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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Shiny wave of sea glass on: May 05, 2008 04:19:49 PM

Here's my entry to the lights competition!

It is made out of a cheap and appropriately wave shaped glass lamp from Ikea, which I have glued found sea glass onto. Incredibly, I found enough sea glass for this project during an one hour hunt on the beach - people throw a lot of stuff in the sea around here!!

Here's a picture of the work in progress:

The project was inspired by a tealight holder I made for the lovely Ralph in the FOUND! swap - but i couldn't send it because the grouting didn't work out!

I haven't decided if I should try grouting this one or not - I think maybe not as I don't want to spoil it - I like it as it is! What do you think? Grout or no grout? Any comments welcome!!

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / BibliOdyssey - the Weird and the Wonderful on: April 20, 2008 09:00:42 AM
I would love a swap inspired by the weird and wonderful imagery on BibliOdyssey http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/ ; (also recently published in book format, sooo tempted to buy!)

Anybody else interested? Either way, I'd recommend having a look - great source for paper craft, embroidery, jewellry and maybe some really weird stuffies? etc etc
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anyone for a tea party?! on: April 15, 2008 01:51:07 AM
What about a swap inspired by the great invention of Afternoon Tea?

You know; teapots, pretty china, cup cakes, strawberries with cream, scones, jam, embroidered table clothes and napkins, cake stands, red and pink roses, paper doilies, sugar bowls, milk jugs, frilly aprons... well you get the picture!   
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Mosaic problems on: April 08, 2008 11:55:26 AM
Would really appreciate some help with this, I've tried to do a mosaic for the first time, and it almost worked...

I was using some lovely found sea glass on a glass (thought it could be a nice tea-light holder or small vase). It looked great until I started grouting - as it dried it developed lots of small (and bigger...) cracks in the grout. What went wrong?

Also the glass pieces started to come off - guess I need to use a better glue? Any one that would be good for glass-on-glass? I was using PVA (as I have a small baby I didn't want to use anything with nasty solvents if it could be avoided...)

Much appreciate your thoughts!!  Smiley 
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / wrist warmers... on: February 18, 2008 07:35:39 AM

I had some left over yarn and wanted some wrist warmers, so I made an adaption of this pattern


and came up with this:

I'm quite happy with them, only wish I'd finished them in October and not now when it's almost spring!...
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sketchbook out of old dictionary on: February 18, 2008 07:09:17 AM

This is my first attempt at making my own sketchbook from scratch!! I've been inspired by other posts on this board and thought how great it would be to have a book with lots of different kind of papers.

I got this old book at a clear-out in the library:

I used lots of different recycled papers, cut up life-drawings, print try-outs, user manuals, programmes from arts museums, envelopes from junk mail...et etc

I mainly used the great tutorial that rosered has posted https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6496.0 , but used a sewing machine for the signatures, and then hand sewed them together using the sewing machine stitches.

Maybe it's just me, but I love this start of the book with all the different stamps from it's time in the library:  Cheesy

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crochet + ceramics! on: December 08, 2007 07:12:26 AM

Oh no, I guess it's too late even with the time difference?!!

Anyway, I did this on an evening class in ceramics, combining clay with my love for doilies!! Great way to use a doilie (sp? doily?), and after a run in the washing machine it is ready to be used again...

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / recycled rag rug on: November 16, 2007 09:40:31 AM

This is my first attempt on a rag rug, inspired by a picture of a very nice antique rag rug in a magazine + also an attempt to reduce the size of my fabric / old clothes piles.   Roll Eyes

It's a bit wonky, and I'm not sure if it looks too 'stripey' in the centre, kind of prefer the outer layers where the colours are more mixed up, but I like the rustic look of it, and it's really nice as a rug -- thick and soft.

I've left the end open so I can add to it when I get more scraps -- it's using up a LOT of fabric!!

Thanks for looking. Smiley
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / cupboard clear-out quilt on: November 16, 2007 09:30:51 AM

Trying to reduce the piles of fabrics and 'useful stuff' in our spare bedroom, I decided to try out quilting for the first time -- here's the result....

It's done in colours to match our bedroom: powder blue and a kind of pale olive green with red/pink highlights, although it doesn't show very well on the photos. My only rule was to not buy any new fabrics, the starting point was the pale blue fabrics that's from my husband's old shirts.

I was doing the blocks one by one and then decided how to put them together at the end -- found that step really difficult, and wish I had been able to plan it better from the beginning -- is there some clever way to do that? (even if you don't have a big floor space to work on?)
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