Saturday, December 31, 2011

Book Purse

Remember the Book wreath I made a while ago? Need help reminding?
I bought the book solely for its thickness and coverart so I could make it into a bookpurse.
And now I finally did :D
The tutorial I used is made by Hungry Panda from Hungry Panda Clothing

Don't worry, I read the book before I made it into a book wreath ;)
It's a fairy tale book, where the tales have been rewritten so they would be more "appropriate" for children, needless to say it was weird in some ways ...
The cover after getting rid of the pages.

And done! 

Instead of velcro, I made a system using buttons/knippers (I don't know their English name ^^')

Spread open, it fits quite a lot of things ^^

Now i feel like making more! We're going to clean the attic at my grandspa's house so I hope I can find some nice old thick books there ^^ 

Friday, December 30, 2011

Faux Fur Peter Pan Collar

I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make a peter pan collar out of faux tiger fur I had lying around. I used this tutorial by Caitlin from Coletterie.
This is the result!

The other side

I must admit I like the fluffier ones better but I had this fur and thought why not :) Might look cute on a black sweater and brown pants!

If you're making this collar, here are some tips:
- The pattern doesn't include seam allowance, so don't forget that! (stupid me forgot it ^^')
- When you cut out the paper pattern make sure it fits your neck like you want it (It's a bit to small for my neck, so the next one I'm making will be longer in the back)
- If you don't have a cord, use ribbon or perhaps crochet yarn into a cord.
- When you make the little balls, sew the lines, put the end of your ribbon inside and add some leftover fabric scraps in there so you can a puffier ball.

This vacation I don't have to study so I'm free for craft projects! yay! I finished this collar, a book purse, a skirt, working on a skirt and on a little harry potter project. I love this!! ^^

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Market in Maastricht

Last Sunday we (my family and I) decided to go to the Christmas market in Valkenburg, a city in the Netherlands. This Christmas market is held in caves which makes it very special.
We arrived in Valkenburg and people everywhere!!! We forgot something quite obvious... sunday = people free = lots of people visiting Christmas Markets = lots of people in a cave...
And my mum doesn't like caves either so it was decided we went to Maastricht.

The pedestrians bridge for entering Maastricht.

First we went to eat and drink something, some regular shopping and once it turned dark we went to the Christmas Market.

While the other were enjoying a cup of gluwein, I decided to look around. There weren't that many nice shops and if there were, I didn't take pictures ... I bought things :P

On our way back to the car we stumbled upon this building, looks very spooky doesn't it?

It was a nice trip, though I still am curious about the Christmas Market in Valkenburg. Hopefully I'll get there next year ^^

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Change your words. Change the world.

This makes me tear up every time I watch it!
Our teacher showed us this in our Management class

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bodyline Review: Tie107, Tie109, Tie117, bag093, L024, S261 (Image heavy)

Disclaimer: Everything is bought with my own money!

Shop: Bodyline Japan
For the whole month of November bodyline was having a 1$/1€ Airmail shipping fee, so I decided to finally give in and order some things!
The're having another one in December, this time for 5$ airmail fee.
For the ones that don't know Bodyline it's a Japanese online store (with some real stores too) selling lolita clothing and cosplay.
Anyway, I had been eyeing their music note jsk for a while now and decided that it would be my big item ^^

First up,
Site 4/5
You can select 4 different currencies which makes price reading easier. The site is well balanced and easy to navigate. I do know from experience (I like browsing around looking at pretty things) that the website can go very slow if they are having sales, but luckily it didn't this time!

Communication 5/5
I asked them a question about the shipping and customs and got an answer back in 12 hours.
But their English is quite bad so don't ask difficult questions, just keep it simple ;)

Shipping 4/5
I chose Air mail because of the sale. Who can resist 1€ shipping! I sure can't :D
Time table:
4th Nov: placed order and payed
6th Nov: got tracking number
16th Nov: Received package
(I was so glad Customs didn't snatch it!)
It was shipped in a plastic grey bag, so no padded envelope but I knew that wasn't going to happen, even though you pay for it. Oh well.

Now onto the good stuff
Tie107: piano tie
Tie109: music cord tie
Tie117: music note tie
Bag093: music note bag
Socks261: knee high socks
L024: music note jsk
Can you tell I love music ;)

Price (Nov 2011): 2 €
          (Dec 2011): 3 €

These were ordered for my brother. He plays piano and wanted nice ties when he plays at concerts.
I really like the ties, they are a bit thinner and longer than normal ones.
The piano keys and music cord tie are the prettiest I think.
Overall: Happy with them! If I ever want to buy a special tie, I'll probably look at bodylines website again (if they offer cheap shipping).

Price (Nov 2011): 9 €
         (Dec 2011): 10 €
I was expecting it to be made of plastic because that's the feeling I got from the online picture but it's made out of cotton (if I had read the description box I would have known)

One side has bows attached to the handles, the other side has little hearts.
If you get closer, the print is a bit pixeled but I don't mind that.

The inside, just plain black cotton

The sides, you can fit rather much in there which I need in a bag!
Overall: Pleased with my buy! I still need to use it, after that I will update this to let you know if it's sturdy enough.

Price (Nov 2011): 3 €
          (Dec 2011): 3 €
First of all, on the online picture they seem more white on black to me but they turned out to be pink... and I have nothing pink... like nothing. So I don't know if I can use these. Perhaps I can coordinate them with the musicjsk I bought. Second of all, they fit great, and are quite warm!
Overall: Good price - quality.

JSK L024
Price (Nov 2011): 28 €
         (Dec 2011): 30 €

The Music note jsk, the reason why I ordered.
I love it! It's so cute ^^
Now some close-ups
The neckline
close-up of the pretty rose lace used.
The print, which is the same like the bag, also a little bit pixeled but not noticable when wearing it.
The fabric used is stretchy cotton, not thin, just thick enough.

The zipper, it works well. Though while wearing I found that it irritated me but I wasn't wearing a blouse (I was in a hurry to try it on ;) ) Have to see if it's better with a blouse under it.

As you can see isn't the jsk lined but the fabric is thick enough to prevent see-through.
The seams are finished and after my search I just found one loose thread.

The detachable bows. One negative point, the brooche backs are sewn on the lower side of the back of the bow so when used, the bows hang downwards, being sloppy. I'll probably detach the back and sew them back on, on a proper height.

The strechting on the back.
Bodyline says it's good for measurements up to 100 cm in the bust. I don't think it would be very comfortable for people with a 100 cm bust. I'd recommand 'till 96-98 cm.
I removed the white ribbon as it looked ridiculous stretched out...

Items: 4/5 (because of the zipper)
Overall: I'm happy with the jsk. I hope I can fix the zipper irritation problem and wear this baby out!
Will update with a coord post soon!

Will I order again from Bodyline Japan? Definitely! But like with every other store, first search reviews of all the items you have eye on. Because I know it can be hit or miss with bodyline!

If you want to know more about bodyline, take a look at bodyline_love and egl

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gift received!

A while ago I joined a give-away on Crafty Mitchell (blog & etsy). You could win one of her cute crochet monkeys!
And I won! yay ^^
I choose a monkey in my favourite colour combination; Red & Black
It arrived this week!
Here he/she is

Okay, that's a bit flashy,
That's better :)
He/she says hi! Still need to talk with the monkey some more to find out if it's a boy or girl and perhaps it would tell me its name...

Or perhaps any of you know a name for this cute fellow?