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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mini Sweet Pins and Mini Cupcake Pincushions on: July 12, 2008 05:09:17 PM
A few other things I made for my partner in the cupcake swap. I actually really enjoyed making the sweet pins and ended up making a set of 50. (They are made with shrinkydinks) The cupcake pincushions are so fun and easy too.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / F#&% TEETH! on: July 12, 2008 04:56:47 PM
I made this for a very lovely lady in the cupcake swap. I totally forgot to take a photo before I sent but thankfully my partner took a good one.

X-stitch kicks arse.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My kid is cooler than your kid. Sing it! on: June 26, 2008 05:11:18 PM
Ok, so the other day I bought a laundry sharpie and decided to go to town on a few plain t's that my little mans auntie and uncle bought for him. They are a bit big on him as they are a size2 and he is really only in size1 shirts at the moment but they are too cute to not make him wear them now.

I basically just found pictures on google images that I liked for reference, sketched them out, traced them onto baking paper, flipped them over on top of the front of the t-shirt and rubbed over where the pencil was to transfer the image straight onto the front of the shirt. Then I drew over the top with the laundry marker, gave them a wash and hey presto! New clothes for the man that I don't hate. (Personally I am so sick of all the kids clothes in stores, the boys section just plain outright sucks.)

The only picture I didn't sketch out first is the pirate ship which is the same one I painted on the front of his cupboard. I just traced it straight from the cupboard. You can see it in an older post I did on my sons room if you like because I can't find the picture I used as a reference but for the others here is the...

squid - http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/squid-14b.jpg
viking - http://www.theunknowntshirt.com/viking%20head%20emaier.jpg

and the sketches

squid -
viking -

and finally the finished product.

pirate ship


and viking action shot!

There you have it. Not the most exciting thing in the world but I think it gives my little guy some much needed individuality. Personally I'd take a squid or a viking over a truck anyday! I will definitely be making plenty more of these.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Metal/Punk Swap on: June 26, 2008 03:40:19 PM
Anyone be interested in this? I am a mean powermetal fan. Nothing gets my blood pumping like bands such as helloween, gamma ray, angra, blind guardian, dragonforce etc but I'm really into most kinds of metal and love good thrash/punk bands such as fuck on the beach, send more paramedics, sex positions, refused etc. I'm sure there has to be plenty more of you out there.

I've pretty much completed my second swap (just waiting for package to arrive) and was thinking if there are enough people interested I could try my hand at organising. Even if I don't have enough time to participate I would still love to see a gallery for this.

So how 'bout it? Are you a misanthropic soul who feels the impulse to spit in the general direction of HMV & Sanity (CD chain stores here in Australia, not sure what the equivilent is in other countries but you get the idea)? Well then raise your fist to the sky and scream "Odin, deliver me black crafts dripping in ...METAL!"
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I heart Jhonen *IMAGE OBESE!!* on: May 22, 2008 07:24:02 PM
OK. So I finished my first swap (Jhonen Vasquez themed) and my partner has received her stuff. I have been so anxious over whether it was good enough but I am pleased to say that she liked it all!

Now of course...I want to show off!  Tongue hahaha

First up is a "question sleep" neckwarmer. Obviously influenced by the JTHM comics and modelled by my beautiful bust. (oh and the buttons are made out of shrinkydinks!)

A Doo(m)dle book with the Urken Invader Symbol on the front.

A cross stitch of her favorite quote taken from one of the Squee comics.

Squee (and Shmee) Kiltpin made with shrinkydinks. (I'm really new to shrinkydinks so I know they could be better).

Pepito Earrings made from shrinkydinks and taken from one of the Squee comics also.

And lastly, probably my favorite thing I sent. A fillerbunny stuffie! This is actually only the second stuffie I've ever made so I was SUPER proud of him! He's completely sewn by hand and made from felt.

And of course the obligatory group shot.

Sorry for the picture overload and please feel free to critique so that I may improve on my skills and get better with each and every swap I do!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cupcake bottlecap pincushion on: May 19, 2008 10:37:56 PM
OK so after seeing this project https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=246604.0 yesterday I decided I HAD to make a cupcake version because a) I am obsessed with cupcakes and b) I am always sitting on my needles.

This is done slightly different though. The outer edge and top aren't sewn together, it is glued in place because I wanted the "paper" cup to look seperate from the "cupcake". The sprinkles are french knots, I've never done them before because everybody has always said they are hard...but they're so not!!! The cherry on top is a mini version of the actual cupcake, done in exactly the same way. It's even stuffed with a little bit of stuffing hehe.

Anyway I couldn't decide which picture was better out of these two. Please excuse my insanely liney hands (i'm only 21...I know they look like they belong to an 80 year old woman haha).

Thanks for looking.

7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / "Beef" And Stout Pie For The Sensitive Guy on: April 29, 2008 01:33:35 AM
My partner is completely obsessed with home brewing at the moment and he is always on this home brewing forum looking for new recipes, techniques etc. Anyway about a month or so ago he showed me a recipe he found on said forum called "beef and stout man pie" and was saying how good it sounded. Well of course I don't cook with beef but thanks to the wonders of TVP I managed to make something that tasted freakin awesome anyways. So I give you the "beef" and stout pie for the sensitive man.


    * 300 gram re-hydrated TVP / Quorn
    * 200 gram Vegetables , chopped (I used carrot and potato but after tasting thought mushrooms would be
    * 1 tbsp Plain Flour
    * 1 tbsp Olive Oil
    * 1 clove Garlic , chopped
    * 1 small brown Onion , chopped
    * 2 sprigs Thyme
    * 2 tsp Worcester Sauce
    * 1 tsp Curry Powder
    * tsp Tomato Paste
    * cup Vegetable Stock
    * cup Stout
    * 2 sheets Puff Pastry
    * 1 Egg whisked
    * a pie Tray mine was 18cm in diameter and 4cm high, this fit perfectly, if you have a large pie dish just
       double the recipe)


In a medium saucepan add thyme leaves, onions and garlic to olive oil and brown for a few minutes. Add vegetables and sweat off for 5 mins. Toss TVP in flour and add to saucepan. Brown for a couple of minutes. Add worcester sauce, curry powder and tomato paste. Stir and cool for one minute.

Add stock and stout, scraping the bottom of the saucepan with a wooden spoon to remove any build up. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 mins or until vegetables are tender and sauce is thick. (If the sauce thickens but the vegetables are still not tender add a little extra stock or water and continue simmering.) Add salt and cracked pepper to taste. Allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celcuis. Place a sheet of pastry in the bottom of pie tin, trim edges and prick a few holes in the bottom. Place in oven and cook for a few minutes until bottom starts to harden and pastry begins to rise a little. Fill with cooled "meat" mixture and cover with another sheet of pastry, trim and pinch edges, prick top with fork and decorate if desired. Brush with egg, and bake in oven for 15-20mins or until pastry is brown and fluffy.



8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Anime Cuppie Necklaces. on: April 23, 2008 11:56:04 PM
Ok so this is my first crack at shrinky dinks and I think they turned out pretty well. I turned a few doodles I did a month or so ago into these cute little necklaces. Yay!

Action Shot! (ignore the Lego necklace, that thing is permanently around my neck because it is tied there haha)

I have recently discovered Etsy and since I have had a baby and am staying at home for the first few years I want to find something to help pay the bills a little. I HATE not being able to contribute. If I practiced and got better at these do you think these sort of designs would sell? How much do you think people would pay for them? Haha sorry to sound like a money whore! I really do craft for the love of it!! Promise! Smiley
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cupcake Swap? on: April 23, 2008 06:26:26 PM
I had a look and saw that it was done a couple of times a few years ago but I would love to see one again. I'm sure there are plenty more cupcake fanatics here on Craftster. Unfortunately I can't organise any swaps yet as I'm still involved in my first one but if anybody would be willing to organise I would definately be in! Yay cupcakes!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Baby Boy Blue on: April 06, 2008 07:26:35 PM
Nothing amazing. Just a photo I took of my little monkey that I completely fell in love and altered with some basic photoshop techniques.

And the original.

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