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1  Re: Mug Rug Swap Gallery! (SendOut Feb 22) in The Swap Gallery by LostInOz on: March 07, 2011 02:28:41 PM
WhiteSheep received a while back, but she's mislaid her camera, so here's some pics!

WhiteSheep likes Nightmare Before Christmas, so that's how I themed the front:

The back was in green fabrics, which was one of her favourite colours!

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2  Re: Mug Rug Swap Gallery! (SendOut Feb 22) in The Swap Gallery by LostInOz on: February 22, 2011 04:32:02 PM
I received my second mug rug today, from the lovely goldsheepbowl! I looked up the tracking number, and it said it had been delivered, but it wasn't on my desk... I started to get impatient. Went into a meeting, came out 20minutes later, and there it was! It's like magic.

Here's the pictures- I love it so much!

The front- the colours are fantastic, and MORE Amy Butler fabric (honestly, I can never ever ever have enough Cheesy ). Goldsheepbowl's piecing is fantastic... puts mint to shame!

The back-- isn't the fabric so cute?

In use-- that mug is huge (and the Dallas one in the picture of the rug WhiteSheep sent is too), so both my rugs are a great size!

Thanks again, goldsheepbowl! I love it!!
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3  Re: Mug Rug Swap Gallery! (SendOut Feb 21) in The Swap Gallery by LostInOz on: February 06, 2011 05:26:28 AM
All three mugs so far are lovely! I received from WhiteSheep on Friday-- perfect at the end of a long week Cheesy

Here's the pictures-- I love it, it's so pretty Smiley



Great size!!

Thanks so much, WhiteSheep! The fabrics are perfect-- all Amy Butler... my favourite Cheesy I've made a bag out of one of the fabrics before!
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4  Red dress, white spots- I love polka dots! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LostInOz on: September 12, 2010 12:33:28 PM

I love red, I love polka dots, and I pretty much love this dress! I used a cotton jersey, and modelled it in part on another dress I own.

The only part I would do differently is the front of the bodice- I didn't add enough fabric to account for the pleats in the bust, so it's *quite* low cut if left as is. I've put a couple of stitches to hold it together a bit more, but next time, I'll make the pattern piece wider. You can kind of see how it sits funny in this picture:

This last photo is probably the closest to the true colour- the first shots were taken at dusk, so are a little washed out:

I don't often make clothes, so I'm really happy with how this came out, especially without a commercial pattern! I didn't hem it, the jersey is non-fraying, so I just cut it off at a good length.

P.S. The seams are straight... the body underneath, not so much Cheesy
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5  Amy Butler Weekender Travel Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by LostInOz on: September 12, 2010 12:04:11 PM

I've been lusting after the Amy Butler Weekender Travel Bag pattern for months (if not years), ever since I first saw it posted on Craftster. I bought the pattern earlier in the year, then went on a mission to purchase just the right fabric. In the end, I managed to find some Amy Butler decorator weight fabric online, which I had shipped over to the UK from the US (complete with tax and ridiculous Post Office charges), and bought the rest here in London. One thing to note-- haberdashery is reallllly expensive here. Urgh.

I finally set to work, it probably took me a month and a half (in small chunks) to finish it off. I've given my thoughts in detail in a post scheduled to publish on my blog tomorrow, but here's the most important parts:

  • I wouldn't say the pattern is difficult so much as challenging. It gets cumbersome in places, and it's frustrating working with such thick layers, but technically it's not too difficult.
  • I struggled with the piping. My zipper foot doesn't let me crowd it as closely as I'd like- I think next time, I might look at investing in a piping foot.

  • I found that the non-interfaced section of the large exterior pockets skewed when I stitched the top. I can't work out why- has anyone else had this problem? The only thing I can think of is the fabric feeding through the machine at different weights, in which case I'll use a walking foot next time to try and get it more even. It made basting the large pockets difficult, as the seam allowance was larger than recommended (and therefore hard to hide when adding the piping)

The fabric is from the Amy Butler Nigella range, and I used Timtex rather than Peltex 70 as suggested in the pattern (Peltex isn't available in the UK/Australia, Timtex still is and is the closest equivalent, according to the internet). I'm really happy with how it turned out, I can't wait to take it on my next trip!

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated (particularly any ideas on improving the piping, it was only my first try)!
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6  My wayward gingerbread house- inspired by Up! in CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES by LostInOz on: January 03, 2010 08:01:33 AM

When I saw that this month's challenge was for gingerbread houses, I was excited, since I'd already planned to bake a gingerbread house this month. So I found my inspiration, spent a good two weeks working out how to defy gravity while remaining edible, and then spent about two weeks, on and off, building. This is actually my second attempt- the first was, umm, interesting. I'm not ashamed to say- there were tears. On with the pictures!

May I present- my interpretation of Carl Frederickson's flying house from the film Up!

Each wall is decorated in a different colour, similar to the movie- although there's fewer walls in mine.

The balloons appear to float in midair, in the morning sun. It was a careful balancing act of rock candy, string candy, and marzipan. So much marzipan.

The peril of a flying gingerbread house is that it occasionally escapes! You never know where it will float to next- here it is, perched atop the rosemary bush.

And there! Sat on the fence enjoying the winter sun.


No flying house would be complete without reliable lighting- here's the house relaxing after it's heavy morning of flying, lit-up indoors.

Finally, a close up of the candy windows.

Thanks to my friend Claire for helping me to solve the edible helium balloon conundrum. Just over two boxes of royal icing sugar, three packs of marzipan, and nearly a whole tin of golden syrup later, the house was complete. The windows were melted into the window holes right at the end of the baking time- they're made of crushed clear mints. The lighting is two battery operated tea lights. Everything is edible, except for the base and the lighting- the balloons are held up by a long stick of rock candy anchored into the base and supported by a ton of royal icing, then covered with string candy. I've also learned that cats eat gingerbread if you leave it unattended.

Someday, perhaps the house will make it all the way to Paradise Falls.
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7  Re: Language Learner swap: Gallery of Lingual Delights in The Swap Gallery by LostInOz on: July 24, 2009 08:40:40 AM
Here it is! I got so many goodies from EOCrafter, thank you so much!! Everything is useful, and going to be used Cheesy

First up, a cookbook, PACKED with Indonesian recipes. Yum, yum, yum! Going to get cooking.

Next, some ingredients to help me cook the lovely food in the cookbook! There's some baby corn (om nom nom!), soy sauce, grated ginger, and saffron rice!

To complete the Indonesian cooking extravaganza, a pot holder! We needed this pretty badly, the one we're using is kinda grotty. Now we have a new, pretty one, that says "hot!" in Indonesian.

About a million flash cards! So many words to learn, so little time.

Finally, a Dewi Sri wall hanging. EOCrafter tells me that she is the goddess of the under world and the moon, and that she controls food, Earth, & death. Unfortunately, the glass she was framed behind broke in transit Sad But! the art survived, so I'm going to salvage it so that it can be put on the wall in a special place.

Thanks for everything, EOCrafter! Looking forward to using it all to learn some mad-keen Indonesian Skillz Smiley
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8  Ever more elaborate needlebooks- IMG chunky in Needlework: Completed Projects by LostInOz on: July 20, 2009 03:54:27 PM
A couple of weeks ago, I'd never made a needlebook.

Tonight, I finished my third:

I started with the book below, which I made for the Embroidered Tote/Bag swap. I just started stitching, with no plan, and came up with this:

I really liked stitching that one.

Of course, my Mum then mentioned that she needed a needlebook. Since she's visiting from Australia, and struggling with the London Underground system, I stitched the (zone 1) Tube map:

Because I was stitching on black felt, I had to make the Northern Line white rather than black (the two vertical lines on the right-- hardly discernible from the Jubilee line in grey on the left).

I ummed and ahhed over putting in stitches for the stations, but in the end everything I tried looked a bit rubbish, so I didn't bother.

(All three books have four "pages", and look a bit like this- although only the 1st book used hte Alexander Henry skull fabric, the other two have plain black or teal pages):

Finally, I had one piece of black felt left. I never make anything for myself, I seem to always be stitching or sewing for others. So I decided the 3rd needlebook would be this one- for me.

The full piece of stitching is in the first pic.

Details of some of my favourite parts:

Like the 1st book, I started stitching, with no plan other than to just doodle until it was full. There's probably 15 hours or more of stitching in this one. I stitched everywhere- lunchtime, on the train, on car rides, at home in front of the TV. The construction on this one is rougher than the last 2 (probably because I was in a rush to just get it finished, already, and because it was only for me), but the stitching is pretty and fun to look at.

I'm going to have to quit with the needlebooks for a while- I have to do something different!

Sorry for the rubbish photos- the two I made as gifts I took pics quickly before either packing or gifting, and couldn't wait for daylight. The third... I was just impatient. I'll take better photos when I'm actually home during the day Smiley
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9  Re: Embroided Tote/Bag! GALLERY ::: Send out 07/11 EXTENDED 07/18 in The Swap Gallery by LostInOz on: July 18, 2009 08:56:21 AM
I received from goldsheepbowl, and I absolutely love everything! Goldsheepbowl came up with an awesome design for my bag, after thinking long and hard.

Here's the photos!

The bag, and the embroidery! The embroidered design is great, I like "creepy cute" things, so that's part of the reason she has no eyes. I can understand that- I hate stitching eyes, they always come out looking funny and a bit evil- so this is a perfect solution, and one I'm going to use next time Smiley

Close up of the emboidery. I love the hair- it must have taken ages! The design with the flowers is really pretty, too.

The bag of the tote. Goldsheepbowl hand-painted the centre panel herself- super clever, something I've never thought to try. It has little sections of silver glitter running through it.

The fabric is Henry Alexander, who I love- I actually used a different Alexander Henry print on the tote I made goldsheepbowl.

Finally, the extras- a Tree of Life pendant, which is going straight on a leather thong (and, wow, that sounds completely different to how I mean it!) when I get home, and some adorable buttons-- I'm already keen to use the buttons, so I'm planning what to make that will incorporate them.

Thank you so much, goldsheepbowl! I love everything- you were a fantastic swap partner Cheesy
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10  Re: Embroider Me To Sleep! Pillowcase Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LostInOz on: May 21, 2009 01:45:30 PM
I received today from jca1982, and she did such a great job on the cases! I received not one, but two sets, and I can't decide which ones I want to put on the bed first!! I love the colours so much.

Onto the pictures!

First up, the pin-up girls:

They're on bright blue coloured cases (that's the colour, it's not dodgy lighting Smiley ), I think they'll match everything in our bedroom great. I love the ferns (??) in the corners, and the expression on their faces.

And then, as if that wasn't enough, the fortune tellers:

They're in the centre of each case, with a row of stars running down the edge of the case. I love the colours in this one- her purple head scarf is awesome... I kind of want one myself now Smiley

Here's a collage of the four cases together, showing some of the details.

Thanks so much, Jen! I love them-- plus now, I have something awesome to put in the spare room when my Mum comes to visit, too Smiley

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