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For the first time in ages I made a card.

A simple card with a garden theme

A simple card with a garden theme

  • The stamps were from Creative Stamping Magazine the Garden Collection.
  • Inks: Tsukeniko Versafine in Grey, Sepia and black
  • Colour: was Polychromos pencils
  • Card: Plain white card and Hammered card in cream

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Sometimes you don’t want to go overboard, just get back to basics. It woke up my love of stamping after a year of doing so little of it. The stamps are lovely and can be combined in so many different ways.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share pictures of my finished top, the pattern is from New Look that I shared last Monday.

Finished sleeveless top

Finished sleeveless top

Here is the back

Back of my finished top from New Look 6483 sewing pattern

Back of my finished top from New Look 6483 sewing pattern

Of course I can see all the errors and it took me a week not the 1 hour that the cover suggested but that’s a mixture of dyslexia, new to sewing so had to look up every term and also poor dexterity so I had to do it all in small amounts. Got there in the end though and quite pleased with the results. I think I need to get a ham to help me press darts as they look a bit weird. DH says it will look better once washed a few times.

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Here is the New Look 6483 pattern on the Simplicity website .

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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Here is a picture of a recent Zentangle I drew.

Getting Tangled with Zentangle

Getting Tangled with Zentangle

I’m learning to Zentangle to help me relax and the principle of doing something repetitively and with no pressure works. The book I’m using is;

One Zentangle a Day book.

One Zentangle a Day book.

Not getting along overly well with it, there are a lot of tangles in it and it has more wording than I’ve seen on previews of other Zentanlge books on Amazon preview, but I’m not sure how and when to turn the card, so kinda winging it. I also get the feeling that the style show in the way it is in the book puts pressure on and leads you to over think things a bit.

I have really enjoyed Tiffany’s tutorials on Zentangle on You Tube as you see the tangle created and are then able to use the design show in a more freestyle way. Have to say I’m on the fence about Zentangle, the relaxation part works but as yet haven’t created something that I ‘love’ at the other end. Maybe because I’m still learning. There seem to be a lot of ‘rules’ about Zentangle which to me flies in the face of it being a calming thing. But hey, I guess The Tea ceremony and calligraphy are also zen like activites and they too have a set way of doing things, so maybe it isn’t so strange.

Do you tangle? Would love to see what you have drawn, there seems to be a wide range of ways people use this art form. If you have found any great tutorial sites do let me know and I’ll try and add them to the Art tab at the top of the blog.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a new Filofax page that I designed for planning meals for using with my A5 Finsbury.

Filofax Meal Planner: A5 page

Filofax Meal Planner: A5 page

When life gets hectic and you want to keep on track of meal planning for shopping lists etc, this is helpful. Especially if like me you have a terrible memory.

I designed this using Serif Page Plus 7 software, and was very pleased with how it turned out. Page Plus is great for designing layouts like this in as there is a table function and you can set your page margins so you make sure you aren’t designing in an area that will be punched through. I like to leave the pages clean for those I’ll be writing more in, but you could always use rubber stamps, doodling or Zentangle to embellish your pages.

Hope you like it. I’m playing with the idea of making some of these pages as downloads at some point, please leave me a comment to let me know if you would be interested in Filofax downloads, if there is enough interest I’ll look into how to achieve it.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Just wanted to share a pic of my new sewing book

Pattern Making book

Pattern Making book

Its Patternmaking for a perfect fit by Steffani Lincecum. I took her Patter Drafting from Ready to Wear class on Craftsy (once I worked out how to turn the HD off) and loved the class. She mentioned her book during the first episode and as our connection to the internet is flakey I decided to order the book. The class online covered using your favourite item of clothing and creating a paper pattern from it.

I have a shirt which I love and wear lots but fashions change so fast that there isn’t anything quite like it around and getting something to fit is so tricky I would love to make a copy of this shirt. Its got to be almost 20 years old so no chance of getting a replacement. In the book Steff covers making patterns from; a skirt, a dress, a blouse and a handbag. I’d like to copy some trousers but the online class assured me that once you have your head around the technique the same principles apply to any garment.

I attempted to copy a t-shirt which, I thought would be a simple place to start but I’ve managed to get the shoulder pieces different widths for front and back so I’ll have a good read of the book to see where I’ve gone wrong. I used the jigsaw together type of play mat that I bought for blocking knitting stuff on to pin the shirt too and pin through to the paper, found a spiky tracing wheel in my late Mother’s sewing box. The concept went well, just need more practice.

The book also makes mention of how to approximate how much fabric your pattern will need and some assembly tips too. I’ll do a full review once I’ve had chance to have a proper read. In the mean time if you want a copy for yourself the ISBN number is; 978-0-8230-2666-1

Still trying to work out how to pad the dressform I bagged on Ebay last winter. She’s got as far as a bra on her padded to size but I’m struggling how to get the rest of her to size no wonder I can’t buy clothes that fit eh! I’d love to drape on her but being an adjustable one the gaps are a problem. Being 5′ 3″ the top section is going to be ok with the form closed, some padding in the bra sorts out the bust. There is quite a gap in the lower section so I’m considering closing the form and mummifying her to the lower proportions. It would be nice if Crafsty did a class on how to transfer your body measurements to a dress form and how to pad one, it sure explains why there are so many forms on the auction sites, sounds like others get overwhelmed and just sell them on too.

What are you sewing at the moment? If you have a well loved item that you would love to recreate check out

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Would you like to see where I create? I’m everso nosey and love a look round the internet to see how others organize their creative spaces, so today I’ll share a picture of my studio. Its during a project so there’s STUFF everywhere ;)

In the studio; my work desk, paint everywhere hehe

In the studio; my work desk, paint everywhere hehe

To the right of this is, more cupboard space and what was drying area..before I covered it in other stuff oops

In the studio; the right hand side of the room

In the studio; the right hand side of the room

Its no good I refuse to show you the other side of the room, its a mess! Yup worse than these two sides. Its an orgazined mess, in that there are things I’ve made, and stuff for making things, mostly in boxes but it looks like a horders dumping ground (which it kinda is) but I’m too ashamed to put that pic out there {blushes}

Instead a close up of the ATC project I was working on at the time I took these pictures, check out my ‘new to me’ paint colours, pastel! Yes I’m still in shock too, they are very nice but I’m still getting used to what to do with them and what colours they will play nicely with.

In the studio: A close up of the creative space

In the studio: A close up of the creative space

Hope you have enjoyed a look round my studio, maybe I’ll post some more pics soon of after the tidy up ;) Holler if you want to see the ‘after’ pictures hehe.

Where do you create? Love a nosey round studios online, go on show us your studio pics and maybe we can have our own little blog hop, post your craft room pics in a blog post and link up in your comments below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

 

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This is the strange case of the colour change Filofax!

After I missed the chance of a blue (light blue) A5 Finsbury on Ebay, I leapt at the chance to get an A5 one in Electric Blue from WHSmiths online sale. They had the A5 binder for £60 instead of £80. Ordered on the Friday it was delivered on Wednesday 4th June in the morning but…here’s where it gets strange.
Filofax Finsbury A5 in Electric blue

Filofax Finsbury A5 in Electric blue

Box or no Box?

I thought, being the more expensive and leather Finsbury, that it would be in a nice sturdy Slip case style box (as my mini had been) but no sexy Filofax branded box, just a flimsy white one with just a barcode sticker.

Sad box from WH.Smiths no sexy Slip case :(

Sad box from WH.Smiths no sexy Slip case :(

The binder did arrive in a padded envelope, and inside had a fabric wrap (like the material that comes round the rings).

There was a fabric wrap around the binder inside the box

followed by the clear plastic binder ‘branded cover’.

 Filofax Finsbury A5 came with Plastic wrap but no slip case.

Filofax Finsbury A5 came with Plastic wrap but no slip case.

The colour Electric blue or Purple?

The colour (which I like and prefer to the look on the website) I would call Purple, the blue end of purple nothing like the red tone colour bias of the Pennybridge or Malden but if you are buying online it doesn’t come up like the cobalt end of Elelctric blue as the pictures suggest either. Strangely though, when I tried to take a photo of it, through the lens it turns the blue bias colour you see online! So I took another picture with what in real life looks to me like electric blue pen.
Filofax Finsbury A5 with what I would call an electric blue pen for colour comparison.

Filofax Finsbury A5 with what I would call an electric blue pen for colour comparison.

Contents & materials

The contents varies from the Filofax own site, in that you get top-loading envelope in place of the business card one (a bonus in my case but be aware if you want lots of card storage) this is listed in the WHSmiths description though. Colours of paper varied too but that’s being picky.
Filofax Finsbury A5 inside.

Filofax Finsbury A5 inside.

The back inside pocket’s surface feels tacky/grippy, ie almost sticky to the touch, that pocket area feels like faux leather or vinyl not like the leather on the rest of the binder. It also looks a bit different material. I can’t decide if that pocket is leather or has just reacted to being against the plastic top loading pocket for storage.
Diary: Week on Two pages; YEY but..I’m not keen on the column layout version personally BUT since we are only just into June it was a nice surprise to find a complete 2015 diary included. I’d expected it to still contain 2014 so a nice surprise.
I love this Filofax, and the purple/violet cast to the colour, if that’s its standard colourway I’ll be seriously considering getting a Personal one too, I’d have leapt at that chance as they too were reduced on the WHSmiths site to £44 instead of £55. This is almost a review but I’ve not used it yet, so I’ll post again once I’ve ‘moved in’ to it.

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