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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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Do you have a Filofax? Like to design and make your own pages? In today’s post I will be reviewing; Rapesco Diary Punch 66-P its just what you need for many sizes of Filofax organizer.

Punch for Filofax organizers; Rapesco Punch

Punch for Filofax organizers; Rapesco Punch

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Rapesco Diary Punch 66-P
  • Item number
  • RRP at time of writing:

Reason For Buying

I invested in a number of organizers over the years, in different sizes but I wanted to make my own pages so needed a punch. This one was great as it will let you punch different spaced holes for more than one size of binder.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Adjustable spacing for the 6 holes. They are set in two groups of three holes.
  • Respect the number of pages it wants to cut and it will last for years. Don’t force it to do more than its designed for.
  • Punches holes for Pocket, and Personal size Filofax organisers.
  • With a little practice will punch A5 Filofax pages too.

Cons

  • Haven’t got any

Build Quality

Excellent. Metal body and has lasted very well I’ve had mine over 14 years and although its had light use it still works fine.

Value for Money

Superb, the fact one punch will work for multiple sizes of page is brilliant.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes

Summing up

This punch has done everything asked of it, you can punch several 80gsm weight papers at a time and I’ve also punched 220gsm card with it. It happily punches holes for Pocket sized Filofaxes and by widening the gap between the sets of three holes you can also punch for Personal size pages.

Setting for Pocket Size Filofax page punching

Rapesco Punch 66-P; set for Pocket size Filofax page punching

Rapesco Punch 66-P; set for Pocket size Filofax page punching

Setting for Personal size Filofax Pages

Rapesco Punch 66-P; set for Personal size Filofax page punching

Rapesco Punch 66-P; set for Personal size Filofax page punching

With a little experimentation you can also use if for A5 Filofax pages, by tracing though your pre punched page and making a card template. You need to punch three holes at a time only for the A5 then turn you page over to do the other three but its possible, making it even more versatile. Because its punching 6 holes you could NOT use it for MINI size Filofax as they have only 5 holes.

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If you would like to see a video demonstration of this product for the A5 page leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do. Any questions just leave me a comment.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Studio Tour

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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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Today I would like to share a free download with you. A calendar page for August 2014.

Free calendar Page August 2014

Free calendar Page August 2014

How to Use

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Click on File, then choose landscape option for paper orientation.
  • Click Print

To Change the size of the calendar

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Right Click and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • You can print it as, is or open a Word Processing program and insert the image. (Once it is on your machine.) This will give you more control of the final size of the calendar page.

Feel free to tell your friends about this offer and forward them a link to this site. If you missed this month’s calendar page you can find it on the Calendar Downloads page.

Let me know what you think, of these calendar pages. If comments suggest this is popular…it just might become a regular feature.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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As well as art, you might have noticed my other passion is stationary. So I’m hoping to share my favourite items with you on here. I spotted this book in John Lewis, it came with a thick pencil but I found that there was a turquoise Parker Jotter pen available on Ebay. Well it  had to happen didn’t it.

Terquoise book and Parker Jotter Pen.

Turquoise book and Parker Jotter Pen.

Here they are together and don’t they make a lovely couple. I’ll use this for my daily journal, I’ve written a journal most days since I was about 12, its a good way to empty your head of the days thoughts and worries before bed. 12.50 but I just loved the colour and the pages are narrow ruled. I prefer unlined books for journaling in, as the lines can be distracting.

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What is your ‘can’t be without item’ of stationary, the one that brightens your day?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Last Friday 4th July these two beautiful baby Rainbow budgies came home with us. The one with the yellow face I’ve called Sunshine and the blue one I’ve called Charlie. They were born 1 may 2014.

Sunshine (at the back) and Charlie (at the front) Rainbow budgies.

Sunshine (at the back) and Charlie (at the front) Rainbow budgies.

Sunshine was a bit sneezy on Monday but they were both perky enough, however on Wednesday morning Charlie started breathing hard and fast and wheezing! Although at times, he looked like everything was fine and was eating and drinking, preening and playing, when you looked under his tail you could see he was still breathing far too fast. DH phoned the avian vet and we took them both over in the afternoon. By that time Charlie’s wheezing was worse and more noisy. They were amazing in the car, I talked to them all the way and when I peeped under the cover both were sitting on the perch near me, like it was helping them.

The vet was too worried about handling them with Charlie’s breathing so fast, and they had to stay in. The vet thinks its a repertory infection of some kind given the sneezing Sunshine had exhibited previously and they would have had the condition before we brought them home but the stress of moving them to home had likely set it off.

Sunshine looked it better shape as her breathing was ok but the vet thinks she’s likely a carrier and her immune system was just stronger than Charlie’s. They needed antibiotic injections :( and would need another each day so although I was heartbroken to be parted from them so soon, it was important to do what ever would give them the best chance of survival. So they are in there till Saturday so they can be kept medicated as needed and nebulised/ crop fed if necessary. So worried for them they are so little, the shop said they were born 1 May 2014 and they looked so small in the cage, it broke my heart as they are so bonded to each other, quite tame about hands at the moment and also were just at the stage where both were taking millet from my hand through the bars, its a critical time for our bonding and taming. But I just want them fit and well.

Luckily thanks to an online forum I already knew where our nearest avian vet was, they are excellent and have treated our other birds for many years.

Sunshine (yellow face) and Charlie my two Rainbow budgies. Just over 2 months old.

Sunshine (yellow face) and Charlie my two Rainbow budgies. Just over 2 months old.

Please send healing thoughts and prayers for their recovery. The vet phoned Thursday morning to say no change to Charlie but only had the one dose of antibiotics yet so it was what they would expect at this point. Sunshine is still doing ok. At least Charlie made it through the night which I had worried about last night.

Billie

Always know where a proper Avian vet is BEFORE you get birds! Its heart-breaking enough when they get poorly but many vets are not highly trained for birds and the birds are very vulnerable when they get sick and need expert assistance as soon as you see issues. Birds are also very good at hiding illness, at first glance Charlie looked ok but look closer and his breathing issues were still apparent. Time is a deal breaker for weather they survive a health issue, you don’t want to be doing a search for a vet at the last minute.

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I started a new mixed media painting recently, here is how it looks so far.

Mixed media painting

Mixed media painting

Not sure what to do next, I’m thinking more texture and some darker tones in there, but I’m liking the tranquil colours that are already there. I want to add some thing to the left, perhaps a longer written quote. I’ve set it aside for now to see if a quote comes to me that I want to add.

Any advice for where to go next with this, play nice, don’t want to hear bin it thank you ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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