Saturday, April 30, 2011

Moving out: a process

.. and a long one at that.

A process that has been keeping me away from my workbench and from my online obligations..

what, with a long list of large-ish scale projects in the pipeline including a wedding dress I'm very excited about and a mural of sorts that'll see me swapping mediums for a month or so; the Easter Holidays from work should have served as well deserved chilll-time.. instead I was to-ing and fro-ing from home no1 to home no2, pestering people for liftage and straining my tendons trying to load suitcases in and out of cars..

putting everything in (relative) order is also headache-inducing.. one has to question the benefits of colour-co-ordinating clothing, test drawer capacities for the most convenient storage of silk scarves and gloves and reserve space for future acquisiton plans such as decent hatboxes.. all this just before or right after one has been trying really hard to understand the manual for a brand new washing machine (I refrained from photographing this just in time!) and hanging clothes that have, surprsingly enough, not only come out from the spinning demon unscathed, but also smelling lovely!

Ultimately, it's a lovely thing indeed to unearth and re-consider stuff from the depths of wardrobes past and display, at long last, odd mismatched items of cutlery and tableware you had been collecting over many years.

Here's a felt Totoro I did however make time for.. he now ranks as the second cutest thing in the house after CAT.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Gin tonics make sewing fun..

I've been a very busy lady lately.. I've finished stuff.. planned more.. turned down several opportunities .. hoped for the best..

here follow photos of stuff I finished lately...

A handbag from the material of an old coat.. the clasp is recycled from a much used bag that a friend kindly threw my way. Thanks you!

This is what I call domni galore! A silver neckpiece with a grey, pale yellow and black colour scheme.

A hair comb to match the 50s style full circle dress with buttoned back.. both made to measure.. this is the kind of dress I would have only dreamt of doing some two years back.

And a feathery occasion hairband to match another dress I posted here before.. Pale pink netting and jade green feathers.. I love this to bits!

Jumble Fever

It's been a truly packed couple of weeks.. worthy of multiple posts.. I came across several bargains, worked my arse off and as if this wasn't good enough.. I was given handmade and second hand belated birthday presents which made my week(s).

A lovely roomy navy blue faux ostrich skin bag with a fully functional clasp and a very forgiving matching velvet blazer.

Canvas heeled pumps and brown leather brogues to tap in (or for work).

as well as an assortment of scarves and ties, doilies and saucers.

This, on the other hand, is a wisely picked assortment of goods .. wisely in light of my current 'moving out' state and being in need of useful yet pretty items for the home.

Thanks Carla Rita Cholita and Rachel from the Bronx.. will fill teh glass container with fizzy cola/cherry sweets and invite you over for much fun!

A vintage pattern book collection brought together within one uniquely screen printed cover.. swell! made by the almighty Alex from
And a 'tattoed' embroidered circuis aide and ballet dancer dolly I named Loretta. Made by Mlle. Micallef of

It's such fun.. having friends like these!