Mannequin leg 2 – the bronze sequel

As a follow on to Mannequin leg Del Oro – Golden mannequin leg I have painted a second mannequin leg. This time i’ve gone with bronze. This leg was a bit more battered than the previous and needed a little TLC (a.k.a pollyfilla and sanding). I took about 6 coats of acrylic paint and now looks quite stylish (if your into gilded mannequin legs… which apparently I am.)

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Grrlfriend Market Bag

This is the third time I’ve knitted this one. I absolutely love this pattern; Grrlfriend Market Bag. It’s so much fun to see the looks on the faces of people in the queue at the checkout as they watch it expand and Expand and EXPAND as I pack my groceries into it.   Read More

Mannequin leg Del Oro – Golden mannequin leg

Online shopping is wonderful. It’s so easy to pick up all sorts of things at any time of the day or night. Is it any surprise that sometimes you end up making the occasional purchase that maybe you didn’t think through. Sometimes you suddenly find your the proud owner of 4 left mannequin legs. Hay.. it could happen to anyone… right? Don’t answer that.

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Simple Sew Lottie blouse

The June edition of Love Sewing came with a free pattern for the Lottie blouse. I confess I only bought the magazine for the pattern. I had some vintage fabric lying about at home that I thought would be perfect (read delightfully psychedelic) for just such a pattern. Read More

DIY Blythe Eyechips

I never would have believed just how easy it is to DIY Blythe Eyechips. All you need are some “14mm Clear Adhesive Cabochons” like those sold by Antiqued on Etsy and some paper. You don’t even have to worry about glue to attach the paper as these cabs are self adhesive. I just drew up some Read More

DIY Corkies – champagne cork cake toppers

So apparently Corkies are a thing. I had never heard of them until a friend mentioned that she wanted some for her upcoming wedding. Since she kindly let me dye her purple for my wedding (Not on purpose but lets just say that I learned an important lesson. Polyester dye is finiky).. Anyway.. I figured offering to make her cake topper was the least I could do.

So WTF are Corkies? Corkies are champagne cork cake toppers. You can buy released champagne corks from various places such as eBay and Etsy.

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Burda 7519

Burda 7519 is a casual loose-fitting shirt. I made version A; A sleeveless short shirt with waist tucks and waterfall neckline. Read More

Reduce, reuse, recycle and REPAIR – USB Knit Fix

I dropped my USB key and the plastic loop that allows me to put it on my keyring fell off and broke. 🙁

USB Knit Fix

The key itself is still perfectly capable of storing data. I just couldn’t attach it to my keyring. So… I fixed it … like this. Read More

Beekeeper’s quilt

Beekeeper’s quilt. Challenge accepted.   Read More

DIY fabric Pandora style european bead bracelet

About 8 years ago I came across these lovely modular bracelets in a small jewelery store in Montreal. That was the beginning of my obsession with European Beads. Now there everywhere. These days you can buy or make all sorts of bracelets in metal, leather, string and fabric to show off your beautiful beads. The pattern below is for a triple wrapped silk fabric bracelet.

As modeled by Vera, a rubber hand I found in the office. Doesn’t she look pretty? Read More

Easy DIY Blythe stand from coaster

Make your very own easy DIY “stick it up your jumper” Blythe stand.

I have a mix of Blythe and Blythe clone dolls. Not all of them came with stands. Therefore I looked into making my own. The simplest solution I came across was the “stick it up your jumper” approach. Literally. You use a wooden dowel and stick it up the back of the jumper or dress the doll is wearing. The bottom of the dowel needs to be stuck in something to keep it stable for this to work. I currently have 4 dolls. I spotted a packet of 4 wooden coasters in my local T.K. Maxx (aka T.J. Maxx to those in the US or Winners if your in Canada). Serendipity fueled inspiration. Instructions below for how to make your very own easy DIY Blythe stand.

DIY Blythe stand

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Blythe Coraline Dress – free knitting pattern

This Blythe Coraline Dress was more than a little bit inspired by the movie Coraline. For the knitted up version of the dress shown below I was lucky enough to find mini skeins of hand spun yarn from a seller at Yarndale that had silver sparkles spun in! Read More

Lalaloopsy Free Sewing Pattern – Reversable Halter Dress

This pattern is for a reversible dress for Lalaloopsy 13″ dolls. I’ve been having difficulty finding any Lalaloopsy Free Sewing Patterns. One of the most basic patterns for any doll is the reversible dress. Alas my Google mojo failed to find me one sized for my LaLa. Oh woe betide. Armed with a ruler and my trusty french curve I battled for… well… at least a couple of hours. This war has now been won. Hopefully someone else will find it useful also.

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Blythe Party Hat Sewing Pattern

This is a very simple sewing pattern for a Blythe party hat. Simply print out the PDF pattern piece and follow the instructions below. Read More

Half and Half Blythe Dress Pattern – Knitting and Sewing

The Half and Half Blythe Dress Pattern is a simple pattern for a half knit and half sewn Blythe dress, thus the name. It should fit Blythe and similar sized dolls.

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Blythe Cupcake Hat – Knitting Pattern

A couple of months ago I decided that I NEEDED to knit a blythe cupcake hat for a swap. Luckily there are some lovely crochet patterns available for cupcake hats for Blythe. Unluckily I can’t crochet to save my life. The only solution? Invent a pattern. So I did. Here it is. I hope you enjoy. Read More

Blythe Knee Socks – Knitting Pattern

Blythe knee socks knitting pattern.

This pattern is pretty much a longer version of the existing pattern Sweet socks for Blythe by Jane Pierrepont Read More

Lace vintage dress remade and dyed lime green

Rock Out With Your Frock Out

Its amazing what you can do with a leg-o-mutton sleeve wedding dress, some thread and a little polyester dye. Read More

Duck tea cosy

Maplecroft Duck Tea Cosy – Knitting Pattern

This duck tea cosy knitting pattern is very much a franken-pattern based largely on the Little Mouse Tea Cosy over at Justen-knits&stitches and Jean Greenhowe’s Rainbow Babies PDF pattern. Read More

Weekender bag

Amy Butler Weekender Finished

Yes it took time. Yes it took perseverance. Yes I definitely cursed Amy repeatedly. Yes its finished. Here are some things I wish I’d known before I started.. Read More

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