WIPs, Muffs and 50 Shades Of …Pretty!

Morning my lovelies! I did a post back in January about the plans I had for makes, so I thought it might be nice to see what happened. Ready? Follow me!

First, the little bears made from the boot fair fur…

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They are called the L’adorable brothers, Vanille and Menthe and if you look really hard Vanille has a little macaron charm that I think I will put on all my bears.

Next a couple of the cards I made from the lovely kit designed by Santoro and available from the Glitter Pot…..

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I think they are so pretty, and great for teen girls as well as grown ups.

I made these little tattoo hearts from a themed box from Felted Fancies Supplies ( they have a shop on Facebook).

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And staying with felt, this little flapper girl is my own design, as is the little brooch.

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Last felt pierces I promise! These eggs are made from a pattern by the hugely talented Sew Sweet, find her range of gorgeous patterns on Facebook and at http://www.sewsweet.co.uk.

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Last week I had the opportunity to knit a piece for Wool and The Gang who are a very trend aware company selling their own brand yarns and patterns. Unfortunately my tension was off so it won’t be going on the website, but I get to keep it! I am just embroidering on the deconstructed leopard print and I will be all set for next winter…

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And finally, I have decided that for next winter I need a muff, No sniggering in the back row please! it seems to me that it will solve the dog walking dilemma of having to remove gloves to pick up poo, dropping glove in said poo.. you get the picture! si I am making one from this book…….

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The talented Stephanie Dosen writes the most magical blog on wordpress called Tiny Owl Knits, here’s the violet covered muff that I will be attempting….

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And of course I will be painting, I have just finished a portrait of my brother’s children which I completely failed to take a picture of!

So, whats going on at your craft table/tray?lap? id love to see what you have going on!

kisses

Karen

McQueen For A Day

I love Alexander McQueen, I will never be able to afford anything from their shop but I love the label. When McQueen was alive I loved it more, I loved his sense of theatre, of traditional tailoring skills, of embellishment and embroidery.

I was devastated when the retrospective of his work was shown at The Met in New York, convinced I would never see his work in person. However, I signed the petition, waited 7 months and here I am in the presence of the great man himself.

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Photography was forbidden within the collection and though many others were snapping away it felt inappropriate, so from now on its second-hand photos from my books and postcards.

Lee McQueen was a Savile Row tailors apprentice when he left school and his ability to cut and tailor shines through the collection but especially the early pieces……

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This piece highlights his tailoring abilities with his twist of deconstruction, as I walked round I was reminded of this quote…

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Lee himself said “You’ve got to know the rules to break them. Thats what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but keep the tradition”.

From the tailored pieces we were taken to a gothic, romantic room with faded, gilded mirrors, many of the pieces were very Victorian , jet beading and heavy black lace so the models looked like that were in mourning. It was also where one of his most iconic pieces was given pride of place………

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Lee was very interested in ornithology and feathers played a large part in his collections, he said this about this collection “It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholic but romantic at the same time”.

The next room featured his controversially named “Highland Rape” collection, heavily referencing tartan and ruffled lace…..

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Next to a room lined with bones, for dresses inspired by the Thompsons gazelle and its habitat, this room contained some surprisingly wearable pieces, this was my favourite……

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Its skirt is more purple in reality and the contrast with the lime top is utterly gorgeous.

The next room was an absolute assault on the senses, the walls were lined with bookcases and each square was filled with shoes, hats, bodices and whole looks reclined along a shelf. Centre stage was this dress…

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The dress had been sprayed by two robotic arms, live on the catwalk.

The next room was in complete darkness to show this dress in the form of a hologram…

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I am afraid that I can’t adequately explain how beautiful this was, to see Kate Moss captured in a glass pyramid slowly gyrating so that all the ruffles of this exquisite dress took flight. She was part ghost, part fairy, a man behind me said she looked like Tinkerbell!

Next to a room with a lot of cultural references, Lee said this ” Fashion can be really racist, looking at the clothes of other cultures as costumes”, this is my favourite piece…..

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The colours were very vibrant in reality, and the heavy embroidery was breathtaking.

The next part was not a room at all but a glass box with several dresses and a screen inside which showed the original catwalk. the box was dimmed and then lights flashed on so that we could see the contents…..

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and just as suddenly the walls of the box turned to mirrors, Lee’s intention was this “the idea was to turn people’s faces on themselves. I wanted to turn it around and make them think, am I actually as good as what I am looking at?”

Then to some pieces inspired by nature, this next piece was originally made with fresh flowers because ” Things rot…..I used flowers because they die. my mood was darkly romantic st the time”.

 

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Even in silk flowers it was beyond beautiful.

On to the collection called Plato’s Atlantis and I have my illustration of my favourite piece…

 

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My drawing cannot capture the iridescent gold/purple of the embellishments on this piece. The proportion of the shoes has to be seen to be believed and are way more graceful than they look.

Then…..it was over, we were left filing out into the shop which normally fills me glee. How did I feel? I felt a sense of loss, not that I knew him, but a sense that we would never see that combination of expert tailoring and genius imagination ever again, and that thought made my heart crack a little.

I took a creative writing course before starting this blog and love this quote by Dani Shapiro “fill your ears with the music of good sentences and when you approach the page yourself, that music will carry you” and now as my work is almost completely visual based, I feel the need to “fill my eyes with the music of good design“, and even though they were slightly tear filled, they were definitely full of music.

So my lovelies, who fills your eyes and ears?

 

Kisses

 

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

Stop Press: Karen And Bunting Announce Surprise Reunion!

I like bunting, I really do but I think like some Hollywood stars it has suffered from over exposure. I like bunting when it is quirky or made of fabulous material where the pattern takes pride of place.

I was having a browse through this book…

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and found this beautiful embellished bunting

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Eline Pellinkhof has a very muted palette, but I used her idea for some bunting for my kitchen. Do you want to make some? Follow me!

First some fabric, maybe some odd size pieces that you can’t find a use for, and a bunting template, give it a Google and loads will appear! The one I used has a handy fold over top. You will also need some ribbon to  string it all together. Of course, as its going in the kitchen it had to have some french patisserie themed fabric.

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I used some lace paper, mine is from the absolutely brilliant http://www.glitterpot.co.uk, if you scrapbook, make cards or any paper based craft, you must check them out.

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I also had some crochet flowers destined for another project, here’s Darcey helping me make them…

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After cutting your bunting shapes work out what your order will be..

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Then get gluing! I could have sewn a hem around the triangles but I was feeling lazy, and managed to glue it all together in 15 minutes! Perfect for last minute bunting emergencies, and here it is!

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Get involved in the debate that is more important than the election, are you a bunting fan or not?

Kisses

Karen

P.S great excitement at WDS HQ, we are off to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the V and A at the weekend! If I can get some photos it will be on next Wednesdays post xxxx

 

 

 

 

 

There Wasn’t A Moist Eye In The House!

Lets be clear from the get go, I LOVE makeup! In the mid 90s I had a toolbox full! All that makeup to achieve a beige eye and a beige lip!

Sadly, make up does not love me anymore, we have had a bit of a conscious uncoupling due to my suffering from Sjögren’s syndrome. This delightful disease robs you of your tears and your saliva ( and other bodily secretions that we won’t discuss on a family friendly blog!).

This has meant all eye makeup has to be artificial tear proof, the plus side of this type of makeup is it generally comes in handy crayon form so you can go from zero to fab in 5 minutes flat. Here’s a selection of mine…

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Starting with eyes…there is a huge selection of tear proof eyeshadow

to be had, here are my favourites….

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I have three Charlotte Tilbury ones that are made to enhance your eye colour, as I have blue/ green eyes I have some of each, The black diamonds shade is the easiest smokey eye EVER, I also have a Clinique one from their marvellous chubby stick range, this lovely shade of lilac is great for this time of year.

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From left to right , Charlotte Tilbury colour chameleon pencils in  Bronzed Garnet, Black Diamonds and Champagne Diamonds  at £19 and Clinique Chubby stick in Lavish Lilac at £17.  There are great alternatives available from boots No 7 and Bourjois.

Once you have experienced the joys of just colouring in you eyes, you may be tempted by lip crayons, I have some of those too!

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From top to bottom, Clinique Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazlenut £17, Revlon colour burst Laquer stain in Demure and Just Bitten kissable balm stain in Lovesick £7.99.

Again there are super high street versions, in my opinion Revlon has the best range including Matte and super shiny Laquer.

Finally, mascara…..hmmm, this is a tricky one for me, obviously I have waterproof, but that can flake and ordinary ones don’t survive eye drops.

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This is a really good waterproof from a company called Pur, Marks and Spencer sell it for £15

But my favourite is  Loreal Beauty Tubes, this is a two step application that holds up to most eye drops and is removed with water, YAY!

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Sorry for the stock photo but I went to buy a new one and Boots were out of stock, Feelunique.com have this in stock for £9.55 .

Do you have a hero beauty product? Let me know, I might need it!

Tune in next Wednesday for my surprise reconciliation with bunting!

Kisses

 

Karen