Scotty Dog Bag + Cap

my_scotty_dog_bag_cap_26june11Whilst I was studying dressmaking level 3 (autumn 2009 – summer 2010) I designed and made this Scotty dog bag from the gorgeous red tartan fabric and the black cotton I had over from the skirt I was sewing on the course. I also covered a military cap with some of the tartan fabric.

The bag has an internal snap fastening and a mid-length handle which loops round the entire bag, so becoming the base and sides. The front and back panels are circular.

The Scotty dog emblem, so popular when it entered, barking and yapping onto the 1950s’ fashion scene, is a favourite of mine.

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A Tiny Giraffe

my_giraffe_090813_01I have a ‘thing’ for giraffes, I’m not quite sure why…

In my earliest childhood when I was first discovering animals – and I couldn’t quite believe just how many species there were; as soon as I ‘discovered’ one and thought that was it, up popped another one! It made me dizzy with excitement! – I remember being fascinated at a photograph of a giraffe. As with all animals I studied it: the animal had spotty, patchy markings and a very long neck! How unusual that was, I thought. And beautiful. I drew them for a long while.

my_giraffe_090813_03In Africa they are a symbol for love.

I made my little giraffe out of felt, embroidery threads for stitching together and green mane, real onyx beads for eyes, and sequins for the patches. He is stuffed with safe polyester toy stuffing and his felt skin is worked over a pipe-cleaner frame to give him some structure…to stop him from falling over. Perfect he isn’t: the pattern I designed isn’t quite right and his little tail is a little inverted… but he is unique as giraffes are and I love him.

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If you’re looking for a good book, Tears of the Giraffe, a book from the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, the warm, so-human and humourful series written by Alexander McCall Smith is a wonderful read.

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Gem Stone Necklace With Focal Butterfly Bead

mums_necklace_29july13_01I made this necklace and earring set for my mum, as it’s her birthday in August.

mums_necklace_29july13_04I believe the disc / coin, stripy gems are jasper but I cannot remember what type of gems the orange and white beads are…? There’s also a couple of solid copper beads near the focal butterfly bead – and also real copper beads on the matching earrings.

mums_necklace_29july13_02I co-ordinated the colours in the beads – the orange, white, red and green – to the colours in the butterfly.

It’s so satisfying making your own designer jewellery, especially when the items are gifts to loved ones 🙂

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Purple Mushrooms!

2 weeks ago these purple mushrooms popped up!

purplemushroomcushions_02purplemushroomcushions_01They didn’t really just pop up in the night, I made them out of oil cloth 😉

I thought the oil cloth a more sensible material than cotton for the outdoor chairs, the cushions are better protected against rain showers (not that they are left permanently outside, but knowing our English weather – especially on the coast! – anything can happen!) Also, oil cloths come in such great patterns and colours now.

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An Owl, A Gargoyle, And A Christmas Garland

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A quicky post 😉 showing just a couple of the things I designed, crafted, painted and sewed over the Christmas period.

Above is the Owl Cushion I made for my mum. This was one of her Christmas presents. The inspiration came from noticing an abundance of smallish, flatish owl cushions on the ‘net…I said to myself, wouldn’t that be fun to make!

Mum loves this colourful cushion – and it was loads of fun to make.

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Above: The Gargoyle I designed and made out of polymer clay, painted with acrylic paints and finished in a glossy varnish. This little fellow was one of the Christmas gifts I gave to my fiance.

Gargoyles are said to offer protection against evil spirits – despite their un-pretty appearance! But I think this one is rather cute, don’t you?

I will be adding the other photos I took of the Gargoyle to another post, which shows different angles 😮

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Above: the Christmas Garland I made. The wonderful shapes of the robin, reindeer and snowflake are pre-cut-out plywood shapes bought from a seller on ebay. There are many others (it was difficult to choose!). I painted the shapes before hanging them via paperclips on a green organza ribbon, that was strung across the fireplace.

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And now we have spring with Easter on the horizon! I wonder what crafts that will bring? 😉

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