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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Question: a sturdy case for hearing aids? on: February 02, 2010 07:37:56 AM
Hi all!

 I was just wondering if anyone could help me with a tricky problem I've been having. I broke my actual hearing aids case ages ago and I've been storing them in my glasses case ever since. However, I get mega nervous whenever I'm outside and take my glasses out (I don't wear my hearing aids all of the time and sometimes I listen to my mp3 player), I'm always just so afraid of them breaking or falling into a drain or if some rude person bumps into me and they damage them or or or...(they cost a LOT of money so no wonder I'm panicking!)
 So to save myself from freaking out, can anyone suggest a tutorial that I can sew or whatever and put my poor mind at rest?
 Then the only panic I have to worry about is "am I wearing them?!" while I take a shower Cheesy
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Toolkits! (Pics included) on: January 29, 2010 01:58:22 PM
I love crafting  Grin I also love crafting tools but I have quite of lot of them!
 I tend to get a little OCD when it comes to my crafting tools, which can be a bit of a problem when I have so much of a varied kind of different tools! Be it X-actos, pens, calligraphy pens, erasers blah blah blah, they all need a their own place.
 So, I did what I could with lunchboxes and a cutlery holder thingy (great for pens) but my sewing, knitting, crochet and jewellery tools needed to be separate (because I'm fussy like that!) and minus the potential stabbings I might receive if I'm not paying attention to what my hands are doing (probably from being distracted reading Craftster  Cheesy). It's happened, my seam ripper had a taste for my flesh for a while.

 So for my jewellery tools, I made this:

which opens into this:

 I'll admit the stitching is crooked, but honestly, I've improved since then. I'll even give ya proof with my sewing/knitting/crochet case!

 It's made from an old hoodie and a bit off an old skirt.

Inside, with my tools:

The pamphlet is from the website www.sewmamasew.com and it's a handy guide to different types of hand stitching and how to do them. I downloaded and printed it from here:
Oh and for the record, I actually hate the colour pink and I only ever use that pink gel pen when it won't be seen. I'm consciously trying to wear this pen out because I can't throw away a pen until it's completely dry!
 (And by the way, those pencils are my current knitting needles! I'm a little broke at the moment so I have to wait until my mam gives me back mine!)

And all closed with all of my tools inside:

 I don't have any tutorials for either of these because I just made it up as I went along, but they're really easy to make!Once you figure out how to attach a zipper you're sorted!

 Thanks for looking!
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Vinyl Art - House of the Rising Sun on: January 28, 2010 08:02:02 AM
Ever since I was a kid I've always loved vinyl records. Some of my earliest memories are of Sunday afternoons in the living room with my Dad whilst listening to his extensive collection.
 But now we're living in the digital age and records are on the way out. So when I was on my travels through the charity shops, I was ecstatic to find an EP of the Animals singing "House of the Rising Sun" from the 1960s. It brought back such strong memories that I vowed to do *something* with it.

 I dug out my oil paints, made a stencil of "todays" New Orleans skyline (that is, from the 2000s) and attempted to make this:

 I'm not great with oil paints but I do like how this turned out and I have it hanging over my computer monitor Smiley

 Any C&C would be muchly appreciated, and thanks for looking!

Youtube linky!
24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Calligraphy piece (image heavy) on: December 31, 2009 10:25:25 AM
Hey all, I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right forum but I would like to share some of my calligraphy work with you.
 I'm a big drum 'n' bass fan (I like a lot of different types of music, the d'n'b is just part of it). One day a friend of mine played "Coded Language" by DJ Krust (with spoken word from Saul Williams) and I was instantly mesmerised. As I sat there listening to this track, I made myself promise to do a huge challenge and do a calligraphy piece on the entire spoken words.
 I knew it wouldn't be easy so I didn't set a deadline for myself, nor did I count the amount of hours that I put it into it. With much stopping and starting, it took me 9 months to do it all, given that each session was roughly 2-3 hours long.
 The main reason why it took so long to do was that I kept running out of ink in my pens so I would have to redo each letter two or three times to get all of the lettering even. That and the fact that the pages are A2 sizes, 7 pages in all. I must have gone through at least 6 black pens, 1 entire eraser and several gallons of tea Smiley

 Without further ado, here's my calligraphy piece:

Page 1:

Close up of the title:

I used Irish Sign Language here, as I'm Irish and partially deaf.

Page 2:

Page 3:

The silver lettering isn't very clear here but the last line is supposed to be "Thus, In The Name Of:"

Page 4:

Page 5:

Page 6:

Page 7:

 If you would like to see them in bigger sizes, pics are available on my Flickr set:

 And for any drum 'n' bass fans out there, this video is for you!
DJ Krust & Saul Williams - "Coded Langauge"

 Let me know what you think, I'd be grateful for any C&C!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rorschach sorta-sock-monkey-ish plushie on: December 28, 2009 12:44:45 PM
Hi all, my first time posting a completed project on Craftster (due to some forum shyness!) so here goes!

 I've been making my boyfriend sock monkeys for a few months now, as part of the "Aido's Monkey Army" so for Christmas I decided to go one better and make him something extra special - his favourite super/anti-hero, Rorschach from Watchmen. We both agree that Rorschach is the most bad ass superhero of the lot. It's true! He never loses sight of what's right and wrong, he doesn't want ANYONE to see his real face, he's a bit crazy and he can fight as well as any superhero. He's the quintessential anti-hero.
 In fact, my boyfriend loves Rorschach so much that he actually bought a Rorschach costume for his character in Little Big Planet and hasn't changed it since Smiley

 So, pretty much based on the sock monkey design, I managed to make him. The only real things to cause me problems were trying to do some guerilla sewing whilst commanding Aido not to look around at what I'm doing (we live together you see!) and the hat (which frustrated me enough to come onto Craftster and ask for help  but nobody apparently could help so I scoured the internet instead and finally found a design).
 He's not the best made plushie out there, but my boyfriend loves him!

And a link to my blog:

 I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!
26  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello from Dublin, Ireland! on: December 26, 2009 02:26:08 PM
Hey all, just wanted to say hi to everyone in hopes of overcoming forum shyness!

 I love to craft with nearly anything I can get my hands on and I'm also a photographer and aspiring digital artist as well.
 I'm also a huge fan of Craftser but I don't post much (due to the online shyness factor and the fact that the things I see here completely blow me away so much that I just kinda sit here in awe and wonder if I could ever make anything as awesome!) however, I do make some of the crafts I see here.

 So, looking forward to contributing a bit more and hopefully I'll end up doing some of the Crafty Swaps Smiley

 Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help needed! (Making hats for sock monkeys) on: December 17, 2009 09:33:40 AM
Hi all, long time lurker here. (I get a little shy in forums so my apologies for not saying anything sooner.)

 I was wondering if anyone could offer some heavenly crafty advice for me. I've been making an army of sock monkeys for my boyfriend who absolutely loves them so for Christmas I'm making him an uber special sock monkey, Rorschach from Watchmen. (My BF is very much into his comics and let's face it, Rorschach is incredibly cool!)

 I'm doing well so far but the only thing wrecking my head is the hat. I just cannot grasp how to do it. Even if my sewing machine worked I still wouldn't be able to figure it out Sad
 Can anyone please help?

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