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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Mainly earings- first completed project post! (Several images) on: November 01, 2007 04:28:35 AM
I love the idea of being crafty but am not actually a very crafty person. I do attempt a lot of different crafts though. One that has stuck is beading. Especially earrings because they are quick to make and fit well with my short attention span! I have been making jewellery for about a year...

Here are some earrings I have made recently...I am a kindy teacher so don`t wear earrings at work (Because the kids will pull at them!) but I try to wear at least one set on the weekends! I really need to start making some more since I have a bead supply that just keeps growing!!

Here goes, please let me know if the pictures do not show up!

A closeup. I don`t really have anywhere in my apartment that is good for taking photos of jewelery so I only took a couple of closeup pics. These are to go with a new shirt. Green (and pink!) are my favourite colours!

Here is a necklace and a couple of bracelets. The two that are curled around can also be used as necklaces but I tend to use them as bracelets.

All of the beads were bought here in Japan or sent to me from Australia.

I am a little nervous about posting photos of things I have made but here goes nothing!!!
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello from Tokyo... on: October 28, 2007 06:05:49 AM
Hi, I`m an Aussie girl living in Tokyo....third year here now! I love the idea of crafting but to tell you the truth I am not very good at it! And half the time it drives me up the wall.

I like to make beaded jewellery especially earrings and I also like making cards with stamps and other funky peices of paper (Great living in Japan, you can find awesome paper everywhere!)

I have also started knitting...I knit a scaft last week. All in garter stitch...it has a few holes and I will never use it but it turned out ok I guess! I have since bought a couple of other skeins but have yet to knit anything with them. It seems anything beyond a normal knit stitch is beyond me! I will keep trying though!!!! (Although this passed weekend has made me want to throw the knitting needles across the room!)

I really want to learn to sew. Well I know how to sew, but I want to learn how to actually sew and make things instead of sewing straight lines which is what I did the last time I sewed (When I  was ten!) I am hoping that my mum will send me my sewing machine (the one I used when I was ten!) at Christmas time.

I love meeting and chatting withnew people, and have really enjoyed seeing some of the finished projects on craftster. It is inspiring!!!!

I can not wait til I can join a swap!!!

Thanks for reading!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / baby booty patterns... on: October 27, 2007 10:26:54 PM
I am very new to knitting but I am beggining to understand how to read a pattern. A friend of mine has just given birth to a baby boy and I would love to knit him some booties...So far I haven`t really tried anything but swatches and scarves so that I could get the hang of knitting again but I would love a pattern for some simple booties that wouldn`t take too long to make.

I have both stitch and bitch books and I like the pattern for the 1 hour booties...but it looks a little bit to difficult for me perhaps.

Are booties too hard for a begginer knitter do you think? Would a hat be better???

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine for a beginner on: October 21, 2007 12:27:57 AM
Hi I live in Japan and have just recently started knitting again but would also like to try my hand at sewing. I have used a machine before and had a couple of lessons when I was about 8 or 9 but have basically forgotten everything.

I need to get a machine that is simple to use, good for beginners and would be ok to make small things like baby bibs, bags etc...as that is what I want to use it for mostly. I am looking at US$250 or less!

I would have to buy it here in Japan or buy it online at ebay or something like that from someone who will ship internationally.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
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