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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cute Cupcake Crochet Caddy (Roll) on: December 15, 2009 12:19:33 PM

One of my best friends, Zoe, just got into crochet. She's also unemployed, so she's gotten into it in a BIG way. I made her these fingerless mittens: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281327.msg3186153#msg3186153 for her birthday last year and she said that that made her want to learn how to knit/crochet herself. It was so sweet!

Anyway, because she loved the last crafted gift I made her, I knew I had to make her something for her birthday this year. So I used this amazing tutorial: http://www.joleo.co.uk/todayweare/?p=176 to make her a crochet roll. I love the fact that it has a special little pocket for sewing needles for when you need to sew your crocheted loveliness together!

It ties up with the ribbon you can just see on the right. It was longer but then my cat chewed it all up so I had to cut it shorter.

Any comments and criticism would be greatly appreciated!


Lizi xxx
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lovely Long Name Necklace on: November 28, 2009 09:23:37 AM

I made this a few months ago for a good friend of mine's birthday. The letters are stuffed with fabric scraps and the main fabric is from a shirt my mum had when she was about 10 years old.

It's pretty long, mainly because Charlotte is a pretty long name! The connecting of the letters took the longest because I'm pretty inexperienced with jewellery making, but I really like the result and more importantly, so did she.

Commests and Criticism please!

Lizi xxx
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / It's Not Brain Surgery - Quilted Brain Broach on: July 28, 2009 12:41:40 PM
It was my friend's twenty-first birthday last week and this is what I made for her present. She's just graduated from a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience (and is about to start a Masters), so I thought something brain-based would be fitting.

This was going to be an applique, then it was going to be a quilted applique but then I decided a) the shirt I'd bought may not fit, thus wasting the brainy goodness and b) nobody wants their display of their brain-obsession to be restricted to just one outfit so it became a quilted broach.

I absolutely love the raised, quilted effect of the brain pattern. It was done with very small straight and zigzag machine stitching on two layers of pink cotton sandwiching light quilt batting leftover from a quilt I made earlier this year.

Any comments or criticism is very welcome.Does anyone have any suggestions for other things that could be made into a quilted broach?

Thank you!

Lizi xxx
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I'm so proud! My first quilt! Brick path pattern on: February 24, 2009 01:47:15 PM

So, a while ago I decided to make a quilt, I decided to use the Amy Butler Brick Path pattern because it's pretty simple, right?

Anyway, that's where the logic ended. I decided to change the pattern by adding smaller cream rectangles between each 'brick'. This made the quilt HUGE, it covers my double bed easily. I only read afterwards that if you're trying your first quilt you should do something small!

So, a lot of cutting out, sewing together, ironing, more sewing, quilting (on my tiny machine) and binding it. The binding was awful! It took a whole day and made me completely miserable! I didn't want to hand sew it, because I suck at hand sewing and I hate it. But I ended up having to do quite a lot anyway.

Anyway, I love it so much. It's so cozy and just beautiful! I used mainly floral patterns, all from my mum's loft and they're mainly cotton. The back is a cotton/polyester blend white sheet, I didn't take a picture because I figured you all know what a white sheet looks like. It's just quilted in straight (ish) lines every second row of 'bricks'.

On my bed:

Covering the whole floor of my living room:

And a couple of my favourite sections, I love the mix of all the retro prints! So pretty!

Thank you so much for all your beautiful and inspirational quilts! Mine is super simple and messy compared to all the ones I've seen on here, but without them I wouldn't have made this, so thanks!

Comments and criticism always welcome please!

Lizi xxxx
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first baseball tee recon! on: February 24, 2009 01:30:53 PM

Hello! It's been such a long time since I've had time to do/post anything.

This was a Youth Large t-shirt of my friend's awesome band Attack Vipers, I love the band but the t-shirt was far too big and unflattering so I never wore it, which I thought was a shame.

I decided to try and make a baseball tee, all of which was fine until I got to trimming the neckline because the jersey I used was super stretchy. I think I ended up doing 3 tries, over about 2 weeks! But it's done now, and I love it.

How do you trim necklines with stretchy material? I used this tutorial: http://mermaids.wordpress.com/2007/12/02/bound-neckline-tutorial/, which was super useful, but it still came out a bit funny. I guess that might be because it was my first try - hopefully I'll get better with practice!

Comments and Criticism always welcome please!

Lizi xxxxx
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / This is my first quilt! HELP! on: January 23, 2009 06:55:16 AM
Ok, so I've pretty much nearly finished my first ever quilt top. I used a modified version of Amy Butler's Brick Path quilt, but I put small blocks of off-white cotton in between each 'brick' in the vertical strips. Does that make sense? Because I was using quite busy floral patterns (all vintage fabric from the 50's to modern, mainly from my mum's attic), I thought this would stop it being too loud.

What I didn't take into account is that this makes it about 2.5m squared - HUGE!

Anyway, what do I do once I've finished the quilt top? Can I quilt it with my normal sewing machine? Because I'm not sure if it could take it. It's a Frister and Rossmann Cub 3

It looks bit like this one:

If anyone could give me any help that would be wonderful! Thank you!
7  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Where shall I go in NYC? on: January 17, 2009 06:43:23 AM


I know that people don't really visit these boards very often, so I thought I'd get in early. I'm coming to NYC in the first week of August and I really want to see the real city, not just the touristy bits. Last time I was there I went for a bit of a wander when I was trying to find CBGBs but I really want to do more.

Of course, I also want to buy tons of crafting supplies, especially pretty printed fabrics, vintage anything and tacky new york memorabilia! So can you locals recommend anywhere?

Oh, also I'm vegan, so if there are any good vegan restaurants/cafes (I want to find somewhere that I can have New York cheesecake) I should visit as well?

I know this is a lot to ask! But I'm really looking forward to seeing more of the city, I loved it so much last time and I just want more! So excited!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / First Foray into Cat Clothing - Much to the Dismay of my Kitten! on: December 04, 2008 02:37:39 PM

I made my kitten a neckerchief, not really for any reason, other than cuteness!

She hated it!

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage Button Bracelets and Rings on: December 04, 2008 02:12:41 PM

Hi! I made two of these button/charm bracelets. The one with the skull is mine and the smaller one is for my friend who's a bit more of a girly girl. I know they're pretty simple, but I was so proud of myself for making some jewellery that wasn't just a button glued on a ring! Talking of which, I made some of those too! I wouldn't usually post something so easy, but they're such pretty buttons and so old too (the blue flower is from the 1930s, one of my Mum's neighbours gave me a big box that she was going to throw away!), I thought they deserved to be shown.

Comments and criticism welcome please! This is my first post on the jewellery board, so please be kind!


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Grey not-mittens with cherry blossom on: December 04, 2008 01:23:46 PM

I made these sort-of-mittens for my friend's birthday, as I am a poor student. She loved them (I was pleasantly surprised) and hopefully they'll keep her nice and warm. Although these mittens have no thumbs, or finger-areas. They're like fingerless gloves, but mittens.
At first I was going to leave them plain, but they looked a bit empty and I wanted to make them a bit prettier, and what's prettier than cherry blossom? Nothing, that's what!

Comments and criticism is really welcome! This is my first post on the knitting board (I'm a new and not very good knitter) so be kind please!

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