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31  Chunky Chevron Cowl in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: April 07, 2015 09:15:21 AM

I made this cowl while I was on holiday in Singapore; completely wrong for the climate, but I was allowed to take my yarn and hook on the plane so I was happy! ^____^

I didn't want to do alternating coloured stripes (because that's what I've done for every other chevron project I've done!) so I just did two stripes of green in an otherwise black cowl.

I really like the pop of colour it adds, and it's almost cold enough here to be able to wear it now! ^___^
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32  WTNV eyeball in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: April 07, 2015 09:05:27 AM

Welcome to Night Vale things often include images of an eye with a moon in the pupil, so for some reason I decided to make a plushie eyeball version of the WTNV logo. It serves absolutely no purpose, and I totally love it ~____^

Making an eyeball is pretty easy, since it's really just a sphere. I started with the pupil, changed to purple for the iris, changed to white for the majority of the eyeball, and then changed to red right at the bottom where I closed it up (after stuffing it with polyfill). I used a pattern for the crescent moon applique which was designed by Zaaynab Le'Von (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-crescent-moon--star).

The nerves coming out of the bottom are just lengths of chain stitch, the larger one in the middle is chain stitch with one row of single stitch. I left the tails on the chain stitch lengths and used a piece of yarn to bundle them together.

It now has a home on our couch, which is getting rather crowded with plushies! ^____^
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33  Kitty Mugs (so many) in Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: March 03, 2015 06:00:37 AM

I had a heap of plain white mugs and teacups that I never ever used, so I decided it was time to kittify them! I used porcelain paint pens to create some different designs, mostly to give to friends. I did keep the librarian cat, the lumberjack cat, and the baker cat for myself though ^___^
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34  Chevron fingerless mitts in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: March 03, 2015 05:07:25 AM

I recently made these fingerless mitts; they are really just a crochet rectangle which is later seamed up the open edges. I was really pleased with them though because I made them by not tying off each row of yarn so that I only had four ends to weave in upon completion! (I hate weaving in ends!)

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35  WTNV Mountains painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 11:19:43 PM

I'm not great at painting, but I wanted to make this as a gift for my friend and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I free handed the shape of different layers of mountains on this canvas, and then painted over them, darkening the colour after each layer.

Then I painted chipboard letters white and glued them onto the canvas, and used a tiny brush to paint the smaller words.

And here it is with my friend for size comparison! For the uninitiated, this is a quote from Welcome to Night Vale ^____^
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36  Needle felted piranha plant in Felting: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 11:08:14 PM

I made this piranha plant by felting around a styrofoam ball that I had cut a wedge out of. Fibre doesn't actually stick to styrofoam, so I wrapped the ball in felt strips and then poked it until it was tightly attached to itself. Once I had the felt base, I needle felted over it. The teeth and leaves are also made from a felt sheet, and the stem is felt strips wrapped and felted around a chopstick.

The plant is hot glued onto the bottom of the paper mache pot which I had painted green and then I stuffed yarn into the pot which keeps the plant standing upright. The entire thing is about 30cm (12 inches) from top to bottom and my parents thought it was store brought which was a nice compliment! ^___^
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37  Pug love embroidery hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 10:56:53 PM

I made this embroidery hoop for one of my friends, using a pattern from Urban Threads. Instead of stitching all of the lines, I cut out shapes of felt and sewed them down ^____^
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38  Pineapple shaped pineapple upside down cake in Dessert by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 10:52:03 PM

Last year I jumped on the pineapple bandwagon for all I was worth and so, encouraged by my recent baking success, I decided to make myself a pineapple shaped cake for my birthday ^____^ I'd never made a pineapple upside down cake before, so I wanted to give that a go too!

I used pineapple pieces rather than rings so that I could make the cake have a pattern that kinda looked like the outside skin of a pineapple. I baked it in a rectangle tray because I couldn't find an oval cake tin anywhere, but I like how it looks anyway! I also made a circle shaped vanilla cake to make the leaves of the pineapple. I replaced the water in the recipe with pineapple juice and it had a very delicate pineapple flavour which was nice ^____^ I cut it into a leafy shape and then iced it with green icing; I only did the top so that it would match in better with the upside down cake, which has nothing on it's edges. It was really, really tasty and we had heaps left over so all visitors got given cake for the next week ~____^
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39  Pizza jewellery in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 10:34:24 PM

To celebrate finishing uni, my friends and I had a pizza party - we ate pizza, and also crafted pizza! ^___^ I made one big pizza, which I sliced into smaller segments to make pizza slice necklaces and also one smaller pizza to wear as a brooch.

We made the bases using plain super sculpey and then we made all of the toppings; I tried to make canes of my ingredients, but it didn't work so well. I'll have to practise more! ^___^ We baked the bases first since they were thicker; the toppings were really thin, like sprinkles, so they didn't take long. For the cheese, we mixed yellow acrylic paint with cream coloured puff paint (since I couldn't find any yellow puff paint at the craft shop) and then globbed it on with disposable plastic teaspoons. We used our fingers to put the toppings into place, but tweezers probably would have been a good idea too! Then we put them back into the oven (which was off but still warm from baking the clay before) so that everything was dry and easy to take home ^____^ The next day I glued on the jewellery hardware and have given away most of the pizza slice necklaces now - I have a lot of friends who are fans of fast food! ~____^
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40  Recovered recipe box in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 10:15:42 PM

I collect postcards and recently decided to tidy up my recipe collection by writing them out onto some of the postcards (rather than the scraps of paper they were on before!). This meant, however, that I needed something to keep them in! They fit perfectly into this paper mache box so I covered it with scrapbooking paper to make it look prettier ^____^

I covered the edges with washi tape, and added some embellishments to the lid. The "so very lovely" piece is from one of those sheets of scrapbooking paper where it has lots of little images and you cut out the one you want (I'm sorry, I have no idea what they're called!) and the other two are made from chipboard.

I also coated everything in mod podge so hopefully it will remain relatively unscathed despite being in my kitchen!
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