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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My name was Lola... on: November 01, 2011 01:29:47 PM
... I was a showgirl, with yellow feathers in my hair and a dress cut down to there...

Hello! This years Halloween party had a K or L theme, so I went as Lola from Copacabana!

I made pretty much everything, dress, headdress and even embellished the shoes. Only thing I bought was earrings.

I have never made an outfit before, the dress was adapted from a very loose strappy dress-top, completely shapeless and I used an old bra to give it the shape. The whole dress is sewn no glue at all. The headdress is mainly glued.

Anyway, on to the pictures:

Me with Kylie, Little Red Riding Hood and Kate Middleton...

My favourite picture! (Dress was a bit lower than I thought it would be, I guess showgirls aren't really known for their modesty)

Whole outfit and dress inspiration came from google images searches, although I particularly like this and this 
Headdress inspiration here and here 
Make-up inspiration was from this video 

There are a LOT of in-progress photos here. I have added descriptions! There are also more photos of me playing with photoshop. C&C&Qs welcome Smiley

Thank you for looking - MWAH!

p.s welcome to all the newbie craftsters who have joined in with the challenge! You'll be addicted to craftster in no time...
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Rainy day bicycle streamers project! on: October 09, 2011 06:02:28 AM

Well for my birthday I got a bicycle. It is red and shiny. I haven't had a bicycle since I was a kid and I love Murray the Moulton.

However, it needed streamers. I can't be riding along like a child without streamers. Turns out streamers are expensive (more expensive than I thought anyway) and also none matched my bike. So I made my own! This will work on old and children's bicycles, might not work on a regular grown-up bike you need a hole in the handlebars.

Anyway...I did a tutorial in case anyone else would like some ribbon streamers!

Heres all the things I used. Although not the glue. Glue was not the answer in this case, it makes the ribbon go funny and left my hands a sticky mess. What you will need are ribbons (8 x 1m (40) lengths or 4 x 2m (80) lengths, any ribbon will work!) , hi-tac double sided tape (you could use glue etc), 2 paintbrushes, scissors. Optional extras are a scalpel (or use scissors), a lighter (or candles or a bit of PVA glue), pony beads.

The paintbrush kit was 27p (less than 50c), youll need two for this. For those in the UK it is Wilkinsons value paint palette.

First things first, cut all the bristles off. I used a scalpel, but to make this a more kid-friendly project, scissors will work fine.

Next cut the ribbon into m legths (20) in two equal piles, one for each streamer. If your ribbons are different widths, I suggest leaving the widest for last and starting with the narrowest. I had two wide red ribbons for each streamer, so I used one first and one last.

Using the hi-tac permanent double sided, I put the tape on the ribbon for the first few (the tape is clear, its just the backing that is red).

Slowly build up covering joins with the next ribbon.

With two wider ribbons to go, I started taping around and then sticking the ribbons on, just to make sure the first few ribbons were really tightly stuck.

Finished off with some ribbon wrapped around (hiding the messy edges!) Although I would not recommend the silver ribbon, it wasnt as neat as I hoped.

Wait! Im not done. The other ends of the ribbons will fray in no time if left, so now they just need a trim to even them up, and seal to prevent fraying. My preferred method is to get a lighter and melt the ends (couldnt take a picture due to not having enough hands) just hold the ribbon NEAR the flame and it should melt slightly, then just pinch to seal and done! However, if you want to do this as a kids project, dipping the ends in a little PVA glue and letting dry works well too, or fold over with some of the double sided tape. Alternatively thread and bead and knot the end. I thread some pony beads onto the ribbons, this is optional but I couldnt resist the glitter and glow in the dark beads.
Finished ends:

Now just thread into the handle


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3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stenciling onto a fake leather type bag? on: July 23, 2009 05:26:58 PM

I fancy stencilling onto a fake leather (plasticy) bag, just wondered has anyone done this before? Did you use freezer paper? Did the normal fabric plaint stick?

Anyone? Any ideas welcome Smiley
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Help with tempering chocoloate! Bloom. on: July 18, 2009 01:26:49 AM

I was tempering chocolate yesterday to make salted caramels as a gift. (Whole thing took 8hours!) So I monitored the temperature etc the entire time, had to retemper it when it got to high etc etc...

So why have my chocolates got that "fat bloom"?  Angry I know it's caused by temperature changes, but I'm confused as I was so careful. Huh

Anyone had that happen? I've never had it when I haven't done the faff of tempering. And dipped marshmallows don't look as bad as dipped caramels (which is annoying as the dipped marshmallows were for me and the caramels are for my mother!)

They do taste ok though.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated!  Smiley

P.S They are delicious - I used this receipe: http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/15/t-recipe-salted-chocolate-dipped-caramels/
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blueberry Pie x 2 on: March 11, 2008 12:04:57 PM
I loved this pattern http://www.magknits.com/Nov06/patterns/pie.htm and decided to knit it over the weekend:

Sure, knitted pie is great and all but I couldn't resist baking one too! hmmm...sugary...

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Berol + Berni = First Bag. on: March 11, 2008 11:54:39 AM
I've never made a bag before, and only used a sewing machine very little, however over the weekend I gave it a go and made this:



Just before christmas by BF's grandmother gave me her sewing machine that I think had been in the attic for a while. I didn't have my own sewing machine before and I love Berni! Here she is:

That's after a clean up and a lot of working out how to thread her without an instruction book.

Anyway, thanks for looking! Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Double Knit Scarf...FINISHED on: January 16, 2008 01:02:09 PM
Here is my scarf complete (I'm wearing it now, I'm really happy with it!)

Overall view (it's not really curved, it was just to get it in the pic):

Section Views:
The Whale:

The Hills:

The City:

and my favorite - fingermen!

I learnt:
double knitting (fun and an awesome non-curly result!)
Continental Knitting (AWESOME - I'll never do two coloured knitting another way again, not sure I'm a left handed knitter for life though.)
Designing a pattern (I think this makes it more satisfying)
To make something I'd wear out (which I did, today, to work, happily Smiley)


I hope this is in the right place - please delete if not. Thanks!  Smiley

Ok, so a double knit scarf might not be exciting to everyone but these are the new skills I hope to gain:

Double Knitting
Continental Knitting (with at least one colour in my left hand)
Designing my own 2 colour pattern
Knitting something I will wear. Out. In public.

Here is my photo proof of not starting before the date:

The date is so tiny! But I promise it is the same paper. I wrote my pattern/doodle out today so I'm ready to start. Oh and in case anyone is wondering - I'm roughly using some instructions I found here:http://knitter-robot.vox.com/library/post/so-i-charted-out-longcat.html

I hope some more challengers will join me  Grin
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / [IMG] Heavy! : Double Sided Moose Hat and some other FO's... on: January 15, 2008 03:29:52 AM
Hello, Just thought I'd share some of the knitting I've been doing recently  - espeically this hat for my brother:
Moose Side:

Phrase Side: " It's Nice! I like it! Superb!" - some of his phrases of the moment.

The pattern is a combination of these three:
I also made a Henry for my father's birthday (from Knitty) Nice pattern but slow going. http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall07/PATThenry.html

Lastly here's two hats I made for me, sadly the Ring of Fire one is too small, but for my first go at stranded work I'm happy (I probably still haven't learnt my lesson about gauge)

Ring of Fire:http://www.cidermoon.com/cm0122.html
Foliage: http://www.knitty.com/issuefall07/PATTfoliage.html

I've been knitting obsessively for the past few months and have also made some fingerless gloves and a pair of socks I sadly don't have a picture of.

I would certainly recommend designing your own hat, it was great fun! (Even if I did steal a chart)

Anyway, let me know what you think or if you have any tips?  Grin
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First attempt at knitting stitch markers! on: November 02, 2007 05:33:33 PM
I just wanted to give this a go, I've never really done anything with beads or wire before so I'm happy with them  Grin

The smaller ones are for sock needles (2.75mm) and the bigger ones are on my 4.5mm.

Close up of the smaller ones:

(oh and I know I'm one less on the larger ones - there were a few mistakes in the beginning and I ran out of the wires!)
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Bear :) on: September 25, 2007 12:22:30 PM
I just finished my amigurumi bear, my first real finished amigurumi:

The pattern can be found here but is in Japanese: http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~mite/gurumineko/4/amizu3.html I think I might try the elephant from the same site next. Oh and be warned if your computer doesn't support japanese characters it might not come up.

I'm just debating whether to sew/embroider a nose or not, what do you think?
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