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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / origami earrings on: August 04, 2009 06:52:17 AM
wasn't sure whether to post this in papercrafts or jewellery! I made these for my flatmate after spending a lazy afternoon teaching her how to make origami cranes and lucky stars, we ended up folding our way through my stash of origami paper so after she went out I strung them all into a garland for her room and then made her these earrings Smiley I am thinking about making some more to sell, would love any feedback Smiley)

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / stenciled life drawing bag on: October 24, 2008 02:48:58 AM
I made this bag after a life drawing class, I created a multi layered stencil of my drawing, I'm not sure if you can tell but the imagre wraps from the front and underneath to the back in one piece.

thanks for looking!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / gourd jug on: October 23, 2008 03:35:39 PM
This is a jug I completed this week, sitting waiting for biscuit firing. It is modelled on a gourd with a pointed bottom (forms the spout) and it has a twisted handle replicating the stalk. Looking forward to glazing it, I am thinking of copper red and green granite

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cheeky monkey on: October 17, 2008 10:34:26 AM
I made this taggy blanket for my friend's baby and finished it today, the monkey, branch and leaves are all traditional chinese silk and I like the way they contrast with the more traditionally babyish blue flannel. Can't wait to give it to him when I see him on Sunday for my weekly cuddles!

the back says 'Made for Ethan with <3 by Auntie Paula x'

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Raku vases on: October 12, 2008 02:34:28 PM
I went to a Raku workshop yesterday led by the teacher of a ceramics evening class that I have recently started. I made these 4 vases in the class so they could be biscuit fired in time for taking with me. It was great fun but three of them were seriously overfired so the colours did not come out, I was disappointed but when I looked at them today I started to come around to them, the group shot is the best likeness and I think they actually work as a series even though they are not as I intended them to be! It was great fun and I would recommend trying Raku to anyone considering it.

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / strings on: October 12, 2008 01:32:09 AM
Last night I felt like drawing but didn't know what to draw so I checked out Illustration Friday to see what the weekly theme was and it was 'strings'. Here's my drawing....our family cat had to sadly be put down on friday morning and my parents are going to put his ashes on their rose bed. We are all very sad because he was 15 years old and a big presence in their home so he's leaving a big hole behind. The centre figures are my parents and our dog and the outer figures are myself and my sister, seperated by water because we all live in different countries. It is only a quick little doodle really but I am quite happy that it expresses our present states of mind.

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / 3d wet felted bag on: August 16, 2008 08:16:56 AM
This is my first attempt at '3d felting' other than felted soaps and beads. I felted around a largish biscuit tin then cut a slit to release it. I cut strips down from the slit to attach the handles then added buttons to hold the strips down and a few beads to hold the middle flaps down to reveal the inside colour. I am pretty happy with the outcome and have even used the bag (very unlike me to use something I have made!) I am working on a few other felted bags at the moment, I think if I made this style again I would felt the edges of the cut strips rather than cutting them once it has dried as I feel over time these points might weaken. Anyway, here's a few pics, I would love to hear what you think, no need to be too gentle as I am developing this idea!

8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / wet felted lovebirds on: August 16, 2008 07:22:19 AM
It is my parent's 39th wedding anniversary today and as I am visiting them for the summer I decided to make them a little gift this morning. The bird's 'skins' are made from some wet felted sheets that I had made then not used and they are stuffed with some carded merino wool that I didn't like the colour of, they are holding a little heart cut from one of the sheets between their beaks and I sewed them onto a twig. I think it's very cute but it's maybe more my style than theirs!

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / birds in trees quilt top, opinions desired on what to do next! on: August 10, 2008 03:49:03 AM
Hi, I have just finished hand appliqueing the birds onto the background and I thought I would pause and get some opinions about what to do next, I am thinking about adding a border with some flying geese dotted through it then quilting the top just to the batting and hand quilting musical notes/scores through the background then tying the backing on with fine ribbon to look like tree blossom. I have also considered appliqueing leaves. At the moment it is about 5 x 3 feet and would be a wall hanging but I have also been considering using this as a panel towards a bed quilt.

What would you guys do? I would love to hear anyone's ideas, I am not an experienced quilter at all but I am happy enough with this so far that I want to take time to turn it into something I love rather than something that I am satisfied with.

thanks for looking!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Nappy cake on: July 22, 2008 11:53:31 AM
My friend had her baby shower this Saturday and I made her this nappy cake, she doesn't know what she is having so I wanted to keep it really neutral and in the end stuck with all white! it includes nappies as filling (naturally) a snuggle towel wrap, several bibs and onesies as icing and socks as roses. It was fun to make and she really loved it.

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