A little bling to sparkle in cold winter nights

As the nights are long right now there is nothing better than cuddling up on the sofa with the kitty and a hot chocolate. I had many of those evenings lately but at the same time I felt like doing something productive. evenings
I have never been into beading much or anything else that is very time consuming. I like it when I start a project and several hours later -boom- I have a new piece of clothing or a new accessory.
However when many evenings are spend on the sofa, a long lasting, fiddly project is just the right thing.fiddly
So I decided to spark up a headband just in time for the holiday season.
I have a ton of beads I got from my mother in law, cut offs and samples from the bridal shop I used to work at and all kinds of bits and bobs. It all went on there and et voila:
There is a tutorial on Kazz the Spazz for a similar project. She made a gorgeous necklace covered with buttons. In case you have a few too many hours to spare, have a go yourself. The results are amazing.


Merry Christmas

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas, eat lots and be merry.
Hopefully you have all been good this year and Santa brought you everything you wished for.
I am finally back to normal and connected to the virtual world.
Can't wait to share my creations and other bits and bobs worth with you again on a regular basis.
Again, many thanks for you patience.
Merry Christmas to all of you.


1960s crepe de chine dress with vintage lace applique

It’s been nearly 3 weeks since we’ve moved house and we are STILL waiting for our telephone and broadband to be set up. I don’t know how we managed  to live before all these means of communication were common in most households? It’s awful not being able to check emails, facebook, write blog posts and keep in touch with everyone?
Hopefully this situation will be sorted within the next few days. For now WiFi in local coffee shops and libraries will have to do.
Our new house is great. Too bad we won’t be here for long as we are going to move again in Jan/Feb time. That’s life being a soldier’s wife… I will miss the generous spare bedroom I am using as my work room. It’s about twice the size of my old work room, very bright and tons of storage space. I have about 3 build in wardrobes.  Anyways enough showing off for now. I will show pictures some time.
I have already “broken it in” and made myself a little 1960s crepe number with a little lace applique. I haven’t had much time sewing for myself so far but this little dress fit in easily and came together in just an afternoon. The pattern is one I made several times last year. It is Simplicity 9059.

I used some paisley print crepe de chine I had in my stash for ages and some vintage lace bits I appliqued around the sleeve openings and the bust seam. I think it turned out quite nicely and is a perfect little daytime/ casual going out addition for my wardrobe.