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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I pimped my bicycle :) on: August 22, 2011 12:19:32 AM
Here's how it looked before... Silver and purple frame. I wasn't too keen to say the least.

The paint work is by no means perfect - but it'll do! I took the stickers off the frame and sanded it lightly before cleaning it and gave it two coats of black enamel varnish. The crocheted seat cover was done without a pattern - I just traced the seat contours to make a template, crocheted the top bit flat, then crocheted a "skirt" around the whole thing and finished off by adding elastic. Job done!



Wouldn't mind getting some new handle bar grips and a fancy bell to complete the look...
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hoodie + skirt = dress on: November 13, 2009 08:17:39 AM
So, I had this black velour hoodie with a big white paint blob on... and a skirt that I love, but that was too big for me. I paired them up, added a wide black belt, and the result:



I literally just chopped the hoodie straight across just under the bust, and stitched the skirt onto it - I did nothing to the skirt at all, so if I change my mind and want to use it as a skirt again at some point, all I have to do is take my seam ripper and get rid of the hoodie. Oh, and alter the skirt to fit my new slimmer self.

There you have it - a fast and super duper easy refashion project!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Reupholstered storage stool + WIP pic of matching chair on: April 24, 2009 02:46:49 PM
We all love instant gratification, don't we?  Roll Eyes  I took this 5 stool, some fabric, a staple gun and 15 minutes, and voila - I now have somewhere for my yarn and knitting stuff to live! Grin



Someone had covered it before, with a really bland and totally uninspiring fabric. I took that off to see what was underneath, but that moss green textured fabric didn't exactly leave me jumping for joy either  - so I funked it up with a colourful floral. I'm reupholstering a rocking chair in that same fabric too, and here is a sneak peek WIP pic of my half-finished chair:



I think it is going to look great if I say so myself!  Cheesy

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned cardigan on: February 07, 2009 12:00:42 AM
So, I signed up for Wardrobe Refashion again, for 4 months this time(!) And here is my first refashion of this term:





This was previously a red cowl neck jumper, that in some mysterious way seemed to have - ahem - "shrunk". Out came a FQ of Garden Party fabric, and some buttons - and hey presto: an hour later it's wearable again.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fleece dress on: February 06, 2009 11:55:00 PM
I've been wanting a dress like this from Alveskogen for a while, but what do you do when the budget won't stretch to the original? Well you buy a cheap fleece blanket and quickly draft a pattern from an old top and a skirt - wing it in other words - and then you sew. And THEN, once you know the pattern works and fits... you order proper non-pilling fleece to make a couple more.



So, yes, this is a test. I am quite happy with how it turned out, and though it will be nicer to have one (or two) made from good quality fleece, I will probably still wear this one until the pilling gets unbearable. I wore it on Saturday until DS decided to wee on me. Potty training at it's finest...
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Reupholstered chair on: February 06, 2009 11:48:10 PM
I bought these two chairs separately, and have been meaning to reupholster them for a while, since they were in different fabrics, and both were very worn. I started with the worst one, and you can see the result on the left.



The chair I did first had already been reupholstered before, and underneath the top layer of fabric it turned out to be identical to the grey one (see photo below).



Here's a rough description of how I did it:

First I removed the armrests - easy. Then I took the back off. That was a PITA. It was nailed on good and proper, but after much swearing and elbow grease, I got it off. Then I carefully (??) removed the outer layer of fabric and used those pieces as a template to cut the new cover. I cut and sewed the new cover, and started reassembling the chair by attaching the new seat cover and reattaching the armrests. A staple gun came in very handy here. Then I slipped on the back cover, and (folding the new cover out of the way) nailed the back of the chair onto the seat, before finishing off by pulling the fabric taut and stapling into place.

I have to say though... if professional furniture restorers had seen my crude methods... they would cringe!

I guess I should get cracking on the second chair then... and I also have a rocking chair that I am doing up, but in a funkier fabric than these.

The cushion you see was screenprinted by hand by my very talented sister Elisabeth - check her out here and here!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / This was meant to be a slipper... on: February 06, 2009 11:41:05 PM
...but now it's a small handbag instead  Cheesy

A pattern for pocket slippers has been doing the craft blog rounds lately, and I thought they were so cute I decided to knit a pair or two - but after knitting one slipper I realised that I must have bigger feet that I think! They were supposed to be one size fits all, but there was no way they were gonna fit - for the record my feet aren't that huge, I'm a size 38 (UK size 5). So what's a girl to do? Improvise of course!



So I took two metal bangles and turned the slipper into a small handbag. The original slippers did after all look like little handbags, so it was the obvious solution.

I am altering the original pattern to fit a more average female foot - but for those of you with tiny feet, or those that want to make a small bag like mine, here's the original pattern:

Size 4mm knitting needles + yarn to fit

Cast on 5 sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Next Row: Inc in 2nd st of each row until you have 22 sts on the needle.
Next Row: Inc in each st to 44 sts.
Next Row: K2P2 for 6 inches.
Next Row: K2tog across giving you 22 sts.
Next Row: Dec in 2nd st at beginning of every row until you have 5 sts.
Knit 6 rows.

Cast off, fold in half and sew the K2P2 sides together and the 5 sts on top together to form strap. Decorate if desired.


I'll post the adjusted pattern when I have figured it out - but if you are impatient it shouldn't be too hard to alter it yourself.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / New and funky kitchen curtains :) on: January 13, 2009 12:53:05 AM
I finally got round to making curtains for the kitchen!



I'm pleased with how they turned out; they're just how I wanted them. They're just panel curtains and purely for decorative purposes - I don't need to ever close them since I have venetian blinds, and besides... that's the fire station just across the street and who'd want to pull the curtain on hot firemen?





Hah! I knew that would grab your attention!  Cheesy But before you get all excited about all these hot men in uniform... I'd better confess that I have never actually seen any there, I'm pretty sure they're just administrative offices on this side of the building... bummer! But a girl can dream, right?

And another confession: my kitchen is never this tidy really - When I want to take photos of my house I just shove all the mess out of shot. There, now you know.  Wink
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pimp my camera strap on: November 02, 2008 01:24:45 PM
That's what I did today  Grin

I think this is the closest category.... it's not a purse, bag or wallet - but it does fit the description "Make stuff to carry stuff"... Mods please feel free to move if necessary!

Ever since I bought my DSLR earlier this year I've been meaning to make a new strap for it to replace the rather uninspiring one that came with the camera. Then it dawned on me... if I make a slipcover, I can make loads of different ones and change the look of my strap to fit my mood!


 




[Please take no note of the unstyled hair, lack of make-up and the grainy "in the mirror" action shot - it was the only way I was gonna get a shot of this in action since it's attached to my camera and, umm... I kinda need my camera to take the pic!]
 
I did a tutorial too.. HERE
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Revamped lamp on: October 29, 2008 01:23:41 PM
Seriously. I have no idea what possessed me when I bought this lamp. It's about as bland, plain and uninspiring as can be, and slightly battered now after an incident involving a certain young man. I think it set me back about 2.50 in Wilkinsons a couple of years back. Maybe the price tag was the attraction? In any case I plead insanity at the time of purchase; please don't judge me harshly.



Thankfully, I had regained at least some of my sanity by the time Anna Maria Horner launched her "Garden Party" range of fabrics, and after drooling over the entire range for a while I bought a set of fat quarters. I've been hesitant to cut into those lovely FQs since I have a certain project in mind for some of them... but I finally took the plunge today. 10 minutes and half of a FQ of the "Centrepiece" fabric from the range totally transformed that lamp:



Ah, that's better. Much better.

(The little orange vase and olive green candlestick in the background are my finds from a jumble sale last weekend. Grin)
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