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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Nudey Tudey Dress & Belt on: October 06, 2009 01:43:00 AM
So apparently nude is the colour to be wearing this spring as well as revealed edgey zips. Not to forget the high waisted belts which are still around.

So here's my little creation.

Here's a better photo of the belt.

I looked in at least 5 different large shopping malls for a light coloured belt to go with a black dress I bought for a winter wedding... but EVERYWHERE had only black or brown belts! So down I toddled to the local emporium. Picked up some buckles and fake leather stuff for under $5 and went about copying the ($160) belt that the dress was displayed with at the shop. I was very pleased! First time belt maker Smiley

Let me know what you think Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Sewing Corner :D on: October 01, 2009 08:42:32 PM
At the mo I'm living in the old master bedroom of my parents house, which (lucky me!) has two wardrobes. One I use for clothes, the other tends to be spewing with junk (read: old clothes, bags & shoes I never use). Yesterday I got allllll the clothes out of the spare wardrobe & took most of it down the road to the city mission op shop. I got home to my empty wardrobe & had a brainwave: Sewing corner!!!

SO after many hours of sorting, chucking, dragging, sawing & rearranging, I present my little sewing cupboard. It's rather, umm, how do I say.. shabby chic?

Let me know what you think and if you have any brill ideas for it please let me know! Also, I think it's deserving of a catchy name & name plaque. Ideas??

'So welcome to my little corner of the world'

It's all reflecty...

Beautiful buttons & books

It's a mood board. Lovin' it!

Luckily there's plenty of space for all those 'work in progress' garments...

Patterns kept in my great-grandpa's old money box

Colourful cotton

And to finish

Eeep! I can't wait to use it!!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tea Chest on: May 30, 2009 06:47:09 PM
I was inspired by Marinka's tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205989.0 to create my own tea box. One of my tea-mad friends is about to have her 21st (tomorrow) so I decided to make one for her. So I set to following her amazing tutorial and this is what came of it: It could have been a lot better... but it also could have been a lot worse. If I had more time I would have spent more time and effort on the decorating and finishing touches.

I did a few things differently from the tutorial I followed but mostly I followed the instructions.

Let me know what you think Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cute High-Waisted Skirt on: February 08, 2009 10:46:28 PM
I haven't sewn anything in aaaages!!! This morning I dusted off the sewing machine and made this skirt. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out considering I didn't use a pattern and had very little material to use.

I thought of adding some pockets, but couldnt decide what type and didn't have any left over material. I don't think it will be too plain if I wear it with a belt, jewellery or something. I want to make some more highwaisted skirts, maybe a little shorter and with more summery fabrics. Exciting!

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Archie comic beads on: February 08, 2009 03:01:51 AM
I was inspired by the micky mouse comic beads posted on craftster: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=220344.0

So I decided to give it a shot... I'm not sure if I did it right... I kinda just used the modge podge as a glue and collaged all the little bits of comic on and then covered it with a couple more layers of modge podge.

I'm very new to the whole modge podge thing... Am I using it right? Should I be sealing them with something to protect them?

Comments/tips very appreciated!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky Dink: I love it!! on: February 08, 2009 02:50:24 AM
I finally managed to track down some shrinky dink  Grin I got a pack of 8 sheets- 2 black, 2 white, 2 clear & 2 transclucent.

So today I sat down and began experimenting... It was sooo much fun!! It's amazing to watch the transformation in the oven & how little & detailed it looks at the end of it all.

So here's what I made:

1 psychadalic revolver pendant, 2 buttons & an 'Emily' ...something. I wasn't expecting it to turn out so small!! (approx 2cm x 0.5cm). I don't know what to do with it but it's very cute!!

It's very hard to tell in the pictures but the large black looking flowers are actually coloured dark purple and a couple of leaves are green.

I drew on both the revolver pendant and the 'Emily' with coloured pencil and the buttons were done with permanent marker... I really need to get markers with thinner tips!

I made this one for a friend who loves Bob Marley.

Comment/tips very much appreciated... also, what should I do with my little 'Emily'?!?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Necklaces for my friends 21st! on: January 06, 2009 01:13:28 PM
For one of my good friend's 21st present I decided to make her a gift package containing a whole lot of stuff I made. These three necklaces are a part of the package... if you like you can check out the other bits and pieces I made her by looking at my other posts  Smiley

These earrings are made from some sort of french stone and black swarovski beads.

This is a mini-wini, hehe. Early last year I made her a soft toy which we named Winifred This necklace is a miniture version of her (unfortunately the detail didn't show up that well in the photo):

The 'real' Winifred":

Canvas art which I also made her featuring Winifred & her friend Earnest:

A necklace I made using a piece of scrabble (incase you were wondering her name starts with 'M'! I have also made myself one Smiley

And the whole package:

Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Alphabet Shaped Blackboard on: January 06, 2009 12:58:39 PM
This is one part of the crafty package I am giving one of my good friends for her 21st birthday present. I wish I could lump them altogether in one post but you will just have to check them all out individually if you want to see them  Wink

So, her name starts with 'M' so I decided to make her an 'M' shaped blackboard for her to put in her bedroom. I used a jig-saw to cut the 'M' shape out of the wood and then painted it with a couple of layers of blackboard paint. Quite simple really!

Complete gift package:

Let me know what you think! And check out my other topics if you're keen to see what else was in the package.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fugly Friends Canvas Art on: November 14, 2008 11:36:48 PM
It's my good friend's 21st and for her present I've decided to make her a whole bunch of stuff  Smiley This is the first thing I've made towards the present.

The 'models' are Winifred & Earnest, our soft-toy fugly friends. I made Winifred for her last year and Earnest for myself... I have posted pics of them on craftster as well. Both of the portraits were made of the same materials as the original soft-toys (cord, buttons, ribbon, mesh fabric) and placed onto canvas blocks covered with calico.  The colourful fabric on one of the canvas' is on the back of Winifred.

Earnest stuck his head in the photos numerous times, cheeky monkey!

And this is Winifred: (she couldn't make it to the photoshoot, too busy buying 21st present)

Please do let me know if you have any ideas of what else I should make her... I've been thinking notebooks, necklace, earrings, purse...
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cute lil notebooks! Now with TUTORIAL! (img heavy) on: November 11, 2008 02:18:42 PM
This was my first attempt at making notebooks. So much fun & so easy!! Definately going to make some more  Cheesy

The cover of this one is made from scrapbooking card and the pages are made from scraps of paper I found around the house... envelopes, graph paper, diaries, etc. I love its randomness  Grin

In this pic you can see the plastic window on the envelope that looks through to the next page. I thought it was cute!

This pic shows the pattern on the inside of the cover - cute paisley print.

And this is the other note book I made. Good way of recycling raisin packets, huh?

It is held together by wrapping that papery cord stuff around a button

Let me know what you think. I've bought some eyelets, I'm planning on using them for my next note book... just have to figure out how!


Here is a tutorial on how to make these notebooks as requested. The example I used in this tut is slightly different to the other two notebooks shown above but you can just play around with the general concept to create whatever you like Smiley

PVA Glue
Cotton Thread
Sewing needle

(NB. choose the size/amount of materials based on what size notebook you want)

1.Gather as many bits of scrap paper as you can find: envelopes, old diaries/note books etc.

2. Cut the bits of scrap paper down so that they are all the size that you want your pages.

3.Cut a front and back cover + spine out from the cardboard- approx 0.5cm larger than the pages.

4. Cut the fabric approx 0.5-1cm larger than the cardboard.. leave a small (2ml) gap between each of the covers and the spine. (NB the fabric is a single piece where as the card is 3 pieces-2 covers and spine)

5. Chop the corners off the piece of fabric & cover the 'wrong' side of the fabric with PVA glue.

6.Place the cardboard covers and spine onto the gluey piece of fabric. Make sure that there is a small (2ml) gap between the spine and the covers to allow for the notebook to open and close easier.

7.Fold the overhanging edges of the fabric over the cardboard and hold in place with paper clips until the glue dries.

8.Sew the button onto the front cover.

9. Cut a piece of cardboard out that is smaller than the cover but large enough to conceal the folded edges of the fabric.

10. Cut a piece of cord/ribbon - ensure that it will be long enough to reach along the width of the pages + wrap a couple of times around the button and a bit extra. Place the cord in place on the inside of the black cover- just above where the centre of the button lies on the front cover.

11. Cover the 'wrong' side of the cardboard with PVA glue and place on the inside of the cover, ensuring that a decent amount of cord is secured underneath.
Secure with paper clips and allow glue to dry.

12.Spread PVA glue along the length of the spine (inside the cover) ensuring that you have spread it right to the edges of the spine.

13.Gather up all of the pages and spread glue along the length of one side of the pages. Place the pages against the glue spread along the inside spine. You can also add some extra glue to the top and bottom of the inside edge of the pages. Allow to dry ensuring that the pages are being pressed into the glue on the inside spine.

Congratulations- your notebook is complete!!!

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