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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dingleberry - my FIRST EVER poppet! Woohoo!!! (pic mental!) on: February 26, 2011 11:55:30 AM
I've been wanting to do a poppet for aaaaaaages, but I was so scared, cos they all look so good (and I thought they looked too hard), but I finally plucked up the courage, and asked for some beautiful skin coloured fake suede for my birthday, and here are the results...

I know it's my first poppet, and I still have a lot to learn, and improve on, but I am actually quite chuffed with my little dingleberry (yep - I know what the word means, lol!! Grin ). I used ghilie's fab tute and pattern.

Here's her little head pre goth-up: I saw a tip on here somewhere about scratching the back colour off the eyes, and colouring it in again, so I did, with black and gold.
Her hair is a crocheted yarn wig, using the amazing ghilie's tute (thankies!), and normal DK black wool split down with a 40p ball of scrap pink wool with silver from the market!

Here she is in her nekkid glory (at least she had the decency to cover her modesty, lol!) I tried boobie scultping. And I failed. Badly  Cry but at least her corset covers up the worst of it!

Close up of her face (sorry about the weird photo colour??):
I used fake human eyelashes, and shaded round her eyes to give the goth look, along with a ton of earrings and a nose stud. You can't really tell from this pic, but her hair is HUGE!!!

You can't really see it, but her corset is made from teeny little hooks and eyes, and she has crocheted lace knickers. Her tutu is fluorescent pink and black layers, and she has some ribbon detailing on her leg and arm, with a little tattoo round her wrist.

Gratuitous cat shot (fat lad is quite taken with her - she needed taking away before he got up to no good  Cheesy)

Phew!!! Can you tell I'm rather pleased, lol?!

Any comments/criticisms gratefully received to make my next one better!!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Paperchain scarf - nom nom! on: January 29, 2011 02:55:25 PM
Hot on the heels of my sweater boot success, Roll Eyes I decided to make myself my very own paperchain scarf.

I decided on crochet, cos I wanted a fast result, so I used hdc's to make a chain, and joined each one to the previous one as I went along.

No action shots, I tried to get my housemate to pose, but after she rejected the bazillionth pic I took, I gave up!

It wraps around my neck twice, with loads of hanging-ness (if that makes sense!)

Close up of crochet (sorry bout the blurry-ness):

My housemate's 13 yo cousin was staying as I was finishing it off, and she kept gazing wistfully at it, so I knocked her out some sweat bands to keep her happy, and make sure I got to keep my scarf, lol!

Thanx for looking guys!
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sweater boot DISASTER to crochet snugness!! (pic and disaster heavy!) on: January 29, 2011 02:44:58 PM
I hope this is in the right place, feel free to move to the right thread if I've got it wrong - I was going on end result, not the initial project  Roll Eyes

Well, I started to make a pair of sweater boots - I was so very good, I printed the tutorial, laid all my materials out in an orderly manner, made a nice cup of coffee and set Kirsty Allsopp up on 4od, was all set to go, and it all went out of the window...

1) Got carried away and ignored instructions
2) Jumper sleeves were too tight for my legs
3) Glued the jumper to the sole, to my finger, to my thumb, to the jumper I was wearing (it was a sight to behold!!)

And lo, the fruits of my labours...

They looked just like the pictures in the tute... Huh  Roll Eyes

So, in true Lozzie style, I went and had a fag, and a bit of a sulk, then I came back at them craftster style! I advanced with my trusty crochet hook and a couple of balls of pink wool, and here is the end result!!

Much more impressed now, and they are sooooooooo squishy and comfy!

Top view (with obligatory ass shot of fat lad - he likes them too!)

Side view - really hard to take pics of your own feet!

Close up of crocheted roses

I used my sewing machine to sew round the raw edges of the jumper, and then trimmed it right down, and crocheted into the knitted stitches round by the sole, using hdc's all the way round. I then built it up slowly, shaping the toes with a bit of decreasing, and then built up the leg bit, finishing it off with a puff stitch on the turn over bit at the top.

I made a big and a little rose for each one, and sewed them on.

They look a bit odd, but they're only slippers, so no 'outsiders' will ever see them.

All c's and c's welcome, but be kind - they nearly pushed me over the edge!!  Grin

Thanx for looking!!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bag & Accessories (a bit pic-tacular) on: January 19, 2011 05:48:25 AM
I made a new handbag a while ago, and wanted some accessories for it - when I came to posting them I realised I never posted my actual bag - so here we go - bag & accessories!

I made the bag lining from a lovely cushion cover I found for a quid:

I also added a small back pocket with an invisible zip, and my tag!

The finished article (sorry - I is rather picture-crappy):

Then I made a small zippered bag for girly things, a diary cosy, complete with random child's tiara gem, and a book cosy. I made them out of co-ordinating grey material, with a pink ribbon trim and a checked soft inner material that I got on offer for 70p, and when I got it home and opened it, the widest part was 8" across - d'oh!!

The book cosy has a ribbon and button tie, so that is an adjustable size for different size books:

Close up of lining & ribbon trim:

Thanks for looking!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sock it to ya! on: January 19, 2011 05:35:24 AM
I got some free dpn's about 2 years ago, and started making my first ever pair of socks about a year and a half ago.

Well, I've finally finished!!  Grin

They're not very much - very basic first sock pattern - and something peculiar happened to the shaping, so if you know anyone with square heels, let me know  Roll Eyes

All said and done, they're lumpy, bumpy, a little bit odd, but they're all MINE! WOOHOO!! (I only ever intented to wear them in the house anyway, so i don't suppose it matters!)

I wouldn't say it's put me off trying socks again, but I never know it would take so long!!

Sorry about the photo quality - I think I have gremlins in my camera!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fingerless gloves craze! on: January 07, 2011 01:50:46 PM

I seem to have started a bit of a fingerless gloves craze at work - I've so far made 2 pairs for me, sold 3 pairs, with another on order!

All packaged up...

Somebody also ordered a headband (pictured without the late addition flower). Apologies for the dodgy pic - remembered at work at the last minute!

Cabling detail

Thanx for looking!  Grin
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Monster pamper kit (img monster too!) on: January 07, 2011 01:42:09 PM
I made this for my housemate's birthday back in Sept, but only just got round to posting!

It's a record bowl filled with hand made goodies and some shop bought smellies, and wrapped up in cellophane, along with a bag of more goodies!

I made a heart shaped flannel with tag, a body puff, 3 crocheted make up remover pads, 3 tawashis, and 4 flower face scrubbies. The flannel has a bumpy texture, for top scrubbing action!

Close up of make up remover pads - they have an opening for your fingers to make them easier to use.

I bought her a pair of pj's, and bought another pair to make into a sleep mask, scrunchie, headband, a 'turbie', and a bag to keep them all in.

Also made a few button hair grips using the buttons from the pj's.

First record bowl!! Bit wonky, but not bad for a first attempt.

Everything altogether, before it's wrapped up.

Sorry about the length of the post, but slightly chuffed!

18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / I don't want to kill the cat... on: August 30, 2010 07:18:01 AM
Hi everyone,

I've been lurking on the b&b section for a while now, and I've found some lovely soap recipes I want to try out - soap making is going to be a New Years resolution, as you've all inspired me so much!  Grin

Question is, am I going to kill my beloved cat (and housemate, oh, and me!)? We live in a tiny tiny tiny English farmhands cottage, with no ventilation, the kitchen is in the living room, and we can't open any of the (tiny) windows more than an inch.

Obviously, soap making is not something I could do hiding in the bathroom, and I'm desperate to try it out, but I've read about fumes and stuff.

Thing is, I love trying new things, but not at the risk of our lives (with possible exception of my cooking lol!)

Is it a good idea, or do I have to resign myself to only being able to make soap when I'm rich and can move to a house with the kitchen in it's very own room?

I'd love to know your opinions, whether there's different methods that are OK to try, etc.

Thankies so much!!!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Knickers Knickers Knickers!! on: August 29, 2010 03:14:13 PM
 ;DYay! Grin
I made knickers/pants (is that the right word?)

I cut up an old vest-y t-shirt, and drew round a pair of Primani specials!!
All cut out: (Ignore the crafty mess - I was on such a roll today!)

All sewn up!

The material was stretchy t-shirt stuff, with a purple tie-dye sort of pattern, with diamantes on. The colours have come out really weird - it looks a lot nicer in real life lol! It's also made the stitches look really dodgy, but they're not - I promise!

This was a practice go, using stuff from my stash, which is why the thread was black, I do intend to use a matching colour if I make any more.

I used zig-zag stitching, to keep the stretch, but the stretchy jersey type material was a TOTAL nightmare to work with, it kept clogging, and sticking in the grips on the plate - does anybody have any tips, or know if you can buy a different type of plate for the base of a machine? It's put me right off making any more for the moment!

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Zipperdee doo dah!!! on: August 29, 2010 03:01:15 PM

I finally got round to making little zip-up bags!!

I used old black jeans for the outside, and bright pink sari material for the inside, with a bright pink zip to make it all co-ordinate.

I used part of a necklace I had in my stash for a charm on the zip to finish it off.

And because I'm so chuffed with them - I used a new label! Yay!!!  Grin

I made some more, I was on a total roll today, but they're for pressies, so I'm not going to post them, in case they get spied!

Thanks for looking!!  Wink

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