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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / And another 52 reasons book on: January 27, 2009 09:43:36 AM
Not the most original idea on the planet, but there we are.

I used Wales playing cards because my boyfriend is welsh and I'm at university in Wales. I also didn't want to cover up too much of the detail on the card, as my boyfriend collects playing cards. I wanted them to still look like playing cards.


Here's the finished product:
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Seed Bead Loop Bracelet on: January 26, 2009 08:27:37 AM
I made my first piece of jewellery! I feel very proud of myself, even though it was majorly simple.

I used this tutorial here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10574.0
I adapted it slightly by using six beads instead of 12, and using all seed beads instead of some larger ones and made a bracelet instead of a necklace.

Here it is on my wrist:


Here's a close up of the clasp I used:


Here's the bracelet laid out flat:


Sorry about the glare on these pictures, the lighting in my room is bad! Also the 'black' beads are more oil coloured than they look here.

Comments? Criticism? Go easy, this a first attempt  Cheesy
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Poppets without a sewing machine. Madness? on: January 26, 2009 05:15:44 AM
I've been lurking in these area of the forum for a while, and nosing about in the Poppet-Along thread, and I've absolutely fallen in love with those cute little critters. I want to make one of my own, but I'm not the most experienced of hand-sewers (shocking considering I did a GCSE in Textiles!) and I don't own a sewing machine (and even if I did there'd be nowhere to put in my already crammed university dorm).
Would it be possible to hand-sew a poppet or am I asking for insanity by attempting to do so?
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / My first try at customising shoes on: January 21, 2009 11:06:39 AM
I've been lurking on the boards for a while, delighting in the gorgeous things some of you create. I fell in love with the work people do to their Chucks, writing all over them and drawing cute designs. I couldn't bring myself to graffiti my own Chucks (I love and adore my Converse in an unhealthy manner), so went out and bought these:

Then I attacked them with Sharpies. Here's the after pictures:





Sorry for all the links, I'm still too new to post pictures.

Comments? Criticism? The Sharpie did bleed a bit, but over all I'm pleased with them.

I want to seal them somehow so I can wear them outdoors. Would the Sharpie hold up to Welsh weather or do they need something extra? What does everyone else use?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me save my skinny jeans! on: November 18, 2008 02:44:13 AM
I have a pair of black skinny jeans which I love, because they fit gorgeously (not always an easy thing to find with skinny jeans), but sadly yesterday, a small hole appeared in one of the knees.
I really don't want to throw them out. Does anyone have any ideas what I can to do to save them? I've been wanting to do some customisation for a while, but I'm short on ideas! Huh
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