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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 / 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!!



Awwwwwwww!


Thats my very first, very functional $ store artwork.

Cheesy


3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Chakra Bracelet on: March 18, 2008 04:26:49 AM
This is my very first entry on Craftster.

I started getting interested in the whole gemstone thing a few years back, and i managed to source some of those chip-bead elastic bracelets from a $2 store a few weeks ago.

After extensive googling, I created a list of the most popular and most known stones for each chakra, and armed myself with numerous stones from each category.

This is my one... the one I wear daily.  
It's been helpful with my mood swings, keeping my temper even and relieving my stress (even my headaches!)

Heres the layout:

Crown: Clear Quartz (Master Healer)
Third Eye: Amethyst (Psychic healing, spiritual alertness)
Throat: Sodalite (Communication, Self Confidence)
Heart: Green Aventurine (Compassion, Empathy, Emotional Calm)
Navel: Citrine (Prosperity, Relieves Depression, Happiness)
Sacral: Carnelian (Vitality, Sexual Realisation)
Root: Hematite [non-magnetic] (Grounding, Circulation of blood and energy)

Little roses to separate the beads for a cleaner appearance.
Silver Tigerstail.

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