It would seem that my creativity has outstripped my blog writing! My original intent for this blog was to catalogue all the things I make to keep track of them as I wear out, sell or de-clutter. As it happened, that catalogue now spans accross this blog, Instagram, Ravelry and of course my Etsy store. Oh well.
Nonetheless, this blog is still where I want everything to end up. So if you follow me elsewhere, you may have already seen these, but they’re so pretty I’m sure you won’t mind seeing them again!
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.
Yes, it’s true! After more than two years I have picked up my crochet hooks again. It seems crazy to have left it that long, but life happens.
What is even crazier, I actually finished the project within 10 days! Talk about rekindling an old love. What did I make you ask? I won’t make you wait any longer:
Isn’t it lovely! It’s a rather large 5-point star baby blanket in olive green 8 ply wool, mixed with a green and black 2 ply yarn to give the side of each star point a different shade. Its turned out so lovely I almost think I’ll keep it…
But I won’t! I owe the inspiration to pick up my hooks again to a dear friend. She requested this blanket when she was pregnant with her first baby, and I was happy to oblige! Now the baby is 6 months old and preparing for his first winter, with woolly blanket at the ready 🙂
The buttons came from a designer outlet store in Melbourne, they fit through the loops in the seams so it can be adjusts to be worn around my friend when she is wearing her baby. No button holes necessary, so it can still be used with toddlers!
The pompom tells you which was is up so you don’t get to swearing levels trying to find the buttons. The point also acts as a hood for baby!
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…
And then was obliged to make some coordinating earrings:
I realised I hadn’t made much using gold yet, so I gave it a go and was quite pleased:
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…
Then I got stuck into the feathers. But the feathers, thankfully, did not get stuck on me.
And lastly I made a gorgeous hair barrette from some New Zealand paua seashells I bought on our holiday there some time ago:
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.
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:
Boring, beige, lumpy handbag. And then…
I didn’t take any progress photos, but essentially the process was:
Wipe bag down with acetone.
Spray with spray adhesive.
Apply gold foil sheets with a slightly damp brush in a dabbing motion.
Cover with PVA glue.
Let dry overnight.
Peel off PVA glue because you realised it was the wrong glue and it has stopped the gold foil being shiny.
Brush off any excess and smooth it all over with a nail brush.
Place gold glue peelings in a jar. They gotta be handy for something.
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..?
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!