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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From skanky & mouldy to fabulously gothic: poisonflower lamp (IMG OBESE!) on: October 22, 2009 04:21:01 AM
While we were living in Melbourne in '07, my daughter attended a daycare centre across the road from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). It was a funny old neighbourhood which was a mix of upper-crust terrace houses, run-down old apartment blocks and a few disused shops. I found this old light shade out the back of one of the aforementioned shops and eyed it covetously for a couple of weeks before getting the balls to swipe it from the dumpster. Needless to say, I received a few odd looks on the tram when carting this filthy, mouldy old health hazard home. Grin

The lamp base was a nasty old brass touch-lamp from my childhood which had gone spotty and was minus the original etched glass shade (it broke when I moved house). A few coats of gloss spray paint made it purty. I covered the shade in fabric from a pillowcase bought for 50c from the op shop, trimmed it with rayon gimp from the local sewing shop and bought some gorgeous faceted beads from a $2 shop.

Before: Covered in cream taffeta that would have been quite lovely before being left at the mercy of a Victorian Winter:

Mould. Ick.

Fabric removed; about to tackle the polyester binding wrapped around the frame:

The original binding was really nasty, fibrous stuff that kept getting up my nose. Makes me itchy just thinking about that crap.


New binding done:


There are a few niggling imperfections that the casual observer wouldn't notice, but I'm pretty darn happy with how it turned out.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Eerie Melbourne afternoon on: January 13, 2009 02:19:10 AM
I'm no photographer, but this is a shot that I am particularly proud of. I spent 7 months living in  Melbourne in 2007 and the weather in that city can produce some amazingly weird lighting effects. This particular pic was taken at about 5 in the afternoon and is completely unedited, save for being re-sized...what you see on your monitor is exactly what I saw from the living room of my 17th floor apartment:

(This was shot using my crappy 4.0mp Samsung which is now nearly 6 years old!)

A larger version can be found here:
3  COOKING / Dessert / Tux cake for the other half on: October 27, 2007 05:44:42 PM
This is my first show-off, so be gentle! Grin

My husband and I are dedicated Linux users (Ubuntu, if you're curious) and since it was his 30th birthday, I figured that he deserved something a bit more special this year.

Tux is a bog-standard butter cake (made from scratch, no packet mix) covered in a modified butter cream recipe (less butter and a little extra milk + icing sugar). A very traumatic experience earlier this year has taught me that icing which is mostly butter-based does not take black colouring well, even if you do pour in a butt-load of high quality gel...

4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Att: Melbournites... clothing & textiles expo at the Shed in late November!!! on: October 20, 2007 05:37:00 AM
I was on the MECC site today to find out about the sustainability expo and noticed that there is going to be a clothing and textiles expo happening next month. Admission is free, and it could be worth checking out for unusual fabrics:

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