Friday, 15 March 2013

Decorating baby clothes!


Here are a few pictures of the baby things we decorated as a craft activity at a friend's baby shower. It was a while ago at a previous baby shower we had just used fabric pens. This time we had embroidery thread and fabric pens.

This was what I came up with:
 
I didn't really have a pattern in mind - I just did it freehand and waited to see how it turned out. I went with an "under the sea" theme as we didn't know the baby's gender. Plus, we also had number squares to make a pocket wall hanging with. I was given the "number 8" pocket so I stiched an octopus on it. I just ended up continuing the theme...




Thursday, 14 March 2013

Maternity Hospital Gown



I have been in hospital on a few occasions and the hospital gowns are horrible. So here is my attempt at making a cotton hospital gown which is much nicer and more comfortable to wear. It is always fun to get my sewing machine out!


I have made a couple of these for friends who were pregnant. These gowns have extra fabric on the back panels so they can go right around their bump althought you can cut smaller panels to make a gown for a non-pregnancy related hospital visit.

These make great baby shower gifts. It is always nice to get something for the mum-to-be as they seem to get swamped with things for the baby. It is a way to show that you have been thinking about them as well as the baby.

I am modelling this gown and it looks a bit odd
as I don't have a bump!
Here are  a couple of pictures of it on a hanger... I will try to get some pictures on someone with a bump!

This is the back with the ribbons
Front view of the hospital gown.
 
I saw the idea here and I worked out how to make my own version. Do check out the link as the pictures are so cute and the photos are far better! Plus, the person in the gown is actually pregnant and has a bump so you get a good idea of how it should look. Plus, there are photos of a really adorable newborn!
 

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Chinese New Year!

Happy New Year!


Disclaimer - The characters were copied from a website and could say pretty much anything as far as I would know! It should say "Happy New Year"...




Ok I know that this is not a traditional chinese new year cake... those recipies looked really complicated and used things that I hadn't ever heard of. So I thought I would mix cultures and create a Chinese New Year Victoria Sponge Cake.
 


Yum - multicultural cake!



Disclaimer - I know red is lucky not pink but I didn't have any red food colouring so it is a lucky pink cake... pink is a sort of red... isn't it?



It does have red jam in it! Lucky red raspberry jam.



Oh well it doesn't matter what the characters said now...



Yummmy!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Poorly Puppy


My poor little doggy has been through a lot today. She hurt her mouth the other day and has had to have an operation to remove a few teeth and sort her all out. At the same time the vet also removed a lump from the end of her tail. When we picked her up she was in a very bad state and feeling very sorry for herself.


A really poor picture taken on my phone of Tilly just back from the vets.
You can see my latest knitting project and my project bag on the floor on the left


This picture doesn't really show quite how pathetic she really looked. It didn't help that the cone was really meant for a dog with a much longer neck and looked really uncomfortable. She fell fast asleep in the warm and we wrapped her up in her blanket with a hot water bottle.

She has now had a bit to eat (only soft things) but she is definitely more herself. I just hope she is still ok in the morning -because you always feel worse off when all the anaesthetic and pain killers wear off.

I still call Tilly my 'puppy' but she is now 10 years old - so she really is a little old lady in dog years. Poor thing.

I am just glad she seems to be ok (if a bit woozy).

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Homemade Bread!



 



I am just loving bread making at the moment! Prior to Christmas I managed to get my Mum into bread making again. I ended up getting my Mum a recipe book with 10 different dough recipes. We have fresh homemade bread here all the time now.... I wonder how long this will last?

Here is a loaf I made earlier:


 
The bread was good, however my ability to slice it is not. Just look at how uneven those slices are!


Friday, 26 October 2012

Wedding Dress Doodle



Recently, lots of people have had weddings! Mariam was one of them... so here is my drawing of here in her dress.



 
Mariam Wedding Dress

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Ophelia Dress - your style rocks

Here is my latest entry on your style rocks!

This next competition is called "Freedom of Choice". For this competition you are instructed to pick one of the past contests that you might have missed and use it as an inspiration for your design. My design fits with two of the previous competitions.

One of my favourite charactors from Shakespeare's plays is used as the basis for the design. Ophelia has also been a subject used by Natalie Merchant for one of her songs. I really love that song as it is really pretty and provides a questioning of what it is to be a woman - concepts such as feminism, obedience, love, seduction and even confusion are all drawn through and seen as embodied in Ophelia.


Previous competitions that this entry coresponds with:

Stitch Stories - Ophelia is a charater from Hamlet which is one of Shakespeare's plays.

Sew your song! - 'Ophelia' is also a song by Natalie Merchant.

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Ophelia: The Inspiration

There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream.
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples,
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them.
There on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds
Clamb'ring to hang, an envious sliver broke,
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up;
Which time she chaunted snatches of old tunes,
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element; but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.

-Gertrude’s Speech about the death of Ophelia (Hamlet. VI vii 180)


Ophelia: The Inspiration

Ophelia is one of the pivotal characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet. She is widely regarded as a tragic heroine. Ophelia, is a beautiful young woman. She is the daughter of Polonius, the sister of Laertes, and Hamlet's love interest. In the play, Ophelia is torn between her obedience to her father and her love for Hamlet the result of this battle between love and duty tragic consequences for the character.

Throughout the play she is accused of a variety of unbecoming qualities as well as those with more positive connotations. This has led to Ophelia being understood as a character with many dimensions. The song Ophelia by Natalie Merchant plays upon these contradictory qualities in an exploration of womanhood.

Here is a link to the music video:http://www.nataliemerchant.com/w/ophelia/ophelia-music-video  

Ophelia: The Dress

Inspired by the words of the play:

Looking at the quotes from the play Ophelia is shown to wear billowing clothes that spread wide and made her float mermaid-like. The skirt component of the dress reflects this billowed quality with double layer skirt of which the top layer is tulle. At the back of the skirt small pleats are made in the tulle layer both to add interest and to increase the skirts billowy and fluttery quality.
The shape of the skirt is that of a bell or flower which reflects Shakespeares use of the language of flowers in order to give a voice to Ophelias emotions.




There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples....


Inspired by the character:

The character's innocence is reflected in the simplicity of the front of the dress. While the back of the bodice is complete with pleats and folds and areas that are hidden. This complexity is not obvious at face value (on the front) but only becomes apparent as you continue to look at the dress. This reflects the increasingly complicated situation of Ophelia as the play continues.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
The end of the zip is hidden at the point where the two pleated panels are crossed over.
In the play Ophelias life is at an intersection where her love for Hamlet is crossed by her duty to her father and family. In doing so Ophelia leaves some truths hidden from her love Hamlet and her motives are ultimately obscured.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The aim of the dress design is to reflect these contradictory qualities associated with the character.

The dress has subsequently been designed to have a number of different options from the more modest to the more seductive.

The longer length skirt and the lace sleeves on the dress provide a more modest combination. In this way, it reflects Ophelias youth and innocence. The pale pink of the water lily is used in the drawings to emphasis this and is often a flower used in representations and paintings of her.

The shorter skirt provides a more seductive take on the character (reflecting Hamlets accusations) and with or without sleeves it also reflects some of the more contemporary understandings of the character (as reflected by Natalie Merchants song).

 Perhaps a version of the dress with the shorter skirt and no sleeves could be made in black fabric. This could add a further dimension and reflect the notions that prompted Hamlet to shout at her "Get thee to a nunnery". Plus, it would look really cute on a night out!
 



























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