Sunday, 17 January 2016

Ermmm... Happy New Year!!

A bit late! But better late than never!
Hope your Christmases' and holidays and celebrations for the new year went well and that 2016 has started how you hoped.
Better late than never, There's always tomorrow and I'll leave it for now (not exactly a ground breaking phrase as such but one that is, I believe, commonly used!) I am trying not to use those lines of speech this year... 'hmm!' I hear you say, 'I'll believe that when I see it.' but it is true and although it has been hard, I am trying. Instead of 'I'll do it tomorrow.' I think to myself...'If I do it now, I will be able to do ?whatever?  tomorrow.' Or, my favourite at the moment; 'Once it's done, it's done.' 
It has been working too! I kid you not. the washing pile is minimal as I am doing a wash load every morning. The ironing pile is non existent as I type because I did it while there was only a few items instead of waiting 'until weekend...' (insert any day here!) Hallway needs a hoover...'If I do it now I won't have to do it at weekend...'
How long this 'resolution' will last is anyone's guess! I am sure some days I will feel too tired/it's too late/N.E.Other excuse. I am hoping that if I genuinely cannot do what I need to, that I won't beat myself up about it and will enjoy the rest and then just do it (not endorsing any sports brand here!)
So in conclusion, I am not going to promise to write every week, instead I am going to aim to write at least one post a month and if I get chance to do more...fantastic!
Watch this space... Going to get on with some jobs now...Once it's done, it's done!

JX

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A little bit later...





 
Some of my most recent makes;
* skull fabric handmade record handbag. created using L.P's.
*Victorian inspired crocheted choker necklaces.
*These are available to buy on Folksy!
 
I have also made lots of winter hats. Also crocheted in various colours but as yet I have to upload my photographs of them. I also have to upload the finished gingham dress pictures. I was pleased with how it turned out and the quickly made underskirt went well with it, though I will have to remake it properly as I didn't put a kick pleat or split at the back to make walking easier and so it split by itself!
Oh! And I made the 1960's style dress and it turned out like a nighty so that is what it is being used as!
 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

My next trick part 2...

A very quick update today. I have completed the bodice part for the dress. I am now onto the skirt part but a full swirly circle skirt was wanted so I recapped on my knowledge from this video on youtube... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXQkNhrOkCI

This is what I have got up to so far...

The pattern piece is actually bigger than my table!

Here are the pictures of the bodice...(They look a bit camouflaged!)

All button holes bound and buttons stitched into place...

Cuffs neatly trimmed with bias binding...

Press studs instead of buttons. I cheated!

Collar nicely in place. I got my sleeves the right way round first time and didn't have to unpick anything! (not like last time!!!)
 
Hopefully by next week I should have the skirt completed and maybe a petticoat/underskirt for it too...
 
Thanks for looking

JX

Thursday, 1 October 2015

And For My Next Trick...

 


 
For some reason I had big trouble doing button holes using the sewing machine that does zigzag stitching, I did one twice and both times it looked as though I had scrunched up the fabric and haphazardly stitched up and down. Not good. So, I unpicked it and turned to the proper instructions that came with the pattern. Bound button holes! It was a good job I had a sort of half remembered idea of how to make them as the instructions were basic. (Economy Design pattern)I got a bit confused on the last few instructions so I made it up and actually they haven't turned out bad at all. There is a bit of puckering along the edge (picture next time) but I am hoping that people won't notice! The instructions for putting the facing in were also practically non existent and so I had lots of unpicking to do when it came to attaching the collar! Anyway now the bodice is done and the next step is the sleeves that I have borrowed from another pattern. Oh! And I had to cut the arm holes a bit bigger as they were for uber skinny arms! Children were definitely smaller in the 'olden' days!
 
I have also crocheted two hats, a blue and grey striped and a chunky cream slouchy and nearly finished a place mat. No pictures of these though, sorry!
 
But here, as promised here are the pictures of the first two pop-up cards that I made...
 

The guitarist moves his hand up and down the fret board of the guitar. His other arm is attached using a spiral and the guitar is 'plugged in' with a spark of 'Rock' and then a spiral for the cord plugged into the amp. The words on the front of the card and the music score are from some odd vintage sheet music. 

 
The front of this card, my second pop-up was made using my encaustic art set, as you can see, I can't make wonderful landscapes yet but it looked enough like water crashing to match the fish theme! Various fish shapes randomly placed on the watery swirls completed the inside.
 
I got all my pop-up ideas from; 'Making pop-ups and novelty cards' by Trish Phillips and Ann Montandaro. My 4th pop-up used another technique from the same book and here it is...
 
                                                                             





I tried to make it look like a room that was being decorated, the pre-made 3-d shapes helped with the illusion!
 
Well. that's it for now. Next time I will hopefully have completed the gingham dress and have started on another one 6982 Simplicity, a lovely 60's dress with floaty sleeves. I may also have completed the place mat, made another hat and found some sun cream that isn't full of chemicals...
 
Thanks for reading.
JX
 

 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Trying to get clever...

Pop-up cards, I have completed 3 up to now. I always think I can do these things really quickly, as soon as I have read how to do it, and then end up taking three times longer! You will have to wait for photos of the first 2 cards as I managed to take them with my camera without an S.D card inside, so now I have to find the lead to import them before I can show them! Anyway, this is card no3;

I used some pictures from music magazines; an orchestra, Caruso (a famous Italian tenor) ((opera)) and an Italian conductor called Toscanini. This card is for a classical music lover!

 
 I used the technique from a book all about pop-up card making (I will have to let you know what it is called next time as I am not in my office and I can't be bothered to go all that way just now to get it!!)
However...It didn't seem to go upright properly so I ended up affixing a connecting strut as you can see. Also I have tried to make Caruso pop out a bit too so he is attached with a little tab. The paper is printed with little snippets of encyclopaedic knowledge of musical terms interspersed with music notes, random musical words and instruments.

This is the front, 'Many Happy Returns, birthday Boy'
It's going in the post tomorrow and I am just hoping it 'pops-up' appropriately when it has been folded for a few days!
 
 
I am also trying to get clever adjusting a paper pattern. It needed lengthening and widening a little at the waist, here's what it looks like...
It is going to be made using this fabric, a sweet pink gingham...
And, when it has been made, it should look a bit like view B (the blue dress)...
But, with long sleeves, as I am intending to use a similar patterns sleeves and join them to the short sleeves, and without the pockets. We shall see how clever I really am...!

And finally the name of this adorable little thing... 
 Its a bit of a mouthful and it took a lot of discussion......

           Drum roll please.............................
 
 
Mabel Kinsey Mansfield Mackenzie.
 
 
 
 
What do you think?  I may even share her adventures here or create a blog just for her....
 
Goodnight all.
JX