Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Happy Birthday Harvey

Well Harvey is now 1 year old! He is the delightful little boy belonging to my friend Danielle and you may have seen him here not long after he was born, lying on a quilt I made him.

He has grown a little since then... this is him last month looking good enough to eat!

Anyway, I decided he needed a Sarah-made gift and so I dug out the fabric left over from his quilt and made him some bunting for his bedroom. To make it unique I put his name on it!

This is my first set of bunting and it was fun to make! Here are some closeups!

I hope he likes it when I deliver it to his first birthday party on Sunday. I expect to get a cuddle for my efforts!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

The reveal....

The other day I gave you a little teaser on my latest project, so today I can reveal the finished object.

This is Andromeda. She is my first go at doll making and I finally finished her in the early hours of this morning - that's compulsion lol!
She has a black silk dupion body that I put together about a year ago from a pattern I saw in a magazine and I started the beading.

This was a labour of love that I picked up whenever I needed something to keep my hands busy and didn't have an ongoing project.

The skirt has been distressed with a heat gun to distress it. A girl named after a galaxy isn't going to have time to iron her frock!

Her face cause me some trouble. It didn't want to look like a 'normal' doll face as that doesn't suit the nature of her character. So I bought some air dry clay at the weekend and tried making it as 'mask'.

I popped some beads into the skin and carved in some of the finer details with a pin as it dried. I then painted it white and added the lips to give a sense of 'other worldliness' - a bit like a geisha girl face that looks unreal.

So then it was to the hair.

It couldn't just be a curly bob now could it! So out comes the textured wool and the bead box again!

So now she is finished and I have no idea what to do with her! I will have to find her somewhere to sit in the studio and she can stare down at with me those eyes...

As a first go I am delighted with the result, but now I have to find another long term UFO to fill my time! I might have a go at another doll, perhaps with a steampunk theme this time.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

a little teaser!

A sneak preview of a current project that I am playing around with... she just doesnt have a face yet!

This one is a real bead soup buster!

Friday, 13 May 2011

A garden transformed!

I love veg gardening and I have had a little patch behind the shed since we moved in 2 years ago. However the grass between the raised beds has proved a pain to manage, and easily gets out of control as the season goes on, as you can see from these pictures taken last week...

Oh for the shame of it! So I called upon my lovely Dad and his trusty shovel to come and rescue this poor neglected space and voila! What a job he has done!
It took him two days to dig out all the grass, lay weed suppressant and cover it with bark! All I did was supply tea and biscuits, and a Cromer crab salad lunch.

I now have a nice place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and admire my growing veg!

Thanks Dad!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

What is a girl to wear?

That is always a toughie! Well I am invited to a party this weekend and I have bought the most divine dress (brightly coloured and covered in peacock feather motifs shown draped in the picture below) but alas could find no suitable jewellery. So never one to let a crafty opportunity go to waste, I rustled up this little number!

The dress is a strapless maxi dress (to hide all those dreadful humps and bumps) so I wanted something simple but colourful! I raided my beading stash for some blue and purple beads and knotted them onto some blue cord. Some of the beads had to be helped onto the cord with the aid of a dremel and a very small drill bit but we got there in the end!

I think the results will show off the dress to a tee!