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1  Bohemian Oasis - blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by Donella on: September 13, 2013 12:45:32 AM
My sister got married in this year and I really wanted to make their wedding present myself Smiley I decided on crocheting a large blanket (despite me never having completed a large crochet project before) and landed on Drops' pattern called Bohemian Oasis Smiley I just think the colours and style is absolutely beautiful and I felt the style really suited my sister Smiley It took me 5 months to finish, but the fact that it was a wedding present motivated me to keep going and actually finish it Smiley Now I'm bit by the blanket-bug, heehee Smiley

The blanket is made using Drops Delight and Fabel and I made the blanket much larger than the pattern said, so it's about 1,6m x 2,1m. That's 221 squares in total! My sister and brother in law absolutely loved it Smiley

Here's all the finished squares Smiley I love all the different colours Smiley the photo doesn't do them proper justice..

Layed out before I connected them all Smiley

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2  Cereal box earring and paper covered bangles in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Donella on: December 13, 2012 12:33:19 AM
I've been making paper beads for over 2 years now and decided it was time to try other paper ideas Smiley

I used an old cereal box to make these beads. By using the inside out, I got that natural card stock surface, so I could paint it. I used watercolours and then a matte varnish.



I've seen lots of really cool decoupage bangles out there and I really wanted to make my own Smiley I finally found some untreated wooden bangles in a craft store and decided to cover them in narrow strips of magazine paper. It took quite a while to cut and glue them all, but I love the outcome Smiley

For this one, I chose autumn colours and painted the edge and inside with black acrylics.

I wanted the two bangles to be very different, so this time I went for pastels. The strips are even narrower and I went for an oblique angle (is that the right term??). This time I covered the inside with paper too. I wanted to use one long strip, but this proved very difficult and I put in small squares instead and covered all the joints(?) with pink and blue strips.

What do you think? Smiley
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3  Lots and lots of paper tube beads :) (pic heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Donella on: June 04, 2012 09:23:58 AM
Recently I've been collaborating with 3 other creative ladies to make the designs that go on my paper tube beads Smiley The designs are all so different, in colours and styles Smiley It's been lots of fun and here are the results Smiley What do you think?

The first pair I designed myself, with a vector of Liv Tyler Smiley

From the collaboration project:

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4  Paper beads with a twist :) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Donella on: March 09, 2012 01:53:16 AM
Hi again Smiley

Lately I've been trying out new techniques and materials for my paper bead jewellery Smiley And I wanted to show you Smiley

The very first pair I've used Ice Pearl Laquer and some silver metallic paint. There are small glass balls and glitter in the laquer, which creates a really interesting look and texture.

I also wanted to use the glass balls without the glitter, so I mixed them in with my regular decoupage varnish. I also bought some metallic/lustre paints from Colourcraft. I've been wanting to make round paper beads for ages and finally figured out how Smiley These beads have been painted after I rolled them.

I've been making more typical paper beads too Smiley Here's a necklace I made from a beautifully illustrated children's book Smiley

Green cone beads Smiley

And tiny blue beads Smiley

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5  Paper bead earrings again :D in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Donella on: November 20, 2011 10:30:47 AM
I'm still making them and it's more fun than ever!! I've been learning and experimenting with new wire techniques Smiley Here's a selection of my newest creations Smiley

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6  Paper bead goodness :) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Donella on: September 20, 2011 01:33:30 AM
Here are some of my latest paper bead earring Smiley)

I especially love these ones. I used watercolour illustration to make the beads.

I love bright colours and contrasts Smiley

My first attempt at weaving paper beads.

I've been designing paper tube beads inspired by Zentangles/zendoodles. I made 14 pairs in total:

Here are two of the earrings:

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7  More paper bead earrings + my very first necklace :D in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Donella on: September 01, 2011 01:42:37 AM
I feel like I'm mass-producing jewellery now, but it's so much fun Cheesy

I came across this photo of a beach dress with a really colourful pattern on it and thought it would make great tube beads. I made so many that I decided to make earring and a matching necklace. I have never made necklaces before, so I was very excited. So excited infact, that I couldn't wait till the next day and ended up sitting in bed in the middle of the night making jewellery. Fun times Smiley

I've also made more wire wrapped earrings. I feel like I've found a style that really suits me and my beads.

What do you think?
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8  Newest paper bead earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Donella on: August 24, 2011 11:22:22 AM
Here are the latest earrings I made.  I feel like I've improved so much since I started making jewellery this spring Smiley

I love how there's a random T in there Tongue

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9  New paper bead earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Donella on: August 09, 2011 01:45:21 AM
I decided to open an Epla-shop this weekend. It's just like Etsy, but specifically for Norway. But since I didn't have that many earrings left, I had to make more. I've been trying a few new styles this time Smiley what do you think?

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10  Replica of an 1827-9 wedding dress (as a day dress) in Costumes: Completed Projects by Donella on: July 29, 2011 02:56:29 PM
I just graduated with a BA (Hons) in Costume making and this was my final project. I decided to replicate a 1827-9 wedding dress from Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion" book, but I didn't want to make it as a wedding dress. The dress has so many beautiful details and I felt they got lost when everything was ivory coloured. So I decided to turn it into a day dress and choose different colours. I spent a lot of time researching and sourcing the right fabrics and colours for this period and ended up spending WAY more on materials than intended... But I reckon it was totally worth it. I went to Gloucester Folk Museum to study the original dress in order to recreate the dress historially accurate, but when I came to actually make the dress, I had to compromise a bit on account of using different fabrics and working with a different size as well. I wanted the dress to fit a modern person, namely my little sister. This dress featured in our Graduate Exhibition where I won the prize for the best exhibited costume Smiley

Illustration of the original dress:

Here are some progress photos:

Making the sleeves:

Making the bodice:

Determining the size and shape of the collar and then making it:

Attaching the bottom frill:

Finished for hand-in:

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