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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first attempt at a dress (actually any clothing) IMG heavy! on: July 17, 2010 02:30:37 PM
So, my friend is getting married next Thursday and my little sister needed something to wear.  On account of her having no money and not being able to get nice clothes to fit her shape I said I'd make her something.

I DO NOT make clothes ever but she studied textiles at college and she made the pattern and cut it out and I stitched it all together...that was our deal.  We did a practice one this morning with her pattern and then she made the changes she needed for the real thing which I did this afternoon.

It's based of the Vivien of Holloway swing dresses...http://www.vivienofholloway.com/1950s-Halterneck-Polkadot/1950s-Halterneck-Red-White-Polka-Dot-Sateen-Dress.html (which I will be wearing a floral one to this wedding).

Here's a bunch of photo's we went out the park and took this evening before she had to get the train home.

As this was my first attempt at dress making any comments or tips would be great...it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be!  And I think Sharry really likes it too!!   Grin
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Burlesque Show Pasties on: June 25, 2010 01:15:42 PM

I'm performing in part of a burlesque routine in Edinburgh next Sunday and I made these pasties for the event.

The theme is a British beach holiday in the 1950's and I will be wearing a vintage style red bathing suit with a red and white polka dot beach towel to strip behind.

I'm really happy with them, I had most of the stuff to make them so they only cost me about 1 in terms on new supplies today.

And comments or tips for future pastie making would be REALLY greatly appreciated...thanks! Cheesy
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Christmas fairy (kind of) on: June 07, 2010 07:08:04 AM
This is the fairy I made about 5 years ago for the top of my boyfriends Christmas tree. 

I wasn't living with him at the time so she was a mini version of me (she's called Boyce Junior) to keep an eye on him.  I'm not a big fan of making dolls or fiddly things and she took about 5 hours but he loved her.  She still goes on our tree now (I live with him now) and she doesn't even get packed away throughout the year...she lives on our DVD shelf in the living room...so that's why she's only kind of a Christmas fairy.   Smiley
14  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / My 1st attempt at fused glass... on: June 07, 2010 07:03:36 AM

This was my 1st ever attempt at fusing glass.  I made them when I was on placement for uni at an art studio and I loved it.

I attached bits onto the back and made them into necklaces which I gave away.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Christmas in June... on: June 07, 2010 07:01:24 AM
I just found pics of things I made for Christmas a couple of years ago and I forgot I had...

Gingerbread men...sorry for the fuzziness.

And stockings for me, my brother and my sister...

C&C's welcome.   Grin
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I love felt! on: June 06, 2010 09:52:12 AM
So, I was tidying up my bedroom and I found some bits and bobs that I did a little while ago so I thought I'd stick them on here...

I found Princess Lasertron's site and I was a bit inspired.

My boy likes to call me an ego maniac 'cos this is a Christmas decoration version of me.

A little keyring.


A bookmark, I made a loads of these for wedding favours for someone...I'm in no rush to make any more!  Wink

The stitching on the love hearts are with silver glittery embroidery thread which I do quite love.

...back to tidying this room now.
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pea and Ham Soup on: June 06, 2010 06:47:42 AM
I made some mega easy/super tasty soup this morning...it's almost gone already.

Here's my recipe...if you can even call it that...

Soak a bag of yellow split peas overnight

The next morning...

Chop up some onions (I used 2 smallish red ones) and fry them in the bottom of the pot until they're almost see through.

Fill the pot up with water, throw in a ham haugh, the split peas and boil for a few hours (I went to the gym and left my bf to keep an eye on it).

Once it's all nice and soupy lookin', pull the meat from the bone and throw it back in the pot.

I put in 2 veg stock cubes but I'm not sure it'd even need it.

And that's pretty much it...the easiest soup I've made in my life and I never really went by a recipe to begin with...which is why mine is so rubbish.   Grin

18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Kiss-tastic Modern Art on: May 07, 2010 02:00:05 PM

Hopefully this isn't inappropriate for More Art, Less Craft but I saw this in town today and HAD to take pictures (my lens has a scratch & will cost 130 to fix so sorry about the smudge).

Ok...little explanation...I took this photo outside the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland..if this isn't modern art then what is?!? Cheesy  I didn't "Kiss" the statue but did automatically text everyone I knew to tell them and we think whoever did it is now a legend!

I feel I should also explain the traffic cone on his head...it's just kind of something that's done in Glasgow (don't know about other places), it's not disrespectful or anything (I don't think Mr Stanley would be offended) and it's a bit of a term of endearment.  It's REALLY common place in Glasgow, you can buy t-shirts and dish towels with statues with cones on their head on it (and it's mostly this guy too...without the wig and mask).  Basically to us...the cone is normal the rest is amazing.

Sorry if this can't go here I just had to share.


19  COOKING / Dessert / Giant Cupcake! on: April 10, 2010 09:48:36 AM
So, it was Granny Boyce's birthday yesterday and tomorrow the Boyce ladies are going out for some shabby chic afternoon tea (can't wait) and I spend all day (well, as soon as I got out of Spin class this morning) baking her this cake.

It's a giant cupcake with pink frosting and white chocolate stars on it.

A pic from on top....

And in its tub for tomorrow...so you get an idea of what size it is too...

This is the first time I've used this cake tin but I'm really happy how it turned out and thought I had to post it on here!

Hope you all like it!

The tin is the Wilton Giant Cupcake and you can get them in Lakeland (in the UK) and all over the place online.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cherry Fascinator on: March 24, 2010 08:37:33 AM
Sorry the pic is a bit blurry (I just took it on my phone).

This is a fascinator I made for a girl in work.  She loves cherries...I hope she likes it.

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