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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Green polka dots - old top and rubbish knit no more! on: May 20, 2008 02:41:27 PM
I think green is probably my favourite colour. So sometimes I pick things up in sales that are green, but also pretty ugly. Like this sweater. Much work needed, I think!

Enlisting the help of an old polka dot top that was just never the right shape and a handful of mismatched vintage buttons, I gave it a bit of a makeover. Now it looks like this!

The stitching has wrinkled a bit cause the knit is REALLY stretchy, but I'm ok with it. Kind of adds to the effect, I think  Cheesy
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dandelion Macros on: May 20, 2008 12:19:51 AM
I know everyone's taking pictures of dandelions at this time of year. Well, so am I. Here's what I came up with:

I'm using the last one as my desktop picture at work at the mo (I work in a design studio so have a mahoosive screen) and I love it!  Cheesy
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Man shirt to girl shirt! on: May 11, 2008 09:03:36 AM
This started life as a man's shirt, but it was from a cheapy shop, so the fit wasn't brilliant, and it was quickly cast off by other half right into my clothes magpie grasp! Yay!

I loved the print on the fabric, but mansize I am not, and so I set about girlifying it. It's a mixture of a heavily altered Simplicity 3777 and a large amount of winging. It's not 100% finished, as you can probably see with the pins, cause I can't decide if I want 2 buttons on the underbust band, or just one. I was too excited not to post it though  Cheesy

And here's a (shoddy) before pic:

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My brown and green invites! on: March 24, 2008 02:57:54 AM
I've finally finished batch one of my wedding invites, and was so excited I had to share! The colours are brown and green, and because neither of us are particularly traditional types, we wanted something a bit modern and cute and no 'requests the pleasure of your company' kind of business.

I designed them in photoshop, using free flower brushes downloaded off the internet and colour input from future husband. There's a layer of very pale green floral designs under the text, and then obviously the brown layer frames it all. They're printed on ivory card, in 3 pieces - the essential info - the directions, map and hotel info, and then an RSVP slip with boxes to tick to say yay or nay, and contact info for us. Each part has a hole punched in the corner, eyelet in, and then all held together with the ribbon bow. Then I bought ribbed brown paper envelopes to put them in.

I gave out the first batch yesterday when I saw my side of the family for Easter, and so far they're a hit! Is there anything better for a craftster than when someone says 'wow, I love this, where did you get it?' and you can say 'I made it!'?  Cheesy

15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / History, the seaside and happiness! (In photos) on: March 06, 2008 05:02:12 AM
It was my birthday this Sunday, and my lovely man took me on a surprise trip to Whitby (English seaside town). So of course i took my camera!

It was REALLY windy, so some of them are just off focus as I was being so blown around, but on the whole, I really like them. I also had problems with the abbey and its straightness, because it is medieval, and so totally un-straight and un-symmetrical. Not to worry!

Boat moored up in the harbour

Detail of fishermans baskets

Whitby abbey, now in ruins after general decline and being bombed in World War 2

The abbey again from the inside

A sign with varying exotic destinations and the distance to them in nautical miles

The pier, looking out to see. And just obscured by that man in orange you can only just see is the bench where my OH asked me to marry him on Saturday Cheesy

16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Geisha paintings and a butterfly! on: January 17, 2008 02:34:38 AM
My boyfriend recently decided he didn't have enough art in his life, and he was going to learn to draw. I used to draw and paint a lot, but haven't really done much since I finished my A levels 9 years ago. I just couldn't resist all his new art materials lying around the house, though! (He's doing pretty well with it too!)

This was copied from a photo I found on the internet, so I'm probably breaking all manner of copyright laws, but I'm not selling it, so oh well! It's gouache on cartridge paper.

Also from a t'internet photo, this is acrylics on coated acrylic paper.

And a butterfly, in black ink and coloured pencils.

Hope you like them. I'd like to get more practice in and then do some big canvases for our house - some of the walls are a bit bare!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another faux-messenger - with stars! on: August 19, 2007 01:40:41 PM
Another day, another messenger-ish bag. Black denim again, lined in black twill with leather stars and straps and copper rivets. I love it.

And just for fun, I made special pockets inside - it's hard to see the detail against the black, but you can just make out the 'iPod' and 'Gum and Pills' pockets! I'm easily pleased. There's also 'Purse', 'Phone, 'Keys' and the ever useful 'Stuff' pockets, for all my essentials Smiley


18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Kimono-Bag: easy messenger-style on: August 17, 2007 06:09:45 AM

I've seen a lot of these foldy-over type bags in the shops (all the looks of a messenger bag without any of the fannying around) and as I've got a day off, I decided to give it a whirl!

The construction is basically just an overly long jordy bag. The straps are attached halfway down, so the top flops over, and I just added a strap and button to keep it down, so thieving fingers can't find their way in when I am in more unsavoury parts of town. Could not be easier.

It's made of black denim with a Japanese kimono cotton strip for a bit of interest, interfaced and lined in cream starred cotton. The button is vintage.

The lining, showing my twin secret patch-pockets:

And in action:

19  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / everyone needs a fat bottom.. on: April 16, 2006 12:10:14 PM
i finally finished my fat bottom bag! i love this pattern, and started it almost as soon as i got the book, but took a break to make the short and sweet shrug. anyway, i was round at my aunts today for a family easter party and wanted to take it, so crocheted my face off and got it done just in time  Smiley

i used 2 balls of patons spritz in black ice, about 1/5 of a ball of the same in spritzer, and 1 ball of some random cheap grey wool/acrylic i found on the painfully cheap yarn stall in the local market. the sparkly bag handles were a lucky cheap find in the normally outrageously expensive fabric shop in town, and i used a couple of buttons and some cute teal ribbon to make it my own. i really love it, and i think i even impressed mr. kaffrin this time  Shocked 

(he admired the work i put into the shrug, but thinks it looks like a crochet chainmail vest. the concept of shrugs is entirely alien to males, i think)

20  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / short and sweet - me and the shrug... on: April 14, 2006 05:39:18 AM
this is my first real crochet project, and i'm a little bit impressed with myself. i bought the book weeks ago, and fell in love with this pattern straight away, but after fannying about a bit looking for suitable yarn (my local area is barren of yarn other than crappy acrylic or pink eyelash) i ended up getting some off a US ebay seller (i'm in the UK) so with the shipping and whatnot, well, it look longer than i would have liked to get started.

oh yeah, and i had to teach myself to crochet.

ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration. i could whip up a square of single or double crochet without much of a problem. any further that that and i was lost. not any more though. my grandma is a lifelong knitter but has never been able to crochet (despite her mum being a pro), and she is well impressed with my efforts.

presenting my short and sweet shrug. endorsed by grandma.  Cheesy

because i'm a weird shape, i opted to make the small size, even though i knew it would in no way come close to covering the girls, cause the medium would have been crazy big on me. so, because it hangs a little oddly on me, i think it looks nicer with a fastening at the bottom. it's closed with a hairpin in the photo. i'm thinking either a ribbon closure or a cute button/fancy pin.

oh, and it's my boobs that are uneven, not my crocheting  Wink

i chose to do only 4 rows on the sleeves, rather than the 8 in the pattern, cause i have stumpy little arms, but on reflection, looking at the photos i think i might go back and do the other 4 rows, cause they do look a bit short.

i'm very excited about this whole crochet lark now. thank god someone finally published a book that makes sense to me, and with nice projects i might actually want in there. big thanks to all involved.

i'm now halfway through the fat bottom bag, and am eyeing up the knot ugly shrug as my next clothing foray  Grin

so yay, crochet me happy!
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