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1  Category Challenges / Needlework Challenge Entries / Witchy Woman on: October 04, 2016 01:23:17 PM
A little nervous being the first to post my Witchy Woman, both because I have not embroidered anything this big or detailed in forever and because I am not 100% happy with her. If I did her again, there is quite a lot I would change, but I am chalking this up to a huge learning experience. (Well, re-learning, I used to do quite a lot of embroidery!)

There is running and backstitch, french knots, satin stitch, ribbon embroidery, beading and couching, for the hair, for which I used a fluffy wool. Some of the areas, for example, the cat and the pumpkin, were embroidered with different fabrics onto a separate backing, with a little padding, and appliqued on. Other areas, for example, the dress and boots, were appliqued directly onto the backing. After adding all the bits, I embroidered over the top and added the beading at the end. I used a pink crayon to add a bit of shading to the skin areas.

I have to add, I love the cat - it is a black velvet material and is so tactile Smiley

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Meet Bob, the Red and Yellow Bumblebee Dragon on: February 28, 2016 07:32:34 AM
I am a little nervous sharing this, as I have only been crocheting since Christmas, so I am still learning. One of the challenges I have set myself for 2016 is to learn to crochet.

I found this free pattern on Ravelry - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bb-dragon. As I have only just started to learn, I didn't want to spend too much money on patterns just yet, so finding this gorgeous free pattern was a huge bonus.

I went with the colours of wool I already had, which actually worked well, as he was a gift for my husband and his Harry Potter house is Gryffindor, so the colours were perfect!  Grin

The name Bob is an on-going joke in our house, anything that needs to get named always starts as Bob! The Bumblebee element was so that I could learn to add stripes and swap between colours. One back leg has a patch rather than stripes, which gives him the back story of being the runt of his litter and having a throwback imperfection due to a family indiscretion somewhere in the past Cheesy

I am not 100% happy with the stripes, I think I need more practice at that, and I am really not happy with the eyes. I am not sure whether it is the colour I chose or the style, but it makes him look really sad. I tried a couple of other eye patterns, other than the one that came with the pattern, but I was not happy with any of them. Possibly the wool was too thick, maybe I need to try something thinner. I also need to practice how to maintain an even tension, but despite all of this, I am so happy with how he came out in the end.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Birthday Altered Puzzle on: October 21, 2012 12:09:25 PM
Having celebrated a big "-0"  birthday this year, I decided I needed to have something to remember it by. This started as a puzzle blank, which was given me as part of a birthday bag of goodies (my friend knows me so well!!), I decided to use it to create an altered "birthday memory" puzzle.

I numbered the pieces and then jumbled them up and picked pieces at random. I did not use any direction and I love how it came out! All the bits and pieces were from birthday wrapping paper & tags, the invites/rsvp cards/thank you cards (you may notice an Alice in Wonderland theme to some pieces - I had a Mad Hatter's Tea Party for my birthday party), the fabric from my hat, birthday chocolate wrappers/wine labels and the glitter that was in the same goody bag as the puzzle. The ribbon hanger was from a present and the little glittery wrapped roses were part of the table decorations I made out of large playing cards.

Close up of the top half

Close up of the bottom half

I had a lovely birthday and was spoilt rotten and every time I look at this, I remember what presents were from which friends and the fun that I had at my party.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Inchie Picture Swap Gallery on: September 09, 2012 01:33:19 PM
Very small gallery to celebrate the Inchie Picture Swap.


Quasior to Seeuudee for Nature related

Seeuudee to Quasior for Summer Christmas related
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow of Inchies (Slightly image heavy!) on: September 09, 2012 10:27:39 AM
This has been a work in progress for the last couple of years! I have been collecting inchies from numerous swaps, both here and on other swap sites, with this canvas in mind and finally decided to put it together. I am so happy with how it has turned out - I just love it!

I started putting them together for the Detention challenge in the Summer Semester of the Harry Potter Craftalong, but even this wasn't enough incentive to complete the canvas by making the missing inchies. Now that the Fall Semester has started and the Detention challenge has returned, I decided it was time to finish it up.

There are 238 inchies here - 14 across by 17 down. I ended up having to make 4 orange, 11 yellow, 12 blue, 8 indigo and 19 violet. The purples were the hardest to separate, so I just went with lighter and darker shades, rather than really worrying about the indigo/violet split! There are inchies from around 30 different crafters and I do have a list of them all somewhere - I just can't lay my hands on it right now!  Embarrassed I plan to write all their names around the outside of the canvas.




And I have picked one from each colour section. It is very difficult to pick favourites - I have so many - so I just picked the first one that caught my eye!







I am undecided as to whether to put it behind glass or not - I know it will gather dust if I don't and yet I love the fact that it is so textural and I love being able to touch all the different pieces! I think I may leave it for the time being and see how it goes!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Bag Journal on: May 31, 2012 01:19:02 PM
I have discovered that I love making journals and especially using all the paper bags that stores seem to be switching over to. I have already collected enough to make several journals, but seem to get two or three a week!!

Finished journal - the outer cover is some leftover wrapping paper.

Cutting the paper bags

Trim sides and bottom off to end up with 2 "pages" and fold in half - sometimes I leave one or both sides on to create a pocket in the journal (see next pic). Sometime I cut the handles off, but I like being able to tie things to them. My current journal has a page about a dress I made for a friend and it had snippets of the fabric tied to the handle.


Sometimes I paint them before assembling the journal, this one I painted a few pages and left the others for later.

Group into 3 or 4 pages to create signatures. There are so many tutorials out there for sewing and assembling a journal, I think I use a different one each time! I am slowly managing to get my sewing neater and tighter!  Roll Eyes It has taken doing a few though - the first one I did, only a mother would love!!
Folded side of signatures, ready for sewing.

Open side of signatures - I love all the handles!

Inside the journal

In this one I have also used magazine pages and some odd sheets of paper from my stash. To create the front and back I used the cardboard from a cereal box.

I have a feeling that I may be making several more of these!!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Keri Smith Tribute Journal on: April 20, 2012 01:18:21 PM
I created this journal for a swap on another site, but thought I would share it here.

The theme for the journal was a Keri Smith Tribute. We were given a list of prompts to complete - burn a page, spill something, etc - all the Wreck a Journal type prompts. I also made the journal, although my stitching needs some work, one of the signatures was very loose, although luckily the final binding pretty much holds it in place.

Prompt - Use paint chips - I love how this page came out. I did not really plan this, it kinda fell into place when I stood looking at the paint chip stand! On some of the pages, like this one, I added a little pull out tab with some notes on.

Prompt - Fill a page with junk - I started this page almost immediately and added sweet wrappers, offcuts of paper from crafting and random bits. I made the page fold open, so there are 2 "levels" to it. I created the dimensional pages when I made the journal and then worked with them.

Prompt - Tactile. I love this page so much! The pocket was already there, so I decided to create all the different tactile tags - one tag for each different item - there are feathers, leather, crumpled foil, fuzzy pipecleaners, velvet ribbon, etc. I had so much fun going through my craft box and finding lots of different feels!

This is the cover - I found this great wallpaper and helped myself to a sample. Luckily enough it was enough to cover the journal. The journal does not close very well - it is a little full.  Grin

I have only shared some of my favourite pages here but they are all up on my flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157629861301625/ - although I have discovered 2 photos are missing. I am sure I took photos, but they are not there!!  I will contact my partner, who I know has received, and ask her to send me pics of the missing pages, so that I have the full set.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chinese Style Purse on: November 30, 2008 03:21:26 AM

Inspired by this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=228942.0 and this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=76760.0, I decided to make one as a birthday present for a friend. The tutorial made this look fairly simple - it wasn't, probably not helped by the choice of fabric that frayed the minute you touched it!

This took three attempts and some assistance from my darling hubby, who stayed very patient with me through the whole process!

Sorry for the messy photo - did not have time to take photos before I gave it to her, so this was taken at the restaurant!

The outer fabric is so gorgeous and it is lined with a turquoise heavy satin. The flaps would not stay glued, so we used decorative brass studs, added before the lining. The handles are fed through an eyelet and fixed with a bead on the inside.

Overall, I am pleased with the result, but think it may be a while before I attempt a second one!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cat Photography on: April 20, 2008 04:40:22 AM
I love to take photos of my three cats, especially close ups, showing off their beautiful eye colour and features.

Please let me introduce you to Minnie-Me. She is a Bengal, they are quite small cats - most people think she is still very young, but she is about 8 years old. They are very independent, cuddles are definitely on their terms! But she is so photogenic, when you can get her to sit still long enough.

Link to larger size - http://s175.photobucket.com/albums/w121/ginico_photos/Cats/?action=view&current=MinnieMe.jpg - click on full size in top left corner.

Constructive criticism welcome - I am still learning how to use my digital SLR!
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