Oh well, it's been bucketing down with rain here and before memories of Summer have completely vanished I should show you this dress I made during the warmer months.
It's a teensy bit on-trend with the tribal print and pops of bright pink through the fabric (a cotton from Tessuti).
I drafted the pattern (if you could call it that) myself - just a simple shift dress with shirring at the waist. I wasn't completely satisfied with the construction but the end result was OK and I've gotten a lot of wear out of it.
If you've been hanging around the DIY boards on Pinterest at all, you'll be sure to have seen a few tutorials for polymer clay jewellery.
We used FIMO brand clay, which was the one available at our local art and craft store.
You need to "condition" the clay quite thoroughly with your hands to be able to mold shapes with it. It's a bit challenging for little kids who are used to using play dough but manageable enough. Other than that, it's really simple to use and quite addictive.
If you try this, be sure to work with the lighter colour clays first as the colour from the darker clay tends to transfer and imprint a bit on the lighter ones. Also, before baking the clay, make sure your holes (we made ours with toothpicks) are big enough to accommodate whatever you intend to string your beads on. I used leather in this example but have since bought some narrower cord from Spotlight which I'll use for my next try....