Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Apartment #6 - Granny's Sewing Aptmt - White corset and added a few things

Hello Everyone!
Hope you all are well.
Been so busy!
Thank you for the sweet comments.
Also wanted to say welcome to my 2 new
I hope you like my blog.

Am posting just a small update
to Granny's apartment.
I was dusting some of Granny's apartment, and
I noticed what felt like a piece of soft
Realized that it was a dead spider!!
However, it does not look like it is a spider??
Must have been there for a while
since my last posting on this apartment!
I wonder how it died?
Do spiders not live long?
Perhaps he/she found out that there
weren't any bugs in this apartment.
Hate to think that I starved a spider!!
Anyway decided that I should dust her
I placed her nightgown and robe on the bed.
It kept falling down on account of the hanger is
too small.
Either I replace the hanger or hang something
else up in its place.
Not decided yet.

Found a newspaper and a little box of cigars
among my things, so I thought that I
would place them among Granny's things.
In memory of her deceased hubby!
I re-arranged the picture frames some too.

A little bit of sunlight coming in thru
her window.

I kept the clock.
Just put it on top of the refrigerator until I
locate a better place for it.
I still need some pics on this side of the room.
I have some somewhere, must find them.

 I had to show you the fat doll pincushion
that I bought.
She was not expensive and no one else
even looked at her.
She has a place of honor here.

I took a closer pic for you.
Isn't she gorgeous!
The lady that I bought it from, said
that she thought that this was made
by Ethel Hicks.
Cause the doll looks like her dolls
made by this artist.
She does not have a certificate.

Here is Granny again!
She needs to wash this corset and does not
know where to hang it up to dry at.
Her blue set has been washed again and is
drying already.
Her favorite set is the blue one!
I was looking thru my stuff again and came
across another corset made by the same
I am sure that there are other pieces that
went with this corset, but I
did not find them.
Perhaps the spider ran away with them!

Sweet, sweet Granny!
I moved some things so you could
see the corset better.
Love that rose!

Oh, she does not know what to
After she washes and dries it, then
she must find a place to store it.
Perfect place is under the bed.
Of course she needs to make some
under the bed storage boxes.

Lovely, lovely corset!!!
I will dirty this corset up also with the
blue set.
A side view!

The back.

The other side!

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Gifts - Given to me by Annette

Hello Everyone!
Thank you for your lovely comments.
I met Annette Lloyd a tad over a year ago.
Look for her on facebook.
Gee, time flies!
We swapped - I dressed her witches.
Last month she sent me some very nice things
she had made.
THANK YOU - I just love them!!!
My witches will love them also!
Everything was packed inside of this
adorable box with the exception
of the large basket!!
Definitely, I have intentions of using
this outhouse!
It was a 6 inch high box!

Oooo the ghost is reading.

This little plant arrived broken, but I
was able to glue back on the piece.
You cannot even tell.
I believe her name was Amelia!

Amelia looks good!
Do not get too close to her or she will
eat you!

I sure do like Mandrakes!
Poor little fella also arrived with a broken stem.
Good thing my trusty glue fixed him.
He is just awesome!

Yep, glue works wonders.
Love it when I can fix something that
Sorry, for a little blur on the pic.

She sent me so many glass potion jars!
Must find a place for these!

These potion jars are my favorite!!
This is how I first met Annette.
I bought some jars like this (in a different color)
from her site on eBay.
These are so cute!!!

Ooo, I wonder what I can do with these skeleton
The middle one looks really scary!
I like those eyeballs too!!
They are a little big, candles they are, but
perhaps I can make them into a pair
of cool looking lamps.

I like these black pot and the smaller pitcher.
Love the faces with the open mouths!
Great eyes!!!
I hope you can see their noses!
The big one even has a lid.

Just another view.

All handmade by Annette.

Ooo see the little pitcher's handle.
Love handmade items.

I hope they do not bite anyone!

She made a large clay witch hat and a
smaller one!
Love these!

She made me a sweet sorting hat!
A side view!

A back view!

I needed some scrolls!

Ooo I do love this orange jar of
I wonder how Annette caught them!

Oooo some nice white candles with
black wicks.
These are the black-flame candles!

I sure did need a basket of eyeballs!!
I wonder who they belonged to?

A witch can never have enough
leather Spell Books.
This one is looking at me!
Encrusted with purple jewels.

And gold pages.


The basket is large and bewitching!
Made from twine.
Am not sure where to put him at, but I
am looking forward to placing him in
a scene.

Side view.



Thank you so much Annette for the things
you made and sent to me.
I love them all.
Thank you for visiting me!

Monday, April 2, 2018


Witch Carpet Bags.
Carpet bags - Oh how I would love to own one
of them for real.
Many of us know how to make the purses
from those black metal binder clips, but
some do not.
Recently, I was asked to post the directions
onto my blog.
For the lady that asked me, I hope you can
understand the way that I made it.
Especially since everyone has their own
way of making them.
But the procedure is still the same.
By no means can I take any credit of
creating this idea.
The idea was not mine.

Here, I show you my 2 versions of witch carpet
bags that I have made.
But in order to show version 2, then I must show
you how they are made.
These are bags are easy, just time consuming.
But once you get the hang of it, you
can make it pretty fast.
Of course - these carpet bags do not open!
Version 1 - first carpet bag that I made.
Version 2 - carpet bag I made.
SUPPLIES for both versions:
1. Black Binder Clips (2 inch wide).
2. Fabric of your choice (3in X 5inches).
3. Lots of tacky glue.
4. Leather or your choice of trim.
5. A Halloween button to use as a clasp.
6. Have a couple of straight pins in
case you need them.
7. (version 2 only) Jump rings (2).
8. (version 2 only) Tiny round suede cord.
These binder clips are big.
They measure almost 2 inches wide at the base.

The fabric that I am using is thin, but you can use
any fabric.
Just test it first to see if you will like the thickness
of the fabric you plan to use.

With your fabric already cut, position the binder
clip to where the 3 inch side of the fabric is
Position the clip in the middle and make sure
that both sides of the fabric will cover the binder
clip up to the top.
(You should have already removed the metal
clips, but as you see I did not remove them cause
I wanted to use them as handles).
(To remove the metal clips, take one clip and
put half-way down and squeeze the clip and pull
it out. Repeat with the other clip). 
If all looks well, then put lots of glue on the sides
and bottom of the binder clip as I show here.
With your finger spread all of the glue around.

Make sure the bottom glue has also been spread

Now, position the binder clip in the
middle of the fabric.
(I started away from me).
Make sure the one side goes all the way
up to the top.
Smooth out any fabric.
Make sure that the bottom fabric is also
smoothed out.
Now, bring the fabric up and smooth it out
on top of the glue making sure the fabric goes to
the top.

It should look like this when finished.
Now, is when I take the metal clips out.

What you are looking at here, is inside of the
clip, thru one of the open sides.
Squeeze out lots of white glue on the inside of
the binder clip.
Spread the glue around on the inside to the edge,
in all cracks
and corners and even at the top.

To start - hold the clip like this and tuck in some
of the fabric, making sure to give a crisp edge
on the binder clip from top to bottom.

Next, tuck in the other side.
Be sure to make a crisp edge from top to
bottom also.

With both sides tucked in, and nice crisp edges, the
tail should look similar to this.

Here is where it gets tricky!
You need to play with this tail by folding in the
fabric on the sides so that it starts to close
on the sides.
As you move up to the top, fold the raw
edge under so that it will be hidden on
the inside.
When you are satisfied as to how it will
look, then proceed to the next step.

Glob on the glue, spread it out with your
fingers on the inside and to the edge.
I have some glue on the inside fold also,
if you can tell.

Next bring up the fabric, turn the top raw
edge under to where it goes inside of the
binder clip.
I have a straight pin holding it up there.
I also took another straight pin and fixed
the edges to where the fabric folds in.
Also, used the pin to add some glue to where
there weren't any.
All edges must meet together.

It should look similar to this after the glue
has dried.

After both sides are finished.
The carpet bag should look like this.
Now, cut thin strips of leather or use narrow
ribbon or any other trim and glue it close
to the top all around the carpet bag to
hide the edges.
This gives you a nice finish.
Position your spider or a different clasp there
to hide raw edges.

Cut a long narrow strip of leather/trim for a long
shoulder strap.
When you like the length, then position one side of
the strap as you see here and glue down.
Let dry before gluing the other side.
Then cut a narrow strap about 1.5 inches
long to use for a small handle.
You must bend on both sides a little piece of
the handle in order to glue down.
Glue one side down at a time.
Let that side dry before gluing down the
other side of the handle.
Should look similar to this.
The front of my witch carpet bag.

The back of my witch carpet bag.

You will be using the same size binder clips and
the same size fabric - 3 X 5 inches.
Am not sure what kind of fabric this is, but
it has a loose kind of weave.
It was given to me.
It works perfect here for this
witch carpet bag!

This is the narrow suede cord I used.
I have had this for years.
My daughter gave it to me years ago.
Not sure if it is children's suede shoe laces
or adult shoe laces, but it is very narrow,
and cord like.

Cut 2 pieces of cord 1.5 inches long for handles.
Also, cut 2 pieces of cord a little over 2 inches
for straps.


You will also need to cut 2 pieces of fabric
3 X 1.5 inches long.

Now, make the bag according to the directions
Start here!
Make sure the clips are still in.

The finished carpet bag is at the top,
below is (1) of the scraps of fabric
that is 3 X 1.5 inches long.
I positioned both suede cords onto the
right side of the fabric.
Place them as you see here in the spaces
between those black bars.

Glue the cords onto the fabric.
Let dry some.

Next, add glue along the edge as you see here.


Add the other piece of fabric on top keeping both
right sides of the fabric together, place
on top and press down to glue
the 2 pieces together.
Let dry.

After it dries, open up the fabric it should look
like this.

With one hand, squeeze the clamps together
and open it up.

Place the cord/fabric piece you just made inside
the binder clip.
Be sure to keep the cords even and spaced
between the black bars.
Now, let go of the clamps, the tension
of the clips will keep the fabric and cord

Now open it up.

Open up the fabric and flatten both sides
down to their sides.

Remove the metal clips.
Trim the fabric down to where it is a little
below the black bars.

Do one side at a time.
Lay down a line of glue on the black bars.

Press the fabric down onto the glue and with your
finger nail or a straight pin, tuck under
any raw edges.

Do the other side the same way.
Notice the end edges, they will need to be trimmed

Trim down one side, fix one side before doing the other
Start with one side and trim down the edges just
a little below the black bar.
We do not want to see any of the black

Apply some glue and fold those
edges in so that you do not see the
inside of the black binder.

When that side is dry, then do
the other side the same way.

Both sides will look similar to this.

See how the edges look a little rounded.
Be sure to smash it into the glue
some more so it flattens down.
The more you smash and press in with
your fingers, then the more it will
flatten out.

For handles: take the (2) 1.5 inch long cords
and bend the edges up a little.
Add a little dab of glue to one small edge,
place down onto the fabric and hold in place
till it dries.
Put the glue on the other side of handle
and glue it down also.
Hold down till it dries.
Repeat with the other handle.

Both handles will look similar to this.

If your jump rings are not closed, close them now
with pliers.
Put one jump ring on one strap and glue the strap
down to just a little below the ring.
Do not glue the ring down, it should move.
If the cords are too long, then trim them to
where you want them.
Now, all done!

Thank you for stopping by!