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1  The Princess and the Pea in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Queen Mab on: November 27, 2011 03:04:52 PM
I made this a couple of weeks ago for a charity drive we have here in Australia - she is a topsy turvy doll, sleeping on one end & awake on the other.
Her face is embroidered & her bed is a reclaimed doll's bed from the thrift store that used to be brown & had an awful pink & lace canopy. All of the materials for this doll actually came from my fabric stash, which you can probably tell consists mostly of vintage sheets!
She was much harder to make on a small scale than I thought she'd be, I couldn't find a decent tutorial online so I really just winged it, but I love how she turned out & I hope she makes a little girl smile who could really do with one.

Thanks for looking!
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2  Step Away From The Spray Starch (aka easy removable xmas decals) in Winter Holidays by Queen Mab on: November 27, 2011 02:55:04 PM
Hi guys! I've had such a positive reaction on m blog about these I thought I'd share here too in case anyone was stuck for Christmas decorating ideas in a small space, a rented space or a kid filled space! Wink

Because our house is teeny tiny & I have a 12 month old who would demolish a real Christmas Tree in a matter of moments, I had to come up with a plan B this year, & this is it.

A removable fabric Christmas Tree! So easy I don't really need to explain it too much - cut a bunch of circles in varying sizes from different fabrics, spray starch on the wall, place on fabric, press, spray starch to cover fabric & smooth out/remove excess liquid with a dry sponge. When you want to take the decal down, simply peel off & wipe the wall with a damp cloth. EASY!

So easy that I promptly put up a fabric wreath too - & you better believe I have more spray starch based Christmas ideas bubbling away... it is indeed time to step away from the spray starch.

Thanks for looking & (an early) Merry Christmas!
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3  Pimp my pram! in Completed Projects by Queen Mab on: May 01, 2011 05:09:16 PM
I thought I'd turn a crap situation into a better one when my little guy decided he hated the Mei Tai carrier I had bought for him & prefered the cruddy stroller; I sold the Mei Tai & bought a second-hand pram for a song but it needed gussying up.

I re-covered all the icky bits with Echino fabric & I love the result so I thought I'd share here in-case anybody was wondering what they could do with an old pram that has seen better days. Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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4  iPod Cosy from vintage tie - w/tute (Pic HEAVY) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Queen Mab on: September 17, 2010 06:05:14 PM
Hullo! I got an iPod touch for my birthday recently & I am in luff!!  Wink I have been searching on etsy for cool covers - but I needed one asap since I've been taking it EVERYWHERE, so I made a quick cosy from one of my stash of vintage ties. I made a lil'tute for my blog, so I thought I'd share it here too. Smiley

Finished product:


Thanks for looking!  Grin
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5  Repurposed into Pincushions... in Completed Projects by Queen Mab on: June 05, 2010 01:36:11 AM
I recently participated in a pincushion swap on my blog & thought I'd share what I made - I only realised when I posted these pics on my blog that everything was repurposed!

This was made out of two cups from a matryoska measuring cup set - some of the set was melted so I thought using it for crafty good was the way to go, so that I could get another set guilt-free...

Two vintage eggcups:

And a bit of old blanket!

Thanks for looking - I hope maybe I have given you a couple of ideas if you ever find yourself in dire need of a pincushion... Wink
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6  Rock'n Red Cake Stand in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Queen Mab on: December 19, 2009 09:01:42 PM
...or red ornament more like... I don't bake as much as I should!

Ah... red. Makes everything... better. Stand contructed from this;

...finished with glue, paint & patience!

Good cupcake receipes welcome... Wink
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7  Orange Jack O Lanterns! (inc. How To) in Halloween Decor and Parties by Queen Mab on: October 02, 2009 05:28:28 PM
Cute, easy & fun... what more could one want in a holiday craft?! I made these yesterday when Punky was after an orange for a snack....

1. Gather up your supplies- Oranges, a bowl, a sharp knife, a tea light candle, a marker & a spoon.

2. Set your orange down so you know the best angle for it to sit still & steady.

3. Mark the face.

4. Slice off top of orange (keep the top!) & scoop out all the pulp into the bowl.

5. Carve out features with your knife, if you put the spoon back against the side you are carving you won't go
through to the other side accidentally.

6. WASH OFF THE GOOP! There will be much goop (why I drew the process instead of photographing it!) and you
will be sticky.

7. Place a tea light candle inside your wee jack & light it, place lid on carefully.

8. Voila!

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8  Writing Cabinet Recon. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Queen Mab on: September 22, 2009 02:29:55 AM
I got this old writing cabinet for $25 & thought it would make a sweet craft space for the loungeroom - it is my first attempt at a "proper" refinish - ie, sanding & varnishing & what not.... and I am SO HAPPY with how it turned out!

The desktop is decopaged with old magazine pages from the 50s - I was considering painting it but that green surface wouldn't have a bar of it... Wink
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9  Dollhouse Gnomes. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Queen Mab on: September 08, 2009 02:26:33 AM
I made these little gnomies for my daughter's doll house when I realised the only toy we had that was the right size to fit in there was a Patty O'Green figure (...and it's mine!!).

The green one was my first attempt, and looks more like a christmas tree lol, I like the spotty one much better & fully intend to make more.

I love dollhouses!!!

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10  Increadibly witty title, including "Gnomes" in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Queen Mab on: August 05, 2009 04:51:40 PM
Gnomes, gnomes, gnomes! No-name gnomes at that.... any ideas?

Acrylic, watercolour pencil & permanent marker on stretched canvas.

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