Thursday, 28 February 2013

miaow miaow

I had a weird shirt.

I've drawn this informative diagram to help explain why it was weird. Do you like it? Do you like my wonderful art? Slightly too long to be a normal shirt, in-between shirt and tunic with a dumb ruffle and weird elasticised panels on the sides that when you pulled on, transformed the whole thing into a strange triangle shaped piece of fabric. Still with dumb ruffles. I bought it in Chinatown a couple years ago though and I think when you see the print on the front, you will immediately understand why!

Here it is. Drumroll please...

A FANCY CAT. With a crown. AND 3-D PEARLS. Like how am I not going to buy it? I had recently been considering giving it to charity though! Just because of how supremely weird and unflattering it was. But that design...

So. I stretched it out, cut a straight line along the bottom, above where the elastic was. This fabric doesn't fray so I didn't have to hem it, which is good because this is already really short now! Elastic parts *shakes fist*! At this point the torso of the shirt was shaped like a trapezoid. So without measuring or even drawing guidelines (I should have done at least one of these things really) I turned it inside out and sewed a new line up from about where it should start for the shirt to have straight sides to the armpits, then cut off the triangles of fabric on either sides. Does that make sense? I basically sewed along the imaginary hypotenuse of the triangle made up by a couple inches along the bottom and the side.

ANYway, it worked! Aw yes, this is totally enabling my desire to be lazy and instead of measuring twice and cutting once, measuring zero times and cutting a bunch because you make it crooked and bad the first time. Sad trombone.

I wore it to show the fit with my also handmade black velvet skirt! This is two pictures cropped together weirdly, sorry about that. But on the plus side, I figured out how to use my camera's self timer!! So maybe I can actually tell you about this skirt, in the future?! It is perfect and I wear it so often and it took less than an hour to make. I Love Stretch Velvet.

So that's the rambling story behind what is now the best shirt I own! see ya, Emily xoxo

Thursday, 21 February 2013


Last year for Valentines Day, I embroidered my boyfriend a card that was a picture of Robocop and the words 'BE MINE, CREEP!' It was pretty early on in my embroidery learning (actually I think that was the first Project I ever embroidered!) and since then I've embroidered more things for him that you can shake a stick at. So I had to switch it up!

CERAMIC PAINTING~! It's supposed to be a cartoony version of Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, based on the scene where she eats a horse heart as part of some Dothraki pregnancy ritual? to prove? that's she's...going to have an awesome baby? I'm not super clear on it, I've read all of the books since reading and watching that scene and Dany does a lot more crazy stuff than that. Game of Thrones is the best. I'm not much of a drawer, like, at all, and I had to draw that little doodle about twenty or thirty times in a sketchbook before I felt confident enough to put it on the mug! I just used ceramic pens from Hobbycraft and wow it was so easy and fun, way simpler than I thought it would be and you can just wipe off the pen with water if you make a mistake! (Well. Mostly. If it sits on too long it's very difficult to get the residue off...which is why you might see some little black flecks if you look too closely.) Then I baked it for half an hour or something to make it totally dishwasher safe. I'm so excited about ceramic pens!

He liked it a lot! Valentine's card/gift/being a girlfriend: success B) (My card from him was a watercolour of Mr. Pig and Tree Trunks from Adventure Time hugging which is the best. We are 110% cool.)

EDIT: some of the lettering flaked off a little bit after he washed it! This is so disappointing and no good at all :( these ceramic pens let me down.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

big pink box

Check out this big box. I've found a new way to store all my vital supplies...(making like, a rocket blast off noise right now)

Wonderful. I bought a big train case on eBay and was originally going to use it to store makeup, but while it was en route I found a little shelf in a closet that actually works better so...crafting supplies it is! From left to right: sewing and general crafting accoutrement; embroidery thread; embroidery fabric, more thread, finished pieces for sale, doily-weight yarn; a jar of awesome vintage buttons I got for Christmas; two paper bags each filled with a different colour palate for the Beyonce embroidery I am working on (one is skin, one is hair); washi tape, a ribbon, tiny rhinestones, a soap tin with pearls in it, thread. Just fantastic. I love organising things so much and this is just ticking all those boxes for me. So neat! So tidy and convenient! Everything I need right there! <3 Train case life <3!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

B.I.P. (Beyonce in progress.)

Current project: long and short stitch Beyonce portrait. I knew I needed some big pieces for my portfolio and I decided that Queen Bey was certainly worthy of the hours and hours this is taking/will take me. Cropped like this because her mouth is way creepy at the moment! Whoops, need to do those teeth, drew them on way too small.

Not looking forward to the ear either. Ears: I don't get them!