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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Auckland landmark soft book- pic laden 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...)

12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 63 ENTRIES / Re: Antique Singer Sewing Machine on: June 07, 2011 02:25:50 PM
It actually took me a while to click into this because I kept thinking 'Oh its a sewing machine'. What an incredible surprise I got! What an incredible cake!! This definitely rocks a LOT!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: I was really loving this little kid fabric on: May 30, 2011 05:37:29 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE the fabric! great job on the dress too!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: boy clothes! on: May 16, 2011 04:25:02 PM
So cute!! Great job!
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hobby Horse from old jeans on: May 15, 2011 01:35:11 PM
Thanks guys Smiley
Hi Haylie, we attached a ball of stuffing, wrapped in fabric onto the end of the stick (covered in duct tape) and after half stuffing the head, we poked it into the opening and stuffed a lot of stuffing around it to keep it secure. Where it tapers in to the stick, I handstitched this closed, duct taped it on and have since wrapped wool around the duct tape for appearances. Hope that makes sense! I'm a wee bit sleep deprived due to an active 8 month old...
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hobby Horse from old jeans 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!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: dead horse! on: April 22, 2011 02:12:46 AM
LOVE IT! It totally inspires me to go and have a look for some ugly ceramics to repaint Smiley
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: heirloom stick horse on: March 22, 2011 01:52:54 PM
They look great! Well done! Did you use a pattern for them? I'd love to make one myself
19  COOKING / Dessert / Where the wild things are cake 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
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tshirt to Baby Tshirt recon 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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