Wednesday, 22 October 2014

When Doris Met Clara

Soooo, this evening I would like to share with you this afternoon's make.  I am off work this week and had set myself the challenge of a project a day.  Today (half way through the week) is the first time I've managed it - Monday I was barely in the house, and yesterday, although I did do a project, it was a bit of a disaster and I will share that with you later.  Events may or may not unfold with that one.

Anyway, here is today's dress, modelled by the lovely Doris the Dressform:

And the back:

This is made with the most amazing Tardis Kona cotton fabric, which I ordered from Spoonflower in the summer.  The dress pattern is the Ruby dress from Simple Sew, and which I got free with Love Sewing magazine a couple of months back.  This dress and fabric have always been intended to go together, but I simply haven't had the time to sew for myself until now.

I know that the pattern is the'Ruby', but due to the fabric, I have decided to call this my Clara dress (all whovians should understand - the rest of you should watch Doctor Who so you can understand, and because it is brilliant!).

Whovians rejoice
 at this amazing fabric.
And check out those
amazing darts
 - right first time!
Thanks Doris
Anyway, the dress was a dream to sew.  With the help of Doris, I got my darts spot on on the first sew, other than my bobbin running out of thread half way down a bust dart - how annoying.  The invisible zip went in perfectly first time too, amazing!

It took me a grand total of 3 and a half hours to sew from cutting out to hand sewing the facings down.  

My beautiful invisible zip
- inserted right first time!
I was very proud that I got this right after my disaster yesterday.  However, I did follow this up by sewing a zip on a skirt inside out doh!

There's not much to say other than that I love love love this pattern.  I just love the shape.  It suits me so well and I love teh v-neck back.  I will be using the pattern again, and again, and again.  I have a few bits of fabric in my stash that might do nicely.  The fabric was also a dream so I will be ordering more Kona cotton from Spoonflower just as soon as my bank balance allows, and I can bring myself to pay postage from the US.

Fingers crossed I manage a full project again tomorrow.   I really need some work clothes, so I will try a dress or skirt tomorrow.  Not decided yet.  Somehow, I don't think work will appreciate me rocking up in this dress and making Tardis noises, because I will do that every time I wear this dress - it's, like, the law!

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Holly's House of Haberdashery

Sooo, I've decided to make a start on my long-held plans to start a little online haberdashery and fabric business.  I will blog along with this, so please check out the blog for Holly's House of Haberdashery.

You will also find the link to the items on eBay.  I decided that for the time being this was the most cost-effective way of selling my products online.

It really is a start small and build up slowly adventure, so please bear with me.

I'm also still on with my craft clear out, so you will find other bits and pieces on that link also.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 16 October 2014


Sooo, there must be something about Halloween coming up that is making me want to through green and purple together, a combo I would never usually use, but at this time of year, it just seems to go.  So, when my sister asked me to make a 30th birthday card for a friend of her's and I was rummaging through my stash for inspiration, guess which combo just leaped out at me.

I started by knowing that this would be a large 8x8 card and that I wanted to put feathers on this card to add a little glamour, and the green and purple feathers just seems to work, so I pulled them out, found some matching ribbons and then started rummaging through my paper scraps.

I found some green card, which I used to make the card border and then the purple corrugated card to cut out a 30.  I've had this card forever, but could never find a use for it, because it is just so difficult to add anything onto it without adding so much bulk, but as a standalone on this card, the extra texture and dimension it provided worked well.

I decided to add the purple ribbon along the bottom half of the card and then tie a bow from the green ribbon to hide the bottom of the feathers.  And no, it is not your eyes playing tricks on you, the green ribbon is actually loads of different random shades, which I didn't realise until I started taking it off the reel.

I then used the scraps of green and purple card left over to die-cut some stars, which I scattered above and around the 30.  I love this die - I got all those stars from just two goes through the big shot, with the tiniest scrap of paper, and there is nothing you can't put a star on as far as I'm concerned!

I did think that I had finished the card then, but I kept looking at it thinking that it just needed a little something more, maybe a little bit of glitter.  So, I decided to add some faux stitching around the edge using a purple glitter pen.

I hope my sister's friend likes it.  My sister seemed to.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 13 October 2014

Dancing With The Stars

Sooo, another quick post to share with you another card I made at the weekend.  

This is an order from a friend for her daughter, whose 3rd birthday is coming up soon, and she luuurves dancing, so that way my brief - something dancy.

I decided that I'm bored of pink girl cards, so went for blue instead, but I still wanted it to be girly.

So, I used an LOTV mini masterpiece, which I edged with blue chalk ink, which I got from a new subscription box I was sent to try out, and which I will tell you more about later. The backing paper is from the same box.

I added some gingham ribbon from my stash, and then covered that with some lace (also from my stash), which means that you can't actually see the ribbon on the photos unfortunately.

I added a doily heart behind the image and die-cut 'daughter' from a scrap of pearlescent blue card which was in my stash.

I then found the blue metal stars in my stash (no ideas where they came from and how I've not managed to use them before now).

To finish, I added some blue gems and a sparkly blue 3.

I hope my friend, and her daughter, like the card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Leaning On The Gate Post

Sooo, (hopefully) a few posts tonight to share my weekend makes with you, and first up is this little chap.

I made this card using a LOTV topper, cut to a square.  I inked the edges with cocoa memento ink.

I followed the sketch over at Sweet Sketch Sunday for my layout.

The papers are all LOTV Country Gent pad and the sentiment is from my stash, inked with cocoa memento.

I punched some circles from scraps of the paper I used to create the bands and added a button from my stash as a final piece.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 6 October 2014

Craft Clear Out

Soooo, just a quick post today to say that I have been very busy at the weekend having a craft clear out and listed loads on ebay.  It's a work in progress and I will be listing some more bits and pieces as the week goes on, but I think I have the bulk of it on there now.

There's craft supplies, end of season stock, and even some clothes that I don't wear.

Xmas and my birthday are coming up, so I have to make room for all the new goodies I hope to get, don't I.

Grab yourself a bargain.  Just click on the link below and it should take you to all the goodies.

Also, have a look in the Etsy shop where I am selling off some petticoats for £10 each (plus P&P), which I already have made up and are just taking up too much room.  I'll be adding some more over the weekend (I just need to take some better photos).

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 5 October 2014

New Baby's Shoes

Soooo, this is the second card I made today, which was an order from my sister for her friend, who had a baby girl earlier in the week, so congratulations to Danielle and husband on the birth of Edie Rose, such a lovely name, I do like vintage names.

Anyway,  the only stipulation was that the card had the baby's name on it, and here is the card:

I started by heat embossing the 'new baby' sentiment stamp using versamark ink and light pink embossing powder on kraft card.  I then cut this to size and layered it onto some gauze. 

I decided against a backing paper on the textured card blank, so I added this panel straight to the card.

I had already added some pink ribbons to two corners of the card.

I then stamped a set of LOTV baby shoes using grey memento ink and coloured these with my new Inktense pencils - I keep practising with these.  I fussy cut the shows and added these to the top right-hand corner of the card.

I then die-cut 'Edie Rose'  from pink pearlescent card (the pearlescence unfortunately does not show very well in the photos) and added a pink rose.

To finish the card I added a pink ribbon.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


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