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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.

The perfect day

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to stay inside and be crafty..

Jennifer 🙂

I think I need to clean…

My creative space is always a work in progress and until I find just the right work tables that will fit my space easily then it will just keep on doing the shuffle…

the bag of grapes I ate whilst tidying up - that and many coffee's

Ok, so I was bored and took pictures of the grapes…

My problems:
– the bay window.  I love the window for the light it lets in and the view but it has made those little weird little corners where nothing will fit.
– there is only a couple of feet before the corner of the house so that creates another corner that makes it awkward to fit furniture in.
– it is through way!  There is a door on one side to the kitchen/dining and just half a wall on the other backing onto the lounge (this wall is partly the chimney).
– then the french doors (right between said corner of house and walkway into lounge.
– on the back side of the chimney someone has ever so kindly put up floating shelves (at stupid heights) so I am limited with what goes underneath…

But am I complaining… well, just a little bit.  I have my tall boy (large chest of drawers, not tall children, although two are taller than me…) under these shelves with a cd rack one side and filing cabinet with jewellery storage on the other.  Works fine.
Against the back wall facing the kitchen is my mega set of shelves (I was so happy when we found these, they are the perfect fit for all my beady boxes).  Next to this was a space that was a pain.  There is a double power point here which means certain boxes or containers cannot fit or have to look messy sitting at an angle.

before - a mess.

I was in a second-hand shop close by the other day and spotted the perfect set of shelves – I measured, ran home (drove), measure my space then went back and paid for them.  They would be the Perfect Fit! And they are.

after - in progress

I just need to find a space for my market boxes when they’re not in use… hmmm.  That is 3 large plastic containers & a suitcase, then two others with odd props and the like in them.  A lot of space required.

My desk, as always was stupidly messy.

new shelves, and an email stating I needed to take my trestles to market this week (guess what I use as a beading table??) meant I had to get to work.

My plan was to put all things from the tall boy into the new shelves and utilse the tall boy for all my materials and sewing bits… ah, yeah… that was a good thought…

will all this fit into the tall boy..?

‘Business’ things fit into some funky baskets on the shelves, then comes the fun part getting all my glass, resin, clay, and light tent to fit in the space so it is easy and I know where everything is…
Well, I got started, and by the time I went to bed was pretty pleased with myself… not for long.  I woke this morning to another stupidly messy desk…. now I could have taken the easy way out and just stuffed everything into boxes and been done with it. But I didn’t. Put everything where it belongs so I don’t have to back track later.

I was meant to tidy the table... I thought so. This is clean compared to the night before.

Now to get all the material to fit in the drawers… like that’s gonna happen!

ooh, look, more little jars to put beads in....

neat, semi sorted beads and findings

a clean and tidy table….

and the piece de resistance….

full, finished and looking soo much better 🙂

I was going to do some more sewing tonight and get some new bags ready for the market – well one is nearly done.  Just a little hand sewing of beady fringelets to do.  the others… nowhere near ready to sew even…

Now the table has sewing all over it, but that will be easy to move later on. Now, I best get back to it if I’m going to get at least one more done..

keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer

Another new start…. what? again?

I have been thinking again lately… yeah I know, it must hurt.  Although I love making lots of different kinds of jewellery in simple but different styles, I have thought about making my niche with something I haven’t sen much of before.  My Wraptures.  I love the glass work, and the clay is super cool. So many things to do with it.  My friend C who was just visiting recently, has done a little bit on enamelling… LOVE IT!!  I have not seen much of that either, so I am going to hunt out a class and give it a go.  It will suit my differing tastes in jewellery style and as a lot of people are right into the Dichroic Glass (all the same really) I want to use it but stand out from the crowd.

I will still be making the basic run-of-the-mill pieces I have always made, trying to incorporate more semi precious into them, to accommodate the everyday customer, while concentrating on my niche.  My little piece of the action! 
My bags will still be just whatever style and colours I like, I might get to creating a more niche style for them….  but then again, who knows.

The next few months will be an intersting journey, so stick around to make sure you catch all the goss..

Keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer

Peg Bag challenge

Last week at the market I was asked by an old friend if I could make her a peg bag.  “nothing fancy, however it comes, like a pinny, (apron) but with a pocket…” O-kaaay. Not a problem, easy done.  I drew a rough sketch of what I was thinking and mum confirmed I was at least on the right track.

So today I decided to set to and make it.  Have it ready for this weekends Fair & Market.
It’s pretty rough, but I can use it myself if she needs something bigger (and neater).

How did it turn out… have a look at and see for yourself.

my chosen fabrics

pinned in place... looks similar to what I was thinking.

hmm... I don't think this is meant to happen...

finished and ready to go.

modelled by yours truly.

Keep smiling and watch out for the pin pricks of life 🙂
Jennifer