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1  Festive Felt Goodness in Winter Holidays by PlumCrafty on: November 27, 2012 02:46:39 PM
I recently participated in the Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 3 and my contribution was a felt ornament (my partners have all received so I can safely post here). I've been interested in creating felt ornaments for a while now, and have been scouring pinterest for inspiration so this is what I have been making.

A little group shot of the recent additions to my yuletide tree. As you can see I have been focussing on the folksy.

These were technically my second design, a double-sided star, white with red, and a sparkly green button.

Some simple hearts, in a lovely deep magenta with white and a silk bow

My rustic tomte/nisse style gnomes - the same magneta but with a tealy blue base. As with all of them, the ribbon is white rickrack and I've attached mini-bells.

Finally, my first design, what started this all off, the festive felt poinsettia slippers from my swap.

Hope you all enjoy them, comments most welcome
Happy Crafting
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2  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PlumCrafty on: November 15, 2012 11:19:32 AM
I picked up not one but two ornaments yesterday, and my last one came in the post today, so I have all mine...yay!

This is the group shot I took yesterday

My awesome Moravian stars from goldfishpollywog, they are so shiny and well packed!

My glittering sequined ball from ale0059 and gorgeous felt heart from bec99

And my (last to arrived) ornament, Scandinavian Tomte from IdlersDesign, which is just the cutest, though my camera takes the most rubbish photos.  Embarrassed

Homerof2 and I added a mini-personal swap, where we sent each other an extra ornament and some goodies. This is the awesome package I received

And here is a close up of the beautiful stars that she sent me.

Thank you all for being my senders, I'm honoured to receive such wonderful ornaments from you all!  Grin When I put up my tree in 16 days, I will take a better group shot!

I also wish we swapped more ornaments now (though five at the time was pretty daunting for my first sweat shoppe), as I am green-eyed about all the ornaments that I didn't receive...
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3  Re: More Art, Less Craft 6x6 canvas swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PlumCrafty on: September 28, 2012 03:02:53 PM
There is some serious talent going on in this gallery, such fabulous artworks, and I can add to the awesomeness coz I received from ChevelleZombie and its AMAZING! Grin

Isn't it fantastic? And not only that, I received the coolest drawing on my note as well. I am well and truly spoilt, thank you so much ChevelleZombie! Cheesy
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4  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 3 (signups until Oct 12, Send by Nov 5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PlumCrafty on: September 28, 2012 02:05:52 PM
That is an awesome tree, GatorWrangler Grin. I hope my offering is up to the standard of those ornaments  Wink

The Festive Felt Poinsettia Slipper

Its (synthetic) white felt slippers and red "poinsettia" flower. The buttons are white (might vary slightly in style but not size), and there is a pastel bell at the heel by the rickrack joining the slippers (colours vary: pink, yellow, green, blue and silver...if you let me know I will try to match preferences). Each slipper measures 3"x1.25"x1.25".

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5  No more naked books! [pic happy] in Completed Projects by PlumCrafty on: September 22, 2012 02:01:42 PM
[I'm not quite sure where this should go, so please move if not in the right place Grin]

I'm a signed-up, card-carrying bibliophile. So much so that I almost exclusively purchase hard-back books because I love everything about them: from the typeface and paper to construction and of course reading. I have a favourite second-hand store in Greenwich that I splurge in regularly (they're 1 each), but they don't always come with their dust jackets. And because dust jackets are not only pretty, but also protect the spines from sun damage, I thought I'd better give my "naked" books something to cover up with.

So here is my stash-busting, but rustically/haphazardly sewn fabric dust jackets:

I say rustically because whilst I am conscientious when sewing for others, for myself I kinda just throw things together by eye. Please don't look too closely, you'll see all the mistakes...no, really...

As you can see, I like to use up all those little bits left over from other projects, including lace, ribbon, home-made bias...and because this is a stash-busting exercise, I have to made do with the sizes that the left over fabric comes in - this one was from some cushions for my brother (two different sets but really nice brown Designer's Guild fabric) and some vintage blue fabric picked up at a church fete.

Word of warning though, if you are going to re-purpose men's ties, I recommend to measure and cut precisely first otherwise you have dodgy pleats on the front and seams at an angle.

And final picture: look how happy Ms Du Maurier is now, toasty warm with all her siblings....  Cheesy

As always, comments extremely welcome
Happy Crafting
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6  Skull of the 6x6 Swap in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by PlumCrafty on: September 20, 2012 03:12:05 PM
I think I can safely post this here now my partner has received.  Cheesy

I'm in the More Art, Less Craft 6x6" Canvas Swap and this was my contribution to the gallery of 6-inch awesomeness. Whilst waiting for our partners, I wondered how I could combine imagery from my recent travels through Austria and my impending partner's taste. Lucky for me, my partner said she really liked skulls and strangely enough one of the pictures that I took was of a marble skull wall plaque detail, which inspired this creation:

Its mostly acrylic, with a little pearlescent medium, PVA glaze and spray paint thrown in for good measure. The canvas has a 1" box edge, so the artwork wraps around the edges.

This is the sculpture that inspired the painting:

Its from the St Peter's Abbey in Salzburg. As you can see, the painting is not an exact replica but I am happy with the way it turned out.

I hope you all like it too, comments most welcome.

Happy Art-ing and Crafting
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7  Re: 4x6 Art Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PlumCrafty on: September 02, 2012 05:19:06 AM
I received yesterday...but from an unknown sender. Here is my vintage car goodness

It's soooo cool! Thank you, mystery partner! Grin

I have been enjoying everyone's artwork...its another creative, diverse round! No favourites, though, because I want them all!   Wink
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8  Advent Bunting..tree style in Winter Holidays by PlumCrafty on: August 27, 2012 04:11:48 PM
I've been thinking about making an advent calendar of late, but I have not really wanted to do the box or bag on a board thing. I've also had a bit of bunting fetish this year so what could be more natural than to combine the two?

However, as we all know, flags aren't particularly festive, so how do I make standard bunting more appropriate for Yuletide? After much thinking and absolutely no research (why make it easy for myself?), I decided the best way was to invert the flags and turn them into simple Christmas tree shapes. That way they are not too complicated and I could use the "base" as the pocket for the advent treat. So here is my version of the advent bunting calendar...

All the fabric was from my stash, *but* I didn't have enough of any one Christmas themed fabric, so I created "cool" colour bunting for the even numbers and "warm" colour bunting for the odd numbers. The base pockets were cut from small different fabrics that matched (sort off), with 4 different bases for each set. The ribbon is just bias tape I had lying around, double stitched for strength.

The pockets are just large enough for a few coins (in this case, Swiss Francs), a chocolate or a very small toy. The lettering was cut from felt that I had lying around. It was a super stash-busting exercise, I didn't buy anything for it. Yay! Cheesy

They are rather rustic, but I like them. As always, comments extremely welcome, and if anyone does their version, I would love to see it!
Happy Crafting
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9  Re: Vintage swap Sign ups May 2 to May 30 Send outs June 30th in The Swap Gallery by PlumCrafty on: July 23, 2012 10:26:44 AM
Aren't they, Calabaza? I love the hair pins and the hoop! Cheesy

Oh, and I made those hankies...Liberty (of London) have the best vintage-inspired fabric...this swap was such a thin excuse for me to visit their sales to get fabric! Wink

Am I the last to received? I picked up the best package at the Post Office from How Lovely this afternoon and I was truly spoilt!
Here are all the items from the parcel

There was a vintage inspired covered journal and bookmark...just the right size for my handbag (I love this size)

A fabulous flapper girl, who I am naming Mabel. Isn't she cute?

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful envelopes from a vintage Japanese book

The most amazing lap quilt ever...I nearly cried when I saw it, it is so gorgeous.

The background fabric is vintage inspired and the yoyos are repurposed from a yukata (is this right?). How Lovely used both the outer fabric and lining, and it is too beautiful for words.

Finally a shot of all the extra goodies. What How Lovely doesn't know is that I have a set of sushi plates that match the soy sauce bowls. Serendipity or what? There is also fabric tape and wonderful Japanese papers.

Thank you so much How Lovely, you're a wonderful swap partner! Grin
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10  Bunting Cushion Cover Extravaganza in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by PlumCrafty on: July 16, 2012 03:11:06 PM
I recently completed the crafted cushion cover swap and my partner had pinned a bunting cushion cover on her pinterest, which being a Jubilee year, I thought was rather appropriate to make. I had so much fun making one for my partner, that I made two more. Without further ado, I present the peek-a-boo bunting cushion covers.

Here is my swap cushion cover:

My partner liked strong, autumnal colours and I found this brilliant fabric that looked like a stain glass window for the reverse. The "peek-a-boo" was a different fabric with a sewing theme. I "hid" a zip on the reverse using black bias tape.

Then I was visiting a friend in the US, so I thought that I could make here a bunting pillow as a thank you present.

This one I make a feature of the zipper tape and the peek-a-boo was a nautical themed, which went nice with the beach hut fabric and blue colour ways I have been hording.

So today, I finally finished my pillow, using fat quarters that I have squirrelled away over the years.

I used a gardening fabric for the peek-a-boo, and this was the first time I did a proper "hidden" zip.  By proper, I mean not using bias tape. I didn't do any machine applique to the reverse of mine.

All the covers fit an 18" square pad, and I added a (rather rustic) patchwork border around the original 14.5" centre panel. You can find a link to the tutorial that I sourced for the panel here.

I would love to hear all your thought and comments. And of course, to see any bunting pillows that you have made. Peek-a-boo bunting is seriously addictive to make!

Happy Crafting!
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