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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES / Buzzbee Bear on: August 05, 2014 09:27:44 AM
So last weekend my Grandma had a stroke =( luckily she is beginning to improve but it was a nightmare week last week. As she is quite a while from us and we had my in-laws coming over the weekend we have just had we are unable to get to see her until next weekend. Because I could not be there in person I decided to send her a letter and a present. I had recently bought a book with 20 different teddy bears to knit. I had bought it to make a bride and  a groom bear for someone I know who is getting married and had seen this pattern for a bear dressed as a bee. At the time I thought that is perfect for Grandma, she used to keep bees and still loves them. I thought I would buy some wool and make it for a Christmas present,  but then decided to make it to keep her company while she is in hospital.As last week was the end of the month I was very low on funds, so rooted through my stash. I managed to find the right coloured wools, although they were all different makes and the black was cheap and kept coming unspun! Anyhow....Sorry for the essay, here is Buzzbee (in the book it is a she and she is called sweet honey bee but I thought it looked more masculine, even though there are few male honey bees, and Buzzbee sounded so much better for a name!)
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Peyote diamond bracelet on: June 27, 2014 01:40:33 PM
I never spend much time making anything for myself - most things I make are for swaps or presents for people - so it has been fun spending some time lately making things for myself. I made the two starry bracelets (although I have now dismantled the first one and reused it's beads!) and then I spent a few days making this diamond peyote bracelet - which I love! It looks a bit wonky in the photo - but it is straight and flat really!





the colours are silver, purple and a bright green - didn't come out too well in the photos even after editing!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Starry bracelet take 2 on: June 20, 2014 02:50:30 PM
so - at the beginning of the week I created this bracelet:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434055.0#axzz35DXbAonR

I was not happy with it - so decided to play a bit more (and help improve my peyote skills) and this evening have completed this one - which I am so pleased with!






4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Handbag for my mum on: June 17, 2014 12:17:43 PM
I am still very much a learner sewer -but my mum kind of requested a handmade handbag for her birthday - so I came up with this! There are a few mistakes - but it was the most complicated bag I have tried yet - and overall I am pleased with it.

MY mum took the photos, in reality the handle completes a circle with the bag body - but it looks floppy in the pictures - blame the photographer Wink





the main bit I am unhappy with is the interfacing showing on the lining/handle (the big white bit!) I really struggled with the lining/handle!

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Flowery/starry bracelet and earrings on: June 17, 2014 11:49:33 AM
I made this bracelet over the last few nights using peyote in the round - it is the first time I have made anything from peyote that isn't just the straight lined bracelets you can make - I am fairly pleased with it - although lots of improvements can be made!









I also made these earrings to be worn with it. I have just noticed that the spring has fallen off one of the hooks - so will replace that before I wear them!





(also just noticed one of the earrings is crunched up abit - they are both the same, honest guv!)



6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / beaded dragonfly. on: May 02, 2014 05:26:00 PM
I found this pin on a recent swap partners pinterest and fell in love! I tried to create one for my partner and after many hours and 10 times of starting again had something I was fairly happy to send. Dragonflies remind me of my grandma and as it is her birthday on Monday I decided I should make one for her. It still took several attempts to get something I was pleased with, but I think  she will like this:

Original pin
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/232779874464264563/

My interpretation
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / One pattern two bags on: April 27, 2014 06:11:02 AM
I made this bag for my partner in the box of colour swap. I used a pattern and followed instructions very closely (although I still ended up ripping most of it out and starting again as I attached the lining to the outer instead of doing the lining and the outer and then stitching them together. I am still very much a learner and every mistake helps me learn (or so I console myself when things go wrong!)



Then, in the Craft the Rainbow swap I used the pattern piece of the same bag for the outer and the lining, created my own handles and Velcro tab closure and put the whole thing together with no instructions! I am really pleased and proud of it and personally prefer it to the original

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / craft the Rainbow gallery on: April 18, 2014 05:02:31 PM


original thread


Partners:

green=received
blue= sent
Orange=sending late with communication
Red=contact me immediately
Purple=sent AND received
Name = feedback left
partners:
Glamis<~> MissCrafty29 (rcvd)
preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'LadybugsAndBumblebees') <~> Phnxreign99
pinkmichk <~> felicitybaby
honeyd <~> crazyda79
Ratfinkz <~>ybunnygurl
Ratfinkz <~> Cherie

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / embeds. on: April 07, 2014 05:15:44 PM
So, last week I tried to make some mp soap. I wanted it to be clear, with yellow and purple embeds in.

To begin with I made yellow and purple slabs of opaque soap. I allowed it to set and then cut out lots of small shapes using cutters. The shapes are roughly 1" in length, and a couple of cms tall.

I then melted some translucent soap and added a couple of drops of blue. I then poured over the embeds.

This happened:



My questions are why did this happen? How can I prevent it happening in the future. Is it because my shapes were so tiny?

I'm also interested in knowing if there is a way to get embeds throughout the soap and not just in the bottom of the bar?

Many thanks
Sarah
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Orange and turquoise peyote beaded bracelet on: April 07, 2014 01:26:22 PM
I made this bracelet for my partner in the Box of Colour swap. It is a basic pattern - but having only started beading in December I was quite pleased that I was able to make the pattern myself.

Showing the closure:



Showing the whole thing:



Hope you like it Smiley
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