Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
So I decided to brave it and do a bit of custom work on her, as her original make-up as seen below left her a little too bronzed with a frosted pink lipstick reminiscent of Collette (of ‘ring my bell’ fame)
(this is going to be my Christmas card this year...)
I started with a de-shine I was so nervous about it though. After the first few scrubs I regretted it, but the more I did the better she started to look. I used a spongy nail buffer (you know those square 4 step ones?) which worked a treat and didn’t leave sny scratch marks.
Then I decided to spunk her up a little bit with some cutesy freckles and a lick of pink lipstick. I still need to do a bit of work on the lips though. And for the finishing touch I added some false eye lashes and viola!
She looks fresh faced and cute as a button! And, she has a name……Violet.
Here she is with her viewmaster
and here she is with my viewmaster reels.
Monday, November 15, 2010
This is the wonderful "Coffee and a Yarn" cafe in Newtown
Plus I finally got to meet our newest little owl - and she is a complete doll!
Want to join the Sydney Brown Owls? send me an email at honidesign @ gmail . com (without the spaces) and include your name, preferred email address and a little bit about you and what crafts you like to do (and if you have any skills you could teach the rest of the group.)
Friday, November 12, 2010
Mr Honi was too tall for some of the rooms!
Tell you what, I am LOVING dollhouses at the moment (well, I've ALWAYS loved them actually)
Does anyone else lust after this little house and the outdoor furniture?? (incluiogn the outdoor piano?)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
He was the cutest little bugger ever. Masses of fluffy feathers and a beak. Apprently it's common for them to fall out of trees - this little guy was just lucky he landed on our balcony and not onto the crazy cat lady's balcony a few doors up!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The 'Ruby Star' Range also includes vintage transistors, retro crockery and some lovely vintage ladies too. You can see all the range on her website.
I am hoping to purchase some if I can – and if I’m feeling clever, I might make a pattern from my new very favourite dress below and re-make the dress in the viewmaster fabric!
ps - seems i under estimated myself - and THREE of you are still reading along ;) thanks for the comments girls it really lifted my spirits xxx
EDIT: The dress is this season from Target
Monday, November 8, 2010
A very dear girl sent me an email asking if I was ok and if I needed to be recused from any potential piles of fabric that may have fallen on me – causing my blogging /emailing absence. This made me laugh – but in a metaphorical sense I guess a big pile of fabric did land on me - stifling me completely.
You know you need to take a step back from the rotary cutter when you become physically anxious over the amount of fabric you have lying around the room. When you hide a fabric purchase from your husband like an acholic hides their gin. You also know it’s time to take a breather from reading 80 different blogs when the sight of ‘1278 unread posts’ gives you cold sweats.
Its funny how a ‘crafting passion’ can cause you be exhilarated, gleaming with elated pride over what you’ve created and then all it takes is one or two ‘craft fails’ to render you crushed and completely de-motivated. Or when the excitement of finding new inspiration turns to a dreading fear that you’re ‘behind the times’ in the fast pasted craft blog world.
After a good clean out over the last few weeks, I can feel my creative juices flowing again. I am looking ahead with a positive outlook and I will not let failed sewing attempts beat me. I will not fear my fabric hoard, but embrace it for the beauty it beholds and the projects it will deliver.
Also, I will not worry that I am a “jack of all crafts, master of none” instead I will rejoice in the fact that I am kinda cool at lots of things.
So thankyou for your patience and for returning here. Obviously I’m doing something right for you to come back! I’m in a good headspace now - let the crafting begin!
Image of a my half finished summer frock that I will start sewing again :)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
We've returned from Europe and have finally got back into the swing of daily life again. I haven't seen my beloved Brown Owls in a long time and crafting has been very minimal.
I have however, been working on something new. A new direction, a new blog, a new design, new things (and plenty of old vintage things)...and it's all a bit exciting. I'll hopefully be able to show you more soon.........i promise I'll tell you more when I can!
But for now, here are a few "self shots" of Mr Honi and me galavanting through Europe!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Worlds largest macaron in Vienna. Seriously this thing was almost the size of a cheesburger!! Vienna is beautiful and up there with Berlin in regards to 'trip highlights'. It's clean and well maintained and the people are quite friendly.
We went to a 'wine garden' last night and had traditional Vienese food and wine (which was LETHAL!) Off to Slovenia tomorrow which I'm really looking forward to! Xx
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Wow- what a place! Had heard that Dresden was the 'most miserable place in the world' but I beg to differ. It was absolutely gorgeous (and quite hot) Most of Dresden was demolished during the war but they have painstakingly restored a lot of the historic buildings to their former glory. Next stop tonight is Prague and I am uber excited about that! Love to you all x
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Hi all! Sorry for lack of updates! Am in berlin now after spending 2 days in london then a ferry from dover to calais and then a bus through belgium to amsterdam. Amsterdam was ok- wasn't a massive fan of the main town but the canals were very nice. Voldendam in holland was Gorgeous-just like what you expect 'holland' to be like with windmills and quaint little houses. Love to you all- will try for more updates (jen- I might need a raise to pay for my roaming charges!!)
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
So to hopefully inspire you my dear readers, I just had to share with you the work of Emily Martin. Most of you are probably already familiar with her work as “The Black Apple” – she even appeared on Martha a while ago.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Hands up who likes 'travelling crafts'?
I do- I love them! Something you can just whack into your handbag and take it with you anywhere. And when you have a spare minute you can just whip it out and stitch away! (this post was also done on the run via my mobile)
This week MyCreative Space is my travelling case where I am working on another hexy baby quilt-from gorgeous Beatrix Potter fabric.
I bought this great carry-all at the Craft Fair and its perfect for travelling as it keeps everything neat and tidy and very safe.
Checkout more Creative spaces over at Kootoyoo!
EDIT: A few of you have asked about my "traveller" case. I bought it at the Sydney Craft Fair at Darling Harbour this year. It's made by a company called Yazzii and details can be found here.
Monday, July 5, 2010
The Good: The Business Shirt for Mr Honi that I’ve been working on. From a distance – it looks REAL good (unless you’re a tailor and you’ll probably be able to pick up the MASSIVE mistake pretty quickly) This is the first pattern I MADE MYSELF – so am super proud of that. This is a Good.
The collar is also Good as I managed to make those little holes where the bits of plastic slide in to make the collar sit nicely.
The Bad: My Sewing machine decided to have a little ‘spack attack’ and I was left with nasty loopy thread all of the cuff.
The Ugly: The interfacing on the cuff bubbled and warped dreadfully. Like when you’d put contact on your school books and if you rushed it – you’d have nasty bubbles everywhere. Luckily this was on the inside, but it still looks just awful.
And MOST Ugly – 2 MAJOR flaws with my pattern making.
2. MAKE YOUR NOTHCES people!! I didn’t and hence the lovely French Cuff Sleeve now sits toward the front of the shirt, rather than the side.