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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dress from the lovliest piece of fabric ever. on: July 02, 2012 08:28:13 PM
I found this piece of fabric in the remnant basket for $5.50, for a 1.2meter piece, and it had to be mine.  I love the border print, it reminds me of Venice.
It is a v-neck dress, with 1 seam up the back, slight cap sleeves, and a shirred waist.
Thanks for looking.


Close up of the print.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Blossom Bag on: June 29, 2012 02:46:40 PM
After having this pattern save on my computer for aaaages, I finally decided it was time I needed a new bag.  http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2010/09/free-amy-butler-pattern-blossom-handbagshoulder-bag/

I love the fabrics, grey goes with everything doesn't it?
This is the outside,  I changed it a bit, and used some silver rings off an old bag.


I only put one of the dividers in, I chose to do the one with the zip.


And there is still room for extra things I might need like a camera and my littlies water bottles, or small toy. 


I think it is only about 3/4 of the size it should be, I think my printer may have resized the pages, because when I cut out the base piece according to her measurements, it was far too long for the sides.  The pattern says 1 1/4 yards (1.2 m), we work in meters here, so i got 1 meter and hoped for the best, I still have about 1/3 yard left...probably to do with the pattern resize. I'm sure I'll find a use for it.
Thanks for looking, and I'd love to know what you think.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Great new stuff out of a crappy old deck. pic heavy* Now with planter box tute.* on: June 22, 2012 03:49:55 PM
The old deck in front of our house was showing its age.  As in, people started falling through it.  So, we ripped it up, and used the pieces that were ok to make some great new stuff for the garden.

The deck.  Doesn't look to bad, but it was weetbix underneath.
 

All gone and the pile of wood to the side.


Flash new wishing well.  I did post this when I made it.


We then cut down this massive camphor tree that shaded ours, and both our neighbors back yards.
 

And used the decking to make a table to go on the stump.  Approx 2 meter diameter. (6'8" I think)


All cleaned up.  In this pic, you can also see the planter boxes I made from the rest.  We have a terraced yard, and these are to stop the kids riding their bikes off the 1meter drop.


Thanks for looking.  Hubby helped a bit, but I did most of it while he was at work and our daughter was having naps.


Planter box how to...

Cut 16 pieces of decking the size you want your box.  Mine were 40cm long.


Then, cut 8 pieces the length of the height of 4 of the first pieces together. Mine were 40cm again, an my decking was 10cm wide. (i really hope that made sense.)  These are nailed or screwed onto the other pieces to make 4 sides for the planter.  One side is level, while the other side hangs over enough to be as wide as 2 thicknesses of decking.  Mine was 3cm as my decking was 1.5cm thick. 


Put 2 sides together at a time.  Use one flush side and on overhanging side to make a corner.  Then put the 2 pieces together.  Use screws or nails attach them.


If you want to make a little fence to go between each box, cut 2 pieces of decking the width you want your fence, then a few pieces to uses as pailings, you may need 3, 4 or more depending on how wide your fence is.  Screw the pailings onto the rails.  Also, screw or nail a piece of decking onto two sides of the box, these need to have a space as wide as your decking is thick, so your fence slides in like a puzzle.


Last is the top.  Cut 4 pieces, and miter the corners.  The dotted line is the box underneath.  Screw them on top. 

We have potted plants inside our boxes, so they are easy to move around, but you could put a bottom on them and fill them with soil. 
I really hope you understand this, I am happy to answer any questions you have.
:-)
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Satin rose brooches on: June 13, 2012 01:53:09 AM
I have been playing about with fabric roses recently, and these are the results.  i also made a plummy coloured one, but it didn't turn out so great.  The leaves are felt and seed beads.
Thanks for looking. Smiley

   
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Skully Jacket on: June 13, 2012 01:51:10 AM
We are in winter down here in the Southern Hemisphere, so I have been busying myself making jackets.  This one is made from cotton drill with a great check pattern, lined with microfleece.  On the back is a felt skully applique, just right for little boys.
Thanks for looking Smiley

   
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Bouquets on: June 04, 2012 02:24:37 AM
A different kind of bouquet for a new mum.  These ones are made from 3 pairs of socks, and wrapped in a bib.   The fish one was for my friend who had a baby 2 months ago.



Thanks for looking Smiley
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help me clean this vintage fabric on: April 19, 2012 02:36:59 PM
My aunty-in-law dropped off a big bag of fabric to me, with stuff she has had since her boys were little (and this piece she bought before they were born.) So they have been sitting, folded for 40-50 years.  Does anyone have any suggestions about getting the yellow out of the creases? I have soaked it, washed it, and it has been hanging in the sun for 2 days.  the marks are still there, but lighter.  I would really love to be able to use the whole piece, and not have to cut around the marks.
Thanks for any help you can offer
Smiley Carmen

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Luggage tag. on: March 24, 2012 02:28:07 PM
I just finished this fabric luggage tag, much nicer than the plastic ones, or the little paper ones from the airport.  It fits a standard size business card. 
Thanks for looking
 

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 50's Tea Dress Applique Tote Bag on: March 11, 2012 04:07:14 PM
I finished this tote up this morning, and had to share it.  I just love the way the dress forms came out. 

I have used new and vintage fabrics.  The dress forms are an off white winceyette, and the dress is made from fabrics I was given by my nanna-in-law.
Thanks for looking, and I would love to hear your comments.
Smiley


20  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Soda syphon cartridges on: February 21, 2012 07:49:12 PM
Hubby works at a cafe, and has started bringing the empty cartridges home, 'coz they look cool and you could do something with them'  i thought about pendants, but I was wondering if you crafty folk had other ideas.
 
Here is a pic of what they look like



thanks Smiley
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