Friday, 23 June 2017

Pigwidgeon 'Pig' (inspired by the Harry Potter Series)

This tiny grey hooting owl was flying madly about the room for ages showing off before he calmed down long enough for me to collect the message tied to his leg. Of cause I knew immediately who this little ball of energy was, Pigwidgeon, or Pig as Ron calls him. Although I think Harry was spot on when he called Pig a "fluffy snitch". But for such a tiny little owl to fly so far, he certainly deserved an owl treat or two.

The owl treats box was made in the shape of a sultana box and you can guess what it is filled with... Saltanas. Pig loves them of cause. Pigwidgeon himself was created from a grey fabric offset with a white face and under wings and a black beak and feet. His face piece was actually cut with pinking shears to give a more textured feathered look. Pig was then finished with yellow safety eyes.

This cute little owl was made from a pattern I found online when searching owl patterns. I wanted something small and cute to capture Pigwidgeon's personality and this is what I found. Obviously a type of furred or similar textured fabric would look better, however I used only what I had on hand which was this grey material. Overall I was pleased with how he turned out and his new owner is too.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Harry Potter Wand Wallpapers set10 - Fantastic Beasts MACUSA

More Fantastic Beasts wand wallpapers, the first is for Madam President Seraphina Picquery, current president of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America). We then have Percival Graves an Auror who is also Director of Magical Security and head of MACUSA's Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Lastly we have Gellert Grindelward, one of the most dangerous Dark Wizard's of all time who impersonates Percival Graves to infiltrate MACUSA.

These wallpapers are for Seraphina Picquery, Percival Graves and Gellert Grindelward. To download click on the picture of the wallpaper you want and "Save Image As" to save to your computer or alternatively you can select "Set As Desktop Background". Please let me know if your having any problems with these. Hope you enjoy.

View all the wallpapers in the Harry Potter Wand Wallpaper Collection HERE.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Mooncalf (inspired by the Harry Potter Series)

This shy little creature was spotted dancing under the full moon, however as the morning approached he was separated from his herd as they made their way back to the burrow. Lost and alone he instead followed me home, which I couldn't be more happy about, but he belongs with his own kind and next full moon I plan to make sure he finds his way home.

With his long neck, large eyes, flat feet and cute little tail, this mooncalf was one creature I just had to make. Disappointingly, I could not find any type of pattern for this fantastic beast, so I had to try to create one myself. To see how it would turn out I made this small version first, that way I could get a idea of how it would look, how to put it together and what parts of it I would need to change.

Having never created a pattern before I actually cheated a little. I started with a basic shape I liked the look of for the body, I then extended the neck and made the head rounder and slightly larger. I then had to design the feet, I actually used the Cornish Pixies feet as a guide for this. The ears and tail were simple enough to draw and the eyes for this little creature are simply just buttons.

Such an adorable and majestic creature, I totally fell for the mooncalf after seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It is a little surprising to me that this creature hasn't become more popular, with its beautiful big eyes and enchantingly adorable nature. This was so much fun to create and I do love how he turned out. I hope to create a larger version at some stage, but I will first have to decide how to create those lovely big eyes for him.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Harry Potter Wand Wallpapers set9 - Fantastic Beasts Heroes

This new set of wallpapers are for the newly introduced characters to the Harry Potter series, those from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Our hero Newt, with his suitcase of beasts, his future wife Tina and her mind reading sister Queenie, along with the No-Maj Jacob Kowalski, who save New York from a bunch of beasts on the loose, among other things.

These wallpapers are for Newton 'Newt' Scamander, Porpentina 'Tina' Goldstein and Queenie Goldstein. To download click on the picture of the wallpaper you want and "Save Image As" to save to your computer or alternatively you can select "Set As Desktop Background". Please let me know if your having any problems with these. Hope you enjoy.

View all the wallpapers in the Harry Potter Wand Wallpaper Collection HERE.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Niffler (inspired by the Harry Potter Series)

Who would have thought that such an adorable little creature could cause so much trouble! Well, I suppose anyone who has seen Fantastic Beasts would be able to tell you that, but still it's not something you believe until you have one running amok in your own home. Jewellery has gone missing, trinkets have been taken, even forks have disappeared. A niffler on the loose is more dangerous then you might have expected, but who can stay mad at such a cute little critter.

This little niffler looks just how I imagined, with his long snout, black coat and bottomless pouch. Only he was created without the fur as I used only materials I had on hand, in this case it included a pair of black pinstripe pants that were sacrificed to make this little guy. Along with this, a cream coloured fabric was used as well as black safety eyes to finish. He was totally hand-sewn from head to tail and his little feet were actually sewn to the legs sideways so they would be flat when the legs were attached to the body. (I hope that made sense.)

The pattern I used had a couple of issues, for one thing the pieces didn't exactly match up properly. The body front and body back pieces did not line up in the pattern when following the markings on the pattern pieces, the body back pattern piece seemed too tall maybe, so I ignored some of the markings on the pattern pieces to get the pieces to match. There were also no instructions for this pattern, however it really wasn't too hard to figure out how this was supposed to go together.

This little niffler is fully poseable with jointed arms and legs. He was also made with a fully lined pouch to hide all his shiny treasures. It's amazing the things this little thief has managed to acquire, Hermione Granger's Time-Turner, Slytherin's Locket, the Philosopher's Stone, Porpentina 'Tina' Goldstein's locket necklace and somehow Sailor Moon's Star Locket to name a few. Although I'm sure if I held this little fella upside-down by the feet and tickled him much more would fall out of his pouch.

Who wouldn't want an adorable little niffler for a pet, they are cute, furry and have a nose for treasure. Just be warned, when you invite a niffler into your home you might soon find all your bright and shinies disappearing. This cute little critter was made from a FREE pattern that I found online with a simple google search. But for those who are interested, this pattern can be found HERE.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Harry Potter Wand Wallpapers set8 - The Elder Wand

These wallpapers are all about The Elder Wand, one of the fabled Deathly Hallows that was said to be created by Death himself. A wand with such a bloody and deadly history, said to be the most powerful wand ever made, that it had become known as the Wand of Destiny. There had been many owners of this most dangerous wand over the years, however for many it will always be remembered as the wand of Albus Dumbledore.

These wallpapers are all for The Elder Wand also known as the Wand of Destiny and most notably owned throughout the Harry Potter series by Albus Dumbledore. To download click on the picture of the wallpaper you want and "Save Image As" to save to your computer or alternatively you can select "Set As Desktop Background". Please let me know if your having any problems with these. Hope you enjoy.

View all the wallpapers in the Harry Potter Wand Wallpaper Collection HERE.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Cornish Pixies (inspired by the Harry Potter Series) Part 2

We've been on a pixie hunt, Henry (my ginger cat) and I. Hoping to find a pixie nest we were sorely disappointed in our quest, although we did happen across a new pixie friend. Maybe next time we will discover where these tricky little blue cuties hide themselves when they are not causing mischievous mayhem or playful pranks. Because despite their unruly reputation as terrible little troublemakers, I just love the idea of a home filled with a gang of gorgeously clever Cornish pixies.

In Part 1 of my introduction to these beautifully designed Cornish Pixies, I compared the original pattern (here seen on the left) to the updated pattern but printed at a reduced size, that is 85% (here seen on the right). The middle pixie in this photo is made from the updated pattern printed at its correct size. As you can see the updated pattern produces a taller pixie then the original pattern. The original pattern produces a 9 inch tall pixie, whereas the updated pattern produces a pixie that is 10 inches tall, leaving its reduced sized pattern to produce an 8 inch tall pixie as described in the Harry Potter series.

Side by side it is easier to highlight the similarities and differences between the two patterns. For the most part however these two patterns are much the same, the only real difference being the leg pattern pieces that have been modified in the updated pattern, as have the wings but more about that later. Both patterns provide the same options for either a single coloured or two tone coloured pixie so I have created one of each for comparison. Both I think are lovely, so I guess it comes down to personal taste, or the amount of fabric you have.

As mentioned above, these two pixies are from the same pattern, only one is made at a reduced size. They have the same size eyes, as 10mm safety eyes are the only size eyes I have. They also have the same size antennae as I found the antennae a little tricky to turn once sewn, the tutorial has a great tip for this. Because I thought the reduced size antennae would be too difficult for me to turn I used the standard pattern piece antennae, only I shortened the length a little for the reduced size pixie. I love the different looks you get with the different sizes and one could always experiment with different size eyes, or eye colours.

As a hand-sewer it does take longer to complete a project then it would if using a machine, but the longer I sit with a project the more proud I am of how it turns out, imperfections and all. I have found that you can hand-sew just about anything that can be done by machine, you just need a lot more time and the patience to go with it.
As with the Garden Gnomes, these pixies were sewn together in pretty much the same way. Ignoring the seam allowance I cut-out the pattern pieces following the sewing line then traced the pieces to the fabric. I then cut the fabric pieces to be sewn together. I used a double stand of thread and a running stitch to sew the pieces together, however you could use a backstitch or whatever other stitch you are comfortable with. It is just a mater of following along with the tutorial but stitching by hand in place of a machine.

The patterns for the wings included with these pixies are so beautiful. There are two different designs for these, the wings at the top of this picture are from the original pixie pattern, the middle wings are those from the updated pattern and the bottom wings are from the updated pattern but at a reduced size. I wont give-away how these were made as the tutorial has great instructions for making these but I will say they are cleverly designed to be removable using pinbacks. So you can have wingless Cornish Pixies like those described in the Harry Potter books or you can have the option with wings like those seen in the Harry Potter movies.

No wizarding home would be complete without its own pack of Cornish Pixies. They are additively fun to make and honestly you can never have too many Cornish Pixies fluttering about. I do recommend that for those not so experienced with sewing that you attempt one of the regular sized pixies before making a reduced sized one if a smaller one is desired, just to get used to the pattern as the reduced size pixie can be a little fiddly in places. As mentioned previously Tiffany Hinnen (aka. Mieljolie) designed these pixies and you can find her on her blog All Things Crafty, or purchase this pattern on her etsy store HERE.