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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple but cute cotton top on: September 29, 2011 05:07:41 AM
Hi all, I made this top for myself, its a simple pattern from NewLook.
I omited the interfacing, added ties to make it a bit slimmer at the waist ( I need all the help I can get!) and lined the armholes with ribbon. I didn't have any binding and the ribbon looks really nice, kind of vintage.
The fabric I adore, but have had it sitting around for the last three years, it has flowers but also bugs and grass hoppers.
I plan to get a bit of use out of this pattern as I am very happy with the finished result and it was very quick.  Grin

It's so hard to take a pic of yourself!

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black Stretch Maternity Top on: September 29, 2011 03:15:58 AM
Hi all!
I just finished a maternity top for my daughter who kindly modeled after work, even tho she was tired, thanks Jess.  Grin
Pattern was a Kwik Sew and pretty good, except for the elastic part which had me pulling out my hair a little challenged.

tied at the back

tied at the front.

Its a little big, but that allows for growing, and I made it sleeveless for our upcoming summer months.
Oh, and she liked it!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Knickers! on: September 22, 2011 08:54:10 PM
I just made the most comfey pair of knickers ever!

Now I just have to rummage though my disorganised mess stash to find some more stretch fabric to make another pair, although the pink fake fur beckons seductively......
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Australian Anzac Biscuits ( thats Cookies for the American folks ) on: September 09, 2011 07:48:15 AM
Makes about 18, depending on size.

1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of dried coconut
125g of butter
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
1 tablespoon of water
1/2 teaspoon of bicarb of soda

preheat oven to 175-180 degrees C
Sift flour into bowl and add oats, sugar and coconut
melt the butter in a saucepan and add golden syrup, water and bi carb, stir.
add liquid to dry ingrediants and mix well.
place heaped teaspoons of mix on baking paper on large trays with room to spread.
cook 15 to 20 mins till toasty brown color
allow to cool on tray then on racks
biscuits will harden when cool

15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Vintage look fabric cot quilt on: September 08, 2011 05:10:20 AM
Here's a quilt I made the other day,
new vintage look fabrics, wool blanket batting, cot sized.

16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Recent trouble uploading pics on: September 07, 2011 06:07:40 AM
Hi, I am having real problems uploading pics for the last three days.
Every time I try, I get

Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage, diagnose connection problem.

I have resized the pics, which werent huge to start with, and have uploaded heaps of pics in the past without issue.
Even the help button gets me the above responce, any ideas?
Scrappy Sue
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / OMG! Squee, quilt in the mail! on: June 08, 2011 08:25:53 PM
Craftylittlemonkey sent me a baby quilt to die for!
It is too gorgeous and the photos totally don't do it justice.
Sweet alphabet animal squares, bounded by black and white patterns to stimulate the babies learning.
The back is totally soft to touch animal patterned flannel.
The red binding is so perfect, I can't even tell how it was attached, no stitches to be seen at all.
and red cotton ties to hold it together.
Thankyou thankyou thankyou!
I adore it, and actually cried a little when I opened it ( happy tears)

18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "I wanna be a cowboy" cot quilt on: May 23, 2011 08:16:12 PM
I am on a quilt making binge and completed my latest today.
All the rest are on the destash 2011 thread as made from scraps but this is all from new fabrics I had ENORMOUS fun shopping for yesterday!

onto the pics

as always, feedback welcome Grin
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / new bag, Teesha Moore, Jenny Rolfe inspired, prototype, image heavy on: December 29, 2010 06:38:28 AM
Hey all!
Trying a new idea thats been spinning around in my head. Crappy phone pics, I need new batteries for my real camera!

I cut a recycling shopping bag in half and used that as the basis for my pattern, tho mine is a little shorter and narrower.
Then I cut thin calico into the shape.
Then I stitched random scraps of fabric with a straight stitch to cover all the calico.

Then I stitched scraps of sheer fabrics over that, with a free motion quilting stitch.

Over the top I zigzaged recycled sari silk twisted into a cord.

I used fabric my daughter dyed at Uni for the lining, inner pocket and strap.

 I am pretty happy with the result!
I was heavily inspired by Teesha Moore and Jenny Rolfe, also the fabulous bag made by sheepBlue.
Comments and feedback welcomed,

These are clearer pics of what the sheer fabric does to the fabric underneath, clearer but have washed the colours out, hmmm hard to photograph well.

20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bronze Sculpture, work in progress, now complete! on: October 26, 2010 05:35:31 AM
Hi all, I attend Tafe part-time and have some fabulous subjects this term!
One of which is Bronze Sculpture.

Finally almost finished!

The brief was to sculpt a small body part, from which I have deviated to sculpt an entire body.
First step was sculpt in clay.
I didnt take any pics of my clay model and had to tear her apart to get her out of the mould, but imagine this figure in white clay if you can,  Grin

 Next make a plaster mould.
My model was simple enough to do a two peice mold.
Here is the mould with some brown clay patches, I had some air bubbles. Also there is a rusty line where part of the armature was.

Once I was happy with how the mould was, it was held together with a thick elastic band leaving enough space to pour wax into the mould. I chose to use the soles of her feet for this.

Then the mould is left to soak in a bucket for a while.

Then wax was poured into the mould, allowed to cool by another soaking in a bath, then the mould was opened.
She does not have a tail, thats the mould of part of the armiture  Grin

She was a little tricky to get out of the mould and a piece of her hip was sliced off, some scratches from an undercut on the mould, and her face looked like she was really angry and wearing a mask.

Once she was cleaned up a little with a wax knife she started to look a little better.

Next Monday, I will be able to clean her up fully with a wax knife and a bunsen burner.
Theres still quite a few stages to go so will add pics as I go along.
If this is in the wrong spot I can move it.
Hope you find it as interesting as I do!

I have a ton of pics to add  Grin

Next step was to attach a wax pouring cup, a sprue and give her a coat with shellac.

make a frame from wire and cardboard

lined up ready to go

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