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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Magnetic Mermaid Dress-up Doll.... on: June 06, 2005 08:07:03 PM
This is the mermaid dress-up doll I made jadey_mcshadey for the More Marvellous Mermaids Swap:

And wearing one of the outfits:

I also made an Alice dress up doll for purple_hippo for the Alice in Wonderland Swap (sorry the pic isn't very good):

Thanks!!  Grin
32  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cherry Knitting Needle Organizer... on: February 27, 2005 10:16:22 PM
I made this knitting needle organizer for the fruit and veges swap and thought I might share. I don't knit, so I don't know how functional it is, but it looks pretty good to me.

This is what it looks like all folded up, it does up with a ribbon which you wrap around a button:

This is the inside. It has two rows of ten slots to put needles in - one row for long needles and one row for short. Some slots are wider than others, so you can put bigger needles in there. The rectangles of cherry fabric are pockets for circular needles or other knitting tools like scissors etc.

And this is how it folds up:




I put a couple of layers of heavy interfacing in it to keep it sturdy, and also reinforced the bottoms of the knitting needle slots, so the needles don't poke thru. I would be happy to do a quick tutorial for anyone interested? I think these would make great gifts for any knitters, and they're not too hard to make either.

I've just started learning crochet, so I think I'll have to make myself a little crochet hook organiser soon!  Cheesy
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Watermelon Bag - Yum! (with link to tutorial) on: February 27, 2005 09:45:17 PM
This is the watermelon bag I made for the fruit and veges swap. I liked it so much, I nearly kept it, but decided it was a little too small for all my stuff, so I guess I'll have to make myself another one!

The straps tie up, so you can choose the length you want, and there's a little button and loopy-thing that helps keep it closed. There's also two pockets on the inside. The green is actually a lot nicer than in the pics - my camera doesn't seem to like greens very much  Wink

A tutorial can be found HERE in my blog.
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Retro Bubble Book Case on: February 13, 2005 03:00:25 PM
I'm currently in the process of moving rooms, so I thought I should post my bookcase that I made a little while ago, while there's nothing on it...

My partner cut all the panels at his work from some 16mm wood they were throwing out, and helped me glue and screw it all together. The painting was a bitch coz he bogged up the screw holes (when I wasn't there), so it took heaps of coats of white paint to cover up the bog (which I told him not to do coz I knew that would happen, but silly boys, they just don't listen!  Roll Eyes)

I traced round a couple of buckets and a spray can to get the circles, and then painted them with some leftover test pots, so I pretty much didn't have to spend any money to make this. Woop woop!!  Grin 

35  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Learning to crochet - need help!! on: February 12, 2005 11:39:04 PM
Ok, so I've decided to learn to crochet, and so far I've made a couple of cute flowers, although I have no idea whether I've made them right.

My questions are:

1. After you do a chain, and then join with a slip stitch to make a ring, where in that first stitch do you insert the hook? There's two places you can stick it, so does it matter which one you stick it in??

2. When you've done a round of say, dc's and you get to the end and the pattern says to close with a slip stitch in the first dc, where to you insert the hook then??

36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Beetlejuice/Pirate/Referee/Jack Skellington Boob Tube... on: February 09, 2005 07:02:57 PM
I had this rectangular strip of black and white stretch material just screaming from my wardrobe "sew me! sew me!", so I sewed it into a tube, sewed a strip of someone's old black t-shirt and some elastic to the top and got this:



I never wear boob tubes, but I love this coz it's so long and it doesn't fall down (even if I jump up and down lots of times!).  Wink

37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My pleated skirt for blending in with African animals... on: February 08, 2005 01:16:43 PM
This is the new skirt I made for when I mysteriously find myself stranded in Africa, in desperate need of some camouflage:

Close-up of the back showing how the pleat covers the zip:


Could work pretty well, don't you think?  Wink

I made it from a 50c pillowcase I found at the Sallies. The zip was also an op-shop purchase (10c), so the most expensive thing on it is the fancy hook & eye closure. The skirt would probably be much better for African winters than summers as it's that warm and slightly furry material that kids pj's are made of (flannel??), but unfortunately, this material does not hold pleats very well.

38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Strawberry-Licious Strawberry Skirt - Yum!! (w/ Tutorial Link!!) on: January 26, 2005 03:05:50 PM
I've had this idea for a skirt in my head for literally years, so yesterday I finally decided I had make it before Uni starts up again and I have no time to make anything. So here it is, my strawberry skirt:

And a close-up of the back (with zip and hook&eye closing):

The green is actually not as horrible-ly coloured as in the photos. It's more of a dark foresty green.

A tutorial can be found HERE in my blog.
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Move over diamonds... Pearls are my best friends!! on: January 26, 2005 02:44:55 PM
Ok, so it's official: I love pearl necklaces.
I really wanted a string of really long pearls (like waist length), but couldn't find any, so I bought a bunch of (ie. six) 72.5cm long pearl necklaces for $3 in the "Party Favours" section, planning to cut and glue them together, but instead came up with this:


The whole thing is made from three of the 75.2cm necklaces. The long one is two necklaces, with one looped thru the other, hence the "knot". The two choker ones are just one string wrapped around and held together at the back with a safety pin like this:

40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with circle-type skirts... on: January 20, 2005 03:48:22 AM
I've got a whole bunch of big square scarves that I want to make into skirts, and I know that all I have to do is fold it into quarters and cut a circle for my waist, right? All the circle skirt tutes I've seen say that the circle you cut out is your exact waist measurement, but when I do this, the hole ends up way bigger than my waist. Is it just the fabric of the scarves that's stretching due to the bias, or am I supposed to cut a smaller circle? And if I'm supposed to cut a smaller circle, is there some sort of guideline on how to work it out??
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