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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Green circles on: December 23, 2007 07:38:02 PM
I made this for a friend's 18th. She has beautiful red hair so I wanted the jewellery to be green, and these circle thingies were perfect. It's a bit hard to see against the white background, but the pale bits are clear crystals and pearl beads.

22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Feedback would be nice... on: October 19, 2007 02:22:40 AM
Usually I stick to black and white drawings because I'm not too savvy with working with colour, but I've decided to stop being a coward and start doing some experiments with colour. lol

This is a coloured pencil drawing I did of one of the flower fairies (the picture I was drawing from is here: http://www.flowerfairies.com/fun/fairy_song.cfm?cid=1&fid=16). I'm not overly happy with it, but maybe I was just expecting too much. Anyway, I really have no idea how to get things looking realistic or nicely shaded when I'm using colour- they seem to end up looking either blotchy or monotoned or both. So any feedback or advice would be wonderful!

If you want to see a bigger version of the pic, go here, http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2139/1631977662_d4e8bd5f8d_b.jpg
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Gotta love jewellery as an easy birthday present (dialup beware) on: October 18, 2007 07:37:03 PM
I made these for a friend's 21st birthday. It's great making jewellery for friends- you get to use up those beads you wouldn't wear in a pink fit. Cheesy I'm not overly keen on these, they're not my taste, but they are very much my friend's taste and that's the important thing.

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / I've decided to renounce my sewing machine! on: September 21, 2007 09:04:26 PM
After four rather awful weeks I was so looking forward to sitting down this weekend and sewing some nice new clothes for myself. But that would be too easy, of course. What happened, I hear you ask? Was it that my ambition finally outstripped my ability? Was it that none of my designs were actually fit to be worn by humans? Did my great plans of making skirts and dresses bring a sudden resurgence of winter? Well no, I never actually got that far.

I decided to use a bit of common sense and practise with some scrap fabric first and never got beyond that- the thread tension setting on my sewing machine seems to have a pact with the devil to destroy me- no matter WHAT number I have it on it's coming out loopy on one side and the other side doesn't even make it through the fabric.

I've had similar problems before although I have made a few things successfully, but even my malevolent sewing machine is bound to screw up and occasionally do what it's meant to.

I've run through a number of possible causes...

1. I have no idea what I'm doing with this thing.
2. Someone has surgically implanted a chip into me that makes my brain explode whenever my sewing machine is turned on.
3. My sewing machine is either truly possessed or is sadistic and malicious and it sitting there mocking me and laughing at me as I try everything I can think of to get the thread tension to work.

Rational deduction shows clearly that it must be either the second or the third one. I'm seeing quite a few benefits to hand sewing right at this minute, although knowing my luck a rogue meteorite will come out of nowhere and land on my hand just before I make the first stitch.

Thanks for reading, I just wanted to rant and rave to people who actually understand why this causes me immense frustration.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Circle skirt question on: September 13, 2007 07:07:02 PM
I want to make some circle skirts but am not sure what the best fabric to use is. For summers here, lightweight fabrics are the most comfortable, but if I used light fabric to make a circle skirt would I have problems with it blowing everywhere with the slightest breeze? Struggling along trying to stop one's skirt from flying up somewhere around one's neck isn't exactly the picture of dignity...
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Drawing- Victorian man on: September 06, 2007 01:06:15 AM
I drew this guy at the end of last year, he was on a Christmas card. Oh how I love not having to battle with drawing faces- it's so much easier! Cheesy

27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Drawing from my grandparents' wedding photo on: September 06, 2007 01:03:41 AM
This is an old one now, I did it when I was 15. It was for my mother's birthday and I was drawing from her parents' wedding photo. Unfortunately the photo isn't too clear and I ended up with reflections on the glass, but you get the idea.

28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Drawing- "Waiting" on: September 06, 2007 12:50:45 AM
I was feeling rather like this today and lately so decided to try some drawing as therapy... and procrastination. (hehe The ad on the side of my screen right now is the 'Craftster- cheaper than therapy' one) Much better to do a dark drawing than an essay on film noir!

Image posting and I don't get along so hopefully that works.

Do you think I should add in the rest of the train on the other side of the "light"?
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Ugly Bag's not-quite-identitcal twin on: February 17, 2007 05:21:24 PM
So for those of you who remember my post with the World's Ugliest Bag, I've now finally got around to posting the photos of its twin. And yes, I know I said I'd do a tute, and it's coming, I promise. Real life intervened and at the moment I'm in the throes of packing to move.

This was the one I kept, and I think I made a better fabric choice with this one. Cheesy

Just in case you didn't read the Ugly Bag post, 'snnnnn' is an in-joke, it's the noise a snail makes.

Front of bag by ascasewwen, on Flickr

The back by ascasewwen, on Flickr

The front of the bag with flap open by ascasewwen, on Flickr

The other side by ascasewwen, on Flickr

Phone pocket by ascasewwen, on Flickr

Back pocket by ascasewwen, on Flickr

Inside the flap by ascasewwen, on Flickr

Thanks for looking! Grin
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The World's Ugliest Bag on: November 11, 2006 03:18:22 AM
I'm going on a camp with a group from uni and I decided that after all the junk I managed to accumulate in my bag last year (including a box of cereal), this year I needed a custom designed bag. Then I also offered to do one for a friend which incorporates a joke we have. One night we 'discovered' what noise a snail makes and since all the promo stuff for the camp this year has snails on it, I thought what better than matching bags specially designed to hold all the junk we'll end up carrying?

So far I have only made my friend's bag, mine will have to wait till after exams. But when I finally assembled her bag and turned it the right way in I burst out laughing because I had made what is undeniably the World's Ugliest Bag, but I love it for all its ugliness and think she will too. It was my first time with zippers and embroidery.

So after that novel and without further ado, a link to the pictures, because I went a bit camera-happy.

Presenting... The World's Ugliest Bag :-D by ascasewwen, on Flickr

Back of the bag by ascasewwen, on Flickr

The front with the flap open by ascasewwen, on Flickr

Inside the bag by ascasewwen, on Flickr

Closeup of the embroidery on the flap by ascasewwen, on Flickr

Sunglasses pocket on the side of the bag by ascasewwen, on Flickr

(Oh, and if you're wondering what noise a snail makes, they go snnnnn, of course! Wink)
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