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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What to make out of this embroidery? on: May 29, 2013 03:08:09 AM
I'm doing a piece of embroidery for my boyfriend for reasons which are too complex to go into  Grin

I'd like to make it into a functional item rather than just something decorative, but can't really think of anything. I was going to make a notebook cover but I'm terrible at doing those neatly...

Any other ideas?

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Christmas present recipes? on: November 24, 2012 05:08:59 AM
Hi all Cheesy

I usually make edible things for people's christmas presents and due to circumstances this year I need things that can be posted, *and* also have a longish shelf life. So things preserved in jars are out because they're too heavy; stuff that needs to be eaten straight away ditto because I need to make in advance to avoid last minute chaos.

I will do a search too, just wondered if anyone have any tried and tested recipes they can particularly recommend?

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making a magnetic map on: November 24, 2012 03:31:40 AM
Hello all,

For reasons too complicated to go into I need to make my boyfriend a magnetic map. This is so some counters can be moved around the map and will stay in place.

My dilemma - do I make the ma magnetic, and the counters out of metal? You can get A4 magnetic sheets but I've heard that if you cut them, it compromises their magnetic-ness, and I need the ma to be less than A4.

Or, do I use little magnets for the counters, and back the map with some kind of sheet of metal - if so, what would be thin and lightweight enough?

Thanks to anyone who read this far Cheesy
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need to make a puffer fish lantern on: November 04, 2012 11:57:13 AM
I did it   Grin  Grin Thankyou all for your suggestions!

I paper mached over a balloon, used veneer for the collar, glass beads for eyes and layered tissue paper for fins and tail. There's a little LED torch inside.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need to make a puffer fish lantern on: June 04, 2012 03:25:15 AM
Brilliant ideas, thankyou so much - I knew I couldrely on craftster to help with any project, no matter how odd!

Tissue paper and glue it is. I will be back with photos in a few weeks (I hope!)
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need to make a puffer fish lantern on: June 03, 2012 05:19:46 AM
Thankyou! I've not used polymer clay much - do you know if it can be worked thin enough to be translucent?

ETA I also wondered about paper mache-ing with very thin paper...but wasn't sure what kind of paste to use to make it really rigid?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I need to make a puffer fish lantern on: June 03, 2012 05:04:10 AM
Hi everyone!

This is very weird, but I really need to make a lantern that's like a hollowed-out pufferfish. But obviously without using an actual pufferfish. It must look as similar as possible to the one pictured below, which I saw in a museum. Theoretically it should hold a small candle but that would probably be impractical due to fie risk so I was thinking some kind of tiny LED torch might be practical instead?

Thankyou to anyone who has any ideas, as I am stumped!

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Very stuck with this sea necklace on: January 15, 2012 01:48:35 PM
Hello all

I have these beads, which make me think of the reflection of the moon (centre bead) on the sea, with all the little shiny light fragments on the choppy waves around it (all the other beads)

I'd really like to make them into a necklace, held in roughly the arrangement in the photo. But I don't know how. I tried weaving together lots of different shades and textures of ribbons and incorporating the beads as I went along, and it looked awful. I'm still interested in using the ribbons if possible though...here they are:

Don't really want to just line them up on a chain or beading wire as I want something a bit more unusual. Any tips?

Thanks for reading x
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Terrarium in progress on: November 07, 2011 12:46:29 PM
What plants did you use?

I am a professional gardener at a botanic garden and I sourced the plants for my terrarium *very* carefully to ensure they'd enjoy the conditions. The ones I've picked like warmth, humidity, moist soil and relative shade.

Having said that I've only had it a couple of days and it's a new medium for me so I'm not guaranteeing it'll live! Just that plant selection is key. I often see "houseplants" see sold in shops that are in no way suitable for growing domesticly so people are doomed form the start!

PS if you think you have a tendency to overwater, try making a terrarium of insectivorous plants eg venus flytrap, sundew, sarracenia, which love waterlogged conditions. They do appreciate lots of bright light though. And flies.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Terrarium in progress on: November 06, 2011 09:32:45 AM
Wanted to share this in case anyone fancies making one as a christmas gift - my advice is to start it now so it can get established over the next 6 weeks, and so you have time to make any necessary adjustments (ie pulling out things that drop dead!)

This is my "first draft"....it's v v small because it's a present for my gran who doesn't have much space. There will also be something in the back left, I had to cut it down becuase it was too big, hopefully it will regrow from that stump you can see.

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