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1  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kellen46 on: April 30, 2008 03:55:16 PM
Oh yeah and you don't even know the half of it....I have no will power, just lack of storage space...this is only a part of it. Then there is all the other craft supplies for all the other craft stuff  I do....and no you can't shop.... sorry but I am weak and greedy.  Really every slice of fabric is known and loved.  Sometimes I have to buy fabric to finish a project since I cannot cut the fabric I have.  My resolution is to make two quilts from the stash for every yard I buy....so far, well ....OK....but in my defence it was on sale.  Sigh

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2  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kellen46 on: April 30, 2008 09:46:27 AM
another photo from around the house...this one is from my sewing room, with a UFO or two waiting for completion.

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3  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kellen46 on: April 28, 2008 12:32:44 PM
I just got a digital camera and I am still learning how to use it. I decided to do a series of photographs that illustrate small moments from my life.  This first one is called second cup of coffee taken after a leisurely breakfast on a sunny Saturday morning. I took the time to read a new book on button crafting.  I liked it so much I turned it into a desktop wallpaper.  All feedback is more than welcome.
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4  A project to turn thrifted belts into purse handles in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kellen46 on: April 21, 2008 07:32:41 PM
You will need:
Belts, leather or leather look work best
Rivets with a variety of shank lengths
Swivel hooks, rings or other hardware to attach handle to purse
A hole punch for leather work
Pliers or a grommet setter.

Secure the buckle.  Cut the belt in half somewhat off center so that the buckle will fall just off the shoulder when completed.  Loop up about 2 of one cut end and punch a hole through both pieces about 3/8 up from cut end.  Insert a swivel hook or ring into the loop and apply the rivet with the smooth cap on the outer portion. Simply insert shank end through the backside up through the hole on the front side. Place button end over the shank and squeeze with pliers or grommet setter until the back piece flattens and rivet is firmly set.

You can use a swivel hook attached to bag and clipped over a ring as here or you can do the opposite. You can use two split rings in both the purse and handle. This makes the handle removable if you want to change it, reuse it or wash the bag.  If you use a webbed or woven belt you will need to secure the belt with fabric glue on the back side or the fabric will fray.  Alternately you could stitch over raw ends. This also goes for woven leather belts such as the one on the right end.
The bag was made from a Purse-O-Nality pattern.  The faux suede was also thrifted.

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5  pin cushions from china ware in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kellen46 on: August 30, 2007 05:33:15 PM

I made these pin cushions from old cups, sugar bowls and creamers I found at a thrift shop. I made them with scraps from my sewing and batting scraps. Each one has a tiny heart of steel wool to sharpen and clean the pins as the cushions are used. I plan to give them as Christmas gifts to my sewing friends.
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6  new journal from an old book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kellen46 on: August 20, 2007 04:52:06 PM
I gutted the book and saved the text block for collage.  I then made an new text block out of some nice arches paper and installed it. I did a little collage on the cover. I have a bunch of these old books and think they would make great Christmas gifts if I could just get to doing them.
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7  new tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kellen46 on: August 20, 2007 04:45:15 PM
I made this on the serger with crazy quilting, and used the serger drippings to couch down as embellishments, along with some cool thread.  The fringe is serger drippings too.
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