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11  Re: UK only swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: June 10, 2012 08:21:56 AM
Love love love

Check out my package from mini_mum, I got super spoiled, lots of lovely little monsters. I asked for arugami and boy it's come in bundles. I have no idea how I would re-create this which is why I asked for some, a craft I haven't tried yet. I think now these will help inspire me. They are so well made and mini_mum worked out the patterns herself and a first for her for 3D crochet. Mini_mum are you sure this is a first, they look amazing!

So pics of the monsters ( I must mention I have misplaced my camera when tidying on Fri night and was hoping to find it before posting but it's got hidden somewhere so I will re-post better pics when it appears)

Although monsters, they are pretty cute! The one eye one really remind me of monsters inc, the octopus like one I have by my monitor and the others I have added to my shelves to liven them up. They create quite a good talking point. I'm sure the frilly multi coloured one would have a squeaky voice if it spoke, it is just the sweetest!

Also, and, I know this may offend some people at this time of year, I did ask for a xmas decoration on my list as I love to have lots of hand made items on my tree and swapping is a really good way of getting more! They all always have a story too and it's great to remember at xmas.

It is super solid and thick, I love it. I hope I can make some more to go with it, I've asked mini mum the secret of the make as I haven't ever tried needle felting either.

Thank you mini_mum, I've really enjoyed this swap and these little monsters have just made my stressful week a lot happier!
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12  Re: Makeup / Cosmetic bag Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: April 19, 2012 03:16:36 PM
Well well well I was off to collect my parcel straight after work today and was wondering well why on earth would my sichaun peppercorns be recorded delivery?! And then I get in the queue and when my parcel arrives it is not a parcel oh no I have a BOX presented to me! A box! Now you're all jealous right?! Thankfully I am a bit closer to the depot than Holakitty is so I could run down the road home quick as anything to open it! (If you were not excited about the box my peppercorns where at home when I got there!).

And this is a bit image heavy but here goes....! So excited, the first pic is the full package

I got a Recipe book, personalized with a recipe in it for American no bake cookies. Someone learnt a lot about me from such a small questionnaire! The binder also slides out so if mix accidentally gets on it I think I should be able to clean it easily, functional and stylish! Behind this is my make up bag, this is a large size folks, I can get everything in here including my skin cleanser, moisturiser etc and it has another inside pocket too. (close up later) The appliqué is fab, I love all those things like the word LOVE pillows etc, this is two birds kissing saying kiss and make up, just superb!
And then I got lots of home-made goodness including some of those cookies, I tried re-wrapping it but it is so obvious two have already gone before I took the picture lol! I will do closeups of the chocs later along with my super duper mug cosy, which will become a permanent fixture, the longer my tea can stay warm the better, I'm always one of those who ends up drinking half of it cold because i was busy sewing or similar!

Zoom in of the appliqué

The pink spotty cotton is the inside pocket! You can also see a scrummy heart with my name all over it  Grin

Cosy close up, you can't see the button but it is wooden with a floral design on it, super pretty, not seen anything like it before.

Can you just see how many recipe I can get in there!

Thank You SO much HolaKitty, you have super spoilt me. Thanks for being such a great partner for my second swap ever. You've really spurred me on to do some more knitting/crocheting, I would love to be able to make some cosy's or anything really that just wasn't knit and purl!

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13  Re: Crafted Cushion Cover Swap Gallery (SO Mar12) in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: March 20, 2012 11:37:46 AM
Wowee, it came, it came and I'm so very excited. Moawk timed it so well, it has arrived the day before my birthday, yay for me! It is fab, with ruffled edges, a peiced middle which is a cord type fabric and an applique needle; it is going to fit on my sewing chair so well, I love how it is a bit more rectangular, it'll help my back when I've been sewing too long and started acheing! Hopefully it'll help me sew even longer!

Now for some pics

I'd like to thank everyone who has organised this swap, it has been brilliant for my first and certainly inspired me to do more. I'd also like to thank everyone who has taken part as it has really opened my eyes up to some new techniques and especially a massive thank you to Moawk, for a truly awesome pillow and some scrummy sweets that are long gone!

I love all of the entries so far and I too second a request for another round!  Grin
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14  glasses case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Sparkledust on: February 26, 2012 05:12:32 AM
So I've just finished this glasses case using this tutorial http://sew-fantastic.blogspot.com/2010/06/tutorial-summer-sunglasses-case.html

hope you like it, a great stash buster!

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15  First rolled hem in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Sparkledust on: February 19, 2012 08:24:21 AM
So I've had my babylock serger almost 8 or so years now, but haven't ever gone into the world of rolled hems. This is my first project for my sister using one, a jersey scarf. I hope to use more of these hems and am working on a nighty at the moment.

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16  Fabric basket/hamper - link to tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Sparkledust on: January 18, 2012 02:24:59 PM
I made one of these and turned it into a sewing hamper for my mum at Xmas, filled it with lots of sewing bits. Sorry I don't have a picture of that one. However, it was such a good tutorial, I decided to make myself one and here it is, good scrap user upper!

Tutorial link - http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2008/05/tutorial-fabric-basket.html

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17  My first completed knit! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Sparkledust on: January 11, 2012 03:02:45 PM
So I do haunt the Craftster boards a lot, and I've been seeing lots of your lovely socks, I must've mentioned it quite a bit as my mum bought me a great sock knitting book for Xmas.

However, I've never learnt to knit, so I bought a mouse knit kit for 8 - 12 yr olds in the sale after Xmas to get me started, and here is my first critter. I think I'll keep practising until I've used all the wool up.

Any ideas as to what I can move onto, how hard are socks to knit? How do you sort the tension, mine seemed to get quite tight once I was on my way.. all help is greatly appreciated!
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18  My Mum's gift of a hand made quilt to me for Xmas in Quilting: Completed Projects by Sparkledust on: December 28, 2011 10:05:33 AM
So my mum has made each of my younger sisters personalised quilts, and surprisingly being the eldest I've had to wait longest for mine, but oh how it's been worth it. It was the best Xmas present ever, I've put a few close up pics in as well. It's the size of a double bed, all pieced together and quilted.

Me in Celebration

Most of it in one pic

Square close up one

My favourite square, the middle bit is a cross stitched Humphrey wedding theme with the date of mine and my husbands wedding and then my mum has themed all the fabrics around it to us.

Can't wait to show my mum what you all think, C&C welcome Smiley
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19  Bunting in Completed Projects by Sparkledust on: October 28, 2011 12:08:04 PM
Now it's been quite popular in the UK for a while now, I think I've seen it in all the major magazines here and well I had to make my own.

I used some fabric left over from a bundle I previously bought on ebay, it was like an old floral sheet. I painted the letters on using some lilac fabric paint and backstitched round them, sewed them up to the cotton tape and added a pom pom to each point. It isn't perfect but I love it and it looks homey I think. I used pink stitching the whole time to contrast the white background and incorporate the flowers more.

Can't wait for my bday in March.

C&C always welcome Smiley

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20  New cushions in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Sparkledust on: September 17, 2011 10:48:38 AM
So, I've got an all natural theme in the front room and it's been that way for about 4 years. I've decided to add in a little blue to make it feel a bit different without having to do an overhaul so the first project was cushions. I got some remnant fabric for £1.50 and created these covers. Now I've just got to find some subtle curtains or fabric for curtains that match. I re-used the zips and cushion inserts so very cheap make. Smiley

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