Monday, 23 August 2010


Well *cough* first I want to apologise for not having posted my Week6 52MMMC, oops!

It's just that I'm now manically (after getting my sewing machine back after a week without it) making the last bits to complete an order that I'd hoped to have completed by now. I did not add in the factor that my machine would become temperamental and need it's service asap! stroppy thing....

Anyhow please take my apology as I will be posting by the end of the week a bumper post of makes for week 6 and 7 to make up for it, phew!

Thought I would share this beautiful dawn with you that I had the pleasure to see Sunday morning. I was up v early as a certain person (not me!) could not breath properly through ones nose and was keeping me awake with various breathing noises so I thought I might as well get up and get on with completing items for my order.

*sigh* sunrise and sunsets are all so lovely

and just to show you that I have really been working and not shirking! my threads in use

one bag complete

and another

and fabric bases and colours getting ready to be transformed into purses

yes the creative clutter and turmoil ensues whilst one creates don't you know!! :) x

Monday, 16 August 2010

Berry colours..

I'm loving these berry colours at the moment. So rich and fruity!
I'm off to work on rather a windy grey day today, back later putting items as well as the above wee oval pin in my shop ;0 x

Sunday, 15 August 2010

The 52MMMC Week 5

Week 5 of the challenge.

I had such big plans really I did but I'm afraid I must apologise for this slightly less than complete 'make' as my sewing machine has gone in for a service
*sigh, it was due for one though* and so I have no machine with which to complete my item. Boo hoo......

So anyways I thought I would show you my 'make' so far.....

Out have come the pen and inks, something I haven't used in far too long but which I thought would be perfect for the 'theme' I was intending to draw.

I have been saving little bits here and there and aiming to compile a mood or inspiration board of sorts for the current, dare I say it, Autumn/Winter work happening.
I know we are all still hanging on to the thought that perhaps we will get a few more weeks, days?? of some summer sun but the change of the seasons will be upon us sometime soon. Now as much as I like to be warm I do like the rich colours that Autumn/Winter brings.

Anyhow trying not to diverse, here are a few of my snippets to show my theme.
This 'season' sees plenty of feathers and birds about and I wanted to go with gorgeous feathered owls, all seeing all knowing you know!

After a few sketchy lines in pencil to give a rough outline and idea, I set to with purple ink and pen, I don't want to be 'normal' and have a brown owl! not that there is anything wrong with that mind. Also khakis and purples are making an appearance in this seasons colours.

Perhaps my sketch is a little scary because of the 'knowing' but my owl is going to have attitude!

Now I wanted to transfer this sketch onto fabric. So after scanning the image on to the laptop, flipping the image so I can print it onto the fabric as I had originally drawn it, it was printed out onto transfer paper.

The fun bit of ironing it on to the fabric.

And voila! Sketch transferred to fabric, which is now pinned ready to wait the return of the sewing machine to finish it up into a slouchy bag, maybe even for a few decorative stitches to be added to it as well, we shall see.

I'll show you the 'finished' bag once it's complete. So please forgive me for the half post this week, I didn't like doing it but then I would have felt even more guilty if I had not posted about what I was doing! ;0 x

Sunday, 8 August 2010

The 52MMMC Week 4

Well folks it's that time of week again! so I am here all ready with another post about my next make for the challenge.
Over the course of this challenge my posts will include 'makes' that I'm testing out to see whether they might be items I will want to make more of and sell, as well as things that I want to make because I never have and things that I have a go at making just because I WANT too!

This 'make' is one which I may well make more of to sell in my shop and also on my stall (by the way the next Makers Market that I'm at will be the September one, see my side bar to the left for dates!).

Having gathered bits together, fabric was cut, interlining fused and snaps inserted ready to start the stitching
(the sweet little pattern for this clutch is by Ali Foster, she also allows you to make items from her patterns to sell)

using up my hand screen printed birdy fabric (hope you like it!) I screen printed my design onto a large remnant of bright pink fabric I was given, it certainly stands out!

stitching parts

and so the end result!

a peek inside

resting in the sun........

As well as designing patterns for items myself it's always nice to follow someone else's guidelines too, it gives you new ideas and tips you can apply when making other things as well.
Let me know your verdict on this make.
Hope you've all been enjoying your weekends! ;0 x

Sunday, 1 August 2010

The 52MMMC Week 3

Well hello lovely blog readers!
I'm a little bit late this week in posting about my make, but make I have!
I will achieve a new make each week have no fear I'm just not necessarily going to be posting about them on the same day each week!

Anyhow back to my make.
I've seen various tutorials on other people's blogs, some you bookmark to come back to others you just look at..... well this one I had bookmarked to have a go at when I had the chance and what better time to try new things out than through this challenge each week, after all that's what it's all about!

So, to something to adorn your hair.
If you would like to have a go yourself at making one of these then pop on over to
Flossie Teacakes blog
and you will find this tutorial and others there as well.

so my materials were ready to get to work, rubbish pic but it was during 'the make'!

action shot of my first time using shirring elastic, too much fun!

nearly all shirred up

to the next step of attaching the parts together

and voila! head adornment..... yes another rubbish shot but you try taking a photo of yourself just to show what you've made and not your face - yes total camera shyness me

hanging over my sewing machine complete, a triumph! so simple so sweet.

back next week with another make and this time it won't be so late! Hope you've all had a good weekend :) x