Sunday, January 16, 2011

I have a Crafting Block

Just cant seem to get into crafting lately.But have been buying opshop crafty bits So thought I would quickly post some pics of finds and a pic of what I am up to so far with my Gypsy lady crosstitch you can see the picture of her at earlier post.
I do have an urge to start doing patchwork again but am trying to be strong for a bit.
This was taken a couple weeks ago so have added a bit more since.

Decided to make some lavender bags due to all the mustiness after all the rain.One is scraps and the other a doily with fabric back

More patterns while spotlights 1/2 price sale was

These all 50c each from opshop what a bargain.Shame I only just bought an apron one recently.

Happy crafting ,

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

An Edwardian hat and some great patterns

Been awhile but I am trying to get a weekly post going as part of my new years (I hate this word) but RESOLUTION lol

So I thought I would share some of my crafty things (only a few tho) 1st is the almost finished Edwardian/Victorian hat which started off looking like this (hat was too big for hubbys head and was origianlly from Bunnings bought for $2 from opshop ages ago)

and I am turning it into this

still not sure if these are the flowers I am going to use tho. What do you think? It does look better than in the pic.I think so anyway.All bits were items I had in my crafty area so really no cost now just small ones overtime

I will be making an outfit using same fabric in either of these 2 patterns not sure which yet but am leaning towards the jacket pattern with a skirt to match

These are other patterns I have bought lately this lot were all half price so have been making most of the sale also got the kids apron one so the girls can have a go at making their own, I thought it would be a nice easy project.The Queen of hearts is ready for kids dress up at school next year as one is going as her.The 50s hats coz I would really love to try making some.

These other ones I got a few weeks ago prior to sale.Bumma lol

I am looking at doing some 50s style aprons and dresses eventually with these pattern

Sorry about the side view of patterns for some reason it does that sometimes even after reuploading grrr
Well thats it for now till next time

Happy Crafting

Monday, December 6, 2010

Spats and Scarves again Oh my.

Just a quick post to keep updated as I have been stuck in a procrastination mood and am now getting this and my vintage blog and youtube up to date as I need to start sewing some clothes asap.While other things are not done my creative flow wont work lol.
I have sent all my gift exchange gifts to their new homes and they have all been recieved with much happiness. Yay.

This is my last gift send and would be halfway to the USA by now.

A close up remember he is of scottish descent hence the tartan fabric Be great if it was his tartan too.


Happy Crafting ,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Spats Giveaway Contest

If you would like to own these spats

just follow and subscribe to my blog and then enter a comment on why you would like to have them.Everyone who does this will all go into a draw and have equal chance to win.Name will be drawn on the 10th December,
Now just be warned these spats will have a differnt lining on each one (I had a brain burp and used the last of the lining on 2 lefties) but you wont be able to tell from the outside.
Hope to see a great amount of comments.



The spats arent pink as they look they are olive,marron,red and orange patterned and the loning isnt blue as shown they are cream coloured.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Busy little me and my new sewing machine.

I thought I would drop in and show the items (pic heavy) I have created in last few weeks.I think I have almost finished my gift exchange gifts (thusfar) just have another pair or 2 of Spats to make.

I ended up making 2 more pairs of the Alice Cuffs one in red again and one in an eggplant colour (purple or aubergine to be exact)They were a request by one of my exchange gift people,she saw my blog and LOVED them so much I had to make her a pair.

Here is my blocking of the cuffs (on old body board kids broke).My 1st blocking of knitting ever, was when I made my 1st pair of Alice cuffs.Blocking is a must when you knit anything with a lace effect.

I made another neckwarmer in the purple for another gift and must say my flowers have improved 100% since my 1st attempts.

I made a mans neckwarmer and added a Indian flint as a button as I know he is of Native American decent

I also finished the other 2 scarves for the other fellows.Here is one he also gets the black spats.

My spats came out quite well but still have room for improvement.Next pair will be in tartan as they are for a fella of Scottish decent.

My biggest excitment for the week is my new sewing machine (bliss).Its a Janome and its been many years since I had a new machine.My old one is a Brother bought for me by my hubby way back in the early 90s .I wanted a machine that will do heavier fabrics and I have been told the Janome is the way to go and the buttonholer is a dream.The brother will go in for a service next week and will now be one for the grandkids to learn on.I am so excited by my machine and I think my knitting is finished unless I have more requests so will get stuck in to sewing for a bit

I am really keen to get into some more spats in denim and lace etc so stay tuned.

I also started a crosstitch of this gypsy lady.
Another lady I have met online at Craftster is also doing the same lady.Its a tad hard for my old eyes to do crosstitch so wil be a long process but I will get there.

Thats it for now must parcel up my gifts and get them off.

May your crafty days be many,

Oh I almost forgot I had to make a mermaid outfit and a genie hat for the kids here is the mermaid outfit no pattern was used and she was one happy little mermaid.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Now I am Hooked

on crochet.I have been making the most adorably easy,feminine, pretty little scarflettes.Saw them on one of my youtube friends (she bought hers from etsy) and decided to have a go at making one( I hate buying when I know I can make myself).The pattern is made up just a heap of chain as long as you like then going back over those chains with a stitch (I dunno what its called tho) do a few rows for the scarf and then make the flowers and attach brooch pins on the back so they can be placed where you want.The original one she had also used chiffony type flower brooch as well instead of 2 crocheted ones. But I have none at the moment so did the 2 crochet ones.You could also add a vintage brooch as my youtube friend suggested.Here they are

They were cheap to make as the wool was bought at an opshop and was brand new and I had the pearls,clips and other yarn already.
Hope you liked them.

I am keeping my original one and will wear it next winter (its the one on my neck)The other is going as a gift to America.I am going to make a few of these in different colours as they are fun and quick to make.
Thought I'd share before time gets away from me.

Till I craft again,

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Just a quick post ...

Been having a few days rest from knitting I think that craze may be nearly over for now but I must finish off at least 2 mens scarves 1st so I can send them on their way.My wool basket is overflowing now as I have picked up alot of lovely balls from the opshops since I started.Least I will have plenty when my knitting or even crochet craze starts again as it will.
Today I am only sharing a couple of things one is a crocheted hat I made for the sister of the young boy who is getting the lions jumper the pattern is made up.

The funny looking book marks are for their mum also in crochet one is supposed to be a sunflower and the other is supposed to be a spider ( there really is 8 legs) with a web.

Now I am not the most proficient crocheter just a basic one tho have always wanted to get into harder patterns.Maybe one day? I hope she likes them any way, as she is an avid reader they will come in handy I am sure.
Well thats it short and sweet.
Till next time happy crafting