would like us to write about. One of our followers has asked for some info on what can be done with the wonderful embellishing machines available now. I'm working on a tutorial for that so keep your "eye" out for it!
Until next time......Happy Stitching,