Welcome to my blog. I work full time and creating is my sanity. I like to use many different mediums and was a finalist in the Fire Mountain Beading Contest in 2008. I am a passionate blogger, and a promoter of handmade goodness.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Friends - Dusty Divas - CrafteeCC

Another Friday, another working week over. Hope you are all happy and well ! I have been enjoyed experimenting with my camera in the spring sunshine (although the sunshine is hiding at the moment), went to a fab market last weekend, am looking forward to the AFL Grand Final tomorrow and hoping that Collingwood get over the collywobbles and win the Premiership Cup - my Dad will be so proud of them if they can ! Although, I may not hear the end of it for a while !

After a couple of days in the city for work, I am happy to be home again - although I did get to visit my fave music store - 78 Records !  I have been enjoying some new music - Seeker Lover Keeper (Individually, they’re three of Australia’s most innovative songwriters. Sally Seltmann specialises in narcotic, dreamy, sweeping pop, aided by layers of cotton-soft vocals, pianos and synths. Holly Throsby is known for summoning melodies that sound beautifully crumpled, worn and decades-old, and matching them with hushed, cutting lyrics that read like a Carver short story. Sarah Blasko writes haunting songs that veer from intimate ballads to orchestral showstoppers, and sings with what’s now one of the most recognisable voices in Australian music)

and The Jezabels ( a Triple J Unearthed Band) debut album Prisoner  (Genre: Indie, Pop, Region: Sydney, NSW, Members: Hayley Mary- Vocals Heather Shannon - Piano Nik Kaloper - Drums Sam Lockwood - Guitar, Sounds Like: Arcade Fire, Cyndi Lauper, Sarah Blasko, Influences: David Bowie, The Killers, Shakespeare's Sister) - both are good solid Aussie bands !

Anyway time to get back to the Friday Friends Feature ! This week I am thrilled to introduce a new DUSTy Diva and Friday Friend - meet the creative Cathy from CrafteeCC (Cathy's Creative Corner). 

Cathy makes the most adorable cards and make-up bag sets - she says in her shop announcement that

"If you see something you like, but would prefer it in a different colour, let me know and I will see what I can come up with. I would be most happy to be able to help you."

I love that Cathy is happy to work with her buyers to create something personalised - there doesn't seem to be enough of that around these days !

I really do want to share some of the lovely things I found whilst browsing Cathy's online stores. How cute are these sweet Clown Place Cards - they would be the perfect addition to a child's birthday party table

and I really love the style of this beautiful retro styled new Baby Boy card - such a gorgeous sentiment too !

This Make-up bag and matching tissue purse in Burgundy are much nicer than the mass produced ones you can buy at the chain stores don't you think ?

And I hoot oops I mean heart this lovely Owl purse too ! Although the owl purse has been SOLD, a little birdie (aka Cathy)  has told me it can be reproduced !

Dear friends, I now extend to you an invitation (a clown shaped one perhaps *wink*) to read more about Cathy in this Friday Friends feature - Cathy's Crafty Chronicle. Have a lovely weekend and be kind to one another - see you next week !

Cathy's Crafty Chronicle

Hi, my name is Cathy and I craft under the name of CrafteeCC.

I was born in Bootle, Liverpool, UK in 1960 and came to Australia in 1965. I am currently not working and have decided to describe myself as ‘semi-retired’ instead of unemployed. I enjoy most handcrafts, after being introduced to knitting and crocheting by my Mum in the early 70’s. Mum had a stroke at 35 and had to teach herself how to knit and crochet again – so we learned together. I also enjoy card making, quilting, sewing, beading and cross-stitch. Being the new owner of a Nikon D3100, I also dabble in a bit of photography. Actually, I am not too sure which task I am enjoying more - the crafting or the photography.

In the 90’s I was introduced to Rubber Stamping and papercrafts took over the spare room, much to the lighthearted disgruntlement of hubby with all the glitter getting absolutely everywhere. I now stamp regularly and design and create personalized greeting cards for family and close friends, as well as the occasional custom order for work friends.

My favourite craft tool of the moment is my personal cutting machine, the CraftROBO/Silhouette.
My most favourite creations of late have been made using the CraftROBO. I designed a Baby Stack Rings card that actually rocks and some Baby Onesie Shaped Cards that can be utilized as Invitations as well.

I am particularly pleased with a few of my latest creations using the CraftROBO. This Baby Book was initially made for a family member and is now available in my ETSY store and will also be available in my Madeit Store very soon.

In My Sewing Room, I get a lot of pleasure from making up purses and tissue holders which have proven really popular for some of the charities I am involved in. Here are some of the items I have made that have been sold to raise funds for Queensland Floods

I have donated the following purses for an upcoming Quiz Night for TLC Pregnancy and Infant Loss Australia http://www.teddyloveclub.org.au/

My hope for the future is that I can continue to support my chosen charities and build sales in ETSY and Madeit to a level that I can remain ‘semi-retired’ and not have to go back out to work - I am enjoying being home far too much !

Want some of these goodies for your very own ? Or would you like to read more about Cathy's crafty pursuits ? You can connect here :

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Buy lovely things online through ETSY 





  1. Thank you so much for promoting my blog and online stores.
    I love reading about who you have discovered and look forward to seeing who the next Dusty Diva is ;-)

  2. Well that was such a lovely read Cathy....congrats.

  3. Congratulations Cathy!