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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Star Wars Vintage Bed Sheet Bag - Swoon Blanche on: January 09, 2017 12:24:56 PM
This is amazing!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 117 ENTRIES / Gingerbread Judith Slays Holofernes on: January 09, 2017 12:23:31 PM
This year Chanukah started on the 24th of December so I decided to make a gingerbread tableau of the Yehudit (Judith) story.

It's a minor story associated with Chanukah, but it's my favourite. Basically, the Jews of Bethulia are under siege by the Seleucids, and about to run out of of food. They will have to surrender within days if something isn't done. So Yehudit (Judith), the daughter of the High Priest, takes matters into her own hands and goes out with her maid to the enemy camp, claiming she will help the general, Holofernes, to capture the city. She's beautiful so he invited her to a private banquet and expects that she will give him the secret to taking the city. Instead, she feeds him salty cheese, and then slakes his thirst with wine, and he passes out in a drunken stupor. She cuts off his head and takes it back to the city, inspiring the Jews to greater bravery, and causing his army to flee in terror. I enjoy a bit of righteous female vengeance.

And a top-down view:

The carpet is fondant icing, painted with petal dust, and the bottles, cushions, goblets etc are also fondant. The rest is royal icing. Everything is edible! The blood is glycerin with red food dye.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Honeydukes Trolley on: December 10, 2016 11:39:41 PM
This is incredible!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Triangle Pouches on: December 10, 2016 11:39:17 PM
These are lovely and very professional-looking
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Unplanned embroidery on: December 10, 2016 11:34:41 PM
You are very talented, that painting is amazing
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered bird on: December 10, 2016 11:33:26 PM
He's beautiful!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Toy hospital and MRI machine on: October 14, 2015 01:01:15 PM

My friend's son sadly was diagnosed with a brain tumor when still a toddler and for the last few years he's been undergoing treatment. While he is, thank G-d, in remission, he still needs to go to get an MRI every month to monitor him and check if it has returned. He has also become rather obsessed with playing doctors and hospitals, so I thought it might be helpful for him to have a model hospital with a model MRI machine so he can play it out. I made this toy hospital for him earlier this year:


I needed it to be light and packable, so the majority (e.g. base and walls) are made from tri-wall cardboard, and everything is flat-pack - it packs down into 4 base pieces and 2 wall pieces (as their flat is small, and I was taking it oversea to them, in a suitcase). The furniture and figures are playmobil, the wall decorations are scrapbook paper, stickers, and images printed and mounted (e.g. room names, pictures, x-rays, clocks etc). The flooring is either felt or scrapbook paper covered in sticky back plastic.

The hardest thing was making the MRI machine. It's made with two pieces of acrylic pipe that I had them cut to size, covered with a shell of plastruct plastic (which I'd never worked with before). It was a bit of trial and error. The buttons were made with polymer clay. It works to the extent that you can lie a figure on the bed and push it in and out - I really wanted him to be able to do that because that's what he still needs to do each month.

If I did it again there's some stuff I'd do differently, but on the whole I'm pretty pleased, and also he loved it, so I'm happy.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dissected Frog! on: August 08, 2014 10:53:48 AM
So, I just finished this little guy for Ludi, for the whimsical shrine swap! Cheesy I admit, he is quirky, unusual, curious, weird, odd, (gross!?), funny. I had a lot of reservations and anxiety including this guy in the swap, but I did anyway and she really seemed to like him! Cheesy

His body is made of cotton/viscos/rayon blend. His guts are made of felt. He is mounted on cork board and displayed in a hand painted/stained/stamped frame. 😊

Edit for friendly and helpfulness -pattern is Emily Stoneking's Biology 101 - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/biology-101.
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: Israel? on: February 22, 2012 11:30:24 AM
Yay! a handful of us... There are quite a lot more on Ravelry, if anyone is on there.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Hexi-Puff / Beekeeper's Quilt Swap? on: February 07, 2012 07:40:41 AM
I would also prefer to swap skeins, rather than puffs.
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