Thursday, September 29, 2011

Relocating my creative/work space

Things have been busy around here, and I'm desperate to show off some of my handiwork.  In the interests of keeping the gender of the new arrival a secret, I can't show you what I've been up to craft-wise, so I'll share some of my 'nesting' progress...

The area at the top of our stairs at home is going through yet another transformation, as we rearrange things to make space for the baby.  At the start of the year I transformed it from this:

To this:

Now its had a coat of paint (lighter, not that you can tell in the photos):

And I've installed some new furniture, and am working on re-configuring some existing stuff plus manufacturing some new additions - more photos to come!

What are you up to in your creative space?  Add your link and check out others over here.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thrifty Thursday

I seem to be spending a fair bit of time in op shops lately, although not everything has been the bargain I originally thought, I'm happy with the outcomes...

... Mr Saucepan on his way to the school Book Parade (the saucepans are now back in the car, waiting a return visit to the op shop)

... Some 'recrafted' pants (I discovered once I got home that the original waistband as too low, and they fell off each time I climbed the stairs!  The new improved waistband gets the tick of approval on the stairs, and should grow with me)

... A 'recrafted' handbag - a bargain at $2, until I got home and realised the lining was disintegrating.  Luckily it was easily removed, and I've relined it with some leftover satin that I've had in my stash for coming up to 20 years (sad, I know!)

... This one doesn't actually fit in with the op shop theme, but I combined some deep blue cotton from my stash, some of the leftover waistband fabric from the jeans, and some courage inspired by Lara's skirt to come up with a breezy summer skirt that I can recraft into something more inspiring once the baby's born.  Construction was easy:

  1. Cut the fabric in half across its width, 
  2. Join the two pieces into a tube, and gather the top to a width a bit bigger than my anticipated final girth
  3. Join the waistband fabric into a (smaller) tube and fold in half to give a folded edge at the top and two raw edges together at the bottom
  4. Stitch skirt fabric onto the stretched waistband, then hem.
More crafty spaces over here..., and more flea-market / op shop finds over here.


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