Saturday, 29 June 2013

Toffee Clutch

When we were planning our toffee inspiration posts, I told Lucy I would try to go for alternative ideas. That was before I met my latest obsession - the Jimmy Choo toffee leather clutch. Isn't it gorgeous?

I have not looked at the price - but I am thinking leather, Jimmy Choo, clutch, Jimmy Choo - out of my price range. 

Unless I could find a pattern - or a few - to make it myself... starting with this round shape one, and this leather one, and using the basic pattern for this two leather one

A great challenge - or a challenge too far (only 15 days left)? 

Monday, 17 June 2013

Toffee inspiration... fabric edition

Plain old TOFFEE...

The ingredients for toffee are...



and butter:


What about toffee apples? (I can only find apple fabric - you'll have to add some of that toffee thread!!)

Or a cute apple doll with toffee coloured hair??

Little Apples Downloadable PDF Doll Pattern Aneela Hoey

Did you know you can get honeycomb toffee, which is an aerated version with bubbles?

Snow Bella Solids Honeycomb SKU# 9900HC-11   

and if all that fabric isn't enough to get you thinking how about some Highland inspiration!?


So... any good ideas yet?

Sunday, 16 June 2013

and the winner is...

Congratulations Sarah_L_N, the winner of a $25 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate!

See you all here on July 15th with your TOFFEE makes and stay tuned for inspiration :)

Saturday, 15 June 2013

next up...

The theme this time is TOFFEE.

See you on 15th July with your wonderful interpretations of that one!

I'm off to chew it over...

Friday, 14 June 2013

Le Challenge #3 - MARITIME

Doesn't the time fly?! Here we are again for you to link up your monthly makes! This is what we've been up to...

You can read more about this dress at Charm About You

And more about this stripey top at Made in Home

If you are new to Le Challenge please read through this post.

For a chance to win a $25 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate make sure you link up your finished projects and please remember to include the button or a link to Le Challenge in your blog post or Flickr description. 

So go ahead and link up your projects and visit your fellow challenge crafters...

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Styling the theme {Not Just a Pretty Dress}

I asked my friend Caterina of NJAPD to style le Challenge theme this month, and here is how she created her outfit - in her own words... 

Wearing: vintage striped tee, CP shades black silk skirt (similar here), Bensimon black leather skinny belt (similar here), Freed of London black patent leather ballerina flats (similar here), Pierre Hardy black patent leather and canvas bag (similar here via Vestiaire Collective). 

I have always had a huge admiration for people who  are able to sew clothes, make accessories and create things from scratch. Given my passion for costume jewellery, several people asked me why I don't try my hand at some necklaces' DIY, but so far I preferred the easy way, i.e. buying them and wearing them.

When my talented friend Nat from Made in Home told me about Le Challenge - a challenge open to all crafters with a different theme every month - I was very intrigued and I'm delighted to join the current 'Maritime' round. As styling (myself...) is my creative thing I decided to create an outfit post around one of my favourite pieces: the striped top. 

When I think 'maritime', stripes always come to my mind and this tee is very special to me as it is another vintage piece stolen from my dad. I think striped tops are such a classic staple that goes beyond seasons, fashion trends and proximity to the sea! VoilĂ  my contribution and I hope to see some of you among the participants of the next Le Challenge! 

Monday, 10 June 2013

Burda has gone Maritime - who wants to be a surfer girl?

I buy the BurdaStyle magazine quite religiously every month, for a little bit less than 5 quid you get a lot of patterns - it is good value let's face it. And Burda has really tried to be up to speed with fashion trends, so has got some fun and funky outfits... 

A few bloggers had reviewed the June edition, and one theme was widely discussed - the Surfer section... I suppose this could work for this month's maritime theme especially if...

you have decided to take some ammunitions with you to make a dress work - alert to fashion bloggers... (I am assuming this is James Bond girl meets neon)...

or decided that the 80s is back and net tank top is the way forward (with that sexy pose of course)... 

OR decided that as a scuba diver, you decided to sew your own outfit... Really a scuba diver outfit, really.. 

If any of you decided to sew any of these outfits - especially the last one - please, please link up on 15th, I really want to be proved wrong and being told that this is the best outfit of your wardrobe! 

Cannot wait to see your makes, better get back to my own! See you all on 15th! 

Monday, 3 June 2013

Maritime inspiration... fabric edition

If you need a little help with this months theme MARITIME then here's some fabric to get you thinking...

Shore Thing Red Lifesaver Yardage SKU# DC5603-REDX-D

I adore all of the Out to Sea Collection

Out to Sea Sky Sailor's ABC Yardage SKU# DC5628-SKYX-D

especially this Sailor's ABC

...or you could go sailing

on the Seven Seas

...or take in the view

with Seascapes

but take care not to swallow any...

And if that's all just a little too much why not keep it simple and use some

How is everyone getting on with their projects?

Be sure to come back and link up on the 15th of June!