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Laurence & Luna’s empowering patch

Having the flu seemed to bring out my creative side. With the weather warming up and being relatively stuck inside due to needing copius amounts of sleep+tea+ginger+honey+lemon+and tissues I kind of went a bit crazy. It’s strange spending so much time alone without talking to anyone or doing anything without people because everyone was at work or at university like proper adults.

I decided I don’t like being sick, but it was probably my body’s way of telling me to slow down. And while I’ve completely lost my voice and my breathing is still horribly wraspy, I think I’m on the mend!

Enough rambling. Here is what I made to combat the crazys and I am incredibly

proud of my ability to (sort-of) successfully use my sewing machine.

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First up was sewing on some sweet black bobbly bunting onto the front.

Now this was so much harder than it looks! It was at the seam where the two pieces of denim joined. And being only a total newbie to the whole sewing thing, I only had really thick blunt tapestry needles. Anyway, I discovered the use of thimbles. Never again will I silently say to myself they are ridiculously small and probably pointless.

I decided to use my new patch from Laurence & Luna to upcycle a vest I bought (and still haven’t paid Lib for-soz Lib).

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Hot pink thread! So fun. The purple floral is part of a sheet I cut up. It’s my favourite!

I have two pillowcases in the same fabric I’m NOT cutting up but will use on my bed.

Pretty for spring don’t you think?

Picture by mumsy! Dad’s new Triumph 4a is to the left of me, we went to Baskerville Racecourse to see the historic cars racing 🙂

The vest in action!

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BettyMag Update:

Selling preorders here of issue 3!  I’ve been preparing all the envelopes so that they can be sent out straight away after I pick them up from the printers! My new ‘get excited’ stamp from Elise Blaha arrived in the mail and I’ve been busily stamping away and getting excited! xxx

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Pre-order packaging!

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Rag Rug

Rag Rug

It has been awhile since I’ve posted an update on crafts or projects I’m doing. Rug making has been the latest project: I was totally inspired by this rug from Rachel of Smile and Wave to make my own after seeing her beautiful rag rug. You can find her tutorial here.

Rachel's Rug

Rachel’s Rug

The first step was the loom. It was pretty easy to make, especially since I live a block away from a major hardware store. Surprisingly, the wood only cost me 6 dollars and the nails were cheap too. I couldn’t find my floral hammer so I had to buy a new one. My new hammer is definitely man size!

My loom

My loom

To make the loom you you basically hammer your wood together depending on the shape of your desired rug, and then hammer nails in along the short edge an equally measured distance apart. Voila. Loom made! Although my rugs are quite small, to make a bigger rug like Rachel’s I would have to sew maybe five or six of my rugs together (and weaving alone on one of my rugs took 3-4 hours of solid RSI).

For the weaving part I used Hoooked Zpagetti cotton and though it is expensive for a roll, I am happy to pay as it’s offcuts that would otherwise be added to landfill and it’s got a nice stretch. Along with this I teared up a white cotton sheet I found at an opshop and bought some black lycra (super stretchy!).

I’ve made two rugs now, slightly different from each other. The common theme between them is that they are super skinny in the middle. I need to try and rectify this problem somehow, either by putting nails along the long edge of my loom and weaving around them also, or not creating too much tension in the material early on in weaving.

That being said, I’m pretty happy with them! And they look lovely as bedside mats.

The best part about this project is the fact that you can weave while watching tv shows or movies.

I finished weaving and then did some sewing over the top for reinforcement (especially on the sides and middle parts with looser weaves), all the while watching Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo. Anything for procrastination, solitude and ‘me’ time. Rug weaving is so therapeutic!

Let me know if you want to try it, you’re more than welcome to borrow my loom 🙂

Laura

Finished

Finished! Rag rug number one.

Black and White Rag Rug

Black and White Rag Rug with looser weaves

Rag Rug with Hoooked Zpagetti

Rag Rug with Hoooked Zpagetti

I have a confession to make…I am addicted to Etsy.

I try and pass it off as part of my quest to support one-woman (or one-man) businesses, expressions of creativity, independent media, but really, I just love getting mail. Especially when it comes so prettily packaged and with so much love and care.

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My haul from yesterday. Five packages worth!

goodmaildayGoodmaildayMy favourite thing to buy is zines, my collection is huge now. I treated myself and bought a DIY Health and Gardening book too, ‘Make Your Place’- I can’t wait to make some new washing liquid. I made a great gentle clothes/wool wash earlier in the year and I don’t have much left.

Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs

Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs

I am getting lots of inspiration from reading peoples self-care perzines. It’s so great to know people are taking the time out to look after themselves.

Speaking of self-care, I had the day off today and got some things done which I had been meaning to for awhile. This morning I got up early and walked with a few hundred people for Lifeline’s walk ‘Out of the Shadows’ for suicide awareness. It held special meaning to me as I supported friends who had lost family members and reflected on my own depression. Afterwards a bunch of us girls went and had breakfast in Salamanca. It was a beautiful start to my day off.

I also made some potato, leek and bacon (and cauliflower and pearl barley) soup! Yum Yum. I never take the time to just cook something I’m craving, I usually just drive down the street to MacDonalds. So today was a slow, restful and relaxing good day!

hehehe.

 

Laura

Woho

So WoHo happened last Friday night, and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

Twelve women gathered together to share lollies, sushi and creative times, each creating a page (or two!) to add to the collaborative Women in Hobart Zine.

Photo by Jaclyn Rogerson

Photos by Jaclyn Rogerson

I really did feel a sense of community, purpose and connection in the room. And the venue!! The Craft Hive is the most beautiful place, so safe and cosy! And central!

I can’t wait to put it all together and mail it out to the participants with some extra goodies!

In the meantime I’ll be adding more photos as they are received.

The Craft Hive!

Lovely ladies gettin' creative!A big THANK YOU to my lovely friend Ruby for helping and hosting and generally being awesome at facilitating the workshop! I’m feeling inspired all over again from thinking about the fantastic pages everyone created.

In happiness

Laura

Yay for saving brain-splats!

I keep seeing this girl around town with a pink bicycle without a helmet! She is nuts.

I mean helmet hair sure- but risk death or serious injury? Stupidity. Perhaps she will see this blog and save her head?

DIY decoupaged bike helmet:

So easy. I bought a $30 helmet from Kmart, cut up a bunch of beautiful magazines (mostly a black and white vintage clothes spread from NYLON magazine) and glued it on!

I still need to wheatpaste over the top of the helmet but at the moment I think it looks great!

The strap is bright orange so I’m still deciding whether I want to add something bright orange to the side, like a flower or something.

So easy, even people with chodey hands can do.

I was inspired by this awesome helmet by Nutcase

Mwahaha, smug smile in my cute new helmet! Pleased with this one. It will look awesome with my bike!

PS if you haven’t already, head to my FROCKTOBER page to donate a few monies to Ovarian Cancer research. Every little bit counts 🙂

These are SUPER easy to make and perfect for wintery weather as well as spring! They make cute gifts too.

They require :

1. Felt: flowers/hearts/squares, whatever you can make or get your hands on!

I bought these flowers from a wool shop down the road for a $1.50 for the big felt flowers and 60 cents for the smallest.

2. Buttons! Go crazy

3. Back pin: do you want to make it a brooch, add a bobby pin on the back for a hair slide or attach it to a hair comb?

4. Glue/Needle and Thread: Depending on how comfortable you are with sewing. This project can either be glued together or sewed. I recommend gluing the felt pieces together and sewing on the backpin for extra security.

If you want to get extra jazzy, glue some leather offcuts for leaves!

Voila! You’re done.

Don’t forget to link back and show me how you went.

Happy Thursday

L

Yesterday I went to the tip-shop for a little browse, not looking for anything in particular when I spied this amazing 1950s plastic sun chair! Love at first sight.

I was just picking it up when a woman came up the path and told me I’d just beat her to it, and that they’re as rare as hen’s teeth. I almost felt like giving it to her but I told her I’d recently seen one at city mission launceston for $65 and it was a childs size! i hope she makes the trip north for the childs one as she had two little children in tow.

Anyway, I ended up paying only $2.50 for it!

On my way out a beautiful looking woman in her 60s stopped me and said she had a yellow chair just like this one when she was 16. She called them papasan chairs. She told me I should reweave it red.

It does need a lot of work but I’m happy to put the effort in. Now I just need to find some plastic to weave it. Undecided on the colour, thinking perhaps a soft pink and white?

Something like these cuties?

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes and make a DIY out of it.

We just got back from the tip again, this time taking green waste.

Happy Sunday!

L