Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shave & A Haircut

Ok, so I finally got the guts to see how my Turkey work turned out once I actually did as I was supposed to and cut the hoops.

He was pretty cute when I just cut the hoops.
And at this point I had a minor panic attack that I'd ruined all my work.
But by this point I was pretty ok with how he turned out.
I think the hoops were still more in line with the original Ginnsfortwoozlefim style, but maybe I should have cut a few for the Fu'sake character (more tangle-y). Still happy with it though.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Jean Skirt Conversion

So, I've been on a bit of a weight loss kick, which fortunately, went pretty well for a while there and now I'm left with a bunch of clothes that don't fit me, and no money to buy a whole new wardrobe. First world problems, I know.

Anyway, I had some fairly ratty jeans that me and my kachunga thighs had worn holes in- at the bottoms and that place where your thighs rub together. I hate wasting anything, and this particular pair of jeans had already been partially cannibalized in order to make my bag of the summer a year ago.

I love pencil skirts. I'm all over the fifties, Mad Men inspired pencil skirts. However, if you like jeans and would like a jeans pencil skirt, you cannot find one in the stores that isn't too short for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, I have a mini skirt in jeans, but that's not want I wanted. I wanted a pencil skirt that hit below my knees and looked awesome.

Lo and behold, the conversion.

(Yes, I know there's threads that need cutting. Gimme a break, I was coming down with the plague...)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Knitting and Stitching Show 2012

Successful time for me once again! Successful in that I kept within budget and only walked away with one new project- all the rest are tools and books and one piece for an on-the-really-really-long-finger project.

The books I bought I'm delighted with. Classics, all three. The Royal School of Needlework Essential Guides to Crewel and Silk Shading books are ones I've intended to buy for months now and the Japanese Embroidery book was too good to pass up. I've seen it reviewed a couple of times and lusted after it, but never been willing to pay the price/shipping.

Coleshill came through for me once again. Thread Heaven, project clips and (possibly my favorite buy of the day) a steel laying tool that is weighted just so. I can't wait to use it. Now I feel I can actually tackle this gorgeous silk kit I bought when the folks from the Country Bumpkin came.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Goodies Haul

Vacations for me almost always include trips to craft stores- especially when I head back to the States. For all of you not living outside the US, you'd be shocked at the price of crafting supplies over here. I certainly am.

This time round was no exception, and I was delighted to find that my uncle's house was 15 minutes walk away from a Jo-Ann's. Needless to say, several stops were made and probably too much spent.
Ok, I may have gone a bit zip happy.

4 Zips- 2 for replacing existing zips, 1 for a potential handbag project, and 1 for something I certainly had a plan for at the time but that I've forgotten since.

2 D-Rings, again for the handbag project

Machine Quilting Thread- clear. One of the reasons I haven't finished my Trip around the World quilt is because I've been stumped as to how to quilt it with all its many colours. This, I think, shall do nicely.

And to go with that, I've finally acquired a bias-tape maker.

Then we have the Ink Jet Printable Paper as my mother now has me curious as to paper piecing.

And then some Sulky tear-away stabilizer for embroidering with.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

This year they decided to have a Bram Stoker Festival here in Dublin to celebrate the fact the guy came from here (who knew?). Of course, this reminded me that I have a gorgeous Victorian costume hidden in the closet and what better reason to pull it out?

In the end, this was us-
I'm quite pleased to say that we were probably better dressed than some of the performers during the street theatre event at Dublin Castle. Even got some of the other visitors checking us out.

But of course, the dress wouldn't be what it was without a saga and a bit of panic.