Saturday, December 17, 2011

We have our winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered! It was a lot of fun to be apart of this, and I'm very happy to announce the following winners!

Winner of the butterfly charm is:

shootingstarsmag who said...
how fun!! i follow you via gfc

And the winner of the custom caricature is:

Jeryl M. who said...
I am a Facebook fan.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who entered! I will be emailing the winners; and as a reminder, you will need to respond to claim your prize. I definitely enjoyed holding this contest and look forward to hosting others in the future.

Monday, December 5, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway is here!!

On the 12 days of Christmas, my true love gave to me.... Well. I'll stop it there, because whilst I may not be your true love, prepare to let me give something to you!

Thanks to the lovely ladies of To Sew With Love, I am excited to be a part of their 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.

In my excitement, I decided that I couldn't decide and therefore have two prizes to be won!

Prize #1 :-
Butterfly Charm

Handmade Butterfly charm, perfect to hang somewhere where a gentle breeze can flutter its wings. Approximately 30cm in length, with goldtone chain and faceted beads. Comes with a lobster clasp, which allows you to adjust the hanging length of the chain.
Winner of this prize will also receive some other small surprises in their parcel.

Prize #2 :-
Custom caricature drawing! 

The winner will receive a customised picture of themselves, or any other person they'd like to request! You will need to supply the inspiration image, and I will design the picture and computer colour it for you. Click here to view other samples.
Prize will be digital only, and can be provided in one or any of the following formats: .gif .jpeg .png or .pdf

So, how do I enter?
Since there are two prizes to be won, there are two ways to enter! 

Mandatory: Become a follower.
Bonus entry: follow me on Facebook.

Please make sure to leave a comment for each entry. Make sure to include which prize you'd like to win. If you would like to enter twice for the same item, it's up to you. Please ensure to include your email address with your comment. 

Make sure your entry is in by 11:59pm CST (GMT +9:30) December 16. Winners will be announced on the blog December 17! Prizes are to be claimed within 48 hours or a new winner/s will be drawn.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

And that's about it! Make sure you visit the other pages and see the other wonderful giveways and what they have to offer. Good luck to you!

Monday, November 28, 2011

12 Days of Christmas

The time has come... I'm participating in a giveaway, and it's kind of exciting. The ladies of one of my favourite blogs; To Sew With Love, are the lovely hostesses. The good news is, if you'd like to join the giveaway fun, there is still time to sign up! Want to know more? Read below...

Christmas is a time of giving and what's the best way to give thanks to your readers than by hosting or sponsoring a giveaway! To Sew With Love is hosting a 12 Day of Christmas Giveaway Event which will run from December 5 - December 16! No sign-up fee! If you are interested in joining, click here.

Giveaway starts next week, on the 5th; the countdown is on! Like I said, my first giveaway party. I'm excited!

See the link up below - so sorry though- it doesn't fit my page :( :(

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Anthro Knock-Off Bali Style

So previously on She Said Whaaat?! I've mentioned that my Mum went to Bali. She and I love to go together, but unfortunately I'd recently started a new job and there was no way I could join her.

What I love about visiting the friendly island is the amazing value and craftsmanship that is available.

So whenever we (or she!) travel across, I always get an item or two made. This time this blouse was one of them! It is a copy of the Anthropologie Blue Book Blouse which I stalked on eBay for a short while. It took me a while, but I finally got one! The trouble was though it was slightly too big. Luckily though, we requested this one be made a size smaller and it fits sooo much better!

I love it, especially the crisp-ness of the front ruffles. It got quite a few compliments too, yay! The fabric was a bit heavy, but that was probably because I'd initially chosen the fabric for a skirt. As long as it's not too hot, I'll be just fine ;)

The key around my neck is also a purchase from eBay, a solid silver copy of a skeleton key. The style is kissing dolphins, which is very swell to me!

I totally recommend my friends at the Bali Dynasty, let me know if you ever head that way and want a quality tailor! ;)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Kirks Folly Fantatic

Have you heard of Kirks Folly before? If you love jewellery that will enchant you, look no further than their amazing brooches, earrings and cuff bracelets. Their specialty is fairies and charms; and there is so much wonder and whimsy in each piece, and it is quite difficult to pick a favourite.

The above brooch is my latest purchase from eBay, and believe me when I say it was love at first sight. Cliched, yes... But absolutely true! I still have my watchful eye on a few other pieces, time will tell if I make them my own!

So I implore you to visit the site of Kirks Folly. I promise there will be no regrets if you do. They have some seriously fabulous pieces, but I love eBay for the vintage ones that are no longer in stock. Such as below, the pegasus brooch I scored last year... It is a joy to wear and always gets compliments when worn.

Seasonal pieces seriously make me smile. Halloween is my favourite! But of course they have Christmas, and I'm not American but I can appreciate the cute Thanksgiving pieces!

This community service announcement has hopefully inspired you to browse their amazing pieces. I promise you it will not be impossible to find something you love!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rainbow Shoes!

I fell in love with these shoes when I discovered them via Color Me Katie:

How amazing and cute, right?! So imagine my dismay when I realised they were sold-out...

The only thing I'm not so excited about is the low heel, but I am currently having a pair custom-made for me with a 2.4" heel!

My mother is currently in Bali (yes I'm jealous!) and she is getting them made from the tailor we always go to over there. There is also a skirt, belt and a blouse that I am having made. As I'm not there for fittings, I sacrificed part of my wardrobe (temporarily!) to get the sizings right. So let's hope all goes well!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

12 by 2012

Okay, so a couple of the blogs I follow have done this. And it makes my mind tick: what would my 12 be? As I start to think of it, I probably only get to point two (ha!); then my mind wanders elsewhere. So if I write it down, it is bound to be easier, right?

So here I am, this is me. I am attempting to get my 12 out there! At the conclusion of 2011, I will look back and reflect on how far this ambition-filled post actually got me =S

1. Create a balloon-animal inspired colouring book
I have been encouraged to do so, and I am very willing. The plus side of this is having fun drawing the pictures, and then there is the earning potential. Emphasis on the potential ;) hehe
I already have a willing customer, will make the motivation come along easier.

Above are some that I have already done, but there are plans to be more focused around balloons not just those who twist them ;)

2. Make some fun hair accessories
I cut my hair very short in January. When I could finally tie my hair back, it was a great relief. It's fun being able to wear cute clips again, however I believe I need to amass some new trinkets. There are some great tutorials that I would love to try! For instance, this headband tutorial by Flamingo Toes:

Picture (c) Flamingo Toes

3. Organise the girl-cave
Well, this area of the house is a little bit scary. It's that room of the house which is rather like the black-hole of loose ends. You know that item that you need a place to put, and rationally you know it should not just get added to the pre-existing room of doom; yet physics demands the natural order of things... Ergo you see my problem. 
Motivation to fix it: We will swap and that will become the master bedroom (well, it is bigger...)

No picture for you!.jpg

^ That was a community service. There is no way I would subject you to the sight of it. I'll reserve that for my loved ones who would be more forgiving... Because they love me.

4. Buy some things for my balloon business that I have been coveting
There are some amazing people out there doing amazing things with their balloons. I have actually already placed my order for one of these books, and the other will come when the opportunity arises.

The dress, flowers and more are made of balloons! Picture (c) Rie Hosokai

Amazing balloons and the bestest colour as the title of the book! Picture (c) Tan Lily

Rie Hosokai makes balloon dresses that will take your breath away. Tan Lily makes balloons so adorable that I almost can't stand it! Ladies of amazing talent and so very inspirational..!

5. Sew a Christmas dress
Something fun and festive. Oh yes. I'm thinking a take on the Ms Claus outfit, complete with fake fur. Oh yes.

Inspirational... But imagine the skirt longer and more work-appropriate. Oh yes, the plan is to wear into work ... for the Christmas party.

6. Make fun butterfly creations
Maybe you've seen my tutorial? Well I want to try making more and seeing where they end up. I has plans for rainbow butterfly domination. No need to be afraid!

7. Create a balloon-twisting PDF
Similar to the first 1/12, but rather instructions on how to twist some of my favourite girly things. I've already enlisted the aid of a friend to be my photographer, so I just need to actually sit down an plan and get things done. Let the idea of monies be my inspiration haha =P 

8. Post on my blog at least once-a-week (possibly the hardest?)
I try to be a better blogger, and when you come to think of it; it's only 8 posts! I will do the noble thing and not count this one of course.
If there is any suggestions on content you'd like to see... Let me know, ya know?

9. Sew a skirt
I have sewn a couple over this past year, BUT they are almost all pleated skirts (well, I do love me some fine pleats!). I like the classic pencil skirt with high-waisted detail. And a peplum. Gotta haves me some of a peplum!

Skirt inspiration courtesy of Asos 

10. Finish a dress refashion
I purchased a 2nd-hand dress recently which I've had a fiddle with, but no snip-snip action. Plans: I have them. Now I just need to make them happen. I think this dress has been unaltered since April. Aw man.... Way to place that one on the back-burner!

11. Create a pair of shoe-clips
Well, not the actual clips per-se, that is just a little more technical than productive! I've had inspiration, just no creation. Thanks to eBay, I have the mechanical means I just need to decide and execute on the decorative design.

12. Update my website
It's unfortunate yet true. I need to update my website. Especially since I'm planning on increasing my rate per hour, I want to keep any visitors to the website fairly in the loop.
Besides, I've done some work that I'm proud of, and I'd love to share that with my visitors. Heck, why don't you go visit even?

Thanks for reading, and wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rainbow Butterfly Trinket Tutorial

So, some of you might know - I'm engaged. My working theme for my wedding is: Rainbow Butterfly Garden. It always sounds cheesy when I say it out loud, but trust me when I say I have a good feeling about this ;)

On my agenda of fitting the theme, I have seen some gorgeous decorative butterflies for sale at the markets. I've considered my options available on the matter; which range from potentially hiring a display from the vendors, to forking out the dollars as a bonbonerie (<- Possibly the best wedding word ever!). But I imagine the male guests wouldn't be as thrilled to be gifted one, so phooey to the wasted expense!

That got me to thinking one lazy Sunday that I could make them myself! Dingdingding went the alarm bells... I decided to take some pictures as I went along, so lucky you as you score a free tutorial.

These are the materials I used:

1: 3x Transparency film w/butterflies | 2: Various beads for decoration
3: Jewellery findings (crimp beads only used with nylon thread) | 4: Nylon thread
5: Needles (only 1 needed! A sharp pin is also OK) | 6: Glue (preferred was hot-glue, not pictured)
7: Puff glitter glue | 8: Scissors

I started off by Googling for free butterfly images and found the outline of a butterfly that I liked. Using Photoshop, I coloured certain areas in full black; and others I used the gradient tool to colour the wings, and altered the opacity of some of the butterfly's colours.
Once I had a page of 8, I went to the local Officeworks and requested 3 colour prints on transparency film. The total cost: $2.91.

Using scissors, I carefully cut around the outline of three butterflies of the same colours. You only need to cut the antennae for the one that will go on the bottom, not all three.

For the first butterfly, you do nothing. The one that will be in the middle, gently fold the wing up where it meets the body, on each side. You will do the same for the 3rd, however if you make the third more pronounced it will help the viewer see all three sets of wings.

Next, glue the three layers together. For my first attempt, I used the glue shown in the picture. It was akin to superglue, and I'm not sure that I recommend it. For the subsequent two I have made, I used a hot glue gun and it seemed to work even better! Make sure that the glue is only placed on the body of the butterfly, not the wings. You want them to be free to move, remember?

Allow the glue to dry, and carefully you can use glitter pens to decorate any areas of the butterfly. I'd only recommend decorating the wings of the top-most layer, but I also added spots to the ends of the antennae. 

Be careful with this next step! Using a needle, I pierced through all three layers and the glue so that I had a small hole running through the middle. At first I wasn't sure it would work, but it did. So if you have any of those moments.... Perseverance will pull you through!

In the above image, I have already begun to thread the hanging nylon with decorative bits. Pull that need through at this time though, but wiggle it around a bit to make it wider for your thread or eye-pins, as required.

When I created my first butterfly, I did not buy clear jewellery thread as  thought I had some at home. I was mistaken, as it was the nylon and non-clear kind. As a result, I wasn't 100% happy with the finished look. But it can be used! When  made my next two, I used my jewellery supplies and made it with fine chain instead. I prefer this look, but go with what you like!

I used decorative pieces that I brought from the local Spotlight to gussy up the hanging parts. It is recommended that you have the butterfly firmly between beads on the bottom and the top so it sits right as it dangles. So make sure it is flush and it won't sit awkwardly on your decorative line.

If you...
Use chain:
I used eye-pins to thread the beads on in my 2nd and 3rd attempts. The sequence can vary, but it basically needs to go: eye-pin, bead, butterfly, bead and then twist the remaining straight end of the eye-pin to make another 'eye' and enable it to be attached to chain.
Use nylon thread:
You can replace the chain with the nylon thread; but to ensure the butterfly sits nicely, you will need to re-thread your line through the first point of entry to your bead at least one extra time. This will help your bead to stay where you want it to. 
When using the crimp bead, I threaded it first onto my line. Then, I threaded the end bead. I threaded the end of the line back through the crimp bead and then squished it tight with the pliers. I had to add in a few knots for my own piece of mind too. 

I finished off the last end with a lobster clasp. This allows it to be secured at any point of the chain; but also where I have put it on my rear-view mirror, the clasp encircles the entire circumference of the chain allowing it to adjust to its perfect cinch.

And voila! Here you have 3 finished treasures:

There is some assumed knowledge here about how to do basic jewellery work. There are some great tutorials out there though if you are new to it. I even have one here which can help you! Please ask any questions if you need to, I'd be more than happy to help!

Oh, and why should dangly decorations get all the fun? I took a boring pen, old bit of ribbon and golden decoration I appropriated from the last wedding I attended and whipped up this pen. Don't forget the hot-glue! It's currently spicing up my pen caddy at work ;)

To have fun with this craft, you only need to stop the butterfly after the glueing stage, then you can let your imagination run wild!  Decorate mirrors, headbands, make magnets.... Have fun! I know I will <3

Disclaimer: Please ask if anything does not make sense, towards the end my head literally started pounding! Do not hesitate to ask any questions at all.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cue: The Knock-Off

Recently, I started a new job. Not the job I coveted, but maybe things have worked out for the best. At least for now. One of the best things is the ability to have no restrictions on what I can wear (besides thongs and shorts!). A downside of this is gives me the challenge of what to wear each day!

I purchased a dress from one of my favourite shops, Cue. The hardest thing about buying from my favourite shop is the prices. Ouch to the $229 that the dress cost me! Given my sewing mind, I realised I could do my own version of the dress for a fraction of the cost! And so my challenge was set.

The original dress has salmon pink for the bodice, and chocolate brown for the skirt. I was excited to chose my own colours for the dress, and chose a deep purple and an amazing Japanese fan print for the skirt. 

My skirt features a different style of pleating and a lower neckline. The original neckline cause irritation to my collarbone area. Spotlight, where I purchased my fabric and other bits and pieces didn't have the colour purple I wanted for the zip, so I went with pink instead for a fun detail.
When I wore the dress to work, it was with a brown skinny belt and matching kitten heels. 

Would you like to see some of the building stages? Read on!

The toile was draped on my dressmakers dummy, Bumble Bee. She is padded to my dimensions, and was purchased from the fashion school at the end of my course. Although the term 'draping' conjures images of folding and draping fabric onto the dummy to create a garment, it is not the only meaning of the term. Its a means to make patterns utilising the curves of the body that is not the same when drafting a flat pattern.

One thing that really excites me about this dress is the finishing techniques used. Thanks so the two tutorials from The Slapdash Sewist, and on from The Musings of the Dedicated Housefiancee, I made a dress with fully sewn arm holes and enclosed lining around the seam around the zip and where the bodice meets the skirt.

This is what the lining looks like on the inside. I love how it looks so much that it will feature in my next dress. It will be made from suiting material in purple and grey.

Well, that's it for now. I'm off to watch Spongebob Squarepants and Ren & Stimpy as I cut out the pieces for my next dress. 

Until next time!

Update!: The dress in Action. I wore it today, and it also happened to be a day that a Police License Plate competition I entered had their press release. I was invited along as 4 of my suggestions were chosen, and the biggest vehicle on the fleet was one of them! Woohoo! :D

Read the article on the NT Police Facebook Page here. How cool right? (the green highway patrol vehicle to the side reads: PATROLN which was one of the other 3 ;) The two not pictured are BSAFE and YDUI which will go on motorcycles (so I'm told!)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dress for Under $10 - Blue Paperbag Skirt

Blue chosen to match eyes!
Recently, I purchased a bicycle (I plan on being a little active and using it too!). On my powerwalk through the shopping centre to pick up my purchase, I passed by a specials rack at Rockmans. Hanging there was some pretty coloured singlets that I couldn't ignore, marked down to $5.00.  It really made me think of Jill's 'Make it by Monday' challenge "Dress for Under $10.00", and how that would literally get me half-way there!

After I cycled my way home, I got down to sewing business. Okay, well it was after I drank about a litre of water and had to take an hour-and-a-half nap to recover from my midday bike ride!

When I came to, I got back onto track. Going through my fabric stash, I came across some light blue fabric linen/cotton blend that I had purchased on my last trip to Bali (which I'd had made into a blue tulip skirt). There was about two meters left, more than enough to do what I'd planned. 

I used this tutorial by Make It Love It as a starting point. My laptop then froze (as it is apt to do) so I made the rest up as a went along.

I tried to use shirring for the back of the skirt, but it didn't seem to work with the heavier fabric. Lesson learnt there! I ended up sewing a thick piece of elastic to make the back panel gather. Big minus is that it is visible on the inner part of the skirt but at least it cannot be seen when being worn!
I think I would prefer the skirt if it was gathered all the way around instead, as the fabric at the front was prone to falling forward, whilst the back of the skirt seemed to stay up quite well. 
I like that I can pull the skirt on and off as there is no zip, however I think the back elasticised panel could stand to be more fitted. The skirt tie is great as it definitely helps to cinch everything in. I like that the ends of the bowties sit at such a long length too.

There are things I would do differently if I were to do this skirt again, but I'm very happy that it didn't turn out too terribly. I don't know that it is flattering enough to wear many a time, however I do feel a little more unique in it!

I really love the two blues together. I received a couple of compliments for it too, which was pretty groovy. Please excuse the day-glow quality of my skin. I swear after the amount of time I spent outside (without sun protection :( ) today, I would have expected an iridescent red instead!!

Unfortunately I don't have any photos but the two above, as my Karl only had my mobile phone and my insistence on taking a photo for the contest (don't get me started on the not-so-awesome background...). Now I'd like to say this outfit only cost me $5.00 as the fabric was in my stash, and the shoes I wore were a Christmas gift from my sister. So I think I cover a couple of requisites for the link-up fun!

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