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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Eating disorder recovery swap? on: May 13, 2010 03:34:56 PM

would anyone be interested in doing a swap to support people who are currently going through/ or have been through recovery from an eating disorder?

I was thinking crafting along the lines of...

HSG's perfect scales- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337406.0
Positive thinking healthy, balanced recipes
self esteem boosting things
maybe bracelets as 'recovery' strength reminder?

just things that will remind us that we are strong and that the impossible can be acheived!!

anyone interested?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My winter ball dress... on: December 02, 2009 04:40:12 PM

So i havent posted for a while, but im particularly proud of this!

We have a winter ball in our med school, and is a very lovely event. I really wanted to look nice, but couldnt face the long trawl of dress shopping and the expense! I have never gone for a floor length dress before, and always thought they were a bit frumpy, so i glammed mine up a bit!

I made it up as i went along, its made from a beautiful soft chiffon that my mum bought me.

me and my friends (im in the dark green)

a side view of the cut

THE BACK! my favourite bit! The glass studs are vintage that i found at a flea market.

im afraid i am a very sloppy sewer and would hate you to see the inside, but i was pleased with how it came out.

It only malfunctioned towards the end of the night... i ended up with quite a bit of bra on show, but never mind!!

comments appriciated,
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / a very thrifty tea party! on: May 14, 2009 07:12:12 AM
So one of my best friends birthdays comes round...

so we have to celebrate! but we have a tiny budget, here are our results..

First of all we decided everyone (except the birthday girl- it was a surprise!!) woudl bring soem baking. we ended up with...
scones, strawberries and cream
jam tarts
banana bread
cup cakes
short bread
raspberry and chocolate cookies

sorry, they got eaten before i could take photos! scruffy but delicious

gifts and decor were on a strictly crafty basis-
stuffed makka pakka, he has wheat inside him so he can get warmed up in the microwave!

we didnt have enough paper for 'birthday' so wills banner had to say "happy anna day"

we got crockery and tea pots from chairty shopd and a junk yard, and got lots of little flowers and branches of blossum, all in a very random assortment of vases!

newspaper bunting! Anna liked this so much she took it home to put in her bedroom!

lots of homemade cards.

Our friend laura made an incredible braille book, with a story about a robot and even little pictures made up of the braille dots.

hope you like everything and maybe got some ideas for your own party-on-a-budget!

josie xx

4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Crafting for the environment- inspire others! on: August 03, 2008 12:35:05 PM
Ok ok, im really srry for posting this twice- i just really would like people to hear about this oppurtunity!

Hello craftster!

Care about the environment? Want to stretch that crafty mind? Want to take part in an international community art project?

I am running a project called 'My Eco Action' ( www.myspace.com/my_eco_action)

Its similar to postsecret, in that you guys submit a postcard (6" by 4") that you have decorated (the craftier the better). On it you write one thing you do to help the environment.
No matter how big or small - recycling, educating, preserving energy- your action will hopefully inspire someone else to do the same.

I would so appriciate if you could think about giving this a go.
Give me a pm if you would like to get involved and make a postcard.

postage will be inexpensive (despite me living in scotland!) and quick.
Any postcards i receive will join the exhibition that will travel schools and community projects.
If you cant get the postcard to me, then if you scan it i can still put it on the myspace.

get your friends and children involved! Have an Eco Action night! get your crafty scraps out! [/size][/size][/color]

Thankyou so much, Josie
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "My first dress!" scruffy but just right for me on: June 23, 2008 02:21:03 PM
Hello everyone! Iv been getting more and more crafty recently and the time had to come when i would end up trying to make a dress...

ahah! 4 fabric in a charity shop! 1 evening and 1 very rushed morning (plus blood, sweat and tears..) and i managed to create this.

There is about 5 metres of fabric in this skirt, i swear i have never attempted such a hem! Lots of problems came up, lots of cutting the wrong bit and a VERY wonky zipper, but i think its just about wearable. My favourite bit is the chiffon collar.

Heres a photo from sunny (yes- SUNNY) scotland! what do you think?

josie x
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Slouchy pouchy wallet with tutorial- picture heavy! on: June 03, 2008 05:11:39 PM
Hello everyone! I wanted to make a wallet for my boyfriend for our 4 year anniversary, the tutorials on craftster gave me alot of help but none were quite what i was looking for, so i experimented a bit and came up with this. It was also my sister's birthday so i altered my design for something a bit more girly...

heres what i came up with, along with my first ever tutorial! if anyone has any questions feel free to ask, i probably havn't explained very well!

What do you think?

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / kitsh tea cosy on: June 01, 2008 05:07:23 PM
My friend arrives back from a year in India next week, she's become addicted to chai tea! I was a bit worried that back here in scotland her tea might go cold a bit to quickly, so i made her this to keep it cosy. Unfortunatly its a bit big for my teapots, i hope it fits hers..

I followed a really easy and adaptable pattern, if anyone would like me to post a quick tute i woudl be more than happy,

hope you like it, J xxx

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / cute cottage bag on: June 01, 2008 05:02:13 PM
Its my sister's 15th Birthday coming up and she was absoluetly desprate for the Cath Kidson Sewing box thats like a little English cottage... but its 40!!! Being a big sister on a budget I fashioned a considerably smaller ( and cheaper) version as a bag.

Its got plastic board inside the fabric which keeps its shape, and is big enough for all the essentials. It was my first go at embroidery type stuff. Made from a second hand skirt and shirt, what do you think?

Thanks for looking!

9  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / two things combined swap on: May 26, 2008 07:04:20 AM
Hello UK!

I just joined crafter a month ago, and i really want to try a swap!


this one look amazing, but so far everyone is US or Canada, and postage being really expensive and such, i was wondering if anyone UK based would be interested?

go on go on...

josie x  (scotland)
10  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / 'Two things combined swap" on: May 26, 2008 07:00:30 AM
Hello fellow scots!

I just joined crafter a month ago, and i really want to try a swap!


this one look amazing, but so far everyone is US or Canada, and postage being really expensive and such, i was wondering if anyone UK based would be interested?

go on go on...

josie x
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