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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old Writing Journal to New Altered Journal on: September 05, 2011 10:13:46 AM
Ooooh I've always wanted to do something like this! Thanks for sharing how things turned out, I especially love the page with the fairie from Fern Gully on it.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Kitchen/Craft room Revamp Diary (pic heavy) on: September 05, 2011 10:11:45 AM
Wow, you sure have come a long ways! And how awesome that your dad is such a big help. I can't wait to see pics of the finished project Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: It's a bird, It's a plane... No its my sons new Superman Bedroom!!!! on: September 05, 2011 10:04:37 AM
what a super transformation! your son must be so thrilled and anxious to show it off to his friends Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Renaissance Faire 2011 Costumes on: September 04, 2011 05:00:22 PM
Neato! Everything turned out great, and it looks like you guys had a good time Smiley kudos for making your own patterns for so much!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Granny Square Afghans on: September 02, 2011 05:41:59 AM
that must take so much work! they turned out SO cool though, the colors really go nicely together.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: A Very Merry Supernatural Christmas (Sign ups begin October 1) on: September 01, 2011 02:38:34 PM
Omg, omg, me please! I've never done a swap, but I've been wanting to do one forever... is this an okay one to be my first?

(And the 'size' of an item is derived by..the amount of time it takes to complete, right?)
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lotta Jansdotter's All Day Tote in black and pink on: September 01, 2011 06:19:12 AM
thanks guys Smiley

You can always take some pieces of boning (you know the stuff that gives corsets their shape) and cover it with a corresponding material, and sew it to the seams. Will add some more character to your bag, and provide some stiffness... 

Oh, I never thought of that. I'll pick up some boning this weekend and give that a try for my next one Smiley thank you!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lotta Jansdotter's All Day Tote in black and pink on: August 31, 2011 04:41:56 PM
After years of having this fabric, I've finally gotten around to finishing this bag. I actually ended up cutting out two sets of pieces for this bag so this first bag was dubbed the Experiment, which is a good thing as I have learned quite a few things from my first experience of making a bag.

The combination of the outer fabric, a lightweight canvas, from what I can tell, with white and pink designs on it, and the lining fabric, both a plain pink and a pink with white polka dots, looks really nice all put together. (Pattern taken from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing.) However, the whole piece really needs interfacing, because the bag literally falls in on itself. I'm sure you can tell by looking at some of the photos. I can't take this one apart very easily as I've stitched some heavy plastic material into the bottom pieces, between the lining and the exterior. I'm not sure what it's called, but I know I bought it for this project. Plus I was ready for that bag to retire. (Other sewers, if you have a poor experiment like this, what do you do with it?)

I'm not sure WHY it didn't occur to me to apply interfacing to the side pieces before I put it together, since I can't really undo everything at this point. I'll definitely make some additional modifications to the pattern the next time I do it. This time, the only major modifications I made were, I lined the two exterior pockets, I left out the key hook thing, and I used some piping on the front pocket instead of twill tape. When I go through round two to make the final product, the one I'll give to my cousin, I'll definitely add interfacing to all of the exterior pieces. Oh, and I'll extend the straps so that it can be worn over the shoulder, and possibly add a snap or invisible magnet closure to the top center of the bag. It's a shame this bag's sides are so damn floppy as opposed to the bottom, as it's so darn cute.

back view


front view


interior with pocket


action shot with exterior pockets filled


9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Inspirational Quilt on: August 31, 2011 06:54:28 AM
That is an amazing story, and the quilt turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing Smiley
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Good Jeans. on: August 30, 2011 04:04:07 PM
Wow, that turned out awesome! What a great way to reuse all that denim.
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