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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A Clutch Bag

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One of my friends got married back in April. She planned it for quite some time and also asked for some help when it came to the decorations. But that is another story that I will tell you about later.

Of course, when I started thinking about my outfit for the wedding, I thought that I could make my own dress and accessories. I know, I still have faith in me like that.
But after a few projects, I came to the quick realisation that it would never happen. Therefore I went to the shop and found a cute little black and white dress. All I needed were the accessories.
The only thing was that I got so caught up in the decorations for the wedding that I never found the time to do all the things I wanted to do.

Time just flies when you work on top of crafting! And there I was, two weeks before the wedding with just...a dress. I was determined however to do one thing myself: my handbag.

I also went for (what I thought was) the simplest option...a clutch bag. I bought some fabric: black leatherette (or faux leather) and some red satin. Made my own measurements for the clutch bag and got started

After two failed clutches, the third attempt was the right one, but I still have a lot of work to do in order to master the art of sewing a zipper on something.

I really love the effect on the leatherette like it is reptile skin:

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And it goes perfectly with the red lining too:

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This clutch had a lot of success and I can now add it to my list of finished projects :-)

I shall let you know about the wedding decorations at a later time so until then, take care!

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Crafting is...dangerous

Maybe I am being a bit overly dramatic here, but hear me out and you will understand where I am going.
My fellow crafters, you know the deal: you work on a project, then you think of a way to add something to it. Or you see something that inspires you online and then start looking at how it is done and how it would fit in your current hobby. There are so many reasons which can lead to finding something new that it is almost impossible to stick to only one sort of craft. least for me.
I did explain in my previous post that I had learnt the basics of embroidery over night in order to add a nice personal touch to my best friend's baby towel.
The obvious thing to do with the leftover fabric was to practise of course. And as I had some thread at home from other projects I had worked on, I already had everything.  Browsing through the Internet for something fun to practise on, I found a picture of a character I knew from my childhood, Mafalda. She was the main character from an Argentinian comic strip. Me though, I got to "know" her once it got adapted for TV (if you don't know her, you can check out the opening credits here).
It reminded quite a few memories and one in particular: my older sister. She loved Mafalda and still do. As her birthday was coming a few weeks later, I decided to make this my next project and her birthday present.
This project made me realise that cross stitching takes a long time. A very, very long time. I thought I would never finish it on time. But a few weeks later, I did (the night before the birthday party lol). I framed it, wrapped it and boom! She smiled when she opened it so it was worth it. And this probably marks the beginning of other embroidery projects...
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Now if you'll excuse me, I have to spend time on YouTube watching opening credits from all of my childhood programmes. Thank you Mafalda!!

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016


Not mine. It is actually my friends who all seem to be having babies lately :-)

You know me, I like sewing, on top of jewellery making, knitting and many other things. And when it comes to making garments, I am a sucker for tiny things as they are a good way to practise, can be done faster and well...they are so cute!!!!

One of my besties who I have met while at university in London had a gorgeous baby girl last June and so I decided to make a little kit and send it over.

So here it is:
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I made a few bibs for her as well as a pacifier holder, a pair of baby shoes and a bath towel.
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Funny enough, out of everything, the shoes are what took me the most time to make. I kept on getting one of them wrong. But after three attempts, it worked! I followed the pattern found on the Stardust Shoes blog which you can download here.

For the bandana bib, I made the pattern myself based on how big and long I wanted it to be. I did the same for the pacifier holder. I found the clip in the craft shop I go to over here (it is the only one around actually!) and it is called Cultura. But I am sure it can be found in any sewing/fabric shop wherever you are.
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 And finally, last but not least, the baby towel! This one was quite easy to make actually: a square of sponge fabric and a triangle in a corner. Then I added the bias tape all around it. I can proudly say that I made the bias tape myself. This took a little while but I succeded in the end.

Then I felt like the hood on the towel looked empty: I wanted to add a personal touch to eat for the baby so that it was special. And THIS, ladies and gentleman; is how you take the risk of getting into a new hobby! Because when you think about personalising a towel, the first thing that crosses your mind is...embroidery...yes... So there I was, going to the shop, getting an embroidery hoop, thread and the necessary fabric. And there I was, on a Saturday night, trying to add the baby's name on the towel. One YouTube tutorial and a Saturday night later...voilà! There is one mistake I can spot on the name, and the teddy bear looks a bit funny but for a first try, it is pretty good if I say so myself.

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I also made another kit for a baby a friend gave birth to a little bit earlier: the little cat is because she is a cat lover ;-)
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That's all for today.

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

New design

Hi everyone,

In case you hadn't noticed, there have been some changes here.

I have been wanting to change my blog's look for a long time but never managed to find the time or the direction I wanted to take when it comes to its design.

I took the opportunity of a week off work to sit down and work on it. The main idea was that I definitely wanted something much clearer with lighter colours and a simple design: what is simpler than white, huh?!

Once the background was decided, all that was left was the content: it hasn't really changed. My hobbies are still the same but I changed the way the menu looks.

Blogger is great for blogging but it can be limited when you decide that you want a blog that looks a bit different than the others. After doing a little research on a lot of blogs and tutorials on how to change blogger, I've finally managed to get to what I wanted.

This research also helped me find out some very useful tools that I have been using for the last few weeks. One of them is PicMonkey.

This online editor allows you to edit your pictures as well as creating designs. It's no Photoshop, but for someone like me who is not really good with it, it is great! Plus, I've just noticed on their website that the application is now available so you can edit your pictures on the go! I need to try that.

I have used PicMonkey to make my header as well as my menu. I've also used it for my social media buttons (the big round yellow one on the right, yes)

Talking about round button, you will have noticed a green one just below: yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have finally taken the plunge and opened an online shop via A Little Market! I opened it a little while ago but couldn't get myself to put things on it. But now I have. Everything is still not there but I will add them as I go along. Please feel free to go take a look at my creations there :-)

Well, I hope you enjoy my blog's new design. Feel free to comment to let me know what you think: it is always good to get feedback.

Until next time!

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Cupcake pendant

A new pendant this weekend: gold colour which gives it a classy look I think.

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And the coolest part glows in the dark!!!! I love this!

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Hope you had a great weekend everyone.

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