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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / New Zealand Bird Baby Mobile on: July 20, 2010 02:35:37 AM
I'm not quite sure this is the right place to post this project, though I thought as it is something for our home, and will be enjoyed (hopefully) by more than just the new baby (due in a month!!!) AND will live in our bedroom, I would put it here.  Wink

As we are proud Kiwis, I wanted to make something with native animals, and since all our native animals are birds, it made sense to make a bird themed mobile! The photos are not the best, as we just got given a camera today after I had just this avo finished the project, and basically I couldnt wait to post it, so here is is!

Stupid bad nighttime lighting! The frame is just 18g wire- its a little flimsy, so I might re-do the frame depending on how it hangs after a while. The birds are just cardboard cut outs covered in fabric. I wanted to use natural-ish colours, hence the blues and browns. The best part is that all the fabric was scraps that I (or my MIL) had lying around!

Little Blue Penguin and Kea



Huia (Sadly now extinct. This one is a female because of her long beak)

Karearea (NZ Falcon)


Last but not least, the humble Pukeko

Overall the project would have cost me maybe $5? And thats probably just the cost of the glue.  Grin  Gotta love cheap projects!

Thanks all  Smiley
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby shower wash cloth cake on: May 12, 2010 08:57:23 PM
This cake was actually made my a friend of mine for a mutual friend's baby shower (yes, she is definitely having a girl!) and I just had to share it, as she did such an amazing job.

The bottom and top layers are made from rolled up washcloths and the middle layer is just 2 baby blankets. The lollipop on the top is made from 2 washcloths and secured by a very large elastic band!
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Movie snack tray template? on: March 04, 2010 04:57:53 PM
Hey guys,

A friend of mine is having an old time movie theme for her birthday and wanted to make some snack trays like this for everyone to use. I have googled this heaps and have so far come up with nothing! Does anyone know of a template that is around for something like this? or one that could be easily modified?
ANY recommendations would be wonderful!!

Thanks  Smiley
14  COOKING / Dessert / iPhone Cake on: September 20, 2009 07:09:38 PM
I'm not sure whether this has been done before here, but I thought I would share my creation with you all.

My workmate has been talking about getting an iPhone for aaaaages. I have always joked that I would get her one, so instead I made her an iPhone cake! Its my first time ever making something like this, so the icing is all a bit wonky, but I am happy with that.

It took me ages and was a bit of a learning curve! I had to call my MIL a few times for advice too! Kudos to those who do this regularly! Trying to get the icing dark grey was HARD WORK!!

Its her birthday today, so we will be devouring it very soon. I used a 'roasting dish' chocolate cake recipe off a great website http://www.blokeswhobake.co.nz/gidday/ although I did have to modify it a little.

anyway, here is the beast that kept me occupied for the whole of yesterday!

I even put the charger socket as well as the headphones jack as well.

15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Zombie Pig- IMG HEAVY! on: June 03, 2009 12:11:14 AM
I was highly inspired after seeing BananaAmbush's My Little Zombie https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252828.0

In New Zealand, the BNZ bank gives out these cool piggies to kids to help encourage saving. One of my workmates was doing a promotion for our charity to do with pigs and scored a whole lot of the cute money boxes. She very kindly gave me one, although I suspect she would be horrified with what I have done with him...

(please excuse the quality of the images- its my flattie's camera)

And the obligatory BEFORE image

I went a little overboard with the blood drips, but I am really happy with how it turned out. He was sanded, spraypainted, painted and then varnished with matte varnish. mwahaha
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / In case of Zombies break glass on: May 11, 2009 02:10:20 AM
We (me and my hubby- he'll deny it, but he reads over my shoulder when i'm on this board) fell so much in love with Bunny in a Bear's Emergency Zombie Defense Station https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202668.0 that we just HAD to make one for my brother-in-law's birthday.
I have to admit, we pretty much shamelessly ripped off the info sheet in Bunny in a Bear's original project, but thats only because it was so damn awesome. In honour of Shawn of the Dead, we decided on a cricket bat, and just because I have a LOT of polymer clay, I made a grenade just coz. At the last moment (ie. a week after his birthday) we realized that we had inadvertently thrown out some stencils, so I had to make one out of cardboard, hence the slight wonkyness. Nevertheless, despite this, I am happy with how it turned out. Smiley

17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / resizing my dressform on: May 08, 2009 02:54:02 PM
Hey everyone,
I realise this topic has most likely been done before, and I have seen threads where people have permanently altered their dressform but I have just bought what is probably a dressform made in the 70s and after fixing it up with fibreglass, I really don't want to be taping anything to it. I do however, need to make its size 10 form (its old and not adjustable) a size 14. Does anyone have any ideas about how I could do this? Or point me in the right direction? My husband suggested using an old bra on it and filling this, but of course at this stage, that would make it a 10DD...!
Thanks Smiley

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Coffee sack messenger bag on: August 18, 2008 06:15:52 PM
Hey everyone,

I completed my first coffee sack re-con today! I am so excited as I have been making this for a friend in exchange for his geckos and enclosure. I got these sacks off one of our volunteers at work who actually owns a coffee company, so I managed to score 10 of them for free! This is my first attempt at a small messenger style bag with adjustable strap. I have promised my hubby that I will make him one sometime, but after I get my geckos.
My sewing machine was stuffing up so the stitching isnt exactly the best (and some of it was done in the wee hours of the morning) but I'm pretty happy with it.

The husband modelling it for me.

The straps and strap snap-thingys (stolen off a horse cover that I dont use)

Inside the bag. I only did one pocket, but I will do much more on my next bag.

19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Car cover for a Mini? on: October 18, 2007 06:41:56 PM
hey guys.
So i bought a classic mini leyland recently and unfortunately i really didnt think about where i was going to park it...
needless to say i have been using a car cover which is waaaaaaaay too big for it, despite the fact that its a small.
I thought about making one, but i really dont know where to start.
Can anyone guide me about what kind of material i should be using?
I thought of canvas until i realised how heavy it would be if it rained hard...
any ideas would be really good!
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