Friday, 25 January 2019

DIY: Fire Place Revamp Part 1.

If I put photographs up of my fireplace or even if people see it, they always seem to compliment. Sadly it's not original the surround I do like it. It has always felt as though it needs some more decorative detail. After spending hours on Instagram and Pinterest getting inspiration. After discovering the concept of wooden decals through  Bane's Goth It Yourself. 

I purchased a wooden decal from eBay for a couple of pounds, I bought this a while ago, so I can't exactly where. However, I found this one.


I  initially tried to glue the decal on the fireplace with PVA glue, but it didn't work. I then opted for Gorilla glue and held on masking tape. It worked, but I place too much glue on the decal. I didn't realise the glue would expand. 

I then tried to scrape the glue from decal using my owe. 

I removed most of the glue, and I repainted the decal than the fireplace, the entire fireplace would benefit from a repaint. 

This is the enclosed version. 

I'm planning to get two wooden appliques in a decorative cobalt style to add more of architectural symmetry. 

Monday, 21 January 2019

Geordy Goth Creation: Review of McCalls 7723 Sewing Pattern

 Mary Mourning has inspired me to share more of sewing projects. Generally, I'm always looking for ideas to post about I'm thinking to post once a month of about my current sewing project or even a previous one I've made. I'm going to call it Geordy Goth Creations.

One of my most recent creations was McCalls 7723. I fell in love with this pattern due to the dramatic sleeves and high necklines. I particularly love top B with it's bellowing sleeves and top A flouncy bell sleeves with corset detail. I purchased the pattern when McCalls had their sale costing £5.  

The pattern recommends using woven fabric like cotton lawn fabric, viscose.etc. I made this top as a toile often I try to use a material where I can wear it. I used a cotton viscose fabric, I paid £6 for three metres. I found this top used 2.8 metres for top 
After purchasing the top, I didn't realise how boxy the top was I altered the pattern to make it more fitted by tracing the original design on to baking paper.  I used another pattern piece from McCalls 7657 to create a Princess seam by tracing around the pattern insert and altering to fit the top's pattern. I forgot to take a photo of it, but I also used a curved ruler to outline the new seam.  When I cut the top out it was too large I sewed it up first then took it fitted it. 

Mistakes, I  made when cutting out the flounces in half, not realising it was meant to be a full circle. I also cut out the top too short as I was following the instructions of a sewing pattern, next time I'll just use the entire length of the top pattern. I tend to make my skirt quite high waisted, it's not too bad. 

 I've also have tried to teach myself how to use a narrow hem foot and thought the lightness of fabric would suit a rolled. After hours of practices to no avail, the hem failed. Also, trying to use narrow hem foot on a circular flounce it was far too challenging. I resorted to using marrowing hem aka the rolled hem on my overlocker. It still gives light and almost professional finish, while retaining the drape of the fabric. 

The marrowing hem from the overlocker

The collar was a standard process of interfacing and attaching via the stitch in the method.  I definitely surprised, my with an accuracy of sewing, definitely improved over the last year. The pattern method suggested using an elastic loop, but I opted for button fastening, again using one-step buttonhole. I like to use decorative buttons to add some interest to the top.  

This is the back of the top. 

For the hem, I overlocked the raw edge and did a single narrow straight stitch. 

Princess wondering what the heck is she doing, I guess by her look I 'm not going to be a model anytime soon. Lol. 

I really love this top one it's still not quite fitted enough for me I've found adding a waist belt has helped and adds an overall detail to the detail. Another issue is what to wear with the top? What works well is a handkerchief hema maxi skirt that seems to complement the blouse.  I've already made at least three skirts so far.  

The finished top

Sorry,  I forgot about the masking tape, a small project I'll post soon. 

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Bat Fit : 2019 Goals

Well, it's 2019 I can't believe where 2018. With the new year, we're always hit with the sensationalism of new year new me, and it can be achieved in a few weeks. I feel setting boundaries of new resolutions forces pressure on oneself to confirm and you're more likely to fail, intern inhabiting personal growth.

I've decided to include my goal as both my new year's personal goal and Bat fit two. 


1 Maintain my holistic health,

Last September,  I had severe back pain and concerned it was a severe problem, but it was terrible PMS pain. I finally joined up a Yoga class even after attending for a few weeks I noticed a huge difference in my legs, back, posture and the way I bend. What I also love about the tutor is she various eastern philosophies to create a form of mediation. Once the class begins again, I'll be rejoicing.

Another issue, I want to address is I get very stressed over trivialities, especially at work. I want to learn techniques to help me maintain me to relax and remain calm. I'm not sure how I'm going to achieve this, but I'll research this.

2. Eat more healthy and maintain my current weight

I'm almost back down to goal weight of 10 stone, I not sure how I've achieved this it's a combination of working 1.2 miles about three to four times a week to work, probably helped. Also, at work, I'm my feet for long hours. I want to maintain my current weight and hopefully get a bike. Glee.

My eating compared to a few years ago is drastically improved we tend to eat a lot more home cooking.  I 'm trying to include more fruit and veg, and reduce the amount sugary food I eat. I want to get back into baking again, so I control what is going into my diet.   

3. Take control of finances

Compared to others,  my fiances are very healthy, I want to focus on increasing my savings and to getting rid of my credit card debt. I've already transferred the balance on to a zero per cent interest account for 32 months.  I'm going to shift my saving to a higher interest saving as I'm not making hardly any money on them. I've also started using Top cash back when I purchasing online I'm not making much but it all adds up. I'm also using the Qmee app that allows you to get money when searching online, every little count.  

4. Stop purchasing crap and declutter

This started last year, I where I'm drastically reducing how much tat and clothes I'm purchasing from the charity shops and Poundland it's nowhere as much as I used to purchase. I want to get more disciplined and conscious of what I 'm buying.   

5. Focus on my homemade and upcycling rather than purchasing.

As a crafter, I've hoarded and amassed a lot of materials and scraps fabric I want to find a new way of using what I already have rather than purchasing more crap I hoping this aid in me saving money and upcycling. 

Again, I've already started doing this especially with making my own jewellery and clothing. I want to continue, definitely focus on projects where I'm reusing my scrap fabrics and other tats. 

6.  Rather than spending my money on an item to focus more on experience. 

I want to purchase fewer items and maybe more experiences and try new things like crafting. For example one of the things is a taxidermy crafting. I'm planning to save money away for this specific new experiences. 

7. Reduce my personal impact on the environmental effects. 

After watching amount rubbish and plastic that building up in the sea. I'm aiming to minimise the amount of plastic and waste by reducing the number of single-use items and packaging I've started making small steps but will continue.   

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Review of 2018

 I can't believe 2018 is over it feels like it only arrived a couple of months ago there seems like there was so much going on that I haven't quite shared on my blog. 

Last January was quite a quiet month with both my bank balance and myself recovering. In February, I met up with Jane who treats me to a morning of exploring the clothing archives at the  Discovery Museum; it was lovely seeing a lot of the gorgeous historical garments. 

These were some of my favourites; it was a lovely way to spend the morning. 

Also in February, we had a weekend in Leeds attending Carpe Noctum seeing three amazing bands. Including the Black Cult Riders, Gothzilla and Rhombus again. 

Back in March 

I spent a week off during in Newcastle take photographs of the snow. 

In April there a number events including the Annual Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival. 

In May we headed out to down to Brighton and met with some of Tez's Union friends. 

I had a day out in Colchester. 

 I spent my world goth day at Noircastle, the local goth night. 

Not to forget the annual Tyne and Wear with the Late nightshift, with my good friend Kerry-Anne.  

June was quiet, but in July the boyfriend and I headed to an impromptu trip to Edinburgh. Not mention an unexpected gig. 

In August, I turned 30 and headed off to Prague. 

I sat on the Iron Throne. 

I visited Kunta Hora.

September was quiet with some nights out with drinks, and a friend ours came down from Scotland.

In October it was the Goth City Festival, and I finally saw Incubus Sukkubus. 

Halloween with talented local writers sharing their ghostly tales. 

November and the beginning of December were an incredibly busy time for me In November:

I got performing with the Bensham Grove witches for the third year running. 

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I saw Gary Numan perform with the Skaparis Orchestra for Savage tour with an electric and visual lighting art show. In one word fantastical. 

Rhombus,  performed in Newcastle, however, the band had to reduce their drum set to fit the stage.


 I had two weeks holiday off, where the Boyfriend and I went to the original heavy metal city of Sheffield. I attend the inaugural HRH Viking festival it was an epic show with a range of talented performers where I finally saw Taurus and was excited to see Pythia, sadly they cancel due to Sophie suffering from Laryngitis, I get this a lot, and I can empathise. It was an awesome weekend. 

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I went to Scotland with my Mam for the night they had the most spectacular views we stayed in Arrochar and went to Glasgow. 

On my way to the Bensham Grove Christmas dinner. 

We got the new cat, Princess. 

It's been a busy year for 2018, and I look forward to seeing what the new year brings forth. 

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