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:
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… 😀
Hooray! A frame has been found!
Sleek, black and techno-nerdy.
Again, thanks to izacless for sharing 😀
See my progress post here for more details on how I made it.
Now we await the first guest…
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.
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.
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.
It’s fun being a girl 😀
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!
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:
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:
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:
No, I’m not publishing my WIFI password on the interwebs.
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 »
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 😀
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 🙂
And now for Something Rather Different.
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!
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!
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! 😀
With the first pair down there will be more of these fantabulous pants. My world needs more of them, and so does yours!
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.
This is where the joys of spending hours on Pinterest proves itself useful. Inspiration struck and BAM skirt.
Here’s one of my favourites! However I’m not sure if I’ll ever wear it…
This one gets its name from the swingin sixties design of the fabric combined with the putrid smell of cigarette smoke (NICotine!!!) and old man that terrorised my nostrils when steam pressing it.
Other than that, this skirt is awesome. After I finished making it an before its final press, I tried the following:
- washed it normally.
- washed it with eucalyptus.
- soaked it.
- dried it.
- soaked it in vinegar.
- hung it out in the sun.
- forgot about it.
- left it in the rain for three days.
I’ve yet to steam pressed it again to see if my efforts worked, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the illusion of having a larger wardrobe.
Clyde Pencil Skirt. So named after the photo filter effect on my photo editing app on my phone.