Tuesday, August 10

Crast 24 hours

In the Crast (Craft+last) 24 hours I have created these things:

A tartan pinafore dress

And another pill box hat, this time made from red felt.

I also started cutting out some more buntings for my newly painted room... ah so many blogs to write, so little time!

Monday, August 9

Pill Box Baby

So pretty much I love and have always loved all things pillbox, well not actually... just the hats. In the 60's style of Jackie Kennedy or Audrey Hepburn I needed one.

I have been wanting to buy one for as long as I can remember and I have only found 2 in my life. One in a shop in San Diego and one in an opshop in Woolston that I discovered the other day. Not wanting to pay the outrageous price I settled upon making my own.

I didn't even consult anything before I started, I was far too keen.
Here is how I went about it...

Measured and cut long strips of card...mine started at 9cm but I trimmed it down later on.

Then stuck it together the size that fitted my head...

Then drew inside this to get the circle size

I cut it out

Then cut out a length of fabric, enough to cover both sides of the band of cardboard. Then sewed it up the side

I then checked it fitted

Then cut out two sides of circle (plus some hem room)

I then sewed it together (it pays to change the thread colour to blue but I was too lazy)

Then I sewed the band material on (without cardboard in)

Then inserted the card and turned it in the other way and taped up the band

Then, folding the edges in to make a soft edge, hand sewed the two pieces together.

It was then finished!

I've had lots of great comments already, including my french teacher saying to me 'Joli chapeau Kim' this afternoon. YAY!

Sunday, August 8

Can I borrow your notes? Oh na, don't worry they're boring.

Have you ever taken notes in your life?
Boring dull notes? Notes like these?

Or notes that are quite possibly more boring?

Well, my advice: Don't settle for boring notes!

Why not draw the faces, help you remember the people you've discussed?

Or drawn a picture that represents what you've learnt (this picture is related to the motif of the ocean in Kate Chopin's 'The Awakening')

Or faces of people you imagine discussing the topic (you can use faces of people from your class... or I've done some of the lecturer)

Or just stylize it up a bit?

Don't be a boring note-taker... student social norms are for dull people.


Wednesday, August 4


Today I went op-shopping, and on my 'to find' list was an old wooden chair.

I found one for four dollars at the Super Shed.

After pulling off its ugly green seat cover I discovered this beautiful William Morris esque fabric hiding underneath (It could be Morris & Co. fabric, I should find out someday!)

Next step was to paint the chair to match my room.
I easily removed the seat...

Then began painting.
(I didn't sand it because I want to be able to restore it back easily if I ever feel so inclined)

A few coats later...

Then I toyed with the idea of keeping the Morris-esque fabric showing because I did really like it, however it was dirty and faded and just didn't work with the room and the vibe.

So I stuck with my original plan. Which was...

I bought some beautiful fabric from the Fabric House on Madras street, which as you can see was priced at $38 a meter (yes this is where rich people buy their curtain fabric from) so I asked if I could get .25 of a meter (which is usually pretty standard at fabric shops) 'No, we only sell by the meter' they say.
I look at the fabric longingly and said 'oh but I only want to cover one chair seat'... they took pity on me and say 'okay, because the shop is quiet right now we will ring .25m through as a remnant for you, but don't come back expecting we will do it for you again! Cause we sell by the meter only.' I thanked her greatly and though knowing the fabric would be a bit short for what I needed I took it anyway.

So, long story short I had to cut the material in half and sew it together to work for me.

But I was happy with the result.
I then hot glued it on to the base of the seat (Hot glue is fine to hold it in place, the chair frame holds it in place too) and won't ruin the other material underneath either.

Then before I knew it, it was finished!

A cheap way to get a really fancy chair.

However now after seeing these clocks I want to buy a jigsaw and start cutting shapes into wood. Perhaps this chair could be a two step process!
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