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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Fun idea for gift - pic heavy on: September 24, 2009 03:14:54 AM
Hi everyone

I thought I would share this as I was very pleased with the results.

A good friend of mine is getting married and as is our tradition (Chinese) a gift of money needs to be delivered in a 'red packet'. However, I thought just giving her the money would be a little boring so I decided to give her a toaster (the bane of newly weds everywhere) with the gift inside. I also made a card shaped like toast with a 'recipe for a happy marriage' inside. Corny I know but weddings generally are.

The toaster is also a working toaster  Cheesy

When the button is lowered the card and gift will hide away...

and then it will pop out like toast!

Inside the card is a 'recipe for a happy marriage'

All that's left is to put a ribbon on it.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Geeky Needlepoint project on: July 09, 2009 03:25:08 AM
Hi all

This is my first time posting (which is why i am linking to photos rather than inserting the images in - hope it works!). I started crewel embroidery a few months back and now I'm hooked! Since it was my partner's birthday in June I decided to stop my first project and do something nerdy for his birthday. My partner plays role-playing games and it's winter down here at the moment so I thought it would be a great idea to keep him warm and geeky at the same time ... behold the + 1 v cold vest!

I actually was at a loss on how to do this at first but it turned out to be surprisingly easy. I printed the words onto a sheet of paper which I then traced onto the stabiliser (the kind that dissolves in water). After that it was just a matter of pinning it into position and stitching over the tracing. I had a hard time deciding what stitch to use but I ended up covering the entire thing with split stitch in embroidery floss which seems to have worked out well.

I was worried that the chenille needle I was using wouldn't be sharp enough to get through the fleece but actually it worked out great. In some spots where there was a lot of stitching it got a little harder to pull the needle through but all in all it was OK. This took me in total 6 hours I think from start to finish.

Comments would be greatly appreciated.



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