These were just a pair of generic slip on shoes I bought for $15 about five years ago, but they were a boring black and white with a geometric design so I hardly ever wore them. Pulled them out on afternoon and decided that what they needed was colour!
It's just watered down green and blue acrylic paint for the main areas, so the black design parts would still show through, and the rubber sole and toe areas were white, so I painted them black and sealed it with a couple coats of PVA glue.
(I'm really not sure if this is meant to go here, so I'm sorry if it's the wrong place! I didn't think that it should go in needlework/papercraft because the embroidery/paper aren't really a main focus or anything..)
For Christmas I made my dad a photo album. He's lost both his father, his mother, and his best friend (his dog) in the past year. And he loves having pictures of us all seeing as my parents separated so he doesn't see us as much anymore (though we live only a few streets away), so I thought this would be best.
Front cover. I know you can see the top and bottom of the spine, that's because I ended up sewing those parts down too low. Oh well. I just used a fat quarter I bought at Spotlight. The heart was from a Photoshop brush that I just traced and stitched, it's got some padding stuff underneath it to make it stick out more and be all squishy (I love that).
The plain inside, where you can see that it was originally just a small A5 binder. Also, all the paper in it is different colours, just plain card which I marbled a bit with shaving cream and food colouring (from this tutorial: http://diymaven.com/2008/11/24/how-to-tie-dye-paper/. Though mine didn't turn out as nicely because I bought the wrong kind of shaving cream. It starts off as a gel and doesn't really work well for this.) That's me and my two sisters and two nieces.
For Christmas I made my eldest niece (who is turning 4 this year) a cupcake pouch/pencil-pouch-thingy that holds a coloured pencil set with pink and purple cupcake pencil toppers, and a colour co-ordinated matching Black Apple doll. I'm really proud of myself, actually. They all turned out so well!
The pouch. The cupcakes were just made by drawing a cupcake shape thing in Photoshop, printing it out and using a scalpel to make a stencil, then painted with watered down acrylic. The fabric colours are actually a lot brighter irl.
An inside shot with the pencils.
I didn't make this, but it's SO CUTE that I had to add it! (Also, I realise that coloured pencils aren't usually great at being erased, but I doubt my niece will care...) It's from a stationary-kinda supply store near here called Smiggle. I love it, the whole place is seperated into colours, it's like being inside a rainbow. And these erasers are like little rubber popsicles.
The whole bunch, including the colouring book that I gave to her with it.
I almost forgot the doll! If you'll notice, her hair is the same felt the purple cupcake toppers were made out of, and her dress is the same fabric as inside the pouch. Unfortunately this picture doesn't do her much justice, she's so adorable and cuddly in person. The picture makes her look misshapen. Oh well!
My boyfriend loooovvveess Professor Dog (who just happens to be some photoshopped picture of a dog in a suit and glasses). He says that he's a philosophy lecturer at MIT, haha. And he giggles whenever he see's the picture, it's cute. So, I made him a Professor Dog shirt for Christmas! Also with a matching cushion. I'm quite proud of the cushion, actually. It was my first time putting in a zipper! (He really loved them both, he put the shirt on as soon as he saw it and said "Usually I dread receiving clothes for Christmas, but not when they have Professor Dog on them!")
Now for the pictures:
It's just a basic black shirt I got for $5 at Big W.
On me (with very bad lighting).
Don't mind the messy floor!
Used this fabric for the back of it. The front is just basic white cotton type stuff we got in some big garbage bags full of scraps.
The zipper! Oh I am so proud! It wasn't hard at all! Also, that's the cushion insert you can see in there. It's so squishy and comfortable! It's about 41x41cm, $5 or so from Spotlight.
The second one I think I'd like to try again, maybe do my chain stitches a bit tighter so it's not as wobbly looking (and don't mind the thread I haven't woven in yet, still so very lazy ). It was done from a pattern by the same user, though she modified it from an already existing pattern by somebody else: http://creativeyarn.blogspot.com/2008/04/spider-net-beret.html
These were the first things that I'd ever crocheted, apart from a small cloud. I'm proud that I didn't completely screw everything up and drive myself insane with frustration. It was very easy to pick up.
I'm having difficulty with beginning it though. I'm not sure whether I'm meant to chain another 11 after I've double crocheted into the end of the foundation chain, or just join straight away? (This one would make more sense to me, but then it sort of looks weird both ways) And where ever I try to join to (3rd ch before marker, 3rd ch AFTER marker, ON the actual marker) it just doesn't seem right. Any tips?
Hey, guys! Help a girl out? Basically: I'm 5', 130lbs, small boobs, broadish shoulders, big thighs but my calves are kinda nice, average bum, wide hips and an average-big waist with a bit of a sticky-outy belly.
I'm sorry for stealing the design, whoever's it is. >.< I can't remember where I found it, but I thought it was truly fantabulous. So, yeah. I put it on a bag my dad bought me for $4.99 at Spotlight. Going to use it for school. =] It's perfect, coz it carries everything nicely. Not the best picture, but eh.