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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A travel bag... post-travelling on: September 22, 2006 06:03:21 AM
I made this bag for my travels, specially designed with lots of pockets and secret compartments to save emptying all my belongings on airport floors to find my passport etc..  Roll Eyes
I was away for just over two months, and am very impressed that it is still in a fit state to take me around uni  Smiley
It also made a fantastic cushion for sitting on muddy grass at festivals this summer.


A wee close up of the many layers of pockets:

I love it, and I hope you do too.
All comments welcome.


2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lotsa bags... first post! *(kinda picture heavy) on: February 15, 2006 01:31:51 PM
Alrightee I figure Ive been admiring all your wonderful creations long enough now... time I put some of my babies up to be criticised/laughed at/admired   Cheesy
(thats if i can get the hang of this posting-pictures lark)

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y51/fairie_shoes/massacred/totebags.jpg

These are all pretty simple tote bags, done kinda patchwork-styley  Cool



This bag was loosely based on the hobo-jordy tut, but modified to have a zipper and adjustable strap...




Finally, my favourite - cow fur handbag with funky flowery lining and mock leather strap \m/

Most of these were sold at the craft fair I was at recently, or given away as presents... I'd really appreciate any comments you have to make!

 Kiss in loving admiration..

Jen
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Japanese, bamboo, plum - help me to focus my redecorating ideas!? on: July 20, 2005 05:59:30 AM
My room is average size, its a converted attic space i think, so the walls slope slightly at the ceiling.  Theres a kind of small alcove at the window where I would like to have some sort of sitting area.. apart from that the furniture is shelves, a coffee table/chest, my bed and my desk with sewing machine etc. I've been trying to simplify and minimise the room recently, and have removed as much extra shelves as i could!

I replaced the curtains a while ago with some made out of gorgeous plummy/black fabric... but apart from that it is a blank canvas. The walls at the moment are basically a mucky colour, as is the carpet (which I want to replace).
So I would like help with ideas for walls, carpet styles, and hints for declutering!  I like the idea of having a japanese-esque room, and have a real fondness for bamboo.. but I would also like to inject some colour to my room which is where the curtains were coming from... 

ANY suggestions at all would be fantastic  Cheesy
thankyou!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / organic and or fair trade cotton? on: May 25, 2005 01:18:07 PM
I've been commissioned to make shopping bags for my mums church.. they've got an eco-friendly vibe going on so the idea is that this is a fundraiser and it encourages enviromental friendliness..    Cheesy
The plan was to use the heavy duty calico in my local fabric shop, but i recently discovered the evils of non-organically grown cotton (see http://www.ptree.co.uk/oc_campaign.html) and now it seems really hypocritical to make the bags out of cotton that is almost certainly not organic  Undecided

So Ive been searching for suppliers of fair trade cotton, which are preferably based in the UK (im in Scotland) or who will ship to the UK, but ive not had any luck.
Can anyone help?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my two most recent creations (now with working link i think!..) on: March 29, 2005 12:13:07 PM
my first post with pics  Roll Eyes so be nice or ill go hide in my lurking corner again Smiley
but actually no, i do want to know what you think:

i made this bag for my mum for christmas.. its basically from the awsome jordy tut with added buckles:




this is a kind of patch work-esqu bag... im especially proud of the lining which i stencilled all by myself  Tongue im thinking of putting ina zipper pocket inside.. any tips? shoudl i have put it in before i sewed it together?





please let me know what you think  Kiss

PS - couldnt get the photo thingy to work  Huh so ive just put the link to my crafster picsss
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / selling wares abroad on: February 03, 2005 10:04:25 AM
My friend and i recently had the amazing idea of not only going on holiday to france (which weve been planning for a long time) but also selling our craftiness (bags, skirts purses etc) while were there.  probably mostly at fairs etc, or setting up stalls in streets if we can.

Does anyone have any experience of doing this? Or doing anything similiar, even just hairbraiding in streets?  Would we need permits, where can we get these from, what about taxes, how do we find out about fairs/festivals etc?

This is one of those annoying ideas that you discuss for ages with your friends and that never actually happens, but were determined to make a go of it if we can!  So any advice, experiences or even anyone slapping me (virtually) and telling me to stop dreaming would be fantastic  Kiss
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / veryyy quick dress.... on: November 25, 2004 10:32:24 AM
ok so theres the 'winter ball' next week, and of course my bf only got round to telling me hed like me to go last night.. And owing to my busy schedule during the day i decided it wd be easiest to make a dress  Roll Eyes silly i know.. anyways.
Ive got a really simple pattern basically of a strapless top, made in 5 pieces (bodice front&back, front of skirt, 2 back pieces of skirt) but ive got a couple of questions.. (im not used to working with patterns)
firstly Ive just realised that it has boning in the pattern, but i dont really fancy that, and my time limit doesnt really allow for it.. will there be any drastic consquences if i miss it out? (im not blessed with curves Smiley)
secondly the pattern has a lining covering the interfacing bit of the bodice, is there any reason why i cant miss this out to save time? (if im only going to wear the dress once)
lastly i really want to do something along the lines of this dress www.simplicity.com/designFrame.cfm?designId=9259&design=5672  at the back (the sort of laced up bit) - is there any reason why i cant cut into the bodice on the pattern ive got and add this in?

Thanks in advance,
in awe of u all  Kiss
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