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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Promotion Purse" on: November 01, 2008 07:55:06 AM
My Sister's friend, (my friend too!) just got promoted so we wanted to get her a little gift.  My sister will buy the card, big deal, and I made the purse!

The purse looks wonky, but it is not!  I promise!

I really like the simplicity of this one.  Approximately 10"x8".  Her favorite colors are black, brown, black and brown.  Did I mention black?  Wink

Since she is a good friend of the family, she even deserves one of my Grandmother's buttons on the purse!






Thanks for looking, C&C appreciated.
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Not Yo Momma's Diaper Bag - *Picture Plump* on: October 21, 2008 02:26:20 PM
My big sister has three kids, 6, 3 & 3 months.  Her diaper bags have seen their day so I made her a special customized one.  I also made a diaper/wipes holder.  We saw these at Babies R Us and I thought since I am making the bag, I could make a matching holder.  I measured the wipes container and diapers and "winged" it.

Bag Front


Inside with pockets for wallet, inhaler (sis has asthma), pen slots, cell phone, keys...


I put elastic scrunchie things in the sides of the bag to hold bottles/sippy cups


Close up of the front pocket w/ magnetic closure.  I wanted the pocket to blend in so as not to lose the pattern so I matched it up.


Diaper/wipes holder


Back, holding the wipes container (I used mine for the pictures and yes there are all kinds of stickers on it!)


Front holding diapers, currently holding 4 size 5 diapers - with room to grow


Sorry for the rambling.

Comments and criticism appreciated!  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Niece's 12th Birthday Gift Set on: October 12, 2008 04:46:00 PM
My niece turned 12 and she wanted a more mature bag to carry her stuff in.  I opted for her favorite color combo, browns and blues.  She loved it and I was so happy. Grin   My SIL wanted to steal it but I told her I would take an order for Christmas.

Bag with ribbon/button pin that she can remove it wanted


Inside of bag with keychain that clips in


Journal/Sketch book with connected ribbon bookmark


She just got her period this summer so I also made her a pad holder.  Wink This way she can carry her pads inconspicuously (and hair clips).


Thanks for looking!  Comments/criticism appreciated.
24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pretty Pink Pirate on: October 07, 2008 07:32:23 PM
My friend's 6 year old daughter wants to be a Pretty Pink Pirate for Halloween.  We hit Joann's and $7.00 later, voila!  She will wear a white long sleeve shirt underneath, black leggings and black boots.  She is adorable and has brown hair cut in a perfect wedge with hazel eyes.  The pink is perfect for her!   

I have to say that I attempted an eye patch.  Totally frustrating.  It is sitting in the bottom of my trash can and will stay there.  My friend will buy a plain one and I will add some bling to it. 

 - The pink triangle on top will be a head scarf tied to the side with the pink polka dot ribbon.
 - Wrist cuffs
 - Cummerbund (with crappy embroidered skull & crossbones)
 - Skirt with ribbon tie (back view, front is plain)





Thanks for looking!




25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Therapeutic Mermaid on: October 03, 2008 06:11:23 PM
Without going into much detail, I found out some horrible news on Monday that Hubby and I will not be adding to our family Cry.  I am finding things to keep myself busy,( being a SAHM and having a 2.5 yo does that for you!  Cheesy) Sorry for the drama... Tongue

I love mermaids and wanted to do something to cheer myself up.  This is not from a pattern or anything but from one of my 4-5 sketchbooks.  And I promise the sketch is WAY better.  I am thinking that black cloth is not very forgiving so I may have to switch to a lighter colored fabric.  I love the way the colors pop on the black. 

LOTS of things I can improve on but I wanted to share and get feedback:



Thanks for looking!
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Birthday "wist" gifts! on: September 23, 2008 07:09:13 PM
My friend's birthday is tomorrow.  I am her personal "wist maker"  Wink  Everytime she sees something it's "hey, can you make that for me?"  So, here are a few goodies for her.

Bracelet (purple is her favorite color)



Matching earrings


Black beads


In the bag, ready to go! (forgot to use flash  Sad)


Thanks for looking! 
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Blues and Browns, little handbag on: September 21, 2008 06:33:36 PM
My sister wanted a purse that she could carry for herself, not for her three kids!  I just bought this fabric to make a birthday set for my niece who is turning 12.  The bag for my sister was a trial run.

The brown ribbon came up really shiny but it is just satin ribbon, nothing fancy.

Thanks for looking.



28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Paint storage / Fabric storage on: September 21, 2008 06:28:56 PM
Paint Storage

I wanted to come up with a better way to store my paints.  I have seen paint storage racks but I could never find them in a store.  So I decided to make my own.  I used several cardboard tubes from wrapping paper as well as blueprint tubes.  I tried using paper towel and toilet paper tubes but they were not sturdy enough. 

I cut the tubes into 3 inch sections with a jigsaw.  After they were cut, I taped them together in rows holding 10 for the small rolls and 7 for the larger.  Needing something to hold everything together, I used a box and cut it up to be the dimensions that would fit my tube rows.  I then constructed the box, holding everything together with white duct tape.  I then poured a crap load of glue all over the bottom of the box and started stacking the tube rows.  When I place one row on top of the next I added more glue to the parts that touched.  I let it dry for 48 hours just to be safe.  I have this sitting on a table but I do plan on making a new one that I can hang.

Fabric Storage

I have had this shoe organizer forever and I held on to it because I knew I would use it again someday!  Dont we all have stuff like this? Cheesy   So I tipped it on its side and now I have a storage bin thingy for my fabric.  I like how it keeps them stacked nice.  I need to do a better job folding the fabric so I can see it better.  I think I may also paint the organizer because the pattern bothers me.  I think I bought this at Target/Walmart/Kmart for $5 - $7. 

So I ramble let me know what you think! 

(Please keep your jealously confined staring at my wood paneled basement!) Shocked

Paint storage


Fabric storage


Thanks for looking!

29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Autumn tree - Newbie Alert!!!!!! on: September 19, 2008 06:55:48 PM
Ok, so I am the first to tell you that I have never embroidered.  The last time I used embroidery thread I was in junior high school making friendship bracelets.  No needles involved.  So thanks to craftygurlllll, Smiley I have decided to give it a try.

Every stitch I made was intentional, the inconsistent short and long, the crisscrossing... I thought it would add character, as if I do not have enough to dish out!  I do not like the way my french knots turned out but I really like them and will practice those.  I made this pattern up as I went along.

Looking for any kind of feedback!  Thank you!

30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Thank you" jewelry set on: September 11, 2008 09:24:28 PM
I wanted to thank someone for helping us with our son.  So, instead of getting her a gift card to Starbucks (which seems so impersonal Tongue), I made her a jewelry set.  Her favorite color is green, so I went with lime.

 - Earrings


 - Necklace (sorry for the crappy picture, I could not get it to focus for the life of me)


 - Bracelet - 3 strands intertwined w/ bead in the middle


Thanks for looking!
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