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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: TUTORIAL - Old Vest top to Tiered Maxi Dress on: January 14, 2013 11:56:05 PM
NO WAY!!! Amazing, thank you so much Cheesy:D:D
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Lucky dip ideas on: January 02, 2013 09:07:26 AM
keyrings are always a winner with boys Cheesy
13  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: October 24, 2012 05:55:39 AM
Katara, just play pin and sew. Don't add too many layers or your machine might keel over like mine, and have FUN! If you make any mistakes just unpick/cut out and try again Smiley Tutorial done Cheesy
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper Mushroom Tutorial ♥ on: October 17, 2012 05:48:10 AM

Litsi, I did use these as a centre piece with moss, you can see it in the first image I posted Tongue
What a cute idea! You could collect some moss, together they would make a coll centerpiece.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Secret Garden altered scrap dress on: October 03, 2012 07:30:34 AM
totally worth it yup! I'm picking my machine up tomorrow too YEY!! So I can go break it again next time I make a dress Tongue
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / question about washing an entire bolt of fabric.. yay or nay!? on: September 11, 2012 06:13:07 AM
Less about sewing, more about fabric.. I bought a huge bolt of a lovely cotton at a local charity shop but it's obviously been sitting in someones loft/cellar and needs a good wash before I use any of it. Is it a really bad idea to unroll the whole lot and chuck it in the machine? I'm guessing there's a good 10+ metres on there, I'm worried I won't be able to get it back on the roll!
Would I be better off washing each cut as and when I'm ready to use it?

Ta! ♥
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Secret Garden altered scrap dress on: September 11, 2012 05:31:21 AM
Thanks folks Smiley It's currently hanging up along the picture rail in my studio alongside another I'm working on and the one that the beautiful Cassadee made for me in the original swap. Getting a nice little collection going here Cheesy
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper Mushroom Tutorial ♥ on: September 11, 2012 04:35:08 AM
Thanks for all the comments and 'this rocks' clickies! They're so much fun to make Cheesy
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Mushroom Tutorial ♥ on: September 06, 2012 11:22:57 AM
Hey Folks! I'm back with another tutorial for you! ♥ It's Paper Mushroom time, these are AMAZING centrepieces and you can customise to your heart's content Smiley Big and little mushies, use as wedding decs, table centrepieces, ornaments.. you name it Cheesy

Firstly apologies I don't have a huge amount of step-by-step photos of these but the process is extremely simple and hopefully the text will be enough - the photos that I have taken were shot on my phone and point and shoot camera so hopefully they will suffice!
My partner and I were in charge of table centrepieces at my Dad's surprise 50th birthday party this summer. As kids he used to take my sister and I mushroom-hunting all the time so it seemed fitting to create a mushroom-orientated display that would be eye-catching and a little bit different.
These were so much fun to make and look great! I now have 60 mushrooms floating about needing a home..!

What you'll need:

    Wallpaper paste
    Paint brushes
    Masking tape
    Glue gun

Step 1: Create your caps.
Start by cutting your mushroom caps. We had three different sizes and they all started as flat discs of thin cardboard - we just raked through the recycling and used what we could find. We'll call the different sizes S, M and L, and we used some round things as templates. S's were the open end of a champagne glass, M's were the inside of a masking tape reel and L's were the open end of a small cereal bowl. Cut as many or as little as you like - we ended up with 60 all together!

Next you want to shape them slightly, we made ours all a bit random so once they were bunched together in their displays they wouldn't look too uniform. Some were pointy cones and some more curved. The cones are simply a strait cut the radius of the circle (edge to centre) overlapped to create your cone. For the more curved ones we cut a tear shape with the narrow end of the tear being at the edge, overlapped in the same way as with the cones. We then used masking tape to secure the edges and cover the hole that was left at the centre. If my description here has confused anyone let me know and I'll draw a diagram for you!

Step 2: Paper mache time!
Mix up your wallpaper paste using the instructions on the package. Whilst you're waiting for your glue to settle, tear up a few pages of newspaper into a bowl. When your glue's all ready, cover the top of your caps with a thin layer and start layering newspaper over the top adding more glue and more paper as you go. Two or three layers should be more than enough - don't over-do it or they'll take forever to dry!
Leave to dry overnight (we put them in the airing cupboard). When they're dry, repeat with the undersides. This step's optional but if your cardboard has print on it or a shiny surface like ours did you'll want to go over it with your paper mache as your paint will adhere to it better.

Step 3: Colour!
Once dry, it's time to give your mushrooms a bit of colour! We weren't following any specific type of mushroom so went with the obvious choice of red and then mixed in a neutral yellow/brown to make them all a bit different. Paint. Allow to dry. If you want spotty mushrooms, now is the time to add some!

Step 4: Make your stems!
This step is easy-peasy once you get going but can get a bit tedious if you have a lot to do, like we did! Decide how tall or short you want your mushrooms. We varied ours from around 10-30cm. Take a sheet of newspaper, roll it up and twist it. Add a strip of paper around the base if you want to make it slightly thicker and secure by spiralling masking tape around the whole thing. For the taller stems we reinforced the centre with wire but so long as you twist your paper tight enough this may not be necessary.

Step 5: Paint!
Mix up an off white colour and paint the undersides of your caps and your stems. Using the same colour paint a couple of sheets of thin card in the same colour (this is for the rings which we'll add in step 6). Allow all your items to dry.

Step 6: Prepare and attach your rings!
Using the sheet(s) you painted in the last step, cut little strips to create the rings which will sit underneath the caps of each mushroom. Ours measured approximately 6cm X 3cm each. Carefully cut little slits along the length of each one making sure not to cut all the way across!
Attach with the painted surface facing outwards using a thin strip of masking tape and wrapping them around the top of each stem.

Step 7: Glue your caps and stems together!
Heat up your glue gun. One at a time, put a blob of glue in the centre underside of your cap. Allow a few seconds for it to cool and go slightly tacky before poking a stem ring-side into the glue. Hold for a little while until you're happy the glue has set enough to let go. Place in a glass or jar and continue until you've completed them all.

Display however you like. We used some moss and different sized glasses and jars with a few tea lights spread out randomly (far enough away from the paper mushrooms to not cause a fire!). You could put them in little vials.. vintage bottles or mason jars. Whatever you do, I'd love to see the outcome! Enjoy ♥
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Secret Garden altered scrap dress on: August 01, 2012 05:51:52 AM
So I finished one of my altered dresses from YONKS ago, you can see a bit of progress and tonnes of inspiration in our sew-along thread here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354356.0 Here's the finished thing!

It started off as this ugly boring plain slip-over-your-head type white linen dress which I don't have any photos of. I picked it up in a charity shop for about 2 or something! I tea-stained it and chopped the bottom off so I had a bodice base garment. The skirt is made out of a vintage circular table cloth which I also picked up at a charity shop for a couple of . I cut the waist hole slightly closer to one edge so it would be longer at the front than the back.

I then stitched a bunch of lace, doilies and ribbon to the bodice until it looked HIDEOUS. I added a big waist tie and a zip to the side.

I then chucked it in a bag for a year or so to fester. The I found it again and decided to mess around with it. I bunched up the skirt as it looked far too flat.

And then chucked it back in it's fester-hole for a couple more months. UNTIL! I had a photoshoot coming up with a friend so dragged it back out, grabbed a bunch of scraps and got as far as the next image, at which point, my sewing machine broke - probably due to the thickness of the fabric, I don't know (I had a repair quote through yesterday HOLY OMG NOT COOL) So I continued and embellished by hand Smiley

And here are the finished piccies with a couple from the shoot ♥

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