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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / vintage haberdashery wreath on: December 22, 2009 06:35:20 AM
after seeing lots of lovely christmas wreaths i decided i needed one too - so i raided my vintage haberdashery stash and made this

the base is a 12" embroidery hoop wrapped in tinsel to which i've wired on scissors - a crochet hook threaded with stitch markers set to 25 / 12 / 2009 - i've tied on two tape measure rosettes , large coat buttons and a pair of long kitting needles and a ball of wool  are threaded through the tinsel, which is the only item i have bought specifically for the wreath.

   MeRrY cHrIsTmAs CrAfTsTeRs  Grin
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / christmas yo-yo bauble - tutorial on: December 13, 2009 06:59:15 AM
i recently started making yo-yo's - they are called Suffolk puffs in England - and got addicted!
 I made a yo-yo covered bauble in pink and then decided to do another in more christmassy colours

what i used:
a 5" bauble
six different fabrics
i made about 17 yo-yo's - 1.5" - 2" & 2.5"
enough buttons for the yo-yo's
sewing threads and needles
ribbon for hanging

step one:  make lots of yo-yo's in different sizes and fabrics

step two:  add buttons to the centres to cover the hole

step three:   start sewing* the yo-yo's together keep
trying them on the bauble to check they are in the right place.
When the bauble was about half way covered it started to get a bit trickier as you need to pull and stitch the yo-yo's together trying to
avoid any of the bauble to show through
* it would save time if you glued them on but i didn't want to *

step four:  keep going pulling, overlapping and stitching the remaining puffs until the bauble is completely covered, add a ribbon to hang.

hope you like it  Smiley
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / a decade of memories or sunshine in a jar. on: September 24, 2009 05:23:28 AM
me and my partner have been together for ten years - instead of the usual card i decided to make something longer lasting - so i collected up some of the little treasures i have collected on our summer holidays over the years and labeled them all, i also decorarated a small clear glass bauble with dictionary explantions of decade red glitter heart shaped buttons and sand from Kos i arraged these all into a recycled glass jar and also decorated the cork stopper.

i think he liked it - he said it was sweet.
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / vintage doily tote bag - tutorial-ish! on: July 09, 2009 04:20:12 PM
take one plain natural cotton tote bag

pin on a pretty vintage embroidered doily -
then remember you need to sew on some buttons
{vintage of course!}
sew on the buttons, through the doily but not through the bag

machine stitch your doily to your tote with contrasting cotton,
i used different colours for top and bobbin threads
{try not to get too cross with your dumb-ass sewing machine}

select a small crochet doily from the ever expanding pile
using a matching cotton hand sew the doily to the centre of the first doily
remembering too late you should have done this before sewing on the first doily, sigh.
select a beautiful vintage mother-of-pearl button
to adorn the centre of the second doily
sew on with contrasting embroidery thread.

there you go - a cool new shopping bag!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / vintage crochet doily brooch on: June 30, 2009 01:43:17 PM
i hope i'm putting this in the right section?

i made this large brooch today with two vintage crochet doilies and a vintage button, i tea-dyed the smaller doily to give it more of a contrast.
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / my embroidered biological clock on: June 08, 2009 01:58:47 PM
i joined in the Phat Quarter groups Anatomy swap and this is what i made - it is also my first ATC embroidered or not.

i really enjoyed joining the swap and really love checking out what the other members have been stitching  Smiley
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / valentines brooches on: January 29, 2009 03:50:53 PM
i just can't get enough of making felt brooches ATM !

"heart in hand"

"forget me not"
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / felt brooches on: January 25, 2009 03:21:29 PM
i've been making lots of brooches out of felt recently

funky flower

"watch the birdy"


19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "birthday bracelet" on: October 01, 2008 05:08:16 PM
i made this bracelet for my daughter's birthday.
i'm not cut out for wire-work it made me very cross!

it is made with pure copper wire, vintage buttons, rose quartz and other semi-precious stone beads {i forgot to write down them names when i bought them grrr} and a hand embellished m-o-p button.

shame about the silver clasp - i did buy a copper one BUT can i find it? no of course not  Grin
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / anniversary card on: September 19, 2008 02:27:06 PM
we have been together for 9 years  Shocked

i didn't forget our anniversary but i did forget to make a card - oops - so this was a last minute thing.

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