Thursday, 28 November 2013

Felt Flower Corsages

Thank you, dear blogging friends, for all your encouraging comments on my last post!  The fact that lots of you also feel nervous before craft fairs made me feel much better.  

The fair went really well in the end, and there was absolutely no reason at all for me to have been so nervous beforehand.  Though I know I'll be JUST as worried next time!  ;-)

Annoyingly, I completely forgot to take my camera with me.  So I can't show you any photos of my stall.  

Instead, I thought I'd show you some felt flower corsages that I made for the fair.  Cheery colours on a dreary day..... 

Until next time.....



Thursday, 21 November 2013

Bags of Bags

So, tomorrow's Christmas Fair day at school.  I think I'm all set to go.  Everything's packed up by the front door, and I'll be setting up my stall during lunch break.  Does anyone else feel stupidly nervous before craft fairs???

Here's another quick show-and-tell of what I've been making, in preparation for the fair.  Today's 'topic' is bags.....

A grey, yellow and white stripy one:

A white, red, turquoise and grey spotty one:

A green, yellow, brown and white spotty one:

A turquoise, blue, lime and brown stripy one:

And an orangey-red, lime and yellow one: 

My favourite's the turquoise, blue, lime and brown stripy one.  I want to keep it.  Is that bad?  I may have to sneak it off my stall and keep it for myself.  We'll see how the willpower goes tomorrow.....

These bags were all made from the 'Buttercup Bag' pattern, from Made by Rae.  You can download the (brilliant) pattern for free here, and you can buy a license to sell them if you wish to do so.  

I'll let you know how the fair goes..... 

Bye for now!



Sunday, 17 November 2013

Wrist Keyrings

Next Friday is our school Christmas Fair, and I'm going to have a stall there.  Exciting stuff!  

I thought that, over the next week or so, I could do a bit of a show-and-tell of some of the things I've been making in preparation.  

And, first of all, here's something new that I haven't tried before.....

.....  keyrings that you can wear on your wrist:

What do you think?  Good idea or silly idea?  I'd really like to know (honestly) what you think on this one!

I'll be back soon with some more showing-and-telling.....



Thursday, 14 November 2013

Autumn Bits and Bobs

A couple of weekends ago, we went for a Sunday afternoon walk.  I decided to take a 'nature bag' with me, like I used to when I was a little girl.  There was a lot to collect and, when I got my loot home, I set to work turning it into a little autumn bits and bobs display.....

No matter how old you are, bring back nature bags on Sunday walks, I say!!!



Thursday, 7 November 2013

Personalised Bunting

While I was working on the baby quilt I showed you last week (you can see it here if you missed it), I was also sewing up a couple of strings of bunting that the same friend commissioned.

Bunting String Number 1:

Bunting String Number 2:

If you've never tried sewing bunting, you should definitely give it a try.  I have to admit that it's one of my latest crafting addictions!



Sunday, 3 November 2013

Halloween Costumes

After 'skipping' a year in 2012, we decided to reinstate our annual Halloween party this year.  We both decided to go as Mexican 'Day of the Dead' skeletons.  

I made my costume from an old bed sheet.  I used 'Pattern Y' from Yoshiko Tsukiori's 'Stylish Dress Book'.  I spent a couple of days embroidering a colourful pattern of the front.  It took a a fair few hours, but I made the most of it and enjoyed the chance to relax by sitting on the 'Poang' and listening to ghost stories on Librivox as I embroidered.....

I hadn't done much embroidery before, so had to learn a few lessons along the way.  

I accessorised my costume with some bringtly-coloured jewellery, and bought a flowery headdress from a costume shop.  So, altogether, my costume only cost me €6!

Simon's outfit consisted mainly of his 'normal' clothes (chords, a black shirt and a waistcoat).  We found a neckerchief in the fancy dress box, borrowed the sombrero, and bought the rifle and bullets.  His outfit cost €10!

The face-painting was all Simon's handiwork.  He did a brilliant job, I have to say!!!   

Would you like to see???

And a bit of a scary one to finish up with.....

Now our faces have been scrubbed and all the decorations and outfits are packed away, we're starting to think about next year's costumes.....

Any suggestions???


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