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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Comic Book Hair Accessories on: July 04, 2012 02:53:56 PM
These were made for my prom. They are made from these origami instructions.
The big one used 6" by 6" paper and the small ones used 3" by 3". I made the big one and then realised that it would look too weird in my hair so I went with too smaller ones. A bobby pin is hot glued to all of them in one of the joining gaps.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Comic Book Prom Dress on: July 04, 2012 01:02:37 PM
I wanted to be different for my prom. So I was. It's a two part dress based off the pattern 6457 from New Look which I purchased in America on a school trip. By two part I mean there's a fabric dress and the comic book skirt is separate and went on over the head.

This project took about a week of on and off sewing, one hand sewing needle that broke, 4 comic books, sticky back plastic and a hole in my thumb. Because I don't like to use thimbles. It was a labour of love between my mum and it didn't even last 4 hours. Machine stitching does not like to stay in with this, let me tell you. Anyway, photos! (More photos may come later from the professional photographer they had)

This was before any damage and alterations I made to the skirt to make it more flattering.

3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Comic Book Prom Shoes on: July 04, 2012 12:29:15 PM
I felt I needed to leave school being extraordinary out of everyone else and giving everyone something to remember about me. To do this, I used prom in order to create something I've wanted for a long time - comic book shoes. This relates to my outfit which used comics to accessorise it and 'add interest' as my textiles teacher would say.

I originally wanted a covered toe shoe with no awkward bits to cut around. So my mum bought me peep toe shoes with windows that were awkward to cut around. They also ended up being too big for my feet but we solved that with gel cushions and heel cushions.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 'Some people say' Ironman embroidery on: June 07, 2012 04:02:52 AM
This is half of a present for a friend of mine who has a birthday in a month (I actually finished a present for someone BEFORE their birthday!).

This friend is severely addicted to the Avengers so I asked her who her favourite character was which is a tie between Loki and Ironman (Loki is the second part of the present). I got the idea of using the quote 'Some people say the best weapon is one you never have to fire. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That's how dad did it, that's how America does it' as it ties in all of my own personal thoughts about Tony Stark.

The only stitches used for this were satin stitch and back stitch. The satin stitch is used in many different angles which help to create depth (via the light) to the embroidery without needing to change colour.

Various in progress pictures:

I'm not completely happy with how the hoopless binding (tutorial I used) ended up looking but I'm sure my friend will appreciate it anyway.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mint Grace Baby Blanket on: December 29, 2011 12:02:15 PM
This is for the newest addition to my extended family and was started before we knew the gender so I went with the colours of white and a mint green. At the time I was not very comfortable with any other stitch except single crochet so it's a very simple looking blanket.

And the different textures

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Slouchy Hat on: September 04, 2011 02:52:24 AM
This hat was quite a lot of firsts for me. The first time I crocheted in the round, first time I used double crochet and it worked. Also the first time making a hat and wearing a hat.

I used this pattern a size 5.5mm hook and Sirdar supersoft aran wool.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Tetris Heart Cushion on: August 26, 2011 07:16:28 AM
I started making this last November for my friend's birthday. It has taken me 8 months on and off but it's finally finished. It was inspired by other needlework pieces I'd seen on craftster like this. It was done with back stitch, satin stitch, stem stitch and a little bit of blanket stitching around the edges of the cushion to hold it together.
The completed front

And some close ups of the stitching

It's a good thing we're close friends and she loves tetris otherwise she might think it's creepy  Wink
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My first foray into the world of jam making on: July 25, 2011 10:06:47 AM
The crab apple tree in my garden has just produced its first fruit of the season and this year, instead of having to waste it, I decided to try making crab apple jelly with it. It feels like it could be addictive to make and it would be really nice to use up all the glass jars I hoard away.

So far I've only made one 500g jar, but I really hope as my fruit trees and brambles produce fruit, I'll be able to make more jam.
I used this recipe http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/7661/crab-apple-jelly
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rainbow Scarf on: July 21, 2011 12:47:28 PM
My second attempt at a crochet scarf done in single crochet. This is a birthday present for a friend of mine. Normally I craft her something for her birthday and it's always late. This year, I started well in advance as her birthday is in November.

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Soda Bread on: February 02, 2011 11:47:58 PM
Last night, my mum and I decided we would try to make soda bread. She had already bought all of the ingredients the day before and yesterday we were trying our first soda bread.

For our first try, I think it went pretty well overall. My family think so anyway because there's only one end piece left now.

For those of you who might want to try this,
Soda Bread Recipe:
6 ounces of self raising flour
6 ounces of plain wholemeal flower
1/2 a tea spoon of bicarbonate of soda
1/2 a teaspoon of salt
1 pot of buttermilk (about 280ml)

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
2. Put all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir.
3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.
4. Pour the buttermilk into the well and stir with a fork.
5. Knead briefly to form it into a round ball.
6. Place on a floured baking tray.
7. Cut a cross on top.
8. Bake for about 30 minutes.

Our oven is a fan oven so you may need to adjust the time or temperature accordingly.
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