Monday, April 21, 2014

April sunlight brings paper lanterns

I love sitting on our deck as the cooler weather hits. The morning sunlight is warming without being sweaty hot! I took advantage of the Easter break and opportunity to loiter on the deck (and watch evening movies) to knit up a Paper Lanterns cowl.

It is knit in a bulky wool from Lincraft and while I love the pattern, I think it is too heavy and thick for our Queensland winter weather. Maybe I will feel differently once our winter comes! I'm not discouraged though as I still love this pattern and plan to knit up in an 8ply more suitable for our seasons. I also think the 8ply will showcase the lovely pattern more which was inspired by the tradition of making a wish on a floating lantern and sending it downstream or off into the atmosphere. This stitch pattern resembles tiny, candle lit lanterns, carrying your wish off into the universe.

In the pattern examples, they show the version using bulky wool worn over the shoulders.

Here is my version while it is blocking:

And here is a selfie:

Madonna meets Cyndi Lauper

On the Saturday night of the craft retreat, the party theme was the 80s. Now I have lived through the 80s but had no remnants (legwarmers anyone?) left in my wardrobe. After a mini-wardrobe panic, I settled on sewing up a Madonna-like skirt. 

Then, at Spotlight I couldn't find the fabrics I wanted (white) so I went with a black satin base with pink tulle.

So I drew up a half-circle skirt using a web tutorial (quite simple really but I needed help with the maths) and then attached layers of the pink tulle over the top. I just did a rolled hem on the edges of the tulle and skirt. 

I tried it on for fit and style and the verdict was that it was not 80s enough - it needed more colour.

Thanks to quite expensive tulle from Lincraft, I added layers of neon yellow and purple and presto - an 80ish skirt. I made the layers different lengths and different widths so it was a layered look. I quickly stitched on an elastic waistband.

I added a white slouch tee (purchased new - how sad this means they are coming back into fashion) and pink and black bangles from the cheap shop (also purchased new - so in fashion). Then I wrapped a spare piece of the pink spotted tulle around my waist and wore it all over fishnet stockings (which I add are mighty uncomfortable to wear!).

So a mix of the old and the new and there you go! Sorry no modelled shot. Maybe I'll have a pic from the retreat to share down the track.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Because you need Christmas bunting at Easter

At the post Christmas Lincraft sale I picked some two bunting panels and finally finished it off at Easter. So we are all set for later this year or a Christmas in July perhaps?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Back from retreat 2014

I was fortunate again to go on a crafting retreat over a recent weekend. It was great to get away for a weekend of crafty only interrupted by chat, coffee, meals and sleep! No cleaning, no cooking, no complaints, just crafting!

I used it as my annual scrapbooking time, and completed 13 full pages. This is a record for me! I went to the Kaisercraft warehouse a couple of weekends prior and stocked up on some new (for me) papers and embellishments. I also picked up a template which was a worthwhile investment. Together with my scrapbooking buddy, we used it a couple of different ways over the weekend.

My apologies for the quality of the photos, but I figured I would rather spend my time crafting rather than taking and editing pics. 

Here's a sample of my scrapping over the weekend:

The photo from Georgetown (above) is my favourite page. I used the template with my watercolour pencils and then added water for the lovely colours. Stanley (featured in the pic) was such a character and had great biking leg muscles, obviously as it was his living pedalling around hefty tourists!

We had an awesome time on our Malayasia holiday. J asked to go back there all the time! I will blog the trip report one day. 

For the next retreat, I think I might be tempted to take my sewing machine and sewing though next time to sew down my stash. It will be another retreat again later in the year (August). It gives me a few months to prepare for some serious stitching!

At the retreat a lady was telling me about 'Project Life'.  To date I have been ignoring this concept but it seems like a great way to combine scrapping and a photo album. It also would be a realistic way to put together all our holiday and yearly pics into some sort of order and showcase.

Anyone do Project Life and what are your thoughts and tips?