Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

One day recently I decided to pick up my beading kit again. It’s been some time since I made something, even longer since I learned a new craft! I’ve been wanting to learn how to do bead netting for a while, and with some time energy to spare I busted out the seed beads. This is what happened:

Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

Gorgeous! I am so please with the results. Of course, it’s only triggered a new flow of ideas to try!

What’s more, I’ve decided I’ll be adding this one to my Etsy shop. There’s only so much handmade jewellery one girl can have – so it’s time to share the love and make some of my best creations available for sale.

You can see and purchase this necklace on my Etsy store, Pins and Patience, right here!

Stay excited!
xx

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A creativity flare brings new projects – and products!

It’s a wonderful feeling to be getting creative again! That means I pulled out my old beading tools… it has been a while indeed!

I find myself with a lot of time on my hands these days to heal and reflect, which is bittersweet as I’m often not one to have a lot of time on my hands on account of I like being busy. Call me a creature of habit, but I did just that – got myself busy.

That means I’ve finally got something to show you after months and months of silence! Oh how fickle life can be. Anyways, there’s a bonus this time… I’ve decided to actually sell some of my creations! Yep, every thing I’m showing off in this post: I made it and I’m selling it in my brand new Etsy store!

Enough of that, here’s the juicy bits: click on the pic to see the listing on Etsy.

I fell in love with these blue glass crystals and had to make something a bit fancy with them and some Swarovski crystals I already had…

Glass bead and crystal necklace with pearl Swarovski crystals
Glass bead and crystal necklace with pearl Swarovski crystals

And then was obliged to make some coordinating earrings:

Vintage pearl and blue crystal earrings
Vintage pearl and blue crystal earrings

I realised I hadn’t made much using gold yet, so I gave it a go and was quite pleased:

Glass bead and gold chain necklace
Glass bead and gold chain necklace

And this one I just wanted some matchy-matchy fun with copper findings and the copper sparkle in the glass beads. I made matching earrings for this one too! I will list those soon…

Copper glass bead necklace
Copper glass bead necklace

Then I got stuck into the feathers. But the feathers, thankfully, did not get stuck on me.

Lilac diamante and feather brooch or hair clip
Lilac diamante and feather brooch or hair clip
Feather and Filigree Hair Barrette Clip Turquoise and Blue
Feather and Filigree Hair Barrette Clip Turquoise and Blue
Crystal beaded feather hair barrette clip with seashells
Crystal beaded feather hair barrette clip with seashells

And lastly I made a gorgeous hair barrette from some New Zealand paua seashells I bought on our holiday there some time ago:

New Zealand Pāua Shell Hair Barrettes Clip with 4 shell chips
New Zealand Pāua Shell Hair Barrettes Clip with 4 shell chips

So after all this time, I’ve finally made a crafty post instead of just talking about it! How does it feel? Feels like I’m needing to write quite a few more… but first, a nap! Like my cats.

Yeah, I still got it. Stay happy!
Xx

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
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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
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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! 😀

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!
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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.

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #08: Nick Swing

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.

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt: Back Detail

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt: Back

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.

Sew 2012 #018: Red Satin Stole

In Melbourne spring has certainly sprung today and while I’m sure we’ll still have a few cold winter-flashback days, summer is on its way. I woke up this morning determined to clear some creative space and bombard you with a creativity!

I collected my pile of finished and un-photographed sewing projects and headed into the garden. Ideally I wanted to have pictures of me demonstrating their use but some of these items have been waiting for their 15 minutes for over a year. I found a suitable tree and got snapping – the result is a two-month line-up of finished sewing projects!!

Without further ado, first up is the Red Satin Stole.

Sew 2012 #018: Red Satin Stole

For months I’d known about an important upcoming event – my little brother’s wedding! I had dreams of making a not-so wonderful dress (don’t want to outshine the bride you know!) but alas it was not to be. As the day grew nearer I knew I’d have to go for a store bought dress but I still wanted to have an element of my outfit me-made.

Out came meters of red satin from my stash! Meters and meters of it! And on my computer up came the fabulous Weekend Designer’s satin stole! To work I got, and only a few small hours later I procured this wonderful garment.

Sew 2012 #018: Red Satin Stole

I was very delighted with the results, and my first attempt at a bound button hole style. I did modify it to be a little simpler as I think I made it too narrow to get the button hole lips to sit in a charming way.

As it happened, the dress I ultimately decided to wear was navy blue, and there was no way in the world I was going to wear red and blue together in Newcastle. So I had to make another stole, and I knew just what I’d alter to make it even more fantastic…

Stay tuned for Sew 2012 #020!
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