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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / House elf on: March 26, 2011 01:27:06 AM
Hi all
I made this house elf for superhooker in the IYP swap and thought he deserved a post of his own.

He is made from a wire armature which I covered in aluminium foil and then polymer clay.  His eyes are plastic dolls eyes, which I inserted before I baked him.  I am no polymer clay expert, and baking those eyes was not a great idea because they "boiled", well they bubbled inside and got a slightly milky appearance.
the poly clay was a pinky flesh colour, so he has been painted and inked as well.
Hopefully since he arrived at superhooker's he has been given a sock or some other item of clothing, or I might have to report her to Hermoine and S.P.E.W
Unfortunately due to computers being evil agents of satan this is the only pic I have of him.
Hope you like him.  I do.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Emily's Summer Collection 2010 on: October 17, 2010 04:36:35 AM
It is spring here in Australia and my 10 year old daughter Emily and I have been spending too much time watching Project Runway repeats.
She got the project runway kits for a birthday and has been having lots of fun with it.
We went off to spotlight and chose 2 fabrics and bought a couple of metres of each.
Then it was challenge time.  Emily decided to make a summer collection based around the fabrics and here are her results. (I'm not even going to publish mine as she puts me to shame!)

After much debate and discussions and asking Dad for his imput she decided we should make this one:

But then it fell to me to make the pattern!  Yikes!  I tried my best drafting a pattern from some other dresses she already has. 
Then we got to sewing it together, she did the nice straight stuff and I did the annoying curvy facings and what not.
Here it is modelled on the designer herself, looking justifyably proud of herself too!!!

Please feel free to comment, but be gentle as I will be showing Emily your responses.
The first thing she asked was "Mum, can you put it on Craftster?" So here it is!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bright Cot Quilt on: May 09, 2010 06:42:21 AM
My girlfriend at work's first baby is due tomorrow.  I finished this today!  Now she is allowed to go into labour.  I asked her months ago what her colour theme for the nursery was and she said just lots of bright primary colours.  I made her this:

I used this tutorial to make the centre panel. But then I had the problem that I had made it into a square and I needed a rectangle.  I added the two strips of black.  When I was quilting it I wasn't sure what to do.  I ended up using the pinwheel shapes and quilting them onto the black in variegated metallic multicoloured thread.  I am not sure I am a fan.
The quilt is self-bound (where you use the backing fabric and mitre the corners, I think that is what you call it?)

I am quite happy with it and hope she will be too.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Steampunk transmogrifier on: February 17, 2010 11:20:08 PM
Poor Nostrum's boyfriend got flaked in for the craft for my other swap (and she was organiser! How rude!) I stepped in to angel for her/him and had a blast creating some steampunky/wunderkammer type things for her/him.
The transmogrifier is constructed from an old art box that one of my students was throwing out at the end of the school year.  Lots of bits of brass from old lights and light fittings which came from my local waste recycling place, some old bulbs, a bit of an old broken clock and glue, lots and lots of glue.

There is a battery operated tea light candle inside the base-y bit and it looks really cool (I think) at night.  The art box still slides open to use for storage for the notes they keep as they use the transmogrifier to convert their enemies into whatever they desire.  The mermaid mummy was made from old wire which had been in my vegie patch, some plasticine and some toilet paper. The ray gun was a Ben-10 plastic one that I stole from my son's massive collection, don't tell him he hasn't noticed yet.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / New bedroom for my daughter's birthday. on: July 03, 2009 05:11:44 AM
My dd is turning 9 on Tuesday.  And I have been working myself into the ground over the past 6 or so weeks to get her bedroom finished.
She is crafty, just like her mum, and had very little space to work, and even less place to keep her stuff.  so the main goal of this redesigned bedroom?  STORAGE.STORAGE.STORAGE.
I had seen loft beds in the stores,very flimsy, and online, very expensive, and I decided I could do it myself. So I did! I didn't want a ladder, I wanted stairs with drawers, safer and more practical!

and just to prove I did it myself, the work in progress pictures.  You can see that I used the base slats from her old bed.

And here she is, hard at work at her new desk, complete with a false ceiling so I could put the lights in.

It was a hard slog but I am absolutely stoked that i could do it, and she loves it.
The biggest hassle?  That she had to share a room with her 5yo brother for all the time I was working.  I never let her see it until it was complete.
I would love to answer any questions if you are thinking of having a go at it yourself.
UPDATE.    PSEUDO TUTE ADDED.     UPDATE.          PSEUDO TUTE ADDED.       UPDATE. PSEUDO TUTE ADDED.         UPDATE.          PSEUDO TUTE ADDED.See page 5 of this topic
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The skirt that nearly wasn't 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:
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My first go at freezer paper stencilling on a t-shirt....Twilight...Cullen crest 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.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Meander quilting on: April 11, 2009 04:30:40 AM
Hi fellow craftsters,
 I don't usually visit the quilting board, but I knew you were just the people to help out with a question.
I have made a few cot quilts before and have always done "in the ditch" quilting.  I am finally about to finish a full size quilt for my daughter and really want to try meander quilting. I have a few questions if anyone can help me?
The top is pieced cotton, the batting will probably be wool and the backing will be cotton.

1.  I remember reading somewhere authoratitive that the lines of quilting should never cross when you do meandering quilting.  Is this a hard and fast rule?  Or just an aesthetics thing?  I am imagining it will be much easier if I let my stitching cross itself, but wonder if it will be catastrophic like crossing the streams in Ghostbuster?

2.  What other tips can you give me for a successful meander?  Can I really just "meander" or should I mark the quilt?

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Leave pass jewelry (img heavy) 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

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Larry the monster on: December 15, 2008 03:47:33 AM
After my recent attempt at a sockie my son decided I had to make something for him.  Here is the result, Larry the monster.
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