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21  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Where to post thrifty craft supply finds? on: April 01, 2009 12:22:40 PM
I have looked but can't find it, if there's one already, sorry! Feel free to point me in the right direction Smiley

There's one for thrifty projects, but not thrifty supplies whether used/vintage/unusual/blowout sales... It could inspire people to look elsewhere for crafty finds?

I've been finding some great deals recently so I'd like to post about them Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Green Apple Toddler Boots on: March 25, 2009 11:40:04 AM
Bought this 3-button boot pattern from that lady at ithinksew.com

Started them last night and finished this morning. They only went up to size 4 so I had to enlarge the pattern a bit to fit my chunky footed toddler. I always seem to have a hard time with turning and sewing corners, but other than that it was pretty simple. The outer is an apple green faux suede and the inner is a zebra print flannelette. The soles are buttercream vinyl.

My daughter seems to like them and they're easy to get on and off. Underneath the buttons is a velcro closure. I plan on making moccassins, rainboots and running shoes next from patterns purchased from the same site.

Onto the pics!







Comments and critiques welcome Smiley
23  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Green Apple Toddler Boots on: March 25, 2009 11:39:12 AM
Bought this 3-button boot pattern from that lady at ithinksew.com

Started them last night and finished this morning. They only went up to size 4 so I had to enlarge the pattern a bit to fit my chunky footed toddler. I always seem to have a hard time with turning and sewing corners, but other than that it was pretty simple. The outer is an apple green faux suede and the inner is a zebra print flannelette. The soles are buttercream vinyl.

My daughter seems to like them and they're easy to get on and off. Underneath the buttons is a velcro closure. I plan on making moccassins, rainboots and running shoes next from patterns purchased from the same site.

Onto the pics!







Comments and critiques welcome Smiley
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dangling earings and scrabble tile rings on: March 16, 2009 05:24:49 PM
I've been trying out all sorts of different things the past few months. Here are some earings and rings that I've created.





Comments/Critiques welcome Smiley
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Shadow box earing display - from the dollar store! on: March 16, 2009 05:15:44 PM
So I have an upcoming craft show and I've been trying to figure out an interesting and attractive way to display my earings. On a bargain hunting trip to Dollorama I found some small picture frame easels and small shadow boxes. Using some sturdy cardboard, lace trim, fabric and my trusty glue gun this is what I came up with.

Oh, please excuse the glue on the left frame. I forgot to clean them up before snapping pics.






I didn't want to use a normal picture frame display so that the earings were flat against the back. With the shadow box they hang freely on the lace and don't twist sideways due to being pressed against the back.

What do you think? Comments, critiques and questions welcome!
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Vinyl, vinyl everywhere! on: March 10, 2009 02:09:39 PM
I picked up a small piece of vinyl in the scrap bin at Fabricland, unsure of what I was going to do with it at first, but I came up with a couple ideas yesterday. Now, I really need more vinyl Smiley

Here's a small (about 1 3/4") flower. Not sure if it will become a ring or pendant or what...


Here's a larger flower, which will likely become a brooch.


And lastly, here's a small beaded ring.



So, what do you think? Comments, critiques and questions welcome Smiley
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / "Bat Dog" to the resuce! on: March 10, 2009 02:00:21 PM
I posted over here about a costume I made for a friends dog: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293987.msg3342814#msg3342814

Well, she finally got it in the mail so I thought I'd share actions shots. Here they are! Isn't it so cute??



28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Table skirt "how to"? on: March 01, 2009 01:26:42 PM
I was hoping to get some tips or ideas from someone on how to make pleated table-skirting for a craft show. Something like this:


I want it to be able to wrap around three sides of an 8' x 2 1/2' table. That way, if I do a show and can only get the smaller 6' table it won't overlap at the back.

Has anyone made one of these? How much extra fabric I need to buy to get the pleats right? Should I buy twice as much as the length I need? ie: 2 1/2 + 8 + 2 1/2 = 13 ft, so I'd need 26 ft to pleat it properly?

No matter what, I'm going to attempt this and I intend to post a tutorial when I do. Hopefully it turns out well and my trials and errors can help other avoid paying scandalous amounts of money to buy one.

Any help or suggestions are more than welcome!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Barney" the diaperbag (pic obese) on: February 25, 2009 08:55:33 PM
*sing with me!* Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination... and when he's tall he's what we'd call a dinosaur sensation!
Can you tell I have a toddler at home?? Anyway, meet Barney, the diaper bag.

I made this custom bag for a friend of mine who has two young children and she wanted a bag to match her purple stroller. This is what I came up with. I made her stroller straps as well so she can hang it from her stroller.
Onto the pics!

Front of bag, closed

Front of bag, open... don't mind my chalk marks Smiley I still have to clean those up and iron it one last time

Top view of bag, open

Back of bag showing back velcro pocket

Side of bag showing stroller straps


Things I learned making this:
a) I hate that really thick interfacing stuff. The bag stands up nice, but it's a *#&@! to work with!
b) Don't use stretchy fabric to make a bag... I think that's self explanatory!
c) Measure twice, cut once... also self explanatory.
d) I need a more heavy duty sewing machine, or I just need to learn what needles work best with what fabrics to avoid breaking so many!

So, you think she'll like it??
Comments? Critiques?
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / It's BatDog! on: February 24, 2009 04:20:33 PM
I made this for my friend's dog. It's made from old t-shirts. This is my first costume and my first pet item ever. Hope you like it!

Modelled by my daughter's stuffed pup. Apparently she wants the dog back!

Closeup of Bat symbol:

Side profile (the cape is removeable):

Tummy shot:


So, what do you think?
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