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41  Many, many hair bows! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by teaandcraft on: October 02, 2014 01:02:13 AM

Sometimes I can go a little overboard with making things ... case in point, these hair bows! I used some of my novelty buttons on these ones ^___^

The bug bow has a little plastic toy frog glued onto the centre while the purple and orange floral one has a wooden silver bee.

These two I left plain, although I am considering adding something atomic to the centre of the space kids one.

The blue bow has a galaxy pendant in the centre which I made from a necklace pendant, an epoxy dome sticker, a print out of a Hubble telescope photo, and some glitter nailpolish. The nailpolish was scented so I call this one the Strawberry Nebula bow ^___^ The owl is also a necklace pendant, I just cut off the hanging loop.

This final bow (... for now!) is made from fabric which I designed and some jewellery charms ^____^
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42  Beaded cherry necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by teaandcraft on: October 02, 2014 12:46:45 AM

I'd seen a couple of cherry necklaces during my travels of the interwebs, and I knew I needed one for myself so when I found some glass leaf beads at Spotlight I considered it a sign from the crafting gods ~___^ I used 12mm glass pearls for the actual cherries and a couple of jump rings and head pins to put it all together. I do need to stock up on more jump rings though because I ended up having to mix silver and dark silver findings >___< Still, I like how it turned out! ^___^

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43  Crochet Instagram logo cushion in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: October 02, 2014 12:34:17 AM

I really love using instagram, so it was only a matter of time until I crafted the logo! I ended up making this cushion which now sits in pride of place on our couch. To make this cushion, I first crocheted 32 rows of 90 trebles in some creamy white wool that I had in my stash and a 4mm hook. 12 rows in brown finished off the main part of the cushion. The lens is made with 12 rounds of black wool and finished with two of white. The corner square is a granny square, made with five rows, and the coloured lines on the other corner were made by doing 31 chain stitches and then making a treble in 28 of those stitches (the other three are used as the turning chain). The back of the cushion is a square of black fleece which I sewed to the front piece.

I really like this photo because it gives an idea of how much homemade things are in our house! Out of 13 crafted things in this photo, 10 of them are handmade by me; looks like I need to do some more swaps! ~___^
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44  Pineapple and AT-AT string arts in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by teaandcraft on: August 31, 2014 07:05:07 AM

I made these two string art pieces using chopping boards from IKEA, upholstery tacks, and cotton string. They were really easy to make, and super fun! ^___^ My favourite is the pineapple, but my husband likes the AT-AT best ^___^

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45  Welcome to Night Vale hair bow/ bow tie in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: August 31, 2014 07:00:33 AM

I made this by crocheting two tubes, one large and one small. I placed the small tube on top of the larger one, and then pinched and sewed them together. I wrapped some yarn around the middle to make it look a bit neater and then sewed on the little Night Vale moon/eye/thing that I made from felt. I sewed a hair clip on the back so I can wear it as a hair bow, or, if I clip it in between the buttons on my shirt, as a bow tie ^___^

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46  BMO clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by teaandcraft on: August 31, 2014 06:55:20 AM

I had this ugly old metal clock sitting in my craft room for ages, trying to decide the perfect project to use it for. Well, I'm not sure if this is perfect, but it does mean one less thing taking up space in that room! ~____^ I took apart the actual clock part, and gave it about three coats of white spray paint to cover up the delightful brown and beige design it originally had. Then, I got out my acrylics and went to work! Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, with one exception. I gave BMO's screen a couple of coats of glow-in-the-dark paint but I have never seen it glow ; ____ ; Looks like I need to get hold of some stronger stuff! I hung the clock above my desk, so BMO spends all day telling me to play video games! Yay! ^___^
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47  Crocheted BMO brooch in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: August 31, 2014 06:32:03 AM

This little BMO brooch was really easy to make; it is just two larger rectangles and one smaller rectangle, and some embroidery. I used my BMO action figure (although, it doesn't move ...) to judge the placement of the buttons - they look pretty cute together!

For the two larger rectangles, I did ten chains with a 4mm hook, then did single stitch into nine of the stitches (the tenth chain becomes your turning stitch). I did single stitch for a total of 13 rows (with a turning stitch at the end of each row). The screen was done the same way, but I only did seven chain stitches to begin and a total of six rows. After I weaved in all the ends, sewed on the screen, and did the embroidery, I stitched a badge back onto the second large rectangle and then sewed the two pieces together.

It's not totally necessary to have both of the two larger rectangles, but I think it looks a lot neater this way, plus it gives the brooch more structure ^___^
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48  "I have loved the stars too fondly" wall art in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by teaandcraft on: July 29, 2014 08:07:43 AM

I am most definitely not a painter, but I was making a housewarming present for a friend and wanted to try something a little different to what I normally do. I used a wooden board for the canvas, and slapped down some nice thick layers of dark blues, dark purples, and a bit of black. Then I used silver paint to write out the quote. As you can see, I messed up a bit in the middle and there is some smudging >___< My consolation is that it is not quite so visible in real life! The stars are also done in silver, but they have glow in the dark paint added over the top. They do not glow very brightly, but when viewed at night they do look quite lovely ^___^ I need a *lot* more practise to get my brush control looking neater, but nonetheless I am happy with how it looks ^___^
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49  My Lumpy Space Princess Costume (pic heavy) in Costumes: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: July 29, 2014 07:52:47 AM

I made this LSP costume for a con I recently attended. It was so much fun! This is by far one of the most comfortable costumes I have made, and lots of people recognised who I was, which was fantastic! ^___^

I brought my wig and tights, and my belt was something I already owned, but everything else was handmade ... or at least upcycled! ^___^ The dress is the main bit of the costume - I am very lucky to have a fashion designer as a friend and she helped me to create both the pattern and the dress. It's a simple pattern, but it fits perfectly and is oh so comfy ^___^ The bodice is fully lined and the skirt has three panels to ensure much fluffiness. I also wore a petticoat underneath it to really up the fullness. I personally think it could have been even fuffier ... but I only brough three meters of fabric and I figured I'd probably want to sit down at some point during the day ~___^

I also made my hair clip (felt, glitter mod podge, and a clip backing) ...

and my necklace (shrinky dink, nail polish, sharpies, chain, and jewellery findings) ...

and my bag (glittery vinyl, leather scraps, gold paint, a zip, chain and jump rings, hot glue, and embroidery thread)!

My shoes were ugly and beige when I brought them from an opshop; I have to wear shoe inserts to fix my dreadful feet so I picked out some old lady shoes that I knew would fit my orthotics and also be comfortable. Then I covered them in glitter and mod podge until they were hardly recognisable! I made some giant bows from satin ribbon and added clip on earring backs so that I could fasten them over the straps of the shoes.

And that's that! The only other thing you need for a LSP costume is a good side eye. I think I've got it downpat ~___^
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50  Nyan cat pillow plushie in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: July 29, 2014 07:03:01 AM

One of my friends recently had her first child, and as they were decorating the nursery in a rainbow theme, I thought a nyan cat would be a perfect gift! But I was really worried about the baby pulling off a tail or a leg and eating it or something (you can tell I know next to nothing about children) so instead of an amigurumi I made this pillow plushie kinda thing. It was easy to make, although time consuming as I did everything in single crochet to prevent stuffing leakage. I broke down the nyan cat into simple shapes and then just sewed them all together.

The little blushy cheeks are probably my favourite part ^___^

The back is covered in this lovely soft minky dot fleece. Hopefully this can be something that the baby can enjoy now as well as in years to come! ^___^
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