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Plus Size Disney – Queen of Hearts

In a change to my usual outfit posts, today I am covering a look that I actually wore on a recent trip to Disneyland Paris!

This is my Plus Size Queen of Hearts Disneybound – I hope you like it!!

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You can find items similar to the ones I wore here …
Red Cardigan – Yours Clothing
Rose Dress – Ebay
Red Tights – Ebay
Necklace – BlackHeart Creatives

I made the playing card flower crown myself and absolutely love the way that it came out.

If you would like me to provide details of my makeup for this look, then please let me know!

This was definitely my fave outfit of my trip, what do you think of my Queen of Hearts style?

Alyssa xxx

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Brand Spotlight – Black Heart Creatives

I love jewellery. I especially love jewellery that can be customised to my exact needs or wants and Black Heart Creatives are a wonderful brand that can do just that!!

The company is the brainchild of the adorable Charlotte. I have had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte at an event we exhibited at together and can say that she is a total sweetheart.

The website has a large collection of designs available to buy ‘off the shelf’ and the collections change fairly regularly. My favourites at the moment are

Dancing Lady Emoji Necklace

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Tickled Pink Flamingo Earrings

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Fries B4 Guys Necklace

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The most amazing thing about BHC for me though is the wonderful bespoke service that Charlotte offers. The website has a gallery of bespoke designs here. If there is something you want made, you just have to drop an email to Charlotte via the website and she’ll work with you to create the item of your dreams!!

I’ve had a few items made myself and plan on having a lot more in the future! My latest necklace is this stunning design which I think I’m going to be wearing A LOT!

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Please do check out Charlotte’s work and buy handmade!!

Alyssa xx

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Silk Painting

Silk painting is one of my absolute favourite crafts to do. It is a challenging painting medium and getting good results can be a bit hit or miss on occasion but I think that’s why I love it so much.

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Silk dye is not a very forgiving material to work with, it takes great precision and accuracy to ensure that any barriers that you have created are entirely water tight and if this has not been done then your design can all leak into each other and create a big blotchy mess ruining hours or work and creativity. Yet I still love to do it!

When silk painting goes right it is one of the most vibrant and effective painting styles you can create. The products that I personally use are all iron fixed and once that has been done can be washed and worn over and over again without compromising the design or vibrancy of what I have created.

My silk painting process starts with designing my product on paper. I have various sized pads that I work with, occasionally I draw the entire design on one large sheet but more often than not, I draw out the individual components and then trace them into the design where I want them. This gives me the flexibility to change designs if I want to and also means that no two designs are exactly the same, which is a factor I really enjoy about my creations.

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Once I have traced the images, I stretch them onto my frames and secure them with silk pins to maintain the resistance and secure them in place without damaging the delicate silk. I then use Pebeo Gutta water based outliner to create the barriers around the outside of the areas that I want to paint with the dye. This product comes in many different colours including a clear design which dissolves when you iron it at the end of the process. Once this has dried (I usually leave it overnight to be safe) you should check that it has gone all of the way through the silk to the other side, this will help to prevent the colours from bleeding when applied.

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Applying the silk dye itself is relatively simple if the outliner has set correctly, you should be able to just load your brush with dye and then place it onto the silk and watch it spread to the barrier. Using water will allow you to play with the opacity of the dye allowing you to create a more smoky effect or more intense colour. The dyes can either be pre-mixed in colours you wish to use or you can do this on the fabric itself for a more dramatic effect. I enjoy using the Pebeo silk paints but am currently experimenting with some other brands which I will feedback about in a further post.

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I will be uploading a brief picture tutorial of my silk painting from start to finish in the coming weeks, I just need to take the time to photograph the entire process from start to finish first!

I have included some pictures of some of my finished designs, what do you think?

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They are mostly available to buy in my Etsy store, I also offer a bespoke design service so please do get in contact with me if you would like to order the design of your dreams!

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What is your favourite craft?

Do you have a store I can visit? I always love to support other artists.

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Minnie Mouse

I decided to do a pink Minnie Mouse look because I fell in love with this dress from Polka Dot Polly!

If you’re not familiar with polka dot Polly it’s an amazing site where the super talented owner makes dresses to your measurements!!

So, here’s my Minnie 😉

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Dress – polka dot Polly
Shoes – Simply Be
Bow – Etsy
Bag – Zatchels

Again, I would definitely wear this outfit!

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Blue Aurora

Make it Blue!!

I prefer Princess Aurora in her blue dress so thought I’d do a little outfit post!

All these items are available to buy online now! Click the links to buy!

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Dress – ASOS
Necklace – Tatty Devine
Castle Bag – Etsy
Shoes – Evans

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

I’ve added another brand new hand painted tote bag design to my Etsy store today.

Tinkerbell was a very popular request when I asked what my friends on Instagram would like to see next, so here she is!

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust is live now.

I can add either a name or a quote as part of the price and this bag includes both glitter and crystals!!

You can buy your own one here

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What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Totes Amaze!

I have started to paint 100% cotton bags to add to my Etsy store and so I thought I’d do a little blog post to update you with what is available so far!

The ever popular “Sleeping Death” design was the first I added

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Today I added “Poor Unfortunate Souls” to the store as well, an Ursula inspired design that I love!

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With all painted tote bag designs I include free personalisation, this could be either a name or a quote.

I will be adding a bespoke tote bag option shortly where you can have pretty much any design you want painted for a set price!

I ship internationally so everyone can enjoy my designs.

Please check out my store here and let me know what you think!

Alyssa xx

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I’m new here …

Hi!

My name is Alyssa and I’d like to welcome you to my little corner of the web.

I am relatively new to blogging so please bear with me, I’m sure that I’ll improve with time!

I just wanted to do an initial introduction to myself and let you know what you can expect from my blog and why you might like to follow me and find out what I’m up to.

I am passionate about many things in my life including; my amazing family and friends, handmade crafts, fat fashion, makeup, fancy dress, everything Disney and my ginger moggy Mr Wooster cat … that really is just the tip of the iceberg though, more of my passions will come out the more you read!

This blog will be my place to express myself and showcase to you things that I love or am working on at that moment in time, this could include;
Craft Projects/Tutorials
Face/Body Painting/Special FX makeup
Makeup ideas/shoots/tutorials/tips
Outfit/Shopping/Fat Fashion
Fancy Dress/Cosplay to name a few ….

I have an Etsy store where I sell a variety of different crafts. At the moment the products on there are mostly Disney inspired, they include everything from silk painted scarves and pillow cases to jewellery to hand painted bags and aprons! This is a relatively new venture and as such I am still developing everything that I want to do with it. I will be using this blog to track the journey of my store and give you insight into what you can expect to see being uploaded on to it next so stay tuned to find out more! If you’d like to take a look at my store, you can find it here.

I studied special FX, photography, face/body painting and stage makeup at college and am passionate about everything to do with makeup. I love to be creative with colours and textures and the human form is such a wonderful canvas to transform into beautiful art with paints. You will see many posts about makeup no doubt, whether that be reviewing a new product I’ve found to behind the scenes pictures on a shoot I may have been booked for – I’d especially keep an eye out around Halloween time as I LOVE everything to do with that time of year.

I am a plus sized lady and I have an unhealthy obsession with clothes and fashion. There is a strong possibility that you will see lots of wishlists, outfit of the day, shopping hauls and outfit planning posts from me on here. The plus size fashion industry has boomed in recent years and the availability of so many wonderful clothing options now is far too tempting for me to resist.

So that’s a brief little introduction to what I think you’re likely to see here … this is all subject to change though, I have a tendency to go off on a tangent often so I can’t guarantee that you won’t get some random posts too!

I hope you enjoy what I have to say.

Alyssa xx

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