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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Beautiful Petals as Jewelry on: March 15, 2009 10:11:10 AM
I came across this jewelry at dawanda and I think its really beautiful.

And here is an example in the dawanda shop http://de.dawanda.com/product/2973838-MAeRZBLUeTENCollier-mit-echten-Blueten-und-Blaettern-Aktion-gruenweisse-Maerzblueten]http://de.dawanda.com/product/2973838-MAeRZBLUeTENCollier-mit-echten-Blueten-und-Blaettern-Aktion-gruenweisse-Maerzblueten

I really like this art and might be persuaded to buy some, but right know I'm really interested in HOW it is done?
The smooth edges look like it was resin, but I can't really imagine how exactly that would work.
The only information on this site is: the leaves and petals are set in plastic (not laminated) and the edges smoothed and polished.

The only things similar I could find were this petals, but they are clearly laminated.

Any ideas how it is done? Other shops that sell similar stuff?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / If Indy had a clipboard... on: March 06, 2009 08:49:21 AM
So, I want to  make a real nice and individual clipboard for a friend, I have seen some really nice beautified clipboards on craftster, but
I need help thinking of practical improvements.

Perhaps you have some ideas or just some input what you like or really dislike about clipboards?

(And just to avoid misunderstandings, I'm talking about an A4 clipboard like this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c8/Clipboard.jpg )

Most Important:
 It will be used on a lot of field trips.
 The clipboard has to be really well usable and weatherproof.
 I usually achieve this by a pen on a string, a sheet of plastic as first layer and a rubber band holding the sheets down.
Any ideas how to add or improve to this?
 I thought about a strap but i don't know in which place this would be most convenient.

I have seen clipboards painted/modpodged and sealed with laquer finish or used foil, whats better?

And since I can't quite decide on just one theme or image, I thought it would be really cool to make the images exchangeable.
But I really don't know if this would make it rather impractical...

 I can use a lot of tools(to drill and cut) and a variety of foils, clues, laquers, neodymium magnets and a laminator,
 sewing would be no problem, too.

Thanks for reading   Grin

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to do with this sewing supplies? on: April 21, 2008 12:44:14 PM
So, a friend brought me a big box of sewing supplies from an old woman, who gave up sewing and moved into a smaller flat.
There was so much cool stuff in there and most of it I know where to use or how.
 I have no ideas what to do with:

-several meters of broad (60mm or 2,4 inch) elastic band in white and additional a huge supply of thinner elastic bandsI will never ever use up in my normal sewing.

- many  bobbins of elastic thread in many different colors (I dont know at all what to do with those other than making bracelets)

- tons of darning cotton thread in all colors (extra big amounts of blacks,greys and browns), I dont darn anything

So if you have any knowledge on the usage or cool ideas how to use those stuff, please tell me.
Meanwhile just looking at my supply box ( I went and bought a huge tool box immediatly after getting those stuff) makes me feel really good, whether I know how to use it or not, I have it !! Grin Grin

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What kind of pinafore for me? on: January 10, 2008 03:51:54 AM
So i have this violet wool fabric with this herringbone structure in it. I had it for  some years now and always wanted to keep it for a real good project.
Now I have been seeing all this cute pinafore and jumper dresses on here and suddenly i new i had to do one of those with that fabric!
Usually if i have such an idea i just start drafting and/or changing old patterns and get sewing.
But this time im kind of insecure for what kind of pinafore i should go.
The problem is i m overall rather normal sized to small, except my bust. I have a size 75 C-D (Europe) an online calculator told me i was UK-US size 34 c (thats not extremly big but on me it is)

So i wont try the total underbust pinafore, because i know i wouldnt wear that at all, it would make me look like some pam anderson double.
But i dont want it to look boring or baggy either?

So any ideas which type of pinafore or jumper dress is best for me?

I googled a little and found this photo

I like 1 and 5 best
1 a little better but im unsure if it would look rather stupid with my figure.


**edited the title because I had accidentally made it only -???-
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / dog (similar dachshund) draft stopper on: August 23, 2007 06:47:14 AM
well i couldnt quite figure out where to put this, so:

This dogs purpose is to guard the door and let no drafts invade  Wink

I modeled him for a friend after his dog (an alpine dachsbracke http://www.answers.com/topic/alpine-dachsbracke , looking rather dachshund similar)

its one meter long and filled with foam. the paws on the door side are fastened with elastic to keep him near the door when opening and closing.

on the door:

full length


in the mean time i fixed the left eye

hope you like it.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / jewelry role (it has shamrocks and its talking to me) on: July 29, 2007 04:13:16 PM
I needed a quick present for a friend and i wanted something personal. since shes traveling a lot i thought of a bag to store her jewelry in.
I had all the supplies at home (where else to get them on sunday night?)

Yeah, you see its talking to me!(due to cliche i call it Sean)

the fabric changes color from green, to a lilacky blue, the shamrocks are light green

in reality the stitched letters (her monograms) are violet like the straps and most of the lining and contrast the fabric (i love green and violet)

The pictures are not that good (thanks to the lightning) and make it look bulgy, but i swear it isnt!  Cheesy

in the middle left there's a strap to attach rings and the white fabric next to it is mesh, so she can pin earrings or pins into it, the rest is normal pockets closed with zippers or velcro.

and one pic rolled and strapped together

I made it up as i went along remembering something similar i had seen in a shop. I hope she likes it.

Ideas? Comments?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / what to do with jersey tube? on: June 19, 2007 01:32:50 PM
today at my fabric shop, there was a sale of jersey tubes.
they were pretty cheap, but what can you do with them?

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / gift for friend going to Canada on: May 30, 2007 01:37:05 AM
Im looking for a gift for a friend, she will go on a study exchange to Canada in august (and stay at least till december), its a long way away (from europe) and i want to make her something fun/nice/practical/cool/sweet/whatever.
Shes an economy student, she likes fashion (especially shoes Wink ), chocolates, sheeps, good music, to have things organized properly,
dancing (salsa etc), 50s stuff, ....
and shes 21.

I had already some ideas (like making one of these hats with fur ear flaps (i made one for myelf and love it), but i doubt wether she would wear it.
Or I could sew up something to keep her jewelery in.

But i would like to give someting with a canada theme.

Ah and since she is always overloading her luggage, it must not be something big.

ideas? thanks!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / wrapish dress (tute added on pg 2) on: April 08, 2007 11:17:53 AM
so i found this fabric and instantly liked it (also because 2m cost me 2€, but most for its beauty)
I figured i needed something wrap-like(i had seen so many beautyfull wrap dresses on here lately), but also something fast and this was super easy ( i kind of guessed the pattern from some shirt i have which is similar)
its super comfy and fits so well.

and of course a matching ribbon

P.S. someday i will invent a "take a good pic of yourself (in the mirror device)" and will get super- rich selling it....  Grin
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / flowery reanimation of sewing basket thing on: April 04, 2007 08:00:10 AM
sorry no before pics, but it was really ugly (brownish woodparts and bad yellow fabric), but my mum wouldnt throw it away because its a reminds her of her mum.
so i decided to do something about it and i looked for a blue flowers fabric (my grandmas favorites) and then decided the woodpart has to be white to match it.

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