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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Porcelain Butterfly pendants in four colours on: August 10, 2011 10:24:37 AM
Hello you crafty people! Well, well well its been a long time since I've posted aaanything but I haven't been resting on my laurels. I've completed my degree (and did very well!) in 3D Design: Ceramics and have made some crazy ceramic instalation (pics coming soon)

But also last week I made these porcelain butterfly pendants in three sizes

The jewelry depicts (sometimes abstracted) butterflies and is English in design, making light reference to traditional Wedgewood ceramics.
what do you think?
Abi X
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Keds "matchstick" canvas skimmer made good! on: August 10, 2010 03:55:13 AM
I am extremely fussy with shoes. I loved my "For Pete Sake" wedges by BC footwear, and wore them to death. They were great because they were a mid wedge, low vamped, canvas skimmer. What more could you want in a summer shoe? This sort of shoe is near impossible to get in the U.K

..and BC don't make the shoe anymore, which means I can't get hold of it from America now anyway... but I am always on the prowl for a similar shoe.

When I saw the matchstick wedge by Keds for a tenner, I thought "nearly, but not quite" and was certain I could improve them to create my dream shoe.

If you want to make good your canvas wedges, heres how to do it. Take off the bow off, but retain this for later

Unpick the binding from the front edge of the shoe

Redraw the length of the vamp and carefully cut. Hoorah for toe cleavage!

Cut the binding on the edge which will be the outside of the shoe when you're wearing it.

re attatch binding carefully so it looks like it "never even happened" I sewed this back on by hand for a super neat finish.

here you can see ugly high vamp Vs. nice new shapely vamp. Look how much smaller my feet look!

Reattach bows to hide the gap you have where the binding doesn't meet.

 And Voila! Ugly high vamp cheapo pumps to gorgeus girly kicks instantly!

I just wish they weren't white...

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What are these knitting needles I keep seeing about? on: January 06, 2010 01:43:22 PM
***Stupid new knitter question alert***

On alot of blogs written by knitters there are often these pretty aluminium knitting needles, they seem to be in metallic colours with silver caps on the end. They look gorgeus. I'd like to try them.

.. I've been searching for them trying to find out what they are exactly but am coming unstuck are they a US only needle?

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Daisy Scouts/Rainbow Guides/Girl Scouts and guides around the world. on: July 14, 2009 08:52:16 AM
I'm sort of thinking as I'm typing here. I run a Rainbow group (Englands equivilant to Daisy Scouts) girl guides aged 5-7

Our mascot, is a cuddly rabbit.  I don't know if other groups around the world have mascots? I was wondering if we could do some sort of craft swap around the world with other scout/guide groups, where possibly our mascots could travel the world visiting each other and collect a craft from each group to travel with them as they went.

I'm sure the girls would love to recieve crafts from groups in other countries and send their crafts to your group too.

What do you think?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tiny wooden carved chair on: June 14, 2008 05:56:58 AM
I've been so busy with my new job I haven't done any crafting in a long time...

But I recently took part in a ladies only woodwork challenge and thought you might like to see my entry. The wood I was supplied with was a stupid shape 1/4" X 1/4" X 16" (a long square stick basically)

I didn't win.  Embarrassed   The writing on the chair reads "No chair is easy to the discontented man"

Its really tiny. So didn't photograph too well

6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Beautiful dresses and jackets on: March 23, 2008 01:08:02 PM
This winter I've been big into boots and dresses..Plus I've just started a new job in a nursery school

My heart lept when I saw some of these dress and jacket designs. I wanted to share them with my fellow craftsters.



Does anyone want to try to work these patterns out in a sew along with me?
7  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / 1940s Retro Blouse, Skirt, Trousers & Lined Jacket Pattern on: March 17, 2008 02:17:47 PM
Hey guys and gals, anyone tried this pattern?


Especially interested in trying the trousers. I'm umm ing and ahh ing about them (I'm a funny shape for trousers)
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I've just bought a kiln on: October 28, 2007 08:58:25 AM
So excited! I've just bought a beautiful hardly used Cromartie Hobbytech40 for 400 

It came with three kiln shelves and a temperature regulator. The only problem is I don't have the instruction mannual that should come with it. Do any of you know where I can get hold of one. I've looked online but no joy.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Remember remember the 5th of November..(Fireworks night) on: October 08, 2007 10:04:48 AM
Bonfire night is probably my second favorite holiday after Halloween.
Any craftsters from the U.K doing any parties?

This is going to be our first fireworks night in our new house, and the first time I will have entertained the family here. We have a fantastic garden now, so I'm hoping to plan a party for close family.

It really is going to have to be cheap and cheerful. I'm thinking I'll make some lanterns for the garden by punching holes in tin cans that I've seen here somewhere.

I'm not keen on the idea of having a bonfire on the lawn so I was thinking of making a fire pan by making a pac man shape out of steel and welding it together to make a shallow cone and then welding three steel rod legs on it to keep it off the grass and maybe make a mini guy.

We've got french doors leading out into the garden from the living room so I might do a small buffet there too.

Any other bright ideas?

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Day of the dead rubber stamp on: September 28, 2007 01:50:38 PM
Once in a while you find something as a craftster that is a one off, you know you can make some amazing stuff from it and that you'll be lucky to find anything like it again.

That was how I felt when I found this in a skip outside a big office block. Who knows what it was? a part of an escalator/ lift perhaps:

Its just over a quater inch thick rubber. It had been cut into strips but there was loads of it, strips and strips some pieces a foot wide and a couple of meters long. My craft stash is getting silly I have too much stuff I'm hoarding so I thought I wont be greedy and go silly I'll take just a little bit and come back if I want more. Today I checked to see if it was still there and they had emptied the bins!

I've wanted to try making my own stamps for ages. Its Friday night and I'm home alone *gasp* so I thought I'd kill some time by carving a stamp. It is lovely rubber to carve, really easy.

I need to put a wooden block on the back, but it works. I am kicking myself so hard about not taking more.

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