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11  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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12  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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13  Moomin Comic Book Decoupage Coffee Table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Emu on: October 13, 2013 05:52:23 AM
I have been wanting to do this project for a long time but couldn't find the right comic. I didn't want something too violent or gruesome and the colour balance needed to be right to fit in with our living room.  Finally it came to me - Moomins!

I took a 20 coffee table from Ikea and painted top white.  Then I stuck the panels on with PVA glue and varnished over the top. It really didn't take long, probably a day or half day project depending on how long your paint takes to dry.

This is the comic we used.

Halfway, laying them down...

Some details

Overall I really love it, our house is very eclectic and rainbow-y so it fits in well even if it doesn't match perfectly :-)  And it gives our guests something to read if they're bored.

I have a more detailed tutorial for it over on my blog.
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14  Alphabet magnets made from Japanese fashion magazines in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Emu on: October 12, 2013 02:32:19 PM
When we moved into our first place I wanted to get some alphabet magnets.  The ones I saw online were a bit too expensive so I thought I could make them myself.

It took me just one evening, I used self-adhesive magnet sheets and did a top coat with PVA glue. The letters are all from KERA or GLB magazines :-)  There's *a lot*.  Around 3 of each letter.  I think I used 2 or 3 sheets of magnet (A4)

Those are some of my favourite letters, there's some more pics on my blog as well :-)
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15  Giant Polar Bear Cafe Wall Hanging in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Emu on: October 10, 2013 02:09:19 PM
I'm not a huge fan of painting, yet for some reason I always choose to paint really huge things (this is around 150cm across) that make for really long and boring projects.  This one took 13 hours over 3 days.  I must also mention that I'm no good at painting anything original, I usually just copy cartoons.

Anyways, here it is

It's painted on a bedsheet with poster paint.  The scene is from the anime Shirokuma Cafe. It's the cutest show ever, if you like animals who make bad puns I really recommend you watch it :-)

There are some in-progress pics on my blog if you're interested.
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16  Cute couple themed giant hexagon quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Emu on: October 07, 2013 12:26:51 PM
This was my second quilt ever.  I wanted something special for mine and my bf's first place together.  Each fabric has special significance for us as a couple.  I have no patience so I did it all by machine.  It is king size with around 440 hexagons.  I was unemployed at the time so I did it in around 2 months start to finish.  After doing all this you'd want to be pretty sure you're not going to break up!

Some examples of the fabric meanings:

London tube map fabric!  Reminds us of the fun times we've had on hols there

bf's favourite animal is the polar bear.  I cut out the hexagons from the cutest parts of each fabric...it wasted a lot of fabric and was extremely time consuming but it was worth it.  You wouldn't want to accidentally separate this family now would you?

I'd seen this fabric floating around online a lot, it's so detailed irl!  All the book titles are cat related!

Anyone who has played Katamari Damacy (shout out!) will know that this is Dipp.

Being irish, we enjoy the odd tipple.  And what better than a fabric with cat waiters!

I won't bore you with all the soppy fabric meanings, there are more posted on my blog if you're interested.  I got it professionally quilted after saving up for a year.  I couldn't have asked for a more perfect design for it, the thread is purple pink gradient too!

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17  Rilakkuma deco photo frame in Completed Projects by Emu on: October 06, 2013 10:37:38 AM
Yesterday I got a glue gun for the first time in my life and wow, I wish I'd gotten one sooner!  I had to start playing with it immediately.

This is what I started with:

And this is what I had after 10 minutes of gluing:

I'm addicted now and can't wait to find more things to glue!
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