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.
- Take pictures of pretty goldy handbag goodness!
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… 😀
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!
Over a year ago now, just after we moved into our current place, the garden started blooming beautifully! While the days got nicer and the rains came, I ventured out with my camera and took photos of every flower I could find.
It’s interesting to look at these photos now and see what happened last year at this time compared to now. Some blooms have been and gone already and others not yet started. I think it’s been colder this spring than last year.
I have missed my blog, reading other awesome your wonderful comments, and generally being creative. While I have been busy, it’s nice to get back to doing what makes me smile while expressing myself!
One thing I was glad to catch upon re-acquainting myself with the blogging world was this great little post about creativity from Alli Rense. It came at a really timely moment for me – I was starting to feel calmer and more creative and, you know what? Writing a little Creativity ToDo List is just what I need 😀
Have I been stuck? Yep. But the fog is lifting. Hooray! So many things I want to do, so a list can help me keep it easy. Like Alli, I’ll limit myself to 5 creative things…
My Creativity ToDo List:
- Finish all blue points on the Star Anise Blanket
- Sew an awesome office dress
- Complete and frame my 15 year old cross-stitch
- Self-publish my Annual Book
- Draw a still life
There are some project-style things there, but progress makes me just as happy as a finished thing!
Bring on winter!
I am totally in awe of the Sketch Club app. No more will I be in transit cataloguing ideas in my head – I can get them out and in a queue I don’t have to try to remember!
I’m still having a play with it, and the app continues to blow my mind. The possibilities!
For a fashion drawing exercise, I finally decided to draw up my croqui after reading about them over a year ago. (Here’s a handy tutorial from Lladybird!) I drew on a Hot Pink Pencil Skirt* and went to see what this app could do with fashion textures.
Well, if you looked at the image above you can see it was AWESOME. What’s even better is you can create your own textures!!! TOTALLY AWESOME!
If you have an iPad, you can download it here. You don’t have to sign up to their community to get started – when I explore all of its features I’ll be sure to let you know! Sadly they don’t seem to have an Android option so I’ll have to hunt again when I switch back in a month or two.
In the meantime, stay creative!
* Note I already have two since learning how to sew and after this exercise it seems I’m in for a few more.
My new Sewing Room is unpacked and 90% organised, and after pulling out a few nicely refolded stash fabrics inspiration struck!
Watch this space 🙂
In short, I’d like more of everything in my wardrobe. Post over.
In long, I’m going to add more skirts and dresses to my wardrobe first. I’d like more trousers too, but they sound scary and I haven’t made any yet, and I’d like more tops, but I’ve recently just made a top injection to my wardrobe. And I’d like more coats, but they’re expensive and hard.
So for skirts and dresses, I headed to my stash. I’m determined to perfect both patterns and create a whole bunch. A small drawback of my stash is it doesn’t exactly have the neutral, jewel, patterns and textures I want to go for, but it’s really the best place to start. So I got stuck into planning:
I’ve created a little board! The top half shows my ultimate sewing goal: six five-piece suits in my favourite neutral colours. A girl sure can dream!
A blazer, a vest, a pencil dress, a pencil skirt and a trousers. Six sets of these and I’ll have no trouble rolling out of bed into something office-y for work. I’ve yet to work out how much of each fabric to buy, but I’m in no hurry as it will be good quality stuff so I’ll get my technique right on all of these things first.
The bottom shows my ideas from my stash, not all of them but the simplest to get done first. Here are the pencil skirt ideas:
And here are the dress ideas:
Plenty to keep me going there!