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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Free web design for a crafty shop or blog on: May 18, 2009 01:09:02 PM
Hi, I don't know if this is allowed or even in the right place, sorry mods!

I'm a web designer and I'm trying to build up my design portfolio with examples of different types of websites - and as I'm a crafter I'd love to concentrate on crafty blogs and shops, so I'd like to help one crafter set up or redesign a shop, and help another set up or redesign a blog Smiley

 Here are some examples of my design work.

First come, first served!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Prototype Comfy Bag with owlies on: May 17, 2009 02:47:20 PM
The pattern for this bag was based on a bag I used to love before it started falling apart. It is big enough to fit in a couple of paperbacks, small enough to be easy to carry and has two elasticated pockets on the sides which are the perfect size for my phone and my bubble mixture.

The bag's fully lined and has a long shoulder strap for carrying.The fabric is from an old pillowcase - it's really soft and lovely to the touch, but obviously it's the least durable thing ever. I think for Comfy Bag version 2.0 I might use pillowcase fabric for the lining and something more sensible for the outsides. This was partly sewn by hand, which is pretty messy given my hand-stitching skills - fortunately my mum's fixed my sewing machine for me now! So that should improve. I'm also going to make the strap wider to make it easier to carry.

I might post a tute when I've fine-tuned the design, if anyone's interested?

There's more backstory about the bag on my blog Smiley
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Spinach and Chocolate Brownies! on: April 28, 2009 05:31:07 AM
My mother never attempted to hide vegetables in my food as a child, for which I am eternally grateful. However, as an adult who prefers sweeties to her greens, Ive had to fall back on using evil parent-tactics on myself. The result is surprisingly delicious, not to mention super healthy. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:

Spinach and Chocolate Brownies!

I brought them into work today - not only did they not guess they were vegan, not a single person could tell they contained spinach!

I've put the recipe on my blog - The Beth Project, I strongly suggest you try making them, they're so nice and so virtuous!

What do you think?  Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Red Velvet Cupcakes end up as liquid pink evil on: September 06, 2007 12:31:50 AM
Okay, Wikipedia says that to replace buttermilk in a recipe you can put a tablespoon of vineager in a cup of milk and leave it to stand for ten minutes. Is this a horrible, horrible lie? I tried to make this recipe for red velvet cake and the batter ended up tasting like liquid evil (I mean sour). What went wrong?

And I used self-raising flour instead of cake flour - what difference does that make?

Also, the only red food colouring I could find was pink. I don't mean too-dilute-doesn't-look-like-true-red pink, I mean fuchsia. That's mental.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Piratical corsetish floaty top from Pirates of the Caribbean Swap ***Tutorial*** on: May 28, 2007 03:35:06 PM
Front, modelled by a delightful though rather pudgy pillow:

Back, same:

Click here to see gallery pictures, on a proper human being.

This is the first proper tute I've really made, so I'd love some feedback on it! I pretty much winged the pattern after I found the fabric.

Four Pattern Pieces:

A: Chest measurement + 5"
B: Distance from beneath bust to hips, or however long you want the top to be + 2"
C: Distance from collarbone to middle of back + 2" (about the length of your bra strap)
D: Distance from beneath bust to collarbone
E: Chest measurement divided by 4 + 4"

Cut one of piece 1, and two each of piece 2, piece 3 and piece 4 out of your fabric.
You will also need a fairly substantial amount of ribbon, and a piece of elastic 3" shorter than your chest measurement.


1. Fold both piece 2s in half lengthwise and sew along the edge, then turn right sides out. Hem raw ends.

2. Sew each piece 3 to a piece 4 on two edges, right sides together, with a piece two trapped in between. Turn the right way out, turn in the raw edges and hem.

3. Hem the bottom of piece 1, and turn over the top to make a hollow channel, about 1" wide.

4. Topstitch the two triangular pieces to the back of piece 1 with an overlap of about 4", just below the hollow channel.

5. Fold the garment in half, right sides together, and sew the edges up until just below the channel.

6. Thread the elastic through the channel, then sew the ends together so it forms a loop. Turn under the raw edges of the channel and hand-sew them together.
7. Sew the shoulder straps to the back of the shirt. The easiest way to do this is to try the top on inside out and pin them in the most comfortable place, then topstitch them there.
8. Cut 8 1" pieces of ribbon and cover the ends in clear nail varnish to prevent fraying. Fold each in half and sew to the back straps at regular intervals.

9. Thread ribbon through loops in a criss-cross pattern and tie in a bow (see photo).
10. Cut a short piece of ribbon, fold into thirds and gather the centre to make a bow. Where the two triangular pieces meet, sew the bow.

If you are larger of bust, you may wish to add darts. Or you could just use a proper busty pattern piece for that section.

You can use this tutorial for anything you like, modify it any way you see fit and sell things made from it. Just don't pretend you wrote it!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Uber-geeky caffeine molecule mug on: May 28, 2007 08:11:49 AM
After seeing the mugs they had on ThinkGeek, I made this for my brother's birthday Cheesy

It's just ceramic paint on a 49p mug from Woolworth's, but I think it's pretty effective.
7  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Fold origami cranes for Amnesty International on: April 01, 2007 12:32:40 AM
There's a link to a tutorial video on the website. I thought this might be a good form of protest for craftsters!

Amnesty International Website

A legend says that if you fold 1,000 origami crane birds, your wish will be granted. Origami cranes have come to symbolise peace after the Second World War. Our wish today is for Belarus to restore freedom of expression and proceed with the immediate and unconditional release of all those who are detained for the legitimate and peaceful expression of their views.

We are appealing in particular for the release of youth opposition leader Zmitser Dashkevich. Zmitser was sentenced in November 2006 to one and a half years' imprisonment for 'organizing or participating in an activity of an unregistered non-governmental organization', under article 193, Part 1 of the Criminal Code. The Article was added to the Criminal Code in December 2005 as part of a series of amendments that introduced penalties for civil society organizations and other outspoken critics of the government, in the lead-up to the presidential elections in March 2006.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Probably a stupid question about melting regular soap on: March 31, 2007 02:34:14 AM
My question: Is it possible to melt down regular soap so that you can mould it into a different shape?
I read this article but I found it quite confusing. Would this work for grated soap? Could you just add water to soap flakes over a double boiler and then pour into a mould? Would that not work?
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftopedia Support / More than one page for different spellings of words? on: February 03, 2007 02:30:59 PM
Should we be making separate pages for different spellings (e.g. "jewelry" vs "jewellery") and having them link to one main page (like someone has already done for "atc" and "artist_trading_card") or just ignoring alternative spellings?
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC Snap, anyone? on: January 27, 2007 07:50:57 AM

Hmm, just an idea Wink (although it would probably end with ATCs getting bent)

Teacosies With Irony
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