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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / My comic book shoes (image obese) on: April 20, 2008 06:45:56 PM
So, my sister in law gave me one perfectly serviceable pair of Lecoste trainers which were so not me i couldn't bear to wear them, they did however fit my wide flipper-like feet perfectly.

I decided to paint them with fabric paints to make them more wearable

but found the paint made the colour look really flat and fake, not like real trainers at all. What makes trainers look real? well you can see the stitching, the shadows, the eyelets, all the details! So i put them all back in with my trusty Faber Castell Pitt permanent markers...the result? Comic book trainers!  Grin Grin Grin Grin

Yes i included copy write protection on my own shoes. I always added it to my drawings as a child too. presumably as i had learned from somewhere to be very careful with my work, and not get ripped off...no idea how that might have occurred.  Wink Wink Grin

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / DH's Alarm Clock guitar amp on: April 03, 2008 06:52:10 AM
I have been asked to post this by my husband. Normally its me sat in a crafty world of my own, spinning or knitting, or whatever, but this time it was his turn!
he says:

"I received a soldering iron as a slightly random birthday last year and started thinking of ways I could put it to use. Previous to that, I'd seen some stuff online about Minty Amps (http://www.mintyamps.com/) and these batches of components you can buy to build your own small amplifiers. I quite fancied having a go but didn't come up with any design ideas that really grabbed my attention. Then, for Xmas we received a black Ikea Decan alarm clock which one of us (I'm mentioning no names) immediately over wound and broke. It had been sitting there on the shelf for months guiltily until, about a week or so ago I had a brilliant idea..."

This is what it looked like before:

He took all the workings out, and the glass off the front, and mod podged a clock face onto a circle of hardboard. He cut a hole out big enough for the speaker, and glued the speaker in.

He soldered all the electrics together (his first attempt at anything like this it looked really fiddly!) and popped the battery in.

He was particularly proud because the diagram he followed only had an in jack, a speaker and an on/off switch. He made it so there is a volume control, a headphone out jack (in case he doesn't want the whole world to listen to him playing guitar  Wink) and a switch to toggle between the headphones and the speaker. The only thing he wished he could have done was buy another toggle switch so he could have an on/off too. at the moment he has to disconnect the battery to switch it off completely. The original holes in the back of the clock almost fitted the jacks and switches perfectly he only had to drill them out ever so slightly.

Here's one with the addition of a lovely volume knob (it arrived after he took all his first pictures)

he also adds:
"And this is what it sounds like (excuse my feeble guitar playing) http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/moore_reppion/ikea%20clock%20amp/?action=view&current=clockamp009.flv"

so what do you think guys? is he crafty or what?  Grin Grin Grin
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / most recent dyeing adventures... on: March 31, 2008 07:13:24 AM
Hello dyeing board! Cheesy

I had 260yds of Cotswold spun, and wanted to try to make it self striping as it varies between worsted and lace weight. (not intentionally...lol) I have the idea of making arm warmers with it, as socks would get washed and shrink.
I used 2 Acid dyes from ForestFibres Heather and Rust, and red icing dye with viager for the red. came out very nicely although it didn't exhaust completely. i might give it another rinse once its knitted up just so it deosnt run all over me in the rain!

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / second third and fourth yarns... on: March 15, 2008 03:10:47 PM
Well i took the plunge and washed some sheepy smelling fleece i had, and carded it (for the first time) and then dyed the carded fiber (very scary...i thought i'd felted it at one point) and then spun from the dyed stuff and some lovely roving i bought on Etsy.
It was weird to see the difference between the hairy scary wool i'd prepared and the smooth silky merino tops roving. The results were interesting, and they gave me the confidence to try plying for the first time. i plied them all with the weird neon thread all cheap thread selections have in them.
 This one i call Pretty in Punk, the green is hand dyed Cotswold fleece and the pink is Merino tops roving from Shunklies on Etsy. 73.8 yards (i got my niddy noddy this morning! Wink )

This one is called school tie, the colours didnt go together as well as i'd hoped, and the result was more Grange Hill than anything else. (UK TV nostalgia alert...google it...and be afraid!  Shocked Shocked ) same fibers, Cotswold and Merino top plied with thread. 34 yards

This one is called School disco, because the colours are still very school uniform tie-like but the green bits and neon thread made me think of neon socks and shoelaces...very 80's...same fiber mix as before, and only 23 yards.

anyway hope you enjoy. i was gutted i didnt get them plied and skeined in time for fiber friday...  Cry Cry

does anyone have ideas for what to make out of these monsters?

Edit: photobucket has made these images all pixellated. try if you can to mentally smooth the image out into something resembling yarn...
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I'm so excited i can't think straight! :D on: February 05, 2008 04:45:43 AM
My family clubbed together for my 30th birthday yesterday and bought me an Ashford Traveller! I nearly fainted when i saw it as i had no idea what anyone was getting me and had long since given up hinting about anything. (my reasoning was that no-one i knew could afford it on their own...i hadn't counted on their wiliness! )

I have the box all sealed still as I don't want to start getting the bits out before i know what to do and then lose one or something, also i have a ton of work to do this week, so the fun might have to be delayed.

can any of you wise spinstresses tell me a good thing to finish the wood with? The website has a tin of wax to do it with, would that be best or are there crafty alternatives?

Should i put it together and then finish the wood or finish all the bits and then assemble it?

To go with my lovely wheel DH got me a bag of washed Cotswold fleece, some lovely Alpaca roving five bright acid dyes and a pair of hand carders! how much do i love him? Cheesy

I frankly cannot wait to start spinning dyeing and having fun with it all but i thought with all the communal knowledge on Craftster, you might be able to give me some pointers! Cheesy

thanks for your time guys, I'll post pictures when i get the chance. Cheesy
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First quilt- stashbusting log cabin I'm stil not sure about... on: January 07, 2008 02:49:57 PM
Okay, so i haven't sewn the blocks together yet, but i've layed them out some different ways and I'm still not sure if i love it or not.

I used all the weird fabrics in my stash, where i just have no idea what to do with them otherwise. I tried to group them into hot and cold or dark and light, but some of the hot colurs are light and some of the dark colours are warm, so its not as nice and clean cut as the many wonderful quilts i see on here all the time.

this is the block. at the start i was doing them one at a time and making them all slightly different, because i thought thats how you do it. I now do them ten at a time, and all the same, so I'm left with some oddments, but i think it'll blend in okay see what you think.

this one has one of the first few in it. its easy to spot when they're layed out like this but not so much the other ways.

This is my favorite so far i think, but i still have twelve yet to make so I'm open to suggestions still!

i have just realized that several are a bit smaller than the others. hopefully I'll be able to put them all in a row so they don't send the whole thing wonky.

what do you think guys? are the fabrics too weird together? I won't cry i promise, its my first one and thats when you're allowed to make all your mistakes isn't it? Wink

if any kind quilters have any advice for this quilt, or the next one I'm all ears! Cheesy

thanks for looking.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my Saartje's Bootees for miss Daisy Brown on: November 13, 2007 05:53:43 AM
i posted these over on Ravelry but i thought you guys would be missing out if i neglected to post them here too! Wink

I used this pattern by Saartje de Bruijn, and this yarn by Stroud, in the color way Scheherezade. I used UK size 11 needles and i frogged the first one four times because i kept forgetting to do the shaping stitches and kept just knitting like a madwoman. The buttons are vintage from my stash.

These are for my brand new second cousin Miss Daisy Brown! she is almost two weeks old now (i hadn't anticipated all the frogging) but she was born prematurely so they should still fit.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / can anyone save my button stash from the bin? :( on: August 15, 2007 04:34:42 PM
guys, if you lot cant help me no-one can.
i just went to find a button to put on the front of a cellphone cozy i made, and i opened the jar i keep the 'orange yellowy' buttons in (they were sorted by color) and the jar smelled horrible! it was a square Bertolli pasta sauce jar, and it stank of vinegar gone wrong. i opened all my other jars to see if they stink too and they do!

my stash is comprised of my grandmothers button box, my husbands grandmothers button box and million of buttons i have added since then! They mean everything to me (it sounds stupid but a craftster knows right?)

i tried rinsing the contents of one of the jars in warm water and a bit of washing up liquid, i even soaked them for a couple of hours, but they still smell awful! Sad I have all my buttons in a huge bowl (ironically it has the names of pasta types all round the edge of it!) all mixed up again, and all smelling horrible.

do you think they will lose the smell by themselves? should i do something to get rid of it? what gets rid of the vinegar smell? i tried looking up "reusing pasta jars" and it says to get rid of the smell of the sauce use vinegar to wash it out!  then what do you use to get rid of the vinegar?

gah. sorry I'm ranting, but if you could see my buttons you would know why I'm so sad!  Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC's by the bucketload! on: May 25, 2007 07:08:12 AM
I painted these when i heard about the ATC phenomenon, but i don't actually collect them at all.
oh they are all watercolors on 100lb watercolor paper and ATC size.

thanks for looking chaps! Cheesy

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pet's i've drawn... lots of images, dial up users beware! on: May 25, 2007 06:47:11 AM

I work mainly in colored pencil, and they take between 2 and ten hours depending on the size and type of pet. I have done watercolor, and acrylic

thanks for looking guys! Cheesy


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