Simple Lace sandal DIY

I’m back in London!! Yay!!!

It feels so good to be back in my own home, staring at my lovely sewing machine. I wanted to sew a dress, but I was so tired, so I decided to do a little DIY on my pink sandals.


So you need: sandals, lace trimming, scissors, glue ( I used gutterman, though its not in the picture)

Measure the length of the area you want to cover, and apply some glue to it.
Next, place your lace trimming over the glue. Do this for both legs. Fold the lace trimming inwards at the edges.

And its done.
Go out into town and strut your stuff.
This should take about 5 minutes maximum, including drying time for the glue.
Dodgy looking legs right?

Take care everyone.



Free patterns galore!!

While cruising through blog land, I fell across a really interesting post by sewconvert, talking about a new campaign being run over at grosgrainfabulous, called the Free Month Pattern.

Basically, Kathleen of grosgrainfabulous, has lined up a whole month of free patterns from guest bloggers, starting Monday 25th April on her blog. I’m so excited I can’t breath. Now I love sewing patterns, but I love them even more when they are free. Which puts me to shame somehow because I do not have the skills to draft a pattern for wider consumption. The most I can do is probably an A-line skirt. I know that because I have drafted one before, but have not worn it out of the house. So I think its fair to say i’m crap at drafting. But I really want to learn it.

There is a sneak peek on Kathleen’s blog of the first pattern, which coincidentally, is being offered by Adey, the sewconvert. I love the colour of the fabric she used.

I can’t wait to see what the other patterns will look like. 1 thing I know for sure though, is that I will be following that project all the way to the end.

Will anyone else be following this project?

2nd Crochet hat and Jewellry

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday so far.

My 1 week holiday has been a success for a number of reasons, chiefly because

  1. I got to wake up each day after 10am ( yeah I’m that lazy)
  2. I did not feel guilty drinking more than two glasses of wine everyday ( Wine aids digestion you know)
  3. I learned how to crochet ( well I think I have)
  4. I made some jewelry ( well sort of)
A few days ago I wrote a post about my first foray into crocheting, which resulted in a rather dubious looking hat. Well I’m glad to say I gave it another try, and ended up with this
I think its supposed to be a chunky beanie hat!
Back view

Don’t know what dance I was doing, but I can ASSURE you all, I was quite sober

well maybe just.
So, I think I can consider this second attempt a success. Its been really hot today, but I wore my hat all day when I went to town to do some last minute shopping. I’ve decided to wear whatever I make this year. Nice or not. The nice ones will make me feel good about myself, the not so good once will make me work harder, and be more patient when sewing the next project.
I also thought I should try my hand at jewelry making. Why? because I think we are good at many more things than we think we are. So I am going to keep trying everything crafty, to find out what I enjoy, and what I don’t. So far, I’ve established that 
  1. I adore sewing
  2. I’m not crazy about knitting
  3. I like crocheting, even though I am not good at it yet. 
  4. I will like to try painting, jewelry making, millinery, perfume making, soap making, candle making, sculpture, and everything else under the sun that involves using the creative part of my brain….did I mention i’m not mad about knitting?
That said, when I went into town today, I bought some pendants, and some string. I wanted to make simple necklaces. These are probably the easiest things to do when it comes to jewelry making, because all I did was tie the string round the pendants, and I was done. A total of 30 seconds. Or less I should imagine. So, the more experienced jewelry makers will probably not classify this as jewelry making, but in my little book, I say it is. lol.
Ladies and gents (?), I present ( drum rolling), Dib’s masterpieces
Raw materials

So all in all, a very productive day for. 
Have a wonderful easter everyone.

Burda May 2011 Picks

My love affair with Burda had ended ( though I still bought the magazines religiously). Issue after issue was put out with nothing remotely tempting. I think I continued buying the magazine out of habit. Its just one of those things you do, even though you know you should not.

Maybe the peeps up at Burda are pyschic, and sensed my displeasure with them because the may issue seems to be different. I have seen a few things that I know I will definitely be making sometime this year. The holiday section looks really interesting, so an added plus. I am contemplating these:

I love the collar, and I think its perfect for work.

Another nice work outfit
A little va-va -voom never did any harm did it?
I can see myself in this in Mallorca this summer.

I can totally see myself in this dress. This is perfect for both work, and fancy events. With different fabrics of course.

A nice casual look, I could go without the pockets.

The thing I hate about Burda is the extra step of tracing the pattern pieces before cutting them out. When I was younger, my mom used to make me trace out her patterns. Not something I used to look forward to I must add. My poor knees almost gave out before I even got to 15. Its funny how she used to sew clothes for herself, but I was never interested in sewing…not when I had boys to giggle at. Might I also point out that I spent 7 years in an all girls Baptist boarding school, so looking at boys during holiday time was a very serious event.  We used spend term time looking forward to the holidays, and then spent the holidays looking forward to going back to school to compare notes on the boys we saw. Gross, I know, but at that time, that was the highlight of our teenage lives. Girls with bothers were extremely popular in school. I on the other hand, had 4 3 older sisters, and a multitude of female cousins, so that was not cool.
Back to dear old Aunty Aenne Burda. I’m glad they are slowly but surely getting back on track.
What about you? Is anyone considering Burda Mag this may?
happy Easter

Threads Magazine give away

In my overzealousness, I bought 2 copies of the current Threads Magazine. Not at the same time mind you. I bought one last month, then forgot that I had it, and bought another one last week. So I figured maybe one of you has not bought this yet. So if anyone is interested, let me know. I don’t have many people reading my blog so its only a handful of you. I suppose it will be fair to give it to the first person who puts up their finger. So, if you need it, could you just drop me a note? or, if possible, could you raise a finger? lol.
Happy Easter