Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Biscornu Swap

I'd never heard of a biscornu until a few weeks ago, but apparently they are little eight sided embroidered pillows, usually used as pin cushions. There is a good tutorial here, although it is all in French, it's quite easy to work out what to do. I'm always up for trying something new, so I joined a Halloween biscornu swap on Swap-Bot, but I'm still figuring mine out. However, here is the one that arrived from my swap partner, Spuraway from Canada. I love the little spiders on it, and she also sent some cute buttons and some thread, check out the little ghost buttons.

These are wonderful little needle holders made by hand in Australia out of recycled Redwood fence posts! My aunt bought them for me from the Hawthorn Craft Market. They are so beatifully painted and detailed, and they come in many different styles. The pirate and black mama are needle holders, and the girl with the flowers is a very sharp stitch ripper.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Dolly Customising Afternoon Tea

Yesterday I went to a Blythe customising afternoon at Sue's house, which was great fun. I did my first bit of customising, changing Ivy's orange eyechips to pale lilac (with a lot of help from Natalie from Pixeldollies), and it was a success! There were lots more extreme surgeries going on, scalps being ripped off and replaced, heads being opened, etc.

This is Chuck, one of Sue's customised dolls, isn't she wonderfully creepy, like a little ghost!

And here is Ivy with her new lilac chips, much nicer I think. She's wearing a new dress I bought for her yesterday as well, and standing in front of my glorious irises, which have all come out at the same time.

Also, the Wolf and I went to see Opeth, an amazing Swedish heavy metal band, on Friday night at the Metro. They were just fantastic, really friendly and polite, played for ages, and performed flawlessly, so it was a great evening.