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1  Flower Pin Cushion in CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES by rockogrovey on: September 08, 2011 01:08:03 PM
So... I know this isn't as awesome as everyone else's projects but it so cute I couldn't resist but enter.

This is a pincushion I made for a friend at work. It's just a little bouquet with a labybird on it. You can't see on the photos but it has a velcro strap at the back so you can have it on your wrist and use both hands for the important stuff, or if you're anything like me with the one I have, just wear it casually so you never forget where your pins are (its practical but sooo pretty).

Anyway, here's the photos. Hope you like

Thanks for looking
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2  Quotes on canvas in CHALLENGE 65 ENTRIES by rockogrovey on: August 03, 2011 02:19:08 PM
Hi All!

Despite being a huge fan of Craftster and being on here all the time looking at what other people are crafting, I've not posted anything for aaages. Why?...I bought a house just over a year ago and have spent all my time since making it look pretty (and quirky).

I live on my own so don't really have much need for a 'dining room' so I've turned the space into a reading room/library and some quotes for the wall to brighten up the room fit in well with that.

The hardest part of this was to pick out some quotes that I liked, that suited me and were by people I love (not that I'm asking for much of course). Then I could get down to the actual crafting.

I got some canvases from poundland and painted them with the paint I had leftover from my living room (the two rooms are joined only by a set of double glass doors so I wanted them to match without being exactly the same). I printed out the quotes, in Lucida Calligraphy, then set about tracing them onto the canvases and painting them.

I used good old greaseproof paper to do the tracing (like when I was a kid), drawing around the writing, scribbling on the back then around again on top of the canvas to leave a faint line.

I used a really thin brush and some poster paint for the actual text. It took a lot of patience and a steady hand (and I still can't stay within the lines).

Here they are finished and on the wall. I must admit, I love it! It's not perfect, but then again 'Imperfection is beauty'. It looks good with my book wall too (of which I am very proud), I decided not to paper the wall on the left with traditional wallpaper, I cut up a book and covered it with that (looks pretty good if I do say so myself).

And finally...
The quotes are
'I'm very emotional; I think I may go mad in several years time' - Freddie Mercury
'I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I have ended up where I needed to be' - Douglas Adams
'I'm not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all...there's no place like home' - Frank L. Baum
'Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring' - Marilyn Monroe
'Reality Depresses me. I like to find fantasy worlds and escape in them' - Noel Fielding

I've been thinking about doing this for a while, thank you Craftster for spurring me on to start this project!!!

Thanks for looking
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3  Comic Book Rack in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rockogrovey on: October 04, 2009 12:46:38 PM
After getting sick of my bookshelf looking a mess due to the increasing number of different comic books I've been getting I decided to make a sort of magazine rack for them, that fit's them and that sits perfectly on my bookshelf.
I originally started making this out of an old magazine but it just didn't look right so I decided to use an old book instead. I'm obsessed with books and therefore I have lots of versions of some of the classics, so I found a relatively new one that I didn't mind cutting up and chopped away with a stanley knife (you'll see in the pics I've only cut away the middle because I'm planning to make some kind of trinket box with he leftovers of the book).
The woven book is only the covering (obviously it would hold anything alone), I made the box out of used cereal boxes, cut up and measured to fit my purpose.

The finished item with the book I used for the weaving

As you can see there's still plenty of pages left in the book (ready for me to craft some more)

The box on it own

The box with some comics/graphic novels in to show how well it fits

A close up of the weaving

Thanks for looking, and C&C welcome
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4  Brown paper wrapping (inc. bows) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rockogrovey on: October 04, 2009 12:30:57 PM
Hi all,

This wasn't a huge project but I was inspired by lots of things.
1. I love anything old fashioned and wrapping paper is no exception, so I usually wrap my presents in brown paper (it reminds me of the good old days), also it's very cheap.
2. The Sound of Music...a classic! #Brown Paper Packages tied up with string#, although I didn't use string here I usually do, it looks good.
3. A post on crafster I saw aaages ago that includes a great tutorial. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247280.0. Thank you.

Anyway, enough of my babble, onto the pics  Smiley

The whole lot, I'm good at wrapping things that are square but rubbish at anything that isn't, after struggling for a while I decided to make the little gift bag for the awkward pressie.

One of the pressies closer up

A good close up of the bow

I know it's not the most exciting post ever but I'm still pretty happy with it (and my Granddad loved the bow)

Thanks for looking  Cheesy
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5  London Map Handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rockogrovey on: August 27, 2009 10:49:00 AM
I recently went on a trip down to London for the weekend and wanted something special to wear. After realising since I don't have sewing machine a whole outfit was a little over ambitious, I decided to make myself a special little bag.

I was looking through some old stuff and came up with the idea of cute little clutch made out of a map of London. The finished product was bigger than I originally wanted but I used the entire map and decided the bigger it is, the more stuff I can fit into it (which thankfully meant I could fit my brolly in because it threw it down when we were there).

I cut the map into strips and covered in sticky back plastic (so it's weatherproof and drinkproof), and then simply weaved the pieces together. The bag closes with Velcro and is fully lined with red satin, which I thought made a great contrast. I even made a little badge for the front for a 'designer' touch. When I took it out, I actually caught someone trying to look at this to see who made it  Cheesy

Full view of the bag

Close up of the flower

Open Bag

Inside view

This is my first post, but please tell me what you think. Any comments appreciated.  Cheesy
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