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1  Soap box, bath tea bags and drawer smellies! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Fortunesfoe on: May 01, 2008 02:32:17 PM
First up, a friend's birthday soap box complete with hand made bath tea bags (including the spices inside!) and hand made green tea soap and honey soap and a thrifted tin:

Tea bag innards before being put in the bags:

Drawer smellies!  Each one is full of old Lush bath bombs Smiley

My boyfriend and I are in the process of making some chocolate and oatmeal soap and some oatmeal, honey and cinnamon soap, photos to follow!
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2  2 wedding blankets! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Fortunesfoe on: May 01, 2008 02:27:22 PM
I seem to have a whole rash of friends getting married at the moment and as a student, I can't afford lots of expensive presents Sad

So I thought instead, I'd get to-crochetin'

Blanket 1:

Blanket 2, complete with my new labels!

Action shot by panda...

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3  Lots of mobile socks! Image heavy! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Fortunesfoe on: May 01, 2008 02:24:35 PM
I've been going slightly crazy making mobile and ipod/mp3 player socks recently!  It's such a good way to use up little odds and ends though Smiley

Plus a whole nautical themed set for a friend!

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4  2 simple purses - anchors and hello kitty! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Fortunesfoe on: May 01, 2008 02:19:19 PM
I'm trying to build up my sewing confidence towards starting to make some of my own clothes and where best to start than with a nice simple purse! 

I made the anchor one for a friend who likes nautical-related things and the hello kitty one just because I had the material.  I'm not a massive hello kitty fan but I liked how this one turned out so I'm keeping it!

Nautical one first:

Stripy blue and white innards:

And the (slightly wonky) felt anchor!

Next up, hello kitty:

Action shot!

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5  Re: The Givers and Needers Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Fortunesfoe on: April 06, 2008 06:59:17 AM
I got my thank you pack from the lovely Jennickell last week but have been away so here (finally!) are photos!

Everything is so lovely, thanks so much!  I love the tags the most, the fabric is gorgeous!  Thanks for being such an awesome swap organiser!
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6  Bum-tastic silver glittery wiggle dress! in CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES by Fortunesfoe on: April 01, 2008 12:41:55 PM
I've had this dress for ages, I bought it on a whim from Cancer Research (a charity shop for those of you not from the UK, though I'm sure you figured that out yourself!) for a fiver, even though it was horrendously ugly, it just screamed 'potential alteration project' to me!

Seeing this challenge and having a hen party to go to next week with nothing to wear, I set about altering it.  The material is really stretchy which is great, it's so forgiving on your figure (hence the 'bum-tastic' title!), but at the same time, it didn't really fray, which I thought would be the main problem when I came to cut it up.

I cut off the batwing-style top and used a tutorial I found on Craftser to make the ruched top part.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out, I was going to give it a halter neck but I really like it just the way it is! Smiley

Please excuse the before photos, I was slightly pissed whilst taking them *hangs head*



I was proud of my first attempt at rouching, so it gets its own photo:

The amazing label on the inside, although looking at it, I hope I haven't cut up a priceless vintage dress, however hideous it was to begin with!

It looks much better in real life, I'm not the most photogenic person in the world!
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7  Recycled bag selling help! in Crafty Business Discussion by Fortunesfoe on: January 16, 2008 07:35:14 AM

I'm asking this on behalf of my uncle who is filipino.  His family have a large area of land bordering their house out in the Philappines and in the past year they've had problems with squatters living on this land.

My uncle doesn't want to kick these people off his land as they've got nowhere else to go but he doesn't want them there indefinately.  So he's trying to start up a learning centre on this land where they can go to use books and computers and to act as a base for them to start looking for jobs.

Several of these people keep themselves fed by making bags from recycled paper and selling them on the streets.  My uncle wants to encourage them to do this on a larger scale and is looking for places in this country, both bricks-and-mortar shops and online sites that will commission a number of these bags.  I've posted some photos of these bags at the bottom of this post.

I didn't put this in the 'Crafting for good not evil' section because these people aren't a charity, they want to work and support themselves and my uncle is hoping he can provide the means by which they can do that. 

So my question to you guys is, where should he start looking for places to sell these bags?  Do any of you know of any online craft shops that might be interested in buying say 50 or 100 of them to see how they sell?  He's approached Oxfam and Fairtrade so hopefully one of them will take to it as well but in the meantime I said I'd spread feelers in the online crafting community to see if there's any interest there! 

Also, what prices would you suggest?  Apparently each bag only costs between 2 and 4 to make but the costs of shipping them across to this country would bring this to somewhere around 15 per bag.  My uncle doesn't want to make any profit on these for himself, he just wants to cover his costs as he'll be paying for them to be shipped over here.  He's looking into getting companies to sponser crates that will be packed in this country with books and old computers, sent out there and then return full of these bags for selling.  Does anyone know of any businesses that might be interested sponsering a crate?

So if 15 per bag would be on covering costs, would it be unreasonable to charge between 20 and 30 per bag, depending on the size obviously? 

Here are the photos, see what you guys think!  Any advice or feedback would be most gratefully received!

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8  Enagagement napkins Kurt Halsey embroidery! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Fortunesfoe on: August 28, 2007 01:41:46 AM
I got this embroidery pattern in a trade with a girl on t'internet and thought it would be perfect for my friend's engagement present.  The material for the napkins later caused a bit of contention in the family because my gran gave it to me and my mum later recognised it as a rather expensive tablecloth she gave my gran for their 30th wedding anniversary!  In my defence, it was cut into pieces when I got it so I'm staying well out of this one!

Anyway, here they are...

I'm quite chuffed with them though one of them is upside down and on the last one I ran out of yellow thread for the writing and ended up using white instead.  It's not that noticeable though!  Or so I tell myself....
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9  Plastic bag watch strap! *shexy* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Fortunesfoe on: August 05, 2007 09:10:41 AM
I hope this is the right place for this, I was going to put it in the recycled board but couldn't find where the completed projects were!  I think I'm being a bit stoo-pid today.

Anyway, using https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178442.0 this fabulous tutorial I made myself some plastic bag material.  The problem was I couldn't get a large enough sheet of it to fuse properly, I kept coming across bubbles (not enough ironing I'm guessing, I'll try harder next time!).  So instead of throwing it away I thought I'd use the wee bits that did work for something small.  And this is what I came up with...

It fastens with hooks and eyes, I didn't do it up in the last photo because it's a bit fiddly with one hand!  Next time I'm going to use a stonking great piece of velcro instead.

The sewing is a bit wobbly in places (I did it on the machine and the watch face kept getting in the way) but for a first try I'm quite chuffed.  And I certainly learnt enough to make it even better next time! Smiley
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10  Generation T...attempts *hangs head* in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Fortunesfoe on: August 03, 2007 11:47:13 AM
I got the awesome book, 'Generation T' for christmas (in case anyone doesn't know about it, its a load of ways of reconstructing t-shirts, check it out at amazon!) and set to altering the HUGE pile of old clothes that I don't wear anymore.

True to Amy-form I jumped right in at the deep end and started on the corset-style one...to disasterous consequences.  I'm so disheartened, I loved this t-shirt as well.  I'm going to cut out the picture and sew it on something else, but for the moment I can't bear to, it took me SO long to make the stupid thing that to cut it up seems wrong somehow.

Anyway, here it is...

Reasonably OK from the front (I'm not that strangely proportioned in real life I promise, I'm actually reasonably attractive, I'm not going to be one of those folk who makes out like they're really ugly so people will say, "oh you're lovely, don't worry".  But put me in front of a camera and suddenly I turn into a strange Hall of Mirrors style being with fat bits here and thin bits there.  If I ever have kids they're going to think I was the weirdest looking thing!)

Here it all goes horribly wrong.  The lace is stitched in place so no chance of altering it now Sad

And a close up for added embaressment

Here's one that went slightly less wrong.  An XXL t-shirt my folks brought back for me from Canada about 10 years ago.  It's all about Biology-chic.

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