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1  Re: nintendo controller ds lite case w/ mini tutorial in Needlework: Completed Projects by showmehelen on: April 30, 2008 07:33:18 AM

Thanks so much for posting this up!!
I got a DS for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, so I had to make it one of these bad boys...

Hurrah!! Grin

(with Sausage, my little Nintendog!)
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2  Re: DIY IQ lights in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by showmehelen on: April 30, 2008 07:28:56 AM

I made my 120 one of these last night. Grin

It was SO satisfying to make - I want to make loads more now, but it's just toooooooo time consuming cutting out all the bits!

It's just made out of card and I put a round disk inside to thread the flex through, so the light bulb is kept well away from any of the edges - hurrah!!

Thanks so much for the idea, I'm really pleased with it!

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3  Re: Problem with Bunny Hat Pattern in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by showmehelen on: March 07, 2008 01:53:06 AM
oo - thanks for that Sharripie!!

I will definitely check back on that next time i knit this hat!

Here's a pic of mine on my little niece Alice:

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4  Mrs showmehelen's wedding pics and crafty bits :) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by showmehelen on: October 25, 2007 03:19:57 AM
Hurrah for weddings!!

My man and I finally tied the knot on the 15th September and it was sooooooo awesome!!
I found it SO stressful sorting everything out, but I can safely say now that it's over that every single second of stress and every tear was completely worthwhile and I honestly had the happiest day of my life!  Grin Grin Grin

I posted up pics of my invites and favours here already:


Anyhoo - here's the pics:

We had a really small ceremony in a registry office in the morning to sort out all the legal gubbins and then another larger ceremony with all our friends and family in the afternoon. We exchanged rings in the second ceremony.
I always used to wear this necklace that said "Miss Asp" on it, so in the morning ceremony, instead of exchanging rings, Tim swapped my old necklace for an updated Mrs Ward version I made specially for the occasion!:

I made my hat/veil thingy myself that morning with some millenery netting, a corsage and lots of hair grips - I thought it turned out pretty good  Smiley

We all had a change of outfit for the afternoon ceremony, so here's us:

my mum turned out to be some kind of floristry genius and did all the flowers for the whole day. I was so proud of her!:

Thanks a million to LoriHatesOkra for her guest book idea here:
We had a table in the room for the reception with the guest book on it. I designed printed out loads of extra pages for the guestbook that could be stuck into the book later and had them here with some instructions and loads of coloured pens and stuff. It turned out to be a real hit and everyone loved it! The results are hilarious and it makes me want to cry happy tears every time I read through all the messages!
Here are the pages:

with the table plan:

We were working to a strict budget with our wedding planning and we found this exhibition space near where we live that we could hire out relatively cheaply. The space is a redeveloped old paint factory and needed a whole lot of decorating to give it a party atmosphere. We solved the problem by using these paper balls suspended down from the ceiling from fishing line. We got them for free from Marks and Spencers (large UK chain store) who were using them as Christmas decorations last year. We called around loads of the stores last December and asked if we could have them once they were taken down as they were just going to throw them away. I was so pleased - they worked brilliantly and they didn't cost us a penny!!

Finally, a picture of our wedding rings which we designed and had made by a local designer:

Hope you like seeing all the pics!!
If you want to see the full set, they can be found here:

Mrs Ward  Grin
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5  invitations and favours - done. -hurrah!! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by showmehelen on: July 31, 2007 03:18:23 PM
so, i've finally got my invites and favours all sorted and thought i'd post some pics up here...

my wedding is in the middle of september and is going to be held in an old paint factory that has been converted into an exhibition space. the building has a real industrial feel to it and we wanted to have invitations that were contemporary and that had reference to the paint factory without being too twee.

there are two different invitations - one for the whole day and one for the people who are only invited to the evening party.
the invitations to the whole day are based on the idea of using paint charts, but using our four chosen wedding colours.

here's the front:

the back:

this shows the handmade black envelopes - which i LOVE!!:

here's the evening invite which is a7 size printed on both sides:

i have finished my favours now too. we bought 100 125ml paint tins from a tin manufacturer which we are going to fill with jelly bellys in our wedding colours and personalised love hearts:

i hope you like them all!!  Grin
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6  Re: Blanket for Anna (now with more pictures) in Knitting: Completed Projects by showmehelen on: July 18, 2007 03:57:36 AM
looking back on this post - i see that i started to knit this blanket on february 18th...

...well, i finished it this week FINALLY with a little help from my mum with sewing on the backing fabric. hmm... might not knit another blanket again for a while!!

can't believe how long it took in the end, but i am really happy with the final result and little thomas my new nephew was born last week, so it was jsut in time  Grin

so, i used the pattern for the smaller squares and then when i was all done, i knitted an edging along all the sides with a super long needle. i weaved in all the ends and then realised that was completely unnecessary as i was going to add a backing (duh!!).
there is a layer of natural fiber wadding in the middle and the backing fabric is a soft brushed cotton.

thanks so much beandip for the idea and for all your advice - i am triumphant!!

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7  felt fishy baby mobile in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by showmehelen on: January 21, 2007 01:54:56 PM

I am very proud to say that I became an auntie for the first time last weekend  Grin

I made this mobile as a gift for new baby alice:

I really enjoyed making this - I have never made anything like it before and it was a good challenge!!

I got the patterns for the fish from this link:
...I chose to overlook the fact that these toys were designed for cats and didn't tell anyone else about that bit it either!!

I am really please with the results.

- Hope you likey  Wink
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8  *cheap idea for christmas presents* scarf w/ felt appliqu (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by showmehelen on: November 07, 2006 06:49:37 AM
i'm saving up for my wedding at the mo, so this year i am trying really hard to come up with inventive gift ideas that i can make that won't cost me too much money or take up all my time.

i saw this scarf in asda last week and thought it would be perfect for a gift with a little added embellishment. I sewed on some felt icons with some scraps I had at home and a couple of buttons and hey-presto - a unique scarf for my sister-in-law-to-be!!

The whole thing only cost 4!!
hope you like  Grin

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9  Re: Marley's Ghost from Knitty in Knitalongs by showmehelen on: November 02, 2006 02:00:50 AM

Marley's Ghost scarf - done!
was going to post some pics of the bad boy "in action", but was feeling a little camera shy...

must admit i did get a bit bored of knitting this in the end, but i decided that if i didn't just get my act together and finish it, this project was going to go on forever. i am really pleased with the finished result and i think it was well worth the effort.  Cheesy

how's everyone else getting on

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10  Re: mr dangly - knitted monkey (with pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by showmehelen on: October 17, 2006 06:47:02 AM
Here's my Mr. Dangly.
I knitted him about a month ago whilst I was on holiday with my boyfriend. Whilst we were there, we got engaged (!) - so our Mr. Dangly has super-special memories!!  Grin

I spent ages trying to find him the right eyes. We tried a few on him, but he wasn't happy with any of them. Eventually he decided that he'd rather have a pair of green American Apparrel Y-fronts instead - and being the spoilt little monkey that he is, that's exactly what he got!

He is generally quite well behaved, but he's a bit of a silly monkey sometimes!!

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