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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bag for puppy! on: June 29, 2009 02:50:18 AM
My friend bought a Chihuahua and the poor little thing was too little to go walking.  She would run around like a mad thing then get tired and not be able to walk home.

I decided to make her an upper-class pooch, alongside the likes of Paris Hilton's Tinkerbell.

The bag was re-constructed out of an existing handbag.  The internal lining is a waterproof baby matress liner (from the dollar store) and the mesh for the windows came out of a washing basket.  

After gluing, hand-stitching every seam and reinforcing those same seams with backstitch, I have a bag fit for puppy royalty.

I found her name as the 'tattoo' style image on google, and used generic sakura branch clipart for the flowers.  The flowers themselves are 5-petal sequins handstitched on with thread between each petal.  

The cushion on the inside is made from toy batting, a towel and a plastic folder which was cut and glued before being stitched inside the towel.  This way it can be machine washed should any little accidents occur.

Sakura loves her little bag, and her mum loves to put treats in the pockets on the outsides.

Bag overall took about a month to make - I got bored really quickly at the beginning and was a little lazy about it.  After seeing it come together, it was exciting to finish and I enjoyed figuring out the detailing.  I still need to complete the petals on one side of the bag, but it's not something that needs to be done immediately.

Next time:  I'll put the details on first so that I'm not stitching through pleather, plastic and sequins.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Plaid Plates, and green bowls and bird feeders...oh my! on: April 03, 2008 06:44:51 PM
How do you refill it?
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Mum & Bub rainy ensemble - purple and black goodness on: April 02, 2008 03:43:46 AM

Thats pretty kewl.  I should make something like that for when i go biking.


Does bubba like being able to see now?
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Pretty Pink Chandelire (Lotsa Pics!) on: April 02, 2008 03:36:17 AM
(ok, so I can't spell...)

Initial items:

I used everything except the red cord - swapped it for another strand of silver xmas decorations.

Grand total:  $13 NZ (rounded up cause $10 US = $12.83 or something NZ)

In Progress...

Silver strands glued to the pink thing... had to cut off the hook hanger, and the pegs were just clipped on.  They found a new home on my washing line.  Cheesy

Next stage:  More silver beady things. 

Resting against my coffee table.  This thing used a LOT of hot glue, but it's ok.  *everything* is hot-glued.  Even the nylon strings are crimp-beaded then hotglued over the top.

Hanging from a light fitting - it will probably be moved to my 'craft room' once I get some more energy-saver bulbs.
PS: dark hallway with flash.

Closeup of the details on the strands.  The silver ones were left basically untouched, while the clear nylon got 'sparkled'.

No flash, light turned on.
The flourecent bulb doesn't put out a lot of heat.  less than the 260'C that it takes to melt glue and the 120'C that it would take to melt the hanger.

It's just so pretty!!


Thats my very first, very functional $ store artwork.


5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: My "sweet poptart" mp3 player holder on: April 02, 2008 03:12:52 AM
mmm... poptarts
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Here Comes the Dollar Tree Bride! (img heavy): on: April 02, 2008 02:57:01 AM
This beats my entry, hands down.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Lifes a Beach! on: April 02, 2008 02:46:30 AM
So cute!

I used to make doll houses, but nothing like that!
8  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #26 - Dollar Store Challenge Round 2 - Due Apr 1 - Apr 5 2008 on: April 01, 2008 03:23:20 AM
i still need to attack nylon with hot glue.  Mines almost done.  Just hoping it won't melt in action shots...  Undecided

[ Kitty is going to the vet tomorrow to get her Jabs... mother 'insured' her for medical bills, but it seems she only paid for the surgery side of things (kitty likes to fight, and at the time, spent more time at the vet than she did at home).
So thats $50 for boosters.  Good thing they're only once a year! ]

Does anyone know how well photos would hold up when being part of bag fusing?
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #26 - Dollar Store Challenge Round 2 - Due Apr 1 - Apr 5 2008 on: March 31, 2008 11:06:45 PM
I'm a little blonde (i blame the peroxide), but where are we ment to be posting them? 

It's april 1st here (yay for being 12 hours ahead...Muwaahaahaa)
10  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #26 - Dollar Store Challenge Round 2 - Due Apr 1 - Apr 5 2008 on: March 31, 2008 01:01:24 PM
I'm tempted to take mine to work to finish it, but my boss might be a little concerned that his Business Machines Specialist is holed up in the Copy Centre doing crafty stuff.

Oh, If anyone needs to know about printers, i can answer *most* questions...
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