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1  Re: UK Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Le Mieux on: June 21, 2010 12:36:20 PM
right guys.....welcome to Glasgow!!  Cheesy

Boycemachine sent me the most amazing package - i couldn't have asked for a better partner. everything she sent i've fallen in love with and already can't wait to use (and eat). on with the pics....which aren't great - i'm a crap photographer. so Boyce if you have better pics, please please post too  Smiley

the whole shebang:

irn bru box and traffic cone bookmark (my fave irn bru quote: "gimme irn-bru or i'll shuffle my nuts in front of your mother"

beautifully embroidered passport holder (which i've been thinking about making but didn't tell her - it's like fate!  Cheesy ) in my fave colours, and brilliant needlebook with scottish flag in blue and pink (inside):

close-up (albeit blurry  Embarrassed ) of quote notecards (haha they're wicked)

card, beautiful butterfly, and pics of cones on statues (these will be going in my book at uni for millinery inspiration)

me getting to the good stuff - tablet (is that the name?) the most sweet and moreish candy, come just at the right time at the start of my diet

thanks so much!! i just hope mine's only half as good! x
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2  COME ON ENGLAND!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Le Mieux on: June 12, 2010 09:16:07 AM

this is just a quick one, but thought i'd post as i'm very very excited...for those not into football (or soccer....the *real* football  Wink ) it's the world cup at the mo, and tonight is England's first game against the USA, and I'll be watching it in Paris. Very international!

To commemorate the game, i customised a white t-shirt with St. George's flag. I expect a few raised eyebrows (or bottles...) in Paris  Cheesy 

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3  H A T S . omg, like, totally image obese in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Le Mieux on: May 03, 2010 02:55:18 PM
so, i decided to go on a millinery course.

millinery, you say? why the devil millinery? because i've been self-taught in everything, and pondered the great art of Classic Techniques. plus, millinery is well expensive, not exactly "first time hobby" material, so a course seemed a good way to start.

i've been on 2 courses: Millinery 1 and Millinery 2, both at London College of Fashion. the first, in 2008, and the second this April 2010. and they are AMAZING. i can totally recommend to everyone. i fell in love with making the hats, particularly from felt and buckram, but funnily enough the trimmings i found more difficult to get inspiration for. i kinda let the hat speak for itself during the process.

i've finally go around to posting photos, so here we go!

Top Hat - bow i made from really stiff material so it magically stays up on it's own. sometimes.

and on me

Sailor Hat (embroidered swallows also done by me)

and embroidery close-up

Jane Austen Bonnet (still in progress)

Blue Felt 1920s-esque hat

on me:

lil buckram pillbox (in progress...) and mental draping-try-out-carmen-miranda-thing

so there we go! my favourite is probably the sailor hat, and the top hat, which i've worn out a few times. having got all the basics, i'm going to start buying hat blocks of my own and start experimenting at home. for the first time in a long time i'm excited and feel good at something - its been a long time coming. but, we'll see. i'll probs get annoyed and give up again soon, like everything else  Roll Eyes

let me know if you've got any comments/questions - ive got some pics of them on the blocks themselves too if anyones interested  Smiley
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4  i did it! i finally did it! *cue rocky music* in Needlework: Completed Projects by Le Mieux on: March 21, 2010 12:11:11 PM
this project took 3 months to complete. THREE MONTHS. i've never done something this big, ever. obviously not all at once (took a good month just to buy the frame  Roll Eyes ) but now its done i want to cry tears of joy and bygone frustrations. its a birthday present for my mum (bday was feb 5th, oopsie daisy) of our lovely dog Quiver who passed away last january. she was the most incredible dog, so it really was a joy to do as a kind of commemoration  Smiley

so here she blows! i framed it with the picture i made the pattern from, and decorated it with cut-outs of pawprints. one of which is covering some glue. how annoying is glue? anyway!

closeup, i used 4 different colours of thread:

and the original pic:

there are umpteen mistakes with it. i hate how you can see through the black thread. theres stains in bits, and its probably not straight. however, its a learning curve, right? and its for mum, who loves everything i do even when its blatantly terrible  Smiley
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5  Re: DECEMBER Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by Le Mieux on: January 25, 2010 12:23:35 PM
so, sg1psychopath has received, but is falling foul of the not-enough-time-to-photo-beast, which we all know can be a devil  Cheesy

so i thought i'd post a rather blurry photo i took of the package before i sent it. its a fascinator attached to a headband, made from lace, satin, and feathers, in victoriana style. the other object is a bookmark with a crossstitched treble clef and bass clef, as she's off to uni and is a big musician. they were really fun to make, ive loved this swap!

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6  Re: DECEMBER Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by Le Mieux on: January 20, 2010 01:17:19 PM
well this week has been my lucky week! first i receive an awesome package from jca1982 and then yesterday....my present from SevsOnlyGirl turned up in my postbox!!

i received an amazing Twilight charm bracelet and extra necklace - both are perfectly my style and i absolutely adore them! (unfortunately due to the dangling nature, so does my ferret Harbles, but don't worry i'm taking good care to keep it safe from naughty paws  Cheesy ) on the bracelet is the wolf and heart, plus a key and locket, a heart with Bella and Forget Me Not, a motorbike, an E charm, a locket, and an apple. amazing!!

Ive tried taking photos but i just dont have very good light here and its been raining all day. so SevsOnlyGirl, if you have any better photos, fire away!

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7  Re: DECEMBER Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by Le Mieux on: January 17, 2010 08:39:39 AM
gosh what an awesome influx of pics!! i love that tote bag - what great material. and the wedding pics are gorgeous!! just as well you have some hedgehogs to guard them  Smiley

well....i have my own pics!! i received today (sunday....postman mustve come late yesterday) from jca1982 and am in love with everything i got. i'm truly spoiled! the wrist pincushion is exactly what ive been craving for ages - and its been made from a 1920s dress  Shocked  i also received some gorgeous bracelets, a lovely broach (i know exactly what cardigan that'll be going on), a hair clip, some really amusing sayings cards (my fave is: "tomorrow you will meet someone tall, handsome and rich" as my boyf is tall, handsome...and called rich) and a wicked card with a good-luck cat on it.

enough words! on with the pics (the light in my flat is terrible, so sorry for the quality):

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8  Re: Pocket Ricewarmers **Free Pattern!** Happy New Year! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Le Mieux on: January 06, 2010 04:25:58 AM
say hello to......well, at the mo his name is "beanbagbear"  Cheesy  i made him for my bro's girlfriend - sorry for the bad pic quality, i had to send it out this morning so only got a quick pic last night.

the instructions were so easy to follow - thank you so much!! i can see this isnt going to be my last....

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9  crochet for those who say that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Le Mieux on: January 03, 2010 05:43:59 AM

.....including a woman sporting a beard? damn straight!

i may be a lady, but i have always experienced Facial Hair Envy - there's something so distinguished about stroking a beard, or twirling a moustache. i just can't convey "mwa-ha-ha...my evil plan is working!" or, "hmmm....perhaps if i replace the rehydratormechanism with the hydroflouricator...." by playing with my hair or pulling on my tshirt.

so! i decided to make one. here's to you and your facial hair rules!! *shakes fist in direction of sky*

actually, this was a present to my bro for christmas, as he's off snowboarding and is always looking for a new crazy hat. but you may notice that all the pics of it, are of me. deal with it. the rest of the family had to. ALL christmas day.

so, anyway: this was done all by single crochet (the only crochet i know....) and i just improvised the pattern for the moustache and beard. i used a big hook for the hat, and a smaller one for the beard part. it all came out really well and i almost cried when i had to give it away. alas...on with the pics:

the hat part completed:

the beard part completed:

all of it done:

and another token shot with my clip-in hair extensions, which add to my distinguished nature:

let me know what you think!
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10  wrist warmers....themed, of course. I AM NOT ASHAMED! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Le Mieux on: December 31, 2009 05:49:06 AM

unfortunately for my family members, this year's presents were in the theme presented above. my poor, long-suffering sister received crocheted hand warmers, with crocheted red design influenced by the Eclipse book cover. of which she knew nothing about, and loved anyway.

yes, twihards! you heard right! i discovered a way to sneak twilight into everyday objects without others knowing! may the secret obsession continue....  Cheesy

anyway, here are the wristwarmers. they were surprisingly easy to make, took a couple of hours each (if this sounds a long time - i am still a n00b) i really love them, so have done another pair in black and white for a friend, and am starting some black and red for myself.

and the money shot:

apologies to any non-twilighters....actually, no: shame on you!  Cheesy
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