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1  Hand-sewn nightdress from a vintage crib sheet! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Anenome on: April 13, 2010 02:56:29 PM
I don't have a sewing machine but have wanted to try making clothing for my two girls for ages! I have had soooo many attempts at making things, sewing by hand and they've all turned out bad...this is the most wearable thing I've ever turned out. It's far from perfect....I used a pattern for once which really helped and a vintage crib sheet with cute embroidery on it.... I bought them at a charity shop for a few pence because I LOVE vintge textiles and there were 6 of them in different colours and different patterns...my daughter is 2 and in a toddler bed so I knew I would re-use them in some other way. I don't normally cut up vintage textiles but felt these weren't old enough to really worry about....and I NEEDED to make a nightdress from one of them lol.

As I said it's far from perfect and I used the most basic pattern I could find...but I am happy with the fact that the stitches are strong enough to withstand a toddler wearing it!

There's something hypnotic about sewing a garment by hand and I plan to keep at it...I want to get good enough to make a garment which can actually be worn in public and not have anyone know it was handsewn! I don't think I would want a sewing machine now...I never got one as there were no funds....I coud probs scrape enough together now but to be honest they scare me a bit Lol!

Here's a close up of the embroidery....what IS the flying thing? Anyone know?

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2  Little Bunka Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Anenome on: April 01, 2010 05:36:35 PM
This is my attempt at a Japanese Bunka Doll...Bunka dolls were popular in Japan in the 1940s....Bunka translates as Culture....I think they were a Japanese take on American dolls

....but real Bunka dolls (not mine particularly) have a very Japanese look to them. There's a specific way of making them...I had to work it out from images in a Japanese craft book with slightly dodgy English instructions.

Here she is full length

I'm not totally happy with her...but I plan to try again! I made the pattern bigger than the original so my dimensions are a bit off. her features are painted with acrylics and her clothes are made from vintage pillowcases!
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3  Handpainted Doll Head hair ties/bobbles in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Anenome on: March 27, 2010 06:11:32 PM
I made these for my daughter who loves this kind of Japanese type cartoonish girl. They're painted on these compressed paper ball things...not sure what you call them. Then I attached the elastics by inserting them and glueing. I think I might have to varnish them!

I'm no doll maker....this was an easier way to utilize the heads than workin out different bodies I could make!

I took influence from some amazingly cute Japanese Bunka dolls I have seen online.

I haven't got long enough hair to take a pic of them in action...but will post one of my daughter in them.
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4  Vintage Kitty necklaces for my little girls in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Anenome on: March 18, 2010 06:04:03 AM
Two little girls necklaces for my daughters....these are my first attempt at resin...the images are photocopied from a vintage child's book and then stuck to a domino...the resin didn't turn out too bad...a bit bubbly! Then I used vintage beads to make the necklaces on elastic thread. The girls love cats so they're happy!

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5  Hand painted Scrabble Tile Romany Gypsy Gal. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Anenome on: August 06, 2009 03:29:03 PM

My 1st try at using epoxy...I hand painted a tiny piece of paper with acrylic paints...then used epoxy to seal her onto a plastic scrabble tile....can find NO wooden tiles in U.K. for some reason! I accidentally got fast drying epoxy though! So it was a bit rushed...in the UK there doesn't seem to be as many products for this kind of thing....got a lotta bubbles...but don't really mind them..kind of makes it look more vintage. I don't know if I should put a bead on top to make it into a pendant or make about 5 more and do a Romany themed bracelet...I could do a Gypsy wagon too...not sure....any suggestions please? Advice? Cheers! (ooh...look at my dusty shelf!  Shocked)
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6  Please help me...I just cannot get the colours right! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Anenome on: July 17, 2009 01:57:20 PM
I want to make one of these    5_union.jpg[/img]               and heres my fabric...   I just cannot get the same effect....have I just got the wrong tones? These are the reddest and blue-est abrics in the same shabby style that I have....I do have red, blue or pink gingham but dont want gingham in it....which ones will best make a cushion almost as nice as these? Please? I dont understand tone or something!          Oh and I do have plenty of white's...plain and small prints...many thanks guys!
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7  Bottle top fridge magnets with vintage kids illustrations in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Anenome on: July 13, 2009 02:17:57 PM
I've been dying to have a go at some of these but messing around with epoxy put me off a bit...I'm notoriously bad at dealing with noxious substances and often spill stuff! I asked on here what else I could use and people suggested PVA glue....so I used that and drizzled them with clear nail polish afterwards...the pics are from a vintage kids book...part of the book was badly damaged so I could chop it up guilt free!                                      
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8  Vintage ping pong light and tutorial in Vintage Craft Projects by Anenome on: April 08, 2009 02:40:46 PM
This is from one of my vintage craft books...The Superbook of Things to do (1974) I think it might look nice without painting the balls....leaving them white might look kind of cool.
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9  Vintage style paper Christmas garland in Winter Holidays by Anenome on: December 18, 2008 11:11:34 AM
Here's the vintage style Christmas garland I made on the weekend...it's from a free download...I pringted the pics but as I don't have any coloured ink atm. I hand coloured the letters and then stuck them to vintage style paper circles which I had cut out...added some white glitter and stuck the lot onto rick rack...I'm quite liking it!  

This is my 1st post of a project Smiley so I may have to have a few goes at uploading the pics... Roll Eyes    

Oooh it didn't work! I'll have another go!

Hopefully the quality of my photography will improve along with my photo skills!
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