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21  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
22  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 ♥
23  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 ♥

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Sprucing up an outdated rental property (no paint, holes etc) help! on: August 01, 2012 04:01:37 AM

My partner and I have just secured a flat which we move into later this month. It's nice and spacious for us, but the decor is seriously outdated. The flooring is OK, but there is a striplight in the kitchen which is a bit retro (like you'd get in a school!) and it's very.. plain. Obviously being a rental we can't paint and don't want to put any holes in the walls so what ideas are there to spruce up places like this? I've searched high and low for inspiring blogs for this kind of thing but I can't find anything! I have a pinterest board sitting empty waiting for ideas but my brain isn't working!

Thanks for any help!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: July 26, 2012 03:55:41 AM
Thank you lovelies, here are photos ♥

If anyone is interested there is also a small write-up and more photos from the shoot on my blog (link in siggy). I've contacted my local sewing machine fixey-people so hopefully my machine will be fixed soon, I was JUST getting back into the swing of things too! ♥
26  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: July 19, 2012 02:57:48 AM
Updating with a new bit of progress. That doily on the front bust broke my machine Sad
Before (from yonks ago now):

27  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: July 16, 2012 02:01:21 AM
Lovesclutter, thoughts and hugs to you, feel better ♥
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea stained lace atlas dress on: July 16, 2012 01:54:03 AM
I read somewhere that tea-staining makes fabrics darken slightly with age--have you found that, or does the staining grow lighter with light-exposure? I've been wanting to try this with some white fabric I have around but haven't been sure about it.

I haven't found that yet, but then again I have only been tea-staining things for a couple of years. I do know that you need to set the stain in a vinegar solution (or something, I can't remember exactly what) as it will fade in the wash but it's very easy to re-stain Smiley
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: TUTORIAL - Old Vest top to Tiered Maxi Dress on: July 13, 2012 01:46:19 AM
AMAZING! I love your take it's fab, I especially love the straps at the back! Is the top part stretchy?
30  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: July 12, 2012 01:41:49 AM
Loves, excellent start! I love adding a cascading piece of lace to dresses and such Cheesy looking forward to more update photos!
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