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11  The geekiest uni project ever (which makes me a geek!) in Completed Projects by cmc_aust on: April 26, 2007 01:49:14 AM
So, I'm studying Entomology at uni this semester.  The subject was strange and only ran half the semester, but the exam is during the normal exam period, joy.  As part of our major assessment we had to put together a bug collection.  That's right, kids, a bug collection.  Not only did I, my husband and my mother get STUPIDLY excited at this project, we actually also did an awesome job with the specimens and I spent all day yesterday (ANZAC public holiday in Australia) pinning the buggers (pardon the pun!) and labelling them.  Ta DA!!!

Edited to fix subject name and pictures
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12  Re: Oil painting - tanks in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by cmc_aust on: April 18, 2007 04:28:53 AM
That is an awesome picture.  I wish I could paint because my hubby LOVES tanks!  And he's never had anything to do with the army . . . I just chalk it up to "it's a guy thing", but they are fun to ride on:

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13  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap 2 in The Swap Gallery by cmc_aust on: November 22, 2006 03:33:47 PM
I received today from Aezelle!  But I only have a teaser photo because I'm sending late and I figured it wasn't fair for me to be opening my box of delights when I haven't sent her's yet (it will be in the post by the weekend though, I PROMISE!).

So here's what I have to look forward to . . . Wink

 Shocked Cool Grin

ETA:  Watch this space for more pics . . .
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14  Re: Handspun & Handcrafts Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by cmc_aust on: November 20, 2006 03:54:15 PM
I received from knit_north toady and I'm so excited!  She made me some great stuffs which are pictured below:

Group shot

Owl tank top

Close up of embroidered owl

Neck warmer

Neck warmer action shot

Bracelet action shot

In the group photo you can also see that knit_north sent me a big hank of wool and some Kool Aid to dye it with!  I'm very excited because the Kool Aid you can buy in Melbourne is only in one shop that specialises in American foods and it costs AU$1.25 per packet!  Oh, she's so cool, she also sent me instructions on how to use the Kool Aid to dye the wool.

WHAT A GREAT SWAP!  Knit_north, your swap anxiety was totally misplaced Cheesy  Thanks for being my partner and to BlooCanoe for organising, I've had a blast.  I'd definitely be up for a second round of this swap after the holidays.
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15  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap 2 (SIGNUPS Oct. 13-26; SENDOUTS Nov. 20) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cmc_aust on: October 22, 2006 04:28:22 PM
How come I haven't posted here yet?! Shocked  Sorry all!

I love the links that everyone has posted so far!  All really good food for thought.  I made my husband (then fiance) a stocking for his Christmas present last year as we were overseas and I wanted it to be something he could open at Christmas while overseas, use every year and would really love.  Mission successful!  I'll have to see if I can find some photos of it . . .  Ta DA!

Sorry about the poor lighting, these were taken at night in my loft which doesn't have good crafting light Sad

Anyway, I'm more about making a great stocking and filling it with some things that are wrapped, rather than focussing on the contents of the stocking.  While I think that we definitely need to put a few little things in the stocking, the whole point of the swap is to give and receive a stocking that can be used each year, right?

But for whoever is my crafty partner, I'm definitely open to discussion too! Cheesy

Take care all,
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16  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by cmc_aust on: September 22, 2006 01:56:41 AM
Congrats on your recent engagement, sweets4ever, it's an awesome feeling.

I'm getting married in 3 weeks and thought I'd share my latest crafts with everyone.  I did them from start to finish in about an hour, the longest part was waiting for the glue on the basket to dry (I recently bought a hot glue gun.  It's my new best friend)!  No, I didn't weave the basket, that would have taken me way longer than an hour!

Bridesmaid's earrings which I couldn't get a decent shot of:

Made from gold beading wire as the earring findings I bought wouldn't fit through the holes in the pearls.  White and blue fresh water pearls which I bought at St Andrews Market near Melbourne about a year ago when I was going to make something for a friend's wedding present, but changed my mind.  Sliver seed beads.  The dangly things on the ends are gold drop things, very cute.

And the flower girl basket which will actually have the cord for our handfasting in it.  Shhhh, it's a surprise that we're handfasting! Wink  The flowers are grey, but it's actually more blue in real light.

Sorry this one's so dark but I took it in the study as it's the best lighting in the house  Roll Eyes

I also made the bonbonnieres last weekend, but mum made the cords in our wedding colours (blue and gold); we're doing the five white almonds in a cellophane bag:

And my mum made our ring pillow!  She designed the embroidery pattern herself:

That's my ring on it for show.  Just gotta get them cleaned and engraved now . . . Cheesy
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17  Re: Procrastination Station: Get Motivated! Never too late to join! in Craftalongs by cmc_aust on: September 05, 2006 12:13:50 AM
So I posted way back on page 8 (!) about what I need to do and then promptly forgot about this thread.  THere's just so much on Craftster that I want to check out! Cheesy

But I'm back because I discovered the "show new replies to your posts" link.  Der me.

Anyway - according to my previous post, I had to:
Finish a second bobbin of spun coloured tops and ply it off.  Got me two balls from this and my brother wants me to knit him a pair of socks from it Cheesy

Card and spin DF's fleece for jumper
I've got a basket waiting to be spun, just haven't got to it yet . . .

And the previous list also said I had to go and cook dinner.  As I'm still here, I guess that got done too!

So I got two out of three done!  Oh and in the mean time I've knitted my first pair of socks (no pics atm) - they're pink with purple sparkly fibre spun in (bought yarn though) and I LOVE THEM!  I also love the advice I read somewhere that says as soon as you've finished your first sock, cast on for the second one or you'll never get the pair finished! Cheesy

I've also started a string bag without a pattern, but I think I'll frog it and try to find a pattern, it's not working so well.  But the yarn's cool!  It's cotton, the colour scheme is called "Jamaica Orange" and it's wicked.  Never knitted cotton before, so it's been interesting.

My current project list is mostly wedding related and I've only got six weeks in which to finish them all . . . I think I'd better go and get cracking! Cheesy

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18  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by cmc_aust on: September 04, 2006 11:42:58 PM
I don't have any before pics of my craft room, but DF helped me to tidy it up by helping me put in some shelves.  They are only on one side of the loft so far, so I guess a before shot would be something like this but without the hanging rail and with most of the stuff in the alcoves all over the floor  Embarrassed:

Now, I totally love my craft room because I have places to put things away:

I realise it's still a bit untidy, but it IS organised, I swear! Cheesy  Also, I love the view through the rafters in the last shot and just thought I'd share.

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19  Doll's Chair from Toilet paper rolls and cardboard *TUTE* in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by cmc_aust on: September 04, 2006 11:34:38 PM
Howdy!  Firstly, dearest mods, I apologise if this is in the wrong place, wasn't sure if it should go here or Miscellaneous Crafts.

Secondly - a nice Craftster officianado PMed me to ask for an explaination of these chairs I was talking about in another thread.  So I made a tute.  Hope it makes sense.  Please excuse dodgy photos and small size of chair, I didn't have long to be collecting toilet rolls, so only have 5 when I needed six.  Bet ya can't tell! Wink

As an aside, I have made one of these for me to sit on when I was a small child (about 5), so they're not just for dolls.

OK, so the beginning step is collect a heap of toilet rolls.

2.  Arrange your toilet rolls so that they are standing on end, in a square grid, like so:

The size of the square depends on how big you want the seat of the chair to be.  For dolls, 4*4 rolls would be fine.  For kids, probably more are required.  Put masking tape around the outside of the square near the top and bottom of the toilet rolls to hold them together.

3.  Cut a square of cardboard to sit over the top of your toilet rolls and tape it down (please pretend the paper is cardboard and taped, this was a quick and dirty tute Cheesy):

If you are making a chair for a child, or if you wish to make a taller chair for a doll, repeat steps 2 and 3 until the chair seat is of a height that your child/doll can sit comfortably.  Make sure you finish with a layer of cardboard over the toilet rolls for the seat bit.

4.  Arrange sufficient toilet rolls to make the back of the chair in proportion to the front like so:

If you make a 4*4 square to start with, you will need to arrange 4 toilet rolls in a row as the base and so on.  If you have decided to make a taller chair by adding extra toilet rolls to your seat as above, you will obviously need to make more than one row of toilet rolls as the back of your chair so that it stays in proportion and comfy for Dolly (or Kid).

5.  You should have a larger version of this:

At this stage, you can add arms to the chair if you like by taping some paper towel rolls to the back of the chair so that they are one or two toilet roll lengths above the layer of cardboard that forms the seat.  Place toilet rolls under the ends that aren't attached to the back of the chair so that they are stable.

If you don't want to add arms to the chair, just cover the whole thing with either papier mache, modge podge or that plaster impregnated bandage stuff (we call it Mod Roc in Australia) that they use to make plaster casts when you break bones.  This will help to ensure that it's strong enough if you're making it for a small child.

6.  Paint and enjoy!  You could even craft a cushion for the seat and back if you wanted to.

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