Sunday, August 29, 2010

First Award!

I was very excited to receive my first award! Thank you sooo much, Raki!

Now this is my first time, and I believe it goes:

And so here are my nominees...

1. Color Me Katie

2. Playing Dress Up

3. What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear?

4. Max California

5. Miss Balloon Hearts Blog

6. My Vintage Image

7. Mihee So

8. East of the Sun West of the Moon

9. Daily Dream Daily Doodle

10. Fashion for the Economically Challenged

An honarary blog is the lovely Ruffles and Stuff as I absolutely loved it, but it is no longer being updated. It is a fantastic

I've learnt that there was issues with being able to post with my previous layout so I've ditched it for a post-possible one. The place still need some more prettying up, but that will come in due time.


Lately I have gotten back into sewing, which feels great!I gave up on waiting for my sewing table to be put together.... Sigh. So I put it on the kitchen bench and got my sew on!

I wanted to share with you the skirts I created.

The first one, made for when I will do balloon twisting. It is the combination of:

This (Anthropolgie I think?)


My intention is to make a matching jacket from a pattern I developed during my Fashion Design Course last year, with modifications (hearts and ruffles!). The pink Cotton Drill fabric was on sale @ $2 a metre!!! Could not resist and purchased 5 metres... I asked for it to be put on a roll. I love looking at it! hehe
The next skirt I made is from some butterfly fabric I found when I was searching in the boot of my car. I couldn't believe that I forgot all about it! I think I must have purchased it about a year ago. I've found it difficult to find skirt patterns that I like, and so I decided to make my own. Now I didn't have the means to make the pattern, but it wasn't necessary as I used my dressmakers dummy to build it and the measurements of a skirt waistband. Was really happy with how it turned out.

Buoyed be the success of the skirt, I went to Spotlight and searched for fabric to make into another skirt. I felt I hit the jackpot though! With this skirt I decided to make the waistband wider in the front and include four green buttons.

I'm thinking of making another skirt with the bird fabric for someone else. I'm usually hesitant to make things for other people, however I've gotten a few positive comments that I would like to make it and gift it to someone.

Perhaps when I get 50 followers (haha maybe aiming to high?) I'll have a contest/giveaway... Failing that I might make one to sell. Another alternative was to put up a tutorial for making a similar skirt. Any thoughts?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

One Sweet Day

Inspired by Fashion for The Economically Challenged, I decided to post up a list of things that I'd like to do in my lifetime. Somedays I feel that the best days are in the past, but then I realise the future isn't going anywhere, and the best days are yet to come! (OMG "Total Eclipse of the Heart" much??)
  • Get married (& wear a white and rainbow dress!)
  • Raise a family
  • Make balloons at local Hospital for Children

To Visit and Travel About:

  • Japan
  • Canada
  • America
  • Visit a Balloon Expo in the USA


  • To write a novel (do something with all these ideas in my head!)
  • Utilise my sewing skills to develop more clothing
  • Create and sell a balloon twisting PDF
  • To learn resin-making
  • Win 1st place in a cosplay contest
Mostly this reflects where I am in life... but I've many more years left to discover new loves and addictions in my life... And I can't wait!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

It's all about the Birds and the Beads

Been feeling quite creative lately. This usually translates into the work I do with balloons, but also sewing, jewellery-making and writing have played apart in the last couple of weeks. So a little bit on each!
Balloons: was able to replicate a design I have coveted for a short while now. Based on the works of Patrick Van De Ven. Was quite excited as they are just about as realistic you can get with balloons!
Then sewing.

Imagine this skirt:

With these pockets:In hot pink. Oh yes.

Excited? I am haha! I've all but finished the skirt, just requires some finishing stitches. And then I'm planning on making a matching jacket from a pattern I created during my sewing course next year, with a few adaptations. Planning also on making a purple skirt in the style too. Will show you pictures to if this eventuates!

Jewellery making wise I made a necklace for one of my fantastic friends for her birthday. It utilised a statement piece pilfered from my mother's crafty bits. I really like the idea of using something in a new way. Brings some history to it!

Lastly writing. Have you ever heard of National Novel Writing Month? It gives would-be novelists the opportunity to write that 'one day' novel. Basically you have one month to write 50,000 words. Visit the website to find out more, it sounds pretty exciting. I'd heard about it several years ago but I'd forgotten about it by the time it came round! So this November I will participate and write about characters that have been in my head for too long! haha
That's the 'weekly' round-up in crafts. I will finalise my skirt and the rainbow belt and include it in my next post! Cheers!

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