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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / Decorated ice-cream tub into flowerpot to decorate my window ledge on: June 02, 2012 09:56:25 AM

I don't normally work with paper, but I needed some crafty motivation, so I decided to partake in this months challenge, whatever it was.

I decided to try and get a double whammy, by decorating my room by way of decorating a forgotten ice-cream tub.
The result:




Here's the tub before I got my hands on it!


The flowers are made from crepe, and the pot covering is also paper.
My favorite thing about this project is that all the paper used were saved from gifts I was given - for example, the green paper used to cover the pot was from a bunch of roses my boyfriend gave me ages ago. Now when I see this cheerful object, I will be reminded of happy times like our anniversary, my birthday, Christmas. Smiley Everything else was also stuff I had lying around - the stalks are chopsticks I colored in with marker, the grass is leftover scrap yarn I crocheted into loops, and the buttons are from the button stash all craftsters have.

Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / offspring t-shirt resize on: February 05, 2011 08:35:22 AM
First post in a while. Mostly been admiring other people's work of alte, too lazy to post my own.

This morning was wet and blustery. My bike had a puncture. I decided to forgo walking to my knitting group, on the condition that I finally resize a giant t-shirt I was given some time ago.

I like resizing t-shirts because the stretchy fabric means the sizing is incredibly forgiving. If you get it roughly to your shape it will stretch or cling to accommodate you. My normal method is to put a t-shirt that fits me well over the shirt I'm resizing and trace it. I couldn't find my tailors chalk today so I used pins.

For the sleeves in this case, I pinned and sewed along to where the sleeves of the red t-shirt started. I then added a few more reinforcing stitches perpendicular to this line of stitches to stop them unraveling when I cut the neckline. I then just cut from where one line of the stitches finished to where the ones on the other side began, to achieve the boat-neck/off the shoulder look I wanted.



This shirt came out exactly like I wanted. So pleased.

C&C welcome. Smiley Hope whoever you are, you're having a lovely day.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Reversible apron on: July 06, 2010 01:36:19 PM
It's my friend Brenda's birthday this week. While she doesn't bake a lot, she does make some damn good brownies. Recently, she had a housemate who she didn't get on with very much. The girl moved out eventually.....and took Brenda's brownie pan with her! How frickin' mean! So naturally, I've got her a new brownie pan for her birthday, and I decided to make her a girly apron to go with it (she's pretty girly). I couldn't decide which fabric from my stash to use - the plain pink, or the purple gingham? Plain pink or purple gingham, plain pink or purple gingham......I couldn't decide so I decided to make a reversible apron employing both. As I only had this one evening to make it I decided not to put any pockets or embellishments on in case I messed them up, as I wouldn't have time to fix it. I do like the mis-matched (yet matching?) straps though. I sewed it as you might imagine, right sides facing together, turn inside out and so on. I turned it inside out through the bottom of the apron, but as it's to be reversible I couldn't do a basic hem by folding over as I normally would. I pressed the raw edges inside the apron really flat, then used the one fancy-ish stitch on my basic yet awesome machine to add another touch of girliness.

I hope she likes it!

Apologies for the crappy pictures, I had to take them myself using the self-timer function. Also, it's the end of a long day, I'm in my comfy pants, I look dreadful hence the "disguise". Cheesy





Comments and criticism are greatly appreciated - I know this is a fairly rookie project compared to most of the a-MAZ-ing stuff on this board. Someday that'll be me! Cheesy
4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / pot stand to scarf to table runner. on: April 17, 2010 10:46:39 AM
I thought the 'scully' potholder was really cool, and I wanted to practice changing color. When I finished the first skull though, I couldn't stop! I figured I'd keep going and make a scarf out of it. Alas, as I hadn't planned this from the start my hook was a bit big and it all came out a bit wide for a scarf. That was well over a year ago now, and after moving house I found my big ol' strip of skulls at the bottom of my yarn bag. It all ended happily though. In my new place, I finally have some real room for my craft gear, and it turns out the ugly scarfling makes a perfect table runner to stop my sewing machine from slipping in it's new home.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First knitting post - miracle socks on: April 17, 2010 09:41:15 AM
I've been knitting since last August, having started crocheting about 9 months before that. Despite being heavily into craftster, this is my first post in such a long while as I've just got the internet in my house. Huzzah! It's ok to check out craftster for a little while at work, but taking the time to upload pictures is just wasting time, you know?
So these are my first socks, and even though they're full of lumps, bumps and gaps, I'm so proud of them. I call them miracle socks because there were so many things wrong with the kit/pattern I used to knit them, it's a miracle I finished them. I won't go into all the details because I don't really want to spread negativity around, but anyone who's interested can check out my amazon review here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sock-Knitting-Kit-Alyce-Benevides/dp/0811865924/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271521108&sr=8-1
One thing which will leap out at you is that one toe is a different colour. Why? Because the kit didn't provide enough yarn, of course! Pfft, Roll Eyes . Ah well, now they're done I love them so much. I use them as comfy socks for about the house, as that way I get to wear them nearly everyday.  Cheesy

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1st post in a while...dress from upholestry fabric on: December 16, 2009 09:10:46 AM
So I found this awesome tartan/plaid fabric in a charity (thrift) shop for a bargain. I used a tutorial for a lolita style dress, which I'm pretty sure was by the ever awesome craftster Roethke, but I can't seem to find it anymore to provide the link. But big love to Roethke for providing tutes for loads of stuff.
These pictures were taken at the Bizarre Ball. Bizarre is a magaznie which celebrates everything alternative, and the Bizarre Ball enjoyed it's second annual hoodown last October. Myself and my best friend has a blast! Everything I was wearing (bar my shoes, but even they were from an internet company which still employs skilled shoemakers) was handmade.
Taken in the bathroom of the venue:



Better view of smoe hair accessories and gloves:

With lead singer of Electic Eel shock, who played that night and rocked!

With Nina Kate, a fetish model who I really admire because as well as being a damn hot model, she runs her own latex clothing/accessory company, and she's the one making the produce. bad ass! (It's Jane Doe clothing, for any who are interested).

And the next week I got to wear the same dress to my graduation.
(This is me with my mommy).
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / 1st not completely awful homespun on: December 16, 2009 08:33:06 AM
As the title says.....this stuff isn't great, but it's the first hand decent stuff I;ve done with my drop spindle, so I'm delighted!




As you can see, I have a bit of an unintentional thick/thin alternation along it. Also, some of the pink was a bit overspun, probably because Im finding it hard to draft it so that its nice and thin. But practice makes perfect, and Im really proud of this (although everything else on this thread is waaaaay better!) Now my problem is to figure out what to do with just 14 yards of this 2 ply! I only had a little bit of each color of roving..Any suggestions?
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Frog Mario cross stitch on: February 09, 2009 05:04:49 AM
The pattern is from the ever awesome spritestitch.com
I actually made this for my brother and his girlfriend (now wife) for Christmas, and had it finished way back in November. But they were travelling over Christmas and had left before I posted it (they live far, far, far away from me). and then I was being kinda lazy, so I'm only getting it posted now. Unfortunately as I had left it lying around the Aida got a few smudges...



I think the 3rd last Mario here is my favourite. he's so cute diving through the air in his Frog outfit!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dora, nintendo creatures, felix the cat birthday present on: February 02, 2009 05:21:19 AM
First of all, I DID NOT DO THIS. A friend of mine drew this for me for my birthday, and I just had to share it. Basically, I love ALL the things in the picture (I have an awful lot of Dora the Explorer merchandise for a 20 year old woman), so when this arrived in the post, it was the nicest suprise ever! It was sketched in pencil and done over with a regular black pen. The pride of my mantlepiece.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt +curtains ---> dress on: February 02, 2009 05:18:26 AM
yay! This weekend I was finally able to pull some sewing time out of a sea of deadlines, and here's the result. Combination of a big Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt kindly donated by my boyfriend, and some awesome blue tartan curtains. I was gonna sew the straps on at the back but I liked how it looked as a halterneck. I left the straps nice and long so I could sew them on as straps later if I wanted.

Excuse my silly face, was laughing at something stoopid. Also the pictures came out kinda grainy.......

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