Friday, 25 October 2013

Embroider all the things!

Hey hi hello! Gosh okay I am so bad at blogs, I am mega-bad at blogging, I am 200% bad at doing a blog. In case you're wondering 'oh my gosh, is she dead?' SHE (I) IS (AM) NOT! Just procrastinating. Anyway, I've been doing loads of embroidery lately, so I thought I'd share some pictures of the latest pieces I've finished.

I really love how that witch one came out, I gotta say! Oh my gosh, it's so hard to take ince pictures of things you've made sometimes...especially in Scotland in the Autumn-rapidly-approaching-Winter. So much rain and gloom. Only bright thread and fabric to cheer you up! All of these - except for the witch - are for sale in my Etsy, as usual. Check them out here if you'd like! I'll do another post soon-ish of all the crochet and knitted bits I've been up to, so think of this maybe as a part one.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Allan's 'Ben' Sweater

Yaaaay it's finished! I've been working on this sweater since seriously April, and I finally finished it and gave it to Allan a few weeks ago! Oh my gosh I love it so much, it fits him so well and it looks so good (in my opinion), especially since it's the first thing I've ever knitted! I obviously can spot some areas where it isn't quite perfect, but hopefully that's just me being a perfectionist. Also the handsomeness of the recipient doesn't hurt how good it looks ;)

I used the pattern Ben by Berroco, but changed it slightly to get rid of the bumpy texture in between the cables. I think with just plain panels of stockinette it looks more classic, and I do love a cable! Right now I'm just blocking another scarf I've finished, and then I'm going to either start on another sweater or a little vaguely-improvised scarf/shawl type item. We'll see how it turns out; either way I'm definitely completely addicted to knitting. So fun!

Friday, 23 August 2013

not dead, I promise!

Oh my gosh it's been so long since I last updated! Like four months, wow. So bad! The worst. I have been pretty out of commission with regards to crafting stuff, in that I've been such a combination of busy and lazy for the last few months that I've gotten almost nothing done at all! I've got together a few photos of what I've been up to since April and I hope that can tide anyone who's stuck with this blog over for a wee bit while I get to photographing and finishing things properly! I've also finished up one big project quite recently, but cannot do a big reveal just yet as it's a present for my boyfriend's upcoming birthday! Anyway enough chat, onto the pictures!

Armstrong's sells quilts now! AMAZING! Look at those granny squares!

Unbelievable shoes from a boutique in London. Too expensive for me though at £99 :( 
The view from my front porch in California, where my boyfriend and I spent a month with my parents having an amazing time.

My fat orange buddy, Nacho.

Allan looking very snazzy in Mexico! I took more pictures of course but this is the best one ;)

Allan and his biggest feline fan, Jasmine. Revealing to everyone that we let our cats on the table.
I went blonde! The entire process took about FIVE HOURS, but it was so worth it. My hair has never been so soft and fluffy -3-
Some amazing prints Allan bought for me in this cool antique/junk store!
The Rapunzel one is from the 1940's and was only $5!
We did purikura together in Little Tokyo after eating spicy and hot ramen on a hot day. Woof.

A kindle case-case that I knitted
to have something to do with my hands.

A picture of the living room of my new flat, after everything got all set up.

And that little guy is a dead baby octopus that I made for my cousin :) I guess it's an inside joke between him and his girlfriend? It's for her birthday, and I had seriously gone so long without crocheting I relished making it and did it all in about a day. While watching a million episodes of the X-Files of course. BIG POST, right guys?! I will try to post more regularly and more in-depth, instead of a super-speedy overview of four months in just a few pictures. I'm working on an adorable knitting pattern right now that I can't wait to show everyone! I hope everyone's summers have been going well!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

This weekend, I...

My boyfriend was at a wedding yesterday, and I spent almost the entire day doing stitching of various kinds. I recently finished the bodice for a dress I'm making and I'm so proud of it! I love the fabric it's made from; the floral pattern is so beautiful and the colours are right up my alley. Deep pink and cream? Yes please! I've never made any clothing that goes on the chest out of a non-stretchy fabric before, so my first step was to buy a pattern, use it, end up following my own instructions for the pattern, then completely scrapping it and drafting my own pattern based on my measurements. It fits perfectly! This is also the first time I've tried bust darts (estimated the position by basically pinching the fabric of the bodice in front, haha) and also the first time I've successfully installed a zipper like this. I have the fabric I need for the skirt (it's going to be a full skirt for a vintage style dress) and am trying to work out the best way to attach the two. I was skirt to bodice to see how it fits, sew skirt completely together, sew skirt to bodice and line up seams, install the rest of the zipper onto the skirt? It is obvious I am slightly making it up as I go along as I do with all my projects.

I am working on the second of two avocado embroideries that have been commissioned from people on Etsy. Funnily, there wasn't even a listing for it in the store - they had each seen the piece on other sites and messaged me to ask if I would be willing to make it for them. It's been fun to do some embroidery that isn't Beyonce, to be honest! As I'm writing this now I've currently finished the banner and the letters too, so almost done :)

I'm still working slowly but surely on my knitting. I can say this for sure, next time I knit something I will not be using such a thin yarn! Eep it takes forever to see any progress :( me finishing a purl row: 'YESSS! I can knit a row!' Me finishing a knit row: 'booo. I have to purl a row.' Purling is hard y'all. Also I'm getting a callus!

And finally I've been enjoying my fox pillow, bought at Primark a while ago and dispelled to the no man's land of The Window Ledge Behind My Headboard. I love the colours and fabric used, and look at those awesome embroidered details! Machine embroidery is so neat.

I was so happy to take this pictures today, because in a lot of them the sun was actually out! It's starting to get quite warm in my room when I have the curtains open and the sun streams in, and the days are getting later. I won't eat dinner until eight or nine because the sun is still up, which of course means it can't be time to eat yet! (Scottish winters, you messed me up.) I just - I think Spring might finally be here you guys. *bites fist* In less joyful news, I am currently in a very weird limbo where I've done all the work I can do for my assignments, based on the data I have collected, but I haven't done all the work I need to do. It's a very uncomfortable situation! I'm doing the best I can to deal with it by taking on lots of projects and doing the most possible prep I can: trying to guess what the results of my data will be, before I get the data, and pre-writing analysis for that is what I will be doing in the library tomorrow. So close to summer! Just two more things to finish (one paper, one exam) and then I'll have a month to pack and move all my stuff into storage while I spend an awesome month back in California with my boyfriend and parents!! I cannot wait. Counting down the days!

Friday, 5 April 2013

links roundup!

Oh my gosh you guys, I've been so busy lately. And also kind of depressed, which sucks? So basically when I'm not writing an essay all I have the energy to do is lie in bed and watch TV. Like this show, pictured above. I'm only about four episodes in but I think I really like it. I don't know, I always take such a long time to decide if I like a TV show - does anyone else do that? Or am I a big weirdo? Since the last update though I have had some very good news...I've found a flat! Next year I'll be living in an adorable one bedroom flat and I absolutely can't wait to move. It's so cute, and the bedroom has stripey wallpaper, and it has a washer/dryer! The idea of clothes that have been dried is just...*_* soo much softer than air drying. Anyway, since I have been at home a lot, I have also of course been looking at lots of cute tutorials and DIY projects online! Here are a few of my favourites.

Easy Crochet Owl Tutorial! This seems like a great way to use up yarn - I've loads of white/red/grey yarn in my flat (discovered this while beginning packing, my goodness I have a lot of yarn) and I would love to make a bunch of little owls with red stomachs. Adorable!

How cute are these pottery trinket boxes from Merryfield Pottery Direct? I want all of them. I want to put everything I own in a tiny box shaped like a cake or a biscuit.

Crocodile Stitch is so interesting looking. How cool would a sweater made out of this be? You'd look like a dragon :K

And not a link, but look what else I found while packing - a long crocheted garland of grey flowers! I had completely forgotten I'd made this but I'm pretty excited that I did. One thing I'm super looking forward to about moving is decorating! These will definitely have pride of place. 

And psst - did y'all know that Google Reader is shutting down? Luckily, I'm on Bloglovin too ;)

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Layout change and random fun!

First of all, I've changed up the layout of this blog just a bit - check it out here! What can I say, I'm a sucker for scalloped edges (︶ω︶) this is what I'm doing instead of getting anything made, sigh. I've just been knitting away on my blanket with no progress at all on the Beyonce embroidery. Can't linger too long on that or I'll get a bit sad about it! So -

I was playing around with my camera and its different settings the other day - it's so annoying how rarely there is natural light to shoot in these days! Like, come on Edinburgh, it's spring - please stop with the snow? So this was taken on the hi-fi setting and then adjusted in photoshop to brighten the colours, and I think it looks rather bright and cheery! This piece here is my Smitten Kitten embroidery which I like so much I almost don't want anyone to buy it. (Also, the name of an online sex toy shop, I found out after listing it, haha.) I want to play with my camera more though! Like I have such a nice camera, it seems really ridiculous how rarely I used it. Shame on me. I've been especially interested in getting better at manually adjusting the focus because tilt-shift photography is the coolest.

I went to London last week with my boyfriend and his friend to see Louis CK at the O2 Arena! It was a ridiculous, exhausting, and amazingly hilarious experience. Louis CK is by far the best comedian currently touring and if you get a chance you should absolutely go and see him. I didn't take any pictures in the venue because, I mean, it was actually gigantic. I think there were something like twelve thousand people there?! Oh my gosh. But before we went to that we had dinner at an amazing restaurant called Honest Burgers. I love a burg. The menu was super small so you knew they weren't messing around and they had homemade lemonade! I guess taking pictures of your food is frowned upon these days but actually that is a stupid opinion held by joyless people. I love food. The only thing I am sad about is that I didn't really get to see much of London? It was my first time there (I know, shh, I suck) and we were so busy rushing around and getting to our hotel and on the tube to really get a good look at anything. Ah well, I'm going back down there in a month to hang out with my mom for a weekend so I'll get to do all the touristy things then :3

And one final thing - I just discovered the blog Cupcake's Clothes today and omg, I am totally obsessed. Georgina's Kitten Mittens outfit is like, my new life inspiration.(・◇・)I love finding new awesome blogs so much! What are your favourite blogs?

Saturday, 16 March 2013

yarn, beautiful yarn

I love yarn. I love it so much, and I want to hug all of the yarn in the world. I have baskets and baskets of leftover yarn I used for projects that I can't bring myself to throw out because it's just so pleasing and pretty and soft! So instead of throwing it out, I just buy more yarn.

I started a new project last night while watching Commando, inspired by these awesomely huge balls of yarn I came across. So good, right?! I decided to try to go for a knit, too. I am no knitter at all, and unfortunately crochet skills don't translate well to the medium, but I think a stockinette stitch is the cutest and prettiest tiny lil thing. I'm hoping it ends up about the size of a lap blanket - I never was very good at gauge but I think it'll be about right! Here's hoping anyway. At the very least it'll certainly be pretty.

Anyway, I feel ridiculous how long it's been since I last updated - it isn't anything about being too lazy or busy to blog, it's just that I really haven't finished any projects! (Or taken pictures of them - it's been so cold and grey lately it's a real challenge. Also, okay, that part is laziness.) I'm still working on my Beyonce embroidery and a project I tried the other day totally flopped - soo frustrating. So these pretty pictures of yarn are all I have for now. Here's hoping I get motivated soon, but back to essays for just now.

Friday, 1 March 2013

fashion friday!

It's a thing, now, maybe?! I hope it is! Like if you know me even a lil bit you know that when I'm not making something, there is a 75% chance I'm looking at clothes online. So, I kind of want to try out posting about clothes a little more, as well as showing how I'm wearing the things I make! Seems like a win-win to me.

Here's how I wore the cat shirt:
cat eye eyeliner AND glasses! *WINK*

 Top: Chinatown/DIY
Necklace: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: New Look
Shoes: not visible, because I'm pretty sure I was not wearing any shoes when I took this picture.

If I had been able to I would have word ankle boots with this outfit, but I had to go to the library and walk around on cobblestone and that wasn't happening! So I was just wearing black flats with a gold metal tip. Also, real talk: I couldn't figure out how to get them in the frame. It's a work in progress! I've also been wearing my glasses just about every day this week, since my eyes were so sore after an uncomfortable contact experience on Monday. Plus I've been spending lots and lots of time in the hot, dry library reading big old books by dudes named J.J. Gumperz. Also, am I the only one who never remembers to wear earrings? (Possibly.)

Besides Gumpin' out, another thing I did today was add to my art wall. I finally got two of the pieces I've been waiting for in the mail! My favourites are still the watercolour Valentine's cards that my boyfriend made me though (◡‿◡✿)

And one final topic for Fashion Friday...reseller sites. Do you all know what I mean by that? Take Oasap, for example. It hits all of my mental criteria for a reseller site:

  1. Free worldwide shipping, always allows returns,
  2. Pictures inconsistent and often feature different models (many of whom are eastern Asian), and
  3. Very descriptive titles, where every piece is titled with adjectives that describe it.
Romwe is another site like this, although they seem to be trying to get away from that a bit (and stick to Black Milk ripoffs). Anyway, the point I'm getting at is that how they make a profit is by buying from other resellers and then slightly marking up the price. So, when you see something on Oasap that you want but is too expensive, you should always check eBay (especially for jewellery). I found three examples like this in about ten minutes of searching.

Loose Fit Cat Print Sweatshirt. Romwe - $27, eBay - ~$19.

Lightning Look Ring. Romwe - $14, eBay - ~$4.50

Puff Sleeve Bound Waist Slim Mini Dress. Romwe - $39.50 (on sale), eBay - ~$42

So as you can see it's not always cheaper (although it would be if that dress weren't on sale) but you should always always check eBay! If you know the right keywords I'm pretty confident you could find almost anything on one of those sites for way cheaper. Maybe this is old news and I am totally preaching to the choir here, but I'm just trying to help you out a little bit! If you're going to buy cheap clothes, get them as cheap as possible :3