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11  Recycled Medal Ribbon Union Jack in Completed Projects by mink_bikini on: September 18, 2012 06:49:09 PM

So this is my entry to the Craftster Reuse/Recycle challenge, I actually made this for another local Reused Art contest but given that I would miss the deadline for the entries on Craftster (only noticed the challenge 2 days before me hols) I asked if I could submit this project, and I could  Grin

It was super fun to make and just the result of a lucky bit of messing around with my beloved medal ribbon stash I scored at a thrift store some time ago (33 ribbons in total and 11 m in length) this project was made using the scraps leftover from a number of other Medal ribbon projects I posted to my blog (posting to Craftster too shortly)

The technique is called a Scrappy star but I didn't iron or measure, I just got stuck in and lo and behold it ended up looking like a Union Jack which was cool because I'm also a proud Brit abroad. I just kept adding until I had a square.

Anyway hope you like it, I'm obsessed with medal ribbons so if you have a stash let me know and I'm sure we can come to some (coughs discreetly) a'hem arrangement  Wink

Please don't forget to vote for your favourite challenge entry, there are some great projects and only 27 votes cast so far (20th Sep 2012 is the cut off for votes)

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12  RRR Challenge 2 - Union Jack Wall Art in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mink_bikini on: September 05, 2012 08:43:31 AM

Soooo, this was made for a local reused Art contest recently. I found a bag of Medal ribbons at my fave thrift store a while ago and had a series on my blog of projects crafting with them. This I made last with all the little leftover bits from my other larger projects. I know medal ribbons aren't your usual craft supplies, but I love to make projects from recycled items so this is my kind of leftover supplies.

Anywho, I started off wanting to make a scrappy star but then hubby said it looked like a Union Jack so I squared it off with a few more pieces and framed it.

Hope you like it, going to be posting my other medal ribbon projects in the general reuse/recycle boards soonish
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13  Re: Anything Goes Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mink_bikini on: September 04, 2012 08:22:55 PM
Since Beccas_song received today we agreed I could help her out (she's just moved house) and post pic of the house(s) I sent too.

Wait a minute, that house is too big.

What's this, the back lifts up and ...

The 'regulation size' small house is inside the big Victorian Mansion, I painted an old Tea chest I had to hand, sadly I only had the idea the day before send outs, not saying I could paint any better than a kid if I had more time, but there may just have been some creeping vines and flower boxes painted too.  Grin

I planned on making a completely different little house but after a felt and Super glue disaster I reverted to an old faithful pattern I'd made before, maybe I'll crack that other pattern for the next round.

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14  Re: Anything Goes Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mink_bikini on: September 04, 2012 08:13:44 PM

My lovely embroidered felt house from Beccas_song, I love love love it, so cute and I've been feeling so Christmasey recently this was the icing on the (Christmas) cake  Grin

Check out the heart made from Candy canes, how adorable is that, now if only Winter would hurry up I could hang it on my tree.

Thank you again Becca, you did an amazing job.

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15  Re: Anything Goes Tiny House Swap (SU 07/23/12-07/30/12 7PM EAS; MAIL BY 08/21/12) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mink_bikini on: July 29, 2012 07:14:57 PM
Just sent in my questionnaire, so glad I did, had no idea I was cutting it so close to the signups closing, first swap in a while. Super excited  Grin

Oh and here are two teeny tiny (under 2 inches) houses from plastic canvas I made agggess ago, one for me and one for my lovely IYP partner PrincessPimp. They took wayyyy longer than 2 hours though.

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16  GINORMOUS Flash Card Wall Art with TUTORIAL in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mink_bikini on: April 02, 2012 05:57:35 PM
I've just finished some cute Wall Art for my sons play room, actually it's more Wal(m)Art than Art but I like it and so does he!

I had all the supplies to hand, so no trips out and finished in one go don't you just love it when that happens? Ikea Ribba Frame a whopping 70cm x 100cm, some Felt and a piece of White $1 store Bristol board, job done.

If you want to make your own here's how I did it (easy as it is some tips will save you time and a pain in the butt!)

* Keep the existing Ikea Paper in your Frame, just flip it over and use the back.
* Cover that with your Matte Frame.
* Slide your Bristol Board under your frame and tape it down to the Frame
* Use Double Sided tape and stick each layer down before moving
* Cut out your Letter A and Apple then use Double Sided tape to secure pieces
* Hot Glue Gun your Apple pieces together, using minimal Glue so it doesn't show through
* One last wipe down of the inside frame, it gets pretty staticky and Fluffy from the Felt.
* Check Positioning before putting back in frame
* Pop back in the frame and use scissors to push down all the tabs.

Done, have fun making your own  Cheesy

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17  Button Flower GROW hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by mink_bikini on: January 15, 2012 07:11:28 PM
My little girl is due any day now so instead of doing all the things I should be doing like tidying and urm packing my hospital bag  Shocked, I've been testing out my basic embroidery skills to make a hoop for her nursery.

The buttons were all ones I had in my stash and I added the word Grow to the grass, since I was using Aida fabric it was easy for me to keep my stitches even, I usually am a bit lacksidaisical about that I admit, and I'm planning on adding her name, weight, date of birth etc underneath that when she does arrive.

Hope you like it, I should probably get off the pc and go pack for the hospital right?!  Wink
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18  Teeny Tiny Hoops from Milk Bottle Tops with Link to Tute in Needlework: Completed Projects by mink_bikini on: January 15, 2012 06:58:04 PM
I love a great recycling project so when I saw this idea http://creativeribbons.blogspot.com/2011/11/bottle-top-decorations.html  I had to try my own, except that our milk bottle tops don't come off unless the O-ring seal is broken, dang it, so I just worked round it and found my own way to make them work.

I fully intended to post the tute on Craftster but this post has taken me 3 goes and 4 times trying to upload photos, I would cry if I lost a written up tute on here  Shocked so here is the link on my blog. http://www.rubymurraysmusings.blogspot.com/2012/01/tutorial-mini-embroidery-hoops-from.html

I made these for the nursery of my due any day now little baby girl, I'm really just starting out with embroidery and it's my first non cross stitch post on here so be kind. I figured that using buttons would detract away from any nonsensical stitching I might have conjured up, like blinding you with tiny cuteness  Wink

Also sorry about the enormous photos, no idea how that happened or how I can change them eeeeek  Huh

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19  Mini Post Box from Toilet Roll Tube in Winter Holidays by mink_bikini on: December 13, 2011 01:17:09 PM

I've had a cold of late so I made something to cheer myself up, it's a little post box for my sons letters to Father Christmas  Grin

Mini packages and postcards

Door open shot to show that the post bags (full) fit in there too! and the hinged door shuts as well.

It's made from scrap fabric (mail bags) Felt and Toilet rolls, I'm dead chuffed with how it turned out, I can't seem to stop making teeny tiny things these days.

Hope you like it, as usual there is more info on my blog

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20  Felt Xmas Tree Decorations - WITH TUTORIAL in Winter Holidays by mink_bikini on: December 13, 2011 01:07:16 PM

I love Felt decorations, they're so homely, so I rustled up some and a tute to make these easy peasy felt Trees, they are a great way to use up those pretty left over pieces of lace and ribbon that are too small to be useful, please tell me I'm not the only person that keeps them.   Wink

P.s please leave a comment if this doesn't make sense, I copied it from my blog and it seems to take an age to match up the right descriptions with the right photos, phewee.

What you'll need
Sheet of Green Felt or other non fraying fabric
Scraps of Brown Felt or other non fraying fabric
Old Cereal Box
Hot Glue Gun or a decent white glue
A roll of 1/4 inch Ribbon
Scraps of assorted Lace/Ribbon/Trim of all sorts
Sturdy Needle
Chop stick/Toothpick/Skewer (will save you from burning your fingers)

1. Start out by cutting a template for your Trees from your old Cereal box, mine were roughly 3 inches high by 2 inches wide you could do them all free hand but as you'll need two triangles for each decoration you want them to match. Cut an even number of these from your Green felt, if you want 6 decorations cut 12 etc etc.

2. Now for the fun part, take out your ribbon scraps and decorate your trees, in one colour, multicoloured, however takes your fancy. Leaving a bit either side to wrap around the felt piece.

3. When all ribbons are stuck down, flip over the piece and glue down the ends of the ribbon. Using the toothpick/Chopstick/Skewer push down each ribbon end until they are secure.
Here you see the messy back part and the front looking all tidy with lose ends tucked away.


4. Next up cut a piece of felt roughly 1/2 inch by 4 inches, add glue along the back and fold it in half lengthways.

5. Stick the tree trunk to the messy side of your Tree piece and cut another card triangle just a hair smaller than your felt piece. If you made a template at the beginning use this to trace around then cut it smaller, trace the new smaller piece for other decorations, you need one for each tree. Take an undecorated triangle of Green felt and stick your smaller card triangle on to it, there should be a gap around it.

6. Glue both pieces together, making sure you seal up the edges (gle then press together) to stop the card showing. Next up Marvel at your creative skills then take a ribbon, thread your sturdy needle and pierce the top of the Tree (making sure you are poking the needle through the card), pull the ribbon all the way through and tie in a double knot. Knot the ends furthest way from the tree together to then hang your tree decs.


All done Smiley

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