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1  Re: ~FILL a STOCKING FOR ME + a gift~ in The Swap Gallery by lizi on: December 28, 2009 04:41:10 AM

Here are the lovely things ZombieCazz sent to me! I am so grateful, she really spoilt me and I love everything!

Here is my big present, a big slouchy mustard yellow cowl:


And matching mittens! These are so warm, and so cute! My picture doesn't do them justice at all, they are the same colour as the cowl.


And all the rest of the wonder-haul:

Some beautifully embroidered napkins:


Mouse and spider toys for my cat:


A lovely cabled tea pouch, with loads of extra tasty smelling tea:


A fun christmas teddy oven glove:


Felt and embroidered party rings (cookies) for the tree, although these will definately be up all year round in my kitchen:


Some absolutely amazing crocheted snowflakes:




And, my favourite, a felt moustache straight from my wists:


Thank you so much Zombiecazz! You are AMAZING!

Lizi xxx
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2  Re: ~FILL a STOCKING FOR ME + a gift~ in The Swap Gallery by lizi on: December 15, 2009 12:31:52 PM

I received!

Super exciting package from Zombiecazz!


But wait! There are more!!



My cat pretending not to be interested...



They're under the tree now!!!

Thank you Cazz!

Lizi xxx
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3  Cute Cupcake Crochet Caddy (Roll) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lizi on: December 15, 2009 12:19:33 PM

One of my best friends, Zoe, just got into crochet. She's also unemployed, so she's gotten into it in a BIG way. I made her these fingerless mittens: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281327.msg3186153#msg3186153 for her birthday last year and she said that that made her want to learn how to knit/crochet herself. It was so sweet!

Anyway, because she loved the last crafted gift I made her, I knew I had to make her something for her birthday this year. So I used this amazing tutorial: http://www.joleo.co.uk/todayweare/?p=176 to make her a crochet roll. I love the fact that it has a special little pocket for sewing needles for when you need to sew your crocheted loveliness together!



It ties up with the ribbon you can just see on the right. It was longer but then my cat chewed it all up so I had to cut it shorter.

Any comments and criticism would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Lizi xxx
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4  Lovely Long Name Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lizi on: November 28, 2009 09:23:37 AM

I made this a few months ago for a good friend of mine's birthday. The letters are stuffed with fabric scraps and the main fabric is from a shirt my mum had when she was about 10 years old.



It's pretty long, mainly because Charlotte is a pretty long name! The connecting of the letters took the longest because I'm pretty inexperienced with jewellery making, but I really like the result and more importantly, so did she.

Commests and Criticism please!

Lizi xxx
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5  It's Not Brain Surgery - Quilted Brain Broach in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lizi on: July 28, 2009 12:41:40 PM
It was my friend's twenty-first birthday last week and this is what I made for her present. She's just graduated from a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience (and is about to start a Masters), so I thought something brain-based would be fitting.

This was going to be an applique, then it was going to be a quilted applique but then I decided a) the shirt I'd bought may not fit, thus wasting the brainy goodness and b) nobody wants their display of their brain-obsession to be restricted to just one outfit so it became a quilted broach.



I absolutely love the raised, quilted effect of the brain pattern. It was done with very small straight and zigzag machine stitching on two layers of pink cotton sandwiching light quilt batting leftover from a quilt I made earlier this year.

Any comments or criticism is very welcome.Does anyone have any suggestions for other things that could be made into a quilted broach?

Thank you!

Lizi xxx
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6  I'm so proud! My first quilt! Brick path pattern in Quilting: Completed Projects by lizi on: February 24, 2009 01:47:15 PM

So, a while ago I decided to make a quilt, I decided to use the Amy Butler Brick Path pattern because it's pretty simple, right?

Anyway, that's where the logic ended. I decided to change the pattern by adding smaller cream rectangles between each 'brick'. This made the quilt HUGE, it covers my double bed easily. I only read afterwards that if you're trying your first quilt you should do something small!

So, a lot of cutting out, sewing together, ironing, more sewing, quilting (on my tiny machine) and binding it. The binding was awful! It took a whole day and made me completely miserable! I didn't want to hand sew it, because I suck at hand sewing and I hate it. But I ended up having to do quite a lot anyway.

Anyway, I love it so much. It's so cozy and just beautiful! I used mainly floral patterns, all from my mum's loft and they're mainly cotton. The back is a cotton/polyester blend white sheet, I didn't take a picture because I figured you all know what a white sheet looks like. It's just quilted in straight (ish) lines every second row of 'bricks'.

On my bed:


Covering the whole floor of my living room:


And a couple of my favourite sections, I love the mix of all the retro prints! So pretty!




Thank you so much for all your beautiful and inspirational quilts! Mine is super simple and messy compared to all the ones I've seen on here, but without them I wouldn't have made this, so thanks!

Comments and criticism always welcome please!

Lizi xxxx
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7  My first baseball tee recon! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lizi on: February 24, 2009 01:30:53 PM

Hello! It's been such a long time since I've had time to do/post anything.

This was a Youth Large t-shirt of my friend's awesome band Attack Vipers, I love the band but the t-shirt was far too big and unflattering so I never wore it, which I thought was a shame.

I decided to try and make a baseball tee, all of which was fine until I got to trimming the neckline because the jersey I used was super stretchy. I think I ended up doing 3 tries, over about 2 weeks! But it's done now, and I love it.



How do you trim necklines with stretchy material? I used this tutorial: http://mermaids.wordpress.com/2007/12/02/bound-neckline-tutorial/, which was super useful, but it still came out a bit funny. I guess that might be because it was my first try - hopefully I'll get better with practice!

Comments and Criticism always welcome please!

Lizi xxxxx
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8  First Foray into Cat Clothing - Much to the Dismay of my Kitten! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by lizi on: December 04, 2008 02:37:39 PM

I made my kitten a neckerchief, not really for any reason, other than cuteness!




She hated it!




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9  Vintage Button Bracelets and Rings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lizi on: December 04, 2008 02:12:41 PM

Hi! I made two of these button/charm bracelets. The one with the skull is mine and the smaller one is for my friend who's a bit more of a girly girl. I know they're pretty simple, but I was so proud of myself for making some jewellery that wasn't just a button glued on a ring! Talking of which, I made some of those too! I wouldn't usually post something so easy, but they're such pretty buttons and so old too (the blue flower is from the 1930s, one of my Mum's neighbours gave me a big box that she was going to throw away!), I thought they deserved to be shown.











Comments and criticism welcome please! This is my first post on the jewellery board, so please be kind!

Thanks!

xxxx
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10  Grey not-mittens with cherry blossom in Knitting: Completed Projects by lizi on: December 04, 2008 01:23:46 PM

I made these sort-of-mittens for my friend's birthday, as I am a poor student. She loved them (I was pleasantly surprised) and hopefully they'll keep her nice and warm. Although these mittens have no thumbs, or finger-areas. They're like fingerless gloves, but mittens.
At first I was going to leave them plain, but they looked a bit empty and I wanted to make them a bit prettier, and what's prettier than cherry blossom? Nothing, that's what!





Comments and criticism is really welcome! This is my first post on the knitting board (I'm a new and not very good knitter) so be kind please!

xxxxx
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