I am asked time and time again how I have managed to grow it so long so fast. For those who don't know, a year ago it was practically a crew cut.! The answer is ...to do nothing, yup absolutely nothing. I had no haircuts, no trims, no cheeky little bits lopped off here and there ( apart from Jay chopping at my fringe with a pair of Tim's scissors, lmao). It took a lot of perseverance and I nearly gave in loads of times, but armed with my vast array of scarves and headbands I soldiered on. It's actually a lot longer than it looks in this picture. I am going for my first proper fringe trim tomorrow, it needs a lot of thinning to stop it looking permanently surprised, so will probably take 30 mins just for that.!! I have promised I will go in for a proper trim when I get back though, lol.
I'm really glad I persevered now as a crew cut wouldn't really have gone with my penchant for the 50's look, no matter how hard I tried.!!
Loving this black gingham wiggle dress...be still my beating heart...
And I am all over this lot like a rash...
I've just bought a few ( well tons actually, but don't tell Our Ben.!) of vintage 50's dress patterns, and a ton of fabric, so when I get home the trusty machine will be whirring into action and sprinkling it's magic yet again.
If you don't have a sewing machine, you don't know what you are missing. Just get yourself a basic one that goes backwards forwards and zig zag. That's all you need. Remember I made a living out of sewing and owned big industrial machines and overlockers so trust me. The one I use ( and all my students in my workshops, was from Lidl of all places and was £60. Believe me I wouldn't have looked twice at it before and its been fabulous. If you can drive you can use a sewing machine, the harder you press the faster you go, hee hee.
Start off with something simple, a little drawstring bag for your journal, shorten one of your dresses and use whats left to make a headband. Before you know it you'll be altering items left right and frikkin centre like me..
If you do have a go, send me a before and after photo for the blog. I always frikkin forget to take the before photos until its too late and then no one believes I've done anything to it , lol.
Right ...on with the previews.
Tim's is going straight in my bag if I can manage to wrestle it out of his grubby little mitts...see it HERE
And Wendy's are HERE I hope the big girls pants isn't a reference to my ever expanding arse.!!!!
And onto mine.
My last set of border stamps outsells everything at least 3 to 1...you just seem to love it. So due to popular demand and a lot of threats !!! you know who you are.!!! Here is...
DS015 Further Round the Edge
All my faves, I love to incorporate in my journals
More leaves...this time large and small merged together. Gently waved borders, with room for much more doodling. Checkerboard edges , dots and blocks and spotty stripy squiggles. I can see you all running now. You are gonna love it just as much I can tell !!!
And I hinted yesterday, yes, you've got it ...more quotes
DS016 The right Words
Here's some samples for you
I spent five hours last night writing up instructions, altering photos and generally being really efficient for a kit I have been designing, only to find this afternoon that somehow...I had lost the frikkin thing...
A few mild expletives and the throwing of a dummy followed and then I did it all again. After 3 days solid now of sitting at this laptop for 12 hours a day, I had finally had enough.... No matter that I have tons of work to do, tons of samples to produce, tons of magazine articles to get in before deadlines, tons of this that and the frikkin other.... I said B""ll**ks to it all..
I is a making me a journal for the plane...
So here it is in all it's glory ready for my frantic doodlings, my inane ramblings and whatever else I see fit to throw in there, hee hee. It is based on one of my very popular technique book workshops, and I have lavished it with love and 7gypsies luggage tags. It looks extremely bare to me in it's raw state with no doodling etc....but I am sure that will not be for long...woop de frikkin woop... See what you think..
OK I am to my bed, night night peeps