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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cordelia/Bufy/Navajo cross stitch on: June 06, 2010 01:26:10 PM
Mix my genres? Hell yes. Made this as a birthday present for my brother; he loves Buffy, always looks after others before himself, and is currently exiled from his beloved New Mexico. All boxes ticked Smiley   
Kind of copied the border from a Navajo woven cushion cover I found a pic of - I think the pattern planning took longer than the actual stitching!
With thanks to @radicalxstitch for the font, which I adapted only slightly (to make it smaller)

Thanks for looking.  It's by no means perfect - I'm still new to this cross-stitch thing, but I'm loving the possibilities!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Need to make Super Mario or Pokemon cake, and ideas? on: March 30, 2010 02:38:39 PM
I always allow my kids to choose their birthday cake theme (nothing too definite, I'm not brilliant!), and have suddenly come up against a request for a "Super Mario or Pokemon" cake.  Sadly, I've never played Super Mario, or seen Pokemon (terrible, I know - now if it was LOTR, or Marvel comics, or Miyazaki, I'm your geek, but...) so I'm a bit out on a limb here - any ideas?  Nothing too complicated please!  


[edit: Just for ref, here are some of the cakes I've done in the past.  I'm no expert, but I'm not a complete klutz, either!
LOTR request became the One Ring (yes, the runes are accurate!)
Harry Potter request became Fawkes the Phoenix
Doctor Who request became a TARDIS]
and so on
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Further adventures with my Sharpies on: May 27, 2009 03:06:26 AM
Fabric pens, schmabric pens - I love my Sharpies! 

Picked up a plain green tee for my 4yr old in a charity shop (50p), and asked him what he wanted on it (he's already the proud owner of two Doctor Who tees https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=272465.msg3077662#msg3077662I did him last year).  He said BUGS!  So I asked him to draw me some, and then copied said critters onto said tee.  Ta da! Kids' drawings are always way cooler than adults'  Grin  (OK I did copy the pics a little tidier, but not much)

and it even has a ladybird logo!  A weird, spinning head ladybird, but hey  Roll Eyes

I'm going to get him to design me some cushion covers next, I think...  Grin
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Kids' bedroom HELP! on: May 26, 2009 01:58:52 AM
OK, here's how it is:  my two children (boy, 4 and girl, Cool share the attic room in our small rented house.  We've been offered two single beds by a kind Freecycler, and need to reorganise the room to give daughter a bit of private space, but (if possible) without losing the lovely big floor space which is s great for playing trains, or lego, or practising funky dance moves, etc.
I've put up probly way too many pics, but wanted to give a 365' view to make it easier for you clever people to say hey, I know what you could do there! and stuff like that.  Please ignore the small pirate; he's a terrible show-off, and as soon as I got the camera out he wanted to be in every picture!

As it's rented, we can't paint, and are stuck with the huge ugly wardrobe, the small white sofa and the little blue drawers (the blue/yellow/orange ones are mine).  Like I said, the futon and the small bed will be replaced with full size single beds, which is kind of bothering me as i'm sure they'll be huge.  I was going to use curtains to surround daughter's bed, a bit like a four-poster, or a box bed, to give her some privacy.  Would be nice to fit in some kind of small desk in her space, too.

Right, and now I have no idea how to add images! Here's the link to my gallery so have a look at the room pictures.  Basically, it has a high sloping ceiling, and a weird alcovey bit by the stairs - this may make a good private reading/writing space, dunno.

Thanks for looking, any advice welcome!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer 9111 - help me before I kill it with an axe! on: May 12, 2009 11:51:47 AM
Ok, I suspect a large amount of 'user error' here, but anyway...

I have an old (from my mum, dunno when) Singer 9111 sewing machine.  It has no manual, and I'm not an expert sewer by any means, but I'm getting better slowly.  Lately though, I've started sewing in earnest, and now this machine is driving me NUTS.   >:(The bobbin case keeps jumping out of its holder, and my stitches snarl up horrendously, and sometimes the needle thread frays and snaps (I don't use cheap thread, but i don't use the priciest stuff either).  There is a tiny bit chipped off the end of the bobbin case, so I wondered if this would make it more unstable, but really, I've watched it bobbining, and I can't see how.

Does anyone have a spare, or know where I can find, instruction manual?  The standard price is 9, but I don't have that right now, are there any online for free?

Sometimes it works fine, for ages, and then it just eats everything and makes me hate it.  What am I doing wrong?!  Or does it really have a gremlin inside it?

I'm trying to make cotton bags, btw, so using kinda linen-weight fabric, with polyester thread.  And, what's mercerised cotton thread anyway? I found a load in an old sewing tin I inherited.

Thanks Smiley
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Doctor Who T-shirts - tracing with Sharpies! :D on: October 07, 2008 08:50:43 AM
 OK so these were too simple to put on the clothes board, I'd feel embarrassed!  This is 'make do with what you have' image reproduction using a pc and printer, an improvised light-box (glass-topped coffee table with a lamp underneath!) and a Sharpie.  I feel pathetically proud.

Step 1: Find good, simple/bold image
Step 2: Scale to required size
Step 3: Print
Step 4: Trace onto desired fabric

Ta-da!  My son's favourite shirts Smiley  For the lettering I found a cool font, printed an alphabet, and traced each letter. 

and they've stood up very well to repeated washing, too!  When they say permanent, they mean it  Grin
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Bible story bags - help! on: August 28, 2008 01:03:23 PM
OK, so the minister at church has picked me as the most crafty person to come up with some bits n bobs to go in 'Bible story bags' for kids (we have a small and elderly congregation, my two littlies are generally the only under-16s to be seen!). 

Her request goes like this: "we're thinking of putting together some story bags of Bible stories, with a large-print version of the text plus knitted/sewn/crafted versions of the characters and background, so unexpected children have something good to play with at church."

I'm flattered by her faith in me, but... help! Can anyone help me out with some ideas here?  Or useful links? I can't knit or anything like that, but with all the well-meaning old ladies we have lying around I'm sure we can find someone who can.  I can do or am willing to have a bash at most other stuff though. 
I'm thinking of things a bit beyond the norm here, as Craftster is famous for Smiley  Nothing too cutesy or boring. 

Thanks in advance!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Rasterbation - do it for the kids on: August 02, 2008 01:59:25 AM
I love the Rasterbator, but it was only last week I finally got round to putting this up in the kids' room.  It's a bit wibbly coz it's only stuck up with blu-tac, but hey, we all love it!  It's in the attic on a slopey ceiling, and each sheet is A4, to give you an idea of the size.  It's right in front of you as you come up the stairs.

Yup, it's Princess Nausicaa. Phoo to Disney princesses, we know who the true heroines are Wink
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Tattoo advice! on: April 05, 2008 01:53:17 AM
Now I *know* there is a huge 'show us yer tats' thread somewhere on here, but I can't find it.  Was wondering if anyone could tell me of a good tattoo artist in South Yorkshire (UK) who could do me a small, fine detail tattoo, poss in part exchange for some wicked crafty stuff as I'm fairly skint at the mo.  Don't worry about the p/e, I'll just save my cash if not, but I'd appreciate some recommendations, as I am an ink virgin so know nowt  Grin

Cheers you craftsters, I trust you  Smiley
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Would you buy these? on: July 31, 2007 01:43:17 PM
Hi, I've just started trying to hawk my lovely sock monsters on the web, and wondered if you trusty craftsters could let me know what you think of a) my monsters and b) my site.  I don't sell through this site, but I do link to another online shop where you can buy them (my aunt's, she's giving me free shop space, the star).

I'm being ambitious with the pricing, as I figure I can always lower it, but not really raise it.  I've already done one craft fair with the sock monsters at slightly lower prices, and people bought them, so...

Please please, I value your opinions, so if you think there's owt I've missed or could do better, let me know. This is the first time I've tried to sell anything I've made, even though I've been running with scissors for many a year now Cheesy  This is also my first attempt at a webpage, and even though it's an out-of-the-box blog, personally I'm bloody impressed! Took a long time and plenty of swear words, but I did it all on my own - lol


[I still have a load more monsters to add, but don't have much time, so the site's going up in dribs and drabs at the mo]
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