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A new winter wardrobe…

Everyone knows I love clothes. And bright colours. I have now found – thanks to two friends – the home of my new winter wardrobe.
Keshet. A bright and funky wild shop in the city which sells amazing Tasmanian designed clothes. Insane colours, insane patterns and oh so comfortable. The price is dealable, which makes it even more desireable.
One such friend is now selling these clothes at our local market. After all she totally rocks the crazy patterns and loud clothes, so it is perfect she is selling them. And given the fact I think she buys all her clothes from there already.

I had bought a wrap top from them a month ago, hot pink no less. And a few weeks ago found a gorgeous dark teal cap sleeve wrap top – it brings out my eyes apparently – that is super comfortable and easy to wear over a long sleeve top in cooler weather or with a tank top when it warm.

While I love bright colours, I am not a fan of out there patterns, I just don’t have the confidence to pull it off, not like Rachel. Which is funny, coz she said to me today the bright blue jeans I wore were more out there than any of the crazy patterns she was selling, and she just couldn’t do it. Go figure. I was not at all worried, or self conscious of the colour. Maybe the patterns make me feel like a hippy left over from the 70’s…?

Checking out her rack (ahem, clothes) I found some gorgeous new items and will be doing some serious saving I think. I am more of the plain clothes with a bright accent to stand out, or a basic pattern with a bright highlight. I’ll be the one wearing the dark skirt or skants with basic grey scale pattern with a hot pink, or bright red wrap top. Or maybe my bright blue jeans with a plain poncho.

Should I, could I, wear the hot pink wrap with my bright blue jeans… You won’t miss me then. Or is it just asking people to look??

20130310-223057.jpg love these ponchos, in muted colours (I saw purple, brown, black, navy) an oh so comfy outfit topper.

20130310-223214.jpgI have the hot pink one of these.

20130310-223305.jpgfunky bright patterns, but I would prefer something more like this…

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And looking a little dishevelled after a full day out and about… My teal Keshet top over black long sleeve top and my bright blue jeans (accessorised with black and silver jewellery and black flats).

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Bright clothes in winter? You bet. Black is boring, neutrals are nothing, but colour will bring a smile to your face.
Jen 🙂

You can also check out the Keshet website and my other post over at Woodbridge Market.

It’s time to collage

and revert back to your childhood.
But before I go any further, if anyone wants to see the piccies of my cousin (with me) then check out here for the updated post.  🙂

These are the collages I’ve done so far.
I’m slightly embarrassed that a very simple, cack-handed painting of circles actually sold, but this lady’s son loved, so off it went in its bright pink bag 🙂

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Release the inner child 🙂
Jennifer

let me introduce you to…. Peggy.

Here is Peggy. A beautiful and stylish 1950’s lass who is very much ahead of her time in this 70’s outfit.
She is comfortable everywhere and quite capable to start a conversation where you might be unsure.
She is flexible and strong enough to carry the load, and comfortable in herself to also be arm candy.   She will draw you in with her charms and please you no end. 🙂

Ok, now we’ve been introduced, let me show you how I got to know her.
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I found her in this fab book my sister sent me for Christmas.

Her pattern had to be enlarged and then cut.

pattern pieces enlarged, cut and ready to go

Now comes the fun part.  This pattern includes some skills I have not tried yet, so I am being careful and taking my time here.  Peggy has to be perfect. (As I type, Peggy has yet to have a handle on life, but I’ll find it for her).

Material laid out ready to go … what’s that … where does this go … why does it say that … ~ ;-} ~ not enough material… ahh ~lightbbulb moment~ pays if I read the pattern piece.  Ok, so shall read and re-read before I cut anything.

pattern pieces done.

First up after all the cutting was placing the zip in place.  The zip did not go in the usual place at the top of the bag, rather at the back, the functuality taking nothing away from the beauty of this bag.

zipper pinned into place

I was a little scared and kept checking the instructions to make sure the picture and my material matched up.
Thankfully they did.
And I now have a zip, very nicely sewn into the back of the bag.

ta-daa… i did it! it worked 🙂

The tabs for the handle were actually the first thing, but they were quick and easy.  Now to sew the front and back peieces together – with only half the lining. The front piece comes later.
I did stuff up here, by sewing all the way round the corners instead of leaving them open to make the lovely boxed bottom.  Unpick the stictches and fix it up.

The front part of the lining was then pinned to the back and sewn as a seperate piece, this was where I noticed I missed the corners, and had to go back, on both lining and outer.

boxed corners – helps make more room, and a flatter bottom on the bag

The bow for the front was the worst thing, and I’m not totally happy with it.  It may come off yet, we’ll see. The bow came off and was re sewn, looks 100% better.
I was looking for buttons to add for the accents when I came across a bag of funky flower buttons. Bright colours including those that I needed, yellow, green and orange. The buttons took a little bit of fiddling but they look great and are the perfect finishing touch.


The last bit to do is the handle. In the magazine the handle was a turned piece of timber, I didn’t have that luxury, instead a piece of balsa dowel I am painting. After looking through mum’s paints we found just the right one.
Raw Sienna. It looks a little like baby poo, but once it has two coats and has dried it will fit quite nicely, blend but not stand out.

Other than that, I am really happy with how Peggy looks and I think there will be more Peggy’s and her friends in the coming months.

Peggy is now complete and looking very nice indeed. Her new ‘friend’ (owner) has seen her and approved…

I shall swap this for a ‘proper’ picture when I get it done.

Bright and Beautiful: always makes me happy :D

The last 3 weeks I have been through a hard time and although my head has been overflowing with thoughts and inspirations, the motivation to actually do something was lacking somewhat.  I would start a job, only to do about 10 mins worth and then collapse in a heap…. but (fingers crossed) that time has passed and wont be returning in a hurry.
This week, given the good feelings, comes the energy to create.  And nothing makes me smile and feel happy than bright.   BRIGHT colours and lots of it.  Nothing like standing out among the abundance of muted tones to make you feel happy and want to smile 😀

(Like the funky top I have in white with bright retro patterns that I wear when I want to ‘fake it til I feel it’)

Polymer clay in brights – a graduated blue necklace, and a bright sunny yellow, rings in bright stacked colours, and donut necklaces hung simply on chain with sayings (wise words that are all the rage right now) stamped on them.
Some of them got a little overcooked, so I will make my own necklace to wear from those.

I’m hoping to make the rings and necklaces a regular collection as they can be made in just about any colour combination with any choice of words.

Keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer

Beads and Bags

I have been busy this last few weeks making and revamping some jewellery items… playing with a few different things.

I have also made a few mini bags – very funky things, from a book given to me several years ago.  Such cute little bags full of character 🙂

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Enjoy, and keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer