A piece a Week – Christmas Commissions

Last week slowed down a lot which was so good as a cold came my way and I was quite tired from all the work from the last few weeks. So I had a couple of fun projects commissioned by friends. This one a Secret Santa gift of a Hello Kitty bow in this super cute neon Hello Kitty fabric. 
Trying out the Hello Kitty bow

 My other commission was by a friend from my dance class who is an enamel artist – she wanted a scarf she could wear in her studio. This is made from the wonderful stretch fabric I found at FabMo. She was so happy with the gift to herself and is planning to put it under the Christmas tree.

A scarf for my dancing friend 

Midweek I had an Opthamology appointment to see the specialist about how to look after the Pellucid Marginal Degeneration I was diagnosed with back in March. Seems like I will just be wearing my glasses and enjoying lots of kale with 1 cup of kale giving you 180% of vitamin A which aids with vision and immunity. The specialist said with my 20/20 vision in my glasses is fine and that I don’t need an operation – whew! If I was going to be a candidate for the procedure of corneal cross linking  he would check my optometry history first. He checked my corneas and they were healthy and my eyes were dilated for quite a while after the appointment, so what else do you do when you are waiting around in the hospital except take selfies and knit. 

Dilated pupils after my appointment
Come the end of the week I found these two kitties hanging out on my bed in a position that I wanted to be as the last few weeks have been exhausting – it was an early night for me and it feels so good to be on a break now and having the opportunity to rest and relax.

My two kitties sharing their body warmth

NaBloPoMo – Day 13 – Box of Trinkets

Today I had my full work day of a good 4 hours of solid time to get my inventory done for the upcoming Trunk Show this Saturday the 16th! If you would like to come visit this site for an invite…

Anyway I managed to get my last couple of pieces complete and ironed and photographed for inventory pics. I love to put on Pandora and listen to music while I work away – today it was the Lamb station with lots of Bjork thrown in for good measure. I love listening to Bjork there are many memories of good times from my home back in Melbourne!

The picture of my box of trinkets are little pins I have made either for a lapel or for your hair. There are silk ones and also ribbon ones sewn together to make a flower. They are fun to make and easy when you have a glue gun and felt handy. I have another show at my kiddos elementary school next week so it is go, go, go at the moment in between doing my usual volunteering at school. The Thanksgiving break will be something I am looking forward to – as every week just seems to fly by with the amount of work I am fitting in each day. To keep busy is great but then I think what happened to my garden and my house when there is so much to do… I suppose that is on the ‘To Do’ list for another day!

I found a wooden cigar box at FabMo last week and that is going to be the trinket box

The culmination of creativity happens this weekend at the Textile Art Boutique

Time is closing in and it is my last week to prepare for the show this Sunday October 27th. I have been working like a busy little bee since the kids went back to school in August. The last couple of months has been intense and very challenging with crazy things happening like a power black out (therefore time dedicated to sew could not happen and I lost hours), my iron giving up the ghost (all fine till I could head on over to Target and grab another one) and a whole week of minimum days for the kids. Even with these time sucks I have managed to create an inventory of over 35 items (13 of which are small hair clips / lapel pins). So here are some highlights of my collection – more can be seen here.

I have loved the organic unfolding of the creations and just working randomly with the fabric. Knowing how many pieces of each item I wanted to create and letting the fabric and colours come together. It has been an incredible experience to be working with colour and experimenting happily. So here goes the following pics are some of my faves!

The colours in the bag are so vibrant – I would be a happy market shopper with this tote

This is a linen fabric by Jim Thomson and it is just beautiful 

The fabric on this reminds me of pixels and the pocket is a cool contrast to the colours

What a sweet little handkerchief embroidered onto a pillow

I used to do a lot of patchwork and my husband said do more so I came up with this with these incredible fabrics

More of the patchwork in a linen fabric

The handbag I have been road testing – oh my I love this fabric so much, it is vintage from the 1930s

This fabric was from a 1970s skirt and now it is a super cute hat – perfect for the beach! 
I love these and they are going to be hair clips or lapel pins as there’s an alligator clip on the back