Hi everyone! Yes – I’m still alive (and making handmade stuff)!
I was busy working and helping to prepare my brother’s wedding. My sewing machine is covered in dust and my to-sew-list keeps growing relentlessly. But while babysitting a few times a week I still get to knit quite a lot.
I’ve made two beanies, two pairs of mittens and a scarf so far. Working on socks and a third beanie at the moment. Enough wool to get started on a couch blanket is on its way
Yes, I’m still alive. And yes, I’m still busy and need to figure out my new work schedule, sewing and blogging balance. To prove to you that I’m still working hard on my 27 Dresses Challenge, I even took some pics of my Work In Progress *spoiler alert*!
But first of all I wanted to share some of the stuff I admired (and bought) at the Crafty Fox Market in Brixton last Sunday. Daniela from Ela Sews And Doesn’t Sleep invited me to come with her, which was super sweet and if she hadn’t asked me I wouldn’t have known about the Crafty Fox Market in the first place. The location was absolutely wonderful, but I forgot to take pictures.
I wanted to share something with you I made without using my sewing machine!
I love inspiring pictures and photographs and also keep collecting postcards from museum gift shops. I wanted to hang these up on the wall without having to make too many holes in the wall.
Here are three super easy and fun ways to decorate your walls with your inspiration or pictures.
I made this useing polystyrene sheets (these were left from the packaging material of our IKEA wardrobe) and duct tape.
You probably haven’t noticed as you hopefully focus your attention on the dresses I make and not the dummy wearing them, but my dress form is now a curvier lady.
Actually, she’s got my curves as I customised my former dummy by padding her out, giving her exactly my measurements.
I don’t really have any ‘before’ pictures of her, since I normally photograph her wearing more or less pretty dresses, but I found a picture on Amazon (where I bought her April last year):
Wow, it’s been ages since the last “5 tip for the weekend” post, I know. It’s back again!
Btw, I recently noticed that some of your comments ended up in my spam folder – now I keep checking it regularly before deleting the spam comments (although that’s totally annoying…), but in case your comment went missing before I started doing that – I’m sorry! I love all your lovely comments!!! Maybe I just need to get a better spam-filter.
#1 craft idea: paint some shoes!
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“Coco before Chanel” 2009
Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend (if you had one)! Did you use the long weekend for something crafty? Well, I did. Nothing too crazy, but I got a few projects done that had waited to be finished for a while.
I was sewing up a cute summer blouse and while desperately trying to press the darts into a nice shape, I thought I finally needed to tackle the tailor’s ham project I planned weeks ago.
I found a brilliant tutorial by Kristiann (the Victory Patterns lady!) who did a great guest post over at Tilly and the Buttons. Check out her site for the instructions and the patterns.
This is a very quick DIY I did on the weekend. My messy boxes full of sewing supplies had been bothering me for quite a while. Normally I use plastic organising containers or empty cookie boxes, but buying containers can be quite expensive when you need a lot of them and I never find things after I put them in cookie boxes. I just have too many of them.
This DIY was inspired by a friend who sent me a picture of a craft/sewing room at IKEA Berlin. They had thread sorted in jars by colour. I liked the idea a lot – it looks so much better than plastic containers, is see-through (which is great for finding stuff!) and inexpensive.
Here’s another chalkboard project! It’s super quick and super simple and so much fun!
Just find some old hairslides or clips (I’m pretty sure you have them!) and spray paint them with chalkboard paint. In my last chalkboard paint project I explained briefly how to do this (please don’t spray inside the house!!)
The fun part is painting the hairslides after the spray paint is dry. (Let it rest for a few hours or over night, depending on how many layers you put on – just to be on the safe side! You don’t want to have permanent fingerprints on it – although that could be a fun DIY idea…) For painting them I used liquid chalk markers, you can easily get them online or in craft stores and they are quite inexpensive. Sure, you could use normal chalk instead but it smudges very quickly.
Wow, third button post in two days – I certainly love buttons
Recently, I got some really awesome retro ones from the boyfriend’s grandma. They were so pretty that I had to take pictures of them:
I especially love these. The black/white would be great on a b/w dress.
Cute for shorts or a white/dark blue blouse.
Definitely my favorites! They are quite heavyweighted, but the anchors are just adorable.
I’ve so many of these leather buttons but I am still searching for a project idea. Any ideas?
For a detachable collar or necklace?
When I went through my button collection on the weekend, one of the things that annoyed me was that I so often don’t use pretty buttons for my crafting or sewing projects just because I didn’t know I would have had enough matching ones.
I really love plastic containers with many different small compartments for sorting and storing stuff, but I have way too many buttons for that. And there are only 2-3 matching buttons for the most part, it’s not really a space-saver. (For buttons I stick to my old metal cookie boxes)
We are starting this week with buttons! Why? – Because everyone love buttons! (If you don’t, please leave a comment saying why!)
I will share some more crafty button ideas later on, but let’s start with refashioning some clothes (because that’s what we love as well!).
What we don’t like at all? Spending loads of money shopping just to see her with the same shirt or dress a day later.
Adding some – fun – cute – nifty – buttons to your clothes makes them unique in only a few minutes. And you don’t need to be a seamstress to add some spice to your style. Just needle and thread – and buttons.
As you may have noticed, I am not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. Well, at least not the commercialised holiday it has become.
Anyway, I love DIY.
I love handmade gifts.
And this one is so much better than just buying a box of chocolates!
What’s even better: It’s simple and quick to make and it’s totally up to you what’s on the “lottery ticket”.
What’s on mine? Truth or dare! Many, many fun, tricky or sometimes embarrassing pretty personal questions for couples and a few pretty fun dares (the pink tickets), if someone doesn’t want to answer a question he/she picked!
Last week I went bargain hunting for some easy weekend upcycling projects. (I wrote about it in my “When a Crafter goes Shopping” post and explained my “method” of selecting the clothes.)
Now it’s time to share my first finished project with you: the embellished sweater.
When I saw Trash to Couture’s post a few weeks ago, I wanted to try a knock-off project.
Unfortunately I didn’t have any nice appliqués, so I postponed the project.
My passion for Photoshop got out of hand today. Here are some free Valentine’s Day Cards I made for you to download and print.
Just right click on the picture you want, save and print. It’s as easy as that.
I left some blank, so you can simply enter your own text with Photoshop, Word or handwritten.
If you have any questions on how I made these, do ask! I’d be happy to help.
Feel free to leave a comment before or after downloading. – I’d love to know what your favourites ones are!
“Big girls need big diamonds.” – Elizabeth Taylor
What’s the point of owning a wide range of jewelry, when you can’t take all of it with you when travelling? Well, I probably could live with a single pair of earrings and just one necklace (sometimes that’s enough for weeks), but wouldn’t it be much better to be able to take more than that with you when you travel?
I lost a lot of jewelry by damaging and scratching it through storing it carelessly.
Over the whole last week I was planning to do something crafty this weekend. Last night I sat down with a bunch of Burda magazines and a cardboard box full of fabric, determined to find the perfect weekend sewing project. Well, things always end up differently than you think. In the end, no fabric and no pattern was good enough and the only thing that I really liked would have been another massive project. This morning I decided to try something quick and easy – quick success can be really motivating!
I went shopping.
Another DIY I did before Christmas: “anti-stress” and “anti-wanderlust” pillboxes!
All you need:
- tiny empty jars and bottles
- chocolate beans
- vintage printables + paper
- glue stick
I used a tiny jam jar and a mini brandy bottle that I cleaned and dried up thoroughly. I sorted the chocolate beans by colour, to make the two sorts of pills look differently.
For making the labels I used free vintage printables I found online. Here are some of my favorites:
- free collage sheets
- vintage grunge printables
I made this neckace months ago, but couldn’t post it since I made it for someone who reads this blog frequently for Christmas…well, here it is. It’s fairly easy to do, but it took me about 2-3 Gilmore Girls episodes until I had threaded all the beads. (Don’t ask how many – I didn’t count!)
I used three different colours of tube beads in random order.
I basically made two strings (each consisting of eight single strings) and knotted them together using the Double Carrick Bend and twisted the ends.
I upcycled this old lamp from my parents today. Quick, inexpensive and pretty, such a fun thing to do! It took no longer than 30 minutes and all I used was a sheet of handmade paper bought in a stationary store and double-sided adhesive tape.
The paper was beautiful and not expensive at all.
Finding the right size for the pattern was a little tricky. Make sure your sheet of paper is big enough!
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