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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #98 - Get Inspired - Entries Due May 1 - May 8 on: April 10, 2014 02:26:07 AM
Shouldn't this challenge be called "Get Pinspired" ? Smiley

Have fun with it folks! I'm sitting this one out.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 97 ENTRIES / Re: Retrofit Liquid Soap Dispenser on: April 08, 2014 01:47:09 AM
Wow! Thanks for all the lovely comments folks.

I hope those instructions work well for anyone who is trying it. If I've missed anything I'm happy to answer any questions people might have.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 97 ENTRIES / Retrofit Liquid Soap Dispenser on: April 07, 2014 04:38:52 AM


I like liquid soaps but the modern plastic containers always look out of place in our traditional bathroom. I'd had this idea drifting round my head for a while so when this challenge came up I thought I'd give it a shot. I used two containers, an empty jam jar and an old liquid soap dispenser, to make my project. There are a few tutorials online for this, but here's what I did.

- Drew a circle on the lid of the jar that would fit over the thread of the soap dispenser.
- Used a hammer and nail around the circle to perforate the hole in the lid (leaning on a cork coaster stopped any damage to my table).
- Spray painted the jar lid in silver and left to dry for 24 hours.
- Separated the pump lid of the soap dispenser from the base.
- Cut the neck portion of the soap dispenser off the base using a hack saw, then neatened the cut with scissors.
- Fed the neck portion through the hole in the jar lid and attached the pump lid firmly.
- Cut the feed straw of the pump lid with scissors to fit the new jar.
- Filled with liquid soap and placed in the bathroom.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Star lamp on: February 05, 2014 07:10:43 AM
Thanks folks!

It was fun to make. I might even paint it at a later date if I get bored with the current cardboard finish.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Star lamp on: February 04, 2014 08:53:36 AM


I don't think it qualifies for this months comp, but I made this lamp on Sunday afternoon using some things I had around the house:
  • 2 A4 hard back envelopes
  • A piece of corrugated cardboard
  • A string of 40 LED lights
  • Tools: a pencil, scalpel, metal ruler, an awl and a glue gun.
If anyone wants a guided tour of what I did, just ask!

I was inspired by my husband who showed me this item - http://www.made.com/broadway-star-floor-lamp-black. My lamp is only about 40cm tall but it only cost about 4 (the price of the lights in the post Christmas sales). Much better value. Even better - When I see MY lamp I get a lovely warm glow of satisfaction having made it myself!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Slouchy Eyeball Beret on: January 16, 2014 07:02:02 AM
Could you sew a fine red thread over the veins to highlight them? Looks good anyhow!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Frock Coat prototype on: January 07, 2014 05:07:41 AM
Glad to hear that you're getting better and crafting is making you happy once again. Smiley

The coat looks fabulous BTW!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: shirred sunfrock on: August 06, 2013 07:11:39 AM
Great dress, and I'm another one who likes a waist-defining frock.

Did you use any tutorials or anything to guide you? I'd like to give it a go!

Cheers!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Love heart "stamp" for poster parcel on: February 01, 2013 08:41:51 AM


I am giving my husband a beautiful A3 poster print for Valentine's day. It came in a large white cardboard envelope which was protecting it perfectly, so I thought I should just redecorate the outside rather than rewrapping it.

I stuck a red heart over the address, ready to write his name on, and made this "stamp" for the top right corner.

The stamp uses 2 contrasting pieces of paper and is great if you want to re-use an old envelope as you can make it any size for covering up existing post marks.

Here's a few pics of the process.

I used pinking shears with a zig-zag edge to cut the smaller stamp shape, and then used a steel ruler and craft knife to cut the inside border.


Then I cut out a small heart of the inside piece of paper...


And then a futher hollow heart shape from the remaining paper.


I arranged them, stuck them down with a gluestick, and cut out a number 1 for the corner.

I stuck the "stamp" in the top corner of the envelope, and here's how it looks. I hope this might inspire someone else with a similar wrapping dilemma.

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Toilet Paper Printed Bag with Tutorial on: August 24, 2012 04:50:04 AM
Oh dear! I'm laughing at myself here!  Roll Eyes

I am at work (shhh!) and wasn't reading, just flicking through the pictures of your post. I assumed that it was going to be a sewing tutorial and was thinking "Well it's lovely, but I dread to think how much that super-cool fabric is" and then *Boom* there's a picture of you printing the fabric yourself!

I really should pay more attention! Thanks for a very inspirational post.
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