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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Re: Dumfries on: July 26, 2008 01:20:44 PM
I'm sorry I missed this... But for anybody off to the Dumfries area I can give a list of a couple of craft-related things for future reference:

1. The biggest and best craft store I've found in Dumfries & Galloway so far is in Castle Douglas, a short drive from Dumfries. It's called Crafts & Crystals and is about midway up the main street, easy enough to find.

2. In Dumfries itself there are two small knitting shops, one on Friars Vennel, the other just down from the Loreburn Centre entrance (walking the opposite direction from the fountain in the town centre). I forget the names of both, but the latter is a knitting pun I rather like.

3. Theres a really good, but slightly small, crafting shop on Friars Vennel called Art-tastic. Its a really good shop and the staff are friendly.

I hope you had a nice trip, I haven't been to the museum myself but hope to go sometime when I'm back there. Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: May 26, 2007 12:00:14 PM
For my lovely hubby's 21st, I made him do 21 things he'd never done before. Some of them were artsy/crafty things, such as painting a canvas in the countryside, and going out on a photoshoot. Some of them were edible; he tried out crocodile curry and edible worms. Other things were active, like having a church bell ringing lesson and taking part in a capoeira class (where he was beaten by a kung fu master 12 yr old girl!). I also took him to a luxury open air roof top spa pool, and then we did more mundane things like watching a film he'd never seen before and visiting a new place and going to a car show. He Loved the whole experience, and although it took a lot of planning it was well worth it. I didn't tell him any of the things he had to do - I just gave him clues and each thing was a complete surprise. I gave him a journal at the start and told him to record all his adventures in it - I gave him a special present when he'd completed all 21. What on earth am I going to do for his next birthday?Huh!

That sounds great! Perhaps you could make a scrapbook of all the things you did for his 21st and then do a 22nd thing this year and then add that when you're done? It could turn into a yearly thing. Wink

I figured out something great for my boyfriend's 18th, and it could possibly be something for other memebers on here to think about since they all seem to have Batman crazy boys. Tongue A Batman noteboard! I'm going to find a sheet some magnetic board and paint the Batman signal on it, make a border, and add some of those mini magnetic beads to it for holding things on. If I can find decent materials it should be awesome!  Grin
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fat old guy's sweater vest -> my new groovy top! (Lots of pics!) on: April 23, 2007 09:40:47 AM
have you tried a nice fabric softener for "woolens" perhaps?

I hadn't even thought about that! Thanks for the idea, it might give me something to do between exams next month... Though I'll have to investigate what products I can use that won't aggravate my eczema.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fat old guy's sweater vest -> my new groovy top! (Lots of pics!) on: April 20, 2007 08:38:47 AM
Thanks everyone! Grin


That sweetheart, Regency-ish neckline is my favorite.  Excellent job--I will be looking at old man sweaters in a different light from now on.

The neckline was partly an accident: as I was lining up the diamonds by sewing two lines either side of the dip/point thing in the middle and it altered the shape so much I changed my original design. I really love the neckline too now!

I'm very glad to be of inspiration to people on here for once instead of the other way round. Thank you again! Cheesy

Next time I find one big enough I'm going to make a nice strapless sweater-vest-top. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kitchen-sink Dye Job (with tutorial) on: April 19, 2007 11:35:05 AM
*points at pants* Shocked Fantastic!

It may seen odd, but I hadn't thought about dying pants before! Now my head is filling with pants-dying awesomeness! Cheesy Also, this thread reminds me that I have stuff I've been meaning to dye... thanks for the reminder. Grin (And did I meantion the clothes look great? Tongue)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fat old guy's sweater vest -> my new groovy top! (Lots of pics!) on: April 19, 2007 11:27:59 AM
Thank you very much everybody. Grin

worldinabox, thats definately an option I'll consider. If I have free time tomorrow I'm going to go look around a fabric shop and ask their advice.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Baggy Marilyn Manson top to a fitting tank top :] on: April 19, 2007 10:10:17 AM
I like it! The stripes work really well with the design of the other shirt. Grin
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fat old guy's sweater vest -> my new groovy top! (Lots of pics!) on: April 19, 2007 08:50:31 AM
This is my first proper successful clothing recon, and I'm very happy with it. Sorry, no before pictures, but it was HUGE!

On with the pictures!






(Look at the skilled use of Paint... I looked rather ill/icky in that picture so ignore the missing head. Tongue)


(For those of you who noticed, yes, I am standing on top of the toilet..)


(Look! I didn't mess up the sleeves!)

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(All the left overs!)

 Grin The fabric is a little itchy so I'm thinking about some sort of lining for it, but it would have to be breathable and not too warm, stretchy-ish, comfortable, and not too bulky looking to have it underneath. Tricky... especially since I know nothing about fabrics and make everything up as I go along. Tongue
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: January 30, 2007 03:00:07 PM
This year for Valentines I'm thinking of buying a nice wicker-ish picnic basket and filling it up with presents and food. I'm also going to make him a nice duct tape rose for a romantic touch. I'm getting stuck on things to make him though... I've done bleached tshirts and coupons, am not sure about doing boxers for him (not sure what his parents would think about that!). I've got a great list of mushy songs for a mixed CD, but I'm saving that for his birthday as I'll be going to university in September and we'll be apart for lengths of time. I've been too busy lately and all his last presents seem to just get forgotten about... I'll see if I can come up with something soon...
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My lovely but expensive shawl! (3 pictures) on: December 07, 2006 10:43:43 AM
Is that the shawl that calls for Bernat Matrix yarn?  If it is, I've made that pattern.  I like yours much better than I liked mine.  The colour is beautiful.

Jazz

It is indeed. Thank you. Smiley I fell in love with both the pattern and the wool but at 70 I don't think I'll use it much. Cheesy
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