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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  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.

3  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!
4  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.
5  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!  
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Loved up octopus couple photo frame 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 :-)
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Golden dinosaur magnets 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!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Link (Legend of Zelda) wall hanging 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 :-)
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Colourful Rainbow Wall Hanging Made From Japanese Furoshiki 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!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Romantic Moomin Painting 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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