Sunday, 16 January 2011

A bag, risotto and some earrings!!!

Yep that about rounds it up!

So getting my mojo back yesterday was fab. I decided I would make a bag, I would have loved to use the monkey fabric but actually the flamingo one was better as it had a smaller print. So I made this Amy Butler Pattern up


And this is how it turned out



It looks full cos it is! It turned out really well actually but it's a little small for my normal size bag, it was really an experiment, so I think I'll sell it on. Here's some other pics.



There's a little pocket inside too!



And you can get quite a bit inside too, I just prefer something a little bigger.


So I'm going to try this pattern next



This is more my size! The bag I made is super sturdy and I'm pretty pleased with it.

And so on to the Risotto.... I resolved to try a new recipe every week this year if possible! I did this a couple of years ago and it totally revitalised our normal day to day foods. I'm vegetarian so I tend to get veggie mags for a bit of inspiration, in one I saw a Porcini, Tofu and Pak Choi Risotto, I kinda like the sound of it so I tried it last night. As any cooks out there know, Risotto takes some attention but actually it ended up absolutely delicious! Here it is...



Then something totally random which I keep meaning to tell you about as it revolutionised my wearing of clip on earrings! Last year I was saying to Kay from Rocket Originals about all the lovely clip on earrings I have that I never wear cos they hurt and she told me about something she'd bought on ebay that is basically a plastic cushion that fits over the back of the earring and makes it sooooo much more comfortable!

Anyway today I wore these lovely confetti lucite earrings, which I'm ashamed to say I've never worn




With the fabulous cushions on and they were great!

Here's a pic of the earrings with the cushion back showing on the earring and on it's own.


They really are a marvel, I cannot recommend them enough for fabulous vintage clip on earrings! I got them on ebay but put earring cushions or pads in google and I'm sure you'll come up with something.

I also went to a Trade Fair today to look for new goodies for Notorious Kitsch, I didn't find any new suppliers but some of my old suppliers have some great new lines so I'm looking forward to stocking them soon.

I'm back to the same Trade Fair tomorrow to help my good friend Sue on her stand Pennychoo, we sell her cards and she also has her own website, she's got some great new designs, so it won't exactly be hard work selling them to buyers!! It will be weird to be on the other side of the fence though, I'll let you all know how it goes.

Anyway that's my news for today, hope you've all had a fabulous weekend, see you in the week!!

22 comments:

Natasha de Vil said...

Fab bag, where did you get the Amy Butler patterns from?

Straight Talking Mama! said...

I think I got the patterns from ebay apart from the top one, which I bought online but can't remember the shop, sorry!

Vintage Vixen said...

That bag is a triumph, it's stunning. xxx

Penny Dreadful said...

Tofu risotto, yum! I have to admit I make my risotto the lazy way - bung in loads of water then leave it to do its own thing. Can't be bothered with all the gradual adding and constant stirring.

The flamingo bag is fab but you definitely need something bigger!

Debi said...

LOVE the bag! It's so fantastic!!

Ivy Black said...

The bag is marvellous! I love it..I like Aamy Butler patterns, they work out really well. xxx

Miss Magpie said...

You are just so clever. I can't wait to see the next one.

delia hornbook said...

O Wow that bag is fantastic well done you ;-) What a lovely design and i love the fabric, i have never heard of Aamy Butler patterns but i off to google her in a minute now ;-) Love the other pattern you are you going to make to. And those earings are to die for really beautiful what a great idea with the plastic backs. Im vegetarian to and i love a good risotto. Can't wait to see your next bag ;-)) Dee x

Miss Matilda said...

smashing post honey and an enjoyable read, love it all.You should make those bags and sell then, you'd make a mint....

Thanks for the earing tips, I never buy clip ons cos of the reason you outline, but I shall now xxx

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Oh I love the first bag!

But yes, if you can't get all your essentials in it, then drat! Have to have a bigger bag.

You really are a clever seamstress!

Straight Talking Mama! said...

Thanks all, too kind! I didn't make another bag today too tired, next weekend maybe

Dolly Cool Clare said...

Earring cushions! Like party feet for your ears...thanks for sharing this..I see nice clip ons that I dont buy as they hurt so now I can, yippee!
Good luck helping Sue, her new card designs are awesome. Shes such a nice gal too, I really hope it goes well for her :)

Lisa said...

Dig those earrings!! I need to get some cushions like that, I always end up punking out of wearing my heavy clip ons four or five hours into the workday. This would be of help...!

Kim Bombshell said...

I need those cushions! My ears are always sore at the end of the night.

I love that flamingo bag you made. Absolutely adorable.

Erin said...

Amy Butler patterns are SO cute! I have never made one, but I've wanted too. Those earrings were done by one of my favorite confetti lucite designers [Pam] - maybe you'll find the matching bracelet and necklace one day!

Brook said...

Love the earrings!!!

Straight Talking Mama! said...

I'm so glad that I introduced some of you to earring cushions! I thought it was one of those things everyone knew about apart from me!

Tasha said...

Ooh now those cushions seem neat! I have my ears stretched so I don't wear real earrings, but I actually wonder if I could get away with a pair of clip ons now and again if I had a pair of those!

Lady Betty said...

LOVE that bag! Those earrings are fab too! I had no idea about the earring cushions! What a great idea! I have several pairs of vintage clip earrings and sometimes after wearing them all day, my ear lobes are tender and look dented! lol! I will now have to find some cushions for my collection!

Andi B. Goode said...

I'm jealous of your bag! It's adorable. ;]
-Andi x

Retro Chick said...

That's so cute! And what a great fabric.

Misae Richwoods said...

That bag is something else! You got a fellow vegetarian drooling, although I'm not sure I'd eat the bag =)

The pads you got for your clip on earrings are called slippers as they're designed to stop heavy clip on earrings from falling off hence the reason the tend to have a slightly gummy, sticky texture. If they're pinching you'd be better off looking for cushions or using a comfort key to adjust the tension. Either way don't leave them on the dresser - they're gorgeous stones!

If you pop up the picture on http://www.make-me-beautiful.co.uk/shop/a-key-to-loosen-clip-on-earrings-387.html it shows you how to adjust clip ons. It's not hard to do yet people seem to have forgotten this lost art! Hope it helps
Misae x

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