Saturday, 23 January 2016

Holiday Bag

Back at the end of November my lovely Bestest Friend whisked me off for another week in Lanzarote and as usual I wanted to make her some little presents to say thank you...

Like me she is a bit of a bagaholic so I decided to make her a holiday tote bag 

Luckily I had a large piece of gorgeous furnishing fabric from the Divine John Lewis that my Smashing mum had treated me to from their remnant bin. It went through a few iterations as my initial idea was a square boxy style with lots of external pockets, but that went a tad wrong!

Finally (pretty much the night before we left) I finished this...

The strap was made from the grosgrain ribbon (that were the wrapping from two Primark fleecy blankies that are due to be made in to anther project when I get the time!) sewn together. It has an elasticated external pocket for suncream and two inside flat pockets; one for a little notebook and one for the room keycard

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Another picture...

Growing up my mum had a block poster of the painting Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent on our chimney breast 

So for her birthday this year I decided to create an homage to it using felting techniques

I wet felted the background and added details with needle felting and embroidery  

In the original, the little girls have brunette hair, but I decided to make them blonde to represent my sister and me
I think next time my sister and I get together we should recreate this pose for a photo!

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Crazy Quilt Finally Finished!

I finally finished my crazy quilt and it now has pride of place in my craft room for when guests stay over...

It has taken a long, long while! On the other hand it has been very handy for finishing up half empty bobbins

2015 has been a very busy year for me, and sadly crafting has taken a back seat, but I'm hoping to get more organised now I have a good space to craft in. And with more crafts come more blog posts in 2016!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

A brace of pictures!

Way back in early spring, the elder of Smashing Aunts requested I make her a needle felted picture of a canal scene. Now, when your Aunt makes a request which inspires you, you're hardly likely to say no are you?!

The brief was a canal scene with primroses, bluebells, bulrushes, toadstools and a heron. Well, other than the heron I think I managed it. sadly it wasn't all plain sailing as I kept getting 'felter's block'. But eventually I got it finished!

As I found that felting a heron was beyond me, I made a little lavender bag from hand printed fabric with a bird motif, which I hope made up for the lack of heron

I did enjoy getting back in to felting and in the middle of one night I suddenly woke up with the solution to my Oldest Bestest Friend's birthday present for this year. She likes poppies, so I wet felted the background of poppies and tree against a sunset. Once it was dry I needle felted the details of the poppies and embellished it with some (and I use the term in its vaguest sense) embroidery; including a small owl in the tree as she is a bit of an owlcaholic!

Not the greatest photo, but it did turn out well and was a big hit
I've not been crafting much lately due to my social life getting a tad busy and also my crafting mojo seems to have disappeared for a while, but as I am doing the Dryathlon I have more time on my hands and I need t crack on with making presents for holidays, birthdays and Chrimble I shall be keeping myself busy. Of course since these will makes for presents I won't be able to blog about them for some time yet!

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Pretty Pinny

It was recently beloved son's Spiffing Girlfriend's birthday

At my birthday party she mentioned having a seen vintage pinny in Brighton that was too dear to justify buying. Which pleased me muchly as I'd had a hankering to make her a pretty pinny for some time now, as she is a fantastic baker of delicious cakes

On Mother's day I was lucky enough to have both her, Beloved Son and some good chums round for lunch and I let her loose in my fabric stash to pick the type of material she'd like her pinny made up in. In a matter of moments her eyes lit up as she clocked a gorgeous vintage duvet cover I'd picked up in a charity shop on a jaunt with My Lovely Mum. I'd been saving it for an inspirational moment that never came!

So, on the last day of May (her birthday is 1st of June... nothing like a bit of last minute-ness to get the old creativity flowing!) I spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon cutting and sewing and swearing. Luckily I had a very good chum on the other end of FaceBook who seemed willing to put up with a torrent of yelping messages whenever I made a boo-boo i the process! Don't you find that a little support makes a huge difference to your mood whilst crafting?

By the end of the day, after sewing the shoulder straps inside out (and triple stitching them for security... grrr!) a bit of unpicking and resewing I finally finished a pinny that I am really rather proud of :)

The waist tie is from a goody bag of belts to
craft with that a fab chum gave me for Xmas
The previous week I knocked out a felted picture for my Oldest Bestest Friend. I'll post about that once I can find the pictures!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Meet Myrtle

One of the first things I treated myself to when I moved in to my flat getting on for 2 years ago was a dressmaking mannequin. My Lovely Mum named her Myrtle; suits her doesn't it?

Here she is modelling an a dress I adapted for a Murder mystery dinner party set in 1942. I picked up the black net embellished with shiny turquoise for the bargain price of £3 a yard in the sale at Divine John Lewis. I was going to make a whole dress, but lack of time meant I got as far as the overskirt and panicked! So I quickly hand sewed it over my only evening dress and added a sash to cover the dodgy stitching!

It's taken me a while, but I've finally got my craft room pretty much sorted now. Well, moving across the country and new jobs can take a bit of getting used to!

My craft room also doubles as a guest room, but I am lucky to have a big enough space to fit all my fabric/felting stashes, my adored sewing machine and all the rest of my crafty bits and bobs

I do pack away the wool tops when I have guests, honest!

I'm especially pleased with my narrow filing cabinet that was I have given a loving home to when I found out it was going to be dumped. I'm planning on painting it in a rainbow of colours; it has 14 drawers, so I will use the  colours of the rainbow twice, in gloss and a shimmery finish

Now all I need to do is to find my scissors so I can crack on with cutting out the fabric for a vintage style pinny for Beloved Son's Spiffing Girlfriend's birthday present!