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31  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / An idea for a gift...or two on: September 16, 2006 07:21:26 AM
I don't know if this idea has been suggested or not so I'll see what you say.

Recently a friend of mine at uni had a birthday and me and my friends wanted to get a little surprise cake and food stuffs doovie happening at uni for the group of us. And one girl had this great idea that she'd heard elsewhere of getting food or a present for each letter of the persons name...the birthday girl this time's nickname was Gumby soooo....we did...

G- gummi fruit lollies (we couldn't get gummi bears at the time)
U- paper umbrellas
M- m&ms and a mudcake
B- a big helium Balloon
Y- yoghurt gums

And we arranged it all on a table and gave her a lovely surprise! (We ate waaaaaaay too much sugar!)

I just thought it was a great idea and I really wanted to share it with you and maybe we could put together an alphabet of gift ideas for those of us who get stuck...ours was mostly food but it would work well with anything!!

32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A cute little felt dolly! [lots of photos!!] on: September 14, 2006 08:01:38 PM
Here is a little felt doll I made after seeing all the awesome little plushies that can be made with felt!

Here she is in the early stages, that's a chopstick there...I never knew how helpful they can be! (turning the arms and legs out were torture...I think I would never dare to make them any smaller!!!

Here is the front...

And the back...

In my hand to give an idea of the size...

And an action shot, I was taking the pics outside on our tiny verandah-thing and I just wanted to take that shot...the leaves are so shiny!!

Ok, so she's made out of acrylic felt and embroidery thread and some ribbon and a few glass beads I salvaged from some earrings I don't wear very  often...ENJOY!!

ps. Her face has little annoying fluffy bits of black felt from her hair...makes her look dirty. But I got over it. I also put a little strip of tule around her ankle but I've since taken it off...

I'd love to hear some feedback! Thanks! I really enjoyed making this, I will hopefully make a few more in the future...it feels good to keep my hands busy and kinda productive...(better than studying anyway!!)
33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My origami binge!! (procrastination is eeeeasy!) [img heavy] on: September 07, 2006 02:55:20 AM
Haha, hello again everyone! Here is an image laden post from meee! (6 images)

The other day when I got home from uni I was feeling particularly lazy (not an unusual thing:D) and so I got out my origami paper and a book and looked for some new stuff to do...I found this vase. Once I got the hang of that one (took a few ugly tries Grin) I thought about making something pretty to put in it...I already knew how to make the lillies off by heart and it just needed a few more so I found a simple design that could be made with itty bitty pieces of paper. Then I got the flowers on some sticks I got from one of our dying (but it's coming back to life I swear!!) pot plants. I used some wire from inside those little twisty ties to attach the smaller flowers to a stem. Then I just got some greenery from outside to add some...greenery (I had to trim them a little with scissors so they were to scale) I also used some blu-tack to get some pieces to sit right and to give the bottom some more weight so it could stand...and....tadaaAAA! Here it is!

This second one uses the same vase...but this time I've used the other pieces that were in the book to go with the vase...a tulip and stem. But it looked simple so I made it mini style...a little more difficult. The flower was made from a piece of paper that would have been about 2cm square... Cheesy it all took some careful coaxing and poking with small pointy things (fingers were too fat!) And it doesn't actually stand up on its own...I had to use blu-tack to stick it to the table so it wouldn't fall over!

This next one was so incredibly challenging...I did the night before. Its called Spring into Action and I had admired it (and looked in awe!) at it in the 'gallery of amazing origami pieces' (or something to that effect) section in my book (no instructions given) and I was looking on the net for some more interesting designs and I came across some instructions on how to make it! It was a pre-crease type design so it involved time-consumingly and painstakingly folding lots and lots of foldds and also having the paper exactly the right dimensions...and after much deliberation and concentration....I DID IT! One of my proudest origami moments to date...it may look ugly and messy...but seriously...it's awesome...it's like a springy-spirally thing made of one piece of paper...the guy who invented it must be a genious!! It's the thingy on the right, I've included two pictures so you can see it in it's compressed and stretched states....Man, I was so happy when I completed that one, my big brother (origami problem solver extraordinaire...) didn't even have to help me!! Oh and the little shirt is just a cute little design I've been memorising, I got it in the same book and it's super simple!

And here is one shot with my flowers projects together with an old piece me and my older extraordinaire made (I started it and then could NOT put it together!) It's called Five Intersecting TetrahedraHe came up with some insanely good locking fold that would hold the pieces together and we finished it together (that was a while ago now, it IS my favourite origami thing we've ever made, it gets place of honour on one of our shelves!

And lastly, a shot of the Five Intersecting Tetrahedra on it's own, it's a little outta focus..oops! It's really cool to just look at it...there's like all these five-pointed stars in there!

And I will leave it at that! I'd love to hear some feedback or hear about your own origami adventures!
34  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / My huge lino printing project on: September 04, 2006 01:44:29 AM
I'm not sure this really fits into the crafty label...I did it for art when I was at school. I went lino (or do you guys call it block printing?) crazy...the final piece was printed onto A3 paper. It sured me of lino printing for a long time, but my fingers are starting to itch for some again...I'm thinking of doing some general purpose blank cards or notecards with illustrations of each season or flowers that are in season at particular times of year...I love love poinciannas and jacarandas and flame trees!

This piece was done in pieces...I used 6 separate blocks. I'm thinking of maybe modifying a few of these designs (esp. the top one...it feels nice and relaxed to me, sitting outside on the verandah with a cup of coffee and the paper and reeeeelaxing....maybe it'd be a good 'happy holidays' card) The mountain block and the waterliliy ones should be easy to modify...although when I think about it, the original blocks might be a little too big for cards...I'd have to re-cut new blocks. A project for the not so near future (darn that uni and stoopid exams)

Here we go...

Enjoy!...please do leave a comment...Cheesy...or a suggestion?
35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A skirt I made...with some help from Mum (2nd post?) on: August 31, 2006 04:49:19 PM
Here is one the first items of clothing I have made...I had admired the fabric (vintage green printed satin) in my  mum's sewing cupboard for aaaaaaaages and then I needed an outfit for my graduation ceremony...so we came up with this. It's just a simple circular skirt with a narrow little waistband (which I haven't shown cos it's kinda messy) and a zip and a little fish and eye catch. We got the basic pattern from a dress up skirt my mum made for me when I was abot 10...the dress up one has an elastic waistband...and that means it still fits mebut that means it took a lot of fiddling to do the non-elastic waist on this one! My mum helped me with the zipper...I haven't really gotten the hang of zippers!! Grin But I absolutely love this skirt...it's nearly two years old now!

let's see if I can get the picture to work...

36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A newbie's project...cell phone case! (^_^) on: August 23, 2006 10:36:07 PM
Hi! Cheesy I'm a newbie here, I heard about this site from someone cool on deviantart.com. I took a look and it looks too cool to pass, so I joined!

And here is my first project to post...coincidentally, I've actually lost this case...I think I left it at my parents' place (3 hrs away...I'll find it one day!) This is just made with felt and embroidery thread...and a little snap claspy thing. It would have taken me...um, about 4-5 hours in total...I abandoned it in the middle (got distracted Grin) then came back to it a few days later. I really like it & it has helped keep the screen of my phone relatively scratch free! Yay! And yes, the flowers are her eyes (^_^)

Well, enjoy!

ps. I purposely didn't show the inside...it's messy as can be! Doesn't bother me though!
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