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Fit For a Queen – A Treasury for the Jubilee

Being English I’m obviously not going to be able to get away from the jubilee and will more then likely attend some kind of party to celebrate the event, even if i am going to be out of the country for the start of the celebrations.

So here are a few items I found around Etsy to help us get into the jubilee party spirit!

You can find the treasury here :

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjExNzI5NXwyNzIyODIwNTg2/fit-for-a-queen

Vintage Jubilee Bunting

What british party isn’t complete without bunting?

I love the vintage feel of this particular bunting and it would definitely suit this event perfectly!

Union Jack Party Dress

No one can deny that Geri Halliwell wasn’t patriotic, so why not make yourself a more *ahem* classy version of her Spice Girl days.

This dress looks beautifully made and definitely makes our flag seem very stylish!

Silver Corgi Pendant

The queen is known for loving Corgi’s, so why not spread the love with this adorable necklace pendant? I just love the intricate detailing which makes this cute pendant just a little bit special and regal looking.

Union Jack Tote Bag

This denim tote bag would be perfect for carrying all your jubilee party items, not to mention a very stylish bag all year round.

Gold Crown Ring

There is no queen without a crown, as this listings name tells us. And this dainty little ring is perfect for making you feel maybe just a little bit like royalty.

British Tea Party Garland

If you’re hosting a tea party for the big day then why not decorate your room to match the theme with this adorably vintage looking garland!

It’s bound to become the talking point for any gathering.

Union Jack Cufflinks

One for the men, we can’t leave them out of the celebrations after all. These cufflinks would be a very patriotic addition to any suit. All that’s missing is a union jack tie.

Union Jack Ring

If the men, however, cannot find a tie, then this ring would also be a good choice. It’s available in a range of colours and customisations.

Mens Leather Union Jack Jacket

However, if your man wants to make more of a statement (and doesn’t mind forking out a lot of money for it) then what about this jacket? I can almost imagine an old fashioned british army officer wearing this.

Heart Pill box Hat

Obviously you’re going to need a hat for the special day as it seems all big posh events require some kind of head garment. How about this cute little number, it matches the colour scheme and is bound to make any outfit a little extra special with those cute bows.

Herkimer Diamond Earrings

Its the Diamond jubilee so we obviously need some diamonds, these Herkimer Diamond earrings may not be real Diamonds, despite the name, but we can’t all afford the real thing can we? These will still give an amazing sparkle to your earlobes.  The gold casing even makes these seem just a little crown like!

Diamond Jubilee Mug

As there seems to be a lot of talk about ‘Tea Parties’ obviously you’ll need a place to store your tea. This mug seems to do the job, complete with a choice of two commemorative designs!

Diamond Jubilee Tea Towel

Of course after the gallons of tea us Brits will obviously be drinking, you’ll need to wash up the mugs. What better than a matching jubilee tea towel? Especially one as snazzy as this!

Bunting Necklace

You can never have enough bunting, so why not decorate your neck as well as your house! This cute bunting necklace comes in 3 different patterns.

Corgi Dog Brooch

You can never have too many corgi’s! At least not if you’re the royal family…And this brooch would be the perfect way to decorate your union jack dress or bag.

Corgi Cushion Cover

I’m sure you’ve all wanted to use your fluffy corgi as a cushion before, right? This cushion is not only cute and comfy, but it also doesn’t wriggle as much.

I hope you like these items as much as I do.

Till next time!

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Valentines Alone

Yes, as the title suggests, I pretty much spent valentines alone, despite actually having a boyfriend. But we’ll get into that later…

I had an exciting day on Sunday as I got up early to go to london to try and become an extra in the film adaption of Les Miserables. A ridiculous number of people turned up (like 7000?) and there were only 300 roles that needed filling (ha! only!). A lot of people didn’t even get through the doors, luckily I somehow managed to.

A teeny tiny part of the queue

Once i was in we were asked to fill in a form, then got measurements taken and a photograph. Apparently I should find out before the end of the month so fingers crossed!

After coming home from the auditions the boyfriend and I decided to go on a little date. Since he saw the adverts for Star Wars in 3D he’s been wanting to go and see it so that seemed like the obvious choice.

We’d both already seen the movie so knew the story line and what to expect, but the 3D definitely enhanced the experience. The pod racing, the  flight in space, the fight scenes. Everything just seemed so much bigger and more exciting, although I guess the big screen could have contributed to that as well. In fact i don’t even think he wanted to see it for the 3D, he just wanted to see Star Wars in the cinema.

Monday passed with no big events and was rather boring, but as we all know, today (or yesterday as it is past midnight, whoops!) is valentines.

I’ve spent pretty much the whole of valentines on my own. Woke up at 8 to the boyfriends alarm, played Skyrim until 12 (It was a lazy day ok) then wandered into town on the search for fabric to make his valentines present. However,  I couldn’t really find any nice fabrics and instead bought a t-shirt with a lion on it (something i’ve always wanted, it was love at first sight).

Lion top plus some new awesome material (mentioned later)

Eventually, with the help of my amazing smart phone (seriously how did I ever cope without?), I found that there was a big fabric store about a 5 minute drive away!

I only went in for one bit of fabric but ended up coming back with 3…Something that seems to happen everytime I buy fabric. I seriously need someone to come with me to fabric stores and stop me spending too much.

I bought some polkadot to go with another polkadot for an apron I have in mind, so I guess that’s acceptable.

I also got this amazing, wipeable material, almost like linoleum. It has big crayons on it and i think will make the perfect craft apron for a child. I’m so excited to use it, i just hope that it doesn’t break my needle. So i’ve decided I can get away with that purchase too.

The last fabric was a stripey brown, grey, white and black that was actually what i’d gone there for, so obviously that was acceptable too. This was to make a nice tie for my boyfriend as he’s been asking me for one for ages and what a perfect time to give him one! (plus I have loads left to make more ties as the material turned out really nice)

I’m just waiting for him to come back from work now to give it to him, i think he thinks i haven’t got him anything so it will be a nice surprise.

I would love to hear about what kind of things anyone else made (or bought) for their valentines.

Till next time, Stay happy!


Festive Makings and a Job search

Ok, so it’s quite late but i have been rather busy.

Just before christmas I decided to buy all this christmassy fabric in the hopes of making my family some gifts.

Make-Shift Stencils

Cue me being really unorganised and failing to get anything done.

This lead to me working like a crazy woman, my boyfriend even started calling me his ‘little chinese worker’, to get them finished on time.

Trying not to stab my fingers

I had made a couple of Aprons before, but this time I decided to go all out, giving them all a nice lining (even in the pockets). The ties also have a nice lining on them (unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the finished products before everyone left)

Christmas itself was probably one of my favourite christmases we’ve had, even my mum has been saying the same.

My boyfriend, Ash, had decided to spend it with us instead of his own family (long story) so I was especially happy.

sew sew sew

We started the day as normal, opening stocking presents (I’d bought some for Ash so that he didn’t feel left out). I got a cookbook, lots of chocolate, some amazingly pretty beads (i’m just itching to use) along with the usual socks and knickers.

We then took our usual trip to see some extended family members, had a few glasses of alcohol, exchanged a few gifts, before coming back to sort out food and such. I also then disappeared upstairs to carry on making some bags for my aunts to put their presents in (a selection of mustard and soaps). Yes I was so badly organised I was even working on christmas day itself.

Measuring

Eventually the whole family arrived. Aunts, Uncle, Cousins, Grandparents all descended on us. There were 14 of us in total (3 being littles) and so it was very busy. We had to drag the kitchen table into our living room (good job it’s a big room!) and get all the emergency chairs out, including piano stools.

My grandpa waved his new tie happily when he arrived exclaiming how he was sorry he was no longer wearing it, he was just too warm. Made me very happy to see how much everyone was enjoying the things i’d made for them.

Concentrating very hard apparently.

We thought it was going to be far to hectic and noisy for the grandparents, and there would be too many people all getting in the way, but thankfully my xbox kept the children amused upstairs whilst the food was being prepared and everything seemed to run smoothly!

I got some brilliant presents, David Attenborough’s Autobiography (i’ve always been obsessed), A years subscription to a jewellery magazine, a new suitcase (the wheels on mine look like they’ve exploded), clothing and books.

Final Iron

All together, a very successful christmas.

Ash text me the other day saying how his work mates picked on his tie (to be fair it is bright red with reindeers on it…) and then when he mentioned i’d made it they were all shocked and refused to believe him until they saw it didn’t have any tags. (That reminds me…I must get some tags made.) Again it made me so happy to hear how impressed people were with my work! Definitely going to keep this sewing malarky up. Hopefully I will be moving onto clothing soon…or at least some more complicated aprons and lots more ties.

My sister and her Apron next to the Christmas tree.

In other news. I will be changing the name of my business. Claire’s Crafty Creations is just too boring and over done. My mum doesn’t agree, but then I doubt she hasn’t searched it in google. Far too many shops pop up. I need something exciting and different, that means something to me. I was thinking of ‘The Penguin Theory’, which you will recognise if you’ve read my earlier posts, I even have permission from the co-founder of the penguin theory. (I say co-founder, but she was the one who really first mentioned it). I would also have a mascot of a penguin called ‘Gru-gru’ named after one of my penguins from the origins of this theory.

Back View

When I told my mother all this she didn’t seem to think it was a good idea as it didn’t say what my items were, even mentioning that a lot high street shops don’t tend to either didn’t seem to sway her, I mean ‘Monsoon’ doesn’t shout clothing to me, just lots and lots of rain.

Anyone got any advice or ideas?

In other news, I’VE MOVED! (hence the long silence)

I no longer live in the north but am based down in Essex. I wanted to be closer to London and the Boyfriend needed help with rent so it just seemed like a good idea. Since i’ve got here I’ve sorted out our room about 3 times, applied for every job I could find, handed out as many CVs as possible and sketched more designs for when I bring all my crafty stuff down. (I’m actually going to get the rest of my stuff tomorrow).

I just got news today that I have got myself an interview in a Weatherspoons about 40minutes away (my car is ridiculously economical so petrol shouldn’t be too expensive). It’s for a part time job which is perfect as then I still have plenty of time to sew and go to auditions!

Better start picking out a smart outfit and practice answering questions!

Till next time, stay happy!

Sexy Pose for a sexy lining.