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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Help! Angelina Ballerina costume needed TOMORROW 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?!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Alas, poor lonely glove... 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.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A Bum bag! 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...
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Aaaand... a boring chest of drawers 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
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Muraltastic - at last! 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

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / need clock mechanisms - any ideas? on: January 12, 2007 08:04:09 AM
Not sure if this is the right place for this post.  Am about to try selling clocks, but need a good CHEAP supply of mechanisms - just small ones, nothing fancy.  Any ideas anyone? I'm in the UK.

btw, I phoned a couple of craft shops in the area and they quoted me between 4-8! I could buy a whole clock cheaper! lol

Hmm, maybe I should just go to Ikea and stock up...
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Can I really sell these?? on: January 10, 2007 11:19:51 AM
Hi, I spent a happy run-up to Christmas making record bowls for friends and family pressies.  Great fun, I thought, and darn near free.  However, when I gave one to a friend at a party - just a plain black LP filled with soil with a cute plant in it - everyone flocked round and said how amazing and cool it was.  I had two coloured vinyl bowls to hand (one yellow, one blue) so showed these as well, and everyone was like WOW do you sell these?

Now, I'd *like* to sell them, and have links with a couple of crafty shops in town that sell my stuff (greetings cards) - my friends were saying how they're probly worth about 7-10 each.

BUT I can't quite psyche myself up to ask 7 for something that  is so easy to make!  Am I hanging out with too many crafters?   Should my attitude of 'that's cool, how can I make it?' be rather one of 'that's cool, where can I buy it?'

Long ramble, but should I try selling em?   Tongue   Can anyone see my dilemma, or am I making no sense at all?
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Fabulously glamourous party ideas please! with no money... on: November 25, 2006 11:55:08 AM
OK, I have invited everyone I know to my teeny tiny house for a "fabulously glamourous woohoo-it's-nearly-Christmas party".  I wasn't planning to decorate, but reading all this makes me think heck why not?  Now, I have nooooo money, and any I can scrimp will go to put food and drink out for people (so sad, I know; I can hear the violins from here), so can anyone think of any way of making the house look fab and glam using stuff I might just have lying around?  Bear in mind:
a) I am a chronic fabric horder
b) I have two small children (one a pink princess) whose room I may be able to raid (mua ha ha) and who also 'own' all this household's glitter supply.
c) I can be pretty nifty with paper and gluey stuff given enough time
d) I have a large stash of accumulated paints
e) I am well aware that a tiny tweak to presentation can make all the difference - it's about CHEATING - lol

Thank you clever craftsters in advance Wink
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Can I felt a wool blanket? on: November 06, 2006 02:36:33 PM
OK, so I picked up a load of 100% wool blankets at a charity shop ages ago.  They're a bit scratchy, but hey they're WOOL BLANKETS I can't just throw em away can I? lol

Anyway, could I felt them? I've heard you can just bung em in a washing machine on hot and they end up smaller and softer. Is this true?

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