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1  Poly Clay cherries, stars and teardrops in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mararara on: February 25, 2008 03:51:34 AM
I had this earring design in mind for awhile, and got the chance (and motivation) to create them for the Retro 50s swap recently. I made some more last night, and took some better photos.

I was trying to come up with other fun things to make with my clay whilst I had everything out, and I came up with these. The pattern is from a simple rubber stamp that I bought on etsy, and I did the cut outs with this awesome mini cookie cutters which I usually use for decorating cupcakes Smiley They turned out heaps more retro than I thought they would, pretty good if you're down with the 80s!!

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2  Re: Spice up your Kitchen Swap (Signups Closed) Sendouts by 3/25 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mararara on: February 21, 2008 03:30:49 PM
Okay finally, here are my photos! My kitchen is really  hard to take photos of, it's very small and kind of goes around a corner...Oh well, I tried!

The view through the doorway (our fridge comes right to the wall so it's a tight squeeze!)

From the left hand side looking right (no dishwasher for us Sad )

The little nook next to the fridge (like I said, space is tight in here)

Looking from the microwave/sink end to the left hand side - I have heaps of space up the top of those cupboards (except above the stove) but it's hard finding things to put there!

Now, I mentioned that I'd started with the gingham - here's what I've done in the kitchen so far!!

Re-covered the bread bin and utensil holder (they can be seen in the photo above as original)

Like I said before, can't wait for this swap to start!!!
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3  Re: Retro 50's Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mararara on: February 21, 2008 03:17:53 PM
mararara - I was wondering if anyone besides me would find it funny. I have a weird sense of humor.

Then apparently, so do I Cheesy Cheesy
I'm glad it was an intentional joke!!!!!

Here are the photos of the downright awesome stuff I received yesterday from the lovely Torrance! She sent me so many beautifully made things, I felt all warm and gushy inside. I can't wait to show everything off on display around my house!!   Wink

A beautiful apron, made with vintage lace from her late grandmother's collection (it's much too lovely to wear in the kitchen and risk getting dirty!!!) Oh, and excuse my messy house and hair - I'd literally just walked in the door after riding home from work!

Everything else (Marilyn Monroe postcard, embroidered saying in frame, embroidered pillowcase, checkered pincushion, knitted pouch, gingham ribbon and bias tape)

Close-up of the embroidered saying in hand stitched frame - this made me giggle! I showed my boy, he wasn't so impressed haha!

Details of the wonderful embroidery on the pillow case (another thing I don't want to use in case it gets dirty! It definitely needs to be on display for all to see!)

Thankyou soooo much Tiina, everything is so beautiful and it's been a pleasure swapping with you! You're the best!
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4  Fifties Kitchen Cupboard...help? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by mararara on: January 23, 2008 09:37:20 PM
Hey y'all!

I was given this amazing kitchen cupboard from a friend who's mother in law had it as an original in the fifties. It's in pretty good condition (albeit filthy because I keep all my baking supplies in or on it) and I reeeeally love it, but my other half thinks it's atrocious Sad He doesn't mind old stuff, but he doesn't like having it just for the sake of...having it. He thinks 'antiques' should be classy and not homely!! So, we made a deal that if I didn't do it up to his standard in a year that we could get rid of it.
Now is when you come in -  I can't deal with the thought of parting with this baby, so how can I do it up (paint, curtains, glass whatever!?) to make it look semi-classy, or even just better than it it's current condition! I don't mind which colours etc (we're buying a house mid-year so that is inconsequential), but I don't have very much in the way of woodworking equipment or expertise so simple is better.
All I can think of is adding a new coat of paint, re-doing the insides, and putting a curtain over the top shelves...?

Anyway, here are the photos. Thanks in advance for your assistance!!

Thanks in advance for your help!!
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5  Summer Sundress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mararara on: January 23, 2008 09:25:01 PM
Here's my first ever completed pattern project (well, the first one without any help). I've had this New Look pattern lying around for ages but never worked up the guts to try anything from it. The fabric was $2 a metre so I figured it didn't matter heaps if I stuffed up, and it was good practice for the vintage number I plan on making for a wedding later on in the year!

Anyway, it turned out reeeeeeally well! I'm sure there was a mistake in the pattern (straps attached to the outside then covered with the band?! Me confusied...) but after a few little fiddles, and some bits that look a little bit home-jobby, I have a new party dress to wear out tonight!! WOOOH!!

Many criticisms and comments are welcome, I'm sure nobody could match my silly grin though, it just shows how ridiculously stoked I am right now!! Cheesy
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6  Thread Tension gone awry! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by mararara on: January 22, 2008 04:53:54 AM
Hi y'all!
I have a Bernina Bernette 55 that's a couple of years old, I haven't used it much until recently and all of a sudden the thread tension's gone wack! The only time it works for me is when I'm sewing multiple layers of thick fabric, otherwise the lower thread is just sooo loose. I have tried adjusting the dial on my machine, and no matter whether I turn it up or down, the tension stays the same...I've also changed my needle, and tried out different thickness threads, and still no better!
Here are some photos for reference...

Top layer of fabric/thread:

Underneath fabric/thread:

So what do I do? Does it need a service? Is this something I can fix myself? I can't afford to have someone look at it unless it definitely needs attending to Sad

Please help me out!
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7  'Drink Up' Coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mararara on: January 14, 2008 05:17:38 PM
I made my brother and my step-dad a set of these each for christmas. We had a tight $10 budget and I'd already spent $15 so had to keep them simple. The beer glass is made of polymer clay, and the coaster shapes are wood which I bought from a craft store. I attached felt to the back, and painted and varnished the front.

any comments/criticisms are welcome!
x Mara
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8  Mexican Threesome! ++ Edited to add more pics++ in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by mararara on: January 14, 2008 05:08:46 PM
I wanted to embroider something for my mum for christmas that wasn't too big of a deal (we said $10 limits for presents and I'd already spent $30!!). I picked the three mexican-inspired images and some super bright colours and stitched away! It's probably the best stitching I've ever done (amazing how quickly one can improve!), and she loved them!


Here are some more pictures, I edited them slightly in photoshop so the colours wouldn't be so washed out, and the stitches are clearer. I used chain stitch mostly, with embellishments (her hair, the folds in his pants, faces and body) done with backstitch, and satin stitch (her bra, shoes, panties).

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9  Felt Goldfish Cat Toy in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by mararara on: January 13, 2008 02:59:28 AM
I made this little toy for my new kittie after being inspired by bumfuzzlerumdum's earlier post. I made my own pattern, and stuffed some bells in his belly, and now I don't have to worry about the cat eating my real goldfish anymore!!

And the (very-blurry) little guy (mr. Elvis Vader) playing with his new toy!

Thanks for looking

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10  Felt Panda Toy in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mararara on: January 13, 2008 02:51:43 AM
I made this little guy for my Secret Santa from work, and haven't had a chance to post pictures yet. Her favourite animals are pandas, so I found a teddy bear pattern online and copied it to make him out of felt. The stitching is not very good, but it was only meant to be a basic rough job anyway. She loved it!!



Face- (messed up bit of stitching to the side of his face, I think I over-stuffed him!)

Gift wrapped- (I made some truffles, and put them in a handmade box for her too)

Tell me what you think!!!

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