Sunday, 30 January 2011

Make a Month

I mentioned in my last post about taking part in Annie's Make a Month and decided that I would try and make a small doll. I have so many bits and pieces of old lace and linen and here is what I came up with.

In all honesty, she needs some work (well a lot of work actually) and there needs to a be a fair bit of tweeking here and there, mainly in relation to the head and face. It took me a while to work out what I didn't like about her and realised that she needs to have a neck to make her face look less round and I must also position her eyes and mouth a little lower. Does she need a nose, for instance? I must also look into different mediums for her face too.

I made her skirt from a rather stained tea tray cloth and edged it in some old lace and then I made an overskirt from the corner of a damaged tablecloth. Her hair is just a length of wool that I finger knitted into a long plait that I sewed onto her head with invisible cotton. ( I am rather pleased with her hair). I used a piece of ribbon for her waistband and arms and embellished with a pretty button and an old earring in her hair found in my Mother's bits and bobs box. She is completely hand sewn as well.

Despite the mistakes, I had a lot of fun making her and have been through my stash and found oodles of pretty bits. My head is full of ideas, so I will have another go and keep on until I find a design that I am happy with.
Dev x

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Winter Blues

Hello Ladies, sorry for the lack of posts recently but I seem to be stuck with the winter blues at the moment. The lack of daylight and endless rain have taken their toll and I am feeling a little jaded. Where have the blue skies gone and the crisp, bitey wind that makes your nose tingle when you step outside? In my little corner of the world it is damp and grey and wet.

Today, I gave myself a bit of a talking too and decided that I have got to pull myself together and get on with it..whatever IT is? At the weekend I went through my craft boxes and bags and picked out pretty old scraps of linen and lace and sparklies and a few ideas started to form. Today, I started to sew and it felt good to jump back on the wagon so to speak.

I also recently read Annie's blog and decided to join her One a Month Make in an effort to keep me on track. Maybe you would like to have a go as well? Pop over to her blog then, she is offering a Stanley chart when you sign up. Super cute, I already have a few ideas for this little project.

So, I have got a couple of things in the pipeline and am working towards the January deadline. No pictures of my first project yet, but there will be soon. In the meantime, I am a birthday girl tomorrow, I have already had a couple of lovely gifts, and I just need some of the blue skies above and maybe a bunch or two of those below and it will be perfect.