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101  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oddball plastic fork necklace on: January 03, 2009 06:50:43 PM
Just a little summat to share with you folks - this was made from a bit of plastic string I found on the ground and an extra fork made out of potatoes (taterware!). The other festival-goers seemed to enjoy it. Cheesy

It has since been re-wrapped and hangs facing forward.
May it inspire you!
102  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 50 projects a year 2009! on: December 31, 2008 11:23:39 PM
I saw some people were looking around for a new topic for this year!  Cheesy
So if you want to join, here's for your chatter and pictures and encouragement.

What are your planned projects?

Are you following any monthly/seasonal themes?

Also, here's last year's thread for inspiration!
103  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Tree of Life-esque ornaments on: December 29, 2008 03:01:15 PM

I made these for a bunch of people this Christmas - only I pretty much only had the supplies the local true value hardware store could give me. And that's why the trees are in large washers.
Here are some close-ups of the ones I think came out the best:

This one was built around an old hoop earring:

Yay improvisation!
104  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Second hand books to coptic bound journals on: December 28, 2008 05:12:37 PM
I have all of these old composition notebooks from school that I didn't completely use up. Whilst pondering what to do with the paper left over at the back, I saw cassette.'s post with a coptic bound booklet and thought "hey... I could do that..."

A little while later, I found the perfect book at a second hand store, so I picked it up and made this notebook for my friend's birthday:

That's bound with embroidery floss -

I did one again for another friend for Christmas - it's one of her favorite books (and yes she is like 20).

I put a few pictures from the book on the front and back covers to cover up the old library markings (I got it used through bookmooch):

I bound up that one with this gold thread stuff that was kind of wonky to work with, but it came out pretty cool.

I recommend these as gifts, they're pretty easy to do! I learned from this video on YouTube.
105  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Crazy college students take over a broom closet (the jpeg Beast) on: December 22, 2008 02:42:52 PM
In one of the dorms at College of the Atlantic, there is a closet that is, shall we say, "special." It has been modified over the years and is now an artpiece in its own right. Also, there's a payphone in there for some reason.

Yes, those are our hights on the door.

This is hippie graffiti.
I have not seen it recently, but I hear updates include a sperm whale and a large-scale model of the Krebs cycle. Like I said - pretty special.
106  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft my YouTube favorites! on: November 30, 2008 05:52:39 AM
This struck me as a good idea...
It would be pretty open-ended, you could pick maybe 10 videos to have your partner watch for inspiration and make 3 or 4 crafts based on them.
Music videos, your favorite scene from a movie or show, or something youtube-specific!
I couldn't organize, but I'd love to participate if it came at the right time.
Are any of you guys interested?
107  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Padded gig bag for a ukulele (piczilla) on: November 23, 2008 08:21:39 PM

I am so excited about this project! I've been working on it for a little over a week now, since a few days after I got my new uke (which is just so cute!). I think I've got about enough pictures here for you to see how I did it...
So, first I sketched myself a pattern (sort of...) and sewed the lining together (bad-ass fabric from a Jo-Ann's sale with random fish). Here's what it looked like:

I knew the lining was a bit loose, so I planned to shrink it once the padding was in and went ahead and used the same pattern for the outside. I did stripes of alternating patterns on the front, so here's those sewn together next to part of the pattern:

I then sewed the rest of the outside together and cut out pieces of batting in the appropriate sizes (two layers except right around the zipper). I used the seams from the outer layer to attach the batting by hand:

After this step I did a little dance...

Then it was just a matter of lining up the edges with the zipper, which worked out surprisingly well. I lined them up so the zipper would be visible on the outside but covered on the inside, so it wouldn't scratch the uke. Here it is on the outside:

And on the inside:

Here's the almost finished product with the velcroed pocket which was sewn on pre-padding:

And the other side, with cats and such from another fabric appliquéd on also pre-padding:

A close-up of one of the appliqués:

I also used that fabric to cover a bit of a gap at the top of the zipper:

There's another little one at the bottom, just for consistency's sake.
And so here it is!

A wonderful idea of ScotSkipper402's led me to this braided handle:

Last picture, honest:

I may make more of this type of bag for friends of mine with instruments, so any comments/suggestions would be most welcome.

I've been living with lisaisab during this project, and she's been making a different kind of bag for her mandolin. Watch for it and it's awesomeness!
108  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / I want your advice on a handle on: November 22, 2008 02:03:27 AM
I am so close to being done with my case for my ukulele - I just need a handle of some sort. It doesn't need to be really hardcore, because the thing isn't that heavy. It'll go in the middle here, for balance purposes:

Size reference:

I'd be interested to hear your ideas, even if you think them impractical - maybe it will inspire me!
109  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / MP3 player cozy made more complicated than it should have been on: November 17, 2008 07:42:56 PM
I made a case for my sansa! Yay! I just can't shake the feeling that I always do things the complicated way...

Here it is anyway!

Here's its fleece lining:

Inside cover:

Headphones hole:

In progress...

I like how it came out though. Thanks for checking it out!  Cheesy
110  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Pattern for a gig bag? on: November 14, 2008 06:31:24 PM
I just got a ukulele and would like some sort of case for it. Due to a dearth of funds and an excess of time, I thought I'd sew my own. I've been doing some mental planning, and though I think I could make a good go of it, I'd really prefer to use a tested pattern. If you've ever made one, or know of a pattern, could you let me know please? It can be of any instrument with a similar shape, I can re-size and whatnot.
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