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51  Chalkboard animal planters from soft drink bottles in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by teaandcraft on: May 16, 2014 02:05:05 AM

I was inspired to make these from a picture I saw on Pinterest of cute white kitty planters made from soft drink bottles (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/127437864429724028/). I saved up some bottles from my recycling, cut them using scissors and a scalpel, and then spray painted them with chalkboard paint. I used chalk to draw on their faces, which worked out well for me because it was really easy to correct mistakes! ^____^
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52  Gem and skull&bone hairclips in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: May 15, 2014 07:51:16 AM
I did a Valentine's Day swap this year (as you have probably guessed, I am rather behind in uploading my projects to here!) where the aim was to make "old school" style Valentine's. Australian kids don't really do Valentine's, so I was really keen to try out this tradition with my American swappers!

I used polymer clay and a sharp razer blade to create these little diamonds, which I then painted with my husband's Warhammer army paints. The red ones were my favourite because I liked how the gold dry-brush turned out on them, but I also did silver and gold.

I used small pieces of felt and E6000 to attach them to hairclips and I was really pleased with how they turned out! ^___^

I made the cards from kraft and scrapbooking paper and attached the hairclips to the front with washi-tape. I was informed that puns are an essential part of children's Valetine's gifts, so I had to include one on my cards ~___^

My next attempt at sculpting was these skull and bone hairclips, just for me this time! ^___^ I painted them with a mixture of acrylic and Warhammer paints, and then used glitter mod podge on the bones to make them sparkle ^____^

(My hair has changed rather dramatically since February!) I haven't done any sculpting since high school, but it's something I want to practice more. Hopefully I can improve my skills over my next couple of projects! ^___^
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53  A pillbox hat for a night at the theatre in Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: May 14, 2014 08:32:30 AM

My friend and I decided to dress up vintage style to go and see a play set in the '50s. I already had most of the things I needed for my outfit, but I felt like it really needed a head piece. What kind of lady would go out for the evening without her gloves and hat, after all? ~___^

I made the hat from a lid from a jar of plaster of paris, some scraps of satin, some tulle, and a long ribbon that I've saved since I got it wrapped around one of my wedding gifts ... four years ago. Let it never be said that I don't use the things I hoard! ~___^ I glued a hair comb to the inside of the hat, but I ended up putting in a couple of bobby pins to make sure it wasn't going to fall off. It was a really fun night, and now I have a fancy hat to wear ... hmmm, where *am* I going to wear this? ~___^

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54  Granny square cowl in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: May 14, 2014 08:15:49 AM

I was planning to make a granny square blanket with these squares, but since I've got one or two (or five) crochet blankets that I haven't finished yet I decided to make them into a cowl instead ^___^

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55  Coffin purse from a Living Dead Doll box in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by teaandcraft on: May 14, 2014 08:11:01 AM

I used the base of a Living Dead Doll box to make this purse - it was super easy! I wanted this project to be super easy so I used hot glue to attach the faux leather and satin ribbon over the box, and also to attach the zip. The strap is made from a length of chain that I threaded through two holes that I made in the top of the box and then joined together with a jump ring inside the purse.

I think another glue might have been better, because there are parts where the hot glue can be seen underneath the ribbon and a glue that dried clearer might have been better. Nonetheless, it was a fun project and I like how it turned out! ^___^
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56  Witchcraft! in Needlework: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: May 14, 2014 08:03:04 AM

I made this hoop for my friend using the Witchcraft pattern by Urban Threads. I think that the colour I chose for her limbs is a little pale, but otherwise I'm happy with it! ^___^

Some of my favourite details include her real chain choker, the spiderweb which I crocheted with one strand of DMC, ...

the metallic pins in her pincushion, ...

and her little green eyed kitty! ^___^ My friend really liked it too, and that's the most important thing, right? ^___^
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57  Nerd Love wall hanging in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by teaandcraft on: February 13, 2014 11:41:47 PM

I made this little mobile/ wall hanging for my husband's Valentine present ^___^ It's made from an old pair of 3D glasses, magnet letters, and baker's twine - plus a little spray paint and hot glue! ^___^

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58  The short-lived crop-top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by teaandcraft on: February 13, 2014 11:34:46 PM

I've been collecting fabric for ages and have decided that 2014 is the year to start making myself some clothes! The first thing I made was this crop top; keeping with the fashions, you know? ~___^ I made the pattern with the help of my dressmaker friend, and made it from cotton. It's fully lined and has a center back zip but ... I think I'm going to refashion it into the bodice of a dress. Dresses are more my style, I think! ^___^

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59  Oscar the Grouch in Felting: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2014 06:49:20 AM

I'm not sure that this is exactly the right place to put this project; I feel like it's a slightly cheater version of needle felting! I wanted to make an Oscar the Grouch to go in this Typo mug, so I made a base from a styrofoam ball and a styrofoam cone and then covered it in felt and then, finally, in fiber. His facial features are made from felt, and I glued them on instead of felting them - in retrospect, I think felting them would have looked better >___< His arms have pipe cleaners in them so they are slightly poseable, and he does come out of the mug, but he looks kinda silly since he has no legs! ^___^

This is my first needle felting project, but next time I want to try something made completely from fiber ^___^ Maybe a Slimy the Worm to keep Oscar company? ^___^
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60  Tiny bud vases in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: January 16, 2014 09:01:44 PM

I'm diabetic which means that I create a whole lot of waste. Old needles, old insulin cartridges, and, most wasteful of all, hundreds and hundreds of empty test strip bottles. However, I've finally worked out something to do with the bottles - bud vases! Yay!

All I did to make these was to cut off the lids, peel off the labels, and then cover them in washi tape. Seriously, how awesome is washi tape?? ^____^

They look super cute and they were really easy to make - the best kind of project! ^____^

I've got a new glucometer now which uses testing cartridges and creates a lot less rubbish, but I've still got twenty or so of these bottles hanging around waiting to be made into something special. Any suggestions? ^____^
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