A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Craftster is for freely sharing how to make things! Don't post pics of things you sell in hopes of getting some sales or we'll have to bust out the LIMBO stick on you! Wink
Total Members: 307,938
Currently Running With Scissors:
408 Guests and 15 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop
  Show Topics
Pages: [1]
1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From skanky & mouldy to fabulously gothic: poisonflower lamp (IMG OBESE!) on: October 22, 2009 04:21:01 AM
While we were living in Melbourne in '07, my daughter attended a daycare centre across the road from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). It was a funny old neighbourhood which was a mix of upper-crust terrace houses, run-down old apartment blocks and a few disused shops. I found this old light shade out the back of one of the aforementioned shops and eyed it covetously for a couple of weeks before getting the balls to swipe it from the dumpster. Needless to say, I received a few odd looks on the tram when carting this filthy, mouldy old health hazard home. Grin

The lamp base was a nasty old brass touch-lamp from my childhood which had gone spotty and was minus the original etched glass shade (it broke when I moved house). A few coats of gloss spray paint made it purty. I covered the shade in fabric from a pillowcase bought for 50c from the op shop, trimmed it with rayon gimp from the local sewing shop and bought some gorgeous faceted beads from a $2 shop.

Before: Covered in cream taffeta that would have been quite lovely before being left at the mercy of a Victorian Winter:

Mould. Ick.

Fabric removed; about to tackle the polyester binding wrapped around the frame:

The original binding was really nasty, fibrous stuff that kept getting up my nose. Makes me itchy just thinking about that crap.


New binding done:


There are a few niggling imperfections that the casual observer wouldn't notice, but I'm pretty darn happy with how it turned out.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Eerie Melbourne afternoon on: January 13, 2009 02:19:10 AM
I'm no photographer, but this is a shot that I am particularly proud of. I spent 7 months living in  Melbourne in 2007 and the weather in that city can produce some amazingly weird lighting effects. This particular pic was taken at about 5 in the afternoon and is completely unedited, save for being re-sized...what you see on your monitor is exactly what I saw from the living room of my 17th floor apartment:

(This was shot using my crappy 4.0mp Samsung which is now nearly 6 years old!)

A larger version can be found here:
3  COOKING / Dessert / Tux cake for the other half on: October 27, 2007 05:44:42 PM
This is my first show-off, so be gentle! Grin

My husband and I are dedicated Linux users (Ubuntu, if you're curious) and since it was his 30th birthday, I figured that he deserved something a bit more special this year.

Tux is a bog-standard butter cake (made from scratch, no packet mix) covered in a modified butter cream recipe (less butter and a little extra milk + icing sugar). A very traumatic experience earlier this year has taught me that icing which is mostly butter-based does not take black colouring well, even if you do pour in a butt-load of high quality gel...

4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Att: Melbournites... clothing & textiles expo at the Shed in late November!!! on: October 20, 2007 05:37:00 AM
I was on the MECC site today to find out about the sustainability expo and noticed that there is going to be a clothing and textiles expo happening next month. Admission is free, and it could be worth checking out for unusual fabrics:

Pages: [1]

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
OOOOOHKLAHOMA! Where the wind...
Tute Tuesday: Hand-Bound Book
A Little Birdie Told Me

Comparison Shopping

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2016, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.