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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Colourful matchbox house on: August 18, 2012 11:24:31 PM
I needed to alter a matchbox for someone, and fresh off the Tiny Houses swap, I decided to do another little house.

This was made using a large matchbox (because we use the long matches to light the wood fire), heavy construction paper/card, PVA glue, a black pen and a wee bit of polyfil for the smoke.





I added a floor to the inside box and covered the inside with some decorative origami paper I had, to simulate wallpaper. A bit of ribbon stuck to the bottom as a tab lets you pull the box out, since you can't push it out anymore.



2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tiny, even for a Beach Hut on: August 17, 2012 06:16:55 PM
My tiny house for the Anything Goes Tiny House Swap arrived at its destination, so now I can share.





The design was inspired by this real beach hut in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk in the UK. Currently for sale for 60,000.

The base of the hut is 30x40mm. Which is about 1/72 scale. It is to be a dollhouse for a Blythe doll. It's made from balsa wood. The wood I have is all 3mm thick, so I had to split some of it to make the finer details.

My painting needs some work, but I covered up the worst flaws with some weathering. I did fix up that verandah post after I took the photo.

The door opens. In fact, it doesn't stay shut without a blu-tac doorstop.

And that's real beach sand it's sitting on. Though transported to my backyard. Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cushion Cover swap on: August 11, 2012 06:25:12 AM
I'd love to see a cushion cover swap.

They are inexpensive to post, with lots of scope for different styles of decoration and levels of difficulty. I was inspired to post by the brilliant but simple bag that LimeRiot made. The same technique would make a fab cushion. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412436.0


Plus my couches are sadly in need of some craftster love.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rabbit and deer fridgies with patterns on: August 03, 2012 08:00:12 AM
I was doing a swap over on swap-bot where we had to send crocheted or kitted animal fridgies to our partners. Turned out though that there weren't a whole bunch of patterns to choose from. Not ones that were free anyway. So, starting with this one of a giraffe for inspiration, I made some of my own.

As you can see I went with a rabbit and a deer. They are nothing terribly exciting, but I thought it worth writing down some patterns.



I've never written a pattern before, and as you might be able to tell I made them a little different each time, but I shall do my best to explain what I did.

bunnies!


sc = single crochet (american style i think - the one you use for amigurumi)

  • chain 7
  • sc into the 2nd chain and sc into each chain after that (6sc)
  • sc 3 or 4 more times into the last chain to make the tail.
  • turn and slip stitch into the next link
  • do 2 rows of 6 sc, chaining 1 and turning at the end of each
  • on the next row skip the first loop and do 5 sc to start the back curving, chain 1 and turn
  • on the next row do 4, skipping the 2nd last loop, chain 1 and turn
  • then 3 sc, skipping the first loop, chain 1 and turn
  • 2sc for 2 rows, chain 1 and turn at the end of each
  • in the last loop of that 2nd row do 3 more sc into the same loop to make the nose. chain 1 and turn
  • sc into each loop (5sc)
  • chain 5 for the first ear.
  • slip stitch down the front of the ear
  • slip stitch in the next 2 loops on the head
  • chain 5 for the next ear
  • slip stitch down the front of the ear
  • slip stitch to the next loop in the head and tie off

weave the loose ends back into the body and then glue them down when you stick the magnets on

deers!

sc = single crochet (american style i think - the one you use for amigurumi)
body and head
  • chain 7
  • sc into the 2nd chain and then into each chain after that (6sc), chain 1 and turn
  • do another row of 6 sc
  • chain 3 for the tail and slip stitch back down the chain to the body
  • slip stitch into the first loop of the body
  • do another row of 6 sc, chain 1 and turn
  • 3 sc, chain 1 and turn
  • skip the first loop and 2 sc, chain 1 and turn
  • 2 sc, then 3 extra sc in the 2nd loop to make the nose, chain 1 and turn
  • sc into each loop (5sc)
  • chain 3 for the ear, slip stitch back to the head
  • slip stitch into the next loop
  • chain 7 for the antlers
  • slip stitch back down 3, then chain 3 to make a new prong
  • slip stitch back to the main part of the antler and down 2 more
  • chain 3 for another prong then slip stitch back to the main part of the antler
  • slip stitch down to the head
  • slip stitch into the next 2 loops on the head and then tie it off.

Now the legs
  • connect a new bit of yarn to the back, bottom corner of the body with a slip stitch
  • 3sc into the first 3 loops, chain 1 and turn
  • skip the first loop and 2sc, chaiin 1 and turn
  • 5 rows of 2 sc, chain 1 and turn at the end of each row
  • do a final slip stitch and tie it off
  • connect a new bit of yarn to the 2nd loop in from the front, bottom corner of the body with a slip stitch
  • 5 rows of 2 sc, chain 1 and turn at the end of each row
  • do a final slip stitch and tie it off
weave all the loose ends back into the body and then glue them down when you stick the magnets on.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Game of Thrones - House Stark felt embroidery on: July 20, 2012 05:16:54 AM


At first I was going to do this as a felt badge, but realised it was going to be a wee bit big. So I put it onto fabric instead (flanellette) and added the words. The stitching of the words is a bit wonky, I know, but I was getting to the end and I just wanted to finish it.

It's made up of lots of different bits of felt, which was to give it some texture and dimensionality. I think the texture part worked at least.





6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Macrame owl - it's time for a comeback! on: July 13, 2012 10:25:58 PM
With all the owl love in the craft world at the moment, I don't know how the macrame owl hasn't made a comeback already.

My mum gave me a bunch of old craft books. One of which was a macrame book published in 1976, so we're talking seriously authentic! One of the patterns in it was o course the macrame owl.




Here is my updated version of it. It uses worsted weight acrylic yarn (so it is tiny and adorable) instead of jute, with glass beads for eyes and beak instead of wooden beads. And genuine rainforest twigs (found on my street) instead of driftwood.

I didn't have any metal rings handy to do the eye circles, so I made rings out of cardboard with a hole punch.

He's 9.5cm from head to tail, and (on my screen at least) he appears 'life size' in the photo.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial (with photos) - matchbox suitcase on: June 23, 2012 04:51:21 PM
People seemed to like my matchbox suitcase so I decided to make another one and do a tutorial.



You will need:



  • A matchbox
  • Brown paper - I had some brown wrapping paper that was a bit fuzzy on one side.
  • Darker brown card - the one I have seems around 210gsm. It's stiff card stock anyway.
  • A print of some stickers - you can print out the one I used. Make sure it prints at 300dpi though so it's the right size.
  • Brown/black pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A gold marker (I forgot to include it in my photo)


Cut 2 pieces of brown paper. One big enough to wrap around the outside of the box with some overhang. One big enough to cover the bottom and sides of the inside of the box.
Cut 6 circles of brown card approx. 12mm diameter. I just traced around the bottom of a marker. They don't have to be exact, as long as they're not too big.
Cut 3 strips of brown card approx 4mm wide. 2 long enough to wrap around the box. The other shorter for the handle. Cut points on the ends.


Glue the paper to the outside of the box. Trim the overhang closely to the edge of the box. Then push the ends inside the box and glue them securely.
Glue the other piece of paper to the bottom of the inside drawer of the box, then fold the edges up and glue them to the sides. You'll need to trim the corners to make them fit neatly.


Cut the 6 circles into pieces. Cut 4 of them in half and 2 of them into quarters.
Use the pencils to darken the edges of the box and to give it some shading. (I still haven't decided if it's better to do this before or after you stick all the bits on.


Fold each semi circle in half and glue one to each corner of the outside of the box.
Glue the quarter circles to the ends of the inside drawer of the box.
Wrap the long strips around the box and glue them down with the pointy ends both on the top like straps.
Curl the handle, fold little bits of the ends back the other way and stick to the top like a handle. You'll probably have to trim this shorter once you know how much space you have between the straps.
Shade these bits with the pencils as well.


Cut out the stickers you want and stick them onto the sides.
Finally, add some metal details with the gold pen, like buckles and rivets. I put some dots on the bottom as well, as most suitcases have some little round metal/plastic feet.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Travel themed decorated matchbox on: June 18, 2012 07:11:23 AM
This is my first go at making a decorated matchbox. It's travel themed, as you can see.




It's got some random things in it (who hasn't packed silly random things to take on holiday before?) as well as a mini passport with tissue paper pages and sewn binding, and a couple of 'polaroid' snapshots. They are some real photos of mine made to look like polaroids.



I found a place that sells matchbox blanks, so I was able to use a nice clean white box, without having to make one from scratch.

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A fishy mobile for Finn on: May 29, 2012 05:09:40 AM
I've been showing off my felt badges on facebook, and lots of my friends have made nice comments. One of them though, has just had a baby and they've called him Finn. I always love a good pun, so I offered to make them a mobile, and this is what I came up with.



My arty photo, taken more from a babies point of view.



And the more practical photo where you can see how it's put together.

As you can see, I used 5 different colours, combining 2 on each fish. The side fins are only sewn on at one end so they can stick out. The bubbles were glued onto the strings before I sewed them so they would stay in place.

The hardest part was getting the threads worked out so it would be balanced.


10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Total Recall ATC on: May 27, 2012 03:32:12 AM
My first ATC that I actually sent to someone. She said she was a huge geek who loved sci-fi. Hopefully it wasn't more high-brow sci-fi she meant, because I chose this quote from Total Recall.



The sky is water colour (blue skies on Mars!) and the ground is a photo of Mars taken by the Mars Rover. The text over top is cut from silhouette paper. I chose the typeface because it looks a lot like the one on the Total Recall posted, and it's coincidently called Agency. You remember who was behind everything, right?
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