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41  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 46 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: May 18, 2009 12:15:54 AM
OMG!  This is my first round in participating in OWS and I have not been disappointed!
Iloveahippie claimed me for a soft knitted cowl and boy did she deliver!  It is soft and warm and lovely!  In the misquoted words of Homer Simpson :"this must be what angels feel like".
Thank you sooooo much iloveahippie.

Any questions of a technical nature to iloveahippie please as I only know that it was lovely, not how she made it. lolz
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42  The skirt that nearly wasn't in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by spectrumsparksie on: May 03, 2009 12:42:30 AM
My daughter had her bff over for a sleep over and wanted to do some crafty stuff.  How could I complain? So after their early netball game, (no mother should have to try and get a child to the courts by 8.30am) we went of to the bead shop.  I told them they could choose enough beads to make themselves a bracelet each.  But it was 9.45 and the store didn't open until 10!  Did I tell you I hate waiting?  I voted for going home and using beads from my plentiful bead stash, but I just about had a mutiny on my hands. Just around the corner is a fabric store that I hadn't been in for 12 months, for various reasons.  We went in to kill time, I was having a ball looking at all the lovely new Amy Butler stuff they had, and meeting the new owner who was very nice.  Anyway, the girls decided that they wanted to sew something instead.  My daughter (who is 8yo ) has already made herself a skirt and a summer dress with a little help from me, and so it was decided that we would give her buddy a lesson on the sewing machine and she could make a skirt.  So then we had to choose the fabric.......eventually hearts were set on a bejewelled pink tulle and there was no convincing of an alternative.  So we bought a metre and a metre of cotton drill.  By then the bead shop was open and we spent another goodly amount of time and money in there.

Hometime and the girls decided they would roller skate as it was lovely outside.  I said, what about the skirt?  "oh, I don't really feel like making it anymore" says the friend.  I could have gone on about how you can't say something and retract it, but hell it was going to be much quicker if I just did it myself. And I didn't really want so much pink in my already overflowing stash. So I did.

I cut a rectangle from the drill to make a yoke, then gathered the tulle and drill to it, turned the top over and added elastic, used my rolled hem for both hems.  I think it is very cute, although in my opinion probably better suited to a younger girl, a bit too fairy princess for me.

Anyway, here is is, the skirt that nearly wasn't:
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43  My first go at freezer paper stencilling on a t-shirt....Twilight...Cullen crest in Stenciling: Completed Projects by spectrumsparksie on: May 03, 2009 12:25:08 AM
Well I have a blister on my fingers to prove I hand cut the freezer paper for this little mother.  I made it for a friend.  I used freezer paper and silver fabric paint.  The distressed look was accidental, but i actually like it that way.  So did my friend; as she said, "The Cullens are hundreds of years old.
Here it is, with my friends head replaced.

Hope you like.
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44  Re: Craft My Theme 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: April 09, 2009 02:36:22 AM
Well since it appears my partner Melba is MIA I am going to post pics of what I sent her.  Her theme that I chose was zombies and I had a great time thinking of things to create.
The main one was this urban wasteland diorama, with zombies and guys in hazmat suits.

the zombies:

a closer look:

the hazmat guys:

a close up of the drain:

Next I decapitated a doll I bought at the op-shop and poked its eyes out (I am a nice girl, really)  then I carved into the head and used polymer clay to make an exposed brain and to give it a more zombie-like face .While I was cooking it in my little toaster oven I burned its head, which made a great wound, I also figured out that zombie heads are too big for toaster ovens, so any further cooking was done in my real oven.  Unfortunately the in progress pictures have gone astray, and so have the ones of the exposed brain, which I was very proud of.

Oh yeah, did I mention he was a light?

Then I made this zombie in a jar journal cover...not my best work but I loved the concept

and this zombie themed trinket box, which I filled with jewlery. 

I also packed loads of chocolate and some extra journals into her box.  So if the zombies didn't eat her brains, I am really looking forward to hearing from Melba to see what she thought.

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45  Re: Jar of Whimsies 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: March 30, 2009 06:01:54 PM
Twistmysister is the best swap partner, we have made friends through this swap.
She asked me what sort of movies I liked?...hmmmm....why?
So she could make me this cool breakfast at Tiffany's box for all the whimsical goodness to arrive in.

Then we sat down together for a virtual cuppa and a donut.  Well actually, kate thought of everything and sent me some tea bags and a voucher for a donut at my local donut king!
Then I got stuck into all the whimsical goodness.  Here is a group shot, you can play spot-o if you like.
  • tonnes of awesome beads and findings
  • the cutest little needle book, did you make it Kate?
  • a sweet little trinket box filled with even more whimsy, including a gorgeous cameo
  • buttons, buttons, buttons
  • coloured beading wire
  • sewing notions

Kate also went all out and made and decorated a T-shirt for my son, transformers! (by the way Kate, he want me to tell you that you rock and do you know the Autobots?) And a bag full of delightful whimsy for my daughter, she was so excited.
My favourite things?

Thanks again Kate.  you're the best.
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46  Re: Jar of Whimsies 4 (Signups Closed; Sendouts 3/7) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by spectrumsparksie on: February 16, 2009 09:44:23 PM
Posted mine off to Twistmysister today.  Here is a teaser.  Can't wait to see what she thinks of all the whimsical goodness.
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47  Re: Leave pass jewelry (img heavy) in Get Product and Website Opinions by spectrumsparksie on: February 14, 2009 08:53:18 PM
Thanks to all my craftster friends for the feedback and encouragement.
Here is the footage from when my darling got on the news, thanks to my marvellous jewelry. 
See earlier post. 

Our bit is at about 1.08
Innit he cute?
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48  Re: Children's Ongoing Wish Swap Round 6 (COWS 6) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: February 03, 2009 07:39:17 PM
Here are some photos of the wonderful stuff my kids got from brilor
Emily first, and I requested hair bands, hoping for two.   She got  lots!  Brilor was super duper clever and made a wristlet with Emily's name that also matched one of the bands.  Superb.  There were also some hair clips, the best one of all is not inthe photo, it is a bee and Emily is wearing it at school right now.  Emily collects stickers and brilor sent a ton!  She was super pumped about those because she could tell all her friends they had come from another country.  She has taken them all to school in her sticker album for show and tell.  (Brilor, she also stole Will's, but we won't tell him Wink

Will is transformers mad, and as you can see the pillow case was a huge hit, I am going to have to make sure I get it washed and dried on the same day (which i don't usually manage) because I am sure he won't let me take it off when he is around.  He also got the unexpected treat of a transformers lunch bag.  He has just started his first year at school so it was super appropriate.  The tonka truck is an assemble yourself piece, but he is going to need Daddy to help with that one.  He also received a ton of stickers, wish mysteriously went missing  Wink

Thanks so much to brilor for being an awesome swapper.
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49  Leave pass jewelry (img heavy) in Get Product and Website Opinions by spectrumsparksie on: January 21, 2009 05:06:11 AM
I work full time and make jewelry for fun and for gifts.  Occasionally people comment that I could sell what I make.  Who has the time? or the inclination...?
My husband also works full time but runs a small business as well (cast resin wargaming stuff....boring)  But he is abandoning us for 5 days to sell his products at a wargamers convention interstate.  He had this bright idea of selling jewelery as a way for all the players to suck up to their significant others for being away from home for the long weekend.  He is calling my pieces "leave passes"...the idea being that the giver of the jewelry gets a "guilt free chance to war game".

Anyway, I made him a box full of stuff and a board to hang it all on.  Now just to wait and see what happens.

The board I made....with a few pieces hanging
A few of my favourite pieces...
A colour riot

the rainbow...this one really cheers me up, I kinda hope it doesn't sell so I can wear it!

Every girl's gotta have a bit 'o bling. Wink

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50  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by spectrumsparksie on: January 13, 2009 07:38:50 PM
Well, here she is.  I would like to introduce you all to Milly the mermaid poppet.  It is a very hot almost 40 degrees celcius here today.  So as soon as she met Emily she was nagging to be taken to the beach.  And that is exactly where we are all going now.

Thanks again to ghilie for the pattern.
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