Thursday, 13 September 2012

Too much

Someone stop the world please, I wanna get off!

Do you ever have those times when you realise that you have organised so much for yourself to make and do and not given yourself enough time in which to do it?  Dumb question really isn't it.

When I made the below list I thought that it would be moderate ... now I am just plain scared.

  1. Finish baby quilt I started 2 years ago
  2. Finish quilt that I am making with fabric I have won\
  3. Finish Christmas table runner I am hand sewing with small hexagons
  4. Finish pram toys
  5. Start and finish 6 Christmas gifts - fabric is coming but not sure what I am making yet 
  1. Finish "decoupage" pendants that I have on the go (about 20) and put on the store
  2. Create and add some of my doodle art
  3. Complete polymer clay dragon and pendant crystals
  4. Once I have a good variety of items ask friends to help promote my store and have a sale.
  1. Prepare 25 make and takes for a Card Christmas party in a week (plus cook cupcakes for it).
  2. Make maternity leave card
  3. Start and finish soooo many kits that I have (especially the Christmas ones).
  4. Make a fun album with some photos for a friend.
  5. Clean up the craft areas (yes they have multiplied) and sort them out so that I know where everything is!
  1. Finish my Blythe doll.  I have the pattern and the fabric for her clothes now so I have no excuse ...
  2. Start on new Blythe dolls.  Yes I have bought two more that I want to customise.  The latest edition is below.
  1. Finish editing my Tassie holiday shots
  2. Hopefully make a photo calendar for my Aunts in the East
  1. Book Flights
  2. Get necessary clearances - Police; working with kids etc
  3. Medical check up

Here are some photos I have been promising for a while:

The new Blythe.  She is what is termed a Factory Doll.  No one really knows what that means but they are normally a mismatch of parts.  This one is well matched from scalp colour to hair and overall skin tone.  She has legit Takara stamps on her body so I know she is the real deal.  I have heard since though that these factory dolls may be put together from stolen parts.  Kind of puts me off getting them now for customising.  They cost pretty much the same amount as some of the cheaper ones anyway.  I did buy a  Simply Mango to customise but my mother said she was too nice as it is.  She is now in the display cupboard along with the other untouchables.

    I was very impressed that she came dressed.  Normally factory dolls are nude and I am sure she was advertised as such. I bought her because I loved her hair so I won't need to scalp her.

    One of the little boys mum looks after recently turned 1.  There was a little bubble machine that he loved.  It was also a windy day so bubbles went everywhere.  These next two photos were taken with me standing next to the machine and the wind blowing bubbles in mums direction.  Couldn't have planned either of them if I wanted to. 

     A week or so ago we all headed off for wave rock.  My cousin took his kids surfboard and was a bit disappointed he was the only one there, in the middle of no where, with a board.  :)  Here he is catching the wave.  He really did!  Look you can see the wake he made.  Good considering he has had no lessons.  I think he should have charged people because others asked to borrow it.

    Of course my intrepid mother had to give it ago.  Her balance isn't that good anymore so she swam to catch the wave.  The fact that she forgot her bathers didn't deter her.

    The sisters.  No their hair style was not planned to be similar and they didn't plan their wardrobe either.  Don't ask about the toys they are holding, that is another story.

    Last but not least is a photo that was taken in Tassie.  It is to not only show my short hair style but I also wanted to introduce you to my Aunty P and Mrs V.  Mrs V used to babysit me when mum and dad worked.  Aunty P was mums best friend.  Love them both dearly.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Rethinking ...

Recently I purchased a natural amethyst point that didn't quite sit right.  I decided that a dragon holding onto it would look great.  Poor thing had his fingers squished and resurrected in the process quite a bit so don't look too closely hat his hands.  He refuses to let go as well and therefore I have named the piece "MY Amethyst" - yes with a capitol MY.  :)

Of course I could not take photos and not have fun with pixlr-o-matic.

In other creative news, I have almost finished the pram toys for S.  Been having fun with them.  I can't post pics here yet as she is back on FB and will see the link.  Will post once she has got them. 

Still have a quilt on the go.  This is for me so items for others and the arrival of my polymer clay have taken precedence.  I need to get some curved pins to pin the pieces together but they are hard to find.  Most likely I am googling incorrectly. 

I am super excited to start on some of the items I am making for Christmas though.  Still waiting on the fabric.  My mother found an old pattern for a floor cushion that is in the shape of a frog.  I don't mean a 2D flat one either.   It is a 3D one.  I will be making this for my cousins little boy when they move here (that is in two weeks).  OMG That is in 2 weeks!!!! 

I need a super shed for my crafts.  That way I can have paints in one area, clay in another, jewellery, sewing, and so in at different stations.  That way I won't get clay squished in fabric when I am multi-tasking.

This should be Totally Tessa Tuesday, and although she is full of life and stories I have decided that allocating a day a week for different things is not working for me. I have too much on the go and can't always post when I want to. I also found that I had things I wanted to post but it wasn't the day for it. Therefore I have rethunk my rethinking of my blog and have decided to continue as I always did.

Monday, 3 September 2012

What I am making Monday

So much to make and so little time in which to do it.  I have so much on the go right now that really needs my attention but I seem drawn to polymer clay.  I should be sewing and finishing the pram toys I promised S I would do for her baby.  They are cut out at least and a couple are stitched together.

The polymer clay started up because I wanted to make a maternity leave card for S to be signed by those at work but I wanted to make something that was a little different.  I made the one pictured below for a friend years ago now and she loved it so much that she framed it.

I was going to do something similar again and thought I would make the bear out of polymer clay.  I decided to combine the idea with the frame itself.  Instead of writing inside the card, people would write around the matt board that would border the main picture. 

My task now was to find a frame that had a matt board big enough for 30 plus people to sign but also not be too large.  I found what I was looking for in Thingz.  The price had been knocked down twice and I managed to get a nice frame for $13.

Long story short, I decided against the card above.  I suppose it was because I had been there, done that.  I remembered a cross stitch of a baby asleep on a flower and decided to do that but with a bear. 

The bear is actually shaped with tin foil first and then a thin layer of polymer clay has been put on top.  That way the ears don't get burnt while the rest of it is cooking.

S will be getting this on Thursday. It is going to be sad to see her go but luckily for me she lives close by. This means lots of baby hugs.

Speaking of baby hugs, my cousin in moving here.  She is pregnant as well.  It is going to be so nice to have babies to hug again, especially considering one of the babies I used to look after and dote over turned 18 last month.  That's years as well.