Golden Dreaming

Golden Dreaming

Rag bone short loose dress
$530 – theoutnet.com

Oneness mini dress
$50 – nelly.com

IHeart gold shirt
$74 – veryeickhoff.com

Jane Norman brown shrug
$19 – janenorman.co.uk

H M drape front shirt
$13 – hm.com

Replay button jacket
$565 – nelly.com

Antonio Marras mid calf skirt
$500 – avenue32.com

Jovonna gold disco pants
$38 – vanmildert.com

Cutie sequin skirt
$27 – debenhams.com

Black and gold shorts
$23 – chiarafashion.co.uk

Giuseppe Zanotti slip on shoes
$635 – harveynichols.com

L.K.Bennett heels & pumps
$150 – lkbennett.com

Vince Camuto brown handbag
shoptheshoebox.com

Noor Fares 18k rose gold earrings
$14,080 – net-a-porter.com

Movado gold jewelry
nordstrom.com

Vince camuto jewelry
shoptheshoebox.com

Michael Kors rock earrings
couture.zappos.com

Michael kors earrings
piperlime.gap.com

Cuff bangle
windsorstore.com

Yellow gold earrings
$4.70 – newlook.com

Alexander Wang accessory
alexanderwang.com

A beautiful old mystery machine…

On a recent trip to Canberra, I visited the tourist-y area Gold Creek with my family. We had a lovely day of wondering shops and afternoon tea. On our way back to the car, there’s always one last shop to look in…

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And look what I found! The shop lady said it was still in working condition, thought the electric cables need to be replaced for safe use. We opened the case and the little box of goodies that came with it all over the shop floor… I was in love… but how much was it? $50?? OK then…

It came home with me.

I was determined to carry this extremely heavy ‘travel’ model back to the car myself, but it turned into a shared family experience as they took pity on me taking a break every 20 metres. So we all took turns taking it back to the car together.

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Back at home I took all the bits our to see what I had collected with more time and a glass of whiskey.

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Complete with operating manual! Check out those illustrations!

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Certainly it’s not a Singer, but a pretty machine nonetheless. With the little research I’ve done so far I think it’s a model from the late 1930s or mid 1950s.

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I haven’t gleaned much about the manufacturer of the sewing machine motor yet, Warner Drayton Co. of Australia Pty Ltd operating from Footscray, a metro suburb in Victoria. Although I did find this advertisement in the National Library of Australia archives which shows the company was still going strong in 1963, with electric fans just in time for the summer heat!

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At the moment my new old sewing machine awaits patiently in Canberra. Once it is serviced and it comes home, I’m thinking it will be my dedicated corset-sewing machine…

Oh the joys of my craft hobby.

Stay creative!
xx

A Golden Handbag Update

I’ve been really busy lately, and thankfully some of this busy-ness is over now so I can start to relax again. I thought I would be able to finish a small project this weekend and decided to spend an hour unwinding with glue.

I recently rediscovered some gold foil I had bought during my Uni days. I’ve also been rather unimpressed with my handbag lately and have started looking in shops for a replacement. But then I thought, why not just make the uninspired inspiring again?! The three ideas met while standing in a queue one day and they have been awaiting their moment ever since.

I even have a before shot, complete with pre-cleaning handbag contents:

Handbag Contents Organised Neatly

Boring, beige, lumpy handbag.  And then…

Golden Goodness Handbag!

Good goldeness!!

See the shiny

Stylin' around

Oh yeah handbag

Inspiring again!

I didn’t take any progress photos, but essentially the process was:

  1. Wipe bag down with acetone.
  2. Spray with spray adhesive.
  3. Apply gold foil sheets with a slightly damp brush in a dabbing motion.
  4. Cover with PVA glue.
  5. Let dry overnight.
  6. Peel off PVA glue because you realised it was the wrong glue and it has stopped the gold foil being shiny.
  7. Brush off any excess and smooth it all over with a nail brush.
  8. Place gold glue peelings in a jar. They gotta be handy for something.
  9. Take pictures of pretty goldy handbag goodness!

Stay creative
:)

Dancin’

Dancin'

Red dress
etsy.com

Izabel London open front cardigan
$34 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Chantal thomass
$210 – stylebop.com

Thigh high hosiery
modcloth.com

Funtasma black pumps
overstock.com

Flower earrings
modcloth.com

Crochet Double Doily Shawl with Possum!

My dears, it’s time for a crochet post. Are you ready?!

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This is my latest achievement with crochet. The centre in black is New Zealand possum yarn and is very light and warm. The purple on the outside is a stock standard wool from the crafty department store, nothing really special. It is heavier than the possum yarn so the drape is a little unpredictable depending where you’re holding it from, but I like it nonetheless.

You can find more details and the pattern here on my Ravelry page. I used a doily pattern just to make a pretty doily with a better purpose that sitting under ornaments.

The lump next to it in the last photo is its matching hat.

Missy is also a lump at times but in this case not the lump I am talking about.

I am certainly building up a backlog of items I need to model. At least I’m on top of the posting! :D

Stay creative
Xx

Knitting Machine: Singer MemoMatic 323 and Ribber Attachment

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Something I’ve noticed since becoming crafty is how much other people enjoy me being crafty. It seems bizarre to me, but in a nice way!

Crochet at the train station and strangers smile and ask what you’re working on. Leave a button and half-done sewing project on the coffee table and visitors ask about its status. Invariable it comes with a story about their grandma or how they could never finish something like that – this used to puzzle me but now I quite enjoy it.

Another side effect I’ve also noticed and like is friends who I’ve had for years pick up crafty projects with me and try new crafty things to show me. For years I didn’t even know they were crafty themselves!

So all this could be an intro for a post about how crafting can change your life and open a whole new world for you blah blah but that’s too obvious. What it is an intro for is a conspiracy.

ShandiShan and Sweetheart conspired to buy me a knitting machine for Christmas.

 

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“A what what? But you don’t even knit! What are you supposed to do with one of those?” you cry. Well, that’s what I thought. And here is the reason for my hesitation: I don’t knit because I can’t. Not a mental oh-come-on-give-it-a-go-it’s-easy kind of can’t, more of a it-gives-me-intense-pain-in-my-right-shoulder-after-half-an-hour kind of can’t. This is thanks to an old injury which also means I can’t do things like scrub bathroom floors (‘Aww…’ you say,), paint walls and ceilings (‘Poor you.’) and play contact sports (FYI that one actually does suck.).

So you can imagine how it pleased me when I found that crochet didn’t give me the same complications.

Knowing my love for woolly things, Sweetheart gifted me the knitting machine in hope I can knit with it instead. But checking out the videos tells me it uses the kind of motion that caused the injury in the first place, so I still can’t knit…

Bah humbug.

“Oh.” Sweetheart said. “Well, you can still set it up and design things on it and I’ll do the side-side actions. We can make things together!”

And so my interest in this knitting machine contraption grows. Now to learn how to use it!

I’m well aware it’s a conspiracy so Sweetheart can have more knitted jumpers.

So far my attempts have resulted in rectangles of various sizes.

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In the example below I had planned to graduate from test swatches but Sweetheart got over excited with the side to side action and broke the yarn at 221 rows. Oh wells.
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Stay happy!
Xx

Corset.

My latest project has me rather excited.

Over a year ago I made a simple post about a corset-making kit I bought. Well today, I present to you the beginings of a corset made from that kit!

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Golden Joy! Cut the pieces…

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… all the pieces. Line them up…

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And magically install the busk!

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Bruise your hands installing the eyelets…

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… and take some time to recover.

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Sew it all together!

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And all of a sudden I have half a corset! Part 2 will knock your socks off soon!!

Stay inspired
:D

How to wear CRAZY PANTS!

How to wear CRAZY PANTS!

TIBI pink cami
tibi.com

Amanda Wakeley long sleeve v neck sweater
$490 – amandawakeley.com

Orla Kiely collared shirt
$410 – orlakiely.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors collared shirt
$305 – zalando.co.uk

L K Bennett white top
$91 – lkbennett.com

VILA knit top
$30 – vila.com

Gianvito Rossi suede pumps
$695 – brownsfashion.com

ASOS sandals
asos.com

Call it SPRING orange heels shoes
$46 – debenhams.com

Leather shoes
modcloth.com

Mango handbag
$83 – mango.com

Nars cosmetic
$30 – liberty.co.uk

MAC Cosmetics lips makeup
bloomingdales.com

Butter London nail polish
butterlondon.com

How To Be Ordinary

Things have been quiet around these parts… too quiet. Too much to do and not enough head space to relax. But I just watched the funniest episode of Big Bang Theory I’ve seen in a while, followed by the most gripping CSI episode I’ve seen. Either TV is getting better or I’m feeling like a weight has lifted – either will please me, and in turn, you! :D

After writing my introduction paragraph there I opened up my ‘latest photos’ folder to see what I’ve been doing. It’s delightfully average. So here I have five photos of my luxuriously average life to share with you.

The pool cleaner broke. We’ve reported it, but as yet it’s not fixed. This is semi-acceptable, as it’s the beginning of Autumn and starting to get a bit cool for a swim.

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This dumpster was behind a building where I parked my car one evening.

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Upon leaving my day job, I found someone had parked their car in front of my car with great care and skill.

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And in slightly more interesting news, sewing! Both kinds!

Hand sewing sequins onto my Bat Pencil Skirt to hide the cheap shininess of the fabric which I’ve decided I don’t like now I can actually sew…

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… and busted seams after sewing one of my pencil skirts during a rampage. I never wrote about it here, but you can catch some details on my Kollabora profile.

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And that’s all from the joyous department of my corner. Now look, I’ve made myself want to sew. Yay!

Stay inspired! :)