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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fall-themed place holders: laminating autumn leaves! (big photos) on: October 10, 2010 09:08:28 AM
Hello! This is a very quick and easy autumn craft  Wink

After a walk in a beautiful cemetery/park here in Copenhagen, I came home with a bunch of leaves that I picked up. Their colors were beautiful, and I decided to put them in the laminating machine...they turned out great! I'm thinking of using them as place holder "cards"...

They would be cool as calling cards, and gift tags (just need to punch a hole and insert a nice string). These are some more leaves drying....I actually put paper towels under them and over them, then a layer of magazine paper, then some heavy books. For not very long, just to take some humidity out of it...

And this is how the laminated sheet looked before it was cut out.

And I hanged one by the window...you can see the trees from the square in the background. They are turning all yellow right now.

What do you think?

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / First scarf - but way too many stitches on my needle, why? on: January 27, 2010 10:06:18 AM
Hi dear craftsters!

I'm having a problem with the scarf I'm knitting  (just learned how to knit, so maybe that's why). I'm following a pattern that has k 2 rows; k1, yo twice; then k1, drop twice; then repeat. I've started casting on 20...and now I have like 35 stitches on my needle....mhh....that's not normal right?  Huh

I went through the FAQ and couldn't find anything about this, Hope somebody can share their wisdom! This is a pic of the work in progress....

thanks for your help!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fabric scraps+old postcards = Flowery wreath! BIG photos on: December 06, 2008 04:01:53 PM
Hey! Ok, this is another wreath, but it's the season  Grin I enjoyed making it, and by the way it's the first wreath I made ever...

Details of the flowers, made with scraps of fabric and cut out postcards, buttons and fixated on the wreath with pins

Easy to make. I bought a nice pinetree wreath at a flower shop, for 38 danish kroner. It smells so good by the way! Then cut out fabric and postcards, composed the flowers, put a button at the center of each, and with a pin I pinned them to the wreath. I also put a couple of earrings I made some time ago, hanging from the flowers!
Now it's hanging on my door and looks really cute!

thanks for looking, and happy holiday crafting!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Recipe for delicate eye cream. Any ideas? on: November 18, 2008 02:13:36 PM
Hi everybody!

I've been looking for a recipe to make some sort of delicate eye cream. Years ago I used to buy the eye-contour gel they sell at The Body Shop, then yesterday I went to their store and I found out that specific "delicate" gel is based on alchool - sorry for my English, not my first language :-). Plus, I'm not so sure Body Shop is against animal testing anymore, now that it's owned by L'Oreal, and this is another reason for me not to buy their eye cream and perhaps try to make my own...

I have vitamin E capsules, beeswax (maybe too aggressive for the eye area?), almond oil...do you know if I can find some recipe for a good nourishing eye cream based off these ingredients?

Thanks so much for your help!!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Turn your paper scraps to little piglet notebook! on: October 12, 2008 08:52:26 AM

I made this following a very good video tutorial. I actually found the tutorial though a previous thread here on craftster, but I can't find it anymore to quote it, sorry! This is the video tutorialhttp://photojojo.com/content/diy/make-your-own-photo-notebook-journal/ that inspired me anyway.

Its binded using Elmers glue. Its actually my first real homemade notebook. I wanted to do these for a while, but I was lacking paper to recycle for the project.

Then yesterday I found an old organizer and took out the empty pages. (I cut them to a smaller size in order to eliminate the margins that had the dates and times). The cover is a cut out from a vintage postcard found in a flea market.

I also used origami paper and brown wrapping paper (the latter was used for the binding too). The binding seems pretty good too.

And the back cover is from a light cardboard brochure.

If you have scrap paper, photos or postcards, glue and 30 minutes, you can make it too. One more notebook for my collection! With the best cover possible.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / COW CHAIR! supereasy 10 min re-upholstery with tutorial and pics on: October 06, 2008 02:20:14 AM

Im still at home with my friends, the painkiller pills, waiting for my tooth situation to become normal again after a small operation. So I guess I can put up one more tutorial! Its the easiest project of all: turning an old chair in a cow chair. Maybe a tutorial wasn't even nedeed...but well, here it is! We got these chairs in a thrift store last year, and at first I covered them in orange Ikea fabric. But the fabric wasnt strong enough, since it was not for upholstery and very thin. They looked like this:

So I upgraded them to a slightly fuzzy cow fabric cover. Material you need: cow fabric (or tiger, leopard, snow lion, whatever). Tools: staple-gun and screwdriver.

First lift up the seat (dont know how else to call it!) and get ready to take off the old fabric cover by lifting up the staples with the screwdriver.

Then youll cut out the fabric you wanna cover your chair with and place the seat on top. With the staple-gun start shooting staples to fix the fabric to the wooden surface of the seat (the back). You can see the white corduroy that was underneath the orange layer, I left it for extra comfort (these chairs arent very soft!)

Thats pretty much itjust need to put the seat back in place. The whole thing take perhaps 10 minutes!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Orange pillowcase w/zipper TUTORIAL on: October 05, 2008 08:48:41 AM
I'm a beginner at sewing, so anytime I make something it feels so good! I tried to put togheter a tutorial for my first ever pillow case with zipper, probably one of the easier projects if you want to learn how to sew. I wish I'd taken more pictures during the making. Here's the finished pillowcase:

Both the pillow and the fabric were found in the storeskrald (a sort of danish trashroom, present in most buildings, but for stuff that is going to be recycled by 1) thrift stores, or 2) other people who may take it (like me), or 3) burnt to make energy for the city). I bought the zipper in a thrift store, so the whole project costed 2 danish kroner.

You need fabric, a zipper, scissors, pins, paper to trace the measure of your pillow case, a sewing machine OR needle and thread (if you wanna sew by hand). Thats it.

Trace the measure of your pillow case on paper (leave about 1,5 or 2 cm more, according to the thickness of the fabric and how it stretches). Pin the paper on fabric and cut the fabric down to the right measureyou need 2 pieces of fabric (with the same exact size).

Now youre ready to sew the zipper! The zipper should be just a little shorter than the length of the side its gonna be sewn on.

Place one of your fabric cut out RIGHT SIDE UP and place the zipper WRONG SIDE UP at the very top of the piece of fabric, like above. Pin it and sew the top part of the zipper (remember to use the zipper foot if you use the machine). You should do the same for the other piece of fabric - dont panic, its easy, just not very intuitive - like anything related to sewing! Then your zipper is sewn in nicely.

Now open the zipper towards its half and sew together the pieces of fabric on the other 3 sides (the right side, left side and bottom), fabric should be WRONG FACE UP (basically you flip it, then sew it). Reinforce the corners by sewing back and forth on them.

Then through the opening you left with your zipper you can flip the whole thing back, and thats your finished pillow case. Insert pillow!

As you can see from this last pic, the zipper wasnt sewn in with the most precise techniquemmh..I used a fabric that was very thin and very very stretchy - thing I usually try to avoid (Im just a beginner after all). But I couldnt resist the color!

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pinkify your moleskine with TUTORIAL! and huge pics on: October 05, 2008 05:36:56 AM
Hi there! This is my first tutorial EVER, hope you'll find it useful. (pardon my english, not my first language)
I simply covered in fabric the moleskine City Notebook I received for my birthday. It was an extremely cheap craft: I found a nice child shirt in the trash and cut out the fabric from it. Here's a picture and the tutorial:

Besides the fabric and the notebook the only tools needed are Elmer's school glue (the regular liquid non-toxic school glue that comes in white bottles), a flat paintbrush and scissors. Here's how to do it: start taking apart your moleskine! Destroy! You actually only have to take the black cover off, by lifting up the inside cover and taking it off. Be careful when you handle the inside cover, it shouldn't break 'cause it's gonna be back there at the end. Here's how it looks: the inside of your hardcover & the back of you inside cover:

Then it's time to cut your fabric the right measure. There's different ways to do it, but to be sure the result will please you, try different ways and see how it will fit on your hardcover. Put the hardcover on the fabric and cut it around it leaving a couple centimeters, be sure that you'll have enough fabric to cover the corners!

Now it's time to glue your new fabric cover to the moleskine! Glue the hardcover of your notebook (the good side) with Elmer's glue, lots of it, and with the brush spread it very evenly all over the surface. This is very important for a good result.

Now take your fabric and place it on the cover! Press it down with your hands so the fabric will stick to the cover, and take care of the flaps that are glued in the inside of your hardcover.
Now its time to glue your notebook back to the cover. To do this, spread glue on the inside hardcover - that should look all grey and rough - use the brush to spread it well, and place the inside covers back in place. Be sure the corners of the inside cover pages are placed correctly on the cover, like so:

Press it with your hand, and now youre ready to put the moleskine under a LOT of pressure for the whole night (or if you do this in the morning, the whole day!). Use the biggest, heaviest books you can find and pile them on top of your closed moleskine. I put on some heavy door stops and big glasses from the frameshop too.
And the morning after...

Enjoy! the tutorial and all the pics are from my blog: http://snikelarten.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/city-moleskine-makeover-the-tutorial/.
I'll try to post more tutorials on craftster as well, it's such a great way to share.
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