Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Retro Style Photos

Yesterday I found a tutorial on giving your photos a retro look by adding light leaks and thought I'd try it out. I do like the look of photos taken using analogue cameras and don't mind light leaks on images but I do have a camera that lets in so much light you are lucky if you get any image at all. I've even tried blocking any gaps up with duct tape but nope, that didn't work.
I found some photos that were taken in LLandudno and gave the tutorial a go.

 For this you do need to use Photoshop, something that I'm still not too good at using but this was even simple enough for me to do.

The light leaks tutorial can be found here. The download for the effects are at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Grosvenor Museum

On Sunday we spend the day in Chester visiting the Grosvenor Museum. We did bring Little L here for the first time last year and it was a bit of a gamble as to whether she would find it boring or not but she really enjoyed it. For children, there are worksheets to fill in as they walk around plus interactive parts on some displays. 

Little L's favourite exhibition in the museum is the Natural History Collection. There is a table laid out with animal stencils, paper and crayons in this room as well as magnifying equipment, Little L could quite happily stay in this part all day.

Adjoining the museum building is the Period House. The house its self dates from around 1680 ( the floorboards do feel slightly higgledy piggledy and a bit bouncy ). Each room has a display depicting social history from different eras.

The Victorian Kitchen 

Items from a Victorian classroom

An Edwardian bathroom

Items from a Victorian dressing table

The displays in the house which I tend to linger around the longest are the 1925 Day Nursery and the collection of household items and fashion dating from 1920's to 1960's.

The period house also has things to keep children interested such as I Spy books, boxes containing objects to feel and different scents to guess. 
Little L loved her time at the museum and asked if we can find one with dinosaurs in. At the moment she is learning about dinosaurs at school and wants to see how big a real life dinosaur skeleton is.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Reversible Bag

Yesterday I tried out another bag pattern that I'd found online. 

This time a reversible one made using denim for one side and a print fabric on the other. 

The print fabric I had bought a few years ago with the intentions of using it to make an apron but then didn't want to cut in to it at the time. I do tend to do that quite often. Buy fabric then like it too much to use. It was sold as 70's vintage but I think that the print looks a bit 50's-ish.

Everyone I our house prefer this bag to others that I've made before. Maybe because it's not floral or not a tote bag .. I don't know.
The free pattern and tutorial that I used can be found here.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Last Weeks Sewing

Last week the children were on a half term break from school and I've noticed that my sewing machine comes out more during the school holidays. I think it is because Little L always wants something made or to make something even if she is just helping me. At the moment she loves helping me pin fabrics and she did have a go on my machine just before the holidays and made these coasters. 

She was fine sewing at first then I think it dragged on too long for her and by the time she was finishing her second one her concentration was wavering and she just wanted to do something else instead. Maybe she'll be ready for another go when she a bit older.

Over the hols we had a button sort out,

I made a sleeping bag for Little L's baby meerkat 

and made three of these fold up tote bags. I used this tutorial to make the bags but as I lined mine, I inserted the handles in between the outer bag and the lining.

We made some marbled eggs which Little L loved doing. 

Little L lost her first tooth. She has been wanting to lose a tooth for ages because lots of her friends have either lost some of theirs or had them taken out. I keep telling her that its good she has kept hold of her for so long but I've never seen a child so excited over a wobbly tooth.
Little L went to a friends party over the holidays. She does get invited to party's but usually chooses not to go because if the invitation is from a girl she thinks the party will be girly and shes more comfortable running around with a load of boys. It was a fancy dress party that she went to, all girls, all dressed as princesses besides Little L who went as Darth Vader. I suppose that she has a point with her party theory.

Monday, 9 February 2015

My Etsy Buys

Having not purchased anything crafty for a while I recently popped over to Etsy and bought some embroidery items.

These mini pendant hoops which I've never used before

and this embroidery book which only took ten days to arrive from Japan.

The patterns in the book range from animals and flowers to items of clothing and a few fairy tale characters.

The book explains how the brooches are constructed as well as diagrams of different embroidery stitches which can be used.

I just need to decide which one to try first.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Everything Back To Normal

After all the time I spent trying to fix the blog posts I was told how to sort it out very quickly. If the photos had been deleted in the last 60 days (mine were), go in to the account where the photos are stored, retrieve them from the trash and they all go back on to the relevant posts. Sounds really obvious now. 

This week I finished knitting a new outfit for Little L's doll. The pattern I used for this was a Daisy May pattern (No.287) which I purchased from Ebay. The outfit below, also a Daisy May design (No.279) is one that I completed just before Christmas and didn't get around to posting.

These are a few small speedy items that I have made using some free patterns which I found.

This crocheted fox key ring for Little L's school bag,

a felt guinea pig ornament for my Mum

and a little monster ready to give to Little L on Valentines Day.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Vanishing Photos

This weekend I spent most of my time putting photos back on the blog that I had accidentally deleted. Photos from the past few years were stored on a USB stick and any that were older I retrieved from my Flickr or Cut Out And Keep account. Very boring and time consuming. I went through the blog month by month making a note of the ones I'd corrected. When I'd finished some more photos had disappeared so I'm back to square one. I can't understand how they can just vanish. After doing a search I found that photos vanishing is quite a common problem and as yet I have not found a way to stop it.