Wowser, I haven't posted anything on Craftster for literally months!!
Sooooo ages ago now (couple of years I think ) I made a Pirate Owl for a swap, don't think I ever posted on here with piccies mind, but someone saw the one I have on my Folksy (I loved him so much I had to make more!!) and commissioned me to make a girl guide owl for her, and I couldn't turn down the challenge, so I present to you Rosie the Guider Owl
Can't say I was ever in the Girl Guides or anything like that, but with a little guidance on colours and neckerchief and logo I think I got it about right. I'm particularly proud of the trefoil logo. I haven't mailed Rosie to her new mum yet but she has seen piccies and says she's perfect so I'm super happy.
And finally, Rusty the Pirate Owl (sans eyepatch) checking out the new arrival.
Don't you think it looks like he's just pinched her bottom??!!!!!
Thanks for lookin anyways Loops
EDIT: Since I haven't posted about Rusty the Pirate Owl before, here's a couple of extra gratuitous shots of him in his full grumpy glory!
Yey, so Katara volunteered to send me another package of souvenirs since the original went missing in the post, and it just arrived the other day
My goodie bag from South Africa contained: some jelly sweets, a bar of toffee (kinda not pictured since it's already been devoured ), SA flag stickers, orange lip salve, some shells, twig pencil with flower on the end, beaded bracelet and ring, and beaded heart keyring, and everything was wrapped in a nice fq of fabric, yey! Mr Toast has claimed the shells and jelly sweets for himself btw
I maded another dress, for my birthday this time This is the 2nd in my attempts to try and make an Igigi style maxi dress (like THIS). (Here is the first attempt if you're interested)
Unfortunately I had bought the fabric a while back and didn't have enough to make it full length but I think for this fabric pattern it was probably better shorter anyways.
After lots of fiddling around trying to work out how to do the wrap bust I ended up draping it on my dress form which was a lot quicker and more effective though since I don't technically know what I'm doing it still didn't come out entirely well, and the sash under the bust was a bit wibbledy wobbledy and too long, so I made some adjustments... and made it worse!! Soooo in the end I made a nice long tie in the same colour as the sash to cover it up, which I liked better in the end anyways as I like the look of the ties hanging at the front
Anyways, for a change I got it made a couple of days before the event I wanted to wear it at, yey, which was my birthday BBQ on Saturday, hosted by Mr Loop's parents And here's all we laaaaaydeys that actually did come dressed all fancy pants (as was on the invite )
And yes I am yet again half-cut in these photos, it seems to be a running theme!!
I've got to an age it seems where I luuuuurve dresses, of course I have no place to wear dresses, so invariably I just wear them to the supermarket and whilst doing errands, but never mind! I particularly love Igigi maxi dresses, but I can't afford to buy anymore of them, soooooo I figured I'd try and make something kinda similar.... I can't say I particularly achieved that, but each attempt might get me closer to my goal
I had wanted the top part to be wrap style (like the Igigi dresses I have do) buuuut I had a limited amount of jersey fabric so couldn't play around too much with my pattern so went for more of a cowl neck (admittedly only mildly cowl though). I had also wanted the sash to be in turquoise, but my online jersey supplier was out of turquoise, so I went for brown instead, and in fact I think this was a much better choice
And yes I am rather half-cut in those photos, I had a boozy afternoon with MiL yesterday, and I've definitely paid for it today....
So to cut a long story shot my younger sister a few years back developed some kind of issue with me (though she didn't choose to share with me what the problem was!) and refused to speak to me anymore, which was relatively easy since I live 200 miles away from her and my parents, but made family events somewhat awkward. Anyways so very recently she got engaged and has totally loosened up and we're speaking again (though it's early days yet), and Mr Loops and I have been invited to her wedding
Sister and her fiance aren't rolling in cash so they are using friends/family to help with wedding stuff where possible. So as my wedding present to them I've made her wedding tiara.
I haven't counted all the crystals I used, but there are about a dozen 6mm Swarovski round crystals, 50+ 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals, and about a dozen faux pearls, and 26 gauge high quality silver plated wire.
And I got a like card hexagonal box for it, painted it white, and put her name and wedding date on there, and a lil note from me on the bottom
I emailed my sister an in progress piccie of it and she was really excited and can't wait to see it, tomorrow I'll be mailing it to her at my folks house so that her fiance doesn't see it before the wedding!!
I'd never made a tiara before, in fact I've really only ever made earrings before so it took me a lot of practise runs playing with wire until I started on the final thing, but I'm really happy with how it turned out
Buuuut since then my stash of memory cards has doubled, I have multiple SD/miniSD/microSD cards for holding media and files for my phone, my DS Lite, my camera etc etc etc, and I'm sure other [gadget mad] people must have the same problem!! Soooo after 3 years (and with more experience sewing zips) I finally revised my original design and came up with these
I was going to make more whilst I was in the swing of making them, but I ran out of zips the right length so I need to put in another order at some point!!
Here's my favourite one:
And all of them together. On one of them I just did a loop on the pouch, but the following two pouches I added a hook/clip thingy so they can be hung from handbag/belt
Here's a few more bags that I made since quitting my job last year I call 'em bucket bags. I use pretty heavy weight interfacing so that they stand up nice and sturdy like, and they all have a magnetic closure and zip pocket in the lining.
Pinstripe bucket bag with yummy pink ribbon, and blue polkadot lining
Another version of the pinstripe bag, but with bright pink polkadot lining
Burgundy wool bucket bag with butterfly
I did make a version of the burgundy bag for me, with a cool khaki lining and burgundy velvet ribbon rather than the black, but unfortunately I never took a decent picture of that!
Also more recently I did make a larger version of this bag ordered by a friend for his wife's birthday. He had seen my burgundy bucket bag over Xmas and wanted one like that but bigger and with pockets to accomodate baby bottles and other baby bits for their newborn, it was a bit tricky given the shape of the bag to add a bottle pocket but in the end I came up with an elasticated section with open bottom that hopefully does the job nicely, plus a zip pocket and another 2 pockets on the other side. I also had to make the straps stronger to accomodate the potential heavier weight of the contents being carried, and a different closure
Sorry bout the piccies, I didn't take very good ones before sending it to him as it was a quick turnaround!
I haven't posted in the bags section for a while eh
Sooooo here's some of the bags I've made this year, all using the same basic pattern I drafted but with different fabrics etc. I used lighter interfacings than usual (medium sew-in and light/med iron-on) to make them a bit more slouchy than the style of bag I tend to make. All bags have a magnetic closure and at least one zip pocket on the inside, I love pockets!
So here was the first. I bought this fabric aaages ago to make a gym bag for myself but it never happened! I looove the colours and how well it goes with the colour cotton I used for lining.
Retro-y brown circles with wool fabric bag with red checked lining and bright red zip
This bag was ordered by my mate Heffer Joo Bug as a birthday present for her Mum
And finally, this bag i made for myself with some muppets fabric I got aaaages ago but never used! The fabric was quite hard to work with mind as it was very thick cord, but short of a few broken needles I got there in the end and I loooooove my muppets bag and take it everywhere