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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / festival banners on: January 03, 2015 11:25:49 AM

My friend and i painted the entrance way banners for a festival we helped organise. I did the upwards hand and the top, she did the initial design and the downwards hand. She drew out the images on a4 paper, then we scaled them up just by eye using the grid method, sketched out in pen then went over in paint with brushes & rollers. I think they came our pretty good, though i wish we had known that the road sign would be there!
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / lentil & tomato salad on: January 02, 2015 06:34:54 AM

This is a super simple salad of cooked then cooled puy lentils, baby plum tomatoes, and celery. Couldn't be easier, but so tasty!
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 3D hoops & light up hoops on: January 02, 2015 06:17:45 AM
Some classic hoop in hoop action to depic the logo for a festival i worked at...

These hung in the entrance tent, but were all stolen by the end if the first day so i didn't get an action shot, but i was pretty pleased with them. They're just felt applique, a little embroidery, and some plastic mesh work but i think they came out quite striking

These hoops also hung in the entrance tent, i incorporated done electrics into them so they have flashy blue lights too  :-D they're just stitched onto felt
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Coders Notebook on: December 18, 2014 09:58:00 AM
a super simple craft, attaching old circuit boards (from an old laptop, in this case) to store brought notebooks and personalising them with stamped binary code letters (the recipients initial in this case)
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / tiny tree ornament books on: December 17, 2014 06:02:59 AM

i made 7 tiny book tree ornaments for a swap partner; the covert is card board, textured with gesso then painted with acrylic, and lettraset lettering for shortened versions of the book titles (they are abbreviations for the harry potter titles, but i wanted the nerdy-ness to be less obvious; this way they should be monogrammed or anything..) The pages are just cut from an old book, sewn in long stitch with Perle embroidery thread for a bit of sparkle! And the hanging thread is made from the same
The books have 1-3 signatures, depending on how thick the book it represents is
The inside of each covet is coloured with ink, just to stop it being glaring write
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Super Quick Cowl on: December 16, 2014 10:53:55 AM

I knitted this up in time it took to watch a film, and I'm a slow knitter so most people would be faster
I used 2 strands of sirdar hayfield yarn, on 20mm needles (!) - 29 stitches in the round, in moss stitch. I'm really pleased with how it came out - it's cosy & chunky, but smart enough to be dressed up too. And a perfect quick make gift  Cheesy maybe i would use a nicer quality yarn next time, as it is so simple i think that could make a big difference, especially something with a nice texture
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / couching & layering.... on: December 12, 2014 06:52:26 PM

I couched the cat face onto satin, in perle gold thread. Then used rivits to attach it to thick (3.5mm) leather, and then riveted that to black velvet, which i mounted into the hoop.
A kind of weird experiment, I'm not sure i really like it (mostly because to get a good tension on the fabrics, they are pulled out of shape and the applique lines aren't circular any more) but i had fun playing!
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / 'junker Jane' style art doll; Kyoto Kaori on: December 12, 2014 06:43:04 PM
A geisha doll

Hand sewn from cottons and linen, with rough cut silk strips as hair and an old eating as a hair peice  :-) i wad pleased with the hair especially. Then stained and embroidered
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / fabric origami; 'yuki' basket style bag on: December 09, 2014 10:56:11 AM

This bag is made from 2 fat quarters sewn back to back (to make one flat square of fabric - if you had something with an attractive wrong side you could just use that), which is them folded into shape with no structural sewing to hold it in place! It's a take on a traditional japanese style of origami with fabric, so i used thick silks with weaves that reminded me of kimono designs.  I really enjoyed this, i was very sceptical if it would work so was really pleased that the basket held it's shape... Even once out was full of a pamper kit for my mum (champage, nice bath stuff, book... So fairly heavy, and the basket carried them easily, just by holding the handle in one hand).
I also made some cover buttons.with left over scraps and added those to put on the finishing touch, and i used one to hold the two handles together to maker carrying easier, but if you wanted to be able to reuse the fabric you could skip that, it isn't really necessary.
The side flaps that are shown down in the picture can be folded up to cover the contents, the other side of them is the same as the
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / AVery Weasley Bookmark on: December 09, 2014 04:38:45 AM
A simple make, but I'm pretty pleased with how this came out - the bookmark has charms to represent the weasley kids (and pets)

An Egyptian charm for bill, a dragon for Charlie, P for Percy (or prefect or pinhead), a banana skin for the prankster twins, a weasley is our king crown for ron, a quidditch player for ginny, plus pigwidgeon & errol - all on woven embroidery thread strings
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