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This year has been tough

In the past 12 months for me a lot and nothing has happened. The most that has happened is the death of my sister. Nothing has ever effected me as much as this despite what anyone who doesn’t intimately know me think. I don’t usually publish real lie events on here. There is a reason for that.

She was the one reason I situated myself in perth 10 years ago. The loss of my mother I had dealt with for a long time before her life ended ( to much Disappointment to me as I’d had plans to reacquaint with her after 8 years.. My father has chosen his path and I’ve chosen to respect his choices.

For all intents and purposes I have no family anymore, save my soulmate . That’s the simple answer. My sister was the last hope for any of that. I am loved and I do love.. But the intents I had for the last ten years seem so devoid and nulled.

I am not working I have the drive and desire to work but it doesn’t seem to be turning to reality. Ideally I’d love to work for Peter Jackson but I am starting to think that despite my brains and drive I don’t have whatever people are looking for.

Either way.. I love my sister, my mother, my grandmother … And all those who I’ve passed, stood before and remember in my lifetime.

Depression is not something to shy from or avoid. I don’t care what my so called family and friends choose to believe from what they hear but I know myself and my reasons.

Life comes and goes its what we choose that makes us something to behold.

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(UPDATE: The top has now been listed in my Etsy Shop)

I don’t know about you but I love trash day, there is something about having someone else remove stinky stuff from where you live at a certain time every week that just makes everything better, although today ours was picked up really late, usually its a mid day thing but today.. 5pm.. I didn’t think that the garbage was even picked up that late! Needless to say that it through my trash day break all out of order ( no not really) but I like knowing that I can set the kettle to boil go get the trash and check the mail and bring in the bin and then sit down for a drink and a bit of a break.. Not today, whatever will I do! I guess wait until after I have put the rice into the cup to soak for a bit before cooking it (brown rice) go and get the trash, wash my hands and then cook dinner, or do I wait until I have eaten and then get it before I wash the dishes.

I am sure everyone has that one thing that they rely on to let them know that yes the world is still functioning, and that public services are still working..

I have been keeping busy playing with threads and crochet hooks and day dreams of clothes I would never actually wear myself.. I have posted a few to flickr over the past few days but here is a little glimpse at what I have been up to, please forgive the slight blur my camera was being temperamental today.

freeform crochet top

So far the pink and cream tops are still available (I am yet to list them in etsy) but hopefully someone will have a perfect outfit to set them to. It is always a shame to have items packed away after I make them so I must get better about finding them homes to make room for new ones to be made. The pink one is made using various scraps of pink embroidery thread, mostly DMC single strand and crocheted with a lovely little size 6 UK archer crochet hook I was lucky enough to find in one of the local op shops for $2 I wouldn’t mind getting another this size and one smaller. This one has been used so much that the thread is starting to stick to it (much like when you use a sewing needle too much)
freeform crochet top
The cream one is various threads and methods, hairpin, crochet and needle lace to join in places, the threads range from white DMC embroidery thread single strand to DMC tatting thread size 80 and 100 the 100 is stained with age and is very lovely.
Finished crochet lace top

I also finally got the gusto to start adding some of the velcro that I bought for dolls clothes to actually complete some of the pieces that have been gathering on my desk, I was worried that it wouldn’t stick or that it would be bulky and that hand sewing would not give it a nice finish. It worked out fine and I really like how simple it makes to put the clothes on the dolls. Especially the petites.
Pink Blythe top
Old calico tshirtOld calico tshirt
I am going to giveaway a little crochet petite blythe vest, all you need to do is link to a picture of your petite who really really wants a new little item for their wardrobe.  Just leave the link and comment below, you have a week until I do a random draw for it so hop to it! (please be sure to leave your email to be contacted as I have had winners miss out before because of this)
Little vest inspired by potato mouse
And thanks for  reading folks!

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3 weeks later..

No not a zombie tale, even though that seems to be the coloring of my foot at the moment. Whilst this is a great deal better than it has been, no longer yellow, green, black, red and everything in between,  you can see the impact where I have clearly torn the tendon up the side of my ankle. I can at least sort of walk on it and I am at least able to shower again (baths do not get you clean imho) I am going to get some braces for  support so that when I am riding it at least is -safer-.. Note to self.. PAY MORE ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU ARE WALKING..

Zombie Foot

As to other things I have been up to here is a little bit of a taste (it was very hard trying to get photos while unable to move into a better angle.. These will hopefully be up in Etsy by the end of the weekend along with some little kits I am putting together for something non-blythe related..

Orange ribbon crochet top
1/6 scale crochet market bag
petite blythe knit dress
petite blythe knit dress

These have all been piling up in my stash, the market bags have been a great relaxer and I have others that are made in various thread including some antique cream and white that I bought online, also I have made some in newer threads which are Lizbeth size 80 in various variegated and solid colors which are lovely. These are very simple to make so if you are interested and have the items required the pattern is simply as follows;

1:6th Scale Market Bag

Crochet hook 0.75mm
Thread Lizbeth 80 or DMC 60
Small  safety pin to use to mark the start of each round ( put this in after you have made the first stitch of each new round)

ch 2
sc 6 in first chain
2 sc in each sc of previous row
sc 1,  2 sc in next st to end
sc 2, 2 sc in next st to end

Repeat this adding in an extra stitch for each new row until you get to the desired size (I usually choose between 6 and 10 stitches)

ch 5, skip 2, sc in next st around until you are at the last chain, ch 3, dc into sc of previous round,

repeat this for 4-6 rows

3ch, 3 hdc or dc in each ch space around

sc around for 4-6 rounds

sl st to join ch 1 turn, sc in the next 3-4 stitches, ch1 turn

sc in each st 3-4, ch 1 turn (repeat this for the desired handle length)

Fasten off, sew handle to opposite side of the bag and weave in the tail..

Voila super cute useful bag for blythe  or other fashion doll.

 

Have a fantastic evening and be sure to let me know if you make one, as always I would love to see it so leave a comment showing where you have it posted and I will be sure to peek..

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What a year!

So the year for me is ending – September to September had been hell for me – I met great people fell out of love was stupidly broke and fell deeply into love with a wonderful man who really loves me and am about to be free again… In the time between then and now I have learnt so much so I will leave you with this image until my next post – love you all and wish you the best for Christmas and the new year – you can always contact me via email 🙂

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Why am I so quiet lately?

Well I have a number of things going on and not a lot to take pictures of and some I am keeping secret for a bit longer.. 😛 However I thought I would share a little teaser with you today..

I was lucky enough today to find a HEAP of old par avion envelopes in blue and white, the old leather writing kit and some other bits.. The note book and so on is part of what I am working on in the background atm.. I am waiting on my new camera to arrive but will try and get some decent shots of the miniatures I am working on at the moment..

Lots of inspiration and projects,

Jenn

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Picking up the pieces..

Life is strange.. Time seems together sucked up in some mystical vortex never to be seen again!

It seems as though I don’t get anything I want to do done. Made worse by the fact at the moment we have had someone staying in our small pokey unit and sleeping in my art room for over a month.

It isn’t just the fact there is less space, but less quiet time, more mess, food, conversation… Anyone who knows me knows I thrive on peace and quiet. I need it. And the time and space to do art stuff and even relax.

So with that and a mindless job, I am trying to get back into the swing of makin and finishing projects. My zine is slowly getting there.. I have been working on adapting my planning and working method as well as how I am going about writing, constructing and photographing projects. However there is still that time and space problem.

My lovely partner has been very supportive with my art room, in the past month I have gotten 2 new desks, two nice black bookshelves and some storage boxes for my gear with more to come, as well as a portable air-con unit to keep the room alot cooler and my hands alot less slimey during this hot and strangely humid summer. We also went into a few book stores where I got three books to read.. The 3rd Thomas covenant book, Terry Prattchet, and one I had been seeking – the historian…

Hopefully this will be a re-begining of my posting..

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A new year..

It has been a while since I made a post that was more than just a paragraph or so. As some of you know last year was pretty tiring emotionally, and I am sire plenty of others have had similar years. While some things got better others were beyond belief an may not have even completely sunk in still. As I mentioned a while ago I did get a job, I had forgotten just how much time it takes up – and I am even using my lunch break to write a post up.

This blog however is an important part of my life and it feels as though by neglecting it and not wanting to post anything because I have not felt like I have accomplished much creativly, has only made me feel worse. I like to think that what I post on here inspires others and gives them ideas, examples of how to make something themselves.

Though I started this blog with the intention to keep a log of sorts of my creative endevours I often have to remind myself that I don’t have an obligation or need to post world changing information every time. quite simply just keep a log of what I have been making, drawing or dreaming up.

So this year expect things to be back to picture filled posts of my art room antics, as well as plenty of information on how I did what I post when time allows! As well as a few things I have up my sleeve :p

Happy New Year everyone!

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