Friday, 31 October 2008
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
My theory, and I freely admit I could be wrong here, is that there isn't actually a lot of difference between a bin bag or a filled carrier bag going to landfill and it's all become a bit of over-simplified fluffy publicity. After all clothes are still put in carrier bags when they're sold, and no one moans, how's that any different to how you carry home your apples and potatoes? As crafters, I think I'm safe to say we all try to recycle, reuse and generally not waste stuff, but the carrier bag thing has got me wondering....
Monday, 27 October 2008
Thanks to Earl and Cookie for this weeks theme, and to Angela as always!
Friday, 24 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Betty Pepper: Little Women
Betty Pepper who has a 1940's/Victorian Gothic thing going on and creates the most stunning pieces of textile jewellery and art pieces often using old books. Just beautiful.
Anna Lewis, who makes mixed media contemporary jewellery
Anna Lewis: Katami
Jennifer Collier, creates decorative recycled paper garments and shoes, as well as jewellery that captures everyday items, such as buttons and pins in resin, holding them like little treasures.
Jennifer Collier: Resin Jewellery
and Michelle Holden, creatively reinvents books and maps through her crafting.
Don't you think it's funny how there you are marbling maps and stitching through them, deciding that you like the reverse more than the front, one day and then you look up and someone else is doing the same or similar - only better! There must be something in the air that I've subconsciously picked up on about maps. I've been obsessing about them all summer, saving them, thinking about stitching the journeys I've made. I know there's a general feeling of altering a surface, breathing new life and use into a once defunct item, a waste not want not and recycle attitude that runs through many peoples work. These are the crafts that are the most interesting to me; they preserve and recognise history, usually through domestic and everday items that are most relevant to women, while giving an object a new future. I know I'm not the only one that enjoys finding a creative solution by using what I have, or what I've found.
Now we're officially in Recession, I reckon the feeling can only grow, maybe it will even go totally mainstream and people will stop buying pointless badly made crap ( I say that with one eye towards Christmas. I don't need a singing and dancing comedy Santa, thanks!) Yea, I'll live in hope on that one!
Oooo! Get me!! That's all sounding a bit arty farty, isn't it?!!
Well it's either arty farty or I'm not creatively recycling-I'm just too tight to buy materials!
Well OK! Arty Farty it is!!
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Get old T-shirt, (but make sure it fits!) Slash up the sides/underarm so it lays flat, cut strips of cloth (I have an unofficial policy of using stuff I already have in the house in these situations, hence the umm, interesting, colour scheme...) and scallop one edge to make scale shapes - a handy baked bean tin turns out to be the perfect template. Stitch them on the T-shirt so they overlap in a scaly like fashion on the front, back and sleeves. Cut up a too too small tutu to make fins and pin them in at side seams , close side/underarm seams , chop up another old tutu that's too too small (alright I'll stop the bad puns now!) and hand stitch in place down the centre back to make the big fin at the back. Fill in any gaps around the neck with individual scales and voila! you have one happy tiddler!
Friday, 17 October 2008
So I have to tell you about my favourite song, I warn you I am no aficionado musically, and on Singstar I only get a good result singing the Scissor Sisters (yes, I sing like a high pitched gay man!) and appalling for everything else! And I'm the only person I know that turns the radio off in the car, preferring quiet most of the time. So anyway, favourite song would be U2 'With or Without You' no particular reason for liking it, always have and probably always will. I'd find it on You Tube but I still have the cold and cough from hell and my need for cake and coffee and nurofen is just that much stronger.....
Thursday, 16 October 2008
But I go, burying that feeling deep inside, right next to the spot of guilt for paying £300 a year in fees. Remembering it gives me a creative balance to the sewing alterations, and working in the wedding shop, and besides, it's much cheaper than a studio!
It's something we all struggle with as women, wives and mothers, allowing ourselves time to do something for ourselves. Us ladies are just far too good at guilt!
So anyway, I went to college, leaving the wake of disaster that is breakfast time at Chez Shaz and spent a happy morning marbling maps and paper. I'm off to work in the shop soon. I was just wondering, you wouldn't happen to know anyone that wants to buy a wedding dress off a lady with very blue fingers, would you?!
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
September: Flying ducks.....
October: Who ever thought teracotta and lilac, with a dash of green for good measure, would be a good colour combination?! I hope they are hanging their head in shame! Oooo, can you imagine living with it? I mean, what colour carpet would you go for? Tricky decision, you wouldn't want to end up sufferring from a self-induced bad taste coma...
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Jodie, over at RicRac, has been working on her Big Selvedge Project secretly for months now, just teasing us with a mention here and there. But it was most definitely worth the wait! She's created this stunning dress, purely from selvedge. This has got to be crafting at it's best, creative, using a resource normally thrown away and so beautifully executed and constructed and yet.... it's still functional!! Totally amazing!! Pop over to see more of Jodies Selvedge art here!
Monday, 13 October 2008
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Thanks to My Champagne Dreams for this weeks theme and Three buttons for the meme!
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Friday, 10 October 2008
Wool jersey tops and dresses ( so short they really are only tops, what was I thinking?) with inset lace booby bits (you can tell I was a technical pattern cutter can't you...) The moths have had a good feast on the jersey, but the lace, oh yes....it's still good! Proper vintage stuff!!
It was from an old antique shop when I bought it all those years ago, so I really couldn't hazard a guess at it's true date. Even after all these years, I still really like my final collection, but that's not going to stop me ripping these apart and salvaging the lace! The only question is what shall I do with it??
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
1. Clothes Shop: Le boutique de Helene-the-chat-hater, Gap, quite random really....
2 Furniture Shop: again quite random really, Ikea if I'm lazy, and skint. That would just be Ikea then....
3. Sweet: Minty Aero's, but if it's chocolate and you're offering, I'm not that fussy.....
4. City: London, Las Vegas, Barcelona, ....
5. Drink: Beer, Bacardi and coke (classy bird,me)....
6. Music: Rather a lot of Elton John playing in the shop at the moment (not a good thing)....
7. TV series: E.R, random daytime tv while I sew....
8. Film: Roman Holiday, A Very Long Engagement.
9. Workout: Does walking to the pub count?....
10. Pastries: Yes please!(but no currants/raisins because, really, what is the point of them?)....
11. Coffee : Oh yes, just keep it coming.....
I'm a tagging....
Cloudcakes, Jennyflower and DaisyDays!
Have fun Ladies!
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Friday, 3 October 2008
Oh bugger it! I've just tried to write this while being all modest and humble, well I'm far too damn excited for that I tell you!! What's got me so excited at 11.30 on a Friday night? I hear you ask. I only went and checked the Folksy blog and they've announced the winner of the Howies competition and it's only ME!!!!!!!! Me, I tell you, ME!!! Go here and check for I suddenly fear in my abilitity to understand English and worry that I've misunderstood and I'm making some kind of hideous embarrassing mistake publicly to the blog world! I've checked again, for about the 27th time, and it's true!! It's ME!! I'm amazed, I feel like I've been allowed to play with the big girl crafters!
Ha Ha Ha!! World domination is surely only a few printed fripperies away!!
(Queue manic laugh...................)