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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pavlova hat with strawberries and kiwifruit on: November 18, 2006 01:23:01 AM
This was made for a school play - think dancing strawberry with a pavlova-on-a-plate hat.   A classic Kiwi dessert.  Easy to make... not so easy to fix up TWICE  Angry  when kids trashed it after rehersals and pulled bits off it.  The 'hat' base is a white polystyrene one we had already from a museum craft project (it was a Samoan church hat with plastic hibiscus.....) 

The pavlova part is ruched cream coloured fabric.  The 'cream' is dacron topped with felt kiwifruit slices.  The strawberries originally were glued on shells from the former craft incarnation...  could not get them off so painted them red, added seeds and green felt strawberry tops.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black velvet teacup bag on: November 07, 2006 03:57:48 AM

This bag is made from quilted squares.  I used a black velvet as the base fabric and a teacup quilting fabric inside each square.  The blocks are made from a larger square enfolding a smaller square with mitred corners and are quilted.  This way you get a self made backing inside as you go.

I was in a hurry, didnt pay much attention to the instructions so mine turned out a bit different.  I did 54 rows not 4x4 so I ended up with a deeper bag.

This turned out to make quite a firm bag which actually stands up nicely on its own as you can see above. The top sits open in a square by itself and the base forms a square.  The velvet was not good to sew - very slippery and I had to do a fair bit of hand tacking to sandwich my layers together properly.  It was worth it in the end, I was pleased with the firmness of the sides yet the velvet is so nice and soft to touch and carry.

The handles are purchased wire ones which I covered in a ruched skinny tube of black velvet and added 4 wooden beads on the ends.   
3  COOKING / Dessert / Pink Poodle Cake with marshmallows on: November 07, 2006 02:41:14 AM

Ths was made for my daughters birthday.  It was a big hit with her and the other girls at the party.  They all really liked marshmallows!

The cake idea comes from the 2005 Australian Womans Weekly cake book and was pretty simple to put together on the day.  You just need a ton of tiny marshmallows, a few larger ones, some liquorice ropes and some patience!  I used a plain victoria sponge cake and pink icing. With kids I've found they like it best if the cake not too rich.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lottie with purple dreads.... on: September 04, 2005 03:23:16 AM
Lottie was born on the first day of Spring (Southern Hemisphere). She loves Daffodils, Paisley, making cakes and reading. She is modelling her brand new pair of embroidered jeans which she has paired today with a vintage top. She enjoys listening to The Cure and thinking up new hairstyles.

Lottie was made from a clown doll kit which I thrifted from a church sale (50c!!). Her lavender and pink hued wool hair comes from the same garage sale. It is kind of like mini dreadlocks.  She is very glad she was not made into a clown as they can be kinda creepy. Plus who needs giant yellow shoes??  She is for my daughter, she named her after a little friend who has sadly now moved to England. The real Lottie has a similar rag doll which is named after my daughter.  The jeans are made from an outgrown childs pair of jeans utilising the heart embroidery around the bottom.

Bee Grin
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Welcome to the World on: February 14, 2005 08:31:13 PM
I needlepointed this ages ago.  It is a Jennifer Pudney design called "Welcome to the World' .  I added a little silver to the wings and the baby name is in silver thread on the world at the bottom.  Hard to see in the picture.
I blocked and laced it and kind of left it at that until....  I recently found exactly the right frame at a garage sale - $1 for two  Grin  I was going to get rid of the crazy yellow striped mat until I realised it suited the picture pretty well.  Plus it fit exactly!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / weighted pin cushion and thread catcher on: February 02, 2005 02:49:14 AM
OK, these things are for sale all over in quilty type shops so i thought i would make my own.  The celtic knot done in red backstitch on calico has been in my sewing box for more years than I care to think about!  So a UFO finally finished  Grin

A tile weighs down the pin cushion top which is stuffed on top of the tile.  the bag has a channel with a wire cord so it stays open.  The bag on this one has a tab and button for removal and emptying.

These are very handy for by the sewing machine and on the ironing board.  I also use it on the chair arm when I cross stitch.  This one is small enough to take with me to quilt group as well.  I'm going to make one to leave permanently with the ironing board.  This time I will put a strong magnet inside the pin cushion to hold my scissors.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Tooth Fairy(with Jordy bag) on: February 02, 2005 01:11:36 AM
I made this tooth fairy recently, it is a small quilted wall hanging
(and also my avatar  Grin).  

The fairy carries a real lined Jordy style bag with flap, heart button and beaded handle.  
The child puts the tooth in the bag and the tooth fairy leaves the money.

 I finished it just in time for tooth #1 followed very shortly by tooth #2.
Going rate in our household is a gold coin ($1 or $2 if the toothfairy is feeling generous).

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lime green caterpillar wall quilt on: January 24, 2005 12:52:45 AM
This is a quilted/appliqued wall hanging for my brand new nephew.

I was given no clue if the baby would be boy or girl so this lime green guy seemed like a safe choice.  Plus the baby furniture is all painted that colour.
It IS straight - I laid it on the grass outside for the picture and it appears wonky.


I used up lots of buttons, the felt flowers come from a hairclip set.  The birthdate is embroidered on the large felt flower.  The dark blue fabric is denim.

Here's the back.  I really like this green fabric !

9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Phoenix wings on: January 23, 2005 01:27:02 AM
I made these a while ago.  They are kids dress-up wings I made one day out of scraps.  I was thinking "bird' but they kind of evolved into flame coloured fluttery creature wings.

The triangle satin feathers look pretty cool when the kids run around as they flutter and move as they move their arms.  There is two loops of elastic around the shoulders, then two wrist loops to hold them on.  I also made butterfly, ladybird and erm.... purple lizard wings the same day.  Most of them ended up at pre-school in the dress-up box.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Purple glittery revamp for $2 school desk! on: January 19, 2005 01:25:35 AM
I finished this desk set today for my 5 yr old.  

It was supposed to be for Xmas but the weather wasn't great for painting.  It will be good to store all her craft bits and pens etc that usually clutter up the kitchen.
The desk is an old school one and was $2. They gave me a matching chair for free  Grin  I needed to sand out all the scratches and graffitti. The legs were an icky chipped institutional grey originally.  I already had old test pots with paint and after much searching I found the perfect girly paper for decoupage at the supermarket (hearts, flowers, butterflies, ladybugs.....).  The whole lot has three layers of glitter polyurethane (Fairy Dust).  It does not show up in the photos at all but there is a beautiful subtle shimmer over every surface.
The two shades of purple don't really show up in the pics - there is really much more contrast.


I've blurred out her name on the chair back.  I used a Celtic type font as a stencil and highlighted the name with silver.  The crown is a stencil I made from Word clipart.  The finishing touch will be some jewels glued on the crown.  I have some tiny ones but now think we need to get some much bigger ones!

Little Bee the new owner is very happy.  She loves purple, and now has somewhere to deal with all her imporant correspondence  Grin

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