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141  Dr Who iPad cover in Needlework: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: November 02, 2013 04:17:56 AM
I made this recently for my partner in the make a bag and fill it swap, I designed the picture for the tardis and as I was happily cross stitching away the idea for the iTardis slipped into my mind. Then I realised I could not sew it onto the case, so used superglue and then painted with acrylic paint over the top of the glue to make it look like it is bursting out of the night
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142  Project Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: November 02, 2013 03:56:59 AM
I recently took part in the make a bag and fill it swap. I am very new at using the sewing machine so was wanting to knit a bag, but I put that I can sew on my questionnaire thinking I could sew some of the fillers. However my partner said in her questionnaire that she wanted a sewn bag and when I pmed her to tell her I could sew a bag but it may not be great as I am new to sewing she was adamant that she wanted a sewn bag, and that she would love a project bag. She also loves vintage fabric, which is really not my style. I spent a day or two panicking and searching ebay for vintage fabric and a bag pattern and then decided I really needed to get on with it, so fabric and pattern  ordered I got on with it. I think I threw myself in the deep end. It took so much longer than I thought it would which may have something to do with the fact I undid every seam at least once and redid it! I am not normally proud of things I make, but I am proud of this!

It has millions of pockets (felt like it whilst sewing it anyhow!) The different fabric above the green ribbon going around is the top of three of 6 of the pockets, if you look closely you can see a joint about a third of the way down the side, that is a pocket on each side, and is matched by another one in the lining. Lastly the inside lining has one pocket on one side and two on the other.


A clearer shot of the outside



Showing a bit more of the inside and the inside pockets

A clearer shot of the inside


Hope the pics are ok, I have pinched them from my blogger and am on my kindle. If they need changing I will do so later from my pc =)

ETA: I am glad my partner wanted a sewn bag, it was fun (if frustrating at times) to make and I feel I have learnt so much and become better friends with my machine

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143  Re: Make a Purse & Fill It Round 7 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: October 30, 2013 05:50:34 PM
Feeling guilty for only now uploading photo's of my beautiful bag from our wonderful organiser!! Also having seen the amazing bag felicitybaby made for Sevs - I have even MORE anxiety than I already did - and this bag was one of the FEW pieces of my own work I WAS proud of!!!! Hmmmm - just hope you like it when it arrives felicity - and apologies again for being so very very late sending!

Anyhow without further ado onto pictures of my fabulous package from Sevsonlygirl - thank you SO much!!!!

First of all everything - I got the bag (I can't tell you  how much I love this or how 'me' it is...but will say a bit more in a minute!) a wonderful paintbrush wrap - I'm wondering if I put on my questionnaire that I wanted one - I don't paint pictures but I paint things (clay, wooden boxes etc) and had been thinking for a couple of weeks I could do with a wrap to keep these in - and that is not a lie or an exageration! A lovely painted blue box with an amazing sewing tool collection in it! Having only recently started sewing this was PERFECT for me - especially the magnifying tweezers - I have NEVER seen anything like that before - but I am also learning to become more advanced in my jewellery/ beading work and have already put these to use both in finding loose threads on sewn objects - and picking up small beads from multiple designs! PERFECT Cheesy the kit also contained the most awesome travel sewing set I have ever seen - honestly there is nothing like that over here in England - I should have got a photo of that, but it was in my pile of things to go in my bag when I had taken photos - and got missed unfortunately! There was a book which I can not wait to read, it looks amazing - and lastly a purple plastic tube thing with a lid for me to store ejuice in. This sounds like I have made it up - but it is honestly true -a few days after getting the parcel I popped my ejuice in the tube and got in the car for a journey to visit my cousin, half way there I realised I needed to fill up my ecig - and got the tube out - the ejuice bottle (for the first time ever!!!) had leaked lots and there was a good few centimetres of juice in the bottom of the tube - how glad am I that I had it? Especially as before I'd just put the bottle loosely into my bag!!!!!



so - onto gushing about the bag - you have been warned lol!!!! I wanted a messenger style bag that had an over the body strap - as I come up in massive welts if I have pressure on something so over the body distributes the weight better (although I have already reacted to it - but that was cos I was carrying a bottle of water in it - lesson learnt!) so Sevs made a lovely long strap to it. I told her purple was my favourite colour and the colour I'd love a bag to be- but that was about it, so when I opened this bag I felt she had been spying on me. When I showed it to mum her reactions was "purple, stars, sparkly, it's very YOU isn't it!" and indeed - it is very very me! Thank you so much Sevsonlygirl - I LOVE it!!!!

here is a pic of the bag closed, and another of it open showing the matching but black lining! I SO want some of the purple fabric for myself to use! The closed picture is the best at showing the true colour of the bag





I didnt seem to get a pic of the paintbrush roll by itself for some reason - sorry about that it will be so useful though and of course - I love the fabric!!!

LAstly a pic of the lovely blue box that contained my sewing kit - and which will continue life as a sewing kit box!

and to finish - here's a photo of all three of my crafted items. B
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144  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 18 CLOSED (SU: 10/20-10/25; SO 10/29, and 3/1/14) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Ratfinkz on: October 28, 2013 06:22:30 PM
Was worried I was not going to make my LV and would end up having to send a purchased one which to me did not feel the same somehow, however was able to find a couple of hours this evening to make Gramayre (Gramme air) he is a purple banana, yes a PURPLE banana. There is a story behind why he is purple. I sleep talk and have been known to sleep text also on several occasions. They tend to be totally random BUT there is one theme that comes along on several occasions and that is that of a purple banana. I am generally either being chased by one or wanting my husband to get me one. Purple is my favourite colour but where banana comes from I have no idea. Anyhow finally I have that elusive purple banana.

I struggled to get a photograph of him, this is the best I could do (it is night time and I am using my phone camera.
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145  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 4 (top picks by 10/9, send by 11/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Ratfinkz on: October 10, 2013 10:32:33 PM


These are the lettered ornaments for people receiving to choose from Cheesy
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146  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 32 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: October 08, 2013 04:02:54 AM
I just realised I never uploaded the rest of my goodies from this round - I am so sorry! Here they are Smiley

My lovely shades of blue pendant:


My beautiful cork necklace - in purple with dragonfly - love it! Smiley



Love the notebooks also - they will be SO useful! I owe an apology though - I appear to have put the bigger one "somewhere safe" I'm sure I will find it - but didn't want to leave getting these up any longer! sorry!
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147  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 4 (signups end TODAY!!, send by 11/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Ratfinkz on: October 08, 2013 03:52:22 AM
I'm sorry to be posting these slightly late! They are not completely finished as I have not varnished them - however I'm leaving the varnish off until people choose them - at which point they can ask for glitter or gloss varnish. Also - if you like one of them but would like something altered - that doesnt involve me starting again - please let me know! I intend to go round the borders of the bells as they look rather plain - but again I will leave that up to you - if you want a border - let me know - and let me know which colour - you can see which colours I have on the other decs! Hope that is all ok. If you end up getting one of these - please let me know your preferences for which you want - I can not promise to give everyone what they want - so it will be done on a first come first served basis. If you give me a list of your preferences for the 8 designs - and let me know if you want two the same - I will do my best!
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148  Sewing Kit - Pic (and text) heavy! in CHALLENGE 91 ENTRIES by Ratfinkz on: October 07, 2013 02:48:38 PM
I am currently in the process of making friends with my sewing machine. My husbands Grandma gave it to me about 5 years ago - I tried for a few days but couldn't get to grips with it. At the beginning of last year I saw a sewing course advertised - so I thought I would go along. I really enjoyed the course - it was 3 lessons of two hour course. I thought I'd continue using it, so it sat in the corner of the living room staring at me, but I got nervous to use it without someone telling me what to do - and of course, the more I put it off - the more scared I got - so it sat forlorn and unloved behind the livingroom door. In August I joined the rodent revolution swap - and decided to get over my fears and have a go on it! I didn't do very well - but as I'd broken the cycle - decided to keep on playing and try to make friends. I've never been good at sewing - at school when we did sewing I was the girl sat in the corner trying for the entire lesson to thread the darn needle! Still - I can be pretty determined when I need to be - and when I saw this challenge I decided it was the perfect opportunity to learn. I didnt have a pin cushion - and have been saying for ages I need one (I did some hand sewing before) so that inspired my choice of what to make - a single pin cushion wouldn't take up a pillow case - so I decided to make a whole hand sewing kit. Anyway - onto the pics I hope you enjoy! Smiley

Firstly - I started with these rather boring pillowcase - I have uploaded a pic of both as they came together - but have actually only used one.



 I decided I had to pretty it up - and decided to do some tie dye - I've been wanting to try some for years. I looked online for patterns and really liked the look of lots of small circles. To get it you have to tie buttons, or some people use grains of rice - all over your fabric - I used string to do so! I DO like the look of it - BUT tying so many buttons on took FOREVER!!!! And all the time I was aware that as my first time tie dying something might go wrong....undoing all of them using a seam ripper took an entire day - tying them on took about 4 days I think (of about 6 hours each day!).



I wanted two contrasting colours and patterns - so decided one would be just straight lines - Purple is my favourite colour and I thought blue would go well with it. This was the scariest stage - the dye was on - and I was petrified that taking the buttons off I would find out it hadn't worked - but I had to leave it to dry overnight rather than taking them off there and then to check!



Yay both methods came out well!




This is the entire set - it consists of a zippered pouch, scissor holder, pin cushion and a needle book.


I started following McCalls pattern M6256, but then went off in a tangent to get the intesting shape rather than it just being a rectangle, I'm quite pleased with how the zipper turned out on this - as it was my first time ever of attaching a zipper to anything.

The lining of the bag


Needle book which includes room for needles, safety pins, and I put a couple of safety pins in to hold some thread. This was my own pattern. The inner pages have both interfacing to keep them sturdy and felt inside them - the idea of the felt was to stop needles showing on the back of the page - and am glad to say it works nicely Smiley


The pin cushion was also my own pattern. I wanted it to be deep so I could push pins right the way in so they dont get knocked out while they are in the bag -but the bottoms do not poke out of the bottom so therefore I'm not going to prick myself if I put my hand in to get something out.


Lastly is the scissor case - this was from the same pattern as the bag - but this time I followed all of the pattern:



And finally a shot of the whole kit again on the other pillow from the pair as a "this to that" picture!


Anyway - I hope you like! One day I will enter a challenge without writing an essay alongside it! Sorry!!!!
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149  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 32 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: September 20, 2013 04:11:09 PM
Here is my beautiful leaf wash cloth - which is going to be renamed a 'flannel' - wool is what comes from sheep, which is what I thought this was - but I may be wrong! Still love it whatever it is made from Smiley
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150  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 32 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: September 20, 2013 12:00:38 PM
The first thing that I received was Ninaprettyballerina's neo geo necklace which is very lovely thank you.

Unfortunately I really struggled to get the colour right in the photograph - so have played a bit with Photoshop and this is the closest I can get - in reality it is an even lighter lilac colour - I am ALWAYS happy to receive anything purple! Cheesy



I have also received Eiseldora's wonderful wash cloth - again in purple YAY!!!! However it is upstairs at the moment - and due to pain levels I am unable to go and get it. My husband is currently shopping - but when he gets back I'll ask him to bring it down for me - and will photograph it.

I do have rather a weird question to ask about it though - I'd always assumed they were for washing the dishes - as that is what we call wash cloths over here - HOWEVER it is too pretty to be used on mucky old dishes so is it ok to use it as a flannel (for washing myself with) and is that, infact, what they are for?!
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