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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Suddenly I realised I have no smart bags! and hey presto...now i do! on: July 05, 2010 03:47:14 AM
I'm off on my first ever cruise in a few weeks (17 years of dreaming of Iceland and I'm finally going!!!!), and having made one of dresses for the formal night (and borrowed many others for the rest of the time...I'm not much of a girl...but know my OH would love to see me actually pretending to be one for once), I suddenly came to the realisation that I have no bags that could even half pass as smart.

I generally buy my bags at the army surplus store..or use my chain mail bag...so dived into a my fabric stash and found the upholstery material book I got from the local reclamation store and decided to sew sides together.

When I went shopping last week I saw this bag http://www.bankfashion.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=12051&storeId=11251&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=37755&productId=229035 and loved it. So decided to make one similar. Except my material isn't leather, and I don't have any 3D sewable skulls, but meh, minor details....

Without further waffling...here is my bag! Its basically a large square, with a zip on one side, then folded over to make a clutch bag. I loved the material, but it seemed a bit plain, so I made some crochet cogs. I don't claim to be the greatest crocheter, or own anything else steampunk in the slightest, but it seemed to fit nice with the pattern.




Maybe not the most technical item ever, but I think it'll serve a purpose  Smiley

I also made a small red coin purse, just because I could really...but also so I have something nice to carry my cruise card round in. I cant wait!
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Toothless, and Salad Fingers puppets (img heavy) on: May 05, 2010 02:46:43 AM
I completely fell in love with a pattern for toothless that i bought, and couldn;t wait for my local shop to get anymore black wool, so i have a purple toothless dragon instead! Not so much a Night Fury, as a Stormy Evening Fury....

Anyways, here he is.





And these guys have been sitting in my completed projects bag for ages until i could finally give them to their new owner. Didn't want to post before and spoil her surprise. We're both a little obsessed with the Salad Fingers cartoons, so now she can channel her evil through these finger puppets, and blame Hubert Cumberdale for it all!




13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Only just discovered I can do this with my machine! on: April 02, 2010 09:10:00 AM
My little sewing machine keeps amazing me...i never knew you could embroider on a basic sewing machine! Thought i needed one of those super expensive contraptions.

So anyways, there i was pootling around with the different stitch settings, when i found a weird plastic thing in my sleeve arm hidey hole..and decided it was time to open that paper thing that came with the machine (i think its called an instruction manual...i never really pay too much attention...not great i know!). My machine can do magical things!!

So, after a couple of moments of trying to shift my doggy off my knee so that i could have a go, I have come up with this:


I've become an avid crocheter in the past couple of months (it's supposed to be a skull and crochet hooks), and considering my doggy immortalises himself in all of that work (his hairs get everywhere!) I decided to immortalise his name in my first embroidery. Can't wait to start making everything i own a bit more exciting with some embroidery!! Just hope I can improve somewhat before i get carried away and wreck everything!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Batman Ankle warmers on: March 21, 2010 02:48:41 PM
I have FMS and for the last few weeks, my ankles have been murder...so i decided to do something constructive about keeping them warm, but also rather cool  Cool

So here are the fruits of last nights labour. I wore them to the pub today , and to be honest I got a better reception from the kidlings than i did the grown ups, but thats normally the case with my wardrobe!

Anyways...here's they are...mostly sc, with the odd row of dc and tr thrown in for 'interestingness' sake. I love them to pieces already!





Quite impressed that my rubbish pattern actually resulted in 2 identical leg warmers...never happens!! Sorry the pics aren't great...my muscles have been spasm-ing all day s this was the best i could do!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A skirt frenzy! (pic heavy, sorry) on: March 15, 2010 09:38:54 AM
I've finally regained a little enthusiasm for life, which aligned itself perfectly with finding a market stall selling material at 1 a metre...so the following skirts have all been remarkably cheap to make!

However for someone who doesn't really wear skirts, it may take some time for me to actually buck up the courage to get my legs out.

Hope someone likes them...

My tweety skirt:

with triangle pockets (i fancied something a bit different...)


My mostly black skirt (i'm aware it looks a little like police cordon tape, but i liked it!)

Its high waisted with a mini corset back, and a stripe to break up the black


And it has my first ever embroidery on it...i kind of freestyled the cheshire cat...it seemed appropiate.


And finally, my black and yellow ruffle skirt. I love this one even though its so simple.




Camera phobia doesnt allow me to show pictures of me wearing them, sorry....they all fit tho!

Sorry again for number of pics. For a bit of a rubbish sew-er i'm quite proud of myself!
16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Jack, Zero, and a few others.. on: February 08, 2010 11:46:21 AM
Been on a bit of a crochet spree the last couple of days, so following my ThunderCats blanket, I have now made Jack Skellington (using April Draven's brilliant pattern! http://aprildraven.blogspot.com/search/label/Jack%20Skellington), and then having decided he looked a little lonely, I bodged up a little Zero for him!





Sally is mostly complete, but she currently doesn't have a face so don't want to post her til i can fix that!

And I've finally managed to track down on my laptop where i put the pics of 2 xmas pressies i made, A cuddly Darth Vader, and a dodo....I can never stick to one thing at a time, so end up with a strange selection of projects on the go at any one point. Really wish i'd found crochet earlier than 3 months ago....could've made everyone xmas presents!


17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first mini-blanket and tapestry crohet all in one. on: February 05, 2010 09:38:40 AM
Only thrown together a couple of little crochet pieces before this, so decided to go with a simple 2 colour pic of the ThunderCats logo as a little lap blanket!

Taken a few days of on and off crochet, but i'm really pleased for a first attempt!

C&C welcome.

Thunder, Thunder, ThunderCats....ho!!!!!





18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / New to crochet...here's my collection so far! on: December 10, 2009 04:11:44 AM
I only started to crochet just under 3 weeks ago...and am kind of annoyed I never started earlier! I love it! Could never get to grips with knitting, but desperately needed something to keep my brain active while my body is being rubbish. ( I have fibromyalgia and was crawling up the walls being unable to get out anywhere!)

So here are my first things I've made. Any criticisms or hints on how to improve my crochet would be very welcome.

These are the first things i made.

 
Then my sister produced a pattern from nowhere for this!





This is my brother's christmas present...i just have the details to finish off.

My OH said we can decorate the our first christmas tree in a Nightmare Before Christmas style...so i've started making the decorations. Here are the skulls:



And here are the first characters i've made to go on the tree:

I can't get Oogie Boogie's mouth right, so still working on that.



The mayor is double sided, so hopefully he will spin on the tree.

And this is to sit under tree...



Thanks to everyone who posts their patterns, and their creations on this board...it's got my mind going in overdrive as to what is being made next!! Although, my 20 year old sister has placed 'an order' for ladybird mittens next...so i'll busy for a while!
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone have a Janome New Home 921? on: October 23, 2009 02:32:32 AM
I've been given the above machine, but i'm having issues with it. Not exactly well versed the mechanics of sewing machines so here's a basic run down of whats wrong..

The bobbin case (like the whole unit underneath which moves around the make the bobbin work) is loose, and I have no idea how to out it back. There are 2 metal pieces, and a piece of red plastic, none of which seem to fit together, but clearly must do. Also the presser foot appears to be 'shunted' across to one side, and so the needle has obviously been catching it, doing damage to the needles, and also to the mechanism which holds the needle. It won't grip needles very strongly, or seems to 'spin' round off the screw thread and drops the needle. No idea what other gremlins will be looming if and when I can ever get the thing start!

Cant' seem to find anything about it anywhere, so I have no idea where to start. Any help would be greatly received.
20  COOKING / Dessert / First post so be gentle...please! on: October 12, 2009 05:27:45 AM
Have lurked on craftster for over a year (originally just on the clothes secion, but have been enticed into various other areas), so finally decided to post some of my own pics.

Both of these cakes were made a couple of years ago. Not very good at the ol' cake decorating, so they're not great, but i preferred them to shop bought, and think the OH did too!

I made this one because he's an Formula 1 nut, and especially the older ferrari's. Everything was made from cake covered in either icing, or marzipan, and then painted with diluted food colouring. Was impressed with how red it all came out! Tried to make the ferrari horse out coloured sprinklies (hundreds&thousands) but it didn't really work.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae104/littlemissmanics/01-12-07_1720.jpg

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae104/littlemissmanics/01-12-07_1718.jpg

And this one I made because he's a market stall greengrocer (I'm not the most imaginative cake maker either!)

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae104/littlemissmanics/02-12-06_1208.jpg

Sorry that the pictures are such poor quality too.
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