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11  Velvet Underground Cushion in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: January 06, 2012 11:39:01 AM

What better way to decorate a cushion than to stitch a fleece banana on the front?  I made this for my Dad because he loves the Velvet Underground.  If it had been for somebody else I might have made the limited edition 'pink banana' version but I didn't think it would be appropriate for my father, ahem.

I think I'll make some more album cover cushions.  I'd really like to do Forever Changes by Arthur Lee but that could take a while and I am very lazy.
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12  Re: Monster Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: November 02, 2011 01:37:51 PM
I have received a gorgeous package from the lovely titaniumhip.  I have done my best with the photography but the lighting is awful in my flat - I will take no offence if Meeka has any better pictures to share.

First is this beautifully-painted set of monster dolls.  These are very small - if I put the largest one across my four fingers it almost reaches the sides.  The pink one is a little longer than my thumbnail.  They are so detailed, I love the little white spots around the bottom of the yellow one.  The pink one looks really troubled,  possibly because nobody has come to slice him in half yet.

I was really hoping that Meeka would send one of these painted monsters - I have seen them around Craftster before and was so excited to be partnered up with their creator.  I think I'll call her Guinevere and she will be on proud display in my front room.

The last item is probably my favourite.  It's a little octopus Christmas tree decoration.  My tree is already going to be covered with sock monsters so this little guy will fit right in.

Finally, here is the good old craftster swap group shot:

Meeka sent me some maple syrup sweets which are absolutely delicious.  She also sent a little pin badge from Canada and some vegan Halloween sweets.

I am so grateful for everything in this package and am going to show everything off to my friends at the earliest opportunity
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13  (Another) Cactus Pincushionn in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: August 22, 2011 02:23:45 AM
I saw all the excellent cactus pincushions that get posted on Craftster and I wanted one of my very own.  Here she is:

She's made from an old cushion cover and stuffing, felt, a button I found in the street (thief!), a 50p pot from a charity shop and some confetti to make the pins more exciting.  Ta da!
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14  EXPECTO PATRONADS! Potter Puppet Pals T-Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: August 22, 2011 02:16:38 AM
I made this for my girlfriend almost a year ago and just haven't got around to posting.  I only had about 40 minutes while she was out of the flat, so he was a little rushed - but that adds to the charm, right?  Right?  The writing was done with a hastily-drawn freezer paper stencil and the puppet is made from felt and sewed down. (I did originally try using bondaweb, but that just made a mess of the iron.  I had a lot of fun explaining myself cleaning that face off the iron when she came home!).

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15  Purple Charm Bracelet of Janglyness in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: August 04, 2011 12:41:08 PM

I made this charm bracelet as a birthday present for my friend and had so much fun picking all the beads out.  I made this when I should have been revising anatomy which made it all the more enjoyable to craft.  I included a fork charm because we went out for a birthday dinner and put some little bells on to make it extra jangly.  I put a little black skull on to remind her of her angry teenage years. Wink  I want to make more of these now!
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16  (Off) White Stripes Bag For My Little Sister's Birthday in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: May 06, 2011 02:24:32 AM
This is the first bag I've ever made, so I'm pretty pleased with it.  I followed this tutorial (which I believe is made by another Craftster member): (http://pinoyinoz.blogspot.com/2008/07/tutorial-messenger-bag-with-zip-top.html) but lazily left off the zip closure as it looked too difficult for me.  I made this bag for one very cool 11 year old's birthday because the White Stripes love must be encouraged in children!

There's loads of things a bit wrong with this bag.  I just hacked the lettering out of some random cloth I had lying around, and while I like the scruffy edges I'm less fond of the off-white clashyness with the purer white of the striped fabric.  Pretty much all the seams are a little wonky and I broke my last sewing machine needle part way through and had to do the rest by hand.  I kept using crappy threads that got tangled up and I think some parts of the bag were too thick for the machine to cope.  I'm still not fully bonded with my sewing machine, but we'll get there...maybe.

I had loads of fun though and maybe there'll be more (hopefully unwonky, unclashy) bags posted here in the future (if my sewing machine ever forgives me).
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17  Red and Black Fabric Boa (Made Without Sewing By a Very Lazy Crafter). in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: April 28, 2011 11:19:16 AM

Messy flat, oops.

This is a simple craft but I'm really happy with it.  I'm going to a cabaret/burlesque type thing next month for my birthday and wanted a boa - but not a feather one because I don't wear animal materials.  I went to my local fabric shop and bought 25cm wide strips of about 8 different fabrics (which I think might have annoyed the shop assistant but she was very nice about it), chopped them into 3 inch-ish wide pieces and just tied them to a longer strip of material.  I didn't have to sew anything which is great because I'm rubbish at that.  This was finished in about an hour and cost about 6.  I'm looking forward to making all the other bits I'll need for the night, even if that means doing battle with my sewing machine.
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18  Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: February 25, 2011 05:41:07 AM
I received my matchbox from Angelicus this afternoon.  The box came wrapped in a considerable amount of ribbon in what seems to be becoming a matchbox swap tradition. Wink

The matchbox is inspired by Matt Smith's experiments with food in Doctor Who.

Angelicus has very cleverly designed an interactive matchbox.  There is a wheel in the front of the box which I can turn to see more disgusted comments from the Doctor. 

The matchbox was overflowing with bits and bobs - I had to be careful when opening the envelope as they had started bursting out the sides!

I've never seen a matchbox like this one before and I'm really impressed by it.  Thank you, Angelicus.
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19  Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: February 18, 2011 05:42:19 AM
Angelicus is struggling with her coursework at the moment so I'll post pictures of what I sent to her.

Angelicus loves Pride and Prejudice so I decorated the matchbox to look like the book.  You may notice that I stuck the paper on upside-down, d'oh!  I like to think that this makes the book more collectible.

Here's a picture of the contents.  The bundled up ribbon is pictured unfurled in the first photograph.  It took up half the box but I loved it so I had to send some.

Here's a picture of the contents.  I made the little mask and bought everything else.  I sent the matchbox wrapped in the paper pictured underneath all the bits and bobs - as much as I could reasonably pass off as wrapping paper without being accused of cheating. Wink
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20  First Attempts at Homemade Paper in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: February 13, 2011 07:58:15 AM
My girlfriend's mum bought me a paper-making kit for Christmas and I've only just got around to giving it a try.

This paper is about half and half brown and white paper from the recycling bin.  I've added raffia, garden twine, rose petals and some purple embroidery thread.

This paper is made from white paper, blue dye (came with the kit), red chads (the bits made by hole punches - I was so happy to learn this word!) and various red, gold and blue threads.  I held this paper up to the light to take this picture.

This is a beginner's kit so it only makes these little discs of paper.  I'm having loads of fun producing them but I'm not sure what I'll do with the finished products yet.  I'm tempted to make my own frame so that I can produce larger sheets of paper.  The kit isn't really necessary if anybody else fancies a go at this - all you need is the frame (I'm sure it has a special name) and some scrap paper.  I've added all the bits and bobs from my own stash.
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