Tuesday, 6 January 2015

A New Year (Frozen costume, hand made crafts, sunsets and stuck ship!)

Welcome back, I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year celebration. 
Here is a little catch up blog post showing some of the crafty things I was up to before Christmas (and didn't have time to post!)
Big Sparkle announced two days before that Princess Elsa and Anna would be at her school Christmas fair and she simply had to have a Frozen dress to wear when she met them. Yes, that is lovely but those dresses cost about £20 (or £60 if you look at the really posh ones in the Disney Store). Sorry Cinders, looks like you wont be going to the ball for a while...
Cinders to Snowflakes. I covered the Cinderella badge with a snowflake and the front panel with some icy chiffon.
Making the cape.
I printed some snowflakes onto fabric and ironed on some bondaweb. I must admit it was a bit of a sloppy choppy job in that I sort of measured it then gave up and cut the cape fabric by eye. I think it was about 75cm by 100cm. I ironed on the snowflakes to the sparkly blue fabric then added a bit of zig zag stitching to secure.

Next I stitched the silver fabric over the top and added a ribbon with loops at the top edge. Then I added some pretty snowflake buttons to the bodice so the cape could be buttoned on.

We used a spare strip for an icy effect plait.
Meeting a real princess!
So there you have it! And meeting the Frozen princesses was far more exciting than meeting Santa. At first I thought it was kind of a shame but then I thought, you know what, I would rather encourage her to enjoy the girl power princesses than get her to sit on some old guys knee...besides his costume wasn't as good as ours.

Making stockings.
 Here are some bits I did using felt. Its so easy to use and really bright and bold so the kids love it!
I also made a little Christmas tree with european beads as baubles to decorate.

I found the sweetest stocking buttons and knew they would be perfect to use on my personalized fabric printed cards so I made a little collage of Victorian cards for this fireplace scene.

And I made this Dr Who fabric printed diary cover with cute instructions on how to tie a bow tie and a Gallifreyan alphabet on the inside edges of the book covers.

Inside the book cover.
Outside book cover.

You may remember my post a while ago titled Ice Cream Please! Well here is the final picture and it turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself.
Sewing on the sequins.
Sweet picture for a sweet little girl.

We had a lovely sunset when we had finished some Christmas shopping in Southampton and the cranes for the shipping containers on the way back looked good in silhouette.


We visited family in Cornwall over the festive period and squeezed in a visit to our favourite, the Eden Project. We had a nice surprise when the Rainforest biome had 'snow'.

Beautiful frosty ice crystals.
Snow in the Rainforest Biome.

Walking back after a lovely day. 
Eden at night.

I will leave you with some pictures of the grounded Hoegh Osaka ship. You can read a bit more here .

The view from Calshot. Lots of people walked out on the spit to get a closer look. 
A panorama showing the ship on the left and all the people that came to see and take pictures. 
The view from Lepe Country Park.
I hope you enjoyed my latest post and I hope you will pop by again soon!

Love Amber xxx


  1. What wonderful makes, I was really impressed with the frozen dress, delightful and such a brilliant alternative to Santa. I loved the cards, the buttons were stunning. Best wishes for 2015.

  2. Hi Amber wow you have been busy. I love the Frozen dress you created I am a big fan of the film. We live just outside Southampton we didn't see the ship so it is great to see you photos of the dramatic event. I wish you all the best for 2015. Hugs Jackie