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11  Toy soldier jar toppers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by teaandcraft on: November 08, 2013 03:32:47 AM



These toy soldier jar toppers were really easy to make! I just glued little plastic hearts on to some wire, glued that to the soldier's gun, glued the soldier to the jar lid, and then gave everything a coat of spray paint! Yay! They make great craft room storage ^__^
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12  Fugly silk dress into cute gathered skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by teaandcraft on: November 08, 2013 03:22:27 AM



Ok, so, you know how sometimes you find something in an op-shop and it's just awe-inspiring in its magnificance? Well, that's how I felt when I found this dress.

That pattern! Omg, swoon! However, the over-sized floppy sleeves, the dropped elasticated waist, and the weirdly high and straight neckline made for a dress that was, ummm, decidedly ugly.

But, hey, it was only $8, so I brought this 100% silk vintage "beauty" home. And promptly shocked all the vintage-lovers in the world when I took a pair of shiny, sharp scissors to her. Honestly, I still feel a little guilty about that. But with a thick bit of elastic and my trusty sewing machine, I've now got an enthusiastically geometric skirt perfect for a night out!
 


That helps assuage the guilt somewhat ~__^ All I did to make this was measure from the original hem to the length I wanted my new skirt to be which, in my case, was about 57cm. I overlocked the top to prevent fraying, cut my elastic to size, and sewed it into a circle. I pinned the skirt to the elastic and then just sewed the two pieces together, stretching the elastic as I went. I broke a needle doing that (*wince*) but other than that, it worked out just fine! ^__^ Since I used the original hem, I just left that alone. Yay for shortcuts! ^__^
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13  Washi tape skeletons, a spider in a jar, and a spider hoop in Halloween Decor and Parties by teaandcraft on: November 08, 2013 03:13:46 AM

Hello! I'm very late, but I wanted to show you some things I made for Halloween this year ^__^

This hoop is very very easy to make! All I did was frame a doily and then glue on some plastic spiders!



I covered some cheap wooden skeletons with washi tape and a layer of mod-podge to make these (much more stylish) colourful skeletons ^__^



And this spider is made from a pom-pom and some pipe cleaners and then jar is one from a giant tub of mayonaise. It was very easy to do and I think it looks super cute! ^__^

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14  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by teaandcraft on: August 10, 2013 02:37:26 AM
Challenge: Craftster Anniversary
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: I don't think it's any.
Bonus Points: None.
Project Name: Frida Kahlo inspired headpiece
Brief Description: When I was thinking about the Craftster Anniversary challenge, I remembered one of my favourite quotes from Frida Kahlo:

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.

I think that this feeling that Frida is talking about kinda sums up why I enjoy posting projects on Craftster! We can share our strangeness and know that there *are* people out there like us! ~_^ So, inspired by Frida, I made this colourful flower headpiece using felt, hot glue, and an old headband. I think it turned out well! ^_^



Challenge: July Fandom
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Nerdy Ladies
Bonus Points: Geeky, Super Geeky
Project Name: Arnold the Pygmy Puff
Brief Description: Ginny brought Arnold from her brothers years and years ago, but he's about to head off to Hogwarts again, this time with a new little Weasley. He's a bit fatter and older now, but still just as cheeky ^_^







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15  Frida Khalo Inspired Felt Flower Headpiece in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by teaandcraft on: August 10, 2013 02:26:15 AM

When I was thinking about the Craftster Anniversary challenge, I remembered one of my favourite quotes from Frida Kahlo:

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.

I think that this feeling that Frida is talking about kinda sums up why I enjoy posting projects on Craftster! We can share our strangeness and know that there *are* people out there like us! ~_^ So, inspired by Frida, I made this colourful flower headpiece using felt, hot glue, and an old headband. I think it turned out well! ^_^



I spent about three hours making the headband, but most of that was taken up by making dozens of felt flowers! I didn't even use up all of them for this, I may have to make a matching brooch or something later on ^_^



I made at least three of each type of flower for each colour that I used, and I tried to ensure that I had a good variety of sizes. Having the tiny little flowers was especially useful because they fill up the gaps between the larger flowers perfectly.



The headband that I used for the base was an old, plain black one. In the photo below, you can see that I added a long rectangle of black felt to the headband so that the surface area available for glueing flowers to was much larger. I chose black so that it would blend in with my hair, but you could really use any colour that you wanted.



Anyway, I hope you like it! I had a lot of fun making it, and I only used stash items - huzzah! ^_^ I think that deserves a trip to the craft store, don't you? ~_^

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16  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by teaandcraft on: August 04, 2013 07:28:28 AM

Challenge: May Fandom
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Finally Finished the Flamingos!
Brief Description: I brought a cross-stitch kit to do on my honeymoon in 2009 but when I opened it, all it contained was a colour guide >_< Over four years later, I used some stash items to start it, and now it's finally done! And it only took four months! ~_^



Challenge: August Multimedia
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Monsters? Maybe?
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Slighty invisible friend
Brief Description: I have quite a few favourite Muppets, but for this project I chose Snuffleupagus. I've always liked his giant eyelashes and how cuddly he looks ^_^ I spent an evening stitching dozens and dozens of hairs using one strand of DMC to create a slightly invisible tribute to this big, happy ... uhhh ... what *is* Snuffy exactly?



Challenge:  August Randomizer
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Star Wars
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Bless This Mess (Death Star)
Brief Description: I made this little cross-stitch today for my nerdy husband who is a big Star Wars fan ^_^ He really liked it, yay!



@jennieingram - I love your HP charm bracelet!
@stickerchic87 - Your little house shadowbox is such a good idea! I love to keep old keys, it would be good to get some use out of them!
@ludi - You sculpture is amazing, and I love the spooky moon felted squares - especially the one with the eye!
@alwaysinmyroom - Great WW apron! I have one too, but mine isn't as cool because I didn't make it!
@stefaniegk - What a clever idea! I love how your crochet hook quiver looks!
@abbeeroad - Love the stamp! Very cute!
@craftADDchick - Great shadowboxes! I really love this idea, I may just have to make my own version now! ^_^
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17  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by teaandcraft on: July 28, 2013 04:38:04 AM

Challenge: July Randomizer
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Pterodactyl Sweater Clips
Brief Description: As soon as I saw the words "craft" and "prehistoric" in the same sentance, I knew dinosaurs were in my near future! ^_^ I made these Pterodactyl Sweater Clips by painting the them with emerald green nail polish, then simply adding badge backs and a length of chain. They were very easy to make, and I love how they turned out! ^_^

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18  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by teaandcraft on: July 10, 2013 03:31:25 AM
Challenge: June Textbook
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Gradiant Cowl
Brief Description: Since light is a wave, and it is light that creates colours, I think this gradiated colour crochet cowl fits the challenge nicely ^_^



Challenge: June Multimedia
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Silver linings canvas
Brief Description: I hope that shiny silver cloud linings count as disco enough! ^_^



Challenge: June Wordy
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Nerdy Ladies
Bonus Points: Nerdy, Super Nerdy
Project Name: Hermione's Favourite Book
Brief Description: I recovered a faux book to look like Hermione's copy of Hogwarts: A History. I started reading Harry Potter when I was 11, and quickly became obsessed. I was a nerdy, bushy-haired bookworm ... can you guess which character I most related to? ~_^



Challenge: July Textbook
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Nerdy Ladies
Bonus Points: Nerdy, Super Nerdy
Project Name: Thea Queen's rib-heart
Brief Description: Thea Queen (from the new TV series Arrow) has this awesome shirt which features ribs in the shape of a heart. I knew I had to make something inspired by it, so I was really happy when this challenge was announced!



Challenge: July Wordy
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Nerdy Ladies
Bonus Points: Nerdy, Super Nerdy
Project Name: Polka-dot owls canvas
Brief Description: A tribute to my favourite owl, Hegwig, using a quote from Albus Dumbledore. This was a lot of fun to make, and I got to draw 22 snowy owls. I think I got pretty good at it towards the end! ~_^



@ohiodiygirl: Love your Doctor Who scarf! I'm impressed with how quickly you made it too!
@ludi: Your embroideries are amazing, as usual, and your skeleton shadow box is great!
@averia: Your Queen Anne's Lace embroidery hoop is lovely!
@roke45: Great job on your Derek Hale portrait, and the George hoop is wonderful ^_^
@smeddley: The knitted heart is super! And I love your version of the cunning hat!
@jennieingram: I really love your shrine to the craft goddess and the solar system mini quilt is super!
@felicitybaby: The Harry Potter cookbook looks fantastic!
@lovelymiss: Yay! Well done on completing your Tesha Moore bag, it looks fab!
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19  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by teaandcraft on: June 24, 2013 02:58:12 AM
Challenge: May Textbook
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Music
Bonus Points: Discovery, Nerdy
Project Name: Pon Pon Hair Bows
Brief Description: I was really stuck trying to think of something to do with Prime Numbers, but then I was inspired by watching "PonPonPon" by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and decided to make two eyeball hair bows ^_^ I can't believe that I've never made bows before, they were so easy! I am definitely going to have to make some more ^_^ I was going to say that this project fit into my team's geekdom of Nerdy Ladies, since Kyary is a stage persona played by Kiriko Takemura but I'm not sure if J-Pop counts as nerdy, so I've put down music as this project's geekdom instead ^_^
Project Picture:


I'm finally on uni break down, so hopefully I will have more time for crafting and staying up-to-date on this thread! ^_^

@fiberalchemist - Love the fez and Iron Man mitts!
@gozer - Your shadowbox is great, and the shimmery background is perfect!
@ludi - I think maybe your eye embroidery is my favourite ever! It's so pretty! ^_^
@bunny1kenobi - Pandora's box is such a cool idea! Although I'd be a little nervous everytime I opened it ~_^
@noodle-bug - I love the simplicity of the birthday card you made - it really makes an impact. The weaving technique you did for the rainbow threads is really cool!
@pottermouth - OMG that Patronus Purse is AMAZING! Totally adore it!
@ant bee - I love your Sorting Hat block, and it's a clever interpretation of the challenge too! ^_^
@ohiodiygirl - Love the robot skirt! The little Spock monkey in the background is cute too! Did you make him? ^_^
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20  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by teaandcraft on: June 16, 2013 03:34:25 AM

Challenge: May Randomizer
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Nerdy Ladies
Bonus Points: Discovery, Nerdy, Super Nerdy
Project Name: Holly Short Circle Skirt
Brief Description: Holly Short, of the LEPrecon, always carries an acorn with her in case she needs to quickly boost her magic levels. I found a vintage oval tablecloth in an op shop and was inspired to make a circle skirt in tribute to her! ^_^



Challenge: June Randomizer
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Nerdy Ladies
Bonus Points: Nerdy, Super Nerdy
Project Name: Draculaura Cowl
Brief Description: Trebles are always my go-to crochet stitch, and this project is so easy, zombies could do it! ~_^ The hot pink, white, and black chunky yarn reminded me of Draculaura's awesome hair and so I made a cowl that even a monsterously fashionable pre-teen would be happy to wear ... maybe? ^_^



@pottermouth: I love your Draco amigurumi! The removable mask is super awesome!
@lovelymiss: OMG, your Star Trek curtain is AMAZING!
@roke45: Go team! Your hoop and windchime both rock!
@docnessie: Great John Snow and direwolf figures! They are so cute! ^_^
@smileyyogini: Amazing helmet! I so want to make one too now!
@pinkleo: The Harry Potter skull and crossbones is wicked! Love it!
@Ffrogg526: You're a crochet master! Love your blanket and the potholders!
@SpeakGeekAndEnter: I really like the pirate necklace you recreated, and that Hobbit bracelet is incredible!
@silentblair: Such a pretty crochet blanket! I love how colourful it is ^_^
@travelgirl: The beading on your peacock bookmark is lovely!
@ludi: ALL your embroideries are amazing!

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