Wednesday 28 June 2017

Large White Organza Hair Clip

Made with delicate, slightly off-white organza, bridal white tulle and gently shimmering golden glass beads in the centre, this flower hair clip was a custom order for a June bride. 
It's quite large as it measures about 10cm across but, despite its size, it's as light as a feather.

Monday 26 June 2017

Coral Summer Earrings

There's been a flurry of creative activity in these parts lately and I've been making all sorts of things, including bags, pouches, necklaces and earrings.

These are the coral organza earrings I made the other day and I have already given them to a friend. The colour is so very bright and cheery and just perfect for summer.
 Now I want to make some blue and yellow ones....

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Friday 9 June 2017

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Getting my summer reading list together....

What kind of a summer reading list would it be without some wild, romantic adventures and daring, swashbuckling heroes?

Saturday 3 June 2017

Red Flower Accessories

I recently made these large red rose flowers and attached them to this very soft but sturdy black cotton ribbon. The durable, heavy-weight ribbon means that they can be tied and un-tied repeatedly without showing wear.

The flowers themselves measure about 10cm across but are very light-weight and easy to wear in a multitude of ways.

I can easily see them used in the more usual ways: tied around the waist as a sash or belt, tied around the head as a headband or tie-back, the wrist as a floral wrist corsage or even around an ankle for a more bohemian, free spirited look.

Another way of using these is tied around the handles of a bag like a bag charm or accessory. I do it all the time as it's an easy -and inexpensive- way to change a bag's look and brighten your mood in the process.

Another way I've seen them used is as a floral touch in home decor, wrapped around a vase or favourite object in the house. A flower accessory for the home.
I know I'd love to see these as nursery decor for a little girl! 
Perhaps tied around a bed post or chair.

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Thursday 1 June 2017

Brilliant Bags

I recently came across my old copy of Brilliant Bags by Deena Beverly. I bought it back in 2006 -its year of publication- and it's the book I made my very first bag from a pattern from more than 10 years ago.

I didn't follow the pattern entirely and I added pockets all over because that was my original reason for making a bag myself, to customize it to my needs. I also embellished it differently, with lots of hanging leaves and made it fully reversible. 
I loved that bag so much I wore it threadbare but unfortunately I don't think I have a picture of it to show.

When making this bag all those many years ago I learnt a bag-making trick that I used on almost all of the bags that followed that very first one, so this book and that bag will always hold a special place in my heart.

Leafing through the book now, it's still a great book to start making bags with and you can actually still find the book here if you're interested in a copy. 

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