Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Mortem's Tricks or Treats: Hurly Burly

My hubby left on Friday, and since then I've kept my mind and hands busy in order to prevent any negative thought from emerging.
Alas, I crafted my hands into a coma...

Yesterday I spent the night nurturing a crippling episode of carpel tunnel, but thankfully it happened only minutes after I finished my intended projects. 
Today isn't so bad, as you can tell from my typing this post, but I'll be taking it easy.

Sunday was my 1st wedding anniversary; it was spent celebrating as well as one could do on her own: sewing, of course.

Finishing the final "piece"
I made an entire outfit to commemorate this somewhat joyous occasion, but its final showcase will have to wait until I can put it on and celebrate my hubby coming home. For now, let me whet your appetite with the reveal of the mock up of the above pictured piece.

I saw this skirt... somewhere. Being unable to locate the original, coupled with having zero money to purchase it, even if I did... I thought it would be a nice piece to recreate from the vague memory I have of the skirt.
The ties are long enough to come forward or stay backwards. The final product will have a lot more lace, and of course it will be black. I might add some white lace to this mock up... then who knows what will happen to it, heh.

I made yet another blouse from the same view I've been using in pattern 6078, but I added a little extra touch to it so it'll match up with the skirt. I know, I keep making these blouses! I'm currently obsessed with them-- this is the last one... I think. Probably not... but hopefully the last one you'll read about.

Anyway, aside from all that, I took a look at my most recent candy find and realized I could upcycle the tin instead of just having it jingle around just for the pleasure of how it looks.

I bought a mini sewing tin from China town during my visit in Vancouver a year a go. I purchased it because it was the only sewing kit I've ever found with a tiny pair of scissors with black handles. I had this sugar skull left over tin of mints that I bought at a place called It's Sugar during my visit to Phoenix last month for my brother-in-law's graduation.
I pulled a switcharo on the tins so that my travel kit now suits my tastes. I added in a couple extras; a tiny wood spool of black thread, a spool of purple thread, and a stitch-remover.
These tins also come in a white skull, or pink-- which I completely intend on buying before too long.

P.S. if you haven't seen Frankie's tattoos, have a closer look in the older post about her here.


  1. oooh you sew over pins. Everyone says you can but I am terrified to, I have already broken one sewing needle with my awkward sewing abilities!

    It sucks that you husband can't be there, I hope circumstances improve soon.

    I love a dress tie that can tie front or back. don't tell me what to do, I will tie you how I like. Ha ha.

    I love the sugar skull tin, the instant I saw it I thought that I would totally keep that tin, in fact I would get it for the tin rather than the candy! I love the idea of it as a sewing kit!

    1. I don't sew over my pins, though it seems that way XD
      I could go on a very long spiel as to why it's a very bad idea to do that, not only because of the bodily damage it could potentially cost you!
      Hmm, perhaps I'll even write a post about it =P
      Thanks for the inspiration!

      I'm the same way, I love versatile details!

      The candy isn't good at all XD
      I bought if for the tin, too-- great minds think alike. Though it would've been nice if it tasted as sweet as it looks.

  2. Cute skirt and cute tins! I hope time flies while your hubby is away. Schedule some extra cuddly time with your kitty :)

    1. Thanks!
      Heh, Poe has been getting more cuddles than he can handle =P

  3. Aaaw, I'm sorry about all the bother that's been happening to you! I know it doesn't look bright right now, but don't forge that you guys are there for each other! *hugs* I'm sure the time spent apart will make the celebration even sweeter when your hubby comes homes! ^^

    Crafting, I guess, is one of the best ways to keep yourself busy, because your time and efforts are actually rewarded when you finish something...much better, than eating ice cream in the bed... - yeah, that's what I've been doing since I'm not working anymore...:D
    Alright, I go and paint some figurines...^^

    1. Yes, I feel very blessed to have such a loving husband-- I am very grateful for that =D

      I can see how someone could derive a lot of satisfaction from painting figurines, I've always wanted to try it myself!
      But I am keeping my ice cream while I craft, too heh ;P

  4. I always buy the candy specifically for the tins. I have a nice collection of Ginger Chew tins that are perfect for safety pins. Of course, even if the candy's terrible, I still don't throw it away. ;o)

    1. I was so addicted to ginger chews!
      But I can't find them here... or maybe it's that I'm not looking hard enough.

      Heh, I didn't throw the candy away-- I still ate them all =P
      Waste not, right?


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