Thursday, 27 May 2010

What to do with webbing......

A good friend gave me lots of lovely crafty bits for my birthday, among which was a huge roll of Jute webbing. So far ive not been very imaginitive with it. Its quite wide at 5cm and very stiff so i did the obvious thing of making a jute bag. This one is oversized, suitable for going to the market or for carrying art supplies. Im trying to think of other uses for this now and i also have a huge roll of white cotton webbing, also 5cm. Anyone got any good ideas? If not, all my friends will be getting yet more bags as presents! "Not another bag..."

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Techno, techno...

More of the fun stuff i am making- Owl shaped party bags. I am being very slow but as i have a deadline, they will get done eventually. After the subtle brown hand stitched sample, i decided that although lovely, it was most definitly not a good representation of my daughters style... (ahem), so i have been slowly stencilling these bright pink and brown ones.

After all, if you dress like this,...... you need to go acid bright, right?!


I wanted some fabric to make party invitations, so i chopped the legs off my superfine jeans. 'Ah, perfect, thats a nice colour'. Per square inch, probably the most expensive invitations i've made, ha ha. The swarovski crystal eyes were most likely the cheaper part. Supposed to be an image of a stuffed mouse toy but looks decidedly more like a teddy with a tail. Maybe no one will notice....

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Sugar hit with a cocktail stick

Firstly, i know im not a baker. I don't post recipies and i don't talk about food, well hardly ever i think...i mean not in my blog anyway. Its pretty much got to be about needles and thread. Baking is a time passing activity when i have nothing to sew. When i left London because i was ill, and too hopeless to look after my child, i swore not to take needles and thread. Its true, i did not touch a single needle in two and a half weeks. I really  missed my sewing and felt myself going grey at the edges. While some people miss their partner or children when they go away from home, i missed my sewing machine!

So one day,when i had the use of my arm back again i decided to make iced biscuits from an 80's recipie book that my mum had kept from my childhood. Ok, so the recipie i pretty much completely changed but it was the picure of coloured icing, sprinkles and sweets that hooked me. So i made my own version from my mothers tiny old Tala cutters and iced them to perfection to mimic the style of the little jeweled biscuits i had yearned for when i was about five.

Thing is they dont tell you how they get their icing so neat, don't say 'a teaspoon' it doesn't work, not to get that perfect line of biscuit border anyway and piping is too fussy and requires too much washing of parts each time you change colour. So i decided on a cocktail stick. Yes, 7 hours later and my 90 biscuits were finally finished. They were pretty looking and tasted good too (as i used real flavours, made my own lemon curd e.t.c) but someone please please, give me some inside info. on how to ice them in less time, with more ease.  Seven hours to make biscuits- im such a loser and i got back pain and sore eyes to boot. Im planning on a more simple shape for my daughters birthday party but i need to speed up on the icing. Help needed !

Cashmere Otto the Owl

This Owl was actually completed before i was ill but as we left the City suddenly  i hadn't time to photograph and post him. He already has an owner waiting, they will soon find out. I have another one already in production but im getting lazy in the evenings and im using 'don't want to get ill again' as a great excuse to sit and watch online tv whilst repeatedly painting my nails different colours!