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21  Darth Vader Coffee Cup Cosy in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: October 11, 2015 02:35:01 AM
I made coffee cup cosy for my best friend for her birthday; she was born on International Star Wars Day and, appropriately, loves Star Wars! ~___^ To make your own,  you'll need black yarn (I used a 8 ply DK weight), a 4mm hook, a tapestry needle, and some cotton threads in grey, red, and blue.

First, chain 52 stitches then check that this is going to be long enough by wrapping your chain around your cup; the ends should touch without having to stretch too much. Join the ends of your chain with a slip stitch, single stitch in each chain, and then slip stitch and chain one to start the next row. I did 15 rows of single stitches, but if your hands are bigger you might need more!

Once you've made your cosy as tall as you'd like it to be, fasten off and weave in the ends. Then you can do your cross-stitch! It's really easy to cross-stitch on single stitch crochet because the edges of the stitches make little indentations similar to aida cloth. Once I'd finished my cross-stitching, I decided the inside of the cosy looked a little messy so I used black thread to sew in a lining of black felt. You can't even see the stitches from the outside, and the inside looks lovely and neat ^____^

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22  Re: Welcome To Night Vale Swap in The Swap Gallery by teaandcraft on: May 28, 2015 12:42:59 AM
My parcel was waiting for me when I got home from work today! SilverMoon made this very impressive Hiram McDaniels sculpture from wire. Is it crocheted SilverMoon? I've never seen anything like it before!

We both picked out the "Mostly Void, Partially Stars" quote to craft ^____^ The quote block is made from cedar and smells amazing! I also got a Glow Cloud card and some stickers to put on things I love (and things I don't).

And this Glow Cloud scarf displays many multi-coloured hues and comes with a cedar clasp ^____^

Thank you for all my things SilverMoon and I'm very, very glad that you liked your parcel as well ^____^
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23  New paracord handles for my skating bag in Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: May 06, 2015 07:45:34 PM

I brought a big bag from the opshop to lug all my skating gear around in, but it looks like I lugged a little too hard, and the handles started to stretch and fray. The rest of the bag was still functional, so I decided to replace the faux leather handles with something stronger. I brought two packets of 5.4m long black paracord from the craft shop, and made new handles using a knot called the Solomon Bar.

Here's what it looked like before - yuck!

I've been using it for a few weeks now, and it's holding up really well!

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24  Phases of the moon necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by teaandcraft on: May 06, 2015 07:36:01 PM

I made this necklace to go with a witchy outfit fashion shoot. The moon beads are made from black polymer clay which I shaped into thick circles, pierced with a needle, and (after baking) painted with silver acrylic paint.

When the moon beads were dry, I threaded them onto tiger tail and added a random assortment of clear and white seed beads to cover up the rest of the tiger tail. Then all I had to do was add a clasp and it was done ^___^
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25  TV Cake in Dessert by teaandcraft on: May 06, 2015 07:29:13 PM

I made this TV cake for my friend's birthday party and, in typical Lisa fashion, only finished it ten minutes before I had to leave to attend said party! Thus, poorly lit photos.

I used a 23cm square cake tin, and a double quantity of my ANZAC cake recipe. The icing is light blue and made from unsalted butter, icing sugar, water, and of course some blue food colouring ^___^ The test pattern on the TV is made from sour stripes, the bunny ears, legs, and speaker grill are Pocky, the coloured buttons are M&Ms, and the big dials are Rolos ^____^

It was delicious and a big hit with all the party guests ^____^
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26  Morticia and Gomez clay dolls in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: May 06, 2015 07:17:45 PM

I made these clay dolls for my friend's birthday present; her party theme was cult cinema characters and as she and her boyfriend were going as Morticia and Gomez I thought it would be appropriate! ^____^

The dolls have a wire "skeleton" inside them to help them stay together and I made them from white clay which I painted after baking. The only part that isn't clay is Morticia's long hair, which is cardboard. I originally wasn't going to make her hair, but I changed my mind later on. If I wasn't so indecisive I would have made it from clay as well! I used acrylic paints and gave them a coat of matt spray varnish to hopefully prevent them from flaking or staining. They are a bit bumpier than I really wanted (and even though I felt like I spent ages smoothing them), but I'm still happy with them ^___^
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27  Roller skate baby booties in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: May 06, 2015 07:06:31 PM

I made these baby booties for my Skate Fit instructor as she's taking some time off from skating and teaching to have a baby! I used a great pattern by Andrea Collins and they were pretty quick to make up.

I used DK weight acrylic yarn and a 4mm hook. My favourite thing about them is probably the pom-poms; even the smallest size of my pom-pom maker was too big for these tiny booties so I ended up making mini pom-poms with a fork! ^___^ I really like them, Toni loved them, and I really want a pair in my size now! ~____^
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28  Imperial Eagle Dice Bag in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: May 06, 2015 06:57:55 PM

I made this dice bag for my husband's birthday; he has amassed a largish dice collection from playing Warhammer but they all fit nicely in this bag ^___^ It is made with DK weight yarn and a 4mm hook. The basic pattern is by Geek's Dream Girl, although I did make some alterations to make the bag a bit bigger.

For the Imperial Eagle design, I made up a cross-stitch pattern and then used a thin acrylic yarn and a tapestry needle to stitch it onto the bag. This was my first time cross-stitching onto crochet and I really like how it turned out! ^___^
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29  Tiny fake foods and a zombie brain in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: May 06, 2015 06:46:04 PM

Here are some of the recent things I have been making with polymer clay ^___^

The peas are spheres and the pod was made from a rectangle which I gently smooshed (technical term, there) around the peas. I painted on the faces after baking ^___^

Fairy bread is an Australian dessert - it's buttered white bread with sprinkles on it. Yeah, it's a bit weird, but it's a staple of children's birthday parties! I made the slices of bread first, baked them and then added the crusts with some brown acrylic paint. The butter is cream coloured puffy paint, and the sprinkles are made from thin polymer clay sausages which I sliced finely with a scalpel.

Pancakes are really easy to make! They are just flattened spheres made from beige clay, and the butter is a tiny square of yellow clay. I baked the pancakes and the butter separately and then glued them together with the chocolate syrup, which is brown paint and dimensional magic.

The jammy dodger and the slices of toast were done mostly the same way as the fairy bread. I added crusts with brown paint after baking, and the jam is just paint. The jammy dodger is made in two parts and held together by the jam.

Lastly, I made this zombie brain. It was made with beige clay rolled into sausages and after baking I painted it with glow in the dark green paint. I think it still needs something though, what do you think? ^___^
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30  Beaded bracelet into necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by teaandcraft on: May 06, 2015 06:24:59 PM

Ok, this is almost too simple to be called a craft! I brought a pretty bracelet while I was on holiday, but it was too big and too heavy for my weak baby wrists. So I cut the elastic string holding it together and restrung it as a necklace instead ^___^

All I did was put one clear bead and one cat bead onto a head pin, thread it through the chain, and then bend the head pin so it was hooked onto the chain and closed ^____^
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