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 on: Today at 08:34:01 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by roler
Prompt:  June - Tattooed Man
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Johnny's Flowers
Project Link: I used this tutorial: http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2011/07/22/diy-storybook-paper-roses/ (Thanks so much, gozer, for showing it to me!)
Brief Description:   As you can see, these roses are made of a lot of printed materials!  They're cut from magazine pages featuring some pop stars that my friends and I REALLY love and go to see all the time together!  One of our group is getting married this weekend, and when she moved in to her new apartment with her new husband, she had to get rid of a lot of old magazines.  So I'm cutting up those magazines and making flower arrangements for her after-reception party! I actually hope to make 15 flowers all together, for five bouquets of three (about 20 people are coming to the after-party), but just these three took all evening.  Maybe the others will be another project? Anyway, it's going to be a busy week!
Project Picture:

 on: Today at 07:53:02 AM 
Started by jillybeans - Last post by jillybeans
Here is another pair of painted toddler shoes.  I don't like my shoes to be all the same, so whenever I get request for the same theme, I try to make it unique from the previous shoes.  So, here is Minnie Mouse in reds and yellows.  The shoe was a plain black canvas, toddler sized, painted with Tulip soft fabric paints and brushes.

Thanks for looking!

 on: Today at 07:48:37 AM 
Started by jillybeans - Last post by jillybeans
Hi everyone!  These have to be my favorite pair of shoes that I've painted so far.  Doctor Who!!!  And they are just tiny little fellows!  So cute!  They were a plain tan canvas shoe painted with Tulip soft fabric paint and brushes.  I think I need a pair now!  If I ever find time to craft for myself!  Lol!

Thanks for looking!

 on: Today at 06:53:56 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by noodle-bug
Rather behind schedule (as the recipients birthday is today!) I finished this yesterday, and I have to congress I quite like having it be my first submission of the term...

Subject; DADA
House; ravenclaw
This game board carry envelope is for my cousin's boyfriend, he goes to a game board evening every well and normally wraps them up in plastic bags to keep them dry and protected, so she asked if I would make a more sustainable version!
The outer layer is waterproof, it's the stuff for making table cloths from! But since Kyle loves to travel and his favorite board game (and mine! Ticket to Ride) is based on a map, this print seemed appropriate

Most of the work in this project isn't actually in the final piece; I spent hours practicing working with this thick shiny slippy fabric, and had to redesign the construction I wanted to have our be workable for me (I'm sure a more experienced seamstress would have been ok!)
I've also never added a buckle before, the button on the stopper is inset to sit flat (K is for Kyle, his name :-) ) which I've never done before
It's also twice lined, one in stuffing to add protection and one in fabric. All the lining is properly structured to mimic the bag.
We measured up a load of game boxes to work out the best size to for most of them (they are a couple of outliers, but to fit those the bag would have been unwieldy, not useful for all the rest...)

The binding took an age, that's another area I practiced loads before starting on the real thing. I've done binding before but always felt it wasn't great and let projects down, whereas I was pretty pleased with how this turned out

And a little pocket inside to store cards or what not. That was going to be placket but I ran out of tune so it's just simple patch. The label is in that weird place to act as a patch over a small last minute snipping accident (I genuinely thought I was going to cry for a second before I thought of putting the lable over it!)
My cousin was super pleased with it and I guys I'll hear later if the birthday boy agrees too!!

 on: Today at 06:13:36 AM 
Started by alwaysinmyroom - Last post by Kookaloo_Starr
It's for tying babies to their Mommy, I hemmed a 6 yard long rectangle,tapered the ends and sewed a patch on  Cheesy
Here's my sister with her Granddaughter using one

 on: Today at 06:12:17 AM 
Started by Smmarrt - Last post by Abbeeroad
I received from cmarion3!! It's so wonderful and amazing. I'm sitting in a plane delayed at the gate so I'll only be able to post one pic from my phone but the back is wonderfully finished with the quote "storms make oaks take deeper root." A wonderful interpretation, cmarion3!!

Thank you!!

 on: Today at 05:53:20 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by moriarT
Prompt:  June - Sword Swallower
Team: Randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Rye and cucumber pickle juice bread
Project Link: NA
Brief Description: I love baking, and one of my greatest passions is baking bread. I was a baking/patisserie student a few years ago, but now am working as a breakfast chef and I am really not baking nearly enough. I am finally in a house with a suitable kitchen where I can pleasure bake as much as my heart desires. This recipe is from a book gifted to me by my boyfriend called the Handmade Loaf by Dan Lepard, it is a truly brilliant book and I look forward to trying more of the recipes from it.
This project falls under the sword swallower category for a few different reasons. Dan Lepard instructs you to knead the dough in brief ten second bursts, with ten minute rests between on an oiled surface. I am used to giving my bread a long knead on a floured surface, and I was unsure how his method would turn out - success! And much easier on the arm muscles! Rye is a very difficult flour to work with due to it's incredibly low gluten content, I have only worked with it once or twice before, and that was when I was studying several years ago!! I was nervous the loaves wouldn't turn out well, but they were delicious! Also! I have to use a super sharp blade to slash the loaves, or else the crust would just tear and not have that lovely sharp line!
Next time I bake this I think I will turn them into rueben sandwiches, the rye and pickle are just screaming out for it!
Project Picture:

300g bread flour
200g rye flour
10g fresh dill, finally chopped
5g instant yeast
10g salt
cucumber pickle juice 350g

Preheat oven to 200'C, spread rye flour over a baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes until a light tan colour.
Allow to cool, then mix both flours and salt.
Combine yeast, pickle juice and dill, then combine wet and dry mixes with your hands until roughly combined.
Cover bowl, rest for ten minutes.
Tip onto a lightly oiled bench, knead for ten seconds. Cover. Rest ten minutes. Repeat twice.
Sit in a warm draft free area for an hour and a half. Shape the dough in to one or two rounds or batons, cover, and let prove for a further hour, or until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 210'C, slash loaves and bake until golden brown and the base sounds hollow when tapped. Mine took around 25 minutes.
Serve with lashings of butter, cheese, and the left over pickles!

 on: Today at 03:34:49 AM 
Started by alwaysinmyroom - Last post by Kookaloo_Starr
Not ever so crafty but I deserve praise for the ironing involved haha I made a Moby/Hana type wrap for Grandson #1 (8 days late arriving so far) It has a centre seam as the fabric wasn't quite long enough in one piece, I used a French sean and stretch stitch and went over the seam a few times,the I topstitched too - I want the seam to hold! I added a patch to the centre front.

 on: Today at 12:28:16 AM 
Started by Watsonc7 - Last post by crazyda79
I received from DaphadillyArt today.  3 gorgeous patches.

first in my constellation theme: orion

Next in my pregnancy and infant loss awareness (PAIL) theme: a PAIL ribbon

And last is a fabulous quote for my PAIL theme

Thank you so much! i love them all! Great additions to my collection!

 on: Today at 12:21:00 AM 
Started by blupaisan - Last post by crazyda79
I received a gorgeous hoop from lindyv321 today! Love the beautiful beach scene!

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