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11  Miffy Bunny Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Emu on: December 08, 2013 01:58:29 PM
I picked this cross stitch set up at the Miffy Museum in Holland.  Turns out I hate cross stitch.  I found it really boring so I won't be doing this again.  It took 13 hours!

I have a new admiration for anyone making big embroidery projects (well, I can do regular embroidery without getting so bored, but cross stitch just drives me mad).  Anyone care to explain what you like about it?  I just found it frustrating because progress was so slow.  It was a good way to pass time on my bus commute but I think I'll stick to other types of embroidery from now on!

More pics and rants about the experience on my blog!
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12  Candle in an espresso cup in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Emu on: November 23, 2013 11:19:29 AM
I'm not gonna lie, this was a tricky project and I got wax all over my cooker.  I have a lot of these mini starbucks mugs from different countries but I don't drink espresso at home so I had to think of something else to use them for.


I have a tutorial for it on my blog.  I think this would make a good gift, perhaps you could even make one in a full size mug.
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13  My Japan travel book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Emu on: November 15, 2013 10:42:27 AM
I've made a comedy post on my blog about how to scrapbook like a boss, hopefully I'm not the only one who finds it funny!  Anyway I used this scrapbook as an example because it's the one I went most insane collecting things for and hence the one I'm most proud of.  There are more details about the lengths I went to to collect stuff for this, and a joke tutorial over at that post.



I used a big photo album I got in Japan:












There's a ton of pages in it, we were in Tokyo for 12 days and there are multiple pages per day.  You can see from the book that we went to 12 theme restaurants, and even some of them took up 2 pages!  
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14  Loved up octopus couple photo frame in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Emu on: November 15, 2013 08:43:07 AM
I made this photo frame as an anniversary present:





It's one of my favourite things I've ever made but it went really wrong when I thought the frame was made of metal but it was really plastic...it got totally warped in the oven.  I managed to bend it back into shape but the glass is totally wedged into the frame now so it's really hard to get out, and the corners got damaged in the process.

Anyone got ideas on how to make something like this (where the clay is wrapped around something so you have to put it all in the oven) apart from using only oven-proof items?  I can't find fully metal photo frames.

There's some more pictures and story on my blog :-)
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15  Golden dinosaur magnets in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Emu on: November 11, 2013 02:18:50 PM
I saw these type of magnets doing the rounds online and decided to give it a go:



We ended up getting it really wrong, they were too heavy and the spray paint never dried so we threw them out!  Anyone know what's the deal with that?  Does some spray paint just not dry on plastic?  They were tacky for 5 months until we threw them out, which made our fingers gold when we touched them (which was a lot because they kept falling due to their weight).

There's a tutorial or what *not* to do on my blog!
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16  Link (Legend of Zelda) wall hanging in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Emu on: November 02, 2013 01:42:35 PM
Hi folks,

This is another post of something I made ages ago, probably 2 years.  It was a present for my boyfriend and took forever.



I give credit as I used the same design/reference image as this quilt.

I used felt to make it, I had intended to sew the pieces down but in the end I just glued them with fabric glue because I was sick of doing it after about 6 weeks of evenings spent on it.  It's now proudly on display in our home :-)
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17  Colourful Rainbow Wall Hanging Made From Japanese Furoshiki in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Emu on: October 21, 2013 05:22:25 AM
Furoshiki are squares of cloth used to wrap presents in Japan.  I picked up 9 of them from Taobao but you can find them in lots of places online.



I just sewed them all together!  Quick and colourful!  I really want to make a quilt out of them too.



Some of my favourite details...





There are a few more detailed pics on my blog and info on how I bought the furoshiki...it involves navigating a website entirely in Chinese though so might be easier to check out Ebay for them if you want to give this a go!
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18  Romantic Moomin Painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Emu on: October 20, 2013 04:17:17 AM


I did this painting for mine and my bf's first place together.  It's pretty soppy and romantic but I love it.  Of course I copied it directly from a screenshot of a Moomin episode.  It's pretty big and done with poster paint and a permanent marker.
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19  Happy Hippy Rainbow Dreamcatcher in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Emu on: October 20, 2013 03:48:48 AM
I used to make dreamcatchers and sell them when I was a kid.  I saw one in a store a few weeks ago but thought I could make  it cheaper myself (turned out to be more expensive with all the beads I bought but I like mine more anyway).





I included a lot of little trinkets that had meaning for me. Mostly cat charms I picked up in Tokyo!



Put some leftover yen in there too...



I was hoping to get the beads to go in rainbow order from outside to inside but they got a bit messed up when I pulled the string tight. 

I'm excited to try this again.  There's a tutorial and more pics on my blog.
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20  Manly dice bag with gold dragon embroidery in Completed Projects by Emu on: October 18, 2013 05:18:32 AM
Hi folks,

This is a project I completed a few years ago, it's a dice bag I made for my boyfriend:



It's made of navy corduroy and lined with the same.  I embroidered a dragon on it because we like medieval/fantasy themes and play D&D occasionally.  The embroidery was really difficult because the fabric was thick, I actually embroidered through a paper print out of the dragon lineart since I couldn't really freestyle it.



Since it was a birthday present, I also filled it with a ton of novelty dice to complete the gift...



There's some pics of the dice over on my blog
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