Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Iron Craft #4: 1940s Inspired Bomb Girls Dress

The challenge this week:

"The Emmys, SAGs, Golden Globes and, of course, the Oscars, it is awards season for the entertainment industry. So, let’s make something inspired by a movie or television show OR you can make something you would wear on the red carpet." (courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)


For anyone who has followed this blog, or my Facebook knows that I'm currently obsessed with the Canadian TV show Bomb Girls.

A little bit about Bomb Girls for those who haven't watched it (I think it's available on some obscure American channel now though):

Set in the 1940s, Bomb Girls tells the remarkable stories of the women who risked their lives in a munitions factory building bombs for the Allied forces fighting on the European front. The series delves into the lives of these exceptional women from all walks of life – peers, friends and rivals – who find themselves thrust into new worlds and changed profoundly as they are liberated from their home and social restrictions. (courtesy of Global TV)

Before the second season started a few months back I showed you how to make your own 1940s turban head wrap.  So I couldn't do that again for Iron Craft.

So I decided to outfit myself in 1940s inspired garb and made a dress from Retro re-released Simplicity Pattern 1777.

I even went all out and did a photo shoot at the Winnipeg Aviation Museum.

I even got my hair to stay put in 1940s victory rolls.  Phew!  That took A LOT of hairspray!!

But it kinda looks like the pattern cover.

Of course, it's Canada and it's cold outside, so the boots aren't exactly great for the photos, but whatever.  And it's 2013 and there isn't any rationing going on right now, so I was able to wear tights.  Yay!

The plane that I'm posed beside is a de Havilland Tiger Moth used by the Royal Canadian Airforce during the 1940s.

I found that even my coat went well with this Bomb Girls inspired look.

And I couldn't resist hanging with the flygirls for awhile. :)

Cast of Bomb Girls

 I'm thinking that this is totally a Lorna dress (Meg Tilly's character in the centre).  I love her so much!

And because this was a challenge dealing with all the award shows coming up, I'll let you know that Bomb Girls has been nominated for a bunch as well. OK so maybe they are all Canadian award shows, but still.  I love this show so much!!!!

To follow all the Iron Crafters and snoop on their favourite TV and Movie inspired crafts, check out the Flickr Group.

(PS: My favourite movie happens to be It's A Wonderful Life, which incidentally takes place in the 1940s as well, so it's a double win with this dress).


I'm also sharing this dress with a few link parties because I'm super proud of it!:
Lil Luna Link Party - Lil Luna
Too Cute Tuesday - Funky Polkadot Giraffe

Monday, 25 February 2013

Macrame Monday: An Addition to the Chevron Friendship Bracelet How To

For some reason I thought that I had posted this several months back.  But when I went to look for it in order to link it to the current tutorial I am working on, it was no where to be found.  Oy!


I took part in a Culture Days event way back at the end of September and I can't seem to find where I posted this handout that I made for the event.

It's a handy resource to print out and keep near you when you're working on learning the Chevron pattern for friendship bracelets like these:

And it's a great addition to the Chevron Friendship Bracelet tutorial that I had posted last year as well!

Here is the link to it on DropBox.

And here is the picture of the handout posted in here.  I think you'll be able to save image and print it out from there as well if you'd like.

Don't you love my awesome artwork?

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Wednesday Weigh In: Lent

Well I'm making no progress on the weight loss this week.  There's been no change.

But today marks the first day of Lent.

I'm going big this year.

I'm giving up Slurpees.  Delicious delicious Slurpees for a whole 40 days until Easter.

The same delicious Slurpees that I drink every single day. Sometimes I drink two.

It's time to try to put a dent in my reliance on sugar.  I crave sugar like crazy. It's the same as most people do with caffeine.  Since I don't drink coffee, I start to feel shaky when I don't get a Slurpee in the morning.  By the afternoon, I'm feeling downright ill without one.

So we'll see how I do.

I have a feeling that I'll go a little crazy.  I might pull out some hair.  I might get snarky and cranky and lethargic for awhile.  Then I'll start to feel better and my reliance on sugar will go away.

Maybe I won't even need my daily Slurpee by the time the 40 days are over.  Maybe the world's sweetest and most delicious drink will turn into a treat once again.

Are you giving up anything for Lent?

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Iron Craft #3: Hearts and Flowers

The challenge this week:

"Love it or hate it, it is that time of year, Valentine’s Day. Our challenge is for you to make something featuring hearts or flowers. It does not need to be Valentine’s Day themed, but needs to feature at least one heart or one flower." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Hmmm... I'm not really in the Valentine's spirit, but I guess that's the point of this challenge.  To get me in the spirit or at the very least get me thinking of something different.

I put my sewing machine away for awhile.  I need a break and it's the slow season for the Tawny Bee shop, so I thought it would be a good time.  This meant that my craft had to be something other than sewing.


Here we go:

 I decided to try to work a heart into a friendship bracelet.  I am pretty good at doing chevrons, stripes and the wavy macrame style, but hearts are a whole other story.  I ended up forcing them into the pattern. 

You can see my practice bracelet at the very left.  The hearts would looking more like arrows or the regular chevrons that I'm used to.  By the time I got to the bottom of the bracelet, I was doing on OK job at making them look more like hearts.

Now I like the way they are turning out.  I'll make a bunch up and get some nicer photos and post them up in the shop along with the other 2 varieties I have.


And of course I will post up a tutorial on how to make this pattern on the next Macrame Monday. :D

For kicks I was working on a small weaving loom on Sunday afternoon and came up with a pretty nice looking flower pattern.  So I thought I'd throw that one in as a bonus Iron Craft since it features flowers.

 To check out all the lovely hearts and flowers from the other Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Macrame Monday: 3' Plant Hanger

Remember the pretty plant hanger that I made last year for our very awesome fern plant?

Well, the plant is thriving so much that it's grown and grown to the point where the various leaves are bonking Terry on the head as he heads down the stairs. :(

So I decided to make a shorter plant hanger to raise the fern up enough to grow and grow and grow and grow....


The photo above is the finished product before I put the fern in.

Finished Length - 3 to 4 feet

Supplies Needed:
42 yards of macrame rope
1 metal ring (2 inches round)
4 bits (or scraps) of macrame rope or yarn for the bows in a matching or contrasting colour
1 11 - 13 inches pot

Skill Needed:
Beginners macrame (knowledge of crown knot and half a square knot to make a half knot twist)

Time Needed:
This one took me a couple of afternoons (not much time at all)

Step One:
Cut 8 cords measuring 5 yards each, and 2 cords 1 yard each.

Step Two:
Fold the 5 yard cords over the ring. Tie a 1.5 inch wrap using a 1 yard cord

Step Three:
Separate cords into 4 groups of 4 cords each and tie 4 inches of crown knots. Remember the crown knot that I taught you how to tie in the last macrame Monday? I told you we'd need it! :)

Step Four: 
To complete each sinnet, tie 4 square knots.  Skip 6 inches and tie 12 half knot twists (a half knot twist is just the first half of the square knot over and over again). Tie a coloured scrap cord in a bow for decoration at this point. Choose the 2 longest cords to tie with and tie 12 more half knot twists. Skip 6 inches and tie 2 square knots.  Repeat with the other three sinnets.

Step Five:
To make basket, skip down 4 inches and tie a row of alternating square knots.  Skip down 3 inches more and tie a row of alternating square knots.

Step Six:
Using the 1 yard cord, tie a wrap directly below the last row of square knots.  Trim tail to desired length.

As you can see, my fern is a little out of control.  You can't even see the finished plant hanger!


 It is very pretty though isn't it?

And now because that tutorial was so short, I'll tell you a little story:

So I got caught up on the phone the other day by one of those "survey" people.  I answered their stupid little survey because I was trying to be nice to the poor girl stuck phoning people.  After the survey was over she said "And for filling out our survey you are now entered into a draw blah blah blah."

Crap.  I didn't want to be entered into a draw.  You know that's just gonna be a scam and that everyone wins this draw right?  So of course they phone back a couple of days early and say "you've won our daily draw" uh huh... you can imagine my surprise.  Anyway, they wanted to give me a Slap Chop if I sat through someone trying to sell one of their clean air systems.

Terry broke our first Slap Chop, so I thought, why not? It's not like we're going to buy the thing anyway.  How bad could it be?  Yeah... our entire Saturday morning was taken up by a friggin vaccuum salesperson.  Can you believe that?  A good ole fashioned, door to door type vacuum salesperson.  Oy!

She talked and talked and talked for an hour and a half about how wonderful her clean air system was.   And then she told us that we could have the thing for like $4000.  Yeah....

The entire time she was going through her spiel I kept thinking, hasn't this girl ever heard of a good ole house plant?  I mean really.  For the low low price of $16.99 we bought this crazy ass fern that keeps growing and growing.  Look at all those leaves!  Each one of them are busy taking our yucky air and turning it into beautiful fresh air just the same as her purifying system. 

Needless to say, I now have a Slap Chop and and fern and no air purifier/vacuum. :)

The perfect air purifier!

And the perfect air purifier holder!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Lane's Pretty Pink Princess Party Dress

Lane didn't want to be left out of all this sewing I've been doing for the kids lately.  Logan got new curtains and she demanded that she have a pretty pink princess party dress.

I was very excited to get Sewing Clothes Kids Love for Christmas this year.


Anyway, there is a dress in there called the Feliz Party Dress.  And that was the pattern I chose for Lane's party dress.

A little bit of a warning before I show you the final result:

I am not responsible if your ovaries are suddenly put on hyper overdrive when you see the following photos.  I am also not responsible if you suddenly develop the following symptoms after looking at these adorable photos:
- a sudden fondness for pink
- a want to stop and smell the roses
- an urge to braid someone's hair
- the addition of tiaras to your daily wardrobe
- the throwing of little girl princess parties just so that you can see all the pretty dresses
- a massive desire to dress like a 3 year old in the hopes that you'll be this cute as well

 Don't say I didn't warn you! :P

It's winter here, so of course Lane had to pose with a yellow top and purple jogging pants underneath her new spring dress.

The back ties with a big bow.

I put so much rick rack on the entire dress.  And used 4 different fabrics from the Sunny Happy Skies line of fabric by Riley Blake Designs fro Bella BLVD.

Lane wore it to pre-school the very next day and showed all of her little friends that she looked just like a princess.

And she insisted on posing on the chair to make herself look just right for the photo hehehe.

A closer up view of the back.

A closer up view of the front.

In action pose of the front. I'd say she likes it!

And an in action pose of the back.



Sharing this project with:
Too Cute Tuesday - Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Friday, 1 February 2013

Food Friday: Comfort Food

When the temperature dips like it has today, there's only one thing to do:

Bring on the Comfort Food!

It's -45 wind chill here in Winnipeg this morning.  That's about -32 C without the wind.  Bleh! 

So I prepped a rolled lasagna this morning to bake up for dinner.

And I baked up these yummies:

Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Butterscotch Chips Cookies!

My house smells like nutmeg and cinnamon today.  That'll take away anyone's chills.