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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rain Poncho Messenger Bag on: August 07, 2008 08:29:48 PM
I started making a messenger bag sometime in June out of a rain poncho. It was very large and I loved it. When I took it on a flight, though, the seems split, sad day (though luckily it wasn't on the plane). I had my mom take it home, and I would fix it when I got home.
Instead, I decided to make a whole new one though! Kind of frightening that we had two rain ponchos lying around, but lucky. I used that as an outside and to reinforce it, I used an old stripe-y pillow-case. I love how it looks.

ignore my foot at the right corner xD

I like the added color to the strap, here (again, ignore me at the bottom of the picture)

This is the inside

and the little snaps to hold the bag closed

Wha'dya think?
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Recipes for a broken kitchen? on: August 06, 2008 08:54:45 PM
My apartment might just be the worst in existence. My oven only heats from the top, and there's only one working burner on the stove, plus very limited counter/moving space. It used to not be a problem, but after a month of staying with my grandma (and using her very working kitchen), I just can't take it anymore!
There's only so much I know how to make in one pot or in the microwave. Does anyone know any recipes that I could tailor to my needs?
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pentapus! on: June 11, 2008 03:46:57 PM
One night before standardized testing at school, I got inspired to make a pillow-substitute. I think my first plushy turned out quite adorable, and amazing to use as a pillow.

This is my pentapus-- he's not quite an octopus, but still tries. Made from an old turtle-neck sweater, filled with t-shirt and dress bits (I sadly don't have a good fabric store nearby).
My french teacher actually wanted to buy a few of these little guys, but I didn't get around to it by the time school ended--maybe next year
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cardboard box purse and a simple novel-wallet on: June 11, 2008 03:41:43 PM
I saw a few book-cover wallets here, and I thought I would give it a try. Being my first time, though, I thought I would make it simple; just the cover and packing tape. Even though it is pretty bare, I love the result-- just enough room for money and a few business cards.

The left two pictures are of the two sides, the right is the unfolded inside, then at the bottom you see the actual money-storing part.

When I was going through my throw-away book pile (which makes me very unhappy to see-- throwing away books should be a crime), I found a second book I would love to do something with, so I got the idea to make a purse. I used an old Budweiser box we had from moving as a base, covered it with white paper, then taped pictures liberally. It's not very well-done (the tape is bubble-y, and the sides don't lie quite right), but I love it all the same. I can't wait to wear it out.

clockwise from the top left corner:the back, the front (flap tucked in), the two sides (featuring Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in RHPS), and the little pouch for the flap to tuck into. Not shown in my medley of pictures is a little inside pocket I made, just big enough for a wallet and a few other important items.
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