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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Workout pants to simple swimsuit (now with tute) on: July 03, 2009 07:25:49 AM

I moved from Australia to Denmark about a year and a half ago, and when I left, I had to get rid of a lot of clothes and such. One of the things that went was my swimsuits. I figured that it would be a rare occasion that I would get to swim here in scandinavia, and if I did want to go for a splash, I could just buy a swimsuit.

Well it's hot here now, and the husband and I have swimming on our minds. But finances mean that shopping for a new set of swimmers is kind of out of the question for now.

So I grabbed an old pair of workout pants a bit like these:

and cut, cut, snip, cnip, stitch, stitch later and I now have these:

w00t and whotnot  Grin

****scroll down for simple tute***
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Hanging Shelf of Babylon (Yes, there are pictures) on: June 12, 2009 01:13:30 PM
My desk is tiny, and considering the amount of time I spend at it, I really have been trying to make the most of what I have.

One of the things that has been bugging me a lot lately is the fact that everytime I want to use my graphics tab, I have to shift my mousepad onto the top of some books behind the laptop (the mousepad sits on top of the graphics tab you see). It looks messy and precarious up there, and if I bump the table and make the mouse move while I'm in the middle of using the graphics tab, it can lead to some messy digi-paintings as well.

The other day I came up with a solution: 'The Hanging Shelf of Babylon!!!' - Dont ask me why I called it that....I just did. Basically, its a fabric shelf, reinforced with strong cardboard, that hangs from the underside of my desk so I can quickly slide the mousepad (with the mouse) into and out of it with ease.

Here are the promised pics.

This is how the desk looks in normal 'pfaffing-about-on-the-intertrons' mode:

The awesome Hanging Shelf of Babylon. Quite a simple sewing job and attached to the desk with some sturdy broad-headed nails:

And here is how she works, graphics tab ready:

I know its a bit anal to get cheesed off over something as simple as where your mousepad sits when your not using it, but it was really getting my goat. Now my goat is free and happy and munching grass in the field with it's goaty friends.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Catalogue to cherry blossoms on: June 04, 2009 09:01:38 AM

I have always loved cherry blossoms, and as such, have always wanted to have some in my house or garden. Problem is, at the moment we live in a little appartment (so no garden) and we're living on a shoestring budget right now (so no buying cherry blossoms either).

So when this catalogue arrived one day:

I decided to cherry blossom it up with a little bit of papier mach madness.

First I made the "Vase"

In the process of doing that I decided that I would not use any paint on this project, so all the colour would have to come straight from the catalogue itself. So, while the glue dried on vase (helped along as you can see by some trusty rubber bands), I went through the catalogue and cut out hundreds of colour 'swatches' from the pictures of the clothes, the backgrounds and even the fonts they used.

The vase was soom looking like this:

Next came the branch. Here I simply tightly rolled some big pages and stuck them together to make something vaguely natural looking:

While the branch dried, I started on the flowers. Again these were made completely from using colour swatches from the catalogue.

Finally, using lots of pieces of black and a few strips of a hot pink (which was a part of a truly hideous baby-doll dress that is apprently the hight of fashion according to them), I pulled the whole thing together to look like this:

And here it is in it's new home on the shelf in our living room:

And you know, it has (for now) satisfied my cherry blossom craving to a T.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / The Bungy Door Handle Spider Of Doom on: November 03, 2008 08:26:06 AM
G'day all.

I just finished making this toy for our kitten, Kalimah. The Bungy Door Handle Spider Of Doom!!!!!!

The cord has some plaited rubber bands in it for that bouncy effect and inside there is a little container filled with rice that I made from some old toilet rolls, so it rattles a bit when she plays with it but not so loud as to be annoying. It's made from pieces of an old skirt I dont wear anymore so was an ultra-cheap alternative to buying something similar at the pet store.

Action shots.

"Whats this thing?"

"Maybe if I just grab it here...."

"OH NOES...RECOIL ENGAGED!!!111!!!!1!"

"I shall nom you for your insolence!"

"Blargle...I am dead. Bungy Door Handle Spider Of Doom WINS."
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Bunting, carved orange vegetables and scary coffee Jars. on: October 20, 2008 01:35:14 AM
I went a bit "Samhain Crazy" yesterday and got decorating. I also got to carve my first pumpkin.

First up came the old coffee jars (inspired by this). Wrapped them in orange paper, added some black card for eyes and a mouths and stuck a tea light candle inside:

Then I cut out some pumpkins and some bats out of the same orange and black paper and cardboard. I created some individual faces on the pumpkins and stuck some eyes on the bats, then stuck them all on some twine and hung it up:

Then came old pumpkin head (who I named Thurston):

And finally a picture of it all together:

Hope you like it all.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old t-shirts to "tummy warmer/shirt extension" on: April 27, 2008 04:38:11 AM
I really like longer shirts, something you can have sticking out under a jumper or a jacket to add a bit of extra colour around the middle. That being said though, I dont really want to add length to all of my shirts cause I like versatility as well. So I have decided to create some "tummy warmers" (or detachable shirt extension or ultra short mini or whatever you want to call it). These will sit under my shirt, just around my middle and be long enough to just cover my butt in the back. Mostly I think I will wear them with jeans and pants but I guess they would look good with skirts and leggings as well.

Anyway I had some bits of the shirts I used to make this project a little while ago, so I thought I would stitch a whole bunch of pieces together in a patchwork style to make my first tummy warmer.

Here is the result:

A bit haphazard I guess, but I like that kind of look  Tongue
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First ever post, first ever recon. on: March 01, 2008 11:07:44 AM

Been browsing about these boards for a little while now and I thought I would join in the fun.

I bought a couple of old shirts at the thrift store up the road a few weeks ago, and just a few days ago my new mother-in-law lent me her pfaff sewing machine. I thought I would try my hand at this recon business.

So, basically one red and one black large mens t-shirts became this skirt:

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