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11  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Australian fires and floods on: February 16, 2009 05:18:40 PM
Morning Craftsters,

I'm currently away from home doing some work in Queensland's flooded Gulf country... as well as the people in the Gulf who've lost so much and will be without an income for so long, there's also major floods on the Queensland coast (same wet season, different region) which have also caused a vast amount of damage.  And then there's the terrible, terrible, bushfires which have destroyed entire towns and killed so many, as well as left so many homeless and with nothing.

There's already an artists' fundraiser for the fires being discussed here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292131.0

And now, to what we can do...

To donate to the Red Cross bushfire appeal: http://www.redcross.org.au/vic/services_emergencyservices_victorian-bushfires-appeal-2009.htm
And Red Cross flood appeal: http://www.redcross.org.au/QLD/services_disresp_nqfloods2009.htm

If anyone wants to donate items, I'm happy to act as a receiving point and send them down (or up - depending on whether you donate to fire or flood) to where they're needed.  Just drop me a PM if you're interested... and don't worry if it takes me a few days to get back to you - the floods are keeping me busy!
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Epic market fail on: February 08, 2009 01:33:48 PM
OK... posting this one in case someone out there needs a bit of a chuckle, and reassurance that they HAVEN'T just had the least successful market experience in the world.

Mum "does" a monthly market, where although it's described as a craft market she takes plants and jam and does OK.  It's not brilliant, but she finds it profitable enough to keep going.

Mess-up with jars delivery means she has no jam in time for this month's market, so invites me along to fill the empty half of her site with recycled crafty goods and we'll split the site fee.  I have a pipe-dream of one day leaving The Man to craft for a living, and even have an unused Etsy shop I don't know what to do with, so I jump at the chance.

In six hours, I made.... -$2.

I sold the grand total of one card of eight vintage buttons at three dollars, and shelled out five for the half-site.

Pleh!

I don't think it's because my work is crummy, I think the market itself was crummy.  The people next door had wooden puzzles and they sold two all day.  A lot of the inside stalls - with crochetting, embroidery and the like - didn't seem to sell anything at all.

So, that wasn't exactly a brilliant start to my crafting career... Tongue
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Papier mache bowls on: January 10, 2009 02:39:18 PM
These feel a bit out of place among the journals and scrap books, but they *are* paper...  papier mache bowls.

The first two are from a collection I made a few years ago, when I was hand-building every single thing from scratch, using ONLY paper.  They were originally a yellow and red speckled design which never totally worked and I'm now thoroughly sick of, so I re-covered them using some cheap tissue paper I wanted to get rid off because it bleeds badly and generally is obnoxious to work with.



Purple bowl... My favourite.



Orange and blue bowl.  The colours went together better when the paper was wet!  I suppose I could use it as a gift basket for a present for someone I don't particularly like...



This one's a cheat - it's just a few layers of papier mache and a top coat of tissue over an old cracked melamine bowl I picked up for ten cents from an op shop.  These days I do most of my mache over some sort of form - tins, cut-down juice bottles, bowls, whatever - and what I've lost in hardcore papier mache extremism, I've made up in greatly increased productivity, because it saves so much time!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Triple J tees reconned into shirt and hat on: December 01, 2008 08:00:27 PM
Hello all,

I really don't have the precision to do clothes.  I'm much more a knicknack kind of girl.  But, I have a collection of Triple J T-shirts that I wanted to turn into something wearable. 

Triple J is the ABC's youth-oriented radio station.  When I was a teenager, they were my first insight into a world outside my country town, and fired my interest in travel, music, politics and education.  Shortly thereafter I found myself working for Aunty (in a department about as unrelated to the J's as is possible) and wanted something patriotic to wear to work that didn't need ironing.   So, I invested in about a dozen Triple J shirts.  However, this was about 12 years ago when T shirts tended to be worn tight and short, a style that never suited me. 

Anyway, here were the first two for the chop:



The fabric of the blue shirt wasn't in great condition, so I just used the logo in a bit of freestyle decorative machine stitching on a new shirt.  The smudges are just the remains of the tailors chalk - I was too impatient to wash it before I took the photo!  I honestly don't know if I'll wear this thing:



The brown shirt was in much better condition... because it was always too small, so never got much wear!  I ADORE this shirt, but would have needed some serious side panel action to make it fit - and because the design wraps around from front to back (you can't see it properly in the photo) that would have looked pretty dodgy even with matching brown fabric.  So, instead I gave up on all hope of making it fit and made...



A hat, modelled by my conveniently head-shaped woofer.  I even used a proper pattern for this thing (because Mum had one I could borrow) although I think I could have drafted my own pattern that would have looked just as good - this is fine, but it goes a bit pointy like an elf hat if you're not careful how you plonk it on your head.

Enjoy - there are at least two more to come...
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Happy rainbow animal headphones on: September 26, 2008 08:59:22 PM
OK, they're not really 'housewares', but not even Craftster has a category for "tatty old bits of electronic epherma that should have been thrown out long ago: reconstructed".  Smiley

I love my headphones.  Even though they came from a $2 shop about ten years ago, and now one side tends to cut in and out as I move my head.  They're comfy, they have a great sound, the cord's just the right length... I love them.  But the foam padding has finally disintegrated completely, so they needed a bit of work.



The fabric came cheap in a job-lot, with a heap of other random designs.  I don't have kids, so haven't really had any use for it.  I didn't end up using the padding in that photo - it was too hard and scratchy - so instead I cut up an old mattress protector that I've been hanging onto because I knew the wadding would come in handy for something someday...

Then I sewed around the edges of the fabric circles:



Put the padding over the business ends of the headphones, slipped the now cup-shaped fabric circles over the top, and drew the string taut like a drawstring to finish it off:



I love them even more, now!  Smiley
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / T-shirt reconning tips? on: July 25, 2008 11:30:12 PM
Hi Craftsters,

Apologies for asking something that's no doubt been asked at least a thousand times before... there are a heck of a lot of T-shirt recons here, and none of them really do what I'm hoping to, so may I pick your collective brains?

I have a *lot* of old shirts to recon.  They all have the same problem...

I must sweat toxic waste.  All my shirts die in the armpits while the rest of the shirt is still quite new.  So, I'd like to do something along the lines of putting a vertical strip of complementing fabric up each side from the bottom hem all the way up to the sleeve hem.

Has anyone done/seen a recon like that?  Would it be possible to do nicely, or would it just look really obviously like I was trying to patch up an old shirt?

17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Papier mache... is this the place to post it? on: July 03, 2008 07:24:41 PM
G'day all,

Sorry about this, I'm still new 'round these parts and can be a bit slow on the uptake, so thought I'd better check before I go posting stuff in the wrong section.

Would papier mache stuff go in with the papercrafts?  It seems the most logical place for it, but I'm thinking maybe something like this:



might be a bit out of the spirit of things, if everyone else is more focussed on scrapbooking or journal/card making.  So maybe she should go over in dolls and toys or something.

What do you reckon?   Smiley
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Apron and oven mits on: May 27, 2008 03:16:32 PM
Not because they match, it just seemed more efficient to bundle two little projects in together.  Cheesy

I think I can post photos now, so here there be oven mits:



They're the long-strip-with-a-pocket-at-each-end style.  The design on the pocket is the same on each - it was one of those cheap teatowels with the pattern printed on each end, facing different directions, so that whichever way you hang it the image is the right way up.  Sadly it was also completely non-absorbent (a bit of a design flaw for a teatowel, I would have thought?) so it found its way into the recycling heap.  The blanket stitch around the edges hides my manky sewing - I'd never done anything with padding before and while it's sturdy, it's not exactly beautiful.  So, the stiching hides the wobbly seams.

In apron news:



It's a big rectangular bit for the bottom, a smaller rectangle with two corners cut out for the top.  The black fabric with the pink flowers came from goodness knows where - I'm sure leprechauns sneak extra stuff into my craft room at night, because there's stuff in there I totally don't remember buying.  The pink started life as a sheet, then a curtain, and now apron ties.  It's been around a bit!

And an action shot... this is a link rather than an image, because I took the photo sideways and rotated it in photobucket, and now it looks OK in p'bucket, but goes all stretched and strange when I tried to embed it:

http://s287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/nobodyhasthisoneyet/?action=view&current=DSC01676__450x350.jpg

Sorry about the disaster zone in the background - sewing takes precedence over housework and bed-making at my place...
19  COOKING / Dessert / More multicoloured cupcakes - without colouring on: May 11, 2008 12:28:29 AM
The rainbow cupcakes appearing here right now are just amazing - they're so pretty!  But, I have issues with food additives, so just looking at pictures of such brightly coloured food is bringing me out in a rash... time to raid the fridge!

OK, so it's not a rainbow, but it is a vaguely tri-coloured sort of marbled effect:

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/nobodyhasthisoneyet/DSC05892.jpg

The yellow is passionfruit and grated orange peel mixed in with the dough, and the purple is mashed up berries.  The white I just left plain.  I was making it up as I went, so the three mixtures all came out with different consistencies (the passionfruit added so much extra liquid, while the frozen berries were still so cold the butter started hardening!) so it's only pot luck that they turned out as well as they did.

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/nobodyhasthisoneyet/DSC05887.jpg
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Small clock recon - no more Living With Deborah Hutton on: May 10, 2008 05:49:58 PM
G'day,

My clock doesn't go with my kitchen.  And having seen the amazing things people around here are doing, it inspired me to do something about the offending timepiece.  You people rock.

So, the before picture:  (I'm new and not totally computer savvy, so please bear with me on this photo business...)



Nothing wrong with it, but being all black and silver and sleek it looks out of place in the kitchen, which is a mass of wood, kitchy tiles, and bright yellow.  And it has "Living with Deborah Hutton" written across the face.  I don't live with Deborah Hutton.  That just happened to be the lest expensive clock (and it wasn't cheap) I could find when I moved, and needed a clock in a hurry.

So, I took off the rim and the glass front, held on by about eleventy billion tiny cheap screws.  Then, I used an old poster celebrating 25 years of the Wheat Board or something which work was throwing out, to cover the face.  Here it is in a gluey state of semi-completion:



The hands wouldn't actually come off without dismantling the mechanism, which I wasn't prepared to do because I knew I'd never get it back together again, so I cut a slit along one radius leading to the hole in the centre for the axle.  I cut along the horizon line of the image, so the join doesn't show at all.  In the process of all this, I managed to bend the hour hand so the other hands caught on it and wouldn't turn, so I had to take it apart AGAIN and straighten it out.

Oh, and the first time I tried the horizon line didn't come out straight, and I knew it would annoy me for the next 20 years if it was crooked, so I ripped the first one off and did it again.  Fortunately it was a long poster, so I had enough to cut out a second one... Smiley

Having been screwed and unscrewed a few times, the cheap little screws now had their ends shurred out and weren't working too well.  So, I reinforced the rim with a layer of gaffer tape, coloured over with the world's largest nikko pen (about an inch thick, I got it for work and I love it.)

And here it is finished...



Enjoy.  Smiley
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