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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Poly Clay cherries, stars and teardrops 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!!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Fifties Kitchen Cupboard...help? 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!!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer Sundress! 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
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Thread Tension gone awry! 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!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / 'Drink Up' Coasters 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
6  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Mexican Threesome! ++ Edited to add more pics++ 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).

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Felt Goldfish Cat Toy 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

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Panda Toy 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!!!

9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan cupcakes (img heavy) on: November 14, 2007 03:54:27 AM
I bake cupcakes all the time, and I thought I'd get some feedback on what seems like the only crafting I'm having time for lately!!

Oh, and everything I bake is vegan, let me know what you think Smiley


Strawberry and Cream:

Chocolate Sundae:

Choc Cherry Creme:

Mint Choc Chip:

Cherry Ripe:

x Mara
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Vegan Cupcake Help! on: October 21, 2007 04:35:20 PM
Okay this is probably not the best place for this, and I'm going to cross-post it into a few other forums, but pleeeeeease help me out!

I have a vegan cupcake business which is just getting off the ground, and I need a name! I don't want it to be anything too vegan sounding (like earth cakes yada yada), and I don't want it too mainstream sounding as I do a lot of bakesales at punk shows etc and don't want to sound like a goof, however I still need to be able to market my products to adults and not just kids with mohawks and tattoos!

I have a few ideas and my friends have been really great to help me out, but please let me know what you think or if you have any other great ideas:

1. Cupcake Coma
2. Cupcake Chaos
3. Bake or Die
4. Let Them Eat (insert cute picture of cupcake)

I'd bake you all cakes if you lived in South Australia!

(And if you do, good news, cos there's a vegan festival in 2 weeks time!)
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