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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 1st birthday jungle party - help us please! on: August 16, 2010 11:36:51 AM

As mentioned in sweets caterpillar thread, I'm starting to think about my son's 1st birthday in Dec. As it's right around Christmas, I want to make sure we do something totally non-christmassy so that his birthday is kept totally separate.

His favourite toy is his giraffe blanket, so I'm thinking about a jungle themed party. This is where you come in. We're on a budget, so I'd love to hear your craftiest ideas please! I can bake, so will make the cake. I'm also not too bad at papercraft so can draft up some invites and decorations. But I'd like some of those special touches to make it different. Especially as he's one of a group of 5 friends that have all had babies within 4 months of each other - so lots of 1st birthday parties coming up!!

The only thing I would say is that I live on a small rock in the middle of the atlantic (off the coast of France). We're a little short on dollar/pound stores here but I can get stuff online of course.

I want to start now so that it's not all a panic and hopefully I can save some money.

Thank you!!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first sewing project! on: April 11, 2010 01:52:34 AM

I've just finished my first ever proper sewing project using my machine. I had been putting it off time and time again because I couldn't find the perfect project but then I figured I had to start somewhere.

I used the Ric-rac 1 hour tutorial that I found on another post (http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/01/1-hour-bag-tutorial.html). It didn't take me an hour - it took me about 3 but I am a total beginner. I dug out some fat quarters, chose a fabric and cut it to size, only to realise of course a handbag has 2 sides!! I didn't have enough to make both so picked a co-ordinating fabric hence the 2 different colours. I also had to do a fair bit of seam ripping when I sewed my handles in the middle of the lining and the outer fabric. Doh!! I guess that's what you get for sewing at 11pm when my 4 month old son is in bed. My sewing isn't neat enough yet to leave the edges of the handles out like the tute.

But anyway... Thought I'd post for some feedback. All is welcome!

Side 1

Side 2

Inside with pocket
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help! [best yarn for beginner?] on: April 06, 2010 09:05:35 AM
Hi all,

I just bought my first crochet hook and a book to teach myself how to crochet. However, I'm wondering what kind of wool/yarn to get? Is there a better type for beginners?

Any help/suggestions are muchly welcomed!

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Help with sewing felt on: November 19, 2009 04:53:30 AM

Hoping someone can help me out there. I'm in the process of making a Christmas stocking for my baby due in 2 weeks and I've just hit a stumbling block. I've used felt as it's a nice easy material and it has been a while since I used my sewing skills (or lack of!).

Will a blanket stitch be strong enough to hold the stocking when it's full (in a few years time!) or should I machine stitch the edge instead? I had wanted to blanket stitch it, but am worried now that it may not hold.

Thank you!

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Help with staining paper on: October 21, 2009 06:29:09 AM
Hello everyone!

I just have a quick question. I want to print some labels for my christmas presents saying that they are handmade by me, but would like to print them on tea-stained paper (would love to handwrite them, but am 34 weeks pregnant and would rather use the time on my gifts than labels in the few short weeks I have left before becoming a first-time mummy).

Has anyone tried this before? Will the paper go through the printer ok (obviously once dry!!)?
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