Caterpillars to Butterflies…

One of my latest makes…

From a skirt (that I never wore but loved the fabric)…

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… into a wraparound scarf:

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and a wire-wrapped necklace:

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Like?! I LOVE! 🙂

Love,

Sami x

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Trust in an Untrusting World…

Every so often, someone does something that restores your faith in humankind. You know the kind of things… strangers complimenting you, friends showing their amazing loyalty, nice surprises and kind words when you need it the most. One world where you don’t expect this is the Retail world; it’s there to make money, and this often takes top priority.

HOWEVER…

Let me tell you about a little sewing shop in Bath city centre where trust, kindness and generosity rate pretty high on that list. It’s my favourite haberdashery shop, and I would feel guilty shopping anywhere else unless I had to. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, and looks like any ordinary sewing shop from the inside. But the small acts of trust and generosity that this shop and its owner have demonstrated to me and Big Sis have shown me that it’s a pretty fab place.

I’m not going to tell you what they trusted me with, or how they were generous, as I would hate for others to abuse this trust. Although I reckon you lot are pretty splendid, the Internet is a big bad place. So, let’s just say that, if you need any fabric, sewing supplies or machines, or want to do a workshop, then this is the place to go.

The shop is on Charles Street, just up the hill from Green Park Station. You’ll spot the rolls of material outside…

Love,

Sami x

Sewing Time…

Hey!

Time to share one of my latest makes with you…

I love sewing. However, I love sewing when it’s really easy and I know what I’m doing! So, I decided to push myself with my latest project, and work on something out of my comfort zone.

It had INSTRUCTIONS and everything :s

 

So, to lower the stress levels, I decided to do a more complicated project but for a non- important item. So here is my peg bag:

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I got the instructions from this site, and used the sizes for a kid’s messenger bag, to make sure it was small enough for a peg bag. The material was some old curtains that my sister gave to me. I’m pretty happy with it really- I feel quite swanky hanging out the washing now!! 🙂

Have you made anything out of your comfort zone lately? Lemme know in the comments, on Facebook or by emailing made_by_sami@hotmail.co.uk

Love,

Sami x

 

A Quick Commission…

You might remember my post a while ago about how much I love to do commissions for people. If not, you can read it here.

Anyhu, here’s my latest, some bridesmaid jewellery for my friend and ex-housemate Rosie…

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What do you think?

Love,

Sami x

PS… need a commission? Let me know by emailing made_by_sami@hotmail.co.uk . I don’t ask for any money before the design is finalised and you’re happy with the price; chats are free! So don’t hesitate to get in contact if you need a unique present, a piece of jewellery for a special occassion, or something you just can’t find on the high street!

One Very Busy Sewing Bee…

I managed to catch up with the final of the Great Bristish Sewing Bee this week. LOVE that programme! It’s so nice to have a stress-free show to watch, which doesn’t try to be anything but… nice!

Nice is good sometimes 🙂

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On another note, how did Chinelo Bally have time to BLOG when she was on Great Britich Sewing Bee?! Wonder woman!

Although I completely adored posho winner Heather by the end of the competition, Chinelo was definitely my favourite. So I thought I’d check out her blog here. It’s full of sewing instructions to keep you busy if you’re after your next project.

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Me? I’ll stick to my patchwork cushions for now, til I feel a little braver!

So, did the best woman win?! Leave your comments below…

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Love,

Sami x

I Had It Made For You…

I want to share with you one of the best things about making your own jewellery (other than always having jewellery that goes with your outfit, obviously)…

Commissions.

I started out being taught the basics, then carried on teaching myself; I don’t have any qualifications in jewellery making, just an imagination and a drive to be creative. (for a loonger version of this story, click here.) Yet people trust me to make really special pieces of jewellery, for their friends, family or loved ones. I’ve been having more requests for commissions lately, and I love it!

If you’ve ever received a gift, given to you with the words

“I had it made for you”

then you know that there’s real power in those 6 little words:

I … Me, yes, me. I did it, no-one else. Whenever you look at it, you’ll think of me.

Had  … I had it made. It didn’t just happen, by accident. I made it happen.

It  … This pretty little thing. This is what I picked for you. Nothing else. This is what I thought you would like, more than anything else.

Made  … Someone made this for you. In their bedroom or studio or living room. Their hands put this together.

For  … This piece of jewellery had a purpose. It wasn’t just made and then left to be chosen at random. It was made to be given to you, no-one else.

You  … Everything about this piece of jewellery is for you. I decided on the colour, or picked the charms, it fits you exactly, and that’s not a coincidence.

And people trust me to do this for them! It kinda baffles me every time. Lately, I made a set of 3 bracelets for a lovely girl called Abbie, for her to give to her friend. She knew what colours her friend would like, she knew her style and she knew that she would wear the bracelets all stacked together. I loved putting her ideas into reality and hearing that her friend was wearing them every day because she loved them so much.

Ultimately,

“I had it made for you”

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“I love you and want you to be happy so much that nothing else other than the perfect gift will do.”

And witnessing that kind of love is really something.

Love,

Sami x

PS…

*Horrible marketing bit on the end of the post, that i’m a tad ashamed about*

If you do want me to make a commission for someone, then you can get in touch in the following ways:

Email made_by_sami@hotmail.co.uk

Facebook message me https://www.facebook.com/madebysami

Or text/ call me 07900381921

xxxx

4 Days to Go…

Hello everyone.

Hope you all had lovely weekeneds, whatever you were doing! I chilled out a lot with The Boy, watched TV, ate nice food and went to Bristol on Saturday for Harbour Festival. It was PACKED! There were so many people in the city centre, there to watch bands, eat nice food and shop.

We went and met my friends from work, had some lunch and chilled for a bit, then me and The Boy went off to do some shopping. The plan was to meet my friends again later to watch a band called Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo (cos they’re awesome), but unfortunately, the weather put a stop to our plans.

It tipped it down.

It was that ‘out of nowhere’ rain, which strikes when you are in flip flops and a hat that you later find out is 90% made of paper. So, we squished and waded our way back to the train station, got home, tucked up in our PJs and ordered a chinese takeaway. Shame we missed a lot of the festival, but the snuggly night in was nice.

I didn’t blog yesterday as I didn’t finish making stuff til stoooopidly late, but it generally involved cutting out a whole load of bow shapes and getting started on making my bow necklaces, which I finished today, along with the headbands:

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I checked the forecast, saw that it was going to rain, and decided to get the spray painting done straight away (after my shreddies and tea), as it needed to be done outside. I was quite chuffed with myself that I got everything sprayed with a first coat of paint, and some of my stall decorations completely done:

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And I did it all before it started to rain! So I felt smug, scrubbed myself with nail polish remover, which i’m sure was REALLY good for my skin, then had a shower to get (most of) the paint off. I went out later to check the boxes, and…

DISASTER!

The shed had flooded in the ridiculous rain, and my boxes were all sitting in a centimeter of water. Oops…

I stood there for a while saying “No. No. No.” like this would make it actually stop happening, then I grabbed all of the boxes and propped them up so they were off the floor. I’m hoping that they dry out overnight and will be ok to use still. We’ll see.(Obviously, I will keep you up to date on these Extremely Important Events as I know that you will be waiting with baited breath.)

On a side note… I have now made 3 papier mache buttons. Don’t ask.

Love,

Sami x

Blinded by Bows…

I’m a bit in love with bows at the moment.

It started with a red and gold belt, then some cream patent shoes with fabric bows, then a black dress with a bow at the waist… I mean, how could you NOT like bows?!

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I have been working on some new jewellery, ready for Leopallooza festival where i’m having a stall:

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Aren’t they beautiful?! They are made from painted leatherette, and i’m really happy with how they turned out.

I’m still experimenting with designs, and need to make a few more to test out (it’s a hard task, being forced into wearing new jewellery all the time *sigh*)

What do you think?

Love,

Sami x

A Million Degrees…

 

Today, after a lovely couple of days with The Boy, we went with my housemate to see the Bath Spa Degree Show. My housemate’s friend Bex was exhibiting, and we all wanted to see how her hard work looked in the end, as well as seeing the other Degree work. I can’t believe it’s already been three years since I graduated, it seems like no time at all. There was tons and tons of work on display; photography, textiles, fine art, sculpture and graphic design, so I just took some photos of the pieces that I liked the best or that stood out to me. To see more from the artists, click on their photos.

 

Here goes…

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My favourite piece in the photography section was ‘Seeing Blind’ by Simon Collington. According to the artist, “Seeing Blind is about making visual art and light accessible to the visually impaired, yet keeping the work enjoyable for the visually able.” It was a beautiful tactle piece that could be touched but also looked stunning.

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In the textiles part of the exhibition, there were some beautiful colours, textures and patterns:

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And of course, the lovely Bex with her exhibition piece:Image(Below)

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I loved how this yarn maker, Sian Marie, displayed her work; so lovely!

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There was also some lovely illustration-y work:

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And this one just made me laugh…Image After the exhibition, I bought some scones and strawberries for Sunday tea. And then a sports bra. Think i’ll need it after all the clotted cream!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend,

Love,

Sami x

 

Bargain Hunting…

I had another lovely weekend again this weekend; seems I’ve been having lots of those lately 🙂

Me and my housemates went into Bath, to visit the Vintage fair I mentioned in my blog post yesterday. It was so good! There were lots of stalls, selling clothes, accessories, shoes and knik-knacks. Pippa bought some adorable pillowcases, a cosy woolly cardigan and a couple of colourful scarves, and Rosie bought a lovely top. And I got some brlliant bargains…

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How beautiful is this blouse?! And it was a tenner! I mean, come on! A tenner? Look at that neckline *sigh*… I tried it on thinking “this could be lovely for work”, but I think it’s definitely a Sunday Best blouse.

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Then, I went on to bag this colourful and cosy scarf for ÂŁ4, which has the most beautiful berry colours and a green that matches perfectly with a pair of boots I own  and wear all the time. We spent a good few hours browsing, went for food at TGI Fridays, and then went straight back to finish off looking at the stalls. Although I didn’t buy much, I had such a fun, girly day, and I’m so glad we went to have a look. Happy, happy day!

After all that shopping, I didn’t have the energy to go and see the exhibition I wanted to, so that’s a treat for later in the week. I’ll keep you posted!

Love,

Sami x

Fashionable Bath

I came across another lovely blog whilst wasting time on the Internet (which appears to be my new hobby lately). The blog is Style Bubble, which caught my eye because of the post Taking In Bath, all about my new city! If you’re in Bath, or planning a visit soon, it’s a great post for inspiration on places to go and things to do.

I was given a ‘Bath in Fashion’ leaflet a while back and made a promise to myself to go and see some of the events and exhibitions. I told my housemates, and we’ve planned to go tomorrow, starting with the Vintage Fashion Fair at Green Park Station.

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Don’t worry, i’ll make sure I tell you all about it…

Love,

Sami x

I’ll be Referred to as “Builder Sami” From Now on Please…

Today has been exciting.

Exciting in a “probably only I will be excited about this” way.

I went to collect my new desk from my sister’s house, grappled with it on the bus, then got it home (with arms like jelly) and began putting it together. It’s only a cheap Ikea one, and in itself isn’t very exciting, but I feel like it marks the start of my new chapter- my very own little space for making new jewellery, researching new ideas and writing this blog. There was also another first involved; it was my first attempt at flat pack furniture making…

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I managed to do it (all on my own, like a big girl, with only one very minor injury). What do you think?

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Love,

Sami x