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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Christmas Jewelery on: January 10, 2014 12:32:40 PM
As my mums main Christmas present this year I handmade her some christmas jewelery (I bought / made her lots of 'little bits' for Christmas)

I came up with the design for the peyote pattern - I have only been doing peyote since the beginning of December - so it was not an easy task - I think I made about 6 earrings before I got the pattern how I wanted it - but am pleased I did!

22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cushions on: January 10, 2014 12:28:38 PM
For my mum, my mother in law, my grandma, my grandma in law and one of my aunts I made Cushions as part of their Christmas present. Unfortunately I only have photos of my mums and my aunts as I forgot to get photos of the others!

My mums partner is a farmer and has fields of cows - my mum loves them so much she collects anything "cow" and I always try to give her something with cows for presents - so much so that last year I bought her a cow piggy bank...identical to one I had bought a few years ago - oops! This Christmas I bought her hugging cow salt and pepper pots - and made her a cow cushion - at least I was sure I hadn't already given her one of those!

and the back

and my aunt used to keep chickens (unbeknownst to me she moved them on at the beginning of December - but still likes 'chicken' things) so for her a chicken cushion:

and the back

I know they are fairly simple - but as I have only been sewing since Octoberish I was really pleased with how well they came out!

23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Chrismas Stocking on: January 10, 2014 12:20:58 PM
Sorry this is so late!

Since October this year I've been making friends with my sewing machine - for my husbands stocking I decided to hand make him one rather than spending money on shop bought ones. I had very little time to do this - I think I knocked it up in about an hour - I made the pattern myself - and it is lined with interfacing. It is more square than I had wanted. I have more material to make him a better one for Christmas 2014 - but thought I would share this one anyway.

24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My first soaps / candles on: January 10, 2014 12:16:14 PM
So - for a few years now I have been wanting to get into soap / candle / toiletry making. I dabbled a couple of years ago with bath bombs and bath creamers but then stopped again - but always wanted to get further into it. Early December I took a trip to our local Hobbycraft (I say local - its about 40 minutes away!) and they had both candle making kits and soap making kits on offer - so I bought one of each. A few days later I bought some essential oils and scoured our cupboards for things I could put in - then I got busy!

Although I am only playing with melt and pour for now - I hope one day to get into the CP / HP side of things.

With my kits and extras I made soap and candle sets for all my aunts!

I made a Christmas soap - into which I put crushed and a couple of whole cloves, cinnamon essential oil and some orange essential oil - they look a bit like crumpets!!

The candles had exactly the same scent

and lastly I made lavender soap - I put in a LOT of dried lavender as I wanted it to work as an exfoliater - but with hind sight I think I put a bit TOO much in! (although as a complete lavender lover I'm not sure there really is such a thing as too much lavender)

After making all of those I had none of my kit stuff left - so had a good read  online over Christmas - and have treated myself to lots of soap / candle making equipment with the plan of getting into it 'seriously'

25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / morsbag swap on: January 05, 2014 04:00:12 PM
Until 20 minutes ago I had no idea what a morsbag was. Basically it is a simply sewn cotton bag to be used instead of a plastic carrier bag. More than that though it is about passing the knowledge on, and we are encouraged to pass the bags on to people. A morsbag has to have a label which are purchased from the site.

My idea for a swap is we all craft 5 identical bags (not based on partners likes, so can be presewn) then we send each of our bags to 4 partners and the last 1 we give away randomly to someone living locally to us.
So would all end up with 4 morsbags and some good Karma =)

What do people think
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Purpleicious necklace on: November 23, 2013 05:22:34 PM
Hello - I am very new to jewellry making (Well anything that takes skill - have made lots of 'strings of big bead' necklaces - but am beginning to get into it and really enjoy it. During a break from crafting for a swap I decided to make myself a necklace in order to practise some skills - I know this is still rather basic - but I am pleased with it and thought I would share - if you have any advice please feel free to comment - I though I had got the three strands tangled at the top - as they are in the picture but have just picked it up again and they are not tangled - phew!
 - but luckily that doesnt seem to show too much when I am wearing it. Also there is one section of sead beads with only about 7 beads - goodness only knows how I managed that (most of them have 20) and lastly the wire seems kinked on the bottom of the third strand - and I can not work out why - I have tried pulling it with pliers but that does not seem to have done much!
(Forgive the background I was photographing my christmas ornaments from the Sweat shoppe.

There are over 700 seed beads on it - each threaded by hand (that is probably not many for regular beaders - but sure felt a lot to me!)

Due to  not leaving the end of the first strand long enough to fit the catch I had planned for, I had to take some beads off and make it smaller - but that made it too short - to conquer that I have added three big jump rings to each side - regardless to that though I am quite pleased with the way I have done the clasp. (the three strands are all one continuous wire.

and a last shot of it hanging...
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hama (uk equivalent to perler) keyring on: November 02, 2013 04:32:31 AM
Just a fun little keyring I made as an extra for my partner in the make a bag swap.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / knitted / lined pouch on: November 02, 2013 04:22:36 AM
This is a little pouch I made for my partner in the make a bag swap.

I then used the sewing machine to line it, I could have done it by hand but it is all practise on the machine.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dr Who iPad cover 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
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Project Bag 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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