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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 50's Tea Dress Applique Tote Bag on: March 11, 2012 04:07:14 PM
I finished this tote up this morning, and had to share it.  I just love the way the dress forms came out. 

I have used new and vintage fabrics.  The dress forms are an off white winceyette, and the dress is made from fabrics I was given by my nanna-in-law.
Thanks for looking, and I would love to hear your comments.

22  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Soda syphon cartridges on: February 21, 2012 07:49:12 PM
Hubby works at a cafe, and has started bringing the empty cartridges home, 'coz they look cool and you could do something with them'  i thought about pendants, but I was wondering if you crafty folk had other ideas.
Here is a pic of what they look like

thanks Smiley
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tartan Terrier on: February 02, 2012 08:20:24 PM
Another little shrinky brooch.  This one with a cheeky little Scottie dog.  I just love his eye. 
Thanks for looking
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Little 0wl Brooch on: January 27, 2012 03:50:42 PM
A few months ago hubby started his new job (chef) at a cafe/craft  store, and I discovered they sell shrink plastic. I bought some years ago when I was in the US, but nave not really seen it here, except for lots of $$. I am in NZ.  so now I want to make shrinky everything, this was my first piece except for the bits I made with miss 3.   It is a little owl and stuck a patterned paper to the back for something a little different. Thanks for looking, and  I'd like to hear what you Think.

25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little rainbow embroidery on: January 20, 2012 07:16:51 PM
Or is it a non-embroidery.  I stitched this up by winding embroidery thread onto the bobbin for my sewing machine (just a regular machine, doesn't sing or dance) and away I went. 

The outside blue sky circle was the first part, so it was a little wobbly till I got the tension and stitch size right.  The clouds were last, and i think they came out the best. 

It is part of the dress I made for DD.

Thaks for looking, and I'd love to hear your comments.
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Freezer paper stencils sans freezer paper... on: January 18, 2012 05:29:43 PM
Freezer paper, if only it were as easy as going to the supermarket and picking a roll up off the shelf.  It is very expensive here, if you can find it.  I saw a tute on instructables about making your own from regular paper and plastic bags, so I thought why not, I have bags and paper.  It came out so well.  I just have a question, do you take the stencil off before the paint dries, I left it on, and it pulled at the fabric a bit.  I love it, hubby loves it too, and my little guy looks pleased as well .

Thanks for looking
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little jackets for Autumn on: January 18, 2012 05:22:31 PM
Summer is going to be over before we know it (not like it really got started tho) so little miss 3 will need an extra layer when the cooler weather comes.  My nanna-in-law gave me a huge bag of fabric at Christmas and this grey sweatshirting with pink dots on it was in there.  Perfect for little girls.  I found a great tute on instructables about making your own freezer paper for stencils, which is great as freezer paper isn't easy or cheap to come by.  I think it came out very well.


I bought the other fabric at the car boot sale for $3.00 for a huge piece, and had some cotton lace trim in my sewing box.


Thanks for looking Smiley
28  COOKING / Dessert / Handbage cake and Cake pops (img heavy) on: January 07, 2012 11:59:32 AM
Conversation with miss almost 3 late last year...What kind of cake would you like for your birthday? A handbag.  What colour? Pink!!  As if I had to ask.  So here it is. 

progress shots

it was a 9x13 chocolate fudge cake that I cut in half and sandwiched with white chocolate ganache.  I rounded the corners.

Then a crumb coat of ganache.mmmmmm

Then the pink butter cream frosting

and the marshmallow fondant handles and piping.  The letters are made from chocolate.

side view with number 3 for her age.

and the cake pops.  My first ones,  I used ganache to mix with the cake instead of frosting.  We can't buy the coloured candy melts here (well that is a lie, but at $12.00 for the tiny bag, I wouldn't buy them) so I coloured the white choc from the supermarket. 

Thanks for looking, and I would love to know what you think.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Grandparent Christmas Gift - Feet Castings on: December 28, 2011 06:18:18 PM
Both sets of my kiddo's grandparents live a distance from us (mine in a different country, and DH's a 4.5 hr drive) so they don't get to see their grandbabies that often.  So for Christmas this year I made casts of their feet with playdough and plaster of paris.  I added a photo and mounted them in some shadow boxes I bought at the hardware store.

Only one of them is finished (yes I know it is Dec 29th), but only one set of grandparents came for Christmas, also I overly underestimated the time it would take for the plaster to sure properly, and for the stain on the boxes to dry.  They will all be similar, just with different backgrounds.  My mums one will be the same floral in beige and my dad is getting a blue and cream diamond pattern.

DH parents loved theirs, which is great.  Thanks for looking, and I will add the others when they are done.

30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ruffle Nappy Covers on: December 03, 2011 05:54:09 PM
I can't stop making these at the moment, I just wish I had thought to do it before my dd turned into a little lady.

They are made from new and vintage fabrics and any other bits I can find.  Thanks for looking.
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