Monday, 16 February 2015

The Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge

The other day I bumped into a post over at  A Stitching Odyssey blog with a sewing challenge that got me all excited.
 The gist of it is that you join in and pledge to sew from vintage patterns in 2015.

Vogue 7675

There's all manner of options as to how you can take part in the challenge, with varying degrees of difficulty.
Options range from actually using your very first vintage pattern to promising to sew 5 items from vintage patterns.

Vogue 6515

If you head over to this post HERE you can find out the details and take the pledge.

Of course, I jumped right in and took my own pledge to make at least 5 things from vintage patterns over the next year.

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I wanted to take pictures of some of my favourite vintage patterns to include in this post but as my camera is still not working, I chose a few random ones from my etsy Vintage Patterns favourites collection that I hope you like. Click on any picture to go to the link.
I will, however, be making a post of my favourite vintage patterns from my own collection soon.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Black Tie Market Soap

I got the sweetest, most delicious-smellling hand and body soap in the mail the other day. It's yuzu and apricot scented, with a noticable, revitalizing citrus-ey tang under the honey-sweet apricot top notes.

The fragrance was so uplifting that it put me in a happy mood for hours. As did the bucolic, country-scene wrapping paper.

It's from an etsy shop called The Black Tie Market and Amber, the owner and creator, is just an all-round wonderful person to deal with.*

Though I did go back and forth on whether I should use it or keep it, the former won and I can tell you, it lives up to its promise.

*I know Amber from her pattern selling shops on etsy and ebay and we have had a few transactions as well as exchanges so I can say with confidence that she is a pleasure to deal with and recomend her -and her shops- wholeheartedly.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Purple Fabric Flower Keyring

Yet another flower keyring in purple hues, and once again it's a present for a friend.

OK, I'll admit it, I love making them and it's hard for me to pass up the chance to do so....

This one has a deep, royal purple flower with big black beads and soft sandy-coloured silk leaves.

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Faux Fur Pyramid Clutch

Pyramid clutch purse made of two different kinds of faux fur: one a very deep, rich purple and the other a black and white leopard print.

The bright red zipper used for contrast just makes my day.

The thing with this little pyramid bag is that it looks quite different, depending on the angle you're looking at it.

I've wanted to make a version of this pyramid bag for some time now so I'm very happy that I finally did!

I see some different versions of this pouch in my future. I'm planning on making a make-up case for me as well as a friend or two....

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Easy DIY Star Mobile Tutorial

 Here is a tutorial to show you how to make a star wall hanging for your home, as promised.
It's very easy and lots of fun so even if you're a beginner you will find it quite simple to make.

What you will need:
-clay stars
-a piece of driftwood (or anything that works for you, eg cut branch/stick/reed)

click image for tutorial link

The first step, which is the most time-consuming is the making of the stars.
All you need is the clay of your choice - I used air-drying clay as it is the most convenient for me- and a star shaped cookie cutter.
The tutorial on how to do that is HERE.

After following the above tutorial, you have your stars ready and you've finished with the hardest part of the project. 
Now all that's left is to put it all together.
Decide on the formation of your stars.
Lay them out on a flat surface and play around with them until you find the shape you want your hanging to have.

Below are some versions I tried out before I settled on a simple -asymetrical- line of stars.

Once you've decided on how you want your stars hanging on your mobile you can cut your ribbon accordingly. Measure the length that you wish each star to hang at and cut the ribbon. 
Alternatively, you can decide and cut as you go for a more whimsy-inspired result.

Tie one end of the ribbon to your star and the other end on your driftwood/wood.

Keep going until all your stars are tied onto the stick in a satisfactory manner.

This is what my star mobile looked like after adding the stars.

Next you need to attach the ribbon that hangs the mobile up.
Whether you want this to be a long or a short piece is totally up to you.
I began with a large piece of ribbon and attached it by tying it at both ends of my stick.

Later however (when the mobile was finished and hung up) I decided that I prefered a shorter ribbon holding it up so I went back and cut the ribbon much shorter, as you can see in the picture above. 
This meant tying it somewhere in the middle of the stick. It also meant that it took a few careful attempts before I found where the ribbon had to be tied for the whole composition to balance.

Once you've attached the ribbon that hangs the mobile, you're done!

Enjoy your new star mobile!

If you make a star mobile following this tutorial, I would love to see pictures and share them on my blog.

Linked to:
Maybe She Made It

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Making Custom Orders

 I've been making custom order flowers lately, which I love.

 I thoroughly enjoy working with people to create the exact flower that they have in mind. The flower that they long for or need.

Whether it's icing on the cake for a bride or another special occassion or whether it's to enliven someone's every day and lift their mood, it's amazing that your very own creation can spark joy! 

It's a wonderful feeling.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Stone Garden

More doodled rocks with flower motifs.

It seems that I don't tire of what you can do with a permanent marker and some stones.

I'm afraid you haven't seen the last of this sea stone phase...

Linked to:
The Dedicated House, Maybe She Made It, The Silly Pearl, Homework, I Heart Naptime, Annemarie's Haakblog

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