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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cushion made from a japanese wall hanging on: February 09, 2014 01:12:24 PM
I got a cloth wall hanging with a print from one of my favourite artists, Imai Kira.  I was really tempted to colour it in so finally I gave in and also made it into a cushion because it was more useful for me...

I did embroidery and painting on it.

here's how it looked before:

There's a ton more photos on my blog post if you're interested :-)
2  U.K. AND IRELAND / IRELAND / Re: Dublin crafters? on: December 24, 2013 01:15:53 PM
I live in Dublin so I can help!

the Woolen Mills is closed now, or it's moved to Capel street under another name.  I think the name is WM Trimmings now http://wmtrimmings.com/

there is an expensive ribbon and trimmings shop in the Powerscourt centre called A Reubenesque http://www.arubanesque.ie/

and of course Hickey's fabric http://www.hickeyfabrics.ie/

There are two bead shops, Beads and Bling on the Quays http://www.beadsandbling.com/store/

and the Yellow Brick Road on the other side of the river http://www.yellowbrickroad.ie/

My favourite baking supply shops are Stock Design http://www.yelp.ie/biz/stock-design-dublin
Kitchen Compliments http://www.kitchencomplements.ie/kc/Main/Home.asp
and Decobake http://www.decobake.com/

The place I use most is the art and hobby shop. They have various branches http://www.artnhobby.ie/store/

I can't think of any more right now, if you have any more questions please contact me!  I would love to connect with others in Dublin/Ireland. 
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kumakumya Embroidery Hoop on: December 13, 2013 08:31:52 AM
Made this as a gift for a friend, the bear is actually a bag designed by japanese brand Baby the Stars Shine Bright (there is more detailed info in my blog post). My friend has the bag so I hope she will like this.  It's not great compared to all the amazing things I see on this board, I really don't have the patience for embroidery so I haven't gained much skill at it.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Miffy Bunny Cross Stitch 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!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Candle in an espresso cup on: November 23, 2013 02:42:46 PM
the link to your blog isn't working.   Sad
Thanks for letting me know, I seem to get the code wrong every time, should be fixed now.

It depends on the style of ceramic...some will crack from the heat of the candle burning. And if there are any chips on the inside, the wax may seep into the interior portion of the unglazed part, and cause a "burst" in the cup, too. But very interesting project idea. I have made some in teacups that worked good. Just be sure to monitor things...don't leave them unattended.  Grin As should be said for any type of open flame.

Thanks for the tips/warning.  Luckily there are no chips in it because it was never used but I will keep an eye on it if/when I light it.  I have some of the christmas cups too so they would be good for gifts but I would want to test with this one first to make sure they are safe to use.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Candle in an espresso cup 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.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Loved up octopus couple photo frame on: November 23, 2013 03:26:00 AM
Super cute frame.
I havent tried this so take it with a grain of salt, but what if you wrap aluminum foil around the frame, build your clay on top of that, then carefully remove the foil and your clay creations from the frame, bake them, then glue them onto the frame once cool?   

I had thought of something like this as well, not sure it would work because the shapes are too tightly wrapped around the frame to be able to put them on after baking. I actually had the thought to use airdrying clay but I've never used it before so I'm not sure if you can get this level of detail/thin pieces without it cracking?

*_* you killed me.

I just wish there were 2 frames with one octopus each... seems that there is a lot going on.
But anyway, such a great idea and execution!

Oh yeah, you could definitely do one octopus per frame to make it less soppy! I can imagine little sea shells/starfish/other sea friends wound into the legs as well *Adds to list*
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Japan travel book on: November 23, 2013 03:22:23 AM
I love your scrapbook! I haven't done whole books yet but my scrap booking looks a lot like yours. Mine probably smells like glue though. lol I especially like the first page with the bunny (Is her name Miffy?) and the Moomin page.  Cheesy

Thanks!  The chai tea smell is the nicest smell in one of my books, it was in Austria.
Yes it's Miffy, I seem to have an obsession with miffy and moomins :-)
Your scrapbook is phenomenal!  There is so much to see and it comes together so well. 

Yeah, I'd say if you are leaving your underwear in the airport to make more room for your scrapbooking supplies in your luggage, you might scrapbook like a boss. Cheesy Grin Cheesy
(I LOVED your blogpost!!)

Omg I'm SO glad to hear you liked my post, i was afraid the sarcasm wouldn't be conveyed well online and everyone would just think I'm an egotistical jerk!  My bf didn't really get the humour but he's not a scrapbooker so maybe that's why.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Giant Polar Bear Cafe Wall Hanging on: November 23, 2013 03:19:24 AM
That's super cute! I like your drawing style!

Thanks, I am only really good at copying things though, unfortunately!  My original paintings don't turn out well :-/
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Loved up octopus couple photo frame on: November 16, 2013 10:48:00 AM
Make your frame from polymer as well. Roll and cut out the frame and bake. Then add the goodies and bake again? Harder to get a nice flat frame, but might add options for cool corners and textures. You would half to work out how to use the glass and hold the picture in, but maybe glue the polymer frame to an existing simple frame? Or frameless glass frame.

Just some ideas.
That would definitely work, sounds quite complicated but I might give it a go next time.  I never thought of that! Thank you.
No idea on the heat problem unless you cook it at a lower temp for longer... maybe?
 It's is still very cute. I love it.  Grin
Thanks, I would have to experiment a bit with this, I don't think it takes much heat for the plastic to get soft.
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