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151  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cat sofa, with semi-tutorial! on: March 30, 2005 02:22:51 PM
I've uploaded the tutorial to deviantart now - remember the measurements are off.
But rather than getting the tutorial, you really should do this:
Get two pieces of about inch-thick foam, that will measure from the back of the sofa, along the "floor", and to the front. These should be high enough to be "arm rests"
Get one piece of inch-thick foam that will lie along the back of the sofa, and be as long... this should maybe be higher than your arm rests, to be the back of it...
Get a piece of 3 or 4 inches thick foam that will be the base. Of such a size that it fits neatly between your other pieces.
Just measure the mantle area of your foam when you put it into position with eachothers... and cut out pieces of fabric with those same sizes, with seam allowance. Then sew together into shape Smiley


I mentioned I should post this, in the first post I ever wrote, but I couldn't find the pic. Now that I did, the pic is kinda crappy, but still Wink

I made this in sixth grade or so, for the cats. It's a fabric cover (sown into the shape of which I stacked the filling) into which I stuck some foam rubber. It's just big enough for them to lie on, and they love it. Especially kittens tend to want to sleep in it all the time, but now, generally the youngest cat of that household (I moved out from my parents house a year ago) tends to sit on it whenever they're in the living room watching tv.

The tutorial has arrived! And it can be found at (Sorry, since my server is down the link isn't working, but if you PM me your address I'll be happy to send you a zip-file containing the html-file and images, of the tutorial)
(edit: The measurements seem to be off. If you think it would be wise, I can remove the tutorial. See this as general guidelines if you want. The measurement-issue is something you can just do yourself. Cut your bottom, sides and back, and place them in a sofa-shape, then just measure the "outlines". It's what I did. It was hard work trying to make a tute for something I barely remember making, so I probably will not make a new one.  And as mentioned several times in the "tutorial", it does not include seam allowance. This is not as difficult as it may seem. I just made an allover cover and stitched along the edges, that's it. It's just a load of boxes if you wish. Do it the way you see fit.)

And if you make one, please post pics here, I'd LOVE to see it if anyone did Smiley

Omg, featured project o_O I'm honored and amazed XD
152  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Ocean bracelet on: March 29, 2005 06:18:46 AM
Or beach bracelet, whatever floats your boat.

I don't think it looks too good with this background and everything, but imagine it during high summer, at a beach party or something, with a colorful top and a saron ^^
Not that I'll ever wear a colorful top and saron, or be at a beach party.

The colors are far more vivid in sunlight, it just gets odd taking pics of stuff in my appartment (I blame the wallpapers). The green beads are kinda like seaweed, and they have a mirrored center of some sort, which makes them reflect light even more.

153  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / wrist cuff WALLET on: March 10, 2005 04:24:15 PM
I'm sure this is going to be moved to either jewellry or clothing, but if I put it in either of those it might have been moved here anyways.

So. I made this before going on vacation, because I really don't have good clothing for carrying a wallet, if I don't get to wear my winter jacket. And I'm not good with bags.

So here's my wrist cuff wallet ^^



The buttons are a bit crooked because I misjudged the fabric and found out I needed more "left over" by the buttonholes for it to hold up - therefor they only have the support of fabric on one half Wink um... so to speak. I'm very tired, so I might not be able to make myself understood.
154  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / local prices in your stores on: March 08, 2005 01:09:27 AM
Hia all. I've been noticing more and more how incredibly cheap everything is in the states compared to here.. or rather, in the states things have close to a fair price.
How much do you pay for your basic jewellry stuff and whatnots? At the moment I'm in need of seed beads (which I'll still pay far too much for here, just so I'll  have it in my hands instantly) so I'm curious about the pricing.. whatever country you're in.

I noticed while in south africa that even in the areas that are thick with tourists, beads cost like half of what they do here.
I don't know exactly how much one of those tiny bags with seed beads contain, but it seems pretty standard all over. It's maybe a quarter of a decilitre (0.007 gallons according to a translation sheet here), maybe a tad more or a tad less. 2mm seed beads. That costs approximately $8 or $9 here. (ok, an expensive store too, but it's difficult to find fair priced stores in the capital)

What are your local prices? ^^
155  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / stenciling on velvet on: March 01, 2005 06:10:13 AM
anyone tried, anyone have any tips? I tried searching, but man is the search difficult if you don't know exactly what topic you're looking for already  Undecided

I don't know if it's really velvet, but if it is, it's REALLY thick. The hairs stand up so intensivly that they don't lie in any direction. It's almost like tallish fuss, more than "hairs" on it. So there shouldn't be any fur-like issue with the hairs ruining it, since it's so firm.

Thing is, my dad and his friend just got a new peugeot each (through work) and they're being all childishly happy about it... but the .. whatcha callit.. the hook you put on the back of the car for when you wanna attach some sort of trailer.. it doesn't come with a bag. Or not a proper one anyways, but some sort of plastic thingy which ripped instantly. So my father, half teasing, thought I should make bags for them. And I've got 3 metres of velvet that I'm never using for what I intended, so I thought fine: I'm gonna make them real nifty bags, with silver stenciling of the peugeot logo. That'll show them! Wink

so, once again - anyone tried anythinglike this, and have any tips?
156  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Photos from 1800-1900 something on: February 23, 2005 02:43:22 PM
Okay, I know  I talk too much, and you don't have much to say about my tiny irrelevant problems, but how about this one...

I've got these ancient family photos scanned. The originals belong to my grandmother. One of these photos are of my grandmothers mother or grandmother, when she was young, and also another woman, probably a sibling. They're of this old, thick, white and brown quality, end of 1800's or so. They almost look computer painted because the lines are focused, but still so smooth.

I know their names, I even know who some of them are. Never met them ofcourse, but one of the pics are of boys about age 7, and those are siblings or probably cousins of my grandmother (she's above 80 I believe) and those are talked about now and again, so I know OF them a bit. The photo is a staged scenery, with a painting of a birch in the background, and the smallest boy standing on a log.

The pic of those boys, and of the two women, are in rather bad shape. The paper has been pricked with something so there are tiny holes in them. They're still beautiful ofcourse.
But a third one, which is really BROWN and white, is of superb quality. It's of two young men, one sitting in this great chair where you can see the dragon's head which forms the armrest. And the scanning of it is great. At my parents house, we also have a framed 2 foot tall torso-and-head pic of my great grandmother, but I haven't taken a photo of that yet.

I'd really like to do something with printouts of these photos, but I can't think of something good.
157  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Battery jar on: February 22, 2005 03:19:01 PM
Organise your used-battery piles!
It's nothing much, but I think it turned out real pretty Grin and also kinda cool.

It's an old instant-ice-tea jar. The lid is really neon green, which I'm not very fond of, and my boyfriend is allergic to colors. And since he's the one who thought we needed one, I decided to be nice and paint it black for him Wink

I marbled the paper myself, a couple of weeks ago. Finally it comes to good use! I cut out a battery shape on the front, which I glued onto the lid with the text "batterier" painted on it. And I drew around the outlines of the cutout first with silver, and then with a bit of space to let the marble effect through, I painted an outline in black as well.

It's more dark/puplish than on the picture

Whatcha think? Smiley
158  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Really big beads/pendants/glass-and-stone-thingies-with-holes-in-'em on: February 22, 2005 12:07:01 PM
Okay, I shouldn't be this "lazy" but I don't know what to search for... I ordered two pounds of this stuff. And now it's here. There are the more usual ones which I might just make necklaces of or so, but there are also these really big odd ones, like this big glass bead (about an inch across, in a roundish shape but with sharp corners)
It looks like they had patterned staffs (you know, the center forms a pattern, and you cut it up to make a load of beads) but they got annoyed and just mashed it all together and then formed this thing instead. So you can still see the center pattern here and there. Since it's all just in a bag, some are kinda broken, but you don't really notice on some of them, and on others it broke straight through the hole in the middle so I can't string em... :/

some of these has some sparkly golden paint in a swirl around them...

ehh maybe I should take a picture or something at some point. Biggest issue is - since they're all glass or similar, I can't just do whatever. Some might be good for bags but I'm afraid they'll break.

So... whatever you can think of for broken beads and beads that are simply too big for jewellry. Smiley
159  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / mosaic tiles on: February 21, 2005 05:00:54 AM
I don't know if this is old, but I just saw it in a magazine, and thought it was real cool, and maybe some of you might like the idea as well if you haven't already seen it...
They took these small mosaic tiles, the standard square ones you can buy wherever, and they painted some dots on them or similar. Then, when it dried, they took a bit of shiny metal wire, and strung some beads onto it, randomly. Then they wired the wire *erhm* around the mosaic tile.
Some they made as rings, and on some they glued a metal loop as to use it as a pendant. It looked pretty cool Smiley
I've seen it in artists stores before for like atleast $100. Never really thought much about it until I saw the article.
160  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Threads ??? what do you use for jewellry? on: February 20, 2005 12:49:01 PM
What threads do you use for jewellry? I should probably use transparent nylon thread, but the one I've got is very weak. I don't want to use metal thread because that'll make it stiffer, and more difficult to cut around tight corners in my pattern. I feel inclined to use sewing thread, but I'm afraid it'll break Sad

What do you use?
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