Sunday, September 6, 2009

What's this? A post?!

Not that anyone was probably following my little craft blog anyway, but here is the first in what I hope will be a healthy string of posts from now on!

What I'm posting today is a hand embroidered version of the Watchmen badge that I made for a friend. He's a big comic book nerd and he'd been saying for awhile that he really wanted to get stuff from his favourite fandoms embroidered onto his leather jacket. I wanted to see how I'd go, so I made him this and surprised him with it.

Watchmen Logo Embroidery 2

He was stoked! Mission accomplished :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Why I should not be allowed into fabric shops..

Pretty Fabric

I went to Spotlight yesterday to pick up more lycra (the details of what I'm doing with said lycra are coming soon when I have something to show for it) and I ended up coming home with half a meter of each of these fabrics.

They're so pretty, and they were all quite cheap, so it was impossible to pass them up!

... Which proves the point as to why I shouldn't be allowed in fabric shops ... :P

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Wrapping

Christmas Presents

A really cheap way of getting a little something to all your friends is baking cookies! I made Peanut Butter Choc-Chip Shortbread, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I wanted to pack it in boxes but I couldn't find any in the right size so I ended up making little packages with cellophane and ribbon. They worked well, but I wouldn't recommend it if you have to take the biscuits a long way.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Work Spaces

I find it very important to create a good space when trying to be creative. If the area I'm in is messy or not set up with lots of prettiness in view I feel stifled and find it hard to keep motivated.

I love making stuff, especially sewing, but I tend to give up very quickly if it gets hard. This is why I need lots of nice things around me, to keep me motivated to achieve higher with my endeavours.

The place where I blog from is the desk in my bedroom.


I like my white/noteboard. Truth be told, I never actually write on the whiteboard, so a larger noteboard would have been better. I keep the space on my desk top as clear as possible, so I have the option of doing crafty type things on there, but I mostly just do uni work and computer stuff up here.

Still, it's nice having my tins of pens and pencils (IKEA!) and my coloured pens. Excuse the empty tea bottle, I didn't realise it was there when I took the photo!

When I really want to get down to work on something, especially sewing (because my machine is huge!) I go downstairs and work on the larger table in the den. This is better for my head because there's space for everything to sit on the table and I can grab anything I need without having to get up.

Work Area

I hope everyone else who is creative has this kind of space allotted to them in their house. If not, I'm curious as to how other people work with the space they have.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Starfish Costume

Last night Lachlan and I went to a joint 30th and Engagement Party. The theme was 'Oceanic Fantastic', so most people went as pirates. I had my costume worked out a few weeks ago and had bought all my makeup for my 'Titanic zombie' costume (blue and green eyeshadow all over my face .. it still hasn't all come off!).

Lachlan, being a boy, did not think about his costume until 3pm on the day of the party. We quickly nipped out to the shops and he decided he wanted to be a starfish. Easy enough right?

Lachlan working on the costume.

Very basic design, Lachlan just lay down on the fabric and I drew a star shape around him. At least, that was the idea, but we didn't have quite enough fabric to just double it over, so the back had to be sort of patched together out of a few smaller pieces.

Starfish Costume

The finished product.

We pinned him in at the shoulders so he could get out, and stuffed a pillow down the front to pad him out a bit. He was very cuddly! Just quietly, I think he had the best costume at the party.