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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Sealing painted metal blanks on: October 11, 2014 11:27:13 AM
I have painted some flat metal blanks (the kind used for stamping/embossing, I think), and I was wondering what to use to seal it so the paint doesn't chip? I have already used a coat of something called 'DuraClear Gloss varnish', but this is the first time I've used this product. Will that protect the paint from scratches/chips, do you think?

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / We're so pretty, oh so pretty.....we're taters! on: March 16, 2010 01:33:28 PM
I know, that really doesn't work, does it?  Cheesy

Anyway, introducing Morris Piper*, my latest felt creation.

He's a wannabe Spud Vicious*, but his head is the wrong shape for a decent mohawk, AND he has to sneak out with a sweater over his 'Never Mind the Broccoli*' t-shirt because he still lives with his parents.

*Apologies for the puns. *shame-faced but not reallyCheesy
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nathan, the zombie potato on: July 07, 2009 11:48:48 AM
Q. What variety of potato is most likely to become a zombie?
A. King Deadwards!


Sooooo....anyway  Grin, Nathan is a bit of an outcast amongst his spuddy pals. They're not really worried that he's going to eat their brains on account of the fact that A) he doesn't have a mouth and B) they're tubers, they don't have brains. They don't even mind his unusual skin tone, although there have been rumours that his 'scar' was drawn on with felt tipped pen. Nathan ignores their comments, he knows his moment in the spotlight will come. He's just waiting for his big break - a starring role in "Dawn of the Vegetable Rack".

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Looking for this kangaroo pattern on: June 22, 2009 07:49:19 AM
I want to make this kangaroo for a friend, but I don't know which book it's from.


I have contacted the person who made it, but as they haven't been active on Flickr for several months, I thought I'd try to find out in other ways. Any clues? Or has anyone seen a similar pattern for a felt toy elsewhere? TIA.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Calm yourselves, ladies on: February 02, 2009 08:28:37 AM
I haven't posted any of my stuff for a while, but I thought I'd post my latest make in time for Valentine's Day.  Grin So enjoy, you lucky, lucky ladies.  Wink

And in case you are in any doubt about who that is, here's the photo I used as inspiration:

I don't have any gold chain in my stash, or he would've had the medallion as well.  Grin
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Sewing a smile on a plushie on: August 17, 2008 11:27:20 AM
Hi there,

I had a commission from a friend to make a strawberry from felt, and I didn't put a mouth on it, only eyes (what can I say, I like the expression of staring felt items  Grin). Anyway, my friend has seen the item and loves it except...she'd like it to have a mouth. It's all sewn up - is there a neat, easy way to add an embroidered mouth now?  Undecided

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Skinny 'dropped stitch' style scarf? on: July 10, 2007 01:22:43 PM
I'm teaching myself to crochet and I'd like to make a skinny scarf with crochet (something like the one Jennifer Aniston wears in 'Along came Polly'). I wanted an elongated, loose look, and thought I could use triple crochet (or double triple...or is it triple triple scoop with a cherry and sprinkles?  Cheesy)

Does anyone have any ideas about how to do this, or if there's a (preferably free since I'm still at that 'liable to throw it across the room if I can't figure it out' stage) pattern available?
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Another DIY tote on: June 16, 2007 01:25:25 AM
I bought the fabric for this ages ago, and then had problems finding interfacing. I finally got hold of some this week, so yesterday I decided to go for it. I have huge problems cutting straight lines, but it turned out OK, despite my sewing machine throwing a fit towards the end of the sewing session. At last I have a knitting bag for my SnB meetings that I don't need to empty out each week.  Cheesy


FYI: The delightful yellow woodwork/blue paint combo will soon be gone - that's my hobby room, which is destined to become a guest room.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / A couple of necklaces on: June 11, 2007 10:29:43 AM
These are my first pictures on Craftster *tiny drumroll*

First up is this pendant I made with carnelian beads. I love carnelian soooo much. I need more chains though - I keep taking pendants off  one chain and switching them.

This next necklace is a mishmash of stuff I had laying around. I've been wanting to use that seed....nut...pod thing for a while, and suddenly decided to make this necklace today:

The photos aren't great - I'm using my husband's camera, and the macro function on it hates me. Plus I'm not in a 'modelling' mood at the moment. I may try to get better pics of them 'in action' at a later date.

Anyway, there you go. A lurker no more.  Cheesy
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Long term lurker breaking free! on: June 11, 2007 12:36:03 AM
Hello all. I've been lurking here for over 2 years, and in that time, I've managed 3 posts (this is the fourth). So I thought I should introduce myself, in the hope that it will inspire me to post more often.

I'm a 34-year old Brit living in the Netherlands, and I share my house with my OH and two cats.

I enjoy cross stitch (haven't done that for ages after a particularly labour-intensive gift gave my stitch-fatigue), embroidery (re-teaching myself with the help of Sublime Stitching), knitting (I am teaching my SnB ladies a few new choice words  Wink), sewing (I can hem, let's leave it at that for now), beading/jewellery (this I can do - yay me!) and card-making (another success story).

I look forward to chatting with you, and putting into posts all the future 'oooh, that's gorgeous!' type comments that I've been muttering to myself over the past couple of years.  Cheesy
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