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1  Felt advent calendar in Winter Holidays by Len on: December 29, 2010 04:11:07 AM
This advent calendar is a present I made for my parents - remarkably, I finished it just a week AFTER December 1st... So that's why the first 6 sweets were missing when I gave it to them on December, 7th  Grin


... And full of sweets

Here you can see the little peg with a glittery felt star glued on it to mark the day

And a detail of the embroidered numbers (it was the first time I embroidered anything, so it took me forever)

Here is a WIP photo

I'm going to add some polymer clay and\or felt decorations for next year (I really didn't have the time to do it this year  Grin)

C&C welcome!

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2  A box for my engagement guitar! (more or less :) ) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Len on: June 22, 2010 01:01:17 PM
I'm getting married in September. He gave me the wedding ring in January in a cute, little, black, velvet-covered ring box. Awww.

Since he is a musician AND a huge Paul Gilbert fan, I decided to give him a particular guitar as an engagement present, which is a limited edition signature model by - guess who - Paul Gilbert. (a PGM90HAM, if any of you are Ibanez lovers)

Ok, nothing crafty by now.

Now, everyone knows that a proper engagement present MUST be held in a cute, little, velvet-covered box. If the above-mentioned present is guitar-sized, you might have a slight problem. Luckily, the above-mentioned guitar-sized present came with a A4-sized certificate of authenticity, so no one could stop me from making my own cute, not so little, velvet-covered box  Grin

With the cooperation of one of his best men and lot of time, glue, adhesive tape, cardboard, adhesive tape, foam rubber, fabric, adhesive tape, two pivots, wooden sticks and some more adhesive tape later...

The boxes together with the guitar (I don't know why it looks so dark, it's actually blue)

The completed box, compared with my ring box

(I'm particularly proud of the rounded edges, made with empty toilet paper rolls. How incredibly romantic!!! Cheesy )

The closed box

Some in-progress photos

He LOVED his present (I assure you, under that black spot he looks really happy Grin )

I know it's just a box, but maybe because of how much it meant to me I loved making it! And I love how it turned out!

Thanks for looking Smiley
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3  First time with polymer clay (LOTS of photos) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Len on: April 06, 2010 05:43:08 PM
I saw so many wonderful things made of polymer clay here on Craftster that I had to give it a try, too.
Here is the result:

Some closeups:

(Now that I pay attention to it, those have to be some veeeery big strawberries if compared to the orange slices...  Embarrassed Oh, well.)

The smaller, the cuter  Smiley

Aaaand one last group shot

Actually I am not sure what to make of them.. maybe stitch markers or keyrings?
Sorry for the photo overload, C&Cs extremely welcome!
Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: Grand Piano Pillow (Warning: picture overload) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Len on: July 22, 2009 03:31:12 PM
I don't usually respond to pillows, but this one really rocks.  Great job.

Wow, thank you pinokeeo  Cheesy

I wonder if I could use black felt for the keys. It might make it sooo much easier to sew on....but I don't know. Did you use basic cotton material?

I thought about using felt too, but then I decided to use only cotton partly because I thought it would be more comfortable if you have it under your head or cheeks, but mostly because I knew I liked it better the complicated way  Smiley
It took me some time to figure out how to do it, and since I'm new to sewing maybe you'll figure out a better/easiest way; anyway I'll try to describe how I made it:

Oh I forgot to say that I embroidered the white keys before attaching the white stripe to the black piece (so the ends of the embroidered lines will be under the black keys and you won't see them).
Then of course open the zipper, sew along the borders right sides facing and turn inside out  Smiley

Sadly, my black keys were too thin (0.5 cm = 0.2 inches (while the white keys are 1.5 cm = 0.6 inches wide)) so two of them got ruined while turning inside out (they... uhm... got unsewed...?), and I had to sew a sort of fold along the junction between the black keys and the piano body to cover the imperfections. Ahem. I don't know if I gave you the idea in english... Anyway, if you make larger keys you shouldn't have this kind of problem.

I hope my English makes some sense  Tongue

Post some photo of your pillow when you make one, and keep me updated please Grin
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5  Grand Piano Pillow (with tutorial) (Warning: picture overload) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Len on: July 20, 2009 02:02:15 PM
Last month was my boyfriend's birthday.
A perfect gift for him would have been a Yamaha C3 grand piano, but I'm afraid that as a gift it isn't exactly affordable, so I had to think about something else.
Since he gave me a brand new sewing machine last Christmas (did I mentioned? HE ROCKS  Cool ) I decided to make him something with it.

So here's the obvious result: a grand piano pillow!

Of course, the first thing he noticed was the number of keys: wrong, I-just-don't-want-to-know-how-many-keys-I-sewed vs 88. But then he loved it!  Grin

Detail of the keys of doom - they took forever!

Aaaaand surprise!! My first invisible zipper EVER:

Can you see it?! NOOOOO it's inviiiiisible!!!
Ok, sorry, I'm a dork. But I am SO proud of my zipper. (I don't know why, but the sole idea of sewing in an invisible zipper terrified me.)
You can't see it, but there's a second piano shaped white pillow inside (without zipper. I am sure it must have a name in English, but I don't know what it is  Smiley ). Sadly, I filled it with feathers and they keep on getting out through both layers of fabric!  Roll Eyes

Two more pictures just because I love it:

Hope you like it, thanks for looking!

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6  Geeky T-Shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Len on: March 04, 2009 04:39:20 PM
Ok it's not THAT great project or a piece of art, nor it is a great stencil nor it requires great skills, you just have to know how to write to make it.

BUT it makes me ROTFL again and again, every time I read it.

I found this hilarious formula somewhere on the net (don't remember where), and my geeky self couldn't help transferring it on a black reconstructed tee.
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7  Scrub hat in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Len on: March 02, 2009 05:05:46 AM
My boyfriend (who definitely ROCKS  Cool) got me a Brother Innovis 10 Anniversary for Christmas.

I had had my new sewing machine in my craving little hands for probably a minute when a friend of mine, who is an obstetrician, asked me to make her a delivery room scrub hat in some cute/unusual/stupid fabric.
She described how she wanted it, but I had absolutely no idea how to make it, until I found this great tutorial thank you alliblack!


This is my first true sewing project with my new machine (apart from trousers hems...) and probably the second or third in my whole life.

Here it is:

Hope you like it, and most of all I hope its functional for a delivery room  Undecided
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8  Re: Entrelac "autumn" scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Len on: February 28, 2009 10:38:56 AM
Ehi CRE8V, thank you for hitting 'This Rocks'!  Grin

kikigirl, LovieDovieAnn, thank you for your sweet comments, but I assure you that you can see the damn holes just too well.
I mean,

Nevertheless, I love it  Smiley
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9  Entrelac "autumn" scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Len on: February 28, 2009 10:06:04 AM
Yay I finally made an entrelac scarf! My first wearable knitting project btw. It was so funny to knit! And I am very proud of the yarn (so soft) and color choice. It makes me think of autumn leaves.

I even love the many many holes I managed to make in it.

No, actually I hate them. I hope there won't be any in the next ones I make... I plan to make a gazillion of them, in maaaany different colors, for many different people. (As soon as all my queued kintting project will be finished. Which colud mean a long, long time)

Sorry for the photo overload but I am so happy with it!

Thank you for looking
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10  Earrings from recycled beads (image obese) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Len on: August 30, 2008 01:22:38 PM
Hi craftsters!

This afternoon my aunt gave me some beads she collected from old broken necklaces asking me to make her some earrings. Here is what I came up with so far:

And finally, all of them in all their glory

Comments & criticism always welcome!

Thanks for looking!
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