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261  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Recycled covered and cushioned deckchair on: August 05, 2007 02:46:21 AM
This is my first foray into making things for the home really. I have recently been given an old sewing machine which is making all sorts of things possible!

I've had these deckchairs for years and they've just sat there sadly unused and uncovered. When we moved to Spain I brought them with me as I thought they'd get much more use than back in England, plus I had the sewing machine now.

They are apparently from the ship the Mauretania, but I'm not 100% on that, they're from a ship anyway.

So, I had a thick sheet I wasn't using and decided to give the project a go, even if the sheets became templates for some thicker canvas later. But it works! After several weeks of constant use they're still holding up strong. The sheet is folded double to give it more strength and side stitched. The fabric is tacked onto the wood using steel drawing pins.

The head cushions I made from the remnants of the sheet and a pillowcase. The fronts are basic square patchwork and are balanced by a rectangular pouch at the back which contains rice to prevent the cushions moving.

Perfect for afternoon siestas!
262  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Alice in Wonderland on: April 09, 2007 04:49:12 AM
One of my all time favourite books! I loved reading this book so much when I was growing up, and I still love it just as much now. I have a collection of about 30 Alice's old and new.

The card bases are heart playing cards which have then been painted and distressed. I wanted an old fashioned but slightly edgy card with Alice reaching for the bottle and wearing a dress that says eat me, kind of in a bite me way!

Both cards together...(open)


This is the initial sketch that I did to test that the windows for the 'rabbit hole' would work okay...

See the white rabbit's ears and clock by the right of the door?
The tape measure on the right is so she can see how much she grows/shrinks when drinking and eating!

The knave of Hearts...who stole the tarts, naughty boy!

This is a playing card, painted and distressed. I glued a layer of acetate with the definition for time printed on it is layered over the central image. I cut out around his face though as I wanted this to stand out for the final image. Then added his body, limbs and of course his stolen tart!

Arty 3D shot Wink
263  EUROPE / SPAIN / Seville on: February 18, 2007 07:47:02 AM
There is a possibility that I might be moving to Seville this year, posibly in a month or two as my bloke has applied for a work transfer there. We're heading out on Wednesday for a few days to look around so hope I'll have a better idea of the town and area then, but I wondered if there was anyone on here who's moved to Seville (or Spain in general) who would be able to offer any advice?

I'm trying to learn Spanish at the moment, that's a must really, but I was thinking that if I move, are there any crafty groups you know of that I could meet up with to practice my Spanish and socialise with like-minded crafty people?

Also, what's the craft scene like out there? There seem to be a fair few Spanish folks on here, so that's encouraging! Grin

Any help/opinions at all would be most appreciated! Smiley
264  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Portrait for Ella on: February 12, 2007 11:38:04 AM
I made this framed collage for my cousins 8 year old daughter for her birthday, and I've just heard that she loves it, yay! (I also bought her a book-turns-into-star scrapbooking kit as I think she's going to grow up very crafty!) Grin

The photograph is one I took 2/3 years ago that I love. I've been wanting to use it in something for her for a while and I'm so glad this came together!
265  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Escape into a book... on: February 05, 2007 03:42:15 PM
I'm so pleased with how this turned out, I've loved working on it! Grin I've been creating my own journals in this style for years, and I finally made a finished mini-book art piece. It even has pullout bits!

Whole thing:


A couple of the pages:

And all the inserts together!
266  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Great UK Round-Robin Journal Swap Gallery! on: January 17, 2007 02:05:51 PM
These journals have been an ongoing project for 3 months, being passed on every 2 weeks. They have been labours of love and the artwork produced truely great!

Each member created their own journal which was passed on to the next person in turn to create a double page spread. Some have themes, some were left to our wild imaginations. We decided to show these as complete journals so that each theme would be intact.

I think I can speak for all when I say this has been a fabulous swap!
On with the pictures! Grin

Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=123382.msg1189878#msg1189878
267  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bloomin' Hairpins on: August 01, 2006 05:45:13 AM
I've made these for a while to include with birthday presents and the like. Since the recipients like them so much (plus I tend to wear them a lot too)
The plantpot cards were a recent flash of inspiration! Cheesy

Two of my fav's:

The centre is just a needlefelted ball, it gives the petals a nice shape.

What do you think?
268  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Memory Shrine/Cornell Inspired Box on: July 02, 2006 02:09:45 AM
This is a shrine/Joseph Cornell inspired box that I made for the shrine-a-long. I had the little guy sitting on my bookcase for a while and I decided he needed a permanent abode! He was concocted from things I found in Edinburgh along with a cork from my favourite bottle of wine from a lovely meal at The Witchery in Edinburgh.

The items on the shrine are mostly roadside finds. I pick lots of stuff up and hoard it...just in case! The box itself is just made from a sheet of cardboard.

The guy:

The Shrine:

The metal plate on the back is magnetic so I can alter the words.

I'm really happy with how it turned out Grin
269  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Home Grown Labels! on: June 23, 2006 04:12:44 AM
I've been trying to think of a way to make nice, interesting labels for my Etsy and craft show crafts for a while. I like tie on labels, but wanted something a bit more substantial than the card labels I have been using. I found some interesting plant labels in my loca ASDA of all places and the lightbulb went on! Some designing and printing later and I made some stickers to attach to the labels, attach a length of wool to coordinate with the item, and voila!

For small items, I'm going to go with the plant theme and wrap items up in brown tissue paper and pop them into a plant pot! I'll get pics of that once I've bought some pots and brown paper. Should offer some protection in the mail too.

Plus they can still be used as plant labels! Wink

What do you think? Mad idea?
270  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Red Dwarf Swap? on: June 22, 2006 05:18:52 AM
Okay so this was here before and had lots of interest, but got smeggin deleted. Some time warp problem - it probably still exists in an alternative dimension, but is called Pink Dwarf or something...

Anyway, back to the point, the signups have started so if those who showed an interest are still, well, showing interest, sign up for the Space Corps!


We shall be using the Starbug for this voyage!

Altogether now...

Its cold outside,
There's no kind of atmosphere,
I'm all alone,
More or less.
Let me fly,
Far away from here,
Fun, fun, fun,
In the sun, sun, sun.

I want to lie,
Shipwrecked and comotoase,
Drinking fresh,
Mango juice,
Goldfish shoals,
Nibbling at my toes,
Fun, fun, fun,
In the sun, sun, sun,
Fun, fun, fun,
In the sun, sun, sun.

Grin Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast! Grin
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