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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / material belts on: January 24, 2010 02:30:38 PM
Am I alright posting just belts in the clothing area? I get so confused!  Undecided

Anyways, sadly I don't remember the last time I got my sewing machine out, which makes me really sad, but I think it is linked to the fact this is the first time I've ever made something I am excited about wearing out!

I recently bought a new dress online. I liked its mix of patterns as I love to mix patterns and was excited to get it, unfortunately I didn't notice that it had elastic under the bust and then wasn't waisted - I'm fairly curvy and can end up feeling uncomfortable if the clothes I'm in don't show a waist  Sad But in contrast to that I don't own a huge number of belts, and nothing I owned seemed to work.

I was browsing the internets while trying to work out what to do, as I didn't want to send it back as I like the colours a lot, and saw someone wearing an obi style belt and figured it was something even I might be able to pull together. Add to that a trip out the shops, and an hour of so of crafting and I have 2 new belts!!!

Here is a picture that attempts to show the colours and textures:

Here's the brown one with a turquoise ribbon:

(sorry about the stern face - I'm a smiler normally, I'm trying to balance on my sofa, with the camera on a book shelf - too many things to think about!  Smiley )

And this one is brown with a pink and green pattern on it and a brown ribbon:

and just for reference here is the dress without the belt:

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / my first ever go at bleach stencilling - beaksharktopus and slow loris on: December 06, 2009 02:45:58 PM
so these are a couple of christmas presents I've made. I've done a little t-shirt design work, and some bleach work, but this was my first time using stencils of any kind. I'm not very confident freehand and as I knew I wanted to make something that needed to catch an iconic shape I wanted to make a stencil for the outside shape.

So as I don't really have photoshop skillz I printed off the pictures I wanted to use, picked up the outline in pen and then traced the outline shape onto tracing paper, and transferred it onto card and then cut out the shape. Used bleach on the t-shirts to get the background colour and then used fabric paints to bring out a little detail.

First I bring you bearsharktopus:

and in case you don't know bearsharktopus, this is where me and my friend first saw him boingboing bearsharktopus - the most badass animal on the net.

(unfortunately I dripped some lines of bleach because I wasn't being very clever - I'm gonna sell it to my friend that the bearsharktopus is fighting off lasers...)

and secondly I bring you a slow loris who likes being tickled:

and in case you haven't seen the slow loris being tickled it's here I really recommend it - it cant fail to make me smile Smiley

Hope this fits alright in this forum. Let me know what you think  Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Terrariums... on: December 06, 2009 02:22:21 PM
I love terrariums and all of yours look super cute! :-)
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Train Tickets on: July 27, 2009 02:13:34 AM
ooh loads of inspiration so far, thank you loads   Cheesy

I think so far my favourite idea is the pack of cards, I love the idea of making them into something I can use and then put away to store. The back isn't plain but I'm sure I could cover it with card to add the card numbers and shapes. And as each back will be different someone with more patience and attention to detail than myself would be able to cheat and remember what card was what, but I might take the risk!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Anti-Boredom Box on: July 26, 2009 09:56:42 AM
Thanks for the nice comments :-)

And don't worry little me, I have over a week to find something nice for the front, and it will have something added, I just don't know what yet :-)
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Space Invaders Level Recreated in Needlepoint...and they're fridge magnets!! on: July 24, 2009 02:43:22 PM
This is awesome, I am amazed by your dedication!!!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Button Charm Bracelets - seriously picture heavy!! on: July 24, 2009 02:13:52 PM
Thank you for all the cheerful comments  Cheesy
Making people smile is one of their main aims!!  Cheesy
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Button Necklace on: July 24, 2009 02:11:28 PM
Thank you for the kind comments :-) :-)

THAT'S a super cute necklace!!! (promoting your shop in the regular threads is a no no- Smiley but you can put a link to your shop in your footer ) Showing off a super fun piece like this is def. do!

Thanks for the info about the shop - have edited to suit :-)
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Train Tickets on: July 24, 2009 12:44:23 PM
I have a terrible habit of not being able to chuck out my train tickets - I like the memories of the journeys (most of the time!) and now I have loads and loads.

This is about a 1/4 of my 'collection'

Previously I have covered a big storage box and book with them but I don't know what to do with next, any ideas would be very appreciated :-)
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Anti-Boredom Box on: July 24, 2009 12:33:20 PM
I saw this post on Craftzine the other day about making an anti-boredom tin for a child, well it is my lovely boyfriend's 31st birthday next week and he has a new harmonica coming but I wanted a surprise for him to open.

Neither of us drive and so spend a fair amount of time on public transport, and he's fairly arty so I thought an anti-boredom box would be nice for him to throw in his bag!

Here it is (it's made from a smoking tin, that used to say "rizla" on the front, not so great so it's covered up for now and I have a few days to find an exciting picture to put on it!)

first peek when you look in:


Inside we have a little notepad, a mini propeller pencil, mini felt tips, a teeny pack of cards, some stickers and a small packet of bouncing putty.

And if all that fails there is a picture of his wonderful girlfriend (me!  Wink) to gaze at lovingly inside the lid


What do you think?
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