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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Pink and gold goodness! on: October 13, 2006 06:06:46 PM
My latest necklace, made for a friend's birthday. This kind of necklace is great for getting rid of the random friendless beads you accumulate.

It's simple but I was really happy with it, may have to make one for myself. My friend liked it too, which is the main thing, especially given she's been dropping not-so-subtle hints for ages that she wanted one! Cheesy

Sorry the pic isn't the best- it was late at night.

32  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / It aint easy being green? Not on my watch! on: October 13, 2006 05:59:13 PM
[cue mass groan at the appalling joke Grin]

I love making watches! This is my latest, made for my aunty who requested something green. I was excited that I did actually find a green watch face, because usually I can never find something when I need it!

I had the beads spare so made a bracelet and earrings to match.

33  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help me before I throw my sewing machine out the window!! on: October 12, 2006 04:54:59 AM
Why does it always happen... you're on a roll, everything is going beautifully, then whatever piece of technology you're using decides to stuff everything up?! In this case it's my sewing machine.

There is something going very wrong with the thread tension... the thread on the top of the fabric is just a straight line, I don't think it's going through the fabric at all.

I've tried adjusting the thread tension- both ways- and it makes no difference. (you can't adjust the lower thread tension) I've tried rethreading both the upper and lower threads, changing the needle, even winding a whole new bobbin and using that. None of it has made any difference.

It all started when the lower bobbin thread ran out and I changed it. The tension has been totally stuffed since then. I'm only new at sewing and am teaching myself so I have to try and fix problems myself without having any idea what to do, but I'm stumped!

Any suggestions?
34  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / The knitters are taking over the ABC on: August 05, 2006 11:26:09 PM
Did anyone happen to be watching the ABC last night (Saturday) right before Doctor Who came on? The ABC put one of its little self promotional things on and it showed a room with all these knitted things including food and electrical appliances and the tagline thing at the end was 'There's more to knit'. hehe I found it quite amusing, but maybe I just have a strange sense of humour Grin
35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Cabin bag/hand bag on: July 21, 2006 07:22:33 PM
So I've had this idea (uh-oh Wink) for a bag to take with me when I travel. I always have the problem that I need a bag to take on a plane as hand luggage that will fit a reasonable amount of stuff in it, because I put in books, my glasses, camera, water bottle, sometimes a scarf etc etc, plus the usual handbag contents like wallet, phone etc. But when I get to the place I don't want to be lugging this biggish bag around when all I need is a little one that holds the normal contents of my handbag, but at the same time I don't want to have to carry two bags on the plane as hand luggage.

So I had the idea of a messenger type bag that holds all the extra stuff, but with a detatchable part that I can carry with me during the holiday so I don't need to lug around the whole big bag when I don't need it.

Does anyone have any suggestions for how I could do this, especially any ideas about what I can use to attach the detatchable bag? I thought about velcro, but that would look kinda ugly when they weren't attatched and would also get annoying if it was catching on everything.

I've done searches and looked through the boards here but didn't find any helpful ideas. (obviously everyone else is more disciplined than me about how much junk they take in their carry-on luggage Cheesy)

Thanks. Smiley
36  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Scrapbooked... corkboard! on: July 06, 2006 01:18:13 AM
First time I've posted one of my projects.

Anyway, this is a corkboard I did last year to display the photos I took when my church youth group went away on a weekend conference. This board was the start of these colours being my favourite and me using them on everything! It's not a very good picture, sorry bout that.

If you click on the picture I posted on my blog it opens bigger.
37  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / This present brought to you by the letter.... on: July 06, 2006 12:33:02 AM
I had my 20th birthday recently and was inspired by a present from one of my very creative friends. My name is Kate, and so she gave me a birthday present that was brought to me by the letter K.

She made the card and put a K on the front and she wrote inside it 'this birthday is brought to you by the letter K...' and made sure I opened that first.

She'd filled a bag with random things that started with a K. There was a little toy knight, a Kate keyring, a wooden K, a kazoo, a packet of knucklebones, a Kit-Kat, a King playing card and a little stuffed Kookaburra. (an Australian bird)

I borrowed her idea for my friend Bella's 21st birthday and gave her a present brought to her by the letter B. I made a B card and I found a bag with balloons on it and put in a bear, some Bob the Builder, Bananas in Pyjamas and bee bath gels, a B with Benjamin Bunny on it, a butterfly pin, a Barbie ball, a Barrell of Monkeys game, a bottle of bubblegum bubble mix, a Boost bar and another box of chocolates that had a name starting with a B, and a little mobile phone charm that was a bear holding a bunny. (I was quite amazed at my success finding so many B things to put in)

So if you're running short of ideas or want to do a creative present, fill a bag with random objects that start with the same letter as the person's name and give someone a birthday brought to them by the letter _. If you like a challenge you could be really Sesame St and do a number as well as a letter and find stuff related to the number they are turning.
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