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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I'm teaching myself to sew, so what do I make? Snails of course! on: July 05, 2005 11:52:42 PM
OH, I'm bad bad bad at sewing. I mean it, really bad!!!!! I've been making clothes for a while but avoiding sewing at all costs. (I've been using superglue, staples and safety pins instead!) I recently accquired an old sewing machine to get over my sewing inertia. I decided to get some old scraps of material to practice on and I made a little gift, a mobile for my friend who's having a baby. Dont know if its a boy or girl, so I tried to make it sort of unisex. Tell me what you think. I know its messy, but I sort of like it that way. I left the seams on the outside on purpose.



12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / A wee little delicate green necklace on: June 30, 2005 05:53:06 AM
Wow, I'm just a newbie, but I'm addicted to making stuff and i feel like I've put  photo in nearly every category! I cant stop! Hope I'm not the only one who just gives a little bit of everything a go! Heres a necklace I made the other day. It took a bit of time, but I think it was worth it. Hope you like it!




And just for the hell of it, I'll throw in another one. I promise I'll stop harrassing people with my photos soon.


13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "If I look like that, I may as well slit my throat!" - said my stepmother! on: June 26, 2005 12:03:53 AM
A while ago I did a painting for my mother and my stepfather, they love it, the way I've included all sorts of things from around their home, and they're in it, and their dogs too! This is it here......the photo is small but its a huge painting!



They loved it so much, they actually commissioned me to do another painting for their bedroom. I included the dogs again, and the outside of their new home....



My parents and step parents are very good friends, and every time Dad and his wife went to Mums house to visit they'd stand and stare at the paintings wishing they had one too. With them in it, and their little dog, and the things in their house. So I spent ages painting them a picture. They had to send me heaps of photos of the things in their new house and what it looked like, because it was so new, I hadnt even been to it!
Here's what I came up with..........




I was really happy with it, I'd spent ages on it! But when I sent photos of it to them via email, my stepmother was shocked. She started saying "I dont look like that at all!" "what is she trying to say?" "I'm not paying her for that" "I look like something out of a horror movie!" "get her to change it" "if I look like that I may as well slit my throat!"

And I actually nearly cried at one point, I was so upset, because she was insulting my art, and I really didnt think I made her look ugly!

Anyway, after saying 'I'm not changing it, how dare she get angry at me' I ended up changing it. Here is what it ended up looking like.........


A sad story I know. But at least she was happy with that. And I dont think I'll be doing any artwork for them EVER again!

Does anyone else have any stories like this? Please share!


14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Multi coloured stencils!! on: June 20, 2005 02:54:58 AM
I made this wall hanging for my mum not so long ago, its a three colour stencil of wasps. I cut them out of paper and used housepaints to paint them! I printed them on a cheap tab top curtain I found. The trick to multi coloured stencils I think, is to put the lighter colours first. If anyone is interested in knowing how to do them I could put a tutorial together.

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / funky woven boxes - you should be able to view them now! on: June 20, 2005 02:35:29 AM
I have been making these funky little woven boxes out of wire and strips of material and a lot of PVA glue to hold it all together nicely. I was making a basic frame out of thick wire, then weaving strips of ripped material through wire that I'd wrapped around the frame. (I ripped up a few old bedsheets.) I got right into it and made a whole bunch of different sizes with different lids, this one has beads and a bell on the lid as decoration.
Now forgive me if these photos dont turn out, I tried my best, if they dont work, I'll try again!! I'll put some more photos of other ones if these photos turn out ok!











OK! They worked! Big photos, sorry about that. But here are some more (probably just as big) of another little box I made! Tell me what you think! Smiley








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