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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Mermaid Rockettes

© Melissa Gaggiano
    My production line for the Xmas market continues. I now have mermaids lined up like rockettes. Time for me to get sewing...

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Pizza

© Melissa Gaggiano

Can't eat this pizza, though it does give one an appetite. Another piece for the upcoming Xmas market. This felt badge can double as a toy pizza for dolls.

So, She Sews

    Stitch, stitch - cut, stitch… My work continues as I prepare for my Christmas market stall.

© Melissa Gaggiano

© Melissa Gaggiano

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Sneak-a-Peek

© Melissa Gaggiano
    Here's a very quick, sneak, peek of where I'm at with the crafting. I am working on merchandise for the upcoming Christmas market. Busy, busy, busy day. Now it's time to rest.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Christmas Market


    I have exciting news peeps! I shall be hosting a stall at a local Christmas market. If you're in the local Bayside slash Kingston area the details aplenty are posted above.

    Gotta go now. Have mucho things to make...

Monday, 19 October 2015

Cat Girl

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    Totally inspired by my youngest who looooooves super heroes, I have a new piece for sale in my RB store. Check it out!

Fab Finds 14

    From Dr Who to vintage photography, I have a lot to be excited about. Of course, I have always been excited about Dr Who, so that simply goes without saying, right. So here are the latest fab finds, from me to you:

1. There is, can you believe it, a Dr Who… Lego set. Oh my weeping angels! Is this not the coolest news for us Whovians. Check out the review on this awesome Dr Who Lego edition.
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2. While we are on the topic of Whovians, I found this - The Ultimate Whovian Test. Consider yourself a connoisseur of all things Whovian? Looking for a bit of silly fun, then put that knowledge to the test, here

3. I don't have a mobile phone. But, oh my goddess, if I did I would also want a Fojo. A what, I hear you say. A Fojo - a darkroom for smartphones.


4. Victoria Will, a NY photographer went out to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, not with her DSLR, but with a vintage tintype camera. The result was a series of mysterious, soulful photos of artists as we're not used to seeing them. Check out the article here.
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Those Eyes

    I have new art on the shelves in my Red Bubble store. This one will give you that feeling of being watched… by a mysterious woman. Check it out, yeah!

© Melissa Gaggiano
Buy "Those Eyes"

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Perfectly Tiny

© Melissa Gaggiano
    I made this little owl jewellery piece and it is so tiny. How tiny? Well let me put it this way - I'd need a macro lens to get the owl to fill the camera and have it in focus. To get this shot I flipped my 50mm.
    So… how cute is that owl? It will be an end of year 'thank you' gift for an owl lover that I know.

Pants for Ken

Ken's Got Pants

    In this house there are two Ken dolls, both vying for the one and only set of clothes that they happen to be in possession of. Yes, that is right, these poor boys have to share their clothes [an issue I have talked about previously with great passion].
    But the times are a changing' as I have begun making them a spare set of clothes, beginning with a pair of pants. No longer will it be a 24/7  Pants Free Friday for the Ken dolls in this house.
    And now I share with you a tutorial for making pants for this overlooked figure from Barbie-land.

Materials

  • Scrap fabric [Dad's old boxer shorts will do and if he asks where his pants went just say it was for a good cause.]
  • Thin elastic

Steps
1. Print the below provided pattern [ensuring scale is correct]. Cut out the paper pattern.
2. Cut two fabric pieces from the paper pattern.
3. Fold the bottom hem of each fabric piece 5mm and stitch closed.
step 3

4. Fold each fabric piece in half and stitch up the pant leg.
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5. Pin both pant legs together via the crotch. Stitch the crotch closed.
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6. Fold down waistband of pants 10mm and hand stitch closed, leaving an opening no wider than 10mm.
7. Feed an elastic through waistband via the opening just made. Tie a knot in elastic to close.
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8. Turn pants through and give Ken his dignity.

Print paper pattern to scale

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Little Black Skirt

© Melissa Gaggiano

    My youngest is playing with the fabric box. She pulls out a piece of black fabric and asks me to make a skirt for her. 'Why not' I think.
    So with no pattern I made a cute little pull up skirt with a few little embellishments. Almost anything can be made with scrap fabric.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Kaleido Dream Girl

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    Quick update: I have added an art piece to my Red Bubble folio. You can buy it as wall art or accessory. Be sure to check it out… here

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For all other art pieces visit my main Red Bubble store.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Fab Finds 13

    We're here already? Whaaaat! Seemed like it was only yesterday that I listed my previous Fab Finds. Well how 'bout that! Let me show you the cool stuff I've found for you this week…

1. In one of those I-stumbled-across-it-on-Pinterest stories I came across We Lived Happily Ever After a website, blog and shop dedicated to design. Whether that be beautiful illustrations, sewing or home renovations. If any of these tick your box, give this one a look in.
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2. While I'm on the subject of design, another graphic artist to capture my notice is Caytlyn whose site, Made by Cay, has inspired me to want to make scrapbook the journals, doing it her way.
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3. And here we have a short, short tale about love lost, and a jacket found at Bashful Garter.
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4. I cannot get enough of Marie Forleo [life coach extraordinaire]. This week's Q&A Tuesday, she had me in fits of laughter. Now I'm not a huge fan of Kanye West [I'm trying not to judge the dude, but he does confuse me], but Marie and Team made this wonderful video about company culture change, and applying KW quotes and songs in a positive context. Watch, smile, laugh, learn.
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