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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / edible lucky pigs on: January 09, 2010 07:37:46 AM
i don't know how new years eve is celebrated in the us or elsewhere, but here people give lucky charms to each other.
that can be ladybugs, coins, pigs, clover leaves, fly agarics, edible or not.

last year, me and my bf gave handmade marzipan pigs
we had a lot of fun making them Smiley

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / cute felt ornaments: my first time working with felt, jay! (patterns added) on: January 08, 2010 06:23:27 PM

hi everyone!
i haven't worked with felt since primary school, but this christmas i felt like making felt ornaments. great sentence  Roll Eyes
it's a little hard to see, but i didn't use glue. everything is stitched by hand with crocheting thread (i don't own embroidery floss)
here they are:

on my almost-christmas tree:

i love the rocking horses! i cut 2 more for myself, but until now i had no time to do them: it took around 9 hours to finish this one they look the same on both sides. it's got sequins and the yellow and orange dots are secured with french knots (french knots another "first" for me  Cheesy)



after cutting 28745 shapes out of felt:

this year  was a very "green" christmas. most of the felt ornaments were presents, i also made baubles: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333575.msg3853134#msg3853134

i didn't buy anything except a plain t-shirt to print on it and 2 metres of felt :-)
presents are wrapped in old newspaper and repurposed tissue paper

i also made my own tags and cards i used for cupons and or notes that i wrapped with the presents (sorry for the bad pictures)

--------------------- Patterns ----------------------

that's the patterns i used. the dashed lines might help you to arrange the ornaments.
the scans were really bad after craftster-resizing, so i draw real patterns for you Smiley



i made the patterns myself, feel free to use them for your private crafting. i'd love to see pictures if you make some Smiley

13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / sparkly fabric ornaments or: what i did last september on: January 08, 2010 02:59:10 PM

i always have problems to find christmas presents for the family, so these year my aunts, grandmothers got ornaments that matches their trees style
i did them back in september, but forgot to take pictures until the day i wrapped everything

i loved to go through all of my tiny pieces of great fabrics
can you imagine how "happy" the boy was about the fabric taking over our living room? Tongue

they were very time consuming, as i made them irregular and therefore had to cut every piece of fabric individually. i think it took me 3 days to make all of them

my favourite is the purple one:

this one is THAT kitschy. but it's for my kitsch-loving grandmother (she has a pink decorated tree with pink glitter birds, so that's finde)



all of them together:

the biggest ones are 12cm in diameter, the two tiny ones are 6cm in diameter
they loved them, and i think that this is some kind of useful present, as everyone i know always buys christmas ornaments

i made fabric-bauble-thingies based on something i've seen there: http://oldschoolacres.typepad.com/old_school_acres/felt/:
all of them together

i found this strange plastic ornament and just had to fill it with sparkly balls  Roll Eyes

the other ornaments i made can be found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333594.0
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / my gingerbread village and a starry christmas tree on: January 02, 2010 11:21:44 AM

hi everyone!

when i read about the gingerbread challenge, i just had to enter (my first challenge :-) )
of course, my boyfriend helped me (he cut most of the parts and supervised the oven. we filled a lot of baking trays :-P)

but i had to set a few exra-rules:

rule #1: it has to be portable, as i travelled home for christmas
   i decided to do a village, as little houses are easier to store in a box for hours of driving on mountain roads.
rule #2: it has to taste good, because throwing food away is not an option for me.
   as in my family gingerbread has to taste like gingerbread, i could not use lots of candy or frosting. i just used marzipan and a little sugar icing


close ups:

i planned to place the tiny house in front of the trees, but in the end there was no space left. poor little house :-(

"making of" so you can see that i REALLY made it myself. first cake decorating project! jay.

everything before assembling. i counted more than 60 gingerbread parts
(the stars will become the trees later)

everything waiting to be decorated

paaainting! i felt like a little kid playing with watercolours Cheesy
and the gingerbread tastes just slightly sugary with a hint of white rum. yum.

thanks for looking,
have a great year 2010!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / flowers and bees pyjama pants aka mockup for jeans. on: December 29, 2009 06:09:29 AM

i made pants again!
they're basically some sort of mock up for "real" pants i've had in my mind for quite some time.
they will be made of jeans fabric and have big  pockets above the pleats on the side.

for now, i'm very happy with the construction. i made the pattern myself and it consists of just one part. plus 3 rectangles for cuffs (?) and waistband.
the cuffs (?) make the pants wide in the legs without touching the floor AND i can wear them shorter if i move the cuff-things up to my knees
there's no seams on the inside of the legs, i think that's great for pyjama pants.
and the're wide, but because of the pleated part, the usual bulk of fabric is NOT between the bed and my hips when i watch tv/want to sleep


the "excuse the dirty mirror and the crappy pictures in general i was home alone" shot

and worn as 3/4 length pants

close up of the fabric and the pleated area
the pattern is kitschy, but i love that fabric. it's so soft and everything and it was just 2 per metre

thank you for looking,
i'd love to hear what you think about this project

a crafty new year to all of you! Cheesy
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / decoupaging veneered wood? i need your help, allmighty crafters :-) on: December 29, 2009 05:46:26 AM
hi everyone!

i have 3 old wardrobes in my bedroom, they are veneered and don't match the colour of the other wood in the room.
i decoupaged a lamp with newspaper, so i thought about decoupaging them too.
i thing it would look good in this room, but i'm not willing to sand the veneer-layer off the wardrobes aren't worth this effort anymore and there is no way to get them outside for sanding or something like that.
as money is a little tight after we bought everything else for our new home, i thought this could be a nice, cheap idea.
the wardrobes will never be painted again after this, so it has not to be removable.

my second idea was painting it with coloured glue? not to make it look like varnish, it should be just Smiley Smiley white, but irregular, somewhat like an expressionist painting  Roll Eyes
i'd love to get a little texture, but again i don't know which glue would work, as wallpaper glue is not strong enough (varnish does not work either)

has anyone done something like that bevore? they're huge and plain, so the real problem is the glue, i think.
i tried wallpaper paste, but my testpiece just fell of as soon as it was dried completely.

as for glue-shopping: i'm in europe

thanks for reading this,
i would love to hear your thoughts/ideas on how to get ANYTHING to stick on there without sanding :-)
thanks in advance!


ps: i haven't found a topic that helps me here, sorry if i missed one already existing.
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / hairties: cute last minute gifts with matching gift box on: October 25, 2009 02:49:11 PM
so a friends birthday party was coming up, and i tried to find a little something that's nice and usable.
She has very long hair and she always wears it braided. So i thought hey, let's make hair ties. Her mum lives in south africa at the moment, and she often spends her holidays there, so i thought i could use that as a point to start.

enough blabla, if you have questions, please feel free to ask.
c&c is always appreciated.


18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / ideas for tiny umbrellas? on: October 23, 2009 03:52:13 PM
hi everyone!

okay. today, i found small umbrellas (sized like that one: http://files.myopera.com/farisse/albums/608978/boys,rain,umbrella,cute,kid,children-4eb40daf4712f88af98f2772093a8c52_h.jpg) but they are constructed like regular umbrellas for grown ups.
there is two different colour combinations: white and blue/red, black and yellow.

i bought one of each colour, but could buy more, as they are really, really cheap. i think one could make something great out of them, but i lack of ideas.
it doesn't neccessarily have to be for halloween, carnival will arrive soon :-D
it doesn't matter if it's a single costume or an idea for a group

i would love to hear your thoughts!
(and, of course, i will appreciate non-costume ideas too)
maybe this belongs to another place, but as it somehow fits here too i hope that's okay.)

thank you!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / happy accident a.k.a. summer dress on: October 10, 2009 12:46:12 PM

i made this a while ago as a summer dress, it was a "test piece" when i got my first serger for my 18th birthday (jay for crafty parents)

I didn't have plans, i just bought a piece of fabric to try sewing knits with the new serger. when i started to play around, i made a summer dress. of course there was not enough fabric to make a nice flowy dress, so it ended up being waaay to tight at the bottom. it looked horrible

so i added a few blue panels and voila: beautiful summer dress.
ignore my hair and everything :-)

close up

modelled by a piece of furniture, to show the blue parts.

20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / desperate: which appetizer: sweet-sour curry? on: September 19, 2009 03:37:37 PM
Hi everyone!
i hope i'm right here, but i hope you can safe my life :-)

I'm a little desperate today, because my boyfriend invented his parents to our new home.
the invitation itself is not the problem, but it's getting "worse": they will travel more than 200 kilometres to visit us for the first time, plus it's a birthday lunch for his father.

the fact is, that his father is very picky and he loves my sweet-sour curry. (it contains chicken, cream, fruits/vegetables such as corn, mango, bean sprouts, pears and curry of course. it's loaded of fruit and vegetables and a little spicy. i will serve it with rice) therefore this should be the main dish.
everything is great that far, but now we need something we can serve as an appetizer. i have no idea what would work with curry
i thought about french onion soup, but i'm afraid this would be a little strange or don't you think so?
most mashed-vegetables-with-a-bit-of-cream-soups would work just fine, but bf's father most certainly won't eat zucchini, mushrooms or pumpkins. so it's a little hard to decide which of those soups would work.

maybe something that isn't soup?
is there someone out there who knows a tasty appetizer that would work with this main dish?
i can cook, but i'm new to this whole "living alone and have to think about meals" thing. and, as he doesn't like many of the things i like to eat, i have no idea what to do.

i would be very thankful if anyone had a suggestion, every thought/idea you are willing to share would be greatly appreciated.
(i keep noticing more and more how desperate i must sound)

thanks in advance
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