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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photos: Lomographic Images of Newcastle (IMG Heavy) on: April 28, 2008 01:30:09 AM
Last year I went to stay with relatives in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and thought it would be a good opprtunity to test my holga camera.  I really like the grainy, lo-fi of lomo cameras, and I was quite pleased with the results. I tweaked the lighting in Photoshop, as the lighting was not perfect, but there you go.

Thanks for looking ,any comments welcome!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting beginner - Why am I finding it so hard? on: April 19, 2008 08:48:42 AM
Ok , over the past year I've been trying to learn how to knit. I've read books, looked online, watched videos, and even my lovely swap partner sent me printed instructions to help me. I've got the right kit and needles too.

All I can do is a single cast on and rows of rubbish knit stitches, I can't purl properly.
 I really want to do it but I find it so hard and the directions confusing.  It's annoying as I am capable with plenty of other crafts and normally learn quite quickly, but this is beating me.

Is it not for everyone or am I a lost cause?.

Any advice would be GREAT!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Button Brooches! *Img heavy* on: March 28, 2008 04:05:15 PM
I had a huge stash of buttons and wanted to make brooches out of them. I didn't want to use a backing material, so I piled them and glued them together and was rather pleased with the result. Here's what I made I made one for my swap partner, but it's not shown here (for obvious reasons!)

I have made some more, but no pics yet and I am considering mounting them on rings too.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Folded Flower (kanzashi) Brooches (img heavy) on: March 06, 2008 02:09:10 AM
I made up some Kanzashi brooches as I had a ton of lovely square scraps left over.    It was a first try, and I was pleased with how they came out.  Even xbox 360 addicted husband was impressed!   Cheesy

I've made some more that I am going to add to bags as detail.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mermaid Necklace (img Heavy) on: March 06, 2008 02:03:51 AM
Well I had this idea floating around in my head for a month or so, and now it's finally done!

It took ages to get the beaded part of the necklace just so, as I was using seed beads, pearls, and nuggets of raw turquoise, so I had to get all the different elements in the necklace without it looking odd.  The idea was Mermaids treasure, so I wanted it to look like it had been made of sea-like scraps (but in a nice way)

I've got a few more of these pendants, so I'm going to make some more, but mayber more in blue next time

Thanks for looking in   Grin

Close up of Pendant and beadwork

Beading Close up


6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafters Hands - The Woe Of Crafting Boo-Boos! on: February 22, 2008 05:55:43 AM
Being a busy crafting gal, my hands always seems covered in scratches and bumps from boo boos ( needle prick, paper cut, etc). I'm not clumsy, but I can't seem to have nice hands AND craft!. I used to manicure, moisterise and all that, but time spent on my nails is time that could be spent making, so I don't.

Does anybody else get this? how do you look after your craft weary hands? Grin Huh
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tiki Necklace on: February 22, 2008 05:09:55 AM
I love all things Tiki, and I had some great natural beads I was trying to find a project for-so this was made!

It has shell beads, seeds, wood, and silver accents.  It took ages to get it just right, but as always, it was fun to do  Smiley

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sweetheart Necklace on: February 22, 2008 05:07:04 AM
I felt like making something a bit girly, so I made this necklace.  I had a heart locket charm, and kind of got inspiration from there.

I used synthetic pearls, seed beads, rose quartz, and silver accents.

I don't usually make things like this, but I enjoyed it all the same  Smiley

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dia De Los Muertos shrine jewelry box on: February 22, 2008 04:59:46 AM
I made this from a plain wood box, acrylics, and sequins, with some religious bits and bobs, skull beads and synthetic daisies for the inside.

I base coated the main colurs then drew on the designs. I painted them and did all the highlights and shading (which took ages). Then I glued a blue sequin border round the main design on the lid

I did want to line the box, but I thought lining and shrining might be too much. So I coated inside with a layer of PVA with silver glitter in it, then glued my shrine pieces inside.  I added the flowers as I thought they were a nice touch.

I enjoyed it so much I'm doing another (but mermaid theme this time)

(Glue was still wet when I took the picture!)

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tattoo Scatter Cushion on: February 22, 2008 04:48:14 AM
I had a pillow pad I'd bought and was determined to cover it in tattoo fabric.  It come out nice, better than I thought actually (I always have crafting doubts!)

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