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11  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.

12  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!
13  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.

~T
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.
14  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.
15  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*
16  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.
17  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 :-/
18  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.
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Japan travel book on: November 16, 2013 04:14:11 AM
Wow! I think you are crazier than I am  Grin Very interesting picture book/scrappy thing.

What does "moomin" mean in English? Is that a yum, yum, restaurant sound?

I have never been to Japan, but had some pen-pals from there as a kid. For school. PM me with more of your adventures, if you wish! I would love to hear of them.

~T
Haha yeah I don't know if I could get any worse with my scrapbooking habits, they are pretty awkward!

Moomins are Finnish, I'm not sure if it means anything, it's just the name of the big hippo-like creatures.  I'm hoping to go to the Moomin theme park in Finland next year, will definitely have to scrapbook that!

emu, your link does not work..check your http code Grin

I did look at the awesome pics on your blog...I would say that your scrapbooks certainly are full and interesting!  I love everything you collect for them...I laughed reading about how your books are smelly...that is a first for me! Grin

stillathtetop--Moomin is not even Japanese...it is Swedish...it is a storybook with that darling hippo-like creature...Japanese love Moomin!! Grin
Thanks for letting me know about the link!  I've fixed it now.  I'm glad you laughed at my post, I wasn't sure if anyone else would find it funny.  Yeah my scrapbook from Austria smells like chai tea, and the japan one like Rilakkuma burger bite crisps!
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My Japan travel book 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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