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1  Re: 1920's art deco swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by MissThing on: August 30, 2012 10:55:14 AM
Cheesy so glad theres been some interest. i'd like to do it next month or sometime there abouts, to give me a while to clear away some other projects.

So heres a super sexy flapper girl to wet your appetites Cheesy

and i saw this vintage accesories book in the shops today. perhaps there are som ideas to inspire you all here;


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2  1920's art deco swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by MissThing on: August 21, 2012 01:23:54 PM

the 1920's is my favourite era ever. i love the style, the fashions, the interior design, the music the cars,  i adore everything 1920's and art deco and i wondered if anyone else loves the era too and wanted to do a little 1920's swap.....i'm UK and would love it if lots of UK people joined in

what do you think? if theres enoguh interst i'll see if i can organise it
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3  Re: Rodent Revolution 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissThing on: August 21, 2012 08:46:13 AM
first i have to say a massive apology to Averia for not putting pics up sooner i absolutely love all the pressies she sent for me and my rodents. here are some pictures of the awesome things Averia sent me. I have 10 rats and 6 mice atm and i have to say i have so much rat stuff its unreal but not much mouse stuff so averia made me some lovely goodies for the mice but most of the package was for me Smiley woop woop woop and its all brilliant Smiley

First up the package as a whole. Awesome Smiley
(i had to take pics in the spare room as couldnt get enough light in to do them justice)

and the first up two totally fantastic t shirts. The first is;  green and screen printed with a Naked rat <3<3 this is my absolute fave in the whole package <3<3 and the second t is white v neck with a delicate silver embroidered rat thats so preciouse. both fit perfectlay and i love them i've already worn the green one but forgot to take picks of me wearing it Cheesy

Green T detail

white T detail

Then she included a brilliant dish towel that i can use for drying all my rat and mice bowls etc embroidered with "hairless and loving it" Cheesy

Averia also made me this brilliant litte rat hoopla to go on my new hoopla wall. i love the design of the rat (echoed on the white t) and the colours. and i have to say Averias stitches are so tiny and perfect i'm super jealous Smiley

close up

She also included three gorgeouse little stuffy rats <3

and the cutest little set of hammocks for my mice which includes two tubes. a little pouch. a triangle pocketed hammock, a square envelope hammock and a little rope. its so so adorable i dont want to give it to the mice cos they'll mess it up lol

and last but not least a heap load or delicate little snowflake paper chains  that she made from inspired from my wist that i'm going to have loads of fun putting together and hanging all over my book case Smiley

i cant say how chuffed i am with all the things Averia sent me its been a fantastic first ever swap i've had two great partners and i'm totally hooked and am already looking into joining in on some more. when i get chance i'll post some action shots of the mice enjoying their new hammocks and also some of my rats too Cheesy
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4  i tried my hand at Mosaic :D and made a horsey :p in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by MissThing on: March 06, 2012 07:59:40 AM
its my first ever attempt with mosaic i just fell in love with some tiles in the craft store and had to find something to make with them Smiley so i bought one of their paper mache, horses and a few more different tiles.....and a tile cutter.......and a whole load of stuff that has nothing to do with mosaics lol .......   ;p

and after one failed attempt were all the tiles fell off as i tried using a silicone glue as advised on the packet.....and i had to start all over again clean the horse off completely and throw away a good portion of those lovely tiles Sad i staerted again with good old modge podge and it worked brilliantly...and i discovered

i absolutely love mosaic

i even brought some mini wooden mice today cos i want to make some tiny tiny mosaics.

so without further ado here is (101 pics of) my little mosaic horse...who needs a name....

and with a few left over tiles i mosaic'd this mini clip board Cheesy

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5  need quick help with Gold Leaf Flakes in Discussion and Questions by MissThing on: February 14, 2011 06:47:39 PM
Ok to cut a very long story short........ i need quick help with a little project....i bought some gold leaf flakes for the first time in my life and wanted to use them to make and crackled oriental 'ish effect over a dark red base on the interior of two little wooden trinket boxes i bought for 99p from the charity store the other week. i really love these little boxes but having never used gold leaf before i have messed up the inside of the first box and luckily havent started on the second *phew*

so what i did; after sanding them down and getting the varnish off, i gave the inside a few coats of dark/blood red acrylic paint..... then i applied the gold leaf (fist by pressing it into the wet paint=which didnt work too well) then by usuing my trusty old PVA craft glue worked a treat.............then i was an idiot and wanting to protect it from wear and tear and make a thick glossy almost enamel coat i covered it in acrilic gloss varnish....

what happenned well basically within minuits of applying the gloss varnish the gold leaf turned green mouldi looking and looked like it has just been pulled out of a fish tank.......... (verdigree?? maybe)

scan you advise me of the best way to remove the green muck from my little box,do i need to sand it all down and start again ( bearing in mind these are thin boxes) and what would have been a better way to apply the gold leaf and seal them so it doesnt flake everywhere everytime i use them when i come to do it properly, to get the same look without the green mould effect???

The pictures

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6  Embroidered Cross Stitch Wrap in Needlework: Completed Projects by MissThing on: February 09, 2011 02:27:48 PM
i dont know if you are allowed to double post, but i have already posted this item in craft challenge 59 - super ugly to super awsome. but i wanted to post it here and get other needleworkers opinions of my efforts in freestly embroidery and the piece as a whole. the actual embroidery is pretty simple and consists of mostly open chain stitch, lasy dasiy, and blanket stitch oh and some stem stitch and french knots with two colours in the needle.
the whole project is a wrap to keep your flosses in when working on a project, it was made as a gift for my mum. here are a few pictures on the embroidery but if you would like to see the whole item and read about the product, particularly the inside details pleasee click this link and visit my other thread in the craft challenge area here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372456.0. thanks for looking i welcome any comments and critiques as i am new to emroidery and am teahing my self from a stitch encyclopedia.....the wrap is for my mother who loves cross stich but does no other embroidery.

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7  Super Crusty Curtains(&shirt)into Super Cushty Cross Stitch Wrap gift for mum in CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES by MissThing on: February 07, 2011 03:24:22 PM

Well i hope i have made the deadline as i dont know weather you are ahead of me or behind me but i haven't been able to post this project as i have been having camera problems, if i have missed the deadline oh well never mind it was fun to make and i will try again next challenge.....any ways to get to the point

i turned This;

 a pair of stiff crusty old  pastel green curtains i(4) and a hideously overpatterned flowery shirt (3) in shades or mauve/pink that looked like Dylon had exploded on it and was so small i doubt it would fit on a  barbie doll and turned it into the coolest Cross stitch thread wrap EVER, as a gift for my mum....as omg that hideous curtain material...she liked it...as green is her thing and cross stitch is what she does best and is currently using an old piece of card, with pencil scribbles on to separate and identify her floss, she is forever getting them mixed up and the flosses are forever tangled and she really needed a better system, so when she said she liked my ugly material and i was in need of a creative project and this seemed like a perfect solution to both our problems. so after lots of umming and ahhing and scribbles on bits of paper and having to sew and unpick and sew and unpick almost every facet at least twice i give you the "super crusty curtains(and shirt) to super Cushty cross stitch wrap gift"

Outside Closed

Outside Opened

outside embroidery detail; picking out the patten in the curtains i used daisy chain / detached chain stitch to make the flower petals in a variety of colours that matched the inside lining. i used clusters of french knots to make the centres with two different flosses in the needle one a dark and the other pearlescent and accented with some pinks iridescent seed beads to catch the light. then i used stem stitch to make the flower stems. the whole of the front is bordered simply with open chain stitch using a green multicolour pearl cotton.

inside whole.

inside details
accessories Panel including two clear pvc pockets, and a three page felt needle book. and a section of elastic to hold items such as a pencil scissors, seem ripper etc. all hand trimmed with blanket stitch in the same matching multi colour thread.

Floss Holders.
the only part of this project that didn't come out of my stash was the metal rings i used to hand the floss on. i chose to use a white background behind the floss so its easier to see the floss colours, but my favourtie part is the the identification system. i used more clear pvc i had in my stash and made a row of tiny clear pockets above each floss ring so that you can slip the relevant key code in them above the floss and it keeps every thing neat and tidy, and when you do the next project they can be taken out and replaced with the new key. along the bottom of the floss section i also put an envelope flap that can be opened with poppers so that any long ends of floss can be tucked in and protected from damage of hanging out of the bottom of the wrap. everything was again hand embroidery trimmed with open chain stitch

Other details
inspired by another craftster's members project, i used poly clay to decorate the heads of 5 pins with daisy's(my favourite flower) to use as stitch markers, return to points so she doesn't keep loosing her place when stitching. she can just pop a daisy in the place and know where she has to come back to. also being a gift for my mother i also bought her a tub of thread heaven. and a gorgeous gold pair of DMC embroidery scissors and some little pots to go in the pockets for keeping beads in, oh and a pencil/ rubber sharpener set, but they aren't really part of the project but they are part of the gift.

that was so much fun to make i want to make one for myself now, and cant wait for the next challenge it was great having a deadline to work towards too
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