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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / DIY Saddle Shoes! on: June 01, 2012 11:17:03 PM

Please forgive the awful lighting in these photos -- it's been raining non-stop for the past few days, and it's very dingy outside.

I went into my favorite cheap-clothing store, Cotton On, last night after Uni had finished, and managed to snag these bad boys for only about $10. They're slightly tight, but otherwise worked well. However, they started their life as plain black, faux-suede things, very similar to a pair I already own.

So I painted them.

Mother and I have wanted a pair of saddle-shoes for a while now -- we are the same shoe size and will occasionally share awesome shoes -- and so I decided to see if I could make these work, and so far so awesome.

I used a cheap fabric paint I picked up when a bookstore went out of business down here, and after about four coats it was pretty much covered. I just need to use the hairdryer to heat-set them, and hopefully we'll be golden! The small black dots were done in a plain permanent marker I have, as well as touchups where I went out of my tape-lines.

Thanks for looking guys, and again, sorry for bad photos. (I also made the curtains in the background. Natch!)
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Heat-Sacks for Good Friends! on: June 14, 2011 04:55:29 AM
Thanks both! Although, with the way this ash cloud is moving, I might end up having to post my friend hers. Let's hope my flight stays good!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Heat-Sacks for Good Friends! on: June 14, 2011 02:20:14 AM
I am putting these in here as I think it's probably the best place (They're pillow-like!). If not, Mods, feel free to move me.

So I will hopefully be flying to Sydney for my friend's birthday in a few days, provided this dang ash-cloud moves on, and I made her and her mother some gifts. Rice heat packs!

My lovely friend lives in an apartment by herself, and her mother decided to send me to her as a birthday present, so I am essentially getting a free flight. So, as a thankyou, I made her a matching heatsack, and got some chocolate, so she feels the love too. Using the gift-tags from http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2007/11/rice-heat-therapy-bag-tutorial/ , I adapted a pattern for my own use with some pretty fabrics!

Her mother's gift is the full one underneath the tiny roll. I've only got carry on luggage, so I can't take rice on the plane with me without getting strange looks. Instead, I am going to buy her a bag of rice when I get there for hers. Smiley

Although the link up above has the tutorial with it, I made mine smaller and longer, but using basically the same idea.

I hope you like it as much as I do Smiley
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Charm-ing lap quilt! on: April 23, 2011 10:13:31 PM
In my desperate attempts to avoid my assignments at any cost, I have made lovely warm quilt! It's the perfect size for snuggling up with in a chair while doing readings, or listening to a lecture, lovely and soft, and it actually suits the decor in my bedroom this time! Mostly. I may be showing off my new poster here, a bit.

It's also the first time I have attempted free motion quilting. I might point out that I have carpal tunnel syndrome right now, because I can promise that this kind of quilting is NOT GOOD when it comes to reducing/preventing pain. Argh. Luckily, it was fairly easy to split it up into sections, and by doing it over a period of weeks, I was mostly pain free.

This is the best shot to show my free-motiony-goodness. It was also my first time making my own Bias tape. I was pleased!

I picked up a set of Moda Giddy charm squares to use for this from a tiny little store down the road from my local spotlight. Somehow, with even less of a selection, they're my new favorite because they stock the good stuff! Gratuitous detail shot, so you can see the colours!

I used a lovely 'wheat' coloured fabric everywhere else, and some fun squares on the back. The quilt measures a lovely 39x36, so it's almost square!

It was great fun, but my mother thinks I'm insane, due to the amount of cursing that happened while  I was arguing with this thing.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilted Tote Bag on: February 01, 2011 02:42:14 PM
Thank you! I'm hoping she does like it -- she does not get it until wednesday next week.

And sewfumust: yeah, I did just use a regular machine. I just put a quilting foot on and went for it. Thank you Smiley
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Funky New Jewellery Box! on: February 01, 2011 02:13:44 AM
Thanks! Luckily, most of the greens do match in real life, they just don't photograph well. And hee, they do smile a bit, don't they!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Tote Bag on: January 31, 2011 09:57:28 PM
A good friend of mine is moving to the mainland in a week, and I decided that it was about time I used my crafty skills for good, and so I made her a bag. She's going to be attending a big university, and will have to carry a lot of books for the insane subjects that she is doing (she's v. clever!), so getting a bag that would be big enough was a pain.

In the end, I used a tutorial from Sew, Mama Sew! and got quilty with it, so it's rather sturdy and right up her alley. It's quilted with a thick felt instead of batting, so that's added a bit of stiffness to it.

Here's the back of the bag. The two lower squares are pockets, and they've also been slightly quilted. My photography skills are not that good, but the picture on the second pocket is a gorgeous bird fabric that I found in another colour for the lining. The second square from the left in the row near the top is actually an image I printed onto fabric to quilt, from a free-to-use website.

This is the front of the bag, with one big pocket at the front! I also printed the fabric used for the quote on that pocket, as well as the flowers and the hourglass in the squares up the top. That quote is very important to me, and is actually a foundation of our friendship -- It's from a story-poem by Neil Gaiman, called Instructions. Earlier this year, he did a reading down here and we waited for two hours to see him -- when he came onstage I honestly nearly passed out, because he and his stories mean that much to me. So that I was able to share that with her -- who also shares my love of Neil, it's quite alright -- meant a lot, especially as she's moving away.

And here is the aforementioned lining fabric. It's a rusty golden brown in real life, and it's got birds and plants all over it -- very rustic, and steampunkery. It also means the bag is reversable, so if she wants, she can flip it over and be different!

Thanks for looking Smiley

For those interested, the quote reads 'Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and Trust your story."
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Funky New Jewellery Box! on: January 31, 2011 09:31:02 PM
My jewelery box has been in a state of crisis for the past few years. Messy, overcrowded, and gathering a lot of dust because I was unwilling to brave it's contents for what I wanted, choosing instead to just put up with a lack of decoration. This, as any good Craftster will know, is unacceptable.

So. Before work one day, I made the quickest trek to the reject shop and grabbed two small chest of drawers on sale, for $5 each. While they were destined to be re-covered and made less blindingly fuschia, I thought that a total revamp could work for my jewelery woes. I don't have any pictures of the before, but as you can see from a few as-of-yet uncovered parts in my new boxes, they were variations on fuschia, lavender, and a bit of baby blue.

Forgive the atrocious lighting -- it is raining like nothing else outside, and there is no natural light to be found.

There they are, in all their attractive glory. My room is a vague beige colour, and I've recently been adding a lot of green around the place to brighten it up, so I thought these would go nicely. They're mod-podged fabric scraps from a quilt I am making, coated heavily to make them stiff and indestructible.

I had to replace what were fake silver handles that had been riveted in, I think, with a fun black cord I had laying around. it's just knotted on the inside, but it's doing a wonderful job.

There are the full eight drawers. They're in sets of four, so i can have them sitting side by side or ontop of each other, as space permits.

And here's some of my jewelery inside! As you can see, I didn't cover the entire drawer in fabric. This is because it was a tight enough fit to get the drawers in and out when they were just cardboard -- it's rather more difficult now that they've got a few extra layers of fabric and mod podge in them! I've been stretching the box and drawers using wedges made of masking tape rolled up, to encourage them to bend and pull out nicely. It's working rather well, so far.

And the final glory photo of my favorite fabric. It's a lovely mustard yellow and teal.

Thanks so much for looking!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First Ever Quilt Attempt? Success! on: January 16, 2011 10:26:26 PM
jessiekay: Definately give it a go. I'd had some practice, but this one is all just straight lines -- all you have to do is square your edges properly, and you can do it! Let me know how it goes Smiley
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First Ever Quilt Attempt? Success! on: December 28, 2010 06:12:20 PM
sorry it took so long to get back to everyone, I just started on a tickertape quilt (that is being washed quickly after a cola accident.)

@padester: definately. I started a ticker-tape one, and now my mother is making sounds about wanting a quilt of her own.

@linnybelle: it is such a simple pattern! you should do it!

@maethebear: please do! i copied others here as well! And it is honestly a super-easy pattern to do.

@mrskristina: thanks! and he is, isn't he? he sleeps on it at the end of my bed now Smiley
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