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11  Re: Stuffed felt monsters - Now with tutorial and pictures in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by scandibird on: May 30, 2004 09:23:48 AM
So here are mine... I never thought in a million years that I'd ever be able to make anything like these cuties!! Thanks again sooo much for the tutorial Nina!!   Kiss

Forgot to say: I didn't actually use 'shop-felt' for these, I used felted sweaters and I  actually much preferred that to the first (ugly rabbit/alien-like) monster I made from normal felt... It came out softer and cuddlier! Then again, there isn't a thing I wouldn't make out of the good old felted sweaters... Wink
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12  Re: wrist band frenzy! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by scandibird on: May 17, 2004 04:09:29 PM
Joey, sorry for not replying sooner... I tried doing a little doodle of my stitching for the heart and the skull. (it might be of use to someone, but chances are it won't. lol!)

I don't know what stitches are called or the 'correct' way of using them, I normally just wing things and do what works for me...  here you go anyway:

Shocked they are awesome, i'm wasn't a member, but i became one after i saw your wristbands, i had to comment. they will def. sell, infact if you have a paypal acc. i'll buy one from you, if you'd liek to sell. there utterly cool. thanx for sharing.

wow! thanks readheadedgodess! That's a compliment and a half!! I'll PM you later..

wow! these are lovely! i was wondering if you could post a tutorial to crochet the pink flower on the teal wrist cuff? that's exactly the kind of flower i've been trying to make and i just can't quite get it. maybe you could do one with pictures? you don't have to. i'm just hopeful! i can't quite understand how to make them yet.

thanks! There are a few threads about crochet flowers which you've probably already seen but I will do a step-by-step one day when I get a chance. Unless anyone else wants to have a go at it...??   Roll Eyes

It's funny how people say they're not really into wrist bands, but would wear one of these 'cause I'm really not into them at all, but I still made these and wear them!! + I kinda figured it would be teenagers that would be the 'target group' but I have had all kinds of people buying them. Including my 3 yr old neighbour girl, a late-twenties male DJ and this middle-aged woman who went all 'oh..my...god...' (janice-style Cheesy) when she saw the skull ones!!! rambling now, need to go..
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13  Tile coasters just because... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by scandibird on: May 07, 2004 04:49:28 PM
OK so I might be overloading you all with pics, but I'm just so darn excited about finally having a digital camera!!

Here's some coasters I made from tiles (10cmx10cm) that I found at the back of a cupboard in the flat we're renting.. hope my landlord doesn't mind... Roll Eyes
I used some porcelain paint, a porcelain felt tip pen and this porcelain liner paint tube thing I had left over from a personalized mug phase I went through!

The faces are dingbats from the font 'The Kids', the flowers are Marimekko, the horse I have no idea where I found, the flower is another dingbat and the circles are my own.. (!) I attached some thick felt bits underneath so they wouldn't scratch the table.  After 'firing' in the oven according to instructions I spray painted them with matte spray varnish for added protection and easy wiping off after use.

Have no idea what to do with them as I don't really use coasters, but they were really fun to make and they'll probably end up as xmas presents...  Cheesy

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14  Re: Easy to make paper labels! in Crafty Business Discussion by scandibird on: May 07, 2004 07:08:18 AM
Thanks Leah! The hole punch is just one of these, as easy to use as a pair of pliers:

I've tried finding the punches you talk about (especially the ones for marble magnet images) but I've now officially given up... Can't find any plain round ones, only large ones with doves and other wierd things on... Sad Little heart shapes would be nice, tho!

Just wanted to add that for cutting the labels, use a metal ruler, a scalpel/exacto knife and a cutting mat for best results!
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15  Easy to make paper labels! in Crafty Business Discussion by scandibird on: May 07, 2004 04:32:38 AM
Not rocket science or revolutionary but I thought I'd share my label making technique with you. This is quite handy for small things like jewellery and anything you can't really sew a label onto! You can either just attach them by 'looping' them around an item or you can attach a little safety pin to it and fasten it that way.

Here's what I did, all in Illustrator. This is for A5 because thats the size of the paper I had.
I found a nice font (Blair, in this case) for the 'HANDMADE DESIGN'. I decided to make my labels 45mm x 15mm so I made guides every 15mm down and 45mm across. Then I created a rectangle the same size, placed it in the top left hand corner, placed the text where it should go in the rectangle, copied and pasted the box to line up with the guides and deleted the rectangles so just the text was left.  To cut out the labels when printed, I placed 'bookmarks' along the guides (outside the actual label area). Like so:

Then I cut them out, hand wrote my signature (company name) on to all of them (could've scanned it in and printed that as well, but I kinda like the handwritten feeling... it adds a bit to the whole handmade impression). I punched a whole with one of those leather/belt hole punchers as a normal hole punch was a bit to big. (for bigger labels that would be fine). Got some thin twine, stuck it through the hole and 'looped' it to secure it on the label. Like so:

And that's it! Hope it helps some of you so I didn't just waste everyone's time and bandwidth here ...  Grin
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16  Scrap Leather + Beads = Pure Love! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by scandibird on: May 07, 2004 02:36:24 AM
I got this lovely, soft square piece of leather from a friend and took it home to sit and look at... Was trying to imagine what would be the best way of using this gorgeous thing! (I get really 'precious' with materials if I really like them and end up never using them because I'm worried that if I cut it, make something and I don't like it, it's ruined and I get upset.... Please tell me I'm not the only one... Cheesy)

Being into the cuff-thing at the moment I thought that would be quite nice and I'd get to make about 5-6 out of the little piece I had so I was happy! Decided I wanted a flower on it, so I looked through one of my Elle Decorations (I subscribe - wonderful mag for inspiration!) and lo and behold, there was this beautiful lily. Then I found some matching beads, wire and the snap and I was away!

It's quite self-explanatory and I'm awful at tutorials, but I am making a few more so if anyone wants a step-by-step, let me know and I'll try to take some pictures of the actual making-it-bit.

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17  whaaat..? easter is over?!? in Easter by scandibird on: May 05, 2004 10:04:56 AM
I know I know, but they were sitting in my kitchen cupboard peeping out everytime I got the bread out, and I think they felt (thihi) a bit hurt about not being posted...

My dining table looked a bit bland for Easter and I thought I'd make Easter morning breakfast a little more.. well, easter-ish.. So this is what I did.

Egg Cozies!! Again, felted sweaters. + some yarn.

Here they are to say hi!

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18  Yummy Felted Crochet Handbags! in Crochet: Completed Projects by scandibird on: May 02, 2004 04:41:22 AM
I've seen all the nice knitted and felted handbags and being absoluteley useless at knitting I decided to crochet some instead!!

I got a big hook (no 10 I think) and some really cheap wool from a discount shop (5 NOK. Roughly 0.40, 0,50 EURO, $0,70 etc etc...) and started crocheting (with double thread) 'til there was no more yarn left!

I totally winged it, so there's no pattern. I'ts basically just DC, but instead of doing one long piece and sewing up the sides afterwards to make the bagshape I didn't stop and turn when I reached the end of the initial chain. I kept going 'around' and picked up the 'opposite' loops to the ones I'd just done. If that makes sense... I imagine it's a lot like knitting in the round, 'coz instead of stopping and turning all the time you can just keep going and going and going and going... veeery relaxing and you might find you'll have to unravel again occasionally.... Smiley

The handles I made on one of those round things you can hold with 4 prongs at the top that you wrap the yarn around and, magically, a long 'worm' comes out the bottom... Sorry, have no idea what it's called.  Roll Eyes
Then I just stuck it through the stitches and made a big knot. (This has  obviously got to be done before washing it as the felting will tighten the wool and secure the handles. If it's not secure enough, tie another knot.)

I added some beads to the pink one and they look really nice and sparkly in real life, but don't really show in the pic. I also thought it would be nice to add some felted crochet flowers and leaves to some of them but I had ran out of wool... Sad

For a bit of security I added some velcro at the top for fastening.

Lastly, mine shrunk about 2/3 so if you want a biiig bag you need to make it about the size of a plastic bag before shrinking. Small ones are nice & cute though!

Phew!! I'll shut up and show you the pics now!  Wink

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19  wrist band frenzy! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by scandibird on: April 16, 2004 02:41:13 AM
So we finally got a digital camera!!! Get ready for a bombardment of pics... Grin

These are part of my latest money spinning idea. I would love to know what you think of them. Good or bad, I don't mind. There's always room for improvement...

These are made out of cuffs from jumpers I've felted and various crochet flowers, beads and appliques

Then I bought some felt and snaps for more funky colours and so they'd look more 'uniformed'. (haven't attached most of the snaps yet, but you get the idea)

and here's a close up of some

edit: ok, so the colours are a bit funny... the close up pic shows the truest colours. They're really bright and colourful anyway.  Roll Eyes
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20  latest camel crochet fashion... in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by scandibird on: April 11, 2004 09:36:12 AM
Sorry to be so silly, but this picture made me laugh...

So if you're off on holiday to camel inhabited areas maybe you could whip up a few before you go and use as trading tools...for added flare use pastelly colours and attach some flowers and such....  Grin
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