My whole life is an experiment . . . sometimes I get surprising results. - C Erdmann

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New things

....well by new things I mean making the harder version of something I've done in the past!  :)
who knew that making a more tailored bag would be enjoyable and easier than thought? Not me.
 ...who knew that an inside zippered pocket would be so simple to manoeuvre through? Not I, again.
 ...and who knew that adding a twist lock closure(or even a magnetic snap lock) would be as equally simple? Again...uh uh!  :)
 But I do now thanks to a tutorial video I watched on CreativeBug in which Nicole Mallalieu showed me how! Nikki is a very talented lady from Melbourne(if memory serves me correctly) and this pattern is one of her own designs.

Even though I've been sewing for around 40yrs having made my own clothes to start with, I always picked the 'easy' way to make things and then wonder why they never turned out quite right. You'd think I'd know better by now after discovering some years back how easy it is to sew a zip into a piece of clothing 'if you just follow the instructions on the pattern' instead of bumbling through in your own thought out way!

This green check bag was the second one I made and even though I broke 4 needles along the way(used fabric that was way too thick for my experience in the thicker parts, looks and feels like a wool or wool blend) I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. Really enjoyed! Surprised myself no end.

It all started when I was trying to work out what to make for my very goodly friend Joolz for her birthday. I had just joined Creativebug and had noticed Nikki's bag and thought why not make a red bag to go with Joolz's very pretty red shoes? Why not indeed.
The bag above of course, was the result. I had to change the tab shape a bit to accommodate the vintage doily that I knew she'd love. (hope you don't mind me doing that Nikki) It's lined with a tiny red and white check.
I guarantee I'll be making more bags with lovely tailoring, zippered pockets and who knows what else! lol. 

Thought I'd throw this in for good measure and make you smile maybe. 

I took this photo some time ago when I saw an-almost fairy ring of toadstools in our backyard and thought I'd have some fun with it using the little ladybird and one of my wee dormice.
It turned out much better than I thought it would.

Enjoy the rest of your week. Sending happy thoughts your way. 

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.  ~  Neale Donald Walsch


Thursday, April 9, 2015

another art doll..... :)

Spurred on by my enjoyment from making the first two, I decided to make another mixed media art doll and did her in a light Steampunk style. Steampunk, if it's not too dark, is one of my favourite styles!
 Hope you like her as much as I do!

I found the making of the top hat much easier than I thought it would be and I've used layers of fabric again for her skirts. a vintage hanky, striped cotton and some sort of shiny satiny stuff! Forgive my ignorance in the ways of fabric!!  :P
She's perched on top of a vintage wooden mill spindle, and I'm going to attach a wee metal tart tin for the base for the spindle so she stands well.

Some of you may remember this little lady from a previous post from last year. Well she never did speak to me in the end as to how she wanted to look when finished, so I undressed her and cut the chicken wire off and she is now the sassy steampunk lady above, just in case you didn't see that!  ;)

I also managed to finally finish this little mixed up piece made from a wire cloche(with a small white porcelaine top knob), one of my sweet dormice in his nest, a metal fluted tart tin and an old glass candle holder.
Don't you love the way you can re-purpose just about any stuff you have into something that makes sense!?  ;)

...and an update on my angel shrine doll.
You may remember that I had a heap of trouble finding the proper crackling medium around here where I live and the one I did use didn't work at all!!?
Well I used one lent to me by my wonderful saviour(time and again) Ro, from over at Luvly Bears, and it worked beautifully, though the crackling may be a bit bigger than Daryle's came out with the medium he uses. Oh the one I used was Jo Sonja's Crackle Medium.
But I'm very happy with the result and it actually looks to me a bit like an old antique crazed piece of china would! So I think I might leave the shine on and not use a matte medium this time.

I may have to touch up his eyes though, as they look a bit opaque or flat. One of the wooden beads I used for them had a small split in it when I started and that might be the reason.

I had a bit of play time with the same Ro as above, over the Easter long weekend, and we had some fun with her gorgeous dyes and I came home with this fabulous bundle of joy!
Now to start using it in some projects for my Etsy store!
Ooh noice!

Not sure if you'll be interested, but I thought I'd start a little 'thing' about what's in my creative space and take a quick shot when I think there's something interesting/mysterious/intriguing on the table in front of me that I have been or am working on at the moment!
I won't necessarily be adding text to the photo, but I know I love looking at other creatives' works in progress so maybe you do too?
Anyhoo this shot was a couple of days ago but I'm still working on these, though I've added another project or two into the mix that aren't in the shot!  :)

Take care.....  x

Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new. ~ Albert Einstein
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