Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Recent embroidery

How are you all doing today? I'm GREAT, because I finally, after two weeks of emailing and calling every single person in the office, got my letting agency to confirm that my lease is extended for an extra month and I will not be kicked out Edinburgh before my graduation ceremony! Hurray! I won't be living in a hostel on the day of my graduation from university!

Oh, did I not mention yet that I finished university? Yeah, that kinda happened too. Weird, right? It's still sinking in, and every so often I get flashes of 'I never have to study phonology again if I don't want to.' Honestly though, it isn't as much of a transition as it is for some people, since I'll be starting a masters programme (Medieval and Renaissance Studies!) in the fall. At the moment I'm just enjoying my last properly free summer and watching like, five hours of Lost a day. While embroidering, of course!

These were both commissions, although the woman who asked for the second one stopped replying to my messages some time ago, after I had already drawn the pattern onto the fabric. So I went ahead and stitched it up anyway since I liked the sentiment after all.

Image of an embroidery piece in progress. It's going to look quite cool when it's finished, but I am absolutely not enjoying working on it at all.

I've also been doing some cheeky celebratory shopping. I am absolutely feeling gold at the moment, and this ASOS watch and Yves Saint Laurent lipstick have very much called to me. Purple lips or bust! I absolutely LOVE this lipstick; the packaging is so gorgeous and the lipstick itself goes on soo smooth and shiny, with surprising staying power for such a sheer and glossy colour. I love it and now I want more high end lipsticks that I can't really afford!

I'm having a very lazy day today, and have spent most of it in my bed drinking coffee, but after I finish this post I am resolved to go to the post office and mail out my embroidery, then do a very large grocery shop for the week. I hope you're all having more productive mornings than me!

Friday, 16 May 2014

A confession

Can I be totally real with you guys? You have to promise to be cool about it though. I have a secret.


I dislike about 90% of all knitting patterns. I'm not going to be rude and post a bunch of links to patterns I don't like, but from what I've seen, the majority of patterns out there are completely, 100% not my style. I'm not a shawl girl. Or a wrist-warmers girl. And then I always have a mental crisis about how the ones I do really like are so simple, what's the point of knitting them? But duh, the point is you can make it exactly how you want to make it. And that's what I'm doing!

This is two days of progress on Classic Sparkling Sweater. Things that made me take the plunge on this pattern:
1. It's made in DK weight, which I wanted, because I want to knit miles and miles of stockinette (that is hyperbole; the entire length of the yarn involved is one kilometre. So, a kilometre of stockinette)
2. It's knit flat and seamed, which I'm more comfortable with that knitting in the round, because I have a sewer's brain
3. It's simple and classic with no weird design features I'd have to work around. Perfect!

I chose this lovely dark green because my friend visited me in Edinburgh last summer, and had this gorgeous bottle green jumper that I've been coveting ever since. I'm using Stylecraft DK because I have very very sensitive skin, and can't stand the feel of anything even a tiny bit scratchy on my body and wanted this to be a sweater that could be worn without a shirt underneath, so wool was out. I honestly really like this yarn even though it's acrylic, it knits up soo soft.

I also did this adorable embroidery for a lady named Allison who wanted a custom present to give to her husband for their wedding anniversary. I always love making custom things for people but it also makes me a little nervous. Like I super don't want to mess it up, you know? Not something that's this important to people! Luckily, she did end up liking it, and I hope her husband feels the same!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Crafty links round-up

I am currently supposed to be studying for my final ever exam at the University of Edinburgh. Pretty big deal right? So of course what I am actually doing is looking at pretty DIY projects online. Oh no, that's not true, I've also had a couple Etsy sales recently which has been wonderful! I shouldn't act like I'm doing absolutely nothing, I'm doing mostly nothing with some embroidery.

Sprocket pillows from Cluck Cluck Sew. The instructions make this seem super easy to do with a sewing machine, and they are so cute. I think it would look really nice too to do them with a more neutral colour scheme to make it more mature or chic. Even if you just used one colour of like a really nice linen, mmm. I want to surround myself with pillows.

DIY Vertical Planet from Confessions of a Secret Crafter. I'm not necessarily as enthralled with succulents as the rest of the internet seems to be at the moment, but I can admit a really nice project when I see one, and this is really nice. How lovely would this be to hang on your wall amongst framed art? Gorgeous.

Our DIY Wedding Favor Garden from Merrypad. I know I just said I wasn't super enthralled with succulents and then posted more succulents, but LOOK at how cute these tiny little sculpey planters are! I'm so tempted to go out and buy some modelling clay to give it a go. You should really click through for all the pictures, all the white and green en masse is a really stunning effect. What a great idea for a wedding favour.

Food, that you make by yourself, is technically DIY. And that is why I'm salivating over this four ingredient peanut butter fudge recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction. I literally have all the things I need to make this in my cupboard right now. Do you understand the power of this? I'm definitely coming down with something, and all I want to eat is sugar. This will help me get well!

One final thing that isn't DIY or crafts by any stretch of the imagination, and I am only including because it was posted as I am writing this entry: Wildly Inappropriate Internal Responses I Have Had To Perfectly Innocuous Statements by Mallory Ortberg at the Toast. Everything Mallory Ortberg writes is the funniest thing she has written thus far and each successive thing gets funnier, and I want to be her.

And now I'm off to perfunctorily eat healthy food before cookies. I hope you're all having a more productive exam period than I am!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Plain and simple...

Isn't always so bad! I was super excited to wear my new skirt that I showed you all in the last post, but I didn't want to go to over-the-top - it's a gloomy Sunday and really I'm just running errands. I don't particularly wanna be walking around Sainsbury's in neons at the moment. I'm just looking for some hummus, trying to stay low-key over here.

I also recently got a really wonderful top from Boden that was the result of my long search (that involved complaining to several people about my difficulty) for a plain Breton top without a bunch of crazy nonsense on it, or an awkward neckline. So all in all yeah, this was pretty monochrome.

Cardigan: H&M
Top: Boden
Skirt: handmade
Tights: H&M
I added a pop of colour with those mustard tights that I told you I was starting to get into when I modelled the skirts with them. Shoes I didn't bother to take a picture of, just my plain go-to chelsea boots I got on ebay for seventeen pounds.

Another thing I wore that I'm super pumped about is this lipstick. Okay. It's Maybelline's Superstay 24 colour and it's incredible. I wore this on Thursday night, for eight hours, drinking out of multiple glasses throughout the night (it was a party y'all), got home, drunkenly took off my makeup with a lazy face wipe, and then woke up the next morning with some lipstick that I had missed still around the edges of my lips. Also? I got some on my hand by accident, and it just came off today. This stuff does NOT mess around! I mean I also think it's a very cute colour (this one is All Day Cherry) and I like how you can wear it shiny or matte, and I love how opaque it is, but I'm basically always looking for a lip colour that won't come off when I eat. Or kiss! Poor Allan is always getting lipstick on his face.

Now I'm off to spend the rest of my Sunday looking at DIY blogs and pretending I have a permanent residence I can decorate how I like. Sigh...one day.