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21  Stars and Stripes Sailboat Bag from an over worn sweatshirt (5 images) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by eye.heart.art on: June 14, 2008 07:31:09 PM
My aunt came and visited me about a month ago.  She brought a much loved/worn sweatshirt with the sailboat the "Stars and Stripes" on it and challenged me to make her something.  So after some thought I decided to make her a large tote bag for groceries or what not.  I forgot to take a before shot of the heather gray sweatshirt but we have all seen one. 

I kept with the Stars and Stripes theme buy using red, white and blue fabrics.  For the outside of the bag I cheated and bought pre-quilted fabric.   It has sparkley threads throughout but the fabric but it loves to fray.  The inside has red, blue and sparkley silver stars.  I had to double up on the interfacing to make it the right combination of stiff and floppy.  I modified Butterick 6735 to fit the larger image so it is 17 inches wide, 18 inches tall and 5 inches deep; not including the handles.

Enough with the typing and on with the show!

The front of the bag.  This used to be the front of the sweatshirt.


But now it is a pocket!


Here is the back of the bag and the former back of the sweatshirt.


An action shot!  It easily holds 3 rolls of papers towels.


A close up of the lining.



I am sending it away on Monday.  I hope she likes it!

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22  Big Banana! in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by eye.heart.art on: May 03, 2008 11:12:04 PM
I just love my banana!  It is just about 3 feet long.  I made this lamp out of clay, B-Mix with sand.  First I rolled out slabs of the clay and let them stiffen up.  Then I cut the slabs into banana shaped pieces and attached them together. After that I raised up of the polka dots with more clay and cut away holes of different sizes to let the light out. Bisque fired the lamp.  I glazed it with Matador Red, purple and blue (I can't remember the names), splattered some Chartreuse on the stem ends, and gave it a shinny clear coat.  Fired it again.  Finally inserted the lamp socket through a large cut out polka dot.  And ta-da, one large lit banana!



Here it is from the other side:

This is the top.  You can kind of see the raised up polka dots.

This last one is in the dark.  I love the circle shapes the light makes!


Thanks for looking at my banana lamp!  Any comments are welcome because this is my first post and first challenge all in one!  Good luck to everyone!
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