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1  Earthenware Christmas decorations in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by blottedcopybook on: December 27, 2013 11:11:52 AM
A couple of photos of earthenware Christmas decorations I made this year for people Smiley I'd love to know what you think.

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2  Replica Royal Wedding dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by blottedcopybook on: May 03, 2011 08:10:56 AM
I own a shop in Glasgow, Scotland where we teach crafty stuff and we were challenged a couple of months ago to make the Royal Wedding Dress. On the day of the wedding..

*Barney Stinson voice* - "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED"

We got the first glimpse of the dress at 11am along with the rest of the world, my glamorous sewing guru put the finishing touches on the dress just after 6pm. She used six metres of Duchess Satin and 2m of lace.

Whaddya think?

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3  Home-made yoghurt in Recipes and Cooking Tips by blottedcopybook on: May 13, 2010 11:21:50 AM
I have four kids who take yoghurt for lunch most days, a husband who has been put on a healthy diet and me. The amount of money we spend every week on yoghurt - and the associated amount of plastic waste - really offends me! So I decided to do something about it and made my own yoghurt in the slow cooker.

I did it in the slow cooker rather than the oven because I have a gas oven and I find it more difficult to regulate the temperature. Also, it could be worth noting that I'm in Scotland so the things I used may not be accessible in other countries.

I put 2.2 litres of semi-skimmed milk into my slow cooker and turned it on low for three hours. I switched it off and left it to sit for two hours and at this point I also took a small pot of live natural yoghurt out of the fridge to let it come to room temperature.
After two hours I whisked the natural yoghurt quickly into the milk and replaced the lid of the slow cooker. I covered it with a few teatowels and went to bed.
Next morning I decanted it into some kilner jars and it's goooood! My only criticism is that it's really runny which is not what I'm used to, but store yoghurt has thickeners added to it and I'm trying to do the healthy thing. I've read that you can add dried milk powder to your milk to make your yoghurt thicker but it didn't really bother me so I left it Smiley

I've been eating it like this - with some homemade muesli and a small spoonful of honey. It's amazing!
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4  Re: My daughter now has pink hair **Img heave** in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by blottedcopybook on: April 29, 2010 10:23:28 AM
What a beautiful daughter you have!

I dyed my daughter's hair pink last Summer - we're actually just about to do it again to celebrate her birthday but this was her when it was done at first.

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5  From trash to treasure: Upcycled pincushion with matching needlebook in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by blottedcopybook on: April 13, 2010 03:45:26 AM
I can't blog this yet because it hasn't been sent to it's recipient yet so you guys are getting first crack at the whip Wink

I took part in a pincushion swap organised through this blog and this is what I made:

The base of the pincushion is a (clean and empty!) tin of catfood, the actual cushion part is made from a pair of my son's worn-out jeans which were destined for the bin and the pattern around the can is some rescued giftwrap, stuck down with PVA glue (thick mod podge) with an extra coating of PVA over the top. The pins are just plain sewing pins with a cute bead from my daughter's broken necklace superglued onto the top.

I still had some denim left over, so I made a matching needlebook:

Apologies for the less-than-stellar photographs, it wasn't easy to photograph something flat!

This was my first time ever using binding and I'm really proud of my corners! The felt picture on the front was created with odds and ends from my scrap box including the supercute butterfly buttons which I've had stashed for far too long. I put some more pins inside along with some new needles and some more buttons from my stash.

What do you think?
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6  Bash Street kids table for my own kiddies in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by blottedcopybook on: April 04, 2010 12:54:12 AM
Over here in the UK, there's a comic called The Beano which features characters called the Bash Street Kids. It's a comic that I read pretty much every weekend, spending my pocket money on The Beano and a quarter of sweet peanuts and it has great memories of childhood innocence and relaxed fun.

My husband was clearing out his bedroom at his parents house and found his old annuals including a Bash Street Kids special. My sons share a bedroom and I'd been looking for a way to make it more interesting and appealing to them, and thus an old Ikea Lack table became the coolest cartoon strip table you ever did see.


I used a rotary cutter for precision and cut the strips out according to order, so starting at the top left of the table and working as you would to read a book, you can read the strips in the correct sequence. They're decoupaged on with PVA glue (a slightly thicker version of the US Mod Podge) and sealed with another coat of PVA on top. This has been sufficient for my sons - I had wanted an extra layer of varnish but for a cheap table and a couple of hours of work, I was fairly happy to leave it as is.

What do you think?
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7  Flower power sweater (and bonus "WTF will I do with this?") in Knitting: Completed Projects by blottedcopybook on: April 03, 2010 03:20:13 AM
I finished this sweater for my little girl last week and I'm pretty pleased with it - I've been a knitter pretty much all my life and I'm embarrassed to admit that this is the biggest project I've undertaken yet. The pattern is from Zoe Mellor's book Adorable knits for tots* and I used Sirdar Luxury Cotton DK in a green colourway** instead of the recommended Rowan handknit cotton purely because the Sirdar stuff is MUCH cheaper.

I'm posting loads of photos so with consideration to those of you who might not be on high-speed internet connections yet, you can click on the picture to go to the flickr page and see a larger version. Apologies for the less-than-stellar quality of the first two pictures but they were taken on my phone.

This is what would become the bottom of the back of the sweater. It was knit across 9 stitches and to cast on the back (and then the front), stitches were picked up along the long side.

If you're a member of Ravelry you can see the project page here.

This is the finished sleeve. I was really impressed with how cute this turned out because it was so simple to do. My sole criticism is that eager-to-dress toddlers get fingers stuck in the holes if they're not careful.

And the finished sweater modelled by the very happy recipient.

After knitting this my hands have been itching for something to do, so I've been experimenting with 'plarn' (ugh, I'm cringing at that horrible word!). This is two carrier bags from Sainsbury's (a kind of upmarket British version of Walmart) and the wrapper from a packet of pampers. I'm not quite sure what it's going to be yet but sometimes it's the journey and not the destination that's the fun part.

Thanks for looking!

* - You have no idea how many times I typed 'Adorable knits for tits' by accident
** - Green because honest to God I am so sick of pink.
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8  Show your snowman! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by blottedcopybook on: January 04, 2008 03:22:01 PM
OK I'm mortified to post this because it's the worst snowman ever!

We don't get proper snow much here, which makes me sad because I can remember when I was a kid and it was really snowy every winter. I don't know if that's global warming for you, or my appalling childhood memory capacity. Anyway I'm digressing - I woke up this morning to feed the baby and discovered it had snowed overnight so once she'd gone back to sleep I woke my toddler up and showed him the snow. He was totally awestruck! I pulled clothes on us both over our jammies and we ran outside,  it was about 7am, still dark and the snow was still perfect bar some pawprints left by our daft cat who stayed out overnight.

This was our snowman and I am so chuffed with it! I should note that the snowman on the window was actually painted before Christmas but we've been steaming off the wallpaper in that room so the paint had run and I haven't cleaned it off yet.

Ta daaaah!

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9  Felt bunnies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by blottedcopybook on: December 26, 2007 08:46:35 AM
Okay! I was totally inspired by this blog post, and decided that I just had to make some little bunnies for my own babies. The problem? I haven't handsewn anything, ever, and I've never embroidered anything, ever!

I started these a few weeks ago and put them aside to focus on my daughter's christening gown, but I thought this had lay languishing in my craft kit for long enough and decided to finish it off today. It's not the neatest, and it's been a great project to learn from but I'm happy enough with the end product

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10  Crayon roll in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by blottedcopybook on: December 24, 2007 01:30:41 AM
My babies love colouring in, and crayons in particular are a favourite but always end up lost in the house somewhere. I decided to make something to keep the crayons in so they could stay together and to allow me to pop them in a bag when we leave the house. My only criteria was no plastic, because I'm having a plastic amnesty at home. A bit of fidding about and I came up with this:-

I made it from fabric I had in my stash, and sewed some ribbon into the hem to tie it off (although I've since found that the cotton rope you get on carrier bags from sports stores are great for this too!). It looks something like this when it's all rolled up.

If you're interested in the full step-by-step, I went into more detail in this entry on my blog.

Thanks for looking!
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