Friday 3 January 2014

Presents - Part 2, An Old Year Round-Up (With a Winner) and A New Year Finish

Christine's Blog proudly presents Christmas Presents Part 2 (The Makes). These are some of the things I couldn't show before Christmas in case of sneaky blog peaking.
Here Eloise is modelling the Harley Quinn Dress, (adapted from Simplicity 3833 by cutting the upper bodice as two pieces and adding applique diamonds to the skirt)
And here is Naomi in the Supernatural Dress (New look 6208, as pattern except cut much shorter, fabric with a pattern of salt, holy water, enochian symbols and assorted weaponry from Spoonflower here) Note: I will never ever make a dress with piping in curved seams again.
And here is a rear view

Still on the sewing front, a pinny I made for my friend using a combination of vintage and retro fabrics and buttons. Not a great picture I'm afraid.
I made the girls one of these Supernatural charm bracelets each. Why yes, that is real salt in the little bottle.
The Sam, Dean and Cas charms are made by gluing tiny photos onto frame shaped blanks and covering with copious quantities of varnish.
For those of you unfamiliar with the show (it isn't big in the UK) here is a link to the IMDb page and, for your edification and the further beautification of my blog, here are Sam, Dean and Castiel.
I also made the girls a magnetic chalkboard each for their rooms. They are made from MDF, painted with three layers of magnetic primer, followed by a couple of layers of balckboard paint, then the slogan is just painted on in white acrylic. The button magnets are from No More Lost Needles. This is Eloise's. Naomi's says "Plans for World Domination".
Last January I started keeping a tally of how many projects I completed, books I read, and pairs of shoes I bought during the year. The final tally was 57 books, 73 finishes and 17 pairs of shoes. I offered a prize for the nearest guess. You were all way out on the books, but Kerry was the closest to the mark on the finishes with a guess of  76.  I think I've got your address Kerry, so watch the post for a small prize coming your way soon.. I've reset the count for this year now, so if you want to win a prize this time next year just pop your guess for the 2014 totals in the comments.
And finally the first finish of 2014. Inspired by this necklace on Flamingo Toes, I made this assymmetric necklace from a a couple of broken vintage pieces and some new beads. (Shhh, dont tell anyone, but the tiny teardrop shaped dangly rhinestone charm came off an old bra)


Kerryp77 said...

Gorgeous dresses for the girls and the chalk boards as such a great idea. Love the charm bracelets too. Rather excited that I guessed the nearest. 73 two years running how funny!!! As for 2014 - I'm going for 73 finishes, 51 books and 14 pairs of shoes!!!!!

Kate said...

Love this update, the girls look fabulous in their dresses - 17 pairs of shoes!

Chris said...

Wow! The dresses are amazing! Lots of everything in 2013, I hope that 2014 is as good!! Happy New Year!

AppleApricot Wen said...

Of an old bra? Lol! I have some pieces of lace in my stash that are cut from lingerie. Not going to tell you which part of lingerie :)
Anyway, wishing you a happy new year. May it bring you lots of joy, love and peace (and good old bras). You've been so busy, love your creations! May 2014 bring you many happy crafty hours too! Hugs

Carol said...

Oh, you are so talented and creative, Christine!! What lovely dresses (and models!!) and I'm so impressed by the variety of things you undertake--really fun to see what you come up with :)

Happy, happy new year to you and your family!

Julie said...

I can just imagine the shouts of glee in your house when the girls opened these gifts handmade by their wonderful mum. The dresses are magnificent.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Beautiful dresses Christine - the girls look stunning

Barb said...

My goodness Christine you are one supermum, gorgeous dresses love the charm bracelets you made and I am already wondering what I may see in 2014. Well done Kerry on the win, I reckon you may get a little more done this year so how about 66 books, 79 finishes and ooh 19 pairs of shoes lol. I really will be standing back in amazement.Good luck with it all.

Dani - tkdchick said...

You are just so clever and your girls are sooo lucky!

Wendy said...

ha ha ha! I love that you used a bead from a bra. Gorgeous dresses you made, really lovely. I love the jewellery too.
OK, I might as well have a guess - 54 books, 82 projects and 12 pairs of shoes.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Wow! Gorgeous dresses and models. Love the fabric in Naomi's dress, very subtle.

The chalk boards are great too, did you freehand the lettering or use a template? It looks amazing!

I'm going to make a wild guess of 33 books, 83 stitching/craft projects, (same as last year's guess) but up the footwear to 14 pairs of cute shoes/boots

Daffycat said...

That Supernatural bracelet ROCKS!