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1  First Stuffies (pic heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by punka on: April 09, 2008 12:50:53 PM
Made these before Xmas but completely forgot to post.

Background is that I was offered a stall at a local craft fair (yay!) but told that they already had too many jewellers (boo!) so I had to come up with a quick craft and made these and a load of crocheted hats and scarves.

I used the tutorial here for the basic method: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninacuneo/sets/1089577/
The full group:

Blurry devil:




Couple more closeups on my flickr

Bit disappointed that I didn't have time to make them more detailed as I think that might have made them cuter... or perhaps I just need more practice at drawing cute creatures.
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2  Re: I think this may have been a mistake... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by punka on: April 03, 2008 05:51:37 AM
Agree about the ties at the back, just below bust level to pull it in a little - but I think the main problem is the big expanse at top. Would a collar make it look less plain/smock-y

Took the liberty of photoshopping some terrible pix for you  Tongue (I should dig out my tablet and pen, drawing with a laptop touchpad is impossible) Standard, cowel and peter pan.

For a much nicer looking peter pan collar see the tute here: http://wiksten-made.typepad.com/photos/peter_pan_collar_tutorial/jennygordy_2.html (not mine and I've not used it, just fyi) On the peter pan one I have also taken the bottom of the sleeves (gather at the bottom and sew a strip of fabric to give a bottom puff sleeve) in to give a prettier look.

Personally I think it could look quite mod-ish with the sleeves and peter pan collar.
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3  Hair Garden (felt flower hair clips) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by punka on: December 02, 2007 11:57:51 AM
Have my first ever craft show coming up *gulp!* and thought these would make good little girl stocking fillers.

Felt + embroidery floss + hairclips = these:

Close up of one:

And modelling my current favourites, poppies!

What do you guys think? Do you think they'll sell?

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4  Etching spray + mirror in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by punka on: August 28, 2007 04:04:39 PM
Made this for a friend's birthday - she said she liked anything sea related and mirrors so I picked up a cheap mirror, masked out a border and made a stencil with the following quote

Take me back to the sea,
Where my mind can be free,
And I can think what I want,
When I want to think free.

You can't see it very well (photographing mirrors is not easy!) but the beauty of spray etch is that it actually just puts a layer of effect on rather than properly etching the glass, so there are actually shells, a lobster, birds and a seahorse scratched into the etch layer (etching the etch as it were!)

It was difficult to know when to stop with the patterning in the border cos I didn't want to overload it or have it look too sparse. Anyhoo, she loved it.

(oh and that's her disco ball not mine, but I am v jealous of it!)
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5  Attn UK Knitters! in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by punka on: August 24, 2007 10:04:55 AM
Age Concern are again pairing up with Innocent Smoothies for the Big Knit, asking for donations of mini knitted hats to decorate special charity bottles of their yummy smoothies:

i don't knit and don't know any more details than are on the Innocent site (http://www.innocentdrinks.co.uk/thebigknit/) but I remember seeing these cuties last year and a friend mentioned that her Nanna was knitting up a storm this year so thought best I could do would be to give it a shout out here Smiley

Thanks for your time

(Oh and patterns are on the aforementioned sites if anyone wants to make mini hats just for the heck of it!)
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6  Vest top to Skirt recon in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by punka on: August 05, 2007 11:29:31 AM
Just a quicky... found this lovely print top in the sales and bought it even tho I knew it would look grim on (too much boob and hips)... And it did!:

So after humming and ha-ing for a while I attacked it with some scissors, sewed up the mess and got this:

The sewing round the top is a real mess (forgot to check the tension on my machine before I started) but I'm stupidly proud of my first 'proper' recon.
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7  Re: What do you call a six-legged octopus? ~PATTERN~ in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by punka on: July 30, 2007 03:53:00 PM

First time working from a pattern!

First time working in a round!

So excited that I'm posting a crappy phone pic:

And yes, octapuses can have eyebrows!!

Thanks so much missmelissa, I feel really confident about trying other crochet patterns now  Grin
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8  Fused plastic and duct tape little tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by punka on: July 02, 2007 01:45:45 PM
Was just playing with making fused plastic material from the tute here:


And despite not doing it very well (I learned alot... that's what mistakes are about, right?), I did manage to salvage enough to make a cute little tote:

Duct tape immediately sprung to mind for the handles but then it was looking a little dull so I went a bit mad with some more duct tape and a sharpie to create the spotty/flowery look.

Not bad for a quick experiment and I'm definately gonna do more of the plastic fusing... although I won't try and fuse a whole length of opened up up bags at once... not enough control.
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9  Heart Beads in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by punka on: June 30, 2007 09:28:01 AM
So jewery is one of my main things so clay = beads...

Red hearts:

Pink hearts:

Action shot (sorry, bit blurry):

I think the pink works better but I like to try projects in both silver and gold so everyone has a choice of what metals look better on them.
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10  Simple wire work and new hammer in Beads: Completed Projects by punka on: June 28, 2007 07:14:33 AM
Simple hearts (I actually hammered the edges of the hearts after takin the pix to make them a little more reflective):

Having finally got hold of a decent block and hammer, I had to do the traditional hammered spiral:

Getting a bit more adventurous I tried a modern renaissance style necklace:

Hope you like! Only problem is my accuracy with the hammer - are there tips/techniques or is it just practice... managed not to hit myself yet but I know you need to avoid wire crossing points or you'll weaken the metal.

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