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1  Blue/white lapghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by machiavellian on: June 01, 2012 05:06:39 PM
I found this great pattern on Ravelry recently and was inspired by some of my friend's blanket projects, so I had to make one for myself! Here is the link to the project: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ocean-tranquility-afghan

Here is my version:



And an action shot with the toddler...



The pattern worked up really nicely and it was easy to remember too. The wool was practically free too, as I was given the blue wool and half of the white so just needed to buy one more ball!
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2  Baby blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by machiavellian on: February 12, 2012 06:15:46 PM
So my sil is having another baby and so I thought I'd use my new-found love of crochet to make her something!





I used slightly less than one skein of Patons Big Baby 4 ply in white (which I accidently bought online thinking it was a different colour for another project...) and I love how it turned out. Its really soft, stretchy and perfect for a newborn.
I used this pattern off ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/diamond-flower-baby-blanket though it was all in UK terms so I had to translate it first.
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3  Crochet Mary Janes (and baby booties) in Crochet: Completed Projects by machiavellian on: June 30, 2011 02:12:41 PM
I have just started crocheting and here is my first project!  Grin


I used the pattern on here: http://thelittlehousebythesea.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/free-pattern-for-mary-jane-slippers/ although they are a little big but still wearable.

I also made some baby booties


I wish I had started crocheting earlier as I am really enjoying it! Now on to the next project!!
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4  Auckland landmark soft book- pic laden in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by machiavellian on: June 19, 2011 06:31:57 PM
I've wanted to make a soft book for a wee while after seeing some of the awesome felt name books on here. Instead, I decided to do an Auckland version, as we live in Auckland, New Zealand and I thought it would be cool to remind my wee boy of his local backyard. Its taken me about a month on and off to do it, and I wish I had done it completely in felt, as I used jersey for the pages and it was a pain (though I had loads of the stuff). Some of my stitching is a bit wonky, but every time I picked it up to work on, wee boy would come investigating, so I blame it on him  Wink


The cover got drawn on a little... and I need to re-do it a little, but thats ok!


One of our local inactive volcanoes, Rangitoto


The sky tower. I might add a wee person jumping off it, as you can bungy off the top.


One tree hill (the tree was cut down in protest about 10 years ago, though the name hasn't changed)


Piha. I ran out of a colour of felt in this one and really couldn't be bothered going all the way to the store to get more... Its actually a black sand beach, which my husband pointed out after I was done. Not sure why I didnt think about that before- its not like I haven't lived here for years!


Auckland war memorial museum


The harbour bridge.

Lastly, an action shot of my wee boy playing with it (and eating a peg...)

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5  Hobby Horse from old jeans in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by machiavellian on: May 13, 2011 08:57:14 PM
I have wanted to make a hobby horse/stick horse since before wee boy was born. I recently retired a pair of my husband's jeans which had a hole in the bum, but still could be useful for something else...
I thought the denim would be great for a hobby horse as it is quite hardly.
I didnt use a pattern, rather I used some fabric scraps to make up a draft and went from there. Here is my re-purposed jeans Hobby Horse:



The bridle is just some blue biased binding which i've loosely tacked onto the horse head, and the bit is a D ring. I will probably upgrade the bit to something a bit more accurate.  Cheesy
I used jean scraps for the mane and forelock which I zigzagged down to stop it from completely coming apart- hopefully that works!


Austin enjoying his new friend even though he's still too little to play with him!

I definitely have some ideas for making another one of these- especially as I really enjoyed the whole project!
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6  Where the wild things are cake in Dessert by machiavellian on: March 19, 2011 12:16:27 AM
I got so excited when they announced that we were having a cake auction at our church. I immediately went online and was highly inspired by this cake: http://cococakecupcakes.blogspot.com/2009/04/where-wild-things-are-cake.html that I had to make one of my own!
This is my version, though I do admit to copying the first one a lot, but only because it is awesome!



I took photos of it literally as soon as I put down the icing bag, so please excuse the mess! I did clean it up before it was auctioned off!



Side view to show how high it was. I used 2 x 20" chocolate cakes (more specifically, 'Dana's chocolate cake' from Destitute Gourmet) and put delicious dark chocolate ganache between the layers. mmm...

I had a lot of fun making this, and am looking forward to the next opportunity to make something similar. Smiley
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7  Tshirt to Baby Tshirt recon in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by machiavellian on: February 08, 2011 09:03:12 PM
Ive had this tshirt for years and never really knew what I wanted to do with it until now!



Showing the snaps on one side of the neckline


I used one of his existing tshirts to make a pattern and although some of the sewing is a little shoddy (sewing + teething baby = shoddy sewing) I'm pretty happy with it!
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8  Baby romper/boyleg onesie in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by machiavellian on: February 06, 2011 02:47:43 PM
Having a tall baby is a bit of a pain as he has outgrown nearly all of his onesies/rompers in such a short space of time! I used one of his almost-too-small ones as a guide.
This is my first attempt at making a romper/boyleg onesie- I hardly ever make clothes and havent had much experience sewing stretch fabric so there are definitely things I'll do differently next time!



and action shot


It really is too big for now, but that's ok as he seems to be growing so fast!!
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9  Workmate Plushies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by machiavellian on: July 20, 2010 03:04:18 AM
Having been inspired by loveandasandwich soooooooo many times I decided to use that inspiration to do something personal for my team at work as parting gifts (I leave in 2 weeks).

Anyway, these are my attempt at personalised plushies:


Sue and Sarah


Karli (ever obsessed with her ipod) and Nats


Susanna (the boss) and Sophie


The back of Susanna (she is obsessed with her doggies)


The team Smiley

My handstitching isnt the neatest, but i'm pretty happy with how they turned out  Smiley
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10  New Zealand Bird Baby Mobile in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by machiavellian on: July 20, 2010 02:35:37 AM
I'm not quite sure this is the right place to post this project, though I thought as it is something for our home, and will be enjoyed (hopefully) by more than just the new baby (due in a month!!!) AND will live in our bedroom, I would put it here.  Wink

As we are proud Kiwis, I wanted to make something with native animals, and since all our native animals are birds, it made sense to make a bird themed mobile! The photos are not the best, as we just got given a camera today after I had just this avo finished the project, and basically I couldnt wait to post it, so here is is!


Stupid bad nighttime lighting! The frame is just 18g wire- its a little flimsy, so I might re-do the frame depending on how it hangs after a while. The birds are just cardboard cut outs covered in fabric. I wanted to use natural-ish colours, hence the blues and browns. The best part is that all the fabric was scraps that I (or my MIL) had lying around!


Little Blue Penguin and Kea


Kokako


Kiwi


Huia (Sadly now extinct. This one is a female because of her long beak)


Karearea (NZ Falcon)


Tui


Last but not least, the humble Pukeko

Overall the project would have cost me maybe $5? And thats probably just the cost of the glue.  Grin  Gotta love cheap projects!

Thanks all  Smiley
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