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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Bodylotion on: January 10, 2014 04:08:38 AM
These were last years gifts to friends and family- I used this great tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418789.0#axzz2pzijvd4m

For some reason, I put in Coconut oil instead of almond oil. It wasn't intentional. My mind just inserted coconut and I didn't look at the list again. Worked great, though! I made another batch with almond oil which doesn't leave the skin as oily as the coconut oil, but it did separate a bit. Maybe because I travelled with it too much.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sea glass altoid tin on: January 06, 2014 03:12:20 AM
Finally, the sea glass tin is finished- and has been for a while. It has already been given to the girl I spent the holidays with when I collected the glass. She really liked it, and I liked it too. Need some new tins now!

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt on: January 06, 2014 02:50:27 AM
My friend had her second child last year, and since I made a blue quilt for the first one (who turned out to be a boy!), I made a red one for the second (who turned out to be a girl, good guessing!!!).

This one was the first one I hand-quilted and I don't think I'll do it again soon...

All made from stash, except for the binding.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Buttonhole flowers that never wilt on: January 06, 2014 12:42:05 AM
My father showed me boutonnieres (didn't know the word before then) on the net that he really liked.
They were from the states, so shipping them to Germany seemed a bit too much for these little things. So I got some gift wrapping band and things from my stash and got to work. Lots of strong hairspray later, I got this:

I really hope the hairspray will keep them intact for wearing them while dancing. No wild dancing, please.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Apple mobil on: November 26, 2013 12:14:21 PM
I should have finished this two years ago, when a friend of mine gave birth to a very adorable little boy. Oh well. He might appreciate it more, now, anyway. After I moved with it, I decided it was time to finally just put strings and leaves on the thing and be done. The idea with the caterpillars and butterflies have to be put on hold until I get my crafting things out of storage. Maybe it will become an add-on mobil.

The apples are stuffed fabric balls I painted with fabric paint.  

The stems are made out of q-tips drenched in brown watercolour, the leaves just plain old cardboard with watercolour.

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Cherry cloth pads on: October 25, 2013 03:55:29 AM
After I liked my cloth pads so very much, I decided to spread the good news and make some for my friends, too. I think one of them actually uses them, too! Yay! This is the result:

Germans may recognise the design of Deutsche Bahn (german trains). Yay for crafting weird things in public.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Matching Red Quilts on: October 25, 2013 02:26:47 AM
Finished two of these some years ago as a present for my parents. They use them in their holiday home, where they fit perfectly (I think  Smiley ) Only regret is quilting them rather aggressively with the sewing machine and little patience. Oh well...

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Portable reed drying contrivance in a matchbox on: March 01, 2013 10:49:37 AM
Another oboist problem:

A few weeks ago we had a reedmaking session and one guy asked whether someone had a drying stand for reeds. Which nobody had, because we all dried them by just putting them somewhere more or less secure. So I decided to build one for him!

I put coins in the bottom of the box to make it more steady. Then a piece of wood with holes where the matches go in. I cut of the matches heads for security :-). The red fabric is painted with a gold edding.

When you need to dry reeds, you put up as many matches as you need and after, just take them down again an put the box back into the toolbox. Yeah. Made one for myself, too. Maybe it'll make me dry them without them collecting reed shavings from the table or something else.

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 84 ENTRIES / Strange notebook to inspiration-collector on: March 01, 2013 10:19:06 AM
This craftster challenge is the first to get me to participate. I have been thinking about having a book to collect my crafting ideas in. When I read the challenge, I immediately searched my bookshelves, but nothing was really perfect. Then I remembered a book I had somehow come across a few years ago. I don't know what it was for originally and where I found it, but I kept it because it was made so nicely with a really hard cover and nice binding. And a nice colour. I love blue. The inside left me at a loss though and I put it into a dark corner, where it still was, fortunately. And there even were a few old drawings inside that I had completely forgotten about.


The inside:

I painted 11 black quarters (2x2 cm) on the front and filled them with silver edding (which made a big silver blob at some point totally without warning. Fortunately, it was on the black space and I just painted it black again. Argh!!!)
I got the letters from a book with images by William Morris but didn't make a stencil. You can see how all the "I" are different.

Thank you for the challenge! I'm really happy with the outcome.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altoid tin reed boxes on: March 01, 2013 09:18:56 AM
I have a friend that lets me stay at her flat when I need a place to stay, so I decided to make her something as a thank-you. Since she is an oboist, too, I made something no oboist ever has enough of: a reedbox. I made one for myself some time ago, too. I found the reed holder at reeds-and-stuff only recently, so hers is nicer than my improvised foam one. The cartoon is from the net, forgot wherefrom.

The bottom is painted, the top is paper.

The gift one:

I painted it white first and then drew on it with an edding.

With a test reed:

And a question for well-versed Altoid-Alterists:

How do I put this on a tin and still have it look nice? Beach glass from a trip to the sea two weeks ago:

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