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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Acrylic mediums for cake shoes on: February 20, 2014 06:19:12 AM
Hey all

I am in love with some shoes I want to try my hand at - these from Shoe Bakery are amazing, I want to get that kind of drippy effect on the ones I upcycle but no idea what acrylic mediums are Sad

Can anyone advise? I'm assuming it's some kind of gel, rather than acrylic paint - googling has gotten me nowhere Sad

Thanks in advance!
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Feather upcycled shoes for award ceremony on: April 19, 2011 10:06:10 AM
I got some old shoes, a feather duster and some spare leather...

These are before:


...we covered the nylon tape that was holding the feathers with some purple leather...

And after...

Can't wait to wear them with a coral vintage dress!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I upcycled some mugs on: April 12, 2011 09:04:56 AM
I was inspired by a post in the archives of a teapot, that I now can't seem to find. But I took boring mugs that were 1.25 for 4 and 2 x porcelain pens (3.50 each?) and made these for my and my boyfriend's new place that we get tomorrow:

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Scrabble letters - the wooden ones on: April 11, 2011 05:14:26 AM
Anyone know anywhere in the UK I can get these or have any unwanted ones?

Quite pricey and rare on eBay and I only need the letters for KIM MARK ND

Thanks Smiley
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / tips for internet patterns on: April 29, 2008 05:46:14 AM
I'm sure many of you use the online patterns, and I would love to as well (don't have a printer though and would need to print A4 x 40 at work, ha!)...however, it just seems like a real ballache matching up 40-odd sheets of paper (could take ages), then spending ages taping them together, THEN spending ages transferring it to greaseproof paper THEN sticking that together, to stop them moving, etc., THEN starting to apply pattern to material. Is it really as hard as I imagine? I'm pretty new to sewing but can't afford to spend 7-10 per pattern, well, I'd love to do more than I can afford! Tips? Thanks  Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / making a pattern bigger - for a dress - help! on: April 23, 2008 05:16:58 AM
hello!  Cheesy

When I first got my sewing machine, i thought one bought patterns in their rtw dress size, so I got a lovely size 12 vintage vogue dress pattern. forgot about the sizing as i've made a few things and they had a range of sizes on one pattern, bought some yellow crepe and now need to make this dress to wear to a party this weekend!

doh! i started cutting out last night and it's a size 12 ONLY!! I'm a 16 according to the measurement scale on the packet. argh. i need to make it bigger FAST. i have started by making the two main dress pieces (front and back, cut on fold) 5 cm bigger on each side (10cm total for front, 10cm for back) as this is the difference between my measurements and the size 12 measurements. does that make sense? i basically folded the material, measured 5cm from the fold, then placed the pattern on so the 5cm (10) is at the fold.
i assume I keep the sleeves the same? i dont have big arms or anything...thing is, there's a pussy bow tie thing on one piece whic is also the sleeves...maybe i should get a picture. now, because the main dress pieces are bigger, i'm not sure how to cut the rest/alter sizes?

would you just guess/make them bigger, then tack it before sewing and try it on to alter it?

not a clue here obviously!! sorry if this makes no sense. here's some pics to help describe it. it's the pattern on the left, the flowery dress on the right (short sleeves):


Here is the pattern layout. On the left (the one at the top), you can see the main dress pieces that are cut on the fold. I added 5cm to the middle of each piece. On the right you can see the yoke, shoulders and stuff. This is what I have an issue with - how do I add a total chest measurement of 10cm to that?!


Thanks in advance, really hope someone can shed some light! I'm soo clueless!

7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Londoners!! on: March 13, 2008 02:07:18 AM
Where do you go for your goodies? Like fabrics, bits and bats like buttons? I use ebay etc but of course love browsing and shopping...just wondered!!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Have you ever set yourself a cooking challenge? on: March 13, 2008 01:56:13 AM
(Hey, I'm newish, this is my first post)

I was just wondering...for my NY resolution back in Jan, I decided I would eat 52 different meats/fish, one per week, hoping I'd become more adventurous, learn more about food, etc. etc. My boyf sticks to what he likes so I hope he will learn to like new foods/be more likely to try new things. I have a mate who did this (still is, if you have ever read the Beastfeaster blog)...and it inspired me to have a go!

It's going well so far - we're saving turkey for Xmas obviously hehe.
We still have to do this week's challenge and I have to blog last week's guinea fowl. I saw tequila/worm lollies last week, they should feature at some point.

Anyway, if you want to read (not that it's exciting), it's blogged at http://plate52.blogspot.com complete with dodgy food photography! Over to you - anyone ever tried anything like this?

Nice to meet you - D x
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