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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures) on: March 08, 2008 11:16:37 PM
Oh, it's YOU! I just realized that you're the girl with the pretty ruffle suit reconstruction from challenge 24 (I'm a bit slow sometimes Wink)
And now you made this awesome bag. I'm impressed!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Belle & Sebastian & Pacman on: March 07, 2008 02:15:26 PM
I really like the idea of a felt cover for a CD. Yours is cute!
Did you use a plastic case inside or how does it work?

And the ghost (which one is orange? Clyde?) is a great alternative to the star. And it's nearer to the actual shape of an ipod.
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: fun rainbow book! on: March 05, 2008 04:25:57 PM
Wow, that's colorful!

I can see why you are afraid of ruining it, I would propably feel the same. If you want to put something in it, I would stick to the color theme and do each "page" in a matching color.

The closure is awesome. The ends of the ribbon make it look like wings.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bright Flowers Tape Measure Cozy on: March 05, 2008 09:41:01 AM
What a great and ingenious idea! It's decorative and still functional, that's a big plus.
Now that my tape measures have seen it, they want cozies too.  Grin

I don't see what you mean by "the stitching does not line up" so it can't be that bad Wink
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Hamburg Ahoi! on: March 05, 2008 05:33:09 AM
Thank you all so much for your wonderful and lovely comments. I'm really, really touched! Smiley

Actually it wasn't as much work as it seems. I don't consider myself an expert for embroidery, this is the biggest project I've done so far.
I just discovered embroidery for me, normally sewing is more my thing. I was surprised how fast it went, it just took me a couple of days on and off. It's easy and a lot of fun, I encourage everyone to try it out.
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Woodburning + Acrylic: Skull, Raven & Tulip on: March 04, 2008 05:34:00 AM
I usually don't like woodburning but in combination with color and with your sketchy style it look really, really beautiful! I'm surprised what you can do with (in my opinion) boring techniques if you got some talent.
17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Hamburg Ahoi! on: March 04, 2008 05:28:55 AM
Hello everyone!
This is my first challenge entry, so I'm a bit nervous Wink English is not my native language and I apologise for any mistake I may make.
Let's start with a picture of what I did because everyone wants pictures, right?

I've had the idea for my project in mind for some time and when this challenge came about I knew I had to participate. I never even had to think hard about the place I live or how I could work its features into a project. It all came together naturally and I think it fits this challenge's theme perfectly.
I have lived in Hamburg, Germany for 6 years now. Hamburg is Germany's second-largest city and located at a river close to the North Sea. Hamburg Harbour is the second-largest port in Europe. The city's official name is "Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg" (referring to the ancient European trading association, the Hanse). So of course seafaring (i had to look that word up Wink) and trade have always been important around here.

Hamburg is a beautiful city, I immediately fell in love with it when I first moved here. It's got a city center with two lakes which looks a bit like Venice,
it's got a beach where one can spend the day watching the container ships moving up and down the river Elbe. It's a great place to live and it has this maritime flair which I love.
Of course my challenge project had to incorporate this spirit.
I have this German Navy coat which basically was okay as it was. Still, it could do with a little something to make it more "me" and more unique as well.
(This is what it looks like from the front, in case you are interested)

I've had the idea of designing a traditional sailor's tattoo with seagulls instead of swallows (because seagulls are everywhere around here) for a while but
did not approach it until this challenge. To start with I had a hard time with the seagulls. They were supposed to resemble typical tattoo-swallows while still being recognizable as seagulls (and not doves). In the end I drew a whole tattoo design around them. The tattoo includes quite a few other elements each of which stands for something. And it's quite suitable for a navy jacket, isn't it?

I embroidered and appliqued it on the back of the jacket. I'm still thinking about adding more to the sleeves. It's like having a real tattoo, I think. Once you started there is no stopping. Wink

The anchor of course means home, coming home, staying. The small stars and the cross at the top are taken from Hamburg's coat of arms. The nautical stars in red and green are coloured according to the position lights on a ship. Red is portside (left) and green is starboard (right). And the heart is for love, needless to say. I added the waves to give it more background. I thought about adding clouds as well but decided against it.

Here are some pictures of the work in progress:

So, I hope you like my contribution. Even if nothing more comes from this challenge I am glad to have this piece done (which would have taken a lot longer if it wasn't for the deadline). It makes me happy. Smiley
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: flowery pinafore inspired by Mooka Kinney on: March 04, 2008 05:28:14 AM
Great style, it looks really good on you!

I think it would also be cute with really big buttons in a contrasting color.
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: "8 stars of gold on a field of blue"...er tarp on: March 04, 2008 05:24:17 AM
Great idea! I like how it got some stiffness due to the material.
That is by sure one of the most stylish raincoats i have ever seen.
20  EUROPE / GERMANY / Re: Wie seid Ihr.... on: March 04, 2008 05:17:26 AM
Hi Astro Cheesy

Das ist ja witzig, hier so viele von N&S zu sehen. Ich drft mal raten mit welchem Nick ich dort bin Wink

Ich hab ehrlichgesagt keine Ahnung mehr wie ich hergekommen bin. Craftster ist schon so lange in meinen Bookmarks...
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