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Friday, April 01, 2011
Me-Made-March 2011 Week 5
I truly did try to be original for the last four days of Me-Made-March 2011, but as you can see, two of the four things I wore have featured before.
This brooch went so perfectly with the outfit I was wearing - a white top, black leggings and a wrap skirt in bright red with a white floral pattern like a stencil - that I wore it anyway. In this photo it is still on the grey top I wore it with a couple of weeks ago.
On Tuesday I wore this braclet that I made some years ago and had forgotten about. I made it when I was perfecting peyote stitch and it is a series of patches of peyote stitch sewn together in a sort of crazy patchwork way and embellished. I love the effect but it is a lot slower to do than freeform peyote, so I haven't done it since. But I must ressurect the technique, it really is effective. I wore it with a floral chiffon wrap dress with a black background and big old-fashioned roses in pinks and blues and yellows, and a green cardigan, over a black crushed silky 'slip as outwear' dress.
I was having withdrawal symptoms from my favorite glass brooch so it came out again, teamed with a white top with some silver cutwork embroidery (not made by me), black trousers and a purple/grey/cream cardigan with diamante buttons.
And for the final day of the month - I made this shawlette thing years ago out of a hank of expensive ribbon yarn. The dangles on the end are from the furnishing department! It jazzed up a cream top and grey trousers no end.
Having started this challenge thinking it would be incredibly hard, I think I now realise just how many made-by-me accessories I actually have already. It has certainly encouraged me to start sewing again. Though that will have to be after we move and have unpacked. And I fear that it could take a very long time indeed before I am allowed to have any free time to do anything like that - I can see months of doing nothing but going to work and coming home again to be yelled at if I sit down to do anything for myself. The whole work and moving thing is really getting me down right now. Although the job itself is OK I hate the way it makes me feel utterly exhausted and cranky all the time, so that even when I am home I don't have the energy to be the mum I want to be. And I suspect that there will be ongoing problems when we move. But I will stop complaining now and think instead about the fact that the new house will be worth the expense and the upheaval, and that I am going to consider paying for a cleaning lady so that it stays clean and so that I am compelled to keep it TIDY. That might remove a couple of the reasons for being yelled at.
I have got so addicted to describing my outfits every day, because it makes me sound so much more interesting than I actually am, that it may be a hard habit to break!!!