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Retro music Monday

Admit it. At some stage, those of us who are old enough to know, still like to get our groove on to old 80’s music. No? It’s just me. Ah well.
Still in tidy mode and clearing things up, I was looking for a new home to 3 boxes of ….cassettes. Yup, you read that right. We still have a portion of the many cassettes that were bought with hard earned teenage money. Who remembers having to do this…

20130624-162131.jpg I think every tape I got out had to be re wound tightened to some degree.
A lot were ruined in a a minor car incident – when the car started leaking and we found them floating on the floor of the back seat one morning. Ok, it wasn’t quite that bad, but they were ruined none the less. And they were the good ones. High rotation kind of good ones.
Not like this one

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And with the sun shining, the doors wide open – and no neighbours that close by to be bothered – cranked up the volume. And not just on any old stereo. An old vintage Sony cassette recorder that I bought from a friend for hubby, coz he loves the old stuff. Well, I do too, and the sound is pretty good. A little crackly, but not too bad.

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What am I listening to. Some things that are definitely best left in the 80’s and some that are, well, better.
Looking in the boxes, there are two distinct types. Compilation tapes (hubby) and straight albums or “best of’s”. Mine.
Sart by thinking Kim Wilde,Jenny Morris, ZZ Top, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart and they’re the good ones. There are plenty of others, like Boney M (hmm?) Psuedo Echo (I loved these boys, who were HOT as only 80’s pop stars can be), Madonna (me again, all of them now purchased as CDs), Roxette, Cyndie Lauper, Gloria Estefan. And quite a few doozies I’m not going to mention. I think you get the picture. This doesn’t stop me taking on the “dance like no one is watching” thing and believe me, you don’t want to see that!

Lets see what else was in there

20130624-162709.jpg a soundtrack to a movie I haven’t seen, Mozart? and other bits.

20130624-162919.jpg all I see there is Milli Vanilli… ~hangs head in shame 😦 ~

20130624-163322.jpg and a few interesting pieces there. Out of these, Melissa Ethridge has made the transition to cd.
I can’t finish this without including a clip of some sort. But what. Frankie goes to Hollywood, Duran Duran, Milli Vanilli (not sure I’d really do that to you, could be good for a laugh). No, I think a little classic ZZ Top will fit the bill nicely.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TZxJIG77xPs&feature=related

What are your faves from the 80’s, were there any??

~From your friendly un cool 80’s chick ~ Jen 🙂

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.

Re-make and upcycle…

This week has been a write off craft wise. And blog wise.

I have finally got some time where I can get sewing again. 
After tidying my sewing things I found a few nice, ahem, daggy, but very retro clothes.  So for a few days I will be mixing it up and changing girl’s dresses and skirts into funky bags…

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Classic black and white but with retro styling.

Then will be the adding and adding of many more strands for necklaces.  The week of the chunky multi strand is coming….

Keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer

bags bags and more bags

So last week was re invented week… we’re now into Bag week.   Now normally I wouldn’t be making so much in such a short time, but with everything that is happening over the next few months, combined with summer school holidays I just wont have time to keep up with it.  So if I can get my already overflowing stash bigger than ever, then I know I can just rotate everything for each market and take the whole kit & caboodle to the Expo in Feb.  After that I should be nearly back to normal, and routine.

If you remember back a few posts, I came into possession of lots of fantastic retro and 70’s/80’s material.  Out of the hall cupboard came the huge, very heavy suitcase for me to explore and find some inspiration.

Given the dreary weather I initially got out the woolly, thick materials… but it is summer, or at least it’s trying, so I added bright orange, red, green and blues.

'warm' bags for chilly weather...

'cool' bags for a bright breezy summer....

I have my fabrics out, with matching linings, and will be finding the pattern for each bag.  What will suit each one.  For example, the light silky fabric just wont go as a large carrying tote, and vice versa for the heavy woollen fabric being a dainty evening bag…
My plan is to make at least one bag each day, and given 1 child will be away this week at camp, it will be easier to manage after dinner sewing stints.

I also have a huge bag job to do.  For my sister.  She wanted the ‘baby bag to  top all baby bags’.  We worked out exactly what she wanted, I made my prototype and then we talked some more.   Now, to just find said prototype.  Dunno where it’s gone.  But it needs to be ready before we visit her the week before Christmas.

Keep smiling, although the bag is just too heavy 🙂

Jennifer