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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 (sign up 8/6 to 8-17/16; s/o 11-23-16) on: August 20, 2016 03:16:57 PM
checking in as I won't be in next week...off for a weeks vacation...yay. I am also really happy with my partner too
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Happy Mail Swap (SU Aug 17-26; SO Sept 12) on: August 20, 2016 03:00:17 PM
such a cool idea!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fascinators for Easter or Mother's Day Tea - With Tut! on: August 20, 2016 02:50:41 PM
these are brilliant, And yes definitely great minds think alike, although yours are far far neater than mine!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 50s style cocktail hat (aka fascinator) Tutorial. Make in >60 mins, all stash! on: August 20, 2016 02:47:31 PM
aw you guys are the best. I so wish you had been around when I was a teenager, when I got ready and thought I looked fab (In the 80s, legwarmers, spiked hair, headbands, I was sooo cool!!) my family tended to laugh and say 'you're not wearing that!' you folk would have be so good for my self esteem.  xx
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: August 19, 2016 05:39:40 AM
EdelC - you look amazing, I love the 50s style - it really suits you. Hope you both had a fantastic evening.

we had a lovely evening. and thanks for the compliment. Actually i think 50s style looks good on most people it is very classy and elegant. ( which I am mostly not!!)

I love the dress, I bought it about 6 weeks ago on aliexpress-cheap too, worth knowing for all us bigger ladies out there, they have some good clothes in some of their online stores=- But I have started loosing weight since I got it, 10lbs down, it fits perfectly now, but at this rate, it will be too big in another couple of months (yay and Sad ) so knowing that, was an excuse to go all out.

I have posted a tute for making those fascinators, turns out they are really easy and it was all from stash. Takes less than an hour too
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: August 19, 2016 05:35:40 AM
Thanks honey. He took me here


very nice, it is a special occasion place, The dining room looks out onto the rive, so dressing up was good. I gave him a kodak box brownie camera, wrapped up in brown paper and string for a present. It was fun.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 50s style cocktail hat (aka fascinator) Tutorial. Make in >60 mins, all stash! on: August 19, 2016 05:32:09 AM
I surprised my SO yesterday by dressing up in a complete 50s style outfit, he was taking me on a date to celebrate our anniversary. I had the dress, underskirt, picked up a great bag and cardigan in a thrift store, made a pearl necklace and bought white glove, the only thing I was missing was a hat. No properly dressed lady would dream of going out to dinner without a hat in the 50s.

This was made in about an hour. And dead easy too.

  • thin card, cereal box is ideal
    Fabric to cover, I used stretchy 'velvet' stretch fabric is easy to work with
    thin round elastic (I only had white but it was fine)
    feathers, lace, buttons, sparklies, net etc to embellish.
    Hot glue gun.

It starts as a little curvy cap,

1-Cut an oval out of card.
I eyeballed this, using my hand as a guide.

2- Cut two slots from the ends of the oval about 1/3 way to the centre,
-Overlap them by about 1/3 inch and glue. This will make the cap shape.

3 Cover this with an oval of stretchy fabric, I used a hot glue gun to stick it down., This should be about an inch bigger all round

4 Draw around the covered oval to make another oval of fabric, this will cover underneath.
-Before you glue this on, measure how long you need the elastic to be, (alternatively you could glue in hair clips or sew on a band.)

5-Cut a length of elastic, make two small holes in either side of the bottom oval of fabric, poke the elastic through and tie a knot. You are not trying to make a knot large enough so it wont pull back, it is just to give more surface area for the hot glue.

6 Put a line of hotglue underneath with extra big blobs where the elastic will sit. and press in place the underneath oval I did this in stages, about 1/3 of the circumference at a time.

Now you have the basic form. Try it on, make sure you like it. When I tried mine on, there were little points at the tops of the slots that had been cut in cardboard. So i just squashed them down a little and the stretch velvet took up any slack.

7 Embellish it, feathers, and some kind of centre piece, , I made a little rosette out of black lace.

I had a sparkly broach centre and some feathers. feathers are essential I think.

8 Put on the hat and decide where you want the embellishments, They need to be towards the back and as I was wearing this on the left side of my head, they needed to be down on the left side of the form. I got this wrong the first time, glued them in place and had to rip them off, so I added a piece of net to cover the glue..Arrgh!

Actually I had intended there to be a bit of net with this 'hat' a kind of veil, but it looked silly on me, (wasn't stiff enough) so I trimmed it right back.

off out to dinner.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: August 19, 2016 05:03:56 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Marauders map challenge August, summer fun
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: 50s cocktail hat,
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449977.0 (with tute)
Brief Description: My lovely SO and I are three years together yesterday, so we were going out to dinner. I had this lovely 50s style dress and underskirt that I wanted to wear, so I told him that he had to take me out on a 50s style date. I didn't tell him that I was going to do 50s theme all the way. I wanted to have a little fun on the last few days of my summer holidays. His eyes popped out of his head when he saw me, but in a good way! And I got a lot of attention when we went out. This is the cocktail hat I made (technically a fascinator, but they called them cocktail hats in the 50s), I will eventually put up a tute to make these, they are sooo easy and fast.

 And this is my whole outfit.
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 17, 2016 02:00:04 PM

EdelC, orange happens to be my favourite colour, how did you know? XO Cheesy

I just knew cue creepy music

There were 8 waiting for me when I got home today, it was such fun opening them all.

I have a very persistent mailman, In Ireland we mostly have letterboxes, so letters come in your front door, I have an actual post box beside my front door, but there is only a letter slot so packages don't fit. Because of that he has posted stuff in the kitchen window, the bathroom window, left packages hanging on the back door handle, in the shed, in the polytunnel. it is only as a last resort that he leaves them with my neighbour. I never have to tell him that I am away, and never have to tell him when I come home, he just knows. He knows my car, so he knows where I am. He has delivered my friends packages to my house because he recognised her car parked outside.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / two flamingo paintings, one traditional, one less so on: August 15, 2016 12:05:55 PM
I needed more flamingos in my life, so these are for my room.

This is just a fairly traditional one from a photo I found online. I wasn't entirely happy with it, but am liking it more now. Acrylic on canvas.

The other is inspired by one i saw online, can't find the inspiration now. It is a 50esq painting, also acrylic on canvas.
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