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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Doctor Who TARDIS dress for my little girl on: November 07, 2013 06:30:03 AM
So, my daughter is a total Doctor Who nut. Even more so than her older brother, but nowhere near as crazy for the show as my husband and I Tongue So when i asked her what she wanted her costume to be this year, she shouted "TARDIS!"

And geek parent pride bubbled over.

So of course I wanted to make her not only a TARDIS outfit, but also something she would want to wear again. So I designed and made a poofy-bum blue TARDIS princess dress for her and she proudly adorns it at every opportunity and much to my joy has caused many an envious stare whilst at the shops!

Inspired by the gorgeous period dress in the episode "The Doctor's Wife", original design on the fly by me, fabric and notions from Spotlight.

N.B. It's a warm spring over here at this time of year, thus the no sleeves  Wink


Hullo Cheesy

All the little details: quilting cotton, soft tulle, elastic in the back, lace, paint pens

"yay, Mummy!!" (or so i assume... lol)
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Natural beach stone necklaces with carved hearts and sterling silver on: January 22, 2013 05:57:42 AM
I just finished putting together some limited edition hand carved pendants and I would love your feedback! You crafty bunch are always so amazing and your input is invaluable Grin

If you have a minute please let me know what you think! Thanks  Tongue

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Shirred-top baby dresses with tutorial on: January 01, 2012 04:01:35 AM
I wanted something special and handmade for my daughter's first Christmas so I drafted up a simple dress pattern. As complicated as they look they are really quite quick and shirring is totally addictive!

This is the tutorial for the shirring and it worked a treat. My only issue (that was ongoing for about an hour before I face-palmed at my oversight) was that the elastic in the bobbin was not feeding correctly, the elastic was pulled out of its little niche in the bobbin holder and this caused the elastic thread to bunch up on the underside of the fabric. Once I kept an eye on the bobbin, ensuring the thread was in place the shirring went like a breeze.

I kept my thread length at about 2 and had my bobbin tension around 2.5 on my Janome MyExcel machine. It took very little practise to find the thread length and bobbin tension that worked best.

I made 7 dresses in total and an extra top for Christmas day. The top is a little different and a bit fancier but once you have made the basic dresses, you will see how the top was made. The first dress was a bit long, my daughter is only nine months and not walking yet so I didn't want something that would catch her legs. My first attempt was also too slim. It fit fine in the chest but it was not roomy enough to accommodate a nappy bum!

This is my favourite fabric

All the fabrics I used

Here is the tutorial, it is also available via the Hand Made-n's blog if you have trouble viewing it on page.

I used clearance quilting fabrics for these. They are all 100% cotton and beautiful, vibrant prints; a far cry from the boring pastel pink numbers in store!

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Paddling swan, acrylic and pen on board on: January 01, 2012 03:52:37 AM
Since I'm on a roll tonight posting all my projects I figured i should add this one to the mix ;P

This was my gift to my Mum for Christmas, I was still putting on the final touches Christmas day before she arrived for lunch! It was completed a little hastily but I am happy with the result nonetheless.

She is acrylic and pen on wood board, approximately 60cm x 150cm.

I had to add a rather sturdy wire to the back of this one, the wood is quite weighty. Next time I will hunt down some of the little saw-edge hangers rather than relying on a wire. The swan herself is not painted at all, but left in relief so the wood grain shows through. The grain of the wood gives her the appearance of sun-dappled light across her back and wings.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The swan princess on: January 01, 2012 03:47:35 AM
This is one of my older works that i never got around to posting.

She is a mix of hand drawn and digital art, my first digital coloured piece in fact. I've come a long way since this was made but looking at it now I am still really proud of it and impressed with the finish.

When I think of the swan princess I imagine her held motionless in a ballet pose while her swan is reflected in the water, dancing alongside her. Even in human-form her swan is with her, lending her grace and elegance.

She was originally a commissioned piece for a greeting card but I think she deserves some wall space somewhere ;P The customer and the recipient were both very happy at the result.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pegasus the winged horse, in gouache, pen and ink on: January 01, 2012 03:42:35 AM
Pegasus has always been one of my favourite mythical beasts. The thought of a powerful, lightning-quick horse mounting the sky on soft feathered wings just fills be with joy.

So, in keeping with my foray into relief painting, I created this homage to my dear mythical friend.

I submitted him as a part of a TAFE assignment which earned me a good mark but I have hoarded him away for now, afraid to put him up without a frame.

C & C always welcome Smiley
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first ever completed photo morph piece on: December 02, 2011 06:58:23 AM
After completing my first semester at TAFE I finally have my photo morph completed. This began with various images of clockwork and mechanics, a naked art model, fabric and my own Illustrator icon for the background. All together, with many many hours of editing, masking, airbrushing, adjusting and painting it became 'My Clockwork Heart'.

The idea was to make an android, but steampunk is far more interesting to me than Terminators Cheesy

And just so you know, cutting off her leg and adding a peg leg really quite creeped me out, lol.

Comments and critique are always welcome, thanks for looking.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Recycled plant pots, for my garden and for gifts :) on: December 02, 2011 06:52:29 AM
I'm doing the whole Handmade Christmas this year. Of course I have a couple of those people on my list that have everything they need and don't collect anything. So what to make them? How about a little spot of colour to brighten their home for a few months?

Something inexpensive, from the heart and appropriate to my loved ones. Seriously, if you grow these suckers from seed you'll spend about $2.00 for as many gifts as you like. Also, they don't collect dust, need batteries, make noise or need maintenance (apart from a little water now and then Grin)

Mine are filled with delicious strawberries Smiley I can move the pots to the best position, they drain well and the fruits will tumble down the side without rotting


    * Clean, empty tins or plastic drink bottles (mine are baby formula containers and 3L juice bottles)
    * Garden wire
    * Spray primer
    * Paint (I used sample pots of wall paint)
    * Paintbrush
    * Drill
    * Craft knife
    * Sandpaper
    * Potting mix/garden soil/compost
    * Seedlings

   1. Turn your containers upside down and drill some drainage holes in the bottoms
   2. Bottle planters - cut out a hole for the plant to go into (towards the top of the bottle), it needs to be just big enough to
       squish in the root ball of the plant. If needed, sand the holes to remove sharp bits
   3. Can planters - drill two holes at the top of the can opposite each other to thread a hanging wire through. Sand the
       holes lightly to keep sharp bits at bay
   4. Roughly sand your containers to give the paint something to stick to. It's important to note that the shiny paint finish on
       formula containers will repel the paint if not sanded. It doesn't have to be perfect, just rough up the paint or plastic a bit
   5. Prime your containers with the spray primer. Allow to dry (it won't take long!)
   6. Paint your containers and decorate as you wish. You will need a couple of coats for good coverage. Allow to dry well
   7. Snip and attach a length of garden wire to use as a hanging loop. The length will depend on whether you wish to hang
       your pots from a fence, tree branch or ceiling hook)
   8. Bottle planters - lay your bottle down and fill with soil through the cutout. Scoop out just enough soil to fit the root ball
      of your seedling and carefully but firmly pack the plant in. You can keep the bottle laying down for a couple of weeks
      until the plant is established but I carefully propped mine up immediately
   9. Can planters - fill with soil, leaving enough space to put your plant. Carefully pack in the roots of the plant and top up
      with a little more soil
  10. Give them a drink and put them in a suitable spot to get established until it's time to give them away!


    * Raise your own seedlings from seed and this project may well only cost you a couple of dollars
    * To give as gifts, choose a pretty annual flower. That way, at the end of the growing season your recipient can either
      re-plant or recycle their pot. No waste and no clutter! Perfect for the person who has everything
    * If you want a no-hassle gift plant your pots with succulents
    * For a kitchen goddess (or god ;P) plant your pots with herbs
    * For kids, plant a yummy treat like strawberries. My strawberries adore these pots since they like good drainage and if
      you add a hanging wire the strawberries will tumble down without rotting!

I have heaps more pics and progress shots on my blog, there's far too many to copy over here!

Thanks for looking and I hope you can brighten your own home with some little recycled lovelies Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Handmade dinosaur garden tutorial - easy to customise for any kid! on: December 02, 2011 06:45:06 AM
Here's the low-down, my son loves dinosaurs.


Five minutes with him and you'll not only learn something new but tie your tongue in knots attempting to repeated the bloody names.

He's such a show-off Smiley

So what do you do for your dinosaur-obsessed kid? Make him his own dino garden, of course! This would be a wonderful gift for any adventurous young soul and can be customised for jungle animals, dogs, fairies, you name it.


    * Large shallow tray with holes in the bottom (you can buy from a garden stockist but mine came from the
       recycling centre)
    * Old newspapers or junk mail
    * Potting mix
    * A selection of small plants
    * Plastic animals (or figurines made from an outdoor-friendly material)
    * Rocks, twigs, nuts, sand etc

   1. Grab your tray and line it with newspaper/junk mail
   2. Fill the tray 3/4 full with potting mix
   3. Lay out your plants (still in the pots), figurines and ornaments until it looks just right
   4. Plant your plants and mould the potting mix to achieve hills and valleys for your other adornments
   5. We added a rock path, scattered some sand over the top and sprinkled in some flower and lettuce seeds
      (to feed the dinosaurs of course!)
   6. Find a good place for your miniature garden, keep in mind the preferences of your plants. The idea is that the kids
      can play with their garden, but it would be best not to keep moving it about

More pictures and project notes on my blog.

Thanks for looking!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Celebrating handmade? Here's something special. Updated with PDF on: November 14, 2011 02:11:52 AM
Like a nub I totally forgot to add this to Craftster when I posted it on my blog. Possibly because i also added it to the new collaborative blog I'm a part of Cheesy

I'm focusing on a handmade holiday this year and encouraging everyone else as well. If you can't make it, support handmade, or local, or independant business. The idea is to keep it simple, make it meaningful and bring the joy of the SEASON back into December rather than just celebrating for a single day.

I'll also be keeping a running post on projects and tutorials we'll be making in our house so if you need some inspiration, pop on by. I'll keep Craftster updated too.

I'm also planning little events and adventures to make the whole month special. Nothing expensive or outrageous, just good fun for the family and kids. If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them!

(Normal permissions: Copyright Eveningsong Ink, personal use only. Not to be redistributed as your own creation, mass marketed, sold, or used commercially. Please mention/link back me when sharing with others. Linking back to me on blogs and websites is fine as long as you give credit and follow the rest of the copyright mumbo jumbo Smiley For commercial use please contact me.) Sorry guys, but protection is important.

I've made my very first download for this post, so you can get the poster from there. Apparently attachments are having a fit. Ok, the pic is in the Craftster hosting too Tongue Or my blog. Whatever Cheesy

Viva la handmade!
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