Welcome to my blog of little bits of randomness from me and my amazing life. I have been inspired by all the lovely bloggers out there that I decided that it is high time that I join you all and I look forward to receiving your feedback.

I enjoy all things photographic (although I am only an amateur and use a point and shoot camera) and craft, and intend to share some of this with you .

My Cranberry Lane brand is an eclectic range of handmade lovlies all handmade by myself and you can also experience my items in my etsy shop and madeit shop as well as on ebay. You can also see me at!/pages/Cranberry-Lane/124083160951544 so please feel free to hop on over and take a look.

Card I made during a class

Another card I made at the class

some of my Beanie Kids

each row is 3 deep

Friday, September 24, 2010

I am so glad today is Friday. It has been another loooonnnnggg week. What have I been up to - apart from work that is. Well I have been fabric shopping and yes fabric is becoming as addictive as collecting paper for my scrapbooking. Just to sew it up - my aim is to have it ready for the next Handmade Expo. I have also been taking photos to scrap and have so many ideas in my head - only at times when I can't scrap, the minute I sit down to scrap, I don't have the mojo. I have been feeling like this for ages. I guess thats what working full time does to a person. and I guess it doesn't help that every weekend seems to be wandering around the shops fulfilling my teens wishes - so that doesn't really leave much time for ME.

But........ hasn't the rain (the week) of rain been lovely. I am not normally a rain person, but after the long drought I say bring on the rain.

Anyway that has been my random thoughts for today........

Sunday, August 29, 2010

My poor neglected blog...... Life has just been toooooo busy, I am sorry. Working full time leaves no spare time at all really especially last week with staff away so guess who the lucky one was to cover - needless to say that I was exhausted at the end of the week. and then of course there's running a family and household.

So its almost September and fathers day - where did August go? Miss A and I went to the ekka - had a ball - so many photos to scrap - still have to get them printed along with the beautiful photos from my baby sisters wedding.

I have done some sewing and listed some of my items in my made it shop (just click on the icon on the side bar) still have lots to list and make up but I fear my sewing machine is in desperate need of a service - just to get it there.

Anyway better get back to it, until next time.......

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Handmade Expo

The Handmade Expo will be celebrating its 2nd Birthday at the next markets on 21st August - yes it is also voting day - so why not do both? Come and visit Cranberry Lane, For Fun and Fancy and Scurrette at the Handmade Expo Bundamba Racetrack on the 21st August and then go over to the local school to do your voting.

Sewing for Cranberry Lane

For some reason my Cranberry Lane facebook page isn't working the way it should - hmmmmm. I will need to spend some time trying to figure it out. But not to worry, you can still contact me in blog land - I will try and be good and update - but you know.... life happens. I haven't done any scrapping for a while and yes I have major withdrawals - I have however spent the weekend sewing for my Cranberry Lane label to have for the next Handmade Expo - haven't quite finished - but I will be on holidays soon so hopefully can do some more then...... but before that is the Ekka - yeah. Am I going....well I am in two minds.....I really, really, want to its just the money side of things. Last year was the swine flu scare so we didn't go but this year.....anyway I am still debating.

Anyway until next time, happy blogging and I'll catch you when I pop by when bloghopping.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cranberry Lane is reinventing itself - I have to admit that I do find it difficult as I enjoy many crafts - however I am going to try and concentrate on my clothing range, so watch this space as I reinvent and expand my range - as time permits - and don't forget that I can be found at the Handmade Expo along with Scurrette.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Handmade Expo

A great day was had by us who attended this months Handmade Expo. Lots to see and buy and a Steam Train ride to boot. A nice way to spend a Saturday.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


It is sooooo cold and I'm finding it rather difficult to do anything. We have the heater on - but that just doesn't seem to be doing the trick either - unless of course you are right at it. I hate winter because of this - bring on the summer.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Scrapbook Expo

I am soooo excited, with all my sewing lately, I kinda haven't been spending time scrapping - but I woke this morning with the memory that the Scrapbook and Papercraft show was on - so off I zoomed. I now have so much inspiration and of course more additions to my stash. I must use my stash, I must use my stash. I am glad it's a lllooonnnggg weekend.

Friday, May 28, 2010

whooo whooo..... it's Friday again.....yeah!!!!! That means tomorrow is Saturday and I can do more crafting with both of my new fabric parcels..... have I got a few things up my sleeve????? Well dear friends... you'll need to wait. All I can say is now I have my new overlocker up and running.......

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Scrapbook page

Hi, I have finally got around to actually completing a scrapbook page - it feeelllllsss sooooo goooooddddd. Yes I am also enjoying sewing, doing the markets and selling my items online - I do still have a soft spot for all things scrapping - especially collecting stash and papers. I love this Kaiser line and just had to have it, I found inspiration from two different sources and came up with this......

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I spent the morning getting my Cranberry Lane facebook page up and running... so now fingers crossed. I completed a scrapbook page that has been sitting for ages just waiting but as usual I still need to put the title on, and I have finally got the overlocker out of the box! Miss A would like another T-shirt made so that will be my first project to complete with my new machine - better get to it.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

What a waste ..... well really,today has been. I had wonderful plans of crafting, sewing etc. but my sister decided facebook.... ok.... so instead of playing with and learning my new overlocker, I have been well surfing the facebook pages and having a real blast from the past finding people from my past and trying to make contact. Anyway better get back incase someone out there actually remembers me......


I am now officially on FACEBOOK - what do I do now? I have been spending ages as is always the case when I get on the computer (and I thought blogging was tricky) - and just looking around and getting yelled at by Mr 16 "DO IT YOURSELF" fine I say but what is it that I'm actually doing???? I keep asking. Hopefully something will evolve and I will work out just exactly what I am doing. Feel free to come by and be my friend and I guess it will be a work in process as I learn how to upload photos and have a chat and catch up with friends from another time - (looking forward to it).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

So anyway, there's this mini storm this afternoon - I think it's possibly the only storm we've had from the season - it's gone now, but left this........

very pretty to look at - shame about the power lines:)

I thought I'd also have a show and tell.........
this is what I got for Mother's Day

yum, yum ...... and

can't wait to have a play

and here's what I've been working on........

Don't forget to come and visit us Saturday at the Ipswich Handmade Expo, Bundama Turf Club.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cranberry Lane

I have spent this looonnnnggg weekend (the last for a while) adding to my Cranberry Lane range. Along with my skirts, shorts and tops, I now have t-shirts. Not the bought from the shops and have an applique added type..... but a 100% handmade t-shirt. Yes that's right I changed the sewing needle to a ball point used t-shirting fabric in both girls and boys prints carefully cut the ribbing for the neckline etc etc..... I have had a ball and of course Miss A wants everything added to her wardrobe...... wrong size honey. My clothing range caters from approx 2 yrs - 8 yrs. I have also had to order more labels woohoo :) Of course anyone wishing to view my items will have to come to the next Handmade Expo at Ipswich - or check out my Made It store.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Where does the time go????? We have just had a long weekend and its Tuesday already -Tuesday the 27th to be precise! This month is just about over and what have I done this month - not much...... well I do have several projects on the go - nothing to show yet and yes I have been a mum (a working mum at that) but this month is almost over - the days are just flying by.

I have however listed some of items in my etsy and made it stores so pop on over and have a look - my user id is the same for all 3 stores - cassandra2491.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Market Day

Well here I am home again from another month at the Handmade Expo, and boy there were lots of goodies. My Vintage Tags were also very popular today and I also showcased my new clothing line with my new labels - (I need to place another order for more). I am concentrating on kids clothes from approx. size 2 - size 8 and some of these can be seen in my etsy and made it stores - so make sure to pop over and visit - you will also see a selection of my other goodies. Anyway back to my coffee.....

Monday, April 12, 2010

Candy giveaway!

Here I am on a lunch break from work bloghopping and you guessed it - a giveaway. So pop on over to and check it out.

I know I have been missing in action for a week now - but I have been busy, busy creating for the next Handmade Expo on April 17.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Bye, Bye March and Hello April! Wow another month has passed. What a busy week I've had although it has been a short week - yeah public holiday - no work. I do really like work - but I also hang out for the public holidays. Today I get to let my creative side hang out with us ..... except that as DH (Darling Husband) is asleep due to shift work - ugh - I can't do anything coz it makes noise - DOH! so much inspiration - paper, fabric, patterns, creative itch ...... I am forced to drink coffee and blog hop all day.... I am doing a little scrapping though but I can't embellish using my CRICUT and new cartridges ..... so sad :(

Anyway seeing it is Good Friday I would like to wish you all a

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Craft Expo

Yesterday I went to the Craft Expo. Let me tell you that it was sooooo much better than a year ago - we maybe because my interests have diversified somewhat. But it was like heaven - to walk into aisles and aisles of fabric, papercraft, accessories all with "SHOW" prices and yes I even saw some of the famous Magnolia Stamps, and of course - coffee - where does one start - but I was very good I only spent a little but I did get a few bargains. Can't wait for the next one in June!

Friday, March 26, 2010

It's the weekend again - yeah! What will I be doing.....

LOTS! :)

you see.... there are a couple more markets and then the CRAFT EXPO !!!!! at the Convention Centre. So many stash must haves - must make a list ...... no not on your life ...... WANT IT? NEED IT? ALL - papers/fabric/buttons/ribbon etc.... the list is endless.

Anyway I received a parcel in the mail - a somewhat small parcel but still a parcel -been waiting for ages and ages - I love it when the postie arrives - I am sooooo excited...... anyway here it is my much anticipated LABELS.

And of course ........ some new friends.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Well the Handmade Expo has come and gone again.... oh so quickly. Lots of fun was had by all..... so much handmadeness in just one place. Anyway here are a few piccies and I cannot wait until the next one in April.

Anyway better get back to the restocking.....

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Handmade Expo

Only one week to go until the next Handmade Expo at the Ipswich Turf Club. All our hearts are pumping as we finish off with all the final details of our goodies - so many ideas - so little time - anyway better get back to it.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What have I been up to????

Lots actually .... when I can ..... between work, study, family etc etc. but no pics - sorry. You'll have to come and visit me next Sat 20th at the Handmade Expo Ipswich Turf Club. I had a ball at the last markets so I will definately be back - same place, same time 8am - 2pm. Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Skills required!

I have just opened my study books - yes I have taken that step and enrolled in the Advanced Diploma - now I am wondering why - all that study again - heellpp!! LOL:)

The first assignment is to list my skills that I already have and conduct an audit of them comparing with skills that I might need to learn.

As I was reading and thinking about these skills (that I didn't realise were special skills) I came to realise just how much everyone is unique and have special qualities, talents and gifts and we are all on this planet for reason although everyone has a different reason and purpose. Just listening to someone or even being organised or being flexible are fantastic qualities to have and we should embrace these gifts and use them to the best of our abilities.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Another month has passed

To market, to market....

Yes, I have now tried my hand at two different markets and had a ball - so next month you will find me at the Handmade Expo again and the Ipswich Indoor Market. I need to replenish my stocks......but after this weekend.

I have been totally busy at work and haven't really had time to do much, but I have fallen in love all over again with ....... my sewing machine - so unfortunately no scrapping for awhile ..... yes you heard right scrapping!

But that is me..... totally eclectic. I have to go where and when Mr Mojo takes me - so I have a few surprises up my sleeve to be revealed at another time.

Isn't this rain absolutely lovely! and hasn't it cooled down ....... well I guess now that it is March and summer is officially over, the weather will start to cool.... but not looking forward to the coldness of winter - so for now I will just enjoy every part of the weather God has given us.

Until next time.....

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wow what a weekend!

Had 2 birthdays on one day .....

as well as attended my first market at the Handmade Expo. It was fantastic. Will see you all again at the next Handmade Expo in March.

Unfortunately no time left for any creating - but hopefully soon.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Another sneaky peak


FOR MY 50th POST ....... WOOT WOOT

another sneaky peak

Well another week is over - yeah - only 1 more week until the HANDMADE EXPO. Can't wait - (hope you're coming to visit). This weekend is my last chance to many little time. Life does get hectic at time, but as they say Life is for living. Unfortunately I don't have anything to show you ...... so sad - I am in the middle of projects - always - and I need to actually COMPLETE something!

But what I can say and show is that I am now officially OVER THE HILL..... or is 40 the new 30 or because of this Cougartown 40 is the new 20?!

Anyway I wish everyone a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY for tomorrow. MWAH MWAH

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Handmade Expo

My counterparts have been literally sewing up a storm for the upcoming markets on Feb 20 (only 2 weeks to go) - I need to get cracking if I'm going to compete with them! I do have a few surprises up my sleeve - but while I'm at work all week it makes it rather tricky to create except for on weekends - anyway better get back to it!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Our Market Co-op

Feel free to add us to your blog rolls, start to follow us, keep an eye out for us at the markets!
We are a group of ladies who love to chat. Who love to sew. Who love to craft. Who love to chat. We don't gossip. But, we are ...
A Gossip of Women
Check us out!

Monday, February 1, 2010

What have I been up to - not much really. Meetings, meetings and more meetings - work - we have accreditation at the end of Feb and school - just come home from one now. What does my year 12 want to do - just finish year 12 then decide. And of course my delightful car playing up and not starting every second day - the RACQ must love us and have our address permenantly on top of their to do list. How was your day?? :)

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Yes you read right - I have decided to sell on All you have to do it click the link (logo) on my sidebar and that will take you directly to the site. I have decided that I like all things handmade - not just paper goods - and depending on my inspiration at the time - which shall I say is all over the place - I LOVE IT ALL! - no limitations :) So as I make it - I will list it. AND.......
my daughter Miss A has decided to jump on board as well.
NOW to get listing.......please check back often.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Another sneaky peak!

What does Holly Hobbie, fairies, angels, butterflies, birds, victorian children and babies have in common?

They are all part of my new vintage tags range and will be available at the Handmade Expo on February 20.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wow! Australia Day is over for another year and today sees the start of another school year. I have a year 8 and a year 12 this year. I don't know whether to be happy or sad :) definately a mixed emotions day for myself and other mothers who have their babies just starting the cycle. - Oh well I guess I'll enjoy a coffee as 3.00pm will come around quickly and there will be lots of stories to tell.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A sneaky peak

Thought I'd be a tease and share a sneaky peak with you - of course I have others but you will have to wait.
I have just been on the bloghop again checking in with you all as I am busy back at work again. I haven't done much creating as I am excitedly getting organised to participate in the upcoming Ipswich markets on Feb 20. My computer genius son has even made my "business cards" and they look fantastic - clever little (or not so little - nearly 6 foot) man. As for Miss A - well we/she has been using my sewing machine - yes I came home from work to 'look what I made' creating up a storm - thanks nanna she now knows the basics. Anyway heres another layout - just needs my journalling and embellishing.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

God moves in mysterious ways

is a famous saying. Almost everyone says it at some stage. It almost sounds deep. Well for me - I feel God is talking to me via many channels - not quite sure of the plan as yet - but something in my life is happening. But message I am getting out of all the various paths (daily readings x different books, a new blog I found etc) is to 'Trust God' 'Follow God' 'His Plan'. An exciting adventure to follow I am sure.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My RAK came in the post today - what a treat when I came home from work. I have one word to say - gorgeous. I won the guess how long ribbon and lace RAK and I now have 5m of gorgeous ribbon and lace to use on my projects. Thankyou Let's get Shabby. Very noice indeed!!!
Wanna hear something funny - this is sooooo me - computer illiterate and all.

I have just discovered something in blogger called edit posts - fantastic one can add, delete, fix up mistakes etc. great I have actually been doing this for a while now.

Well.... way back when I first started blogging - I lost my very first post - I was so disappointed because I did well and had a great story to tell and everything and then it just disappeared - lost forever I thought - I asked my computer genius son and nope he didn't know what to do or where it could be - lost in transit among the stars or cyberspace they tell me I guess.


Too bad - too long ago now DOH!!


Ok, I guess it can be time for the big reveal seeing as others are beginning to blog about it. Drum roll if you please......

Saturday 20th Feb from 8am to 2pm I am going to have a stall at the Handmade Expo at the Ipswich Turf Club with my range of handmade items. I have been busy creating up a storm in preparation. Can't say too much but I am expanding my range of goodies - soon to be included on and yes they are all handmade by me. I am sooo excited about this new venture. Anyway better get back to it.

Friday, January 8, 2010

I WON!!!!

I have been entering competitions randomly as I meet new friends in the blogging world - if nothing happens I get lots of fun, inspiration and generally have a great time in the land of blogginess. Anyway I WON my first RAK from over at (I will make a link when my computer genius son wakes up - I haven't learnt how to yet) I am sooooo excited.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My holidays are rapidly coming to an end. I have had such an awesome 3 weeks - been extremely busy - hopefully today I might be able to do some more scrapbooking - I haven't been able to do any for 2 weeks and I am now starting to get withdrawals. I have however been keepimg up with all my blogger friends and have also entered a couple of competitions - fingers crossed, and becoming inspired once again by all the beautiful work. Don't forget my work can be found on ebay and also etsy and soon on .....drum roll......(sorry will have to wait a little bit longer) but I better get creating.

Until next time.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

Well here it is another week later. Time sure flies when you're busy! Lets see....
1st there was Christmas.....and then the Boxing Day sales - I am sooo ready for next Christmas... in another 357 days! - well one can't not do a sale! LOL :o)

On Tuesday one decides to organize a holiday - yeah right! everywhere booked out - New Year's Eve approaching - oh well keep trying one more phone call....BINGO - got a place for Wed thru Sat - perfect - will also see in the New Year - that's what I call a BARGAIN.

Anyway we are now back from our little vacation. Time to look to the future and reflect on the past - and try a little harder to keep those resolutions - oops ate some chocolate - have to try again next year.