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1  Re: 80-s diaper in Vintage Craft Projects by Muddy Fox on: March 22, 2007 12:27:33 PM
HOLY !!!!! COW! Shocked They're real! And they're worse than my worst 80s imaginings! Yowsers

I'm gobsmacked. Maybe these were just a USA thing...? (I'm in the UK)
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2  Re: motif for mothers who have lost children? in Mother's Day by Muddy Fox on: March 17, 2007 07:10:29 AM
Hi all. Mother's Day is tomorrow here in the UK, and thanks to ideas from you gals I have made this for my friend, whose long-awaited first baby was stillborn last year (the day before Mother's Day, in fact). Just a shoebox, some brown parcel paper, some handmade paper and a bunch of paper flowers. I wish I'd had enough of the 'lid' paper to do the whole box, but I got it ages ago and just couldn't find any more. The brown's not too bad though Smiley

And a close up of the lid. It's pronounced 'rey-han' - it's Welsh, btw.

Just an emtpy box, with a few extra sheets of the white-with-hearts tissue paper, to keep all sorts of bits n bobs in. Hope she likes it.
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3  Help! Angelina Ballerina costume needed TOMORROW in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by Muddy Fox on: March 08, 2007 12:51:47 AM
Yikes, my daughter's school is having a 'dress-up as your favourite storybook character' day tomorrow, and my 6 yr old has just decided she wants to be Angelina Ballerina. She's known about this for weeks, and all the cajoling about 'why not Rapunzel? Or Little Red Riding Hood?' has not paid off  Cheesy

I'm mediocre with a sewing machine, pretty good with paper and card, and smart at improvising. I have no money, and this costume has to stand up to a typical 6yr old's day at school.

Please any ideas?!
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4  Alas, poor lonely glove... in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Muddy Fox on: March 04, 2007 08:06:58 AM
Now I've heard tell that gloves mate for life, so I am always upset by the sight of a single, lonely glove lying in the middle of the road, or abandoned on the pavement (sidewalk).

I found just such a poor, single glove on my way to (walking my daughter to  Wink )school the other week, and I picked it out of the gutter and sat it on a wall, just in case someone came along who could reunite it with its partner. 

A few days later it was still there, so I took it home. A quick wash, and a little love and comfort later, and it's a freewheelin glove monster, without a care in the world!

It probably hated its partner anyway.

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5  A Bum bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Muddy Fox on: March 01, 2007 04:29:40 AM
He he - what to do with an old pair of jeans and two ties...? Why a bag of course! I call this my bum bag, and it holds waaaay more stuff than I thought it would Roll Eyes Tip - make this from someone else's jeans, preferably a really skinny person. I'm quite skinny, but it still gave me a shock  Grin



Close up of fastening and alteration to back pockets (sewed up the outside, cut a slit on the inside and presto, inside pockets)

So whaddya think?  I'm pretty proud, because I've never done any 'real' sewing before.  Only trouble with it the straps - they look great but because they're shiny material they keep slipping off my shoulders. Actually it's not too bad when I'm swinging along of my own free self, coz then I can rest one hand on the bag/strap (IYKWIM), but when I'm sluggin uphill pushing a buggy loaded with heavy baby and heavy shopping I'm not quite so suave  Grin

Still room for a few patches, methinks...
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6  Re: Muraltastic - at last! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Muddy Fox on: March 01, 2007 03:49:48 AM
here's a close up of the totoros - painted on the back of a cereal packet and stuck on the wall.  Why it won't let me just stick this picture in the original post I dunno  Roll Eyes

The branch is actually papier mache, so is not flat, which is why the blue totoro looks like he's floating  Cheesy It looks fine from floor level  Wink

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7  Aaaand... a boring chest of drawers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Muddy Fox on: March 01, 2007 03:46:08 AM
Also for my kids' room.  Sorry no before pics, but for a long time this chest of drawers was painted dark maroon gloss. Very boring, quite chipped, and with teeny unpainted wooden drawers knobs that were loose and wobbly. And now look, pretty fine IMHO  Cheesy

The drawers and the red knobs were done with tester pots from B&Q, so 60p each, the blue was a tester pot with some dark blue acrylic mixed in, and the stars are gold acyrylic. The knobs were 50p each, and i chose em big to a) be easy for little hands to open and b) be able to withstand little feet using them as a climbing wall  Grin because they will, I'm sure!

It's 'aged' on purpose, which i think suits the style.  My 5yr old doesn't agree, she can't understand shabby chic just yet  Grin
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8  Muraltastic - at last! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Muddy Fox on: March 01, 2007 03:11:23 AM
ha ha this took about a year to complete but I got there in the end! Still needs a few animals/bugs/birds, but the totoros are looking after it just fine at the moment.

Did this for my daughter's room (she's 5) because she wanted a jungle bedroom with a princess bed (?? Hence the pink sneaking in round the edges of the photo!).  Her brother (2) shares the room now, and he loves it.

My first pics! I've been lurking and posting here for ages, but only just got a digicam to prove that I can actually do stuff myself - lol

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