Thursday, 30 September 2010

I won I won!

Hi again everyone!
I'm on Facebook waaay too much... In fact, the whole point of blogging was to be able to write more than just one sentence about whats going on in my bizarrely whirlwind head (notice how I didnt say 'brain'? LOL). So anyway, there is a sewing group on Facebook called The Sewing Directory which I later discovered is also on blogspot. The girl who runs it, Fiona, is absolutely wonderful and her blog/facebook posts are so much fun to read :) Every now and then she posts a giveaway and I entered one back in June or so and I actually won! I had meant to blog about it earlier but I totally forgot... Until today when my second prize arrived as I won last week's giveaway also! I was so flattered! Such random luck! Check out what I won:

I got this pack of FQs from The Fabric Loft. I havent used them yet as I cant seem to find a project for them, but they're still in the plastic (dont you just love the charming ribbon?) so they're safe for when I know what I want to make.

And today I received this book, The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion

I have only flicked through it for now but it looks really good so far :) As you might have guessed I'm indeed left-handed and some things (especially knitting) are not always easy to learn left-handed!

So go on and check out The Sewing Directory for lots of interesting blog posts about sewing!

Halloweening - Tea Towels

Good morning everyone :)

They're painting my office today (well, not technically MY office as we have an open floor workspace but they are painting one of the smaller offices at work) and the smells are awful. So my boss called me and told me to come in later due to the fumes. Yay!! I still have to work from home of course but it does give me just that little bit of extra time to share my newest Halloween creations with you :)

I am slowly starting to decorate my house.I love to call this my 'house' even though it's just a flat in London where you would never hang anything outside on the door or so as it would only be stolen or destroyed. And I dont even have a porch! I have been reading Halloween blogs all evening yesterday (while the bf watched Tron without hearing the sewing machine wirring in the background), and have become new followers of many of them :) I even managed to locate this fantastic Halloween countdown that you can find on the sidebar :) I found a Practical Magic-themed tea party (my favourite movie ever!) but sadly the deadline ended already. But I will go through the post and check out every single linked up party to see the pictures of the events :) There is another tea party in October so technically I could make that, but then who would I invite? Wait, that sounds pathetic... let's put it this way: Halloween wont be until a week after the tea party, and I'm the only one this much into Halloween in my circle of friends. Plus my apartment really isnt meant for huge parties... So I think I will decorate for it, but not technically have the party and therefore avoid crowds, destruction, and drunkenness (the English way after all is to drink as much as possible at all cost) of others. I barely drink so I'm good with the tea ;)

Ok, back to the original idea of this post. Sorry, am rambling ;) So the tea towels. For years the bf has been complaining about our ugly tea towels but as they're the ones that dry best and have been given to me on my 18th (!) birthday, I didnt want to part with them. Of course I did buy some new ones, but the Halloween ones I bought in the US last year ($ store, yay!) have faded quite a bit already. So I decided to pimp them a bit. (Really, there has to be a better word for this!). I cut into my precious Halloween stash, reserved for the infamous Halloween quilt and got cracking. Infamous quilt because it's been in the planning for 3 years now and I still have to start cutting! I think it's the math part of it that's too daunting...

I chose four towels to 'halloween up':

The blue and orange one are the ones I got for my birthday so many years ago, the two other ones I bought over the years. Dont you just love the cows and the mushrooms? LOL I mainly wanted to get something with black in it...

Enter Halloween fabric. :) As I was choosing the fabric, I saw that the orange/yellow one was a bit of a disaster as I was painting my next project last Saturday and I wiped my black paintbrush on the towel, thinking it would come out. Oops... But not to fear, I found a solution :) Ready? Check these out:

This is the fluffy towels with the cows. Look, no more cows! The trim is actually Halloween fabric as there is no way to find Halloween ribbon anywhere around here. I doubled the fabric and sewed it onto the back as well so the cows are forever-no-more.

Remember the blue/green and orange/yellow? My solution to the paint problem was to just demolish the orange/yellow towel :) And here you go! I cut out some pumpkins of the checkered but and some grass out of the striped bit and sewed this on. I didnt add ribbons or anything as these will be used to do dishes and will end up being washed a lot.

This was the towel with the mushrooms. I had about 2 meters of this fabric when I started, but as I've used it in several projects (yet to be posted), I only had a little bit left and I thought it would be the perfect fabric for this towel. Once again, I also sewed this on the back so no more mushrooms!

So what do you think? I know it's not all out there like some of the amazing creations I've seen, but I make this stuffmainly for me and it has to be useable at the same time. I do want to pimp my bath towels also so there might be more shortly ;) I can now have cool Halloween towels for absolutely free! I found some in the shop and they charged £7 for two measly towels! This is much better :)

Must get some work done now, but I hope you like these :) Have a good Thursday everyone!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Thrift Shopping Saturday

Hi all!

After weeks, no months, of waiting, my local thrift shop chain finally had their £1 week :) They do this every 3 months or so, they have a month-long sale where the first week everything is £4, the next £3, and so on. I usually try the £2 weeks as I always tend to miss the next one, but this time I made it :) Check out what I bought:

This was the first item I found, a sparklt white bolero type jacket. It will go perfectly with the bridesmaid's dress I bought in the same store for only £2. After some pimping of course... Cost of this item: £1.

I havent actually tried this mini dress on yet but I bought it mainly for the fabric as it is too cute :) And for only £1, it doesnt matter if it fits or not!

This is sort of a babydoll top. It's funny how even from charity I buy things from my favourite brand (which is this really cheapo brand from a super cheap shop). I'm not sure if I will keep it the way it is, I might just change the whole thing. Once again, I liked the fabric...

I wasnt sure about this in the beginning with the sparkle top bit but the colour is amazing! It's a Diesel top (who cares right?) and I thought for a fancy-ish night out this has potential. Also £1 of course :)

This I definitely bought for the material only. It is way too small for me but gingham is expensive and there is no way I could ever get this amount of gingham for £1, let alone in purple.

Finally, I found a knit! The whole point was to find knitwear, but there was only a little bit there and what they had was either broken beyond repair, ugly colours, or plain ugly. But here I found one, and of course, £1!

When I saw this, I didnt even blink. I didnt even try it on! But it is so cute!!! Even if it doesnt fit I will do something with it. On the other hand, it is my size so why would it not fit? And also, £1 :)

This one looks a bit old spinster-y but it doesnt look too bad on a person. I just loved the colour :) £1 of course :)

I also found this comfy sweater. I will take off the thing in front and will replace it with something else. Maybe something Halloweeny? You guessed it, £1

These two were a last minute decision. They will be completely changed into something else, more details will follow :) £1 each also.

I sooo wasnt sure about this one... I mean, it's PINK! There was so much pink in the shops that it was scary. Either pink is totally out of fashion and everyone is getting rid of their stock, or the universe wants me to wear more pink. As you can see, I went for the purple mostly but this one looked cute. For £1 again so I might pimp it a bit :)

And last but not least, I finally found a teacup. I had been looking for one for a while for a small project and now I have one. Found it in a different shop so paid £2 (not sure if it is worth £2 but on the other hand I now have a teacup).

All in all, a very successful day :) We dont have the Salvation Army store here and anything given to charity without a label usually ends up in the bin (how sad) so I actually own some brands now... unimportant ones but still... Anyway, who cares, I had a great time and got some really nice stuff! Now to get rid of my old clothes... LOL

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Halloweening - Harry Potter Potion Bottles

OMG I LOOOOVE Halloween! As you can probably see from m blog background, it is my favourite time of year. Of course I also decorate for Christmas, but I just so much prefer the colour scheme of Halloween, and the whole pumpkins and stuff... Last year I went to the USA for some Halloween shopping, it was my pilgrimage to Salem, something I always wanted to do. Little did I know that for all the good Halloween stuff, you need to start shopping in September already! I found this fantastic bowl in a shop there but I only found one... very sad as the bf now doesnt have one. I'll post a picture of it sometime so if anyone sees it... *hope hope*

Finally all my tasks are done: the steampunk dress is finished, the gift exchange parcel has been posted... ok I still need to tidy but I basically now have 6 weeks (nearly) to focus on Halloween. Yay!! I have so many projects saved in my to do list that I have found in the wonderful world of blogging since I started this and to be able to start ticking things off the list is just wonderful!

As you may remember from a previous post, I went to the craft shop a couple of weeks ago and bought m first ever jar of Mod Podge (I keep saying 'modge podge', does anyone else have that?). I found a blog post from someone who made Happy Potter potion bottles using brown paper bags and Mod Podge and it looked so cool I had to try it also. I still had a good few bottles lying around from medieval wines etc., and I bought two extra ones (the square ones in the picture, they were £1.50 each at the charity shop but they do look very cool!). They did have the ones from the original post but they were quite expensive at my craft shop (no sale there), so I used what I had. Also a very good frugal thing ;) So anyway, I got the paper bags from the fruit guy at the market and started making the bottles last night. I surfed the net for the Harry Potter potions as my books are currently residing with my mother, and wrote the names on the paper bags. I then cut them out and burned the edges, and Mod Podged them onto the bottles. I filled the bottles with food colouring and added water. En voila! Halloweeny Harry Potter Potion Bottles. They look amazing!!

These are my potions :) I just love them!

This potion is my favourite as after years of trying, I managed to achieve purple!!! In the UK they dont sell purple food colouring and no matter what I did with red and blue, it never worked. Now I learned the trick! Dont use red and blue, use PINK and blue :)

The Polyjuice Potion has a lot of black food colouring to make it look all icky, and it really works! When you shake the bottle it's all gooey...

I even added a rock to the Elixer of Life to represent the Philosopher's Stone ;) Now we can live forever! Muahahaha...

On a rather large note, should the person whose idea this was read this, please let me know and I will give credit where credit is due. I enjoyed making these very much and want to able to thank her for it so please please let me know!

My internet was down again this morning so I better post this before it goes again... I have finally finished the recycled witch as well and need a place to hang her before taking pictures, but I'll post as soon as I can. I now need to go and find more stuff to Mod Podge ;)


Friday, 24 September 2010

Zucchini Zucchini

A few weeks ago, one of the girls from work offered me a zucchini from her garden. That sounded amazing of course but I was completely stunned with what I got! Check this out:

It's a 15 inch zucchini!!! It was monstrous!!! I have never seen anything like it (I live in London, homegrown? Whats that? LOL) So needless to say, we ate zucchini for the entire weekend hihi. I went on and found some amazing recipes. The funny thing was that I actually ran out of zucchini before I finished the recipes! Here is what I cooked (of course I tweaked them a bit to make up for the oversized zucchini). Just click on the link below the picture to get to the recipe.

The bf had to go out especially to buy some sherry for this but it was sooo good! I used German 'Fleischwurst' instead of Italian sausage as I have really no idea where to find that in Tesco... But nevertheless it was sooo yummy!

I ended up freezing these as I made it a starter for the below recipe but it ended up being way too much! Very good also though :)

I made so much! Yes it looks a little burnt but it was really alright.

Check out how good it looks with the steamed basmati rice :)

I think I got a whole lot out that zucchini! (I also noticed I love the word zucchini way too much haha) After I made the flower for her wedding dress, she promised me another one so hopefully I will be able to use the rest of my gathered recipes then.

On a different note, as the steampunk dress is now done, the box for the gift exchange is now done (I made something that I so wanted to keep which is why I havent sent it off today but I will definitely do it tomorrow), I can focus on making Halloween things :) Tomorrow I am going charity shop shopping (my local shop is having their £1 week!), I'll attend the Craft Mashup and enjoy the weekend. Ah. how I love the weekend... Oh yes, once I've gathered all the professional pics I will post some of those as well.

So I hope you will join me in the Zucchini Craze, let me know what you think if you try any of the above recipes!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Elf Fantasy Fair 2010 - Arcen

Hello again everyone!
It has been a while but I had a busy week and have finally managed to sort out most of the photos and events. It was that time again, the Elf Fantasy Fair was on, and with family this time. The Fair used to be only in Haarzuilens until last year they decided to hold the event in Arcen as well which would attract some border folk too. Lucky for my sister who lives about half an hour's drive from there and can now join me once a year with her kids for a wonderful fantasy event :)

As you can guess, the steampunk dress finally got worn and pictures were made. Personally, I think we attracted that many photographers because the bf looks AMAZING and I just kind of complimented him a little. In hindsight the dress was a tad boring but at least it was comfortable and I had fun. I actually asked one of the people I know via Facebook who is in a steampunk band what he thought and he absolutely hated the fabric, he said it was too shiney. But as it is my frugal year, I had to use what I had and this was it. All in all it was quite good. At least I looked cute in my "Shirley Temple curls" as one of my other friends called them. So are you curious yet? Ok then, here are some pics of the day. I need to pic some nice ones now... I think I will make a separate post with some professional pics like I did last time, that way the photographers wont be disappointed :) So enjoy, I hope you like them!

This is us, the steampunk couple! Simple and without too much eh... whats the word... eh... oomph is the only I can come up... but you know what I mean. But I still think we look cute :) Dont you just love the bf's glasses? They're based on a comic book and can really give you a headache... I dont know as I cant see out of one eye properly anyway but apparently the purple flower in the gardens looked a little psychedelic...

The bf on safari ;) Hahaha

There was this fantastic archway (where people kept walking so we had to wait a bit) and I just love this picture... It really shows off the outfit :)

Of course one with the bf also, although is a very happy one. I was just so pleased with everything. The outfit looked good, it was comfy, the bf looked amazing... *very much in-love swooning sigh* Yes am being totally cheesy but he came with me to this and he normally doesnt so this is great :)

This guy was a merman (obviously) and he was in the water all day long. He looked cool though :)

The people watching are some friends I see every year at the EFF. It's really funny as they had no idea I took this :)

Of course we had to get some pretty pictures in to :) My friend was a vampire as her dad is a dentist and made her these killer vampire teeth.

But staying serious (and especially looking scared in my case) was really difficult and we had a great laugh posing :)

Some of the stalls were decorated really nicely also

Every year we meet this woman, who must work somewhere where they make police stuff out of police fabric as she has police dresses each year, or the AA (roadside assistance) or something. Well, it sure is original. Luckily she didnt have a siren LOL

Some friends from our EFF forum that we also met. Lovely people and very pro make-your-own-costume. Excellent tips were exchanged of course (while the bf happily snapped away)

My anual picture with Flinty, sorry: Captain Flint of Flint's Buccaneers who join EFF every year. This year he was crowned king so he was super busy and we only just got this picture in. :)

Shades Nosferatu was there again as well with his uebercool steampunk creations and special glasses for any steam or goth occassion

Great pic of the bf in the mirror

Another wonderful dress, the skirt on this was amazing as well but I just love this pic :)

Some Nazgul were there too

As well as lovely cuddly creatures

Lunch seen through the bf's left eye ;)

We were stopped many time by photographers, and as I know some of them from previous fairs, they took the time to do a little shoot (total ego boost, yay!). Here is one of them fixing the wig before the shoot. It's hilarious, I love it!

I just had to photograph this mother and child. It was just so cute!!!

Look at it, adorable! The bf made a funny comment about how its (sorry, dont know ifis his or her) mother would show this picture to the future bf/gf and it would be totally embarrassing *grin*. Nah, am sure it will be cute even then!

My sister dressed up as well for the occassion :) Months and months of searching for the perfect dress... it wasnt easy... and no, I didnt make it for her as she is way too choosy and needs some time to fnd what she wants. Plus, I have no time!!!

I just loved how they were sitting there, happily chatting away, like totally in a different world :) We joined them of course for a long time until we had to go. This is actually the last picture of the weekend. A nice closure. :)

It was fun! I'll post some more later though as there was just so much to see!! However, I havent done anything and I had so much planned... the gift exchange is still not entirely finished and I really must finish it... this could be a late night... But now I'm back and will post much more! Yay!
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