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1  Re: Low Stress Fiber Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sallyb on: October 10, 2009 02:54:49 AM
Whoa!  They are awesome packages Belladune and CamOovas!  I'm loving seeing what everyone has received! 

Well, here is another!  I received from UntouchableFace a few days ago, but have only been able to put up pics now! 

I received some absolutely gorgeous fibre!  Beautiful colours and gorgeous feel... perfect for me!

The colours from left to right are named "Spring has Sprung", "Night Sky" and "Cotton Candy".  Super sweet!

Then there is also this beautiful brown/green/sparkle fiber called "Forest Glen", some cute little felted acorns and a sweet little sheep tag:

Everybody say "Awwww..."

Thanks again UntouchableFace - and thanks again to SML for organising this fantastic swap!  I can't wait to spin and felt up this fiber!
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2  Re: International day of felt! - post your pictures here in Felting: Completed Projects by sallyb on: October 04, 2009 01:41:00 PM
Here is my contribution to Internationa Day of Felt...

I had wild plans to do so many things, but as happens, life had other plans.  I'm still happy with what I did do though, which was felt up a heap of rocks in the colours of the day and anonymously leave them around town for people to find.  I had no idea how people would react to them, but I left them in areas of high pedestrian traffic with little tags attached so people could look up the FeltUnited website and find out more about what was going on.

Here's a couple of pics of rocks left about town:

I only got a few pics as I was trying to be all inconspicuous and scuttle away before I aroused too much suspicion!

When I went out to collect them at the end of the day I was absolutely stoked to find out that  there were only two left where I had left them - people had been interested enough to pick up the others!  Isn't that the whole point of the day?  Woo hoo!

Here's a pic of a few more of them at home before being tagged up and left outside:

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3  Owl Softie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sallyb on: October 02, 2009 06:44:20 PM

I made this little owl softie for my neice for Christmas.  It's been a great way to use up fabric scraps!

His cute little butt feathers...

Thanks for looking!
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4  Super-cute pram liner in Completed Projects by sallyb on: October 02, 2009 04:14:23 PM
I'm expecting my first bub in December and have been looking around for a liner to go in our new pram.  I wanted something soft, breathable and washable... but was having difficulty finding it without paying through the nose!

So why not make one?  I googled "pram liner" + tutorial and was amazed to find this fantastic page:


The tutorial is so easy to follow and use - I'm going to be making more!

Here's some pics:

I used bamboo batting (about 4 layers) inside the liner and the outer fabric I got on sale.  It's the same on both sides, as this one was really a trial.  I'm going to make more with different patterns on each side, and some from fleece for winter.

I can't believe how easy this was to make.  I made up a template so I can easily make more in the coming months!
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5  Re: September Felt-along - preparing for OCT 3rd. International felt-bombing in Felting: Discussion and Questions by sallyb on: October 02, 2009 04:01:56 PM
Happy International Felt Day everyone!!!!  Grin Grin Grin

Well, it is here in Australia anyway!

I woke up this morning and went for a lovely walk around town, leaving little felted rocks with tags attached at various places of high pedestrian traffic - it was good fun!  I had a soundtrack of Regina Spektor in my ears, the sun was shining and there was a little nip of chill in the air - beautiful!

Here's a couple of pics I managed to get before scampering off and leaving my anonymous gifts to the community to be found!

I have to go and do some shopping this morning, so I can't wait to head up the street and see people's reactions!

I hope everyone has a lovely, felt-y day today!
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6  Re: September Felt-along - preparing for OCT 3rd. International felt-bombing in Felting: Discussion and Questions by sallyb on: September 19, 2009 11:18:17 PM
Here's a few stones I've felted up ready to scatter around town in a couple of weeks time!

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7  Re: September Felt-along - preparing for OCT 3rd. International felt-bombing in Felting: Discussion and Questions by sallyb on: September 11, 2009 01:17:53 AM
kay, here's the tag I've come up with that I'm going to attach to my felt-bombs on Oct 3.  I had to take a photo of it opened on my laptop screen to be able to share it on craftster, so that's why there are some reflections in it:

I wanted to keep it simple, with minimum of information so that people might be curious enough to look up the website and find out what the hell was going on.

I am happy to share this with anyone who would like it - just PM me with your email address and I will email it to you as an attachment.  It is best used as a .tif file, but I do have a .jpg version as well.  Let me know in your PM which version you would like.

I figure I will just tile them onto an A4 page and print out - voula!
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8  Yet another Yoda Amigurumi - with lightsaber! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by sallyb on: September 08, 2009 03:29:56 AM
Ever since I started doing amigurumi and found the Geek Central Station blog, my man has been pestering me to make a Yoda amigurumi!  With our firstborn on the way, I decided now was the time to make one, as bub's first toy.

I used the human amigurumi pattern available on the Geek Central Station blog (http://www.geekcentralstation.blogspot.com) and then made up the ears as I went along.  They took about 3 gos before I got a shape that worked.

I'm so pleased with how he turned out.  I did try and embroider some of his wonderful wrinkles around the eyes, but it didn't work out and I just pulled it all out again.  So this is how he stays!

I just sewed together a little robe out of felt, and added a lightsaber hanging off his belt.

I'm pretty chuffed with myself and my husband thinks he is unreal.  We'll have to remember to pack him in our hospital bags ready to go!

Comments very welcome!
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9  Felted goodness! Seaweed scarf, bunting and balls... in Felting: Completed Projects by sallyb on: August 09, 2009 12:49:32 AM
I've done a bit of felting over the past month or so, but have been too busy to really get my teeth into anything - until today! 

I got my hands on a new magazine - "Felt" - available in Australia by the same people who do "Yarn", and it had a great project in it for making a seaweed scarf.  I loved the look of it and couldn't wait to give it a try!

Here is the results after just 2 hours of felting...

It's made from gorgeous merino fleece from Fibreworks (I'm lucky enough to live close by!) and is actually a rectangular grid - I had to fold it over in the middle to fit it into the frame for a photo!

But why is it called a seaweed scarf I hear you ask?  Here's an action shot that may be helpful:

I just love the colour!  I'll be near Fibreworks again next weekend so I'll drop in and pick up some more of this beautiful colourway!

I also felt like doing some experimenting a few weeks ago and decided to make a bunting for my new bub, who is due in December.  I'd love to felt heaps of stuff for him/her, but being a summer baby in Australia, felted bits and pieces would probably not be such a good idea until next winter!  With this bunting, I was mucking around with layering different colours together and using bits and pieces of yarn and stuff mixed in with the fleece.  Again, it's pretty much all Fibreworks merino fleece:

I sewed some bias binding across the top so we could tie it up when we get the nursery organised.

And then I'm doing some felting with some of the kids I teach at school and put together some felted balls to show them:

I love that these are so easy to make and the kids love them!  I'm also teaching a Science class how to make them as their teacher saw them and thought they'd be great for the kids to make into solar systems!  How cool is that?  Two nerdy things coming together...

Thanks for looking guys - c & c welcome!!
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10  Re: I Love Musicals Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sallyb on: June 25, 2009 03:14:57 AM
Oh! I have some wonderful goodies to share!  I hope people do stop by to gaze at the wonder that is the crafty goodness of fluffypants!

The karma police have been watching me - knowing that I had completely dropped the bundle during this swap, they did not let me receive my package from fluffypants until I had organised mine to send to her.  I had just picked up the last bits to put in her package and I got home to find her package for me waiting there!  Yay!

Here we go:
My husband is a mad ice hockey fan, but living in Australia gives very little opportunity to play or watch his favourite sport.  When he heard my new swap partner was from Canada, he got very excited and asked if she could send some ice hockey stuff over for him.  She obliged in a very big way and his reaction of "Phwoar!!!!!" when he opened his bits was priceless!  His eyes and smile were wide for ages afterwards!
Here is his haul: Canadian hockey beanie, rangers drink holder and coaster and Soo Greyhounds button.

And him just after opening the package, his head buried in the hockey record:

Now that he is all taken care of... my haul!  Firstly, a mug with the famous Wicked! pic painted onto it... awesome-ness...

I drink tea all the time, so it's already had a run tonight.  Then, cherry lip balm, with Rizzo in the lid...  and Canadian pencils...

And now, get ready to be jealous all Scrubs fans...  the most fantastic bag in the whole, wide world...

Bahahahaha!  I love it!  Here's a pic of the inside and gorgeous fabric fluffypants used for the lining...

Super-duper magnificent awesomeness!  I had an idea that we could use this for a nappy bag when our prodigy arrives in December (hence the reason my head has been all over the place and I'm extremely late sending my package out!!) and my husband agrees.  I think it is rather apt, and it sure beats all the bags I've seen around so far!  It just makes me laugh so much - I love that episode and this is just so perfect.

Thanks again to the wonderfully talented fluffypants!  Hip hip hooray!

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