Away with work

Hey ya!

So maybe you’ve noticed that I’ve been away. Maybe not? But yes I’ve been very busy lately. I’ve just lost my job and with no cash I cannot make lovely crafts, explore vintage markets and support business with my purchases. And my oven as COMPLETELY broken down (burning all things!). It was a sad time after my last post…I couldn’t even show you How To’s (notice?).

On the positive side I have now go more work at my 0% hours part-time job in hospitality, got a new job (4 hours is something) every Sunday and to top it off…all the crafts that I make I now SELL! Yeah I know rite finally I’m selling something instead of saying I will coz that gets real old uno. So far I’ve made 3 doorstop owls (£6…promo myself tehe) and their in a shop on it’s very own shelf (Gorgeous Gifts and Accessories…remember I promo’d the shop?).

This week I’m making Christmas crafts as I now have a teeny bit of change, found my most favorite place to be for the rest of my young life to promo, a pretty POTW coz I haven’t done that in forever and of course Christmas bakes and I will share it all with you on the 1st of December! PRETTY PROMISE!.

Again I’m sorry for being so sucky but I’ve been down due to not going after my dreams and I dream BIG! So I had to pause and press play!

Oh and here’s the owls!

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This is going to be fabulously festive!

Happy holidays!

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Gatsby Week: Baking (Finale)

It’s the end of Gatsby Week my lovely lovelies and I’ve been so caught up (mainly of this new place I cannot wait to tell you about later this week) because I’ve finally found a life to live!
YEAH I KNOW RIGHT who could have thought it could happen to me!!

As It’s Sunday (which means baking!) I thought I’d finish of the week with some tasty desserts from the 1920’s era…however when I found out what kind of desserts they made back then it was puds such as Upside Down Pineapple cake! I was hoping something more crazy to be honest. I can’t bake a How To myself because it’s broke (*sobs*).

Anyway Here’s a lovely link of desserts from different eras including the 1920’s which looks like a good read:

http://www.foodtimeline.org/fooddecades.html

I hope this was helpful!

Happy baking!

Gatsby Week: Fashion

Time to dance the Charleston girls as we find an inexpensive way to 20’s up your wardrobe!
You want to wear anything sequined, beaded or tassels. Free flowing (I can’t be sure about draping tho…)

I would simply get and item of clothing (loose-ish top, shift dress and yes trousers wore worn at that time!) that is non fitting and a sparkly trim to represent the sequin/beading and some tassels for a bit of shake. I’ve pinned some pins!

The Rules!

The Rules! Pretty much tells you how it went down…better than me copy and pasting Wiki words!

Beads and sequins!

Beads and sequins! And tassels! I won’t for get them. Beading and stitching sequins is far too long but sure is beautiful!

Glamour!

Glamour, with a do full of hair slides and heart full of dreams (I assume).

Love!

Love…the…feather…boah!

Now for the highstreet (and online)!

Sexy embellished shift dress from Evans at £55! The deco is SO 1920 and it’s not dull (coz whenever I think plus size clothing IN GENERAL I think boring dull coloured capes which is kinda sad and true so I’m quite pleased!):

http://www.evans.co.uk/en/evuk/product/clothing-250468/dresses-250498/party-wear-dresses-250572/scarlett-jo-black-embellished-shift-dress-2381378?refinements=category~[209534|209530]&bi=1&ps=200

I thought Forever 21 (UK) would have something, shame. I bet Forever 21 (US) would do…they always do! I know! I look! Just like…

Modcloth! And once your go onto the Gatsby Garb section you’ll want to buy everything!!! (I always keep a currency converter tab on Google open just to see how much it’ll cost plus P&P…oh my words and whispers overseas P&P is a BI…! But it’s under a tenner so I won’t complain anymore…).

My fav! ASOS baby! (why did I say baby?)

Awesome sequin shift dress at £50! Good ol’ ASOS! (not that bad right? You keep it for life depending how you care for it! Plus I saw another dress that was also shift for £21 and it was just so boring but I thought I should say):

http://www.asos.com/ASOS-Curve/ASOS-CURVE-Exclusive-Shift-Dress-In-Sequin/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3314960&cid=9577&Rf900=1465&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=204&sort=-1&clr=Black

And might I say New Look are doing it so right…take a look (good luck fighting for the plus sizes!):

http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/gatsby_3020007?No=0&Nrpp=100

If you do find something better, create something better or tell me an upside to Forever 21 (UK) tell or send me a pic @leleloves72 via Twitter!

Happy shopping!

Gatsby Week: Hair accessories

Yes oh yes! I love glamour and nothing has said glamour lately then The Great Gatsby trend trending thought-out the fashion world! This week I’m so set on creating this glamorous 1920’s style hoping to frock it up (when I do eventually go somewhere).

Since it’s the beginning of the week and craft day I thought we could go though hair accessories and an easy make this will be. Unfortunately for me I have none of the tools with me (*sobs*) which makes my How To look pointless but doesn’t mean I can’t explain in great Gatsby detail. (Seriously it’s really easy!)

Here comes the pins!

Get a store bought plain head band and stick a bejewelled deco-like applique on it! DONE!

Get a store-bought plain head band and stick a bejewelled deco-like applique on it! DONE!

Sew each end of the necklace onto some pretty ribbon (shiny, sparklkey or satin), tie it on your head and youre great to go! Better yet just grab a necklace and pop it on your hair-do with bobby pins to keep it in place, now you have a two in one! DONE!

Sew each end of your necklace onto some pretty ribbon (shiny, sparkly or satin), tie it on your head and you’re great to go! Better yet just grab a necklace and pop it on your hair-do with bobby pins to keep it in place, now you have a two in one! DONE!

Find a cheapo hair slide and get crafty with the glue gun carefully sticking on eye-catching adorements...

Find a cheapo hair slide and get crafty with the glue gun carefully sticking on eye-catching adornments…

...even add a earring to dangle and a feather or two!

…even add an earring to dangle and a feather or two!

Just be beautiful with it...

Just be beautiful with it…

...and not like this!!!

…and not like this!!!

Now you can’t go wrong if you go glamorous keeping the deco 1920 mood in mind, I used Pinterest of course as a guide!

Hope this was as easy for you as it’ll be for me!

Happy Crafting!

Textile Toto

All week I’ve been trying to make a “How To” to show you lovely people and finally (and on a craft day too) I’ve got something…this something you wonder?….

Textile Toto Dog! (cute Toto from The Wizard of Oz…love that movie…want the shoes).

It’s so cute and simple I love it and I got this from this magazine I’m collecting Sew n Stitch. I love creating crafty stuff from my magazine to show you especially if you don’t have the magazine yourself.

Here’s a Dog template I found however I didn’t use this one, If you want my one you can copy/drag to your desktop, enlarge and print (that’s what I would do plus this blog looks quiet nice so if you like then subscribe!):

http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/05/softie_scotty_d.html

What you need:

  • Template paper pattern (incl. 1cm seam allowance for sewing)
  • Your chosen fabric
  • Filling (I used old filling from an old quilt)
  • Trim or ribbon (for key chain loop/dog collar or both*)
  • 2 Beads for the eyes (sew-on diamontie stones/sequins/button or embroidery thread…up to you)
  • Pins
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • A pencil
  • Needle and thread** or Sewing machine with the bobbin bits
  • Tape measure**
  • Love of cute little dogs (even if you’re not a dog person)

*optional!

**For hand-sewing only!

(Excuse my changing of materials and background…It’s been a crazy week!)

(Hopefully you can see this clearly) So here's my paper pattern with SA included.

(Hopefully you can see this clearly) So here’s my paper pattern with SA included.

I lay my pattern of the fabric, pin and cut.

I lay my pattern of the fabric, pin and cut.

Now with my pieces ready to sew!

Now with my pieces ready to sew!

**HAND-SEWING** Now I have to hand-stitch this Toto of mine so I pin in place and sew on the under body to one of the main bodies RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER! Do the same to the other piece.

**HAND-SEWING** Now I have to hand-stitch this Toto of mine so I pin in place and sew on the under body to one of the main bodies RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER! Do the same to the other piece. (I measured 1cm round where I wanted to stitch so I have a stitching guide to help me…I can’t do it by eye unfortunately I’m not that good!)

Once I done that I stitched on Toto's eyes. If your sewing a Toto for a young child or baby don't use any beads/diamonties/buttons/sequins as they might come loose and choke the child. Instead use embrodery thread to make eyes (shiny thread would be cool so your Tots eyes can still sparkle with love).

Once I done that I stitched on Toto’s eyes. If your sewing a Toto dog for a young child or baby don’t use any beads/diamonties/buttons/sequins as they might come loose and choke the child. Instead use embroidery thread to make eyes (shiny thread would be cool so your dogs eyes can still sparkle with love).

 

Now with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER sew the rest of the body leaving out the under body flap...

Now with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER sew the rest of the body leaving out the under body flap…

...if you want a little tag to hang Toto then cut some ribbon and sandwich it between the RIGHT SIDES of the fabric so you can stitch it in place as your sewing the main body...REMEMBER the ribbon has to be sandwiched in between the fabric!

…if you want a little tag to hang Toto then cut some ribbon and sandwich it between the RIGHT SIDES of the fabric so you can stitch it in place as your sewing the main body…REMEMBER the ribbon has to be sandwiched in between the fabric!

Now it should look like this!

Now it should look like this!

See how I left out the flap. Don't get it caught!

See how I left out the flap. Don’t get it caught!

If youre using a sewing machine you do pretty much everything I've said but just no hand-stitching.

If you’re using a sewing machine you do pretty much everything I’ve said but just no hand-stitching.

Turn Toto inside out carefully! Use a pencil to get into the narrow spaces CAREFULLLLLLY!...

Turn Toto inside out carefully! Use a pencil to get into the narrow spaces CAREFULLLLLLY!…

...fill it up!

…fill it up!

Toto needs a collar but this is optional. I measured Toto's neck and cut the collar! You can hand-stich this part.

Toto needs a collar but this is optional. I measured Toto’s neck and cut the collar! You can hand-stitch this part.

Now that was done I finished up by sewing up Toto's under body flap together neatly by folding it back and stitching (this bit was fiddly!).

Now that was done I finished up by sewing up Toto’s under body flap together neatly by folding it back and stitching (this bit was fiddly!).

I left a little pooper hole so I could stuff more filling...in his butt!..then stitched it up.

I left a little pooper hole so I could stuff more filling…in his butt! (tehe)...then stitched it up.

Ta Da! Your cute Textile Toto Dog! Enjoy! x

Ta Da! Your cute Textile Toto Dog! Enjoy! x ROOF! ROOF!

 

So easy you wanna put this dog down…on your bed (sorry poor taste). Great for a present or for a Christmas deco!

Well I hope this was fun and enjoyable!

Happy Crafting!

 

 

Pinterest interest #6

If you don’t know now you know I HEART UGLY BETTY and yeah I know it’s long gone but in my heart she there forever (plus with the repeats on the TV you can’t shake her).  Before Betty was known I sorta dressed like her,  uno in mis-match non-co-ordinates and bright bold summer colours. Then I just…stopped. Well Now I’m starting it back and bring back the sun in November (and hopefully you will join me too)! So here’s my Pinterest interest!

That belt is so cool. I can keep my Oyster/travel card in there instead of digging around in my massive bag to find it on the bus!

That belt is so cool. I can keep my Oyster/travel card in there instead of digging around in my massive bag to find it on the bus!

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Lovin’ the socks with mary jane courts! Aww the dress has mini women on. Sweet!

I don't know why basic colours aren't a fashion thing. Love polka!

I don’t know why basic colours aren’t a fashion thing. Love polka!

I wouldn't do pasley print tho...that's my personal no-no.

I wouldn’t do paisley print tho…that’s my personal no-no.

This. Is . Granny. Chic!

This. Is . Granny. Chic!

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LOL! Look at Marc, so funny!

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She’s got Wicked pato stockings!!!!

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Way to be a rebel with orange socks!

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Pinks, plums and on the run!

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Granny Chiiiiiiiic! or just Nana

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Very summery, block colours ya’ll!

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I had that blue skirt from when I was dressing like Betty before Betty was known…Maybe that IS my skirt!

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???

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Why did they say she was plus size in the show…she has a slim waist, maybe compared to the models then I guess (they’re silly!)

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Next years Halloween idea!

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Wish I had that coat, I really do.

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OOOHHH and this one!

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Note to all: More colour in wardrobe! If filled with colour then add more!

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Looks like even the Mary Jane courts hurt….so sad 😦 nice slips tho (yay).

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Hahaha mini Betty on her bag!

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POOOLKA!!!

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Looks like a student.

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Clashing geo with animal prints! Dare to be Daring!

I Love Ugly Betty/America Ferrera!

Happy Pinning your interests!