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felt deer, mini hats and arty photographs.

I was doing really well for sale shopping till Wednesday. I’d spent 30 quid on t-shirts in Primark (Deep Purple, Roxy Music and My Little Pony and stuff though!) and had managed to avoid the sales along Oxford Street, despite going up there twice for various things.

Then Wednesday lunch time I met my parents in town for lunch, and my mum ended up persuading us all to go round Liberty and look at stuff we couldn’t really afford. So it was all going fine, luckily I’ve gone off Tana Lawn as a sewing material, its too fine to be use for anything apart from sundresses, so we got through the haberdashery without any mishaps. Then we went upstairs to drool over the arts and crafts furniture and saw a sign to a Christmas Shop sale area, so we went in, not really expecting to find anything major.

And thats when I saw him…..



He was sitting on a trestle table along with 10 or so others, some smaller ones made of brushwood and a load of artificial greenery. And he was £34….down from £115.

It was, I admit, a bit of an impulse buy. But to be fair I’ve been after some kind of felt deer ever since I saw this artist at a craft exhibition a couple of years ago, I just thought it was something I’d never be able to afford, or would have to wait till it was long out of fashion for.

He is rather rustic for a felt deer, the one I bought is all in one piece, but several of the others had antlers a bit loose or stuffing coming out, nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a tiny bit of remedial sewing, but they are obviously rather delicate. Also when I tried to hang him on the wall, the loop to do so was in the wrong place so he leaned forwards rather than up and out like a real stags head.

He also looks a lot like someone has shoved antlers on a battle droid when viewed from the side!

battle droid antlers


Having failed at hanging on the wall, luckily all was not lost as I knew exactly where to put him.


This is my mini hat collection…

mini hats


I have taken some beautifully arty photos of it in the past….

arty hats



but recently the collection has grown a little bit out of control and has mostly been a bit of a messy pile!

So the perfect location for one felt deer looking for a new home and occupation as a hat hanger than 🙂


This is a panoramic photo I took of what the mini hat storage area looks like now…

hats panorama

so much better!


And here are some arty ones I made with my favourite iphone apps….

faded deer hats

sunbeam deer hatssupernova deer hats

tinted deer hats


I am quite pleased with how they’ve turned out, and can’t wait to take some more when it gets summer enough to not need artificial light!

The deer is very happy in his new home, I think he’s gorgeous and  Jon really likes him too, so not so bad impulse sales shopping.

In sewing news, just before christmas I won some tickets to the scifi weekender at the end of February. I went once before 3 years ago, and although books rather than comics or TV are more my thing am really looking forwards to it.

Despite my love of dressing up, I am totally not a cosplay person however, partly because I am usually double the size of any of the characters I’d be dressing as, partly because I find pretending to be someone specific, as opposed to vampire princess, which I have to admit I aim for a lot of the time, really embarrassing! No idea why.

However this year several of my friends are going one of whom is a similar size to me and a complete cosplay queen, so I have agreed to give dressing up a go :-S also if I dress up Jon will, and he is blonde, considerably thinner than me, in his early thirties and fairly muscular, so I am keen for him to give it a go as by scifi con standards he completely looks the part for a range of superheroes, and he’ll regret it if he doesn’t.

I am making myself one costume from scratch and constructing two others from premade bits and a bit of crafting.

I am constructing one for Jon and hopefully making one for him from scratch.

I am nervous about this, the sewing involved is not too taxing, but I have my first cold of the year already and only two months to do it all. I am not good with deadlines. 😦

So we shall see. Obviously no sewing piccies till its over, so will have to find something else to blog about….


obviously all photos are copyright to me and if anyone steals any I will be most displeased!

finished the top of doom!

Wow, ok, this one has taken me the best part of two months then! :-S

To be fair, in the middle I got ill for a week, Jon got ill for a week and had a weeks holiday off work, so that was 3 weeks nothing could happen in, but its been soooo slow!

So I started out with this……Image


Its a long sleeved t-shirt/cutsew from h&m, once upon a time it was black not grey and did not have holes in it, but I reckon that time was about 2004/5 ….around the same time as the famous h&m jsk happened if anyone reading this is an oldschool loli.

And it was utterly my favourite jersey top ever, and I have literally worn it to death, so I decided to take it apart and make a new one.

Which should have been relatively simple, except I have been a little more under the weather than normal lately, and I figured out fairly early on that remaking a top you really need a clear head for, and then there was the unpicking….using a seam ripper on overlocked thread is virtually impossible! And in some places there were layers and there was construction to work out, so it wasn’t just possible to go at it with a pair of scissors.



This is one of the sleeves with construction scribbles all over it.

Once I’d finally cut the thing up I drew round it for the pattern onto dot and cross pattern paper, and then made the top as normal. Apart from a hiccup towards the end where I sewed the cuffs on backwards, which was down to tiredness, not the pattern, it went like a dream. It was especially good because I didn’t have a clue in some places how the construction was going to work. I’d cut the pieces out, I knew they went next to each other in what order, but I really couldn’t be sure from looking at the pattern pieces that it was all going to add up. But it did! 🙂

This is the finished item laid out on the table….



The jersey I used was a really slippy cheap one I got off Goldhawke Road, but it is really soft and not bad quality. Instead of eyelet lace in the original (my only gripe with it, the stuff was a right pain to iron) I used venice lace, but it is cheap venice lace of etsy, so it is quite stiff and not amazing quality.I am reserving judgement as to whether to use it again until it has been through the wash. There is no way I was going to shell out £4 a meter+ for something that is essentially a wearable muslin though. The buttons were off Lewisham market.

Me in the top….





The skirt is one I made a long time ago.

And the boobie shot..or a close-up of the lace and buttons as its also known!



i am intending on making another one in the next couple of weeks.

In other news…I have put on a bit of weight again 😦 once again it is medical, and finally the doctor has got a sensible plan for dealing with it. This involves medication that i can’t be put on whilst i’m as fat as I am, so i have to loose about 10kg first :-S So as my ME has been a bit better lately I have started doing zumba a couple of times a week and hopefully that and starving myself will work quickly enough that I take off the weight needed before the next flare up happens and I put it all back on!

I also took this photo (and then doctored it heavily with various apps) that Jons band ended up using on the back of their flyer….



It is of the water on the Regents Canal.