Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rain, rain, go away.

That heading is almost sacrilegious, considering the drought we've been experiencing over the last decade, but the non-stop sound of the rain on our roof overnight kept me awake much of the night. At this moment while I am typing, we have hail beating down, and on our steel roof it is deafening. I just took these photos from the back door - our yard looks like it has been snowing. And I just noticed the white blobs on the photos - hail in action!

At 6 am I finally got up out of desperation, made myself a cup of tea, and sat down to spend some time online. I could have turned the t.v. on, but there is much more variety on the internet than on t.v. at this hour of the day.

My friend Val came over yesterday to share some craft show and tell, and we spent the afternoon messing around with paper napkins and Mod Podge, a kind of glue that I read about on a craft website. It was new to both of us, so we were keen to experiment with it and see just what it could do. Val used one serviette to make four cards, which turned out really nicely, but I didn't get around to photographing them before she left. I focussed on glueing serviettes to old baking tins that I painted a while ago for the express purpose of this exercise, and I am quite pleased with the result.

I used a napkin with chooks and flowers on it, to cover the sides of this loaf baking tin.

There was one orange chook left over, so I glued it on the base of the tin.

Heart shaped baking tin, using the same paper napkins as above.

Using a Christmas themed napkin, I covered a plastic yoghurt tub, more to see whether the glue worked on the plastic, than to make the tub useful for anything. It did work, so I might be saving plastic food containers from now on...more junk around the place, lol.


Blogger Linens and Royals said...

Never heard of Mod Podge before but now I want to try some. Just think:cat and royal pictures on everything. Can those baking tins be used in the oven again or is it decoration only now? Thanks for passing on your great ideas Gina.
That rain sounds bad, no rain here but it is very windy. Sylvia X

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Blogger Gina E. said...

Sylvia, if you can't find Mod Podge anywhere, let me know and I'll send you some. I got mine at Riot Art & Craft here, but I imagine it would be available at any major craft supply shop.
The baking tins are old rusty ones that I painted with white spray paint, instead of throwing them out. You couldn't use them again for baking!!

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