Thursday, 25 May 2017

Larp Kit Poncho

Finally got around to making Lizard a poncho that's not cosplay but her own larp kit!

It's brown fleece and trimmed with a pink ribbon.

I added a ribbon loop and button to help it stay closed!

It was well received, but I think we're at the point where Lizard just assumes new clothing will happen every time I appear!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Decorating in the Garden!

As I believe I have mentioned previously, I'm spending a lot of time in the garden recently.  We have such a pretty garden and I spend nearly as much time on pinterest looking at ways to add even more prettiness to it both through planting and through garden art.

One of the ideas I've liked a lot is an old key mobile and having some unexpected free time the other day (plus a load of old keys, some twine and a handy tree branch), I made this!

I'm sorry it's hard to see, but I rather like how it fades in.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Adventures in Upholstery!

When we moved, we swapped various bits of furniture around, to suit the new house better. This meant I had to give Mr Kit his lovely desk chair back and I got two of what used to be our dining chairs. 

 They are good chairs but their covers were shocking!  The best bit about the covers though is that they velcro'd on and off so I was able to take one off, pull it apart and make new covers!

I used upholstery velvet for the backs and sides and three of my favourite cottons for the fronts!

I'm very happy with my chairs and they really suit the look I'm going for in my craft room.  I'll show you the room properly once I've redecorated but it might be some time before that happens!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Owl Brooch

I have never tried needle felting before this kit, but I have to say I'd like some more!

This was another lovely present and it's taken me a stupidly long time to get round to it, mostly because I needed a sponge to work on and I kept forgetting to buy one for the longest time!

Mine is not nearly as good as the one on the box front, but I quite like it!

I don't know that I'll wear it as a brooch though, as it's a trifle on the large side.  I'm debating popping it on Ossia's bag though as I think it would be sweet!

Here it is next to the box for a size comparison!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Pipe Cleaner Angels

Another Kit!  (I've been on a roll recently).  This was also a cute in a tin kit, but I am afraid I forgot to take a picture of the tin.

How much fun are these?!

Once again, all the bits were provided (though I did need a pair of scissors) and I spent a very pleasant evening assembling them all and working out all the different petal skirt combinations.

 They are currently all lined up on my bookshelf in the lounge, though unlike Tuesday's hedgehogs these are out of the reach of small people as I'm a bit worried about pointy bits and small hands.

Don't they look fun though?!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Hedgehog Kit

Goodness me I didn't mean to be away from blogging!  My only excuse is that the garden is a delight and I revel in digging and planting and weeding in my free time, at which point I'm too sleepy to write, so you'll all have to forgive me.

I've spent what few evenings I've had awake working on kits.  I love kits!  Kind people give them to me for gifts and so I have a supply carefully squirrelled away for when I want to make something but I'm too tired to work it out from scratch.

Today I want to show you some lovely hedgehogs!

As you can see they came in a lovely tin!

The big one was the only hedgehog that needed any making up.  Needle and thread was provided, as was stuffing.  

As you can see the fluff made it easy to hide the stitches.

Now I have two sweet little hedgehogs to join my large collection of soft toys for when the small people pop round for a visit!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

They Don't Stay Small

As much as I glory in watching all the pseudo-nieces grow and learn new things a tiny part of me wants them to stay small forever.  They obviously can't, but I take photos so as to have a visual record for later.

With that in mind, here's a little pic of Lizard, snoozing at our Easter BBQ.

It's tough being little!

Also, it brings back memories of both Small Bean and Tiny Bean having napped in those blankets, when they were both littler!  Precious memories.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Belt Loop Sashes

Sorry for Thursday's unintended miss, I was so busy prepping for a family party on Good Friday I forgot to post!

Anyway, today's post is a set of belt sashes made for some LT Vipers (if you are one of the Vipers who's had a sash made for you, hullo!  I hope you like it and for pity's sake, don't launder it!)

There are 12 in total, 11 'plain' ones and one slightly more fancy one for the group leader.  The plain ones are made of blue poly-cotton and are bagged out with the loop space at the top just hemmed so a belt can pass through it. 

 The tree emblems are a transfer to ensure total accuracy of their group emblem.

The leader's one is backed in cotton velvet  and trimmed with a narrow silver ribbon.  I also gave it a different shape at the bottom, just because I could.  I was given a lot of freedom with this make and I'm very grateful for being allowed to have fun with other people's kit!

Don't they all look smart together?

Monday, 10 April 2017

Blue Velvet Robe

Can you tell the summer larp season is nearly upon us?  Yes I've got lots of sewing on right now!  Here's a robe I made my friend Tyrion to celebrate his character's ic promotion.

It's blue velvet lined with purple cotton and trimmed with purple grosgrain ribbon.

It has no fastenings as the eventual plan is that it'll be held in place by a hero belt.

The sides are open to the waist to allow for lunging and it has wizardy sleeves and a mandarin collar.

The lapels are accidental but everyone agreed they look good! I drafted the pattern myself with inspiration from a picture Tyrion sent me and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Tiny Pinafore No. 2

I have made Lizard two pinafores, because lets face it, who knew a toddler who kept anything clean ever, let alone a white apron worn on a weekend camping trip?!

This one is trimmed with pink satin ribbon and a tiny lace ruffle at the neck.  It also has a broderie angliase hem and little rainbow buttons.

As a bonus here's a charming picture of Lizard's daddy in her hat.  Doesn't he look charming?!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Tiny Pinafore No.1

Lizard is off to her summer larps soon (with her grownups I feel I should add, not by herself!) and needs new kit.  So I've made her some pinafores.

 This is the first one!  I adapted this pattern, added pintucks and trimmed it with rosebuds, broderie anglaise and big buttons,

Here is Lizard modelling whilst playing with her beloved kitchen.  I also made her the tiny mob cap, which has rosebuds on the top and is trimmed with lace.

She's quite keen on the hat and fairly unfussed about the pinafore.  I loved making the pinafore though, so I forsee a few more of those in my sewing future!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Mother's Day Gift

As I was in Wales at the weekend I missed seeing my mother for Mother's Day.  Instead I posted her a small parcel containing these!

 Embroidered hankies as mum apparently needed some new ones and enjoys hand made presents.

They have her initials in backstitch and a lazy daisy stitch flower with a french knot centre.

 I made a set of four and they are plain white cotton, machine hemmed.

I was quite pleased at how they've turned out!