Wednesday, 4 May 2016

If You Go Down in the Woods Today...'ll find bluebells and celandines

It must be spring, so I've been busy making springlike stuff.
Here is a little beaded bracelet made using AB beads. They really catch the light when it moves...

and here is a very springlike skirt.

Oh dear, should have pressed it before I took the picture.
Here's the back story. A little while ago I acquired, via a friend, a bag of fabrics and other assorted sundries from an ex-seamstress who was destashing. There was a lot of lining fabric and enough skirt zips to open my own haberdashery, and also two glorious 2yd lengths of floral fabrics that feel like glazed cotton. I have no idea of the provenance of these fabrics (no clues helpfully printed in the selvedges either), but from the patterns and colours, and the fact that they were cut in yards not metres, I'm hazarding a guess at 1960s. I could be completely wrong of course. It has been known to happen.
Anyway this skirt was made from one of them.
When I showed my husband my lovely sunny new skirt he said "Hmm, it's a bit flowery isn't it".

Wait till you get a load of the other one mate.

Bwa ha ha. Mine is an evil laugh

Finally, a couple of little zipped pouches I made following this tutorial from SewCanShe.

Yes, one is made from offcuts from the skirt. No, the other isn't from the 2nd length.
These are not as easy to make as you might think (didn't help that I had to adapt for shorter zips than those suggested) and these two are decidedly dodgy in the corners. The third one came out just fine, but I gave that to a friend for her birthday and forgot to get a picture so you'll have to take my word for it.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Enjoying The Spring Sunshine

We've had some lovely sunshine recently. On Sunday we had a day out to a very nice craft show (no pictures but some beautiful work on display) and afterwards we went for a walk at Bedruthan Steps

In other news I've been making some more of my little coin purses, and these are now listed in my Folksy Shop.

Naomi has listed some of her pyrography in her shop too.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness - April

It's time once again for Gifted Gorgeousness, a blog hop organised by Jo where once a  month we show off our gift-related crafts. This month mine is a bit of a skill swap.
Here is Naomi wearing the silk chiffon kimono I made for her (the original plan was that I would teach her how to make it herself, but the fabric was really slippery and awkward so I ended up just making it)

And here is the wood-burned door hanger (front and back) which she made for me.

She made some other door hangers and boxes as well and will be listing them in her folksy shop as soon as I get around to photographing them for her.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Deja Vu

Another felt sugar skull

Another flask (sodium dichromate this time)

Another skirt - this one in marvel superhero fabric, beautifully modelled by Naomi

A deja vu is usually a glitch in the matrix...

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you all. 
Check out the awesome cake Naomi made!

And a little crafty finish from me, a coin purse made from a vintage sheet

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Beach-combing Jewellery

Naomi and I went to a workshop yesterday on making jewellery from sea-found objects. It was great fun. Here are a few of the pretties I made. At last a use for the sea-glass mountain in the conservatory!

Also, just for fun, a cuddly skull I made today. I think we should probably call him Sir Skull, because he looks rather aristocratic

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness - March

Welcome to the  March edition of Gifted Gorgeousness, the monthly SAL run by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, where we show off our gifted related crafting. This month I'm sharing this dress I made for Eloise.

The pattern is Butterick B6167, and I've never had to do so much re-drafting on a pattern in my life! For a full review of the pattern see here
I used a remnant of a border print fabric which called for some creative cutting and not a little fluent cursing, but I jiggled it out in the end.
Extra gifted gorgeousness brownie points because I used the dressmaking pins Barb gave me, and I sent some of the fabric offcuts (and believe me after the trouble I had getting it out of my too short fabric cut there weren't many) to Jo for backing her Hallowe'en ornaments.