Sunday, March 29, 2009

Perth Meeting #2

Hidy-Ho fellow Brown Owlies....

Well we had our second meeting over here in Perth yesterday. We had it at a lovely little childrens wear store called BabyGoose in Inglewood which has a splendid area out of the back suitable for our meetings.

It was an intimate affair with 5 people attending, but a good laugh and chin wag was had by all. Crafts crafted this month included Nicole knitting socks, Kylie knitting baby booties, Jess attaching buttons to the most stunning bibs knitted by her Nana and Justine working on some felt slippers for her daughter. I finished of a set of Teletubby knitted teddies for my daughter. It seems with the cold weather coming we are all digging our knitting needles out!

Next month we will send out a reminder via email but please keep your eye on the blog.

Till next month

xxx Gilly

Friday, March 27, 2009

Postponed Event - Melbourne Museum Photo Safari!

Uh-oh! We've postponed this event for now - due to low RSVPs!
We'll be rescheduling for later in the year!
Crochet details up next!

xx Pip

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

POSTPONED! Melbourne - Photo Safari - RSVP Now! - Melbourne Museum - 29th March at 2.30pm


Limited to 25 girls. Please RSVP with your name and first initial of your surname too!

The first 25 RSVPs are in!

You need to bring a camera - there will be a photographic assignment!

We'll meet in the foyer of the Museum (near the big dinosaur!) at 2.30pm. If you are late we'll be heading into the area with the taxidermied animals and the insects first! Find us there!

It's about $6 to get into the Museum - and bring a few dollars for a coffee/tea as well! If we get less then ten girls we'll postpone this event until later in the year.

xx Pip

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Brown Owls Brisbane March Meet

Brisbane Owlets met this morning for a good 3 hour session of stitching, eating and chatting. Our craft-a-long project for the day was embellished totes. Beautiful fabrics emerged from bags, patterns and books covered the table and the whirring of sewing machines filled the air...
... ok, ok, it wasn't all that peaceful especially when Em's chatty machine started competing with the gurgling sound of the air con :)

There was a hand stitching station,

a sewing and pressing area,

floor space for cutting

and lots of tote-a-long patterns and inspiration.

We don't have any totes to show off yet but we will keep you posted on the progress!

A big thank you to the owls who brought along home baked goodies, I think I ate them too quickly to photograph them but there were vegan mini carrot muffins, melting (and I mean melting!!) moments, chocolate slice, super crunchy cookies and dip and crackers.

Note to Brisbane Owls: the date for the next meeting has changed to Sunday 26 April, a post will go up to rsvp in the first week of the month.

Prefects are also looking into a group outing to the Stitches and Craft Show, we'll keep you posted! Suggestions for future meetings are always welcome, just leave a comment with your ideas.

Until the next meet up, Happy Crafting!

RSVP - Brown Owls Perth 28 March meeting

Calling all Perth Brown Owls - RSVP for the next meeting by leaving a comment on this post by Thursday 26 March, limit of 20.

Date: Saturday 28 March

Time: 2 to 4pm

Venue: Baby Goose, 945 Beaufort Street, Inglewood.

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Tea and coffee available, $2 fee.

Bring along a current project to work on, look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Melbourne Meet - Monday 23 March - 6.30pm

Bookings are now OPEN for this Monday's meeting - (and keep your eye on this very spot for details of the other meetings as discussed here. Bookings for NEXT Sunday's Museum meet will open on Tuesday at 12noon.)

Brown Owls - Melbourne Meet!
THIS Monday 23rd March

Union Club Hotel - 164 Gore St Fitzroy - Booking under BROWN OWLS/Pip - Meet Me at Mike's - We'll be sitting inside, and it's a nice casual pub tucked just off Smith Street (between Smith and Brunswick)

Early Dinner and Drinks together then after dinner crafting - BYO hand-held craft
Please support the lovely people at the pub and come and have chat and craft too!

Could you let me know if you would like me to bring some embroidery for you to have a go at when you RSVP.

The first 20 girls to RSVP will be in! Please RSVP your First Name and Initial - and whether you need me to bring you a kit! If you came to Dante's and Stay Human you CAN come to this one - but you'll need to miss the NEXT meeting. We want to be sure everyone gets to come - so consider what you'd prefer - and whether you can be quick off the mark to book for the next meet!

xx Pip

Monday, March 16, 2009

RSVP for the Brisbane Meeting: Sunday 22 March

(Photo courtesy Bec, cupcakes by Bel)

Calling all Brisbane Brown Owls - RSVP for the next meeting by leaving a comment on this post

Date: Sunday 22 March

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm (the room is booked for a few extra hours after this for those who want to keep crafting)

Venue: Same as the last meeting. Recreation Room in Building 7 of Roma Street Parklands Apartments, Parkland Blvd, Brisbane. The Rec Room is on the ground floor of building 7. Building 7 is the end apartment block furthest away from the City. There is plenty of parking at the Parklands or if coming by public transport catch the train/bus to Roma Street and take the Parklands exit at the back of the station.

Craft-Along-Project: This month's craft along project is personalised Tote bags. There will be several patterns to choose from and a sewing machine set up (with additional powerpoints if you would like to bring your machine), just bring along your own fabric (1m) with matching thread and bobbin for the machine plus supplies (ribbon, contrasting material, decorative thread) to embellish your bag. We will also have embroidery books and other reference material for you to get ideas from.
Or if this doesn't interest you Bring your own craft and craft along with us! (Abbey still has some bluebird badge kits avaliable for purchase for those who are interested)

Tea and coffee provided. Feel free to show off your baking skills by bringing a plate for morning tea :)

Please RSVP by leaving a comment on this post by Thursday 19 March.

We look forward to catching up again!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sydney Brown Owls - April Meeting

[Image from bekahjah's flickr stream.]

Sydney Brown Owls are meeting again on April 1st. We'll be breaking out our hooks and wool this month with crochet basics. Along with our in-house experts, we hope to have Shirley and C's mom join us to help out. There could be a little knitting action too. If you'd like to join in the fun, be sure to bring a basic crochet hook and ball of yarn. As always, you're welcome to bring your own craft to work on.

Please RSVP in the comments, if we'll see you on April 1st at:
Berkelouw Books
Upstairs area
70 Norton St
Telephone - 61 02 9560 3200

From the city you can take the following bus routes: 436, 437, 438, 440.
Get driving directions.

Wednesday 1st April
7pm until 10pm

Marion has setup on a Google Calendar for us which I'll be inviting you all to join. It includes details on each meeting, as well as local craft shows and sales. If you'd like to add an event to the calendar, you can let the prefects know.

Finally, (long post, I know) Lisa sent out details of our Sydney members' blogs. If you haven't received the mail, please check your spam folder. Some of the girls had a little trouble and we want to make sure everyone's getting the Sydney Brown Owls latest scoop.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Perth Brown Owls - schedule for 2009

Howdy owly-type people. Us Prefects have gotten together and have scheduled our meetings for the rest of the year. Venue to be confirmed, time 2 to 4pm.

28 March - Easter Crafts. Bring your Easter crafty gifts along.
CHANGED, now 2 May. (previously 25 April)
30 May
27 June
25 July
29 August
26 September
31 October
28 November
12 December - Christmas Extravaganza!

Photo: totally pilfered from JessyB.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Canberra Brown Owls - a stitching tea party!

Hi Canberra Brown Owls!

Our next parliament of owls will be on Sunday March 22 from 2 pm to 4.30 pm, at the Downer Community Centre (enter from Frencham St, Downer). To cover the cost of the hall, we are asking for a $6 contribution per month. See the bottom of this post for the other Brown Owls dates!

The prefects have put their collective owly heads together and decided to hold a stitching tea party for our second meet! There will be tea and coffee and tasty treats, and stitching to be done.

Sublime Stitching hankies

Stitching hankies is a good place to start. We will have a heap of books and stitchery patterns for you to trace, or you can bring your own patterns from the internet or your home library! If you like, we can make up a kit for you for a few dollars (to be advised) with a blank lady's hankie, some embroidery floss and some needles. Just give me a week's notice so I can rustle something up for you.

Of course, you're not limited to hankies! You might like to bring along a blank pillowslip to stitch, or a shirt! We recommend stitching something white to start off with, though, as it's easier to trace! There will be a lightbox there for you to use.

Stitched pillowcase

Maybe you want to bring your own patterns along? Sublime Stitching patterns are great - you can either trace them or iron them on (great for the darker colours!), and you can order some online here or here. There are also a couple of online sites which offer free stitchery patterns. Do a google search to see what you can come up with!

So here's what you do -

  • Comment on this blog post to let us know you are coming and if you would like a kit made up for you
  • Bring a plate of teatime goodies to share if you would like to.
  • Bring a small embroidery hoop, a pencil, embroidery floss, embroidery needles and the thing you want to stitch, unless you would like a hankie kit! Bring your stitchery patterns too if you have them!
  • Bring change for your tea and coffee
  • Your kids are welcome of course! Bring some stuff for them to do, though. There is plenty of space for their crafting or activities, and a little area for running around outside.

We're looking forward to seeing all the lovely Canberra Brown Owls again!


Canberra meets for the rest of the year. Time is 2.00 to 4.30pm

Sun 22 March

Sat 18 April

Sun 24 May

Sun 28 June

Sun 26 July

Sun 23 August

Sun 27 September

Sun 25 October

Sun 22 November

December to be announced!

Sydney Brown Owls - Ideas, anyone?

As self appointed "Miss Minutes" at Brown Owls meetings, I jotted down some things into my trusty little notepad throughout the course of the meeting. 

Lisa has already outlined our meeting schedule for this year - if you have any issues with this, please comment as we can only change things if you say something! 

The girls that were there on on Thursday night were chatting about what we'd like to do this year in Brown Owls. The idea of theme nights came up - there is so much lovely craft that we would like to try. Crocheting was the main craft that was mentioned on the night. Marion advised that maybe her mother-in-law, Shirley could come down and be our expert for a meeting or there are crochet classes available at places like Tapestry Craft that we could go to. 

Image from here.

The idea of experts coming in and teaching us new tricks generated a lot of excitement. If you know of anyone that would like to come and teach us a new craft, comment away!  

The thought of going on some excursions was also mentioned: Quilt Indulgence Festival, Stitches and Craft Show, markets, a Fabric Frolic - the possibilities are endless! 

We were also chatting about bringing little things to do a swap in our meetings, that way you can show others what you can make and you can see what other girls can do! 

All of these things are just ideas - do you have any ideas of what we can do? Remember, this is your group! So the more, the merrier. It really is only limited by our imagination (and organisation skills!) 

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sydney Owls Had a Hoot!

The Sydney chapter of the Brown Owls met last night for the first time and we had a great night. Thanks to all of you who made it, and for those who didn't we look forward to meeting you next time.

We had 10 crafty girls at our meeting and we shared lots of laughs, craft ideas, tips and shops, and yummy food. Amy made the cutest owl button gifts for us all, and Jess baked up a sweet storm. Amy and Bell did a fantastic job putting together 21 're-stash a crafter' packs. And we all got creative.

Wednesday nights seem to suit everyone, so our plan for future meetings is to make it the first Wednesday of every month**, and we will rotate venues between Lower North Shore, Inner West, and Inner East. We will confirm venues as soon as we can. This is our plan at the moment:

1st April - Inner West
6th May - Inner East
3 June - Centre House, Lane Cove
1 July - Inner West
5 August - Inner East
2 September - Centre House, Lane Cove
7 October - Inner West
4 November - Inner East
2 December - Centre House, Lane Cove

**If you were unable to make it last night and Wednesdays don't suit you please let us know and we will work out some other day(s) that we can rotate.

We discussed the idea of having some guest crafters attend our meetings from time to time to teach us new skills. Suggestions were crochet, needle felting, and book binding. So we'll be working on getting that happening.

Our crafty librarian Jess took notes last night and will post about our plans in more detail later.

We can't wait for next month!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sydney Brown Owls - tomorrow night

Hello Sydney Brown Owls!

We have emailed you all, but thought we'd repeat the info here - just in case.

We are very much looking forward to getting our group together tomorrow night for our craftalong - 7pm til 10pm.

The venue is:
Centre House
178 Longueville Rd
Lane Cove.

It's a brick house just past the traffic lights at the intersection of Austin Street.

If you're coming on public transport there are a lot of buses that go along Epping Road - get off at the intersection of Epping and Longueville and walk down past the shops. It's less than a 5 minute walk. The buses in the city leave from behind QVB at 'section C' bus stop. Make sure you get a bus that goes via the freeway. It will take about 15 minutes and your stop will be the first one after the freeway ends.

You can see the original post about our meeting, which includes a map, here.

Bring your craft project, or we'll have owl-themed kits available for $5.

The cost for this venue is $5 each. We'll discuss future venues tomorrow night - we're open to suggestions, so have a think about it in the meantime. We will be rotating the venues between east, west and north, and we'll also meet on a different weekday each month. That way we hope to be able to accommodate everyone.

Also, don't forget we'll have a "re-stash a crafter" table set up, so bring your donations along. More info about that here.

That's about it for now. We can't wait to meet you and get crafty!

Until tomorrow,

Jess, Bell, Amy & Lisa
Sydney Prefects

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Brown Owls Perth

We had our very first meeting in Perth today at the Greens & Co Cafe. Here are some pictures that I manage to snap. You can see bigger photos on my Flickr Album

Thanks to Prefect Nicole and Prefect Jessica for putting Little Owlie Stuffies together. I had fun and I am sure the rest of the girls had fun to.