Sarah by the Sea

As it’s currently the middle of summer here, Sarah and I needed a little break from crafting so we went to the beach.

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We got ice cream (as you do when at the coast), and wandered down to a picnic table near the shore.

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The beach was near a marina, so there were plenty of boats coming and going.

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All in all, it was a welcome break in the sun for both of us, and a breath of fresh air.

What do you guys do when in need of a break? I usually just read a book, but a day trip is occasionally needed!

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

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Flourishing Blotts

The front of Flourish & Blotts is finished, with a hand-lettered sign.

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I wrote out the shop name by hand because none of the fonts on my computer had the flourish I wanted underneath the R in Flourish.

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Inside’s coming along as well.

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This is one of the shelves of books for sale, you can see Sarah’s drawn like a magnet!

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This wall will be behind the counter, and will have noticeboards for new releases, and a little bit of bookish merch as well. I still need to do one more wall of books, as well as putting the floor down and baseboards on the walls.

What are you all up to recently?

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

Project Roundup

I’ve had the idea for Hogwarts house bunting bouncing around in my head since I finished the Three Broomsticks, and not long ago I did the maths to figure out just how many flags I’d have to make. It’s 100, 25 for each house. 12 down, 88 to go!

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I also started on the front of Flourish & Blotts, though I haven’t got extremely far.

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The two holes in the facade are going to be shop windows, and I have some rather … interesting plans for the architecture of the front of this shop. What is it? Well, you may just have to find out…

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

2017 In Review

Whew! What a year!

I believe last year I re-capped the year in 12 photos, and I thought I’d do the same this year, so we can see how my skills have developed. Starting with January:

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February:

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March:

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April:

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May:

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June:

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July:

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August:

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September:

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October:

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November:

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December:

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Looking at the pictures I chose, I seemed to do a lot of sewing and crochet this year! There were quite a few big achievements, including the knitted socks, the shawl (my first crocheted item of clothing), and publishing the Occamy pattern.

I was also able to make some miniature food this year, including the delicious cinnamon rolls – don’t they look delightful? I also think my miniatures skills have improved alongside my sewing/embroidery and crochet skills, what with the trophies.

Hopefully next year I can continue improving, and try to make a few more big projects, like sets (*cough* Diagon Alley), as I find them just as fun as the little projects I make in between.

It’s been amazing sharing this year with all you wonderful readers, your comments truly make me happy, and I enjoy sharing in your blogging journeys too.

Anyways, see ya next year!

FillieFanatic

13th Doctor Outfit

Sarah’s gift for Christmas this year was a 13th Doctor cosplay, according to the official image released by the BBC.

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She loves it.

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You can see the enormous pockets as well as the black hem at the bottom here. I painted the coat fabric with acrylics to get the right colour, as it’s a bit of an obscure colour. In the official image, it’s almost a grey-beige.

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These are possibly my favourite shoes I’ve made for Sarah. They’re fake leather, with ribbon and what I think is brown cord for the laces.

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I painted the shirt design with acrylics, and the suspenders are yellow ribbon tucked into the waistband of the pants.

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There is a hood, but it’s mostly for aesthetics, as the scraps I used are a little small to fit over her head.

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Naturally, I felt we needed some outdoor shots. (She’s using the Tenth Doctor’s screwdriver because I don’t know what hers looks like, if she has one.)

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Eeeeee! It looks so good! I’m really happy with how it turned out, I think I got very close to the reference picture. I haven’t watched the Christmas special yet, but I’ve heard good things about 13’s brief appearance, so I’m confident.

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic