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! :)

Relax

Relax

Pink blouse
$21 - 3suisses.fr

Topshop blazer
topshop.com

Short skirt
$49 - marksandspencer.com

Kinky Knickers lace panty
$25 - liberty.co.uk

Giuseppe Zanotti pumps
giuseppezanottidesign.com

Gold stud earrings
bodycentral.com

Lips makeup
$40 - johnlewis.com

Face makeup
eyeslipsface.com

It’s Friday Inspiration Time – With PANTS!

Fridays, like any other day of the week, are great days for being Inspired!

But hold on, I hear you say, how can one be Inspired with Pants? Aren’t the best days those where pants are not in close proximity?

Well yes, I’d agree with you. But here we’re not necessarily wearing pants; we are sewing pants.

Tomorrow is the first day of a new month, which means a new Theme as per the feedback we gave ourselves. I haven’t sewn in nearly two months, so it’s time to get back to it. I’ve got a few Pants already cut, and have dreams about more.

Today, let’s look at those dreams:

Pants of Power

Ok ok you got me… technically that’s a dream come true. But really, I LIVE in these pants. I love them so much. I’m making another pair for my mum so we can have the same pants.

But these Awesome Pants are the Inspiration for this week. Wide legged elastic waist pyjama style pants are just my thing, and in such a lovely fabric they make me comfy and happy at home, in the office, in the grocery store… wherever.

So more! More Inspiration of Wonderful Comfy Wide Legged Pants!

Clearly I’m also big on florals. I predict I’ll be wearing a lot of them this year, even if the rest of the world wore them ages ago… :D

Stay Inspired!
xx

Cross Stitch for the Guests Room Update

Hooray!  A frame has been found!

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Sleek, black and techno-nerdy.

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Again, thanks to izacless for sharing :D

See my progress post here for more details on how I made it.

Now we await the first guest…

Lovely Lamp for my Dresser

This lamp belonged to my great grandmother. Then it hung around in our house I grew up in. Then it came into my possession…

Through all this I never remember this special class of kitsch ever having a lampshade, so I began regularly including the lampshade section whenever I wandered around opshops.

Eventually I found one that would suffice.

Lovely Lampshade: The Beginnings

Now you might think we’re done here. That looks like a mighty fine match.

No. Nice lampshade made the base look respectable and that’s not what we want. We want over the top kitsch that not even a mother could love.

Queue hot glue and my fabric rose collection.

Lovely Lampshade: Ready for action

I’m not sure if we’ve improved this here but we’re certainly on a path. Never mind that I almost set it on fire.

Once it was in place and turned on I sat gawking at the girly-ness of my dresser for a good 15 minutes.

Lovely Lampshade: Lighting up the Dresser

Lovely Lampshade: In Action

It’s fun being a girl :D

Cross Stitch for the Guest Room

And now for something else rather different!

I was into cross stitch as a kid. Not so much as a teen and certainly not in the last 10 years, but when I saw this little number floating around on the interwebs it had to be done!

Home is where the WIFI connects automatically
Source: izacless.tumblr.com

In all honesty, I actually first saw this design at work. As the only female in an IT department, there’s not a lot girly-ness going on in my workday. One Friday one of the guys thought it would be a larf to replace the web stats screen with the above pic and LO!

I went home, found the pic online and started it that night, with one rather large modification:

Buy a vowel: Home is wh_re th_ WIFI ____cts __tomatically

I added our WIFI password mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Trying to find the right alphabet style was a little tricky. After a few attempts on a scrap I settled on a slightly modified version of this:

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Source: craftdesigns4you.com

I didn’t think it was right for us to have the password in blue or black, so a added a third colour to my design just for the password. In my stash of embroidery threads I had a ton of colours but settled on a neutral similar to #3864 or #841 on this chart:

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Source: dmc-ap.com

No, I’m not publishing my WIFI password on the interwebs.

Home is where the WIFI connects automatically cross stitch

Now I have this wonderful piece awaiting the right frame where after it will hang happily on the guest room wall. The question is, who of our guests will work out that it is indeed our WIFI password..?

Thanks to izacless for sharing :)

Update: Check out the finished piece framed and on the wall »

:D

Feedback for Future Fulfilment

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Let’s pretend I was organised enough to put together a feedback form and let’s pretend you all had enough free time to fill it in. He he funny I know.

Anyways, the Imaginary Results to this Imaginary Form go something like this:

  • Regular posts on a variety of crafty posts.
  • Themed projects that get done on time.
  • Tutorials and what I’ve learned posts.
  • Inspiration trends.
  • Pictures of me wearing my stuff instead of just mug shots of it.

For me, this is a weird concept. I’m used to planning creativity for my day job as a designer, so my personal creativity wasn’t meant to be planned out solely for my own enjoyment. However I’ve found this approach means I often skip a project I want to do in favour of project I can do NOW… Case in point, making a corset. I bought the kit almost two years ago and have done nothing with it.

Another point I want to develop this year is crafty networks. Since starting this blog almost three years ago I’ve seen some of my real life friends try a new craft and share that process with me. How lucky and inspired it makes me feel! Who know what else we will learn :D

So, now you know my thoughts I’m gonna through this out there and ask: What’s missing from your crafty news feed? Leave your comments below :)

♥ xx
Morgan

Awesome Pants of Power (Or Something Rather Different)

And now for Something Rather Different.

PANTS!

Pants of Power

When ShandiiShan of Shandii Crafts showed me how to make your own pyjama pants from a pair you already own, I knew this was the beginning of something beautiful.

Visions of supermarket trips, theatre-goings, high tea afternoons and international plane trips all undertaken in the comfort of pyjama pants danced through my head.

Not to mention when the High-Street designers and Vogue deemed Pyjama Pants the next hottest trend I was determined not to let this one die.

And here we are in 2014 and I’m instigating the Pyjama Pant Trend Revival. Who’s with me?! YEAH!

Pants of Power: Seams to be

This fabric I bought on our trip to Malaysia in 2012. Quite the haul that was. I wasn’t sure what it would become, maybe a dress or a skirt, it didn’t really matter. All I knew is that it wasn’t so easy to get this fabric at home and I was leaving with a lot of it.

Now I have a day job where Pencil Skirts are overkill and wearing jeans everyday really isn’t my thing. Comfy pants are in order. This fabric presented itself as the perfect match!

Pants of Power: Detail

The salesman and the sign told me it was silk, but you know how salesmen are. I was sceptical because it was so cheap, although not the cheapest fabric they had which beared the sign ‘Polyester’. I liked the feel and pattern and decided to buy a few anyway, I’m not that much of a fabric snob (yet?). After getting it back home those with more experience than I tell me it’s a polyester-silk mix. I can live with that! :D

Pants of Power: Proof of Pantessence

With the first pair down there will be more of these fantabulous pants. My world needs more of them, and so does yours!

Stay comfy!
:D

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #09: Perfect Sitting

One craft I remember my mother doing was reupholstering my desk chair in my bedroom.

The original was a lovely cream textured cover but you could just imagine how long that would stay looking nice in a grubby teenage bedroom.

The fabric she chose was this nice black tapestry style. The offcuts followed us around for years and I’d always wanted to do something with it.

Around the same time she covered the chair I made myself a needle book which I still use today. But there remained a sizable scrap.

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Back Detail

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Back

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Fabric Detail

This is where the joys of spending hours on Pinterest proves itself useful. Inspiration struck and BAM skirt.