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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Strawberry Queen apron and teatowel set on: July 16, 2009 05:21:06 PM

I made this apron for my friend in two nights. I used an apron of mine to get the basic size and rough shape and improvised like mad. Then I bullied (okay, so I actually said "I think you should decorate the teatowel" and he said "okay") my partner into decorating the teatowel to match - it was his first sewing project (other than hemming a curtain, one time).
I used calico as backing to make the red parts stiffer, and the strawberry applique has stabiliser on the back, and the green bit is hand-embroidered chainstitch.

The main inspiration was the fabulous red colour - nice and cheerful, since it's been a  wet and miserable winter here in Australia, and my poor friend's not been having fun lately - and the awesome strawberry print quilter's cotton. I'm terribly addicted to quilter's cottons, even though I don't quilt.  Roll Eyes The prints are just so awesome (if expensive - except when Spotlight has sales! Grin)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Green and White Froggy Kimono (teeny tiny size!) on: June 03, 2009 04:23:01 AM
It was my son's birthday on the 16th of last month, and as an early birthday present back in March I made him a little cotton kimono from some gorgeous quilting fabric I found on sale.

It's made using the free Habitual Kimono pattern and is part of my ongoing quest to find/make un-boring male children's clothing.

Some action shots, for your viewing pleasure:

He was having a big ear month. Cheesy

I worked out a lot of the kinks in the froggy one, and then I made a giraffe-print version for my friend in Melbourne's little boy:

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Australia Only (Round Whatever)? on: June 03, 2009 03:32:41 AM
Hey, is there interest in another Australia-only swap, again?

I don't know if I'm really up for swapping, but I'm game to organise, if people would like to do it - I noticed somebody brought it up on the Australian boards. I've already organised one swap, so I'm fairly sure I'd have no trouble with another. Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Breastfeeding dress from teensy skirt (raunchy sports tanktop flashing pic!) on: February 08, 2009 05:46:47 PM
A couple of years ago I picked up a size 8 pencil skirt cunningly disguised by an extraneous flap of fabric as a wrap skirt in a thrift shop because I loved the fabric(Let me state for the record I have never in my adult life been anything smaller than a size 10 - and am currently a 14).
I rediscovered this treasure at the bottom of a pile of "to fix" clothes last month, around the time I was thinking that I really needed more breastfeeding-in-public friendly clothes, because whilst it's 100% legal and protected to do so here in Australia, I'm really not a fan of the WIDE OPEN SHIRT FLASH MY BRA/CHEST look when at the Mall.

So I unpicked the skirt and turned it into a flat piece of fabric, then went and found myself a singlet top in an appropriate colour, and made myself this baby:

I basically just sewed the top of the singlet to the skirt, with an extra layer at the front. So in public I can just do this (but with the baby's head in the way):

5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Innacurately named "winter holiday" board on: December 03, 2008 02:15:05 AM
I'm not sure if this has been brought up before, and I'm not sure what a good alternative is... but down here in the Southern hemisphere it definitely isn't winter!
I'm pretty sure we still have most of those holidays though (not so sure on the midwinter one Wink)

I know the majority of traffic here is from the Northern hemisphere, but is there a worldwide name we could maybe use for this board instead?
It just niggles at me so I thought I'd ask.  Smiley
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Recycled material cube for a first Christmas on: December 03, 2008 12:59:39 AM
I made these for the other babies in the parents' group I go to with my 6 month old son. The bubs are all teething and mostly just starting to do the commando crawl/roll/unsteady sitting up thing, so not really big enough for hard or complicated toys.

There are three different kinds of cubes - four are a mixture of superbright colours, two pale pastel "girly" hues, and one is all greens! (It's just the way it turned out)

Each cube has multiple textures and colours - smooth satin, soft velveteen, bumpy towel and scratchy brocade.
Each cube has two ribbon taggies for little fingers to pull and little mouths to suck on.

The BEST thing about all these cubes is that they're made of 99% recycled materials (literally -All apart from the new thread)!
The fabric I used came from my stash - the squares are an old towel, a nightie I had when I was ten, a thrifted dress, one of my partner's old cotton bathrobes and offcuts from other projects by both myself and my grandma. The aquamarine squares are even from plain hemp fabric I dyed myself a while back, for a bellydancing costume.
The cubes are stuffed with even more offcuts (I have a HUGE stash of them, I couldn't bear to throw even the tiniest sliver away, I felt guilty for being wasteful) so they've got a nice weight and are soft and squishy.

Here's the mountain of finished cubes

And here's the help I had with stuffing them (Future crafter in the making Grin)!
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Shopping online on: November 18, 2008 10:54:01 PM
Where do you guys shop online for crafting and sewing supplies? Are there any cool online Australian shops out there?
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Like WOAH lag loading! on: December 31, 2007 04:11:03 AM
[This might be related to HSG's timeout problems?]

So since the new design was introduced, with ads, I have been experiencing MEGA lag issues here on Craftster.
The header seems to load okay - except for the graphic ad on the right and before the posts, which takes what seems like forever to pop up - and then the actual messages themselves take just as long!
I'm on an ADSL connection, and never had these kinds of problems before. I'm trying to do the right thing and actually load the ads and support the site, but I think I'm going to have to switch the ads off on my Firefox, because occasionally (by which I mean two or three times a day) I'll get timeouts from the lag being so bad.  Sad

I think I can fix it at my end, by switching it off, but I just thought you guys would like to know about the potential problem.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First ever finished bag - PINK! with felt flower brooch on: October 08, 2007 06:22:49 PM
I've been busy with Medieval crafting and sewing lately, getting ready for a couple of big events in the upcoming months (and because I'm sick of looking like the poor country cousin at events).

BUT a month or so ago I finished my first ever "proper" bag (no, seriously) - as in lined and pretty and I'd be happy to give it to somebody else.
It's a little over the size of an A5 notebook, and will comfortably fit said notebook, one of the larger style ladies' purses, a small digital camera, some pens, a ventolin inhaler, lipbalm and some tissues. I know, coz this is what I usually carry round with me, and I tried to fit them all in.
It's lined with vintage floral fabric that I got in a personal swap - which, I realised as I was sewing it, I forgot to put any sort of pockets in! Sad
So it's just one hole for stuff.

I also made a felt flower brooch to go on the outside (because the fabric, whilst very soft brushed cotton, is a bit plain). I got the instructions from a book my friend loaned me. the colours match the lining of the bag. Smiley
10  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Dancer Swap - 2 Angels found on: August 26, 2007 06:46:32 PM
Swap Name: Dancer Swap
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178497.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=189902.0
Number of Flakers: Two!

This is my first time as an organiser, and I have TWO flakers. Sad
greypearl needs an angel. Prefer non-smoking, and willing to send package to New Mexico, of Dance-themed items. Please PM me or reply to this message.
Kittymoose also needs an angel, as her partner moved house, and now seems to have disappeared. She's a bellydancer from Wisconsin. Same as above - please either PM or reply to this message.

I can't believe I've had two flakers in the first swap I ever organised. Sad

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