Wednesday, July 31, 2013

When life gives you lemons...

... put them aside and get some grapefruits!

Getting into the small clutch trend, i put my cartonnage skills to the test and decided to make a citrus box clutch. Not a whole citrus, just one slice :-)
The major problem i faced with this project was how to do the closure/clasp.
I have seen alot of other solutions crafters have used to make a closure - such as a ribbon or elastic loop over a button, or ribbon ties; but that didnt take my fancy as i didnt want straingy bits or protuding bits.
As a two bit crafter, i had no access to custom clasps that you see on commercially produced box clutches. I put the brain to work to come up with a solution with ready made components.

The project took alot longer than anticipated as i had to wait for extra thin magnetic snaps to fly over (from Etsy), as the selection of available craft components seriously sucks here in Sydney stores. Sad.

Very proud of this box clutch. Very happy with how it turned out, although there were minor issues.
This little grapefruit is ready for breakfast!

Marquise crystal beads as seeds.
Hand stitched name in metallic silver thread on the backside.
stitched sides
Mirror, mirror in the clutch, is this all abit too much?
Surprise contrasting 'Balloon Tots' lining - all facing in all different directions ^.^;

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Something Blue...

So i picked up this small floral vintage print cotton fabric on clearance a few weeks back.
I only bought 2 metres, and it was just enough to make this pair of ankle length pants... because you know... most pants available in stores are boring.

The base trouser pattern comes from Burda Style issue 08/2010.
My current fav. pant pattern.
Slim leg and not tightly fitted, and has pockets!

At the last moment, i decided to add a small pleated peplum in sheer silk organza - cute o^.^v
A few year back, i made a pair of fitted pants with a small ruffled peplum with great success (and many double takes from passers-by), so i thought i'd make an updated version.

Upon seeing the complete pant, words that come to mind are "vintage" and "wedding/bridal"..   hmmm....


back with a loose butt! not so loose when its actually on.
pants never photgraph well ~.~;

Monday, July 1, 2013

DIY Rockin' Penguin Sweets

A fun little DIY for kids. And im a big kid.
Make your own chocolates that penguins rock out to :P

This quirky korean cholocate kit contains buscuit 'stems', a strawberry and regular chocolate in tubes, a mold, and a rockin' penguins sticker sheet.
Very simply just squeeze out the chocolate into the molds, and stick a
buscuit into it for a handle.

It must be the chilly winter cold but the chocolate came out all stringy and didnt really 'fill' the molds nicely.
Even after squeezing out every last inch of the tubes, there wasnt quite enough chocolate to go around. I only managed to fill up 8 and a bit of the 10 piece mold.

                                                                           Lonely, unloved buscuit all by its lonesome!

Turned out abit ugly looking, not quite like the one pictured in the penguins flipper lol and the chocolate was tooooo sweet >.<;

                                                                                     This one grew a tail :X

And what should i do with the stickers...?