Wednesday 31 October 2012

Oh No Not More Bags!!

I hear you cry!! Having a grumpy few days as my crafting is not going to plan. I'm getting frustrated with my lack of inky inspiration. All my inkiness seems to have deserted me, just seem to me making a lot of mess but nothing much else. Perhaps my inky mojo has the hump with me as I'm spending more time sewing.

Anyhoo wingeing aside, as I have no inky projects to show you, thought I would show you that I haven't been idle. I am enjoying sewing and the matryoshka bag was fun to make, a bit challenging as it has an internal zipped pocket and a little mini zipped coin purse, that is attached inside. I have to make three similar as my mum wants one and I have to make two for someone for christmas presents. Don't know what to charge really as the materials are quite pricey, I always seem to pick out the expensive fabrics, so think I will just charge to cover my costs.

These sugarloaf pouches are nice to make and can be stuffed with a few goodies for christmas presents.

I used some upholstery fabric for this bag and it was a real b****r to sew. Changed my mind about the ruffle, but hey ho to late after it was all glued in place, so stuck with it now LOL!

The final bag is quite small and had quite a lot of hand sewing which I'm not too keen on, and I made a few mistakes along the way, (so lot's of unpicking going on!) I do try and rush things, need to take my time and be more like the Cadburys Caramel Bunny LOL!! Does anyone remember those adverts? Anything chocolate related always seems to stick in my mind!

That's it folks, hopefully my wondering inky mojo will return soon.

In the meantime Happy Crafting and a big thank you for all the lovely comments you are leaving and I hope to catch up on commenting later. My bag candy has now closed and I will get Hubby draw a name for me later. Have a great day. 

For all my blogging friends and my sister who lives in Washington DC take care and thinking of you all. xx

Bag Candy!

Please scroll down for newer posts thanks!

As I mentioned in my earlier post a small gift as a thank you to all my fellow bloggers for the kind and generous comments you make on my blog and also a little apology for not visiting your blogs as much as I would like. As you all know I'm a bag lady and rather an obsessive one at the moment. I bought some purse frames recently and had a go making my own pattern. The Marie image is from a set I purchased from June at Dezinaworld and I added a simple background then printed onto cotton. It is lined with the same material I used to make the frill. 

The teacup is not included in the candy LOL, just used for scale. I will pop a few other bits in the bag, lace and trims etc.

This candy is for current followers only. Just leave your name and a comment if you'd like to go into the draw. Will just draw a name on 31st of October (can't be doing with the LINKY thingy, getting lazy in my old age!)  

Have a lovely day & Happy Crafting. xxx

Friday 26 October 2012

Soul of The Rose Cushion for That's Crafty

Feeling in a romantic mood after the dark depths of Halloween projects. I decided to create something a little more feminine. If you'd like to know a little more please pop over to That's Crafty for more details.

I have been fiddling with my blog and so wished I hadn't, it's taking me ages just to centre my post title. It will teach me to leave well alone in future and concentrate on crafting instead LOL!  

Its been so dreary and dark the last few days I've really struggled taking the photos, so you'll have to excuse them as they are rather grainy. 

Have a great day and Happy Crafting XX

Thursday 25 October 2012

Most Haunted for That's Crafty

Just a quick post from me (as usual) as I was supposed to have blogged this last week, but for one reason and another I never did, such a naughty blogger at the moment, hangs head in shame. Its a little Halloween decoration I made for my Mum (The world's no.1 Most Haunted fan!)

More details are over at That's Blogging Crafty.

Will be back tomorrow with details of another project for That's Crafty actually on the same day it's actually blogged as I'm going to do it now whilst on a roll LOL!

Take care and Happy Crafting xx

Friday 19 October 2012

Sam's Suzi Bag

My lovely blogging friend Sam ( Me And My Stamps) very kindly lent me her treasured Suzi Blu Creative girl stamp (I promise I am looking after her well Sam :-D) Sam creates the most gorgeous and heartfelt creations, do check out her blog if you don't know it already. As a thank you I made her a Suzi bag using creative girl. It is a lovely stamp unfortunately you can't get her any more. I stamped it onto TAP and then painted her and ironed onto some linen.

Have a lovely and very crafty day. Off out today with a friend, so no crafting for me (my sewing machine is breathing a sigh of relief LOL! xx

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Sew 'n' sew!

Just a mini blog post from me today. A bit of a contrast from my dark and inky Halloween project last week. I had a busy sewing few days.  Guess what family and friends will be getting this Christmas LOL! I made a cosmetic pouch and a couple of jewellery pouches (or maybe somewhere to store hankies! Needed one of those Sunday night, poor Lady Sybil!!!) Some more sewing today to finish off a project, then I need to get inky and messy again as I have a few pieces to make.

Happy Crafting xxx

Friday 12 October 2012

Halloween Shrine for That's Crafty

This is a first for me as I've never made anything remotely macabre before.  I've been watching the Borgias which has been quite grisly in parts. One such incident was in the final episode and the poisoning of Rodrigo Borgia.  His taster ingest a large amount of the stuff and the next thing he had blood oozing from his eyes, it was rather gruesome. ( I'm a big wus really LOL!)

If you'd like to see the full project please do pop over to Thatsbloggingcrafty for more details.

Have a great day and Happy Crafting XX 

Sunday 7 October 2012

The Autumn of her Years ~ Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Shades of Autumn is the new challenge theme down at FSC head quarters. I struggled a bit with this one as I don't possess any leaf/fruit/flower/autumn style stamps. Oranges, browns and yellows are not  my colours either. Would you believe it it was me that chose this theme, what am I like LOL!!

I really need to widen my stamp range as I my favourite stamps are faces, people and vintage style typography and backgrounds of which I have far too many. I used to paint portraits so faces always interest me, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it, anyhow enough of my waffle onto the challenge.

As we are a stamping challenge we do need to see stamping in your project, but other than that the challenge theme can be interpreted how you like (obviously we need to see autumnal/fall colours too.) The Stampettes have excelled themselves and produced some amazing projects for you to feast your eyes on. Please do pop over to FSC to have a look. We would love you to share your artwork with us this fortnight. Our lovely sponsor Marina at Cottage Crafts is offering a great prize for the winning entry.

I've had this lovely La Blanche stamp for a while and thought it was about time it was inked up. I ended up making a fabric collage as I'd run out of those foam inky things and didn't have anything to blend  with, they always seem to go mysteriously missing. The stamps were all stamped onto TAP and coloured with inktense pencils and a watercolour brush, then ironed onto white cotton and then stitched onto some left over bag making fabric. Then I used the tattered florals die to make a fabric flower, and finished with a tasselled trim. 

I am entering this for the following challenges

Have a great Sunday & Happy Crafting xx

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Gothic Princess for That's Crafty

Just a sneak peak of my project for That's Crafty. If you would like to see more please do have a quick look at their blog.

Wow I can tell I'm getting old as I can't believe we're already into October, this year has whizzed by at a phenomenal rate and I seem to have very little time for blogging of late.

I am very conscious of not visiting all of your lovely blogs as much as I would like so as way of a  thank you for your continuing support and lovely comments (and an apology), I will pop a little handmade gift as blog candy for my lovely blog followers. If I get time I will post later today, but I need to get a decent picture of it. Something I really struggle with, is my photography, my skills are sadly lacking LOL! This will be for current followers only.

Hoping you all have a lovely day & Happy Crafting xx