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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fat old guy's sweater vest -> my new groovy top! (Lots of pics!) on: April 19, 2007 08:50:31 AM
This is my first proper successful clothing recon, and I'm very happy with it. Sorry, no before pictures, but it was HUGE!

On with the pictures!

(Look at the skilled use of Paint... I looked rather ill/icky in that picture so ignore the missing head. Tongue)

(For those of you who noticed, yes, I am standing on top of the toilet..)

(Look! I didn't mess up the sleeves!)

(All the left overs!)

 Grin The fabric is a little itchy so I'm thinking about some sort of lining for it, but it would have to be breathable and not too warm, stretchy-ish, comfortable, and not too bulky looking to have it underneath. Tricky... especially since I know nothing about fabrics and make everything up as I go along. Tongue
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My lovely but expensive shawl! (3 pictures) on: December 06, 2006 01:10:00 PM
I spotted a free pattern on the Bernat site that I knew I had to try. I couldn't get the recommended wool in the UK, but I found some stuff I liked (called Organza, by Sirdar) which was ribbon-like. I decided to give it a go, but I didn't quite take into account the fact that I would probably need a lot more of it since it was heavier.. and instead of costing 20, it ended up costing me nearly 70 in wool! I think it was well worth it though as I love the end result. Grin It weighs almost 2 pounds!, and is longer than I am tall! Shocked

Sorry about the bad pictures, they're better close up. Can you tell I don't like the flash?  Cheesy
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Help for my mum's Christmas craft! on: December 06, 2006 12:44:01 PM
(Sorry if this is in the wrong place, I wasn't sure.)

My mum makes these little felt Christmas decorations for the tree and has sold them before for charity but doesn't know if they are good enough for selling online (Etsy, Ebay, not sure where yet). I told her I think they would sell, but she's not sure. I really need some help for her if they would sell and for what price. I haven't sold any of my crafts before so I'm not that much help to her. Embarrassed

She makes 5 different shapes, here they are:

Slightly more of a close-up at these links:

http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/3040/1000879wp4.jpg (next to my (broken) ruler for idea of size)

So, what does everyone here think? Before, she sold them for 2 for the 5. Are they too simple to sell online? I know it's too late to sell for this Christmas, but it could be a money making idea for next year. Thanks in advance. Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monster glasses case on: October 02, 2006 12:14:16 PM
In the down time my boyfriend and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary (on the 19th of September). I decided to make a travel care package for our holiday and one thing I put in it was a glasses case which I had decorated to look like a monster! And here it is:

I was a bit rushed making it, and the pictures aren't that great. It's just a silly little thing, but I like it. Smiley I was going to find some fluffy fabric to make eyebrows, but couldn't get any in time.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass pebble/marble necklace on: June 26, 2006 02:20:04 PM
Yes, I'm sure you've all seen plenty of these before, but please humour me. Smiley I made this necklace today as another gift for my boyfriend's fast approaching birthday. It's bascially made out of a glass pebble, a necklace sting bit, some claspy bits, a heart shaped bead, a small piece of cool fabric I've had hoarded away for about 6 years, and superglue.

Here the link to a similar picture, but there is slightly less glare: http://img49.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2necklace7fu.jpg . Hopefuly between the two people can see it properly. Plus, I was extra proud at putting together a proper clasp, Cheesy so heres the link to the picture of that: http://img477.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2necklace32xn.jpg

I'm pretty proud of it and I'm eager for some feedback. Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old jumper to new bag! on: June 25, 2006 11:08:22 AM
Since I finally got a sewing machine I was able to turn an old jumper of mine into a bag! I wasn't very found of it as a jumper, but it's a great bag. I've been planning making it for a very long time, but I knew that hand sewing it was out of the question. I put a lining in it, but no interfacing, as I wanted it to be easy to store (in the pictures it has a book in it, so isn't all floppy).

Me with the bag (I'm too lazy to edit out my face, so just ignore it Roll Eyes):

I'll link to the other two pictures, as I don't want to cause problems for the slower computers. Smiley

Close up: http://img186.imageshack.us/my.php?image=purplebag29sn.jpg (Umm.. ignore my toes...)
Inside: http://img486.imageshack.us/my.php?image=purplebag38av.jpg

There are still plenty of rough bits, but nothing stands out too much. I'm pretty proud of this. Smiley I had a lot of problems making it, the first of which was figuring out it was knitted, so might come apart if not sewn together properly. A lot of the time I was just making it up as I went along, so it is bound to be messy. Cheesy
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Origami box with Japanese calligraphy on: June 22, 2006 08:49:43 AM
Made this for my boyfriend's birthday (which is next month). Going to find/make more stuff to put inside. I used an origami tutorial which I've used many times before ( http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/virtual/origami2/box.html ) and I think I can make the boxes off by heart now. I did the calligraphy (Japanese katakana) by hand and if anyone wonders what it says, it's just his name and mine alternating. Smiley

(Two similar pictures can be found here: http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/137/boxblur9dp.jpg
http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/5052/box22bu.jpg and yes, there are a lot of books in my room. Tongue
The colour is a bit off because of the camera flash... I mean, that is the same cover it's sitting on!!!)

You can't really tell the size from the photo, but it is a little 16 inches from point to point and about 4 high. I used a big sheet of card (think it was a little bigger than A3) that I had left over from my art class.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First sewing machine project.... Sock monkey!!! (updated - 2nd monkey on page 2) on: June 22, 2006 08:27:36 AM
I got my first ever sewing machine yesterday as an early birthday present and the first thing I make is a sock monkey for my boyfriend's birthday next month! I used the tutorial on Craftbits.


(The camera makes it look different colours because of the flash >.<)

His ears are a little wonkey and my hand stitching on bits wasn't very good, but it is complete! Cheesy I'm thinking about giving him some sort of clothing... perhaps just one article though since I don't trust my skills just yet. Any ideas what he might suit?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Candle holder on: February 25, 2006 02:39:57 PM
I designed and made my own clay candle holder about 2 years ago for my art and design course at school and heres what came out at the end:

View of the deisgn on the side (its the same on the other side)(looks off-colour because I forgot to turn off flash for this picture):

Turned view to see where you put the candle in (a tea light is what it's suited for):

View from above (a bit blurry but you can't really see the little crack on the top Tongue):

When theres a lit candle inside the light glows through the holes, I originally made the top slightly curved in so you could put a little incense cone in it. Smiley The inspiration for the design came from butterflies if you hadn't guessed.

I'm quite proud of how it turned out. I moved house and changed schools almost straight after making it so I had to wait for it to be fired at my old school before it arrived, but their kiln broke and I didn't get it for about half a year.  Tongue
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My duct tape bag! on: February 25, 2006 01:53:08 PM
Well, inspired by the rest of you I've finally made my first duct tape bag. We don't have fancy coloured stuff over here, so I had to make do with normal silver stuff and black electrical tape.

The writing up close. It's from The Dresden Dolls (a band), I didn't make it up:

The inside of the bag, with one of my books in the pocket and my drumsticks at the bottom to demonstrate it's usefulness Tongue :

Me modeling the bag, badly:

Had to resize them a few times, but hopefully they're ok now. Smiley

So what do you guys think?
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