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401  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:HELP on: December 03, 2003 04:44:40 PM
Have you tried to make a prototype? If you're not good with sewing, do you have a sewing-able friend who could help you with it?
402  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Revamping a vintage leather handbag on: December 03, 2003 04:42:08 PM
I bought this vintage handbag
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/522430/VintageLeatherhandbag.jpg
at a thrift store and as you can see, it needs some love.

The handle tore on the one side and is almost tore on the other side. I think it would cost too much to have it restored (and where's the DIY fun in that? Wink )

So do you crafters have any ideas for what I could do with it? I can make a new handle pretty easily, but I'm not sure what to do with the worn leather body. Has anyone used acryllic paints on leather before?

It's just too cute to let it sit in my closet!
403  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re:Crosstitching on: December 03, 2003 04:33:35 PM
Here's one I made:

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/522430/Punctualitycrossstitch.jpg

(It's not quite done... I missed 3 stitches on the "b" and I have to frame it, but you get the idea.)

I bought a pad of small grid graft paper and drew out a pattern for the quote I liked and stitched it.

This site:
http://www.freepatternsonline.com/xspatterns2.htm
has a few free alphabets that you can use or get inspiration from. It's really pretty easy to come up with simple alphabets and graphic-type designs. I would suggest just getting some graph paper and playing around with it.
404  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:fish bag on: December 02, 2003 08:12:47 PM
Cool!

Debzy- If you can't find the clasps anywhere, you could just buy a cheap coin purse at a thrift store or something and disassemble it.
405  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:glasses case... on: December 02, 2003 08:10:19 PM
I'm a big fan of the hard-sided glasses case (and if you saw the dents in my hard-side glasses case you'd understand LOL.)

So my idea would be to buy a cheap-o hard sided case from the drugstore and decorate the heck out of it. You could line it with some funky fabric and cover the outside with decoupage/glitter glue/tiny trinkets/etc.
406  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Sheetrock on: December 02, 2003 07:44:07 PM
Cool, thanks! That's getting the gears turning for me!  Grin  I'll have to report back with what I end up making, although it might be awhile since things are still pretty messy around here.

(BTW - I think your link didn't post right because there was a comma in it. I just copied and pasted the address into my browser and it worked fine to get there, though.)
407  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:a deck of cards and jewelry. on: December 02, 2003 03:32:39 PM
Well I "borrow" the laminator at my office  Wink .

I know that some copy shops like Kinko's and OfficeMax will laminate things if you don't have a laminator already. They are kind of expensive to buy if you don't have a lot of uses for it. (Although I never seem to have trouble finding things I want to laminate.)

I guess my only recommendation would be to have them laminated with a machine that uses high heat. There is this one (low heat) type of laminating that just fuses the two sheets of laminating plastic to each other around the perimiter of the thing you're laminating. That wouldn't really work if you were going to then cut the cards up (the plastic would just peel off the card.) The higher heat stuff actually kind of melts to the object you're laminating so then you can cut it up or trim it really close with out it peeling. Does that make sense? (It's kind of a hard thing to describe.) I think most of the laminating machines these days are the high heat variety.

The nice thing with using cards is that you should have some extra images to test the laminating with. (Laminating is always scary when it's a one-of-a-kind piece of art or something.)

You could also try clear plastic packing tape... it doesn't come that wide and sometimes it gets kind of gummy on the (supposedly) non-sticky side but it's cheap so you could play with that.
408  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:a deck of cards and jewelry. on: December 02, 2003 01:31:17 PM
1. Making holes in the cards... You should be able to find a tiny hole punch at a craft, scrapbooking or stationery store. Or a thick needle or quilting T-pin would work too (but not as neatly.)

2. Reinforcing the cards... I think I would laminate them. This would also protect the paper from moisture damage. Or you could seal it onto another piece of heavy paper or plastic with a clear glue.
409  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Sheetrock on: December 01, 2003 08:15:57 PM
Hi all! I'm new (will post some of my projects soon) and have a question...

I have a ton of sheetrock scraps in a variety of sizes left from my husband finishing our basement. There must be *something*that I can make out of them... Anyone have any ideas???
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