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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 2 dresses, a skirt and a top on: May 16, 2012 04:16:20 PM
So, I've not been about in a while, life appears to have thrown an entire lifetime's worth of crap (for about 10 people!) at me, and things have been tough, but I'm slowly on the mend. I've been out of hospital (hopefully for good) for about six weeks now, and am getting ready to start back at work.

My concentration is still shot to pieces, but I am slowly starting to get some of my crafting mojo back. Things are taking me about 10 times longer than usual, but I'm getting there, and I just wanted to share a few things I've knocked up on my beloved Esmeralda. Nothing special, so I've just lumped them all together in one post; hope that's OK Mods?

Polka dot dress (polka dot have become my new obsession - I even bought a blusher in a colour I didn't want the other day, because erm...the tube matched my new dress  Roll Eyes )

No real pattern, I just kinda made it up as I went along; like I say, rubbish concentration

Flowery dress with pink darts/bust. I saw a pic of something similar on the internet, and just kinda eyeballed this as I went along:

Skirt using the same polka dot material, with white piping detail. You can't see on the pic, but I managed to find fab matching buttons, and it also has a jewel heart detail button:

Top, using an old purple top I had, and a skull and crossbones scarf that was on clearance in primani, so it was basically free (yes, I am that cheap  Grin), but the purples matched identically, and I love skull & crossbones! I accidentally cut the bottom off both the front and the back (see, no concentration!), so i took the opportunity to put a dart in the back, to give it a bit better shaping. I basically just cut the arms off and re-hemmed around, and cut a section off the neck to make it a gathered bust thingy:

Like I say, nothing special, but it feels good to be getting back into it again, albeit slowly.

Thanks for looking

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first crocheted socks on: August 23, 2011 01:40:08 PM
After lots of frogging, swearing and strange yoga type positions, I have finally completed these crocheted socks for my friend's birthday.

The yarn is a lovely (mucho expensive!!) variegated yarn, but it's so thin! It started off as knitted socks, but it was so thin, it was going to take me for ages to complete, so I caved and crocheted.

I made the pattern up as I went along, but am happy to try and post up if anyone wants?

When on, these socks are almost quite holey (like those socks that you wear at first school - we called them 'virgin socks'  Cheesy, but I don't know their real name!).

This is just what I was wanting, as my friend is one of those people that are forever kicking their socks off and moaning that their feet are cold, so hopefully these may help her out.

Thanx for looking!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Silvery blue crochet shawl/scarf on: August 23, 2011 01:31:15 PM
I made this for my friends birthday this weekend:

It's a mohair/wool blend in a gorgeous silvery/ice blue colour, with a silvery thread running through it. My photography skills ahem *rubbish camera* just doesn't do it justice, it's gorgeous, and really silky soft with a lovely hang to it (is that the right term?)

It's another 1970's wool that I picked up at a sale for 1 for both skeins.

A shot of it spread out to show the pattern:

It's loosely based on the festival scarf on ravelry, but I kind of went my own way because a) me and the pattern weren't really getting on (it was an uneasy truce!) b) I had a limited amount of yarn, so had to stretch it.

A close up of the edge showing the detail and blocking effect:

I absolutely blocked the hell out of this beastie to stretch it as much as I could and to get the lovely 'pointy' edge.

I hope you like, and I'm really happy with this little lovely, don't want to give it away - she's lucky she's my best mate!

C & C's welcome, thanx for looking!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet ruffle scarf, or things I learned NOT to do on: August 23, 2011 01:14:55 PM
I crocheted this up this weekend for my mum's birthday today:

Thankfully she loved it, however it has taught me that there's always new things to learn...

1) If you buy 1970's yarn from a clearout sale; you have what you have, no ordering extras
2) A ball of yarn (especially if fluffy) always looks like it will be longer than what it is
3) Cutting back crochet and crocheting over the edge is a royal pain in the 'harris'
4) Hand wash really means hand wash, NOT the hand wash setting on the washer
5) Mohair should come with a face mask - I swear I'm still coughing up and sneezing fluff...

It was a really simple increase pattern that I kind of made up as I went along, but if anyone would like extra info/tute, I'm happy to provide.

With normal wool, I could have probably knocked it up in a few hours, so not difficult at all really.

C and C's welcome as always!

Thanx for looking  Grin
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altoid virgin! on: August 12, 2011 10:16:20 AM
I was in my local pound shop the other day, waiting to pay, and I saw a stack of altoids. I had a look, and they weren't veggie friendly, so I put them back - but as I was putting them back, I thought - OOOOHHH (actually I think I might have said it out loud!  Embarrassed ) Craftster - altoid tins are good!!

So after palming the mints off on someone (probably think I'm a bit strange - 'you like mints don't you? Good, right, here you go - I only want the tin!'), I settled down to a bit of research, and here is the result!!

Would just like to say here - Rackycoo - you are a total inspiration - I am in awe!! Whilst I realise mine looks nothing like yours (complete altoid newbie), you certainly filled my head with shiny ideas!!

Front shot:

I used the lonely hearts pages from a local newspaper, and cut out the funniest most interesting sections, and backed the main parts of the tin with this. I used pages from a notebook I had for the sides and decorative parts. I just used a fineliner for the Beatles wording

From the top:

I used a Sharpie to add the decoration in (and cover up the bits I messed up with my blunt blade), and the beads around the edge are glue-gunned (is that a word?) on. I threaded the beads for the top onto invisible thread first, and then glued them down in one go - much easier!!

The inside:

More lonely hearts here, and individual pearly beads stuck into the bottom (me and the glue gun fell out a bit here - I glued my finger to my cheek!!  Cheesy )

The ribbon in the lid actually looks much better in real life - it looks a bit skanky here. It's kind of ruffled, because I couldn't get it to lie flat around the corners (I was in a rush to take these - I did tidy the edging up after). I then glued some beads and tiny hearts in a cluster, as it looked a bit bare.

I used a black sharpie to run around the rim of the tin, to tidy it up a bit.

The back:

More lonely hearts and notebook paper, along with a quote in fineliner.
The box was actually a present for someone, so whilst the quote might look a bit random, it's actually quite meaningful.

I actually really enjoyed doing this, and I think I've found another craft to add to my list (like I need any more!). Next time I will definitely not be so impatient, and wait until I've bought new blades!

It's not a patch on some of the ones on here, but I think for a first effort, it's not all that bad, but any c and c's are very very welcome!!!

Thanx for looking!

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I don't have attitude...but the blankie does!! on: August 12, 2011 09:51:53 AM
Warning - those who are easily offended - look away now!  Shocked (or at least pretend to - no one will judge you for sneaking a peek later on! Grin )

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This blankie has been forever in the making, and when I finally got it done, it rained solid for a fortnight before I could get a picture outside!

It's bog standard granny squares - 280 of them to be exact!!!  Shocked and it's lined with a shell stitch - bit of a dodgy close up underneath:

A bit of background...

My house mate and I have foul mouths (there - I said it, and I'm proud!!), but she is considerably worse than me, and so I decided she deserved a reward for Christmas. We have a tradition where I always make something hand made along with the usual presents, and after having the wool sat around for the best part of six months, I thought I'd better make a start.

Originally it was going to be black with grey writing, but then she decided that she wanted it the other way round (bless her Undecided). 'That's fine' I said - 'no problem!'. Then I realised I wouldn't have enough, and after procrastinating for so long, I found out that they had discontinued it in the mean time !! (note to self - start a blinking project, and try to finish it in the same year!!!!) So after months of hunting, I finally found somewhere that stocked it, and tried to order it - I cleaned them out!!  Cheesy Which isn't so good when I realised I mis-counted and actually needed MORE!!

So, to cut a long story short, there are three different batches of grey in there, and in real life, it almost has a tetris look (not that there's anything wrong with tetris - it's great! If that's what you want!)

It ended up being a few rounds smaller than I wanted because of all that, but I suppose that's no bad thing - it only just fits in the washer as it is, and is way bigger than a king size bed, and is even too big to hang on the line and get a proper picture!!

I'm planning on making one for myself, when I can face a granny square in the face again, so the challenge for a blankie-worthy phrase is on! (any suggestions greatly appreciated!!)

Thanks for looking, and as always, c and c's always appreciated!!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Basket case on: July 24, 2011 03:03:57 PM
Firstly, an apology - I got a little confused about where to post this (I'm sorry if I'm wrong!)

I saw a bin on here some time ago made from recycled magazines (I can't find the link anywhere, so if anyone knows where it is, please shout!), and I fancied a go myself! I used an old catalogue, wrapped the pages around a chopsticks, and dabbed a bit of glue on the corner. I flattened these out, and used them to weave the basket.

Closer shot to show the weave:

Apart from the handles (fell off when I picked it up after taking the photo, lol!!), which were an afterthought, it's surprisingly strong. If I made another, I would weave the handles in right from the start for extra strength.  C and C's welcome-thanx for looking!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / oooooo eeeeee oooooo eeeeeee!!!!!!!!! on: July 24, 2011 02:49:00 PM
I felt left out, so I thought I'd join the hoopla art crowds and here's my contribution.

I used full thickness embroidery thread, and the background is black cotton, with a see through voile with stars on. The front of it was multicoloured stars, but the stars were silver on the reverse-result!!  When I'd finished, I covered the hoop in black ribbon and made a loop for hanging.

Close up of the embroidery:

I really enjoyed making it, and for my first effort, I don't think it's half bad. Thanx for looking everyone, and C and C's are welcome!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Starry starry night (ooh, so cheesy!!) on: June 11, 2011 03:58:38 PM
I was given an enormous bag full of wool recently, and when I looked at it, it was rather 'scratchy' to say the very least, so I was a bit stumped as to what to do with it.

We have recently moved house and now have a fairly big garden which we plan to spend a fair bit of time in, so then it hit me - a starghan for sitting on outside!! I did get the idea from Craftster, but I looked at so very many different ones that I couldn't possibly credit one person, so thank you everyone!!  Grin

So I set to work - matching up all of the wool, as most of the wool was very tiny little balls, and all different thicknesses and blah blah blah so I tried to even things out and off I went!

And here is the result - it's really hard to get a picture of the size, but if I stand with my arms out, it's wider than that if that makes sense?!

I had to put it on the floor, and stand on the top of the sofa to get it all in one shot!!  Cheesy

And although it wasn't on my original list... Roll Eyes it's another one down off the 50 target!!

Thanx for looking!!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Shiver me timbers!! lol!!! on: February 26, 2011 12:11:48 PM
I found some super cool skull and crossbones material for Christmas for me (best Christmas present ever - here's 80, buy yourself all things crafty, cos I don't know what is the best stuff!!)  Shocked

Sooooo, I decided I fancied a new bag, so I knocked this up last Friday evening:

I used some reeeeaally heavy duty interfacing on it as it was quite thin cotton, and lined it with black cotton.

It was the first time I'd used the bag strap stuff (webbing?? I dunno!), but it seemed to sew up quite well.

I made a front pocket under the flap, and a little pocket of the crossbone material on the inside, and used velcro for fastenings:

Sorry about the dodgy photos!

Anyway, I lurve it, and I've bagged myself two orders from other people as well - result!!! Grin

Thankx for looking!!
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