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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / First time and very nervous swapper on: April 20, 2010 06:00:38 AM
I'm thinking of taking part in a new swap Ive seen but the problem is Ive never swapped before Undecided and i worried that whatever i craft wouldn't be good enough so then id over compensate making my partner feel bad that id added all the extra stuff  Roll Eyes

so I'm just wondering is there an ideal swap i should look out for with it being my first time?

I'm sure that once i get into the hang of it id love it and i certainly love receiving packages but I love even more people loving my gifts. Im just wondering what peoples thoughts were on first time swappers?

but i mean everyones got to start somewhere right  Wink
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: First attempt at sewing a dress tips on: April 13, 2010 05:46:31 AM
In that case, I would recommend either of two books actually,

Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by Wendy Mullin
Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp

Both are great instructions to sewing techniques AND include patterns. Sew Everything Workshop even includes a dress pattern Smiley

There is also a new book from Wendy Mullin: "sew u dresses" -
I like it very much  (like the first two books from Ms. Mullin) - it's with three basic patterns, a lot of variations and in the first part some sewing basics (including  how to insert a zipper, how to adjust a pattern...) - I just finished my first dress from this book  Smiley

could this book also be called 'Built By Wendy Dresses, Wendy Mullin' ?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 4 weekender bags in 4 weeks on: April 08, 2010 06:00:56 AM
I love all of the bags your bridesmaids are very lucky - i love the idea of a personal touch!

i love the fabric on the forth bag and the tips are great for people thinking of attempting this bag  Grin
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / adding some sparkle on: April 04, 2010 11:48:23 AM
i have finally gotten around to jazzing up a plain black pair of shoes i bought for 12 out of a local supermarket, i picked up some diamante's and created these

i plan to wear them to add a little sparkle to one of my many Little Black Dresses  Grin
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin Beginner on: April 04, 2010 11:41:24 AM
so just an update on where I'm at Ive taken the time i have free for the Easter break and decided to finally use the resin Ive bought

and added it to some rubber ice cube trays - i made sure followed the directions 100ml of resin and 35 drops of hardener and added lots of random things to the moulds as it was my first time i just wanted to see the effect - i mainly realised most things (beads etc) sank which for some reason i wasn't expecting.

i waited 24hrs although the instructions said it would harden within 3hrs and when i took the casts out although i didn't have much trouble removing them i now have a very tarnished front  Angry and i suppose i could describe the whole 'cube' as very sticky and still smelling very toxic Huh

i just thought id give you all an update on how i was progressing seems as you've all be so helpful and i hope to get used to this resin thing soon and I'm planning on buying a one of the more popular brands when i get the hang of it.

6  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: North east england anyone? on: April 01, 2010 06:00:25 AM
im from Sunderland  Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: First attempt at sewing a dress tips on: March 25, 2010 09:31:34 AM
I have very little! But I'm attempting to get better I think the idiots guide would be the best option ha ha
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / First attempt at sewing a dress tips on: March 25, 2010 06:55:33 AM
Im thinking of trying to make my first dress Im a total beginner (Ive only attempted tote bags etc) so I was thinking instead of buying a pattern and scaring myself out of it and not knowing where to start I would use an old dress to cut the material out and go from there but as always Im assuming it wont be as simple and ill run into problems.

So do you guys have any tips or suggestions to make my first time run as smoothly as possible..
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: This is what rainy days do to me....**PIC HEAVY!** :O on: March 25, 2010 06:37:23 AM
I love these dresses!!! especially the fabric  Grin
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin Beginner on: March 16, 2010 02:01:05 PM
thank you very much sazzra we have a hobbycraft about 30 mins away so ill have a look into that to be honest i thought with the big craft shop not selling it i didnt hold much hope for hobbycraft!

ill head there at the weekend to see what i find!

theres so much stuff on here i wanna try but its finding the confidence to give it ago  Embarrassed
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