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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Heart Charm Necklace on: May 31, 2005 11:17:48 PM
Well, this is my take on those charm necklaces that are everywhere (here in NZ at least). They are usually a bunch of nicknacks and doodaddys strung onto a chain, maybe with a theme.
I have a catchall bag, with lots of charms and beads gathered from so many different sources.
On this necklace is...

-A silver heart outline with little faux diamonds in it. I found it on the ground somewhere ages ago. THis is showing the wrong side.
-Big red oval sequin. The light in my lounge makes it look a dull shade of pooey brown, but it is very bright and shiny.
-A little silver heart with yet another faux diamond in the centre. You can't see it very well, but there isn't that much to see. It came free on the chain with Girlfriend magazine.
-A weird crowny one that my awesome science teacher Mr. Phillip gave me. It was sitting on his desk today, and i said "that's pretty," and he said "have it."
So I did.
And that was that.
-Woody one. Hard to see, but it has a rose engraved on the side you can't see, and the word "love".
-Silver locket. I paid a whole $1 for it.

When it is worn, all the charms hang at different levels, as I attatched wood, Mr Phillip and sequin to a loop with knots at intervals, made from clear fishing wirey stuff.
Do comment, 'twas quick but easy, and I have many a charm left in my catchall to make a few more.
-G.
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Red fabric earrings. on: May 02, 2005 10:48:53 PM
Ok, so I know the title of this post is a little wiggidy wack. But it does make sense.
I made these in about five seconds. It was easy as, and I doubt anyone needs a tutorial.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/6809earring1.JPG

You would have no idea how hard it is to take a non blurry photo of your own ear. This one was made with a fake diamond post earring...

and this one with a vintage red ball post.
I used layers of tulle, red jersey and red rayon.
I know they're sorta weird, but from far away, they look like little roses.
Please do post, I would love to hear what you think.
-G.
23  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Cowboy boots and overpriced thrift... on: April 30, 2005 03:04:46 AM
Hello, fellow craftsters.
Do any of you Chch-ers know of opshops that DEFINATELY have cowboy boots?
I'm sure it sounds like a lame request, but I've had this uncanny craving for a pair of western shoes for the past few weeks, and I don't think i shall be fully sane again until my feet are safely in a pair.
 I have searched toffs, the local sallies, my friend's nameless second hand store, and the riccarton rd one, but alas, my searches were in vain. So, Chch-ers, PLEASE help me. I refuse to go into Wild Pair and pay $350 for what i'm SURE is waiting for me somewhere...
Now is when I wish my mother hadn't married a man intent on throwing everything out. I would've fit her old pair so well.
Pee Ess... My feet are child sized. Or maybe small adult.

Ok, now, a grumble. Has anyone else noticed how expensive opshops have been getting? I go there to find something cheap and reconstructable, not a $15 ugly shirt.
Of course, I am willing to pay a large(ish) amount of money for a nice fitting, new, good condition top from any old shop, but I see no logic in paying so much for something that I need to spend 2 hours sewing and resewing just to make it fit me. Has anyone else made similar observations?
Excuse all the typos and sentances that don't quite make sense. It's late and I'm tired.
-G.
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Easy, healthy...mush? on: April 18, 2005 01:27:46 AM
I make this when I have little time, or cannot be bothered making anything high tech. It takes very little time, and can be altered any way you like. This is just a vague basis...
INGREDIENTS:
Almost any savory vegetable(ish) things that come in a can. I like...
-1 small tin baked beans.
-1 small tin kidney beans.
-1 small tin corn kernels.
-1 small tin tomatoes.
-1 small tin spaghetti.
Also add...
-Grated cheese.
-Spring Onion.
-Bacon.
-Chopped coriander.
-A few tomatoes.
-Any other appropriate ingredients.
METHOD
Bung everything in a pot, and put it on a low heat. Simmer with no lid for 5 minutes, or until everything looks nice and cooked. It should have some sauce/gravy, but not too runny.
Serve by itself or on toast, and season with more cheese (if you'd like), and pepper.
I usually use a combination of 4 or 5 of the above ingredients, and it makes enough for a large dinner for one, or dinner and lunch the next day. I made it tonight with baked beans, tomatoes, bacon and cheese. Three hours later, I'm still full.
Enjoy.
-G.
25  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Google ads on Craftster on: April 13, 2005 09:36:59 PM
Now at the start of topics, before the replies or anything, there are sponsored ads by google. Does this slightly annoy or distract anyone else?
I'm not trying to say that craftster should be sponsorless, and not advertise anything, because i think the advertising is great, and helps to show of other crafty books, websites and more, but it distracts slightly from the topic.
Leah, I think it would be a little better if the ads were maybe below the topics/replies. What do other people think of this?
-G.
Pee Ess. Please don't reply telling me off for saying that we shouldn't have sponsors. I think nothing of the sort. I just think the topic should take centre stage, bot the sponsored links.
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Quick, Easy Spinning on: March 19, 2005 01:16:51 AM
Yo craftsters (im in a gangsta mood)
Anyway, does anyone know of any quick and easy methods of spinning your own wool at home? I don't have a spinning wheel or anything, but I would love to spin some of my own wools. I have access to the kind of wool that you needle felt, which im not sure of the name of.
Links would be appreciated, and thanks in advance for your help.
-G.
27  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Weaving a Scarf...? on: March 11, 2005 09:28:46 PM
Today, out shopping, I saw a gorgeous scarf, loosely woven out of angoraish wool, with 3 strands loosely held together instead of one. It looked so delicious, and I was wondering if anyone had a good online tutorial (must be simple!) that would tell one how to go about this WITHOUT a loom or anything fancy like that. Sorry if this is a blindingly obvious question, but i am COMPLETELY new to the world of weaving and crochet.
Thanks i advance,
-G.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Beginner Knitter seeks help... on: February 25, 2005 03:35:06 PM
Hello, knitting godesses and gods...
I have been knitting for a few weeks. All I have made is scarves, complicted huh? I would like to try something a little more advanced, but still simple enough for me to understand.
I can do regular knitting & purl, increases and decreases, but that's about it.
Anyone got any fun/easy projects for me?
Another question- I have 27 yards of the most GORGEOUS yarn ever. What to do with it?
So, knitting queens and kings- do help!
-G.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black and White Spotty Skirt. on: February 21, 2005 11:51:33 PM
Well, I never said I could take photos.
This was once a high waisted, floor length, gross polyester skirt.
Here it is now...

It looks like it's houndstoothish, but it's just plain old dots.

In context, with the first thing i found in my drawers. Literally. I didn't have time to make it look grood. I mean good. And great. Great and good.
Sorry, i couldnt resist.
So please, critique, evern if you hate it with a passion.
-G.
30  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Pearl Necklaces in CHCH... on: February 12, 2005 06:46:57 PM
Hey everyone
Unless you are from Christchurch, don't bother reading on.
Does anyone know where I can find strings of fake pearls here in chch? I've looked at all my local op shops, and nothing Sad I'd like them cheap, like maybe $2 per string or less, and hopefully from somewhere on my side of town (i'm in Fendalton).
Just out of curiousity- does anyone in my area have a string in their jewellery box that they are just DESPERATE to get rid of?? I'll happily take them off your hands...
-G.
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