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Make My Week #52 – Bits and Bobs

I always find this number 52 post such a pleasure to write. I get such a sense of satisfaction in making it to the end of the year and knowing I have made 52 things during the year.

Christmas Eve PJs

This week I include some things I haven’t shared because I didn’t want to spoil Leonie’s surprises in the Advent swap or I just ran out of space to share because I made something else that week too, or I didn’t share because I did them for Wardrobe Wednesday (like I did this week).

So for your viewing pleasure the final random installment of things I made over the year.

 

 

 

I’d love to do a montage of all the things I made but unless I feel highly motivated in the next couple of days it isn’t going to happen – and actually just now I’m highly motivated to start making new things for 2013 and to sort out and de-clutter my little sewing room.

Advent Gifts for Leonie

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t think there are any linkies going on this week so I’m just all here by myself with you for wonderful company.

Don’t you love this little sheep? His costume zips from top to bottom at the back….

Make My Week #51 – Face Cushions

These will be under the tree for my 2 favourite boys.

My concept was to make silhouettes (am I the only one who finds it impossible to spell that word??) of my boys faces with the things that they love surrounding them – kind of like what is inside their heads is now outside and around. One for my number lover and one for my vehicle lover.

 

I think they will love them – super easy to make I might do a tutorial if anyone is interested.

Joining in with this lovely new crafty linky and out creative spaces too.

 Show & Tell Thursday's

Make My Week #50 – My Birthday Suit!

I’m counting this as my December dress even though technically I made it before December.

This is what I wore to my birthday. I invited some of the gorgeous women in my life over. What better way to celebrate a birthday than to celebrate the women that make my life such a pleasure. I made high tea, of sorts, and we all sat and word bombed each other.

I made this pattern from a vintage pattern – one from the early sixties and there are no pattern markings on the tissue. So you need to read the instructions to know these 3 holes mean on the fold or this marking means grainline etc. The original didn’t have the puffy over skirt but I felt the fabric called for it.

I made the under garment in calico and the over part is a net curtain I picked up at a church fair for $3. I love the wee raised daisies and the subtle lemony colour. 2 people stopped me in the supermarket to comment on it so I consider that a success!!

I wore it with my self-made necklace, self-made earrings, thrifted beads and shoes from Melbourne. One of the mums from schools aid to me ‘you look very dressed up’ and I aid yeah but I bet my whole outfit is much cheaper than yours. Dress – pattern free, calico $15, net $3. Shoes $20. Necklace about $20 because I did it in a class, earrings – free, beads – 50c Total Outfit= $58.50 (I’m thriftier than Gok!)

Did you enter my giveaway? I keep adding wee things to it. :o)

So this year I challenged myself to make a new piece of clothing each month – here is a breakdown of the clothes I have made this year.

There were a couple of months I seemed to forget but other months I did a few extra so currently it stands at 16 makes and I do have at least 2 more I hope to make in the next 2 weeks!!

I’d love to know your favourite.

I’ve so enjoyed making something a piece of clothing each month – it’s got me thinking about challenges for next year! (and how much I pose with my hands on my hips!!)

Joining in with our creative spaces.

Make My Week # 49 – Sparkly Jewels

On Saturday it was my birthday so as well as having high tea at my place for some of my lovely friends I went to a jewellery making class with my very dear (and daring!!) friend Deb.

We went to this class at the Make Cafe

It was a lot of fun and beautifully decorated including fudge, sweet treats, tea, coffee, fancy juice all in a beautiful setting. If you live in Chch and something interests you I would so recommend any of the classes.

This is what I made – cute huh? I used beautiful origami paper I picked up when we were in Melbourne.

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.

Make My Week #48 – Advent Calendars

This year I wanted to make the boys an advent calendar to store the special advent activities we have planned, which are a surprise to them.

This coming weekend we are also having a special early celebrations with some other families and each family brings a $10 gift for another family. So I made a second version as our gift.

The trees are made from felt with gold thread couched onto them (my first attempt at couching) and 24 buttons sewn on. I made our one first out of the lighter coloured felt and a random selection of buttons but I like my second effort better!

Then I made 24 little felt Xs with holes in the middle of them so each day a little decoration is added to the tree.

For the other family I added chocolates to each mesh pocket. Ours have numbered cards with the activity written on the other side of the number.

They are a bit random but I rather like them and I think the boys will like it.

On Tuesday I’ll go through some of our advent activities but if you want a list to do something similar leave a comment and I’ll email you our list.

 

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces – button and link on the right.

How’s your Christmas making coming along??

Make My Week #47 – Speedy Craft

The super glue, the pre-bought fixtures, the speed – what’s not to love??

This week I used some gorgeous vintage buttons my sister bought me in Europe to make these super sweet earrings.(I used a mini saw to shave off the back loops)

I also used some dahlia flowers in resin (or similar something!!) to make another pair of earrings

and this rather large rose ring.

So long as you can control yourself not to touch them too soon (give them 12 hours) these have to be the easiest fastest craft ever.

I had the inspired idea to use my pincushion to hold the earring stalks in place while they dried – it worked a treat.

Other creative types over at Our Creative Spaces – blue button down on the right.

Can anyone else believe it is 47 weeks already…. does that mean there are only 5 weeks left of the year?????

Make My Week # 46 – Ah Hoop-la

I first saw this neat embroidery on Cat’s blog here

and when I saw her last month I asked if I could copy it – I kind of free-handed it rather than properly followed because, well you know how I roll :o) (unless you are new in which case I’m not much of a pattern follower)

I have made this for my brand new beautiful niece and seeing as she is unlikely to see or remember this post I thought I’d debut it here.

My niece lives in London so this also has the advantage of being very light to send.

What things do you make that are light to send internationally?

Joining in with creative inspiration at our creative spaces – blue button down on the right.

Did you enter my November giveaway??

Make My Week #45 – The November Dress

So… I challenged myself to make a piece of clothing each month this year and this is the latest.

I made this from a 1950s reproduction Vogue Pattern that I had made once about 10 years ago.

This version looks so different but I guess that is the joy of how fabric can alter the entire look of a garment.

These photos were taken by the lovely Nin and feature the delightful Juliet. We were at the opening of The Make Cafe – a very exciting cafe which includes a fabric shop, classes and sewing machines you can hire by the hour in store.

I call it my road cone orange dress. Course it will mean I don’t need to wear high vis when I bike the boys to school!

joining in with our creative spaces – click on the blue button down on the right.

Make My Week #44 – More Little Houses

These are the latest in my little houses thing.

The larger one was for my sister’s birthday and the other is just a play to see how it looks when  the colours are reversed.

I’m quite pleased with these.

Happy November!

Click onto the Creative Spaces button down on the right to see other people making fun stuff.

Make My Week #42 and October Giveaway

Okay so remember I promised a giveaway every month this year? – you forgot? Well, never fear I absolutely did not!

Anyway first things first is this weeks creation – a while ago I saw this gorgeous embroidery on pinterest and so last week I sprung from there and made myself a rather much larger version with smaller houses…. weird huh?

Here is the original:

Source: flickr.com via Miriam on Pinterest

Here is mine:

I just freestyled it – looked at the picture once and then went for it with no clear plan. I am very pleased with the results though.

I love this. And if you look very closely you’ll see there are some little lighted windows along the street.This was inspired from these bible verses – (I also happen to like the song this little light of mine more than most).

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

However since I’ve made it I also am reminded of the following lines

I seen the little light‘ from Catherine Mansfield’s short story The Dolls House

and also ‘some windows are lighted but mostly they’re dark‘ from Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss.

I’d like to try one on black fabric with white stitching next. Does anyone else have a thing for houses? I love little houses. The fabric in my header appealed for that very reason.

Anyway on to the giveaway….this month you get to choose between the cameo ring, the cameo brooch or a wee pencil brooch. All made by me and I’ll either send you the original or make a new one for you.

Leave me a comment and let me know which you would pick. Or just leave a nice comment about my wee houses and say if you’re not entering – I won’t be offended.

Open internationally – let’s share the love people. Closing at the end of the month or when I tire of reminding people to enter. (I’m a little unpredictable like that!!)

because I might be flying away to a romantic rendezvous with The Atlas today I won’t be responding to comments until next week but don’t let that stop you ….

Joining in with a team of inspiring makers at Our Creative Spaces – button on the right.

For other stuff I’ve made recently

Other stuff I’d like to make on pinterest.