Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas

I thought I would share a Merry Christmas greetings to my blog presently it I'm in bed having an early night as I'm working all Christmas its healthcare you get used it. 

All I wanted to say, I've met some wonderful people during over blogosphere and despite not meeting in person or me communicating over FB messenger, seriously rubbish at keeping contact with people. Either way, your support and comments and interaction mean a lot to me I'm just crap as saying it. So, I'm now. The community means a lot to me if I have a rubbish day at work,  your comments help me turn it around on my break. It makes worth me blogging from the exchange of idea, stories and experiences, it helps, me to realise I'm not alone. There a big vast world out there. It just the community has meant a lot to me. I would like to thank you to everyone who read my blog and comment or just likes looking at it. 


I hope you wonderful and awesome people have happy and safe Christmas, Yuletide or festive time and to spread a bit of our positivity out into the real world. Take care big hugs to everyone out there. I look forward reading your blogs soon. 


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Friday, 22 December 2017

Paint It Black; Beside drawers.

I've been upcycling some drawers.  I purchased them last year, originally they were meant for my bedroom but the drawers were too wide. I was planning to get rid of them and I popped them in my guest room for time being. I was planning on purchasing something new and the boyfriend suggested upcycling them. The drawers are decent quality and make of solid wood.

Originally, they painted a duck egg blue-grey with chalk paint hadn't been waxed. I forgot to take a picture, doh, I'm getting worse for not taking a photo. I love the bottom round bottoms of the drawers. I lightly hand sanded using p100 grit sandpaper and I washed the cabinets down with a damp cloth soaked in soap.



I found the gorgeous rose appliques on eBay a while ago, I ordered two with intention of using them on the drawers at some point. 



I glued down using PVA glue and a clamp to keep it place. 



I painted with a coat of Wilkinson furniture primer it dries within 30 minutes. 








I was feeling lazy and I used spray Wilko's Satin spray paint. However, I wouldn't recommend this method as its some of the areas are a bit patchy. Honestly, I think they look far better than they did and there only for the guest bedroom, and we're not planning to have too many guests. 





To complement my wardrobe and natural theme in the guest bedroom.






 I stencilled the front drawers in white using a floral stencil. I used the same stencil on my dressing table.  I stippled using a stencil paintbrush as I find the method easier and most effective. There are no right or wrong methods for stencilling its all down to personal preference. 




The handles I purchased from Home Bargains one pair for £1.99 I liked the white and silver contrast.  I love the silver filigree detail. 





The final reveal. 



Saturday, 16 December 2017

DIY; Floral Headdress


So at the moment, I'm loving the whole sort age of  Aquarius vibes with the bohemian and hippy fashion taking precedence. In both alt and mainstream fashion headdresses seam to be everywhere. I've sort have been admiring this trend from afar.

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Evil Queen Horns Beads & Black Roses Headband by Restyle



Black Sailing Ship Fascinator by RQBL



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 There are some gorgeous headdresses to buy.  Yet, the cost is anywhere from a few pounds to more elaborate handcrafted ones going to the hundreads. Its out of  my budget at the moment, espcially since I want my craft room decorated. Anyway, I admire and respect these independent artisans who are creating beautiful items, however, I understand their prices needs to reflects their labour, time and materials. I try my best to purchase from independent sellers, presently my budget is the quite tight so it's going on my wish list..

So, I decided to diy one a  floral headdress with the assistance of Angela Benedict tutorial on how to create a floral headdress. The video was really good for instructions. I've tried to explain to my best of my ability. If you like me sometimes a visual Youtube video is far more effective. I'm too lazy and tired to make my own.  







I purchased a headband for 30p from Home bargains, I picked up another  two for another project.   I had some black faux flowers from a cheap shop for a pound and some gorgeous green leaf trim from Tiger, I love this shops. All materials came to £2.30 and a couple of blisters.  I used a glue gun. I got mine from Asda for £5 - £6 and refills are 60p ( from Asda). 






I measured the trim by placing around my headband to get the right size and cut it.




I used the hot glue gun to glue down the ribbon every few centresmetres. I left it to dry. 

 

I started in the middle and glued the rose onto the band at a slight angle to allow for maximum hold. Before glueing down each rose I positioned the rose to get the right appearance before glueing it down once I was happy I placed a blob of glue place it on to the band, I held the rose on the band for 10 seconds and allowed to dry. In place, 

I add an extra few dobs of glue to the rose to help stabilise flowers. 





There was a few gab so I filled these with the black leaves to hide the wholes I glue these down. 




I wasn't happy with how messy the back of the headdress looked, so I  hand sewed all the petals together to hid the glue dobs. 


 Warning be careful while using the glue gun I got blisters.



This is the final reveal. 



I wore this out last month when the boyfriend and I went to Castle Noir. I got some lovely compliments about my headdress. I forgot to take photos as I was feeling ill and looked like death. It was a good night.    



Saturday, 2 December 2017

GIY Craft Along: My favourite sewing pattern

This months brief from Bane at Goth It Yourself. It's about favourites, so my favourite activity is sewing. I tend to use the same sewing patterns over and over again, Over a couple of years, my taste in clothing has changed where I've found I tend to prefer wearing knee length skirts and in a simple a nu-goth style or least my interruption of it. 



This has been my favourite skirt pattern. The flouncy bouncy skirt, which was a free pdf sewing pattern. I love this sewing pattern it's so complimentary to my shape and I think, I've made at least six to seven skirts in the last two years. It such an easy pattern to sew, even  for newbies it literally a yoke and to half circle patterns. 
This skirt goes straight to the top of my summer sewing list!  The cotton jersey is great, but I LOVE the drape in the ITY knit version.

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Another thing, I love about these skirts they are relative cheap to make as it only requires about a metre of fabric. If the one thing I love its a bargain  I included pictures of the skirts and me wearing them to show what they look like. 

This was the first skirt I ever made using this pattern cost £2. It embossed rose pattern looks like PVC but its actually lycra. 




I've actually sewn and resewn this skirt several times and I wasn't happy with the yoke.  I'm still not quite happy with the yoke.  I'd  rather have the matching fabric but dint; have enough. When I wear it, nobodies going to see the Yoke I love the fabric it reminds of Victorian church tiles.






The fabric was such a bargain and was a great find from an Asian fabric store in Bradford. it was only t£3 pound a metre and sits fantastically. 





This is upholstery fabric, it looks like a snakeskin it sits really well I love the stiffness of the fabric. this another bargain at £2 per metre. 







I think this one is my favourite. For the yoke, I used upholstery velvet someone placed in the bin at sewing class. I used the half circle skirt with fabric from Malta. I used trim I had for years I love the contrast between the fabric. 







This is my latest skirt I made this month . I used a swirly  scuba fabric coast £4 per metre 


Monday, 13 November 2017

Rag Wreath

Over the last few years, I've accumulated a lot of fabric from sewing. I'm that kind of person who hates throwing anything away, even those bits of fabric that are useless. I 've definitely the love the idea of frugality and upcycling. 

Last  Christmas, I purchased a tinsel wreath for 25 pence on sale from Poundland. I removed the tinsel from the frame. I started doing this and forgot about it. I found it last night. 

I used scraps of fabric and cut them into strips ( eyeballing it)  using pinking shears, it stops the fabric from fraying and gives it a nice scalloped edge. I tied the strip on to the frame and knotted. 

This  Youtube video shows you how to make a wreath using wire instead of a frame and the Knot technique. 

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This me having a bit a fun and using the wreath as a headdress.Despite my miserable expression, I was having fun.


I had this bow on an old sock, they had been washed before use. 


I cut the bow off the sock and stuffed with material and hand sewed it. 



I attached the bow on to a strap I tied onto the frame. 


I used this trim to allow the wreath to hang on the wall. I placed the ribbon through the loop and tied a bow the hole.  





This is the wreath I'm planning to hang up in my craft room when I finally get it sorted. I've got it hanging up in the sitting room for now. I love the use of white, grey and black. Considering its only coast me 25 pence to make and upcycled fabric that would end up in the landfill, I'm stoked. 





Monday, 6 November 2017

Goth Weekend and Academics

A few weeks ago, the boyfriend surprised me with a ticket for Whitby Goth weekend, the play not the festival. The bi-annual festival inspired writer Ali Taylor to write about the play after being inspired by photos from WGW at a Gothic exhibition at the British Library. 




Taylor stated"And it was seeing photos of everyday people transformed into the most resplendent gothic dresses, suits and hat that grabbed my attention .....The fact that these people were dressed so extravagantly in a picturesque seaside town in Yorkshire while eating ice creams and chips screamed out for a play."


In recent years WGW s gained controversy with the numbers of normies and photographers visiting the Weekends to see the grand spectacle of goths donning their finery for some has turned the whole event into a joke for some. One of the themes explored in the play with through witty jibes.


The Blogging Goth had a far more eloquent review than I'll piece together. I still want to share my perspective on the play.


We found ourselves sat with a few of the goths, I heard one jokingly state, "I guess this is the Goth row". I quickly gandered to see there were more of a mature cultural sort rather than the darkly inclined, which surprised me, but then again it was Thursday night.

We were first introduced with rather random but fantastic rendition of Sixousie and the Banshee's, Spellbound, later we learnt is the extroverted Geordie Goth, Belinda (Jessica Johnson). I assumed it was a rock musical. I was wrong. The play did cleverly utilise a well-chosen classic goth tracks from the 80's to both establish and summerise the scenes.



The audiences are introduced to the other protagonists, underconfident but sweet plumber Kenneth (Sean McKenzie), and his daughter witty, sassy and sarcastic Anna, who arranges a date for her Dad after dealing with the loss of his wife, Cathy. Sadly, Ken's stood up by his date, and he meets Belinda whose desperate for a pint and hilariously helps herself to a drink. Soon they're back at Ken's for a haphazard one-night stand, that has the crowds in laughing, but some parts slightly cringe-worthy, enhancing the play's realism. 






The next morning, the trouble begins when Bram (Gurjeet Singh) shows up in their purple hearses, turning the head of the retirees of Benidorm of the North, Scarborough. Bram and Belinda move in for Ken and Anna just until the Whitby Goth weekend after getting there a gig at the Angel after Toyah Cox is unable to perform. Where Belinda and Ken start acting more like teenagers with Belinda stroppiness and with Ken discovering his inner goth by where his beige home and wardrobe gets a black and purple transformation. While the boyfriend gesturing to me about the joke of our colour scheme at home.


This was where the play explores the internal prejudices of the Goth scene particularly with Bram prejudice, attitude and embarrassment of Ken referring to as a costumier (someone who dresses like a goth for the WGW) believing he's not a real Goth.  I found this relatable personal experience when for my first couple of year I was called a wannabe and experienced this prejudice.  A lot of goths I know have encountered prejudice from other goths. I'm not saying all new goths experience prejudices but it seems to be an uncommon experience amongst newer goths.   From Ken's perspective, he's just finding himself and a style that ends up with him donning a mismatched style, that relatable to even to me, in my formative years I had many unsuccessful experimentations.  It also explores themes sometimes, we might change our appearances to impress a new partner, and sometimes we lose ourselves.  




We also more human issues with Bran acceptance of his own identity particularly his sexual orientation and exploring who he is which fantastically acted by Singh and the scripts perfectly sum's this personal turmoil 

Anna who is the most adult and wise far beyond her years. She has grown up quickly caring for her dad taking and control after the loss her mam. Anna has the best intentions for her dad by trying to set him on blinds dates on Tinder. When Ken finds happiness with Belinda as she's not the choice for her Dad. However, in the intimate scenes where Anna is her room alone, we see Anna a vulnerable teenage struggling to come to terms with her Dad new life and need for her Mam. Anna copes by calling her Mam's mobile and leaves messages on the voice mail. It shows she still a teenager took on to much responsibility for years, and she's not allowed herself time to grieve.



Belinda is the loud, brash in your face person. She comes across abrasive, a typical Northern Lass. She fearless doesn't take crap and a bit mad chasing off the charvs with her golf club. Despite her first, encounters the audience learns she the most accepting, tolerant person, who doesn't judge people by their appearance where she often rebuking Bram for his negative attitude towards Ken. Belinda'svery accepting nature which best demonstrated when Bram decides he no longer feels comfortable as a Goth becomes Simon and her general accpetance him being gay.

I thought the basic story was a bit mediocre with Belinda deciding to find happiness with her new love interest in Scarborough or rejoin her old bands for an international tour. With Kenneth reliving his youth, Anna and Bram learning secretly sabotaging their parent's new love affair. However, I liked the simplicity and realistic tribulations the plays explore, such as finding an identity, accpetance dealing with love, loss, grief and the personal goth politics.

Despite the simplicity of the storey the script was fantastically written it's  charming dysfunctional, and hilious. Particularly Taylor's use of self-deprecating humour my favourite is when Bram's highlight the irony of being a goth with his attempts to be an individual, he saw at least four other people wearing the same outfit. 

I feel the writing emotively engaged the audience with exploring the complex depths of the characters, which heightened by the superb acting performances. I felt was best demonstrated with  Anna and Kenneth reminiscing about Cathy, for a moment I almost cried, forgetting it was played. When I saw Belinda being a more supportive motherly figure after Bram's disappointment of his dad it showed her in a different light.

I have to commend Ali Taylor on his respectful, thoughtful and his humane portrays of goth through Belinda and Bram showing we're human but just a bit kooky. I like how he illustrated not just our the harassment we face from the outside world; also the communities internal struggles as well. I honestly, thought Taylor had written a play from an insider perspective of either being a goth or a former goth. However, I was surprised to learn he immersed himself in the Goth cultural via the Whitby Goth weekend learnt much from his encounters.  Where he even me a range of professionals who often toned down the aesthetic for work. 


                               



"But at Goth Weekend, they could go to town and express their true selves. And those true selves, I found, were generally gentle, thoughtful, introverted and sarcastic.:..... "Whitby Goth Weekend is so much more than costumes. It’s principally about Goth music, catching up with mates and having a place that, for a weekend, is entirely for everyone who is different and doesn’t fit it". According to Taylor. 





After the show the academic debate from Tim Synster and Dr Claire Nally which discussed the themes and accuracy of the show. It's even been recorded as a podcast for all free to listen. It was a quite interesting debate with various perspectives and polite disagreement. In case you fancy listening to it.


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