It’s finished – and I love it!!

I finally got a couple of hours where I could concentrate on the last few things in my room. And boy does it look good now.
You know how it is, the last things are the fiddly bits that you don’t know what to do with, and whether you keep them or not.
I have one box left, but it is of no issue to the rest of the room.
Halfway through I had the idea to make a big spacey room, that would not feel crowded – and so I can crank the music and dance my silly self crazy when I feel like it.
Check out the pictures. Sorry they’re a bit dark or overly ‘flashed’ due to not being able to get them in daylight as planned.
Overview from lounge room end.

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Love this wall. Just because.

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Overview from the other end – looks a bit messy, but is not so bad, and very user friendly. Sewing desk on left, utility desk in front of bookcase.

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Material racks and storage cupboards.

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Close up of the ‘work’ corner.

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Now to get the mojo back, it’s upsetting by that it has been so hit and miss lately. But I don’t like to make things when not fully in here mood otherwise they turn out crap. Been there done that, not a good look.

Have a good weekend 🙂

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I bought a cupboard… a work in progress

Before - what a mess!

Before – what a mess!

Check out here for the last revamp I did. I won’t be changing any of this as such, just the table under the window. The table under the window has become a junk pile, the table I leave stuff when I can’t be bothered to put it away. As one of my apparent resolutions, I want to be more organised, and tidier. This is hard for me. Organised I can do, tidy is something else again. I have my moments, but a neat freak I am not. Over the weekend our local Community Centre had a jumble sale and I found a few items that are perfect for new storage but easily accessible, and not adding to the mess.

First up there are a second set of lights on a stand. These will be good for when I’m photographing pieces. At the moment I have the light tent which I place under the main light with one stand next to it, this add light to the other side, hopefully evening out any residual shadows.

The first item I found (on Friday during set up) was this dinky little cupboard, somewhat crooked, but very handy.  It it only an inch higher than the tall boy so it not too out of place. The drawer,I’m not sure of what to put in it, but the shelves were going to be perfect for my electrical and other tools. The heat gun, pasta machine for clay, toaster oven, Dremel (drill) and my light tent and cement sheet (for the kiln) sits on the bottom shelf. Unfortunately the kiln is just a bit too big to fit so is now on the other shelves.

Next (this morning, after some thinking and making a phone call to the centre) I have some baskets on racks which (after measuring) are a perfect fit for under the window and will house my materials. These were in the tall boy, out of sight, not used. Now, they look so much nicer. This has moved not just the material from the tall boy but a whole suitcase of the stuff, so one item that wont be under the work table any more. Into the tall boy will go some of the other craft items that lived (and made a mess under the work table). I’ve only got two drawers done, and to get all my paints in I need some smaller containers. We shall see.

This has taken me 4 days to get here – I do have a life outside of the house, even inside the house – and another week, or two may get it sorted. But that has to include 2 days of work, a day of appointments, delivering & collecting hubby from airport, a wedding & recovery, making bunting for the market, attending said market, visiting a friend getting a major surgery done and general life duties. So the work in progress will be a slow one. But one I am eager to get onto. I am already feeling happy and less inclined to get bored with this makeover as it is putting everything in its place (I like this) and while giving me less actual work space it means I have to be better at putting things away. Working smarter I think it’s called.

No excuses!

Things have been busy, and I’ve been lazy with my beads. There. No excuses, just the truth.
I do need to get into some sort of better beading and sewing routine. I wanted to post here somewhere along twice a week, and I can honestly say that hasn’t happened.

So what am I working on. I have a repai job to do. Actually 4 for the one person. So that keeps me busy for a bit. Two were simple re stringing jobs, with the other two using a handful of beads and making something out of them.  I sort the beads, make a few options up and send pictures and await further instruction.
This time around there are a dozen small pearly beads which are sentimental but barely enough to make a bracelet, let alone a necklace so I will give her a few ideas and see. The other beads should make a nice necklace with some of my own thrown in. I quoted $30-$40 and provided the time is not much then it should come in around budget.

My crafty routine? What’s to become of that?
Well, I have the bi-annual CRAG Art Trail at the end of September (2 days instead of 3 this year) so I want to have a new collection ready. I wont be saying much yet until I have made my final decision.
I have monthly markets til the end of the year at Woodbridge, I’ve applied for a niche market that does 4 a year (although I have missed making the first one), and am waiting the email for another one that happens twice a year (for 2 days).
The market just up the road, I haven’t heard from them either. But there is still time.

The two items I restrung this morning. Ready and waiting for the two others to be completed.

Before

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After

After

Fitted Tablecloth – I must be mad!

Today I finally got around to making some fitted tablecloths. I’ve wanted some since, well, a long time ago but never really did anything about it.
I want tell you where to find the instructions, there are oodles on the Internet depending on what style of table you have and how fitted the cloth should be.
I tried to make a go of it myself, but it wasn’t going to work the way I wanted it to, so I checked out google and found a pattern.
Basically, the idea is to cut a piece the size of your table top + hem allowance, and a long piece for the skirt. This skirt is then gathered at the corners to make a nice pleat.
I decided not to do it that way as I was using bed sheets and didn’t have the length or quantity to do it – I cut a separate piece for each side and end.
The small table half way done. Pinned, test, sew, test….

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While not perfect, they certainly look better than having corners dragging on the floor or tucked up and being chunky on the sides.

All went well until the needle got stuck and the only way to rescue it was to break it. I really don’t like having to do this, even though they are pretty cheap to buy. Thank goodness for heavy duty wire cutters.

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Back into it and around 2 hours later (from start to finish), exhausted, I have my fitted cloth. For the small table! There is still the full size one to go.

I have lunch, and scrape out the freezer – what better time to defrost it than while I have the house to myself and am busy – then get back into cutting the second one.

This was slightly quicker in that I knew what I was doing. Each cloth was on the table, off the table, pinned, sewn, on the table, check shape and length, off the table, pins and sewn….

The small table cloth is a fully enclosed one. It usually sits next to my big table at markets but if I am going to have a table on its own, it would be this one.
The large table is only skirted on three sides – one side for easy access during markets – but I will make a couple of fully skirted ones for other markets and situations.
A good queen size sheet made the large table cloth and would make a fully skirted one as well, and only cost $13. Not bad for a couple of hours.

Small table, fully enclosed.

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And the large table, 3/4 covered.

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The corners are a bit wonky here, but I didn’t cut enough for this overhang. It won’t be seen so I’m not too worried. This weekend is my next market and I will post pictures to show you what it looks like all dressed and accessorised.

Have a great crafty day
Jennifer 🙂

Funky fabric flowers and bags

The other day I received lots of goodies in the mail, and while I said I was going to play, I did, just with other stuff. All the beads are still on the table. I didn’t put them away either.
I played with my fabric flowers instead.

Earlier this year a friend sent me some flowers she had made herself. Just because. They are gorgeous, and pretty in pinks and reds, all floral. But they needed a little blinging up. They sat in my sewing drawer until I knew just what to do.
Then, it hit me. I had finished my first evening bag … Enter pictures please.

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(oops, they’re sideways, sorry) And I now knew exactly what to do with them.
So I blinged them up with a bit of ribbon and some beads and buttons.

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Now my only problem is, should I make a feminine necklace with chain and pearls, a bib necklace with 3 or more of them, a couple of evening bags, or one with a full flower garden on it…??

Below is a mini tutorial of how I finished the flowers.

First, gather supplies. Flowers, thread, ribbon…

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Then pin the ribbon in loops. As neatly as possible, but they move, and it doesn’t matter that it’s not perfect. They’re a fun thing.

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Next, making sure you knot the thread underneath, make small stitches to secure the loops. Only one or two per loop is needed, as the buttons and beads will be more than enough to secure it later.

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Decide on what will be the centre of your flower and sew it on. If needed add more beads so the centre is fully covered and you can’t see the ends of the loops. It should look something like this.

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Or this…

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When you are adding the centre piece make sure you knot the thread regularly underneath to keep it tight and secure.

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My last flower got the royal treatment as I had run out of ribbon so it as beads all the way. A flower button formed my centre and then I beaded extra petals around it.

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Any help in my decision is welcome, I do have all those other fabric flowers I bought, so plenty of flowers for plenty of ideas.

Keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer