torstai 29. joulukuuta 2011

Material Things

Christmas was, Christmas went. And where was all the snow? Where is the snow now? I'm not thrilled at all that it was pouring water to my head while making a stroll outside today.

Oh, a new reader! Welcome [sargonnas]! (I have seen you around some forums, ET and HL both. Always looking forwards to see your photos~)


Ohm, where was I...
Now there is some kids that got a new home in the chaos that I live in. Very useful things from pans to decision makers. Thanks to mom for the rose ring in the top pic, MMM's blue cross and for The Heart Shaped Box -book, that I have been yearning to have.

My sister gave me this Angel Sanctuary by Kaori Yuki art book and I decided to take some shots of its innards for you too:

Ohm, so pretty. I like art books.
Also the gift I got from my brother kicked some shelves out of my room, since it demanded space and respect. That is a big shiny screen to play with:

And it lead to me finally buying my own PS3, getting black, shiny thing to put them both on... and then those music players just appeared, since my bro didn't have room for them and I was more than thrilled to play my CDs in a respectable looking machine.


These followed me home in some point too:

Artsy stuff: inks, pencils and new sketch book. I'm new to the drawing inks but got to test the golden ink already. It was pretty cool, must remember to post a pic over at Get Better -blog. stared at me! And it has cute characters too...

I had the most amazing luck as I came across this Vivienne Westwood's bag over at eBay. The price wasn't a killer and it was inside EU. I poked and petted it for a while as it appeared from the box it was send in. Oh my, all papers and tags and wrappers on too -obviously not anymore.

These two hat boxes jumped along from one local bookshop. Perfect place to hide smaller boxes and wires. The other one is filled with pillows and body parts. Bjd's, not humans, mheh.

I was bringing few DVDs and books over to an antiquarian bookstore, but then there was this Dark Tower part I was still missing and a part of Wheel Of Time (end already dammit!). What ever room I thought I was winning, went to these. Chaos is chaos, changing it is an impossible task.
Robert Sheckley's The Alchemical Marriage of Alistair Crompton was sold in this one store that announced that every book it had was 1-3e. I couldn't resist taking a closer look. I haven't heard of the writer before, but this sounded quite fun.

These tagged along today from a shop selling art supplies. I haven't been too pleased with my watercolor brushes so I'm testing some new ones. Also decided that the drawing inks deserve a pen of their own. Now my hands are itching to test these! What to draw next..


As for other things...
Now to sleep and at morning to work, so that I'll be able to buy some games I ordered!
Also I have few tutorials photographed, will be posted as I get some time stolen.

sunnuntai 25. joulukuuta 2011

Ha, It's A Jacket

Hello again, hello again.
Now that there was a red jacket in the previous post, it's time for some blue.

Remember how [somewhere in the past] I was sad about this one Moitie jacket and how it was too cute-looking and had a too big price tag attached to it? No? Well, however, then one day this autumn I saw this blue fabric sold at the local fabric store and I immediately knew what should be made of it. I left it there. I left it there three times. Not the fourth.

While keeping [this picture] in mind, I started to plan things out. I didn't come by any pictures where it would have been without the fur muffler (is it attached to it? Who knows), and the only bigger pic I found was from the blog of this awesome blogger [Blue]. But still no idea of the collar nor of the back of the jacket. Not that it matters, I didn't quite follow the example even for the parts I did see.

But I do believe that the inspiration is very visible.
Oh, and that's [satusankari] in the pics, I managed to talk her inside the jacket for a few minutes.

Next some indoor close-ups:

I decided on this kind of a collar... simply because I like them. Heh. It's pretty high, but the fabric stays on the position wonderfully all without any helping layers of fabrics inside.

And the lining fabric manages to look very unflattering, since it reflects the light so strongly. Oh well.It also cost more than I had expected, but the lady at the fabric store ensured me that this -and this exactly- is to be used in a jackets like this. Oh well.

I haven't made a jacket with full lining before, but it wasn't that hard in the end. I did poke my other jackets to figure out how exactly it's supposed to be attached.

Needed to sew a pile of button holes again. Those buttons were huuge. And originally I was hunting for black rose buttons, but they were nowhere to be found. In the end the ones I got may even be better.

Close-up on the sleeve. Slightly poofy, yes.

I was thinking of attaching buttons to the sleeves' ends too but that must wait until the shops are open again.

All in all this ate almost 3m of the blue fabric, 1.5-2m of lining fabric, 2,50m of lace, 8 buttons (so far) and huge rolls of thread. I think I also destroyed a good amount of pins again.

Done! But... it's still of a too cute shape, what am I going to do with this now?!

lauantai 24. joulukuuta 2011

The Christmas Post

That's my favorite song for this holiday thing we are having right now and with it and this winter shoot I did with's lovely [Miss K], I wish you all peaceful Christmas.

If you wish to see all of the pics you may visit here: [link].

Haja: Ooh, there is a path ahead! Must check it out.

Miss K: No! We haven't taken all the photos yet!
Haja: *not hearing* Damdidamdidam, adventure here I come~

At the end of the shoot I was freezing over, my nose kept running and while I tried to steal the camera of Miss K and tried to shoot away with it, I realized that I couldn't quite feel the buttons of the camera with my cold fingers anymore... But I didn't get ill, those vitamin pills I'm consuming must be helping! Ha!

There she is. Thanks for the great time and for keeping me from eating all the snow the forest had! (Ice is shortening for the ice cream, yes?)


Welcome [Pitsiperhonen], it's wonderful to have you around~


Remember that most of your gifts were wrapped in paper and that paper can be recycled!
And do not eat too much candies with sugar coating or your tongue may get traumas and start peeling the skin off of itself! I'm serious, it happened to me just today.

keskiviikko 14. joulukuuta 2011

A Fur Muffler - Tutorial

This all took place already in the autumn, as this gorgeous, soft fake fur entered the local fabric store. Just one stroke on it and I knew it had to be done....

It's Christmas time, so make it as a gift for yourself or your friend.

A Fur Muffler Tutorial

What you will be needing:
- Fur fabric (~25cm)
- Thread

- A piece of chord
- A button
- Accessories for decoration

First things first, the fabric should be a width of what looks nice when bended over. The length so that it comfortably wraps around your neck. If you are going to use it over a jacket, better do a bit longer than with nothing between the muffler and your neck.

Slit the other end (from the bottom is also fine even though the white line here is drawn not touching it) from the length of the bottom (ie. the halved width).

Cut? You sure? Good, just checking. Now let's move forwards.

Bend the thing to form a handsome fur worm, don't worry, it's not alive - probably. Pin it down and sew together.

The next two steps are the optional part.

In case you fear the muffler might open while you dance under the falling snow or where ever you are going to use this, you might want to add these:

In the step where the actual tutorial left us, we add the small piece of chord to the end of the worm with the cut. Place it to the exact opposite of the slit so that it will be sewn on to place while you are sewing the worm's sides.

To the other end of the worm, on the furry outsides of the muffler, you will place the button. It should meet the chord loop when going inside from the slit you have made.

While cutting the chord and placing it, make sure not to make it too loose nor too tight. The loop should go around the button here in order to keep the muffler from sliding open.

Optional part ends, back to the actual tutorial:

Next you pull the worm over from the slit you have made, put it around your neck and place the other end of the scarf though the slit of the other end and ta-dah!
It's warm, it's soft, it's versatile and it's epic. And we do love epic!

You may now attach any desired decoration on the top of the muffler. You may also keep it plain and elegant. Or you may just put a nice necklace over it when you are heading out. Oh so easy, oh so lovely. So much so, my own hands are now itching to do this all in white (with the black rose), oh yes, I must...

I'd love to see pics of your versions if you decide to make one!


As for other things... unsuprisingly I should once again be sleeping already! I also realized I'm following so many blogs now that it takes over an hour to look through all of them. But so many nice blogs, and there is so many more that I haven't yet found I'm sure. I'll be back to reading after gaining some sleep first...

I also added a new tag, tutorials, just in case someone doesn't want to go through all my sewing posts to find them.

The Cross Necklace - Apslund // Black Shirt - secondhand // Black Vest - H&M // Trousers - Backstreet

lauantai 10. joulukuuta 2011

A Winter Day

There is no better music to listen than Nightwish's Imaginaerum while driving a car on wintery forest roads. One of my favorite weathers is the one where it's slightly under 0'C outside, all pretty and white and the sun shines brightly. It's just so pretty~

These photos were taken while on a road trip to our summer cottage (we went to see that it's ready for the winter. And I ran into a spider's web, hjjjjgjhhh. It's winter now, go away already!).

The Sun was setting already. The days are so short!

I realized one day here that I haven't seen any animals aside of our dogs, next door's cat and occasional birds for a long while. (And that one shrew that tried to get run over while running across the motorway.) And I think that's sad in a way. Not that it's something people go around thinking a lot, but nature feels so far away now and then. I'm lucky to have some forest right behind my backyard, but since I'm mostly on my way to somewhere, I don't go and wander in there that often.

Maybe that's why I'm planning to go hiking next year. Lots of planning and brainwashing to do, but maybe it'll work out.

Trans.: " 4km Elf".
Oooh, I must visit that town one day!


Also! Fitting to the subject:
Spotted a note on NW's sites, that Tuomas Holopainen makes an appearance in Finnish program Erätulilla. And he is accompanied by Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica. Hiking and talking about hiking by them can be watched [here]. The pic above is from the sites. The program is up in the Internet only for 5 days from here, so be quick! Program is spoken in Finnish, and has no subtitles. But ain't they the cutest!


Three new readers! I'm thrilled to pieces! Welcome, welcome, welcome~


Oooh, I'm going to wake up in 6h, so I better be off again. But when I get back, I have a tutorial to post!