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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Latest lino cut, sock monkey, printed onto cotton fabric on: January 18, 2017 09:04:55 AM
My latest cut, sock-monkeys craftylittlemonkey suggested it as theme and I like it! Three separate stamps, monkey+hat+heart. I've been away from crafting for weeks due to a succession of minor illnesses, this is the first time back and it was great!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Glitter house village one house a year, seven years(!) on: January 18, 2017 01:04:30 AM
So a long time ago I came across putz glitter housese online, I loved the history of them and thought that I would make one. It was close to christmas, so I figured a little christmas decoration would be a nice thing. I chopped a little branch off our fake christmas tree to make a tree for the garden and covered the whole lot with glitter. On the base of the house, which was covered in white paper, i wrote a short account of the highlights of the year.

Then I did the same the following year..all of a sudden I am now looking at 7 houses. It is part of my christmas tradition now, in the week before christmas I make a house. They are all made of 'grey board' rather than the traditional cereal packet. That was the board that i first used and continuted, a pain in the ass, quite frankly as it is very dense and difficult to cut small apertures, but it makes them very durable. next year I will have to work out some kind of village configuration, maybe make a landscape, but for now this is the village. They get wrapped up and put away after christmas and it is always nice to pull them out and reread each year as they appear out of the boxes of christmas decorations.

whole village, a witch lives in one of the houses, her broomstick is outside the door.

year one and two

three and four

the railway station, this was made to plans from the same glitter house website, but I am not especially happy with the scale, it seems a touch big, but I still love it.

the village church

this year's pink house a homage to my flamingo obsession, there are two tiny flamingos in the front yard. I got the flamingos in a craft swap ages ago, they were earrings.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Christmas cards, snowmen on: December 02, 2016 04:22:03 AM
It has been a long time coming, I have planned to make christmas cards for years, finally this year I did. I still don't have the patience for fine detail and for making this a really complex image. I like to work too fast for that, however I am pretty happy with these. It was a challenge printing on card for a change, I used regular acrylics and they did dry up too fast.

Once printed (on both scrapbooking papers and directly onto card) I finished with a bit of colour on a paintbrush on the leaves and heart. and a bit on the snow on the plain cards. And a quick border. They are very happy looking so I hope the recipients like them

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Another one, totoro, just a quick cut on: November 10, 2016 03:43:04 PM
Not too bad, the shape is OK, I am just working with really rubbish paints at the moment, once I get some decent ones this should be a bit better

stupid shadow on this one, but it is way past bedtime and the light isn't great in this room

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / latest lino cut. Daleks on: November 10, 2016 01:52:26 PM
My SO is a Dr Who fan, so I cut this stamp to make some fabric, to make him some pillowcases. This was a test print, but I liked it so much that I kept going

I printed onto some tie dyed fabric, the stamp itself is kinda small, there is a spool from thread in one of the pictures for scale.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / my first attempt at stumpwork Bumble Bee on: November 08, 2016 04:53:10 AM
Inspired by some of the amazing stumpwork I have seen on here, especially the gorgeous hoopla that Ludi sent me, i thought I would have a bash at some stumpwork. I was confined to the sofa with a stupid head cold, so small craft was all I could manage.

This was done with out a pattern and basically just making it up as I went along, I had a picture of a bee for reference. But I am really happy with how it turned out. Hence the pic overload.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Golden snitch jeans on: October 27, 2016 04:15:27 AM
I have a terrible habit of wearing good clothes to do a quick DIY job, when I really should change into tatty stuff, because I ALWAYS make a mess and I always regret it. I wore these jeans to paint some horrible black goo to fix a leaking roof. Of course I got goo on me. Not such an issue because the jeans were black but there was a bit of a stain. So I got at them with a snitch lino cut that I had made to stamp fabric http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449903.0 and some bleach.

It was a bit random as I really wasn't sure how they would turn out, but I love how the colour makes it seems like the snitches glow. I am wearing them, which is why the pictures are slightly odd angles.

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / congee (juk) question on: October 21, 2016 05:08:47 AM
I am eating some of this at the moment, first time making it. But I have a few questions. I used this recipe http://ricelean.com/blog/your-promised-ultimate-skinny-congee-1-seafood-congee/ and I boiled mine way longer than she says, but it is very very watery, looks nothing like the consistency of hers.

Her ratio is 1+1/3 gallon of water to 1 cup cooked rice. ( that is about 5liters of water, my pot only took about 4, but I still used a cup of rice)

it is still tasty (I added a stock cube) but way more watery than hers. what should the correct consistency be obviously this will vary, but what is the range?

Also she calls for 4tbls spoons of salt, which I did add, but it is very salty, not inedible, just salty is this traditionally very salty?

Have you a better recipe?

9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Bumble bee fabric on: October 04, 2016 05:20:43 AM
There is a beehive in the eaves of my house. They are wild bees and doing their own thing, bees are under such pressure in the world that any little corner where they are safe, is good for the planet. So they and I have an agreement, I leave them alone and they leave me alone. The hive is high up, so no danger to anyone.

In honour of the bees I cut out this lino cut and did a few fabric prints. The yellow bodies are just a separate stamp which was overlayed with black. Not enough detail in the smaller bee, but this was a quick and dirty cut.

I've really started to like the effect on printed fabric

very busy this one!

I have just made the first item with some of this fabric. A fellow craftster has inspired me to do random acts of craftiness, so this will be on the way to someone as a surprise. It is a simple zippered pouch with a little extra butterfly fabric (this was done with a potato print rather than a lino cut) I hope she likes it!

10  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.

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