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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First Stuffies (pic heavy) 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.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Elmore Method **now sold** on: December 06, 2007 11:20:20 AM
OK firstly apologies if this is an inappropriate post, then secondly apologies if this gets anyone's hopes up!

So there is a copy of The Elmore Method currently selling on Amazon.com for the incredible price of $15.95. For those that don't know it's a relatively rare out of print book that averages around $70 on ebay (3 on there at the moment for $45 $69 and $179!!)

While I would love to buy this myself the seller won't ship internationally and is not responding to my emails so it's up for grabs for whoever gets there first!!

Good luck shoppers Smiley


PS. no, I am not in any way related to the seller!!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hair Garden (felt flower hair clips) 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?

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Etching spray + mirror 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!)
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Attn UK Knitters! 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!)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Vest top to Skirt recon 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.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fused plastic and duct tape little tote 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.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Heart Beads 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.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Simple wire work and new hammer 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.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cardboard box magazine rack (yet to be decorated) on: May 14, 2007 08:09:05 AM
I was in need of a magazine rack but refused to pay good money on such a simple item. After staring at a cardboard box for a while I came up with this:

and some other angles, with a view of the wood base bottom right:

so if anyone's interested here's my quick how to:

1. Take a standard box, remove top flaps and cut in half down line a

2. On one half, score along line b and fold inwards to create the base.

3. Use a craft knife to cut and remove the blacked out triangles then slice through the edge marked in red

4. Score along the blue lines and fold out. Then take the other half of the box and place it edge down in between the blue folds.

5. Tape and glue the thing till you think it won't budge and find something heavy to stick into the base for stability (I had the base from a CD rack hanging round). I ended up sticking extra card over most of the base to cover joins on the box and prevent crumple.

Still need to think of ideas to decorate it - certainly gonna trim down the top edges so they look more attractive and prevent them flapping around.

Hope you like!
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