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Archive for October, 2008

Some crafty offerings…

…because I’m not even halfway through my halloween costume, and the house needs to be cleaned this weekend in preparation for next week’s flat inspection.

In the meantime, here’s some stuff I like. A lot.


Still Dottie’s gorgeous feather and flower headband — tutorial here // The most amazing paper mache pumpkins — tutorial at Stolloween // Buffalo plaid vest… just yes. It’s almost enough to make me wish it were autumn. Full instructions on how to make it (and a number of other lovely things) are here.

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Another birthday present

But this one’s for you, not me.

It’s been a little over a year since I started blogging here. Since I moved a couple of the early posts over from another blog the official birthday is unclear, but hey, close enough is good enough for gifts.

(Before you get too excited, these luggage tags found a happy home with my mother. But you get to make your own! That’s nearly as exciting, right?)

I prototyped them for a workmate who was leaving to travel, but couldn’t actually bring myself to give them to her because, uh, they sucked. Well, what do you expect when you attempt something for the first time ever, with no clear pattern, the night before you want to give them away? (Actually yes, I do expect miracles, but I’ve mostly come to terms with them not often happening.)

The pressing need for a gift having passed, I thought no more about them until mum mentioned she was planning a trip to Vietnam. Little cogs started to whir…

Another couple of attempts later, the useful, pretty and not sucky luggage tags were born.

And so, without further ado I present the very first Craftini tutorial: how to make a fabric lugagge tag. (It’s also over there on the right in the sidebar.)

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Ennui update

Despite the occasional downpour, it’s definitely starting to feel as though spring is indeed springing. Daylight Savings helps too — there’s nothing like getting home while it’s still light outside.

So far I’ve not succumbed to the Catslife Press temptations. In fact, I’ve put a self-imposed ban on new scrapbook supplies until next year. I re-organised my stash a couple of weeks ago, and was a little horrified by the amount of stuff I have.

It also means that the wonderful, talented and gorgeous James gave me my birthday present early, and I’m impatiently waiting for ‘Design Your Life‘ to kick off. No more supplies until I’ve completed the course and finally paid attention to the things I actually enjoy using. Note that that’s using, not just looking at. I did have to acquire something resembling kraft cardstock though, which seems to be almost impossibly difficult find. Does anyone have a reliable source for it?

Lastly, I managed to cool my desire to participate in The Scavenger Project. Well, when I say ‘cooled my desire’, I really mean the terms and conditions for the project poured buckets of icy water all over it:

Legal Stuff

By submitting artwork to Art House, LLC, you grant Art House, LLC a perpetual, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, and otherwise exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to that information at its sole discretion, including storing it on http://www.arthousecoop.com servers and incorporating it in other works in any media now known or later developed without limitation.

It doesn’t specifically state that it’s an exclusive license, but since they get to exercise ‘all copyright and publicity rights’, it’s hard to see how it’s not. My art becomes their art? Um, no. Thanks.

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