Getting past the overwhelm: Make a list

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Many things suck, such as having too much to do on your plate. In terms of craft projects I don’t really have that many, but other parts of life have taken over and left Crafty Time in the dark.

It’s time Crafty Time fights back.

Just how do I do this? And what can I share with you to help you get going again if you’re in a similar situation?

I don’t know really.  I’m feeling a bit fake-it-till-you-make-it today and it seems as good as any other strategy.

Threes seem to work. So here’s three things to do on this Sunday evening to get me through:

1. Eat dinner.
2. Pick an outfit for work tomorrow.
3. Dig up a hand sewing project and do that till I fall asleep.

The hand sewing project could be beads onto my corset, or hand rolling a hem on a piece of chiffon or that sequiny lace I got. Decisions!

Getting past the overwhelm: Make a list

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Many things suck, such as having too much to do on your plate. In terms of craft projects I don’t really have that many, but other parts of life have taken over and left Crafty Time in the dark.

It’s time Crafty Time fights back.

Just how do I do this? And what can I share with you to help you get going again if you’re in a similar situation?

I don’t know really.  I’m feeling a bit fake-it-till-you-make-it today and it seems as good as any other strategy.

Threes seem to work. So here’s three things to do on this Sunday evening to get me through:

1. Eat dinner.
2. Pick an outfit for work tomorrow.
3. Dig up a hand sewing project and do that till I fall asleep.

The hand sewing project could be beads onto my corset, or hand rolling a hem on a piece of chiffon or that sequiny lace I got. Decisions!

Contemplation and Craftiness.

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I found myself catching a thought about this blog and how I’ve not added to it for some time. I was even contemplating closing it down.

I figured a few less things to do and worry about would be good for my soul. While I think the thinking is correct, surely removing this blog is not one of the right things to remove.

If I recall the reasons I started writing back in 2011 and the happiness it brought me over the following months, why then does it make sense to delete this little corner of the interwebs? What about the smiles it brought to those who read it, and according to my stats, still are reading it??

IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.

Phew, I’m glad I got that sorted out.

I’m not sure when my next creative foray will come to be published here, time is fickle and energy sporadic.

I feel the need to return to the notion that my sewing and creative time is above all else, happy and relaxed therapy time. Not mending time, not favour time, not client time, not business development time.

Just ordinary, unobstructed creative free time so I can revive myself and get clarity for living the rest of my life. It’s not a luxury for me, it’s vital to remaining balanced in this crazy money-hungry middle-class.

So bring on the ‘Selfish Seamstress.’ That girl is onto something!

Get inspired ;)
Xx

Gothic Rainbow Wardrobe

Gothic Rainbow Wardrobe

TIBI peplum top
1 820 AUD – boutique1.com

MARC LE BIHAN long sleeve cowl neck top
880 AUD – farfetch.com

Louiza Babouryan black top
1 045 AUD – farfetch.com

Cynthia Rowley red ruffle top
320 AUD – cynthiarowley.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA short sleeve top
135 AUD – zalando.co.uk

Gold Hawk lace camisole tank
175 AUD – jades24.com

Pink shirt
alannahhill.com.au

Gold Case black top
125 AUD – yoox.com

Carla G sleeveless top
74 AUD – yoox.com

MANGO embellished blouse
57 AUD – mango.com

Emily van den Bergh black evening top
65 AUD – zalando.co.uk

Ted Baker black camisole
76 AUD – vanmildert.com

White tank
11 AUD – choies.com

Vero Moda peplum blouse
25 AUD – veromoda.com

ONLY velvet top
29 AUD – nelly.com

Alice You red camisole
27 AUD – dorothyperkins.com

Blue top
allydress.com

STELLA McCARTNEY navy blue velvet blazer
705 AUD – theoutnet.com

Topshop blazer
115 AUD – nordstrom.com

Red jacket
140 AUD – lux-fix.com

3 4 sleeve blazer
43 AUD – blackfive.com

ONLY black blazer
82 AUD – zalando.co.uk

Roland Mouret pull on skirt
3 010 AUD – boutique1.com

Vilshenko crop pants
1 890 AUD – farfetch.com

Roberto Cavalli pants
2 170 AUD – tessabit.com

Alexander McQueen circle skirt
1 270 AUD – alexandermcqueen.com

Helmut Lang leather skirt
935 AUD – shopmrsh.com

Emilio Pucci wide leg linen trousers
1 255 AUD – stylebop.com

Vilshenko cotton pants
835 AUD – net-a-porter.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA skinny pants
505 AUD – bcbg.com

Reiss floral skirt
310 AUD – reiss.com

Ted Baker black suit pants
285 AUD – tedbaker.com

Ted Baker black pencil skirt
195 AUD – johnlewis.com

Witchery lace camisole
witchery.com.au

River Island long gold sequin skirt
120 AUD – riverisland.com

Knee length skirt
22 AUD – sheinside.com

Sequin cami
28 AUD – lucluc.com

Valentino pointy toe flat
820 AUD – saksfifthavenue.com

Frye black knee high boots
545 AUD – zappos.com

Hobbs pumps
485 AUD – hobbs.com

Kurt Geiger pointed toe pumps
390 AUD – selfridges.com

Ted Baker patent leather shoes
235 AUD – tedbaker.com

Dr. Martens platform boots
160 AUD – nastygal.com

Hunter rain boots
190 AUD – hunterboots.com

Hush Puppies black mary jane
100 AUD – shoeme.ca

Golden Dreaming

Golden Dreaming

 


Rag bone short loose dress
$530 – theoutnet.com

Oneness mini dress
$50 – nelly.com

IHeart gold shirt
$74 – veryeickhoff.com

Topshop paisley top
topshop.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

Gold angel wing earrings
lorisshoes.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