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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fulled Wool Striped Purse on: November 07, 2009 08:08:34 PM
I just sold this purse, but really wanted to keep it! It's made using fulled wool from a thrift shop sweater.



Lining shots:





And a final closeup showing the front pocket detail:



2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Japan Bag on: September 18, 2009 11:45:42 PM
I made this a few months ago for sparrowowl in the Send Me on a Virtual Vacation Swap. It's one of my favorite bags I've ever made -- really wanted to keep it! I used a man's oxford cloth shirt for the outside.



I painted the Japanese characters for city names on one side. On the other, I painted the symbol for "go" and the symbol for Japan. The paints are shiny, and I kept them in light colors so the bag would be more subtle and wearable without looking like a neon sign.





The lining is a small pink and green floral cotton.



It's quite roomy, with inside pockets. The wide fabric handle makes it comfortable to carry on the shoulder. It's kind of hard to see in these lousy pictures, but I used cotton yarn to make chain trim -- pink, off-white, and green -- and sewed them around the top.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Painted pumpkins on: September 18, 2009 11:12:35 PM
This is a "commissioned" project I did a few years ago. A woman asked me to paint American flags on some pumpkins, and they turned out pretty well. She used them to decorate her porch, and the next year she asked me to do more.



It was a very easy procedure. I scrubbed the pumpkins with a vegetable brush, then transferred the designs using tracing paper and graphite paper. I painted the designs in bottled acrylic paints. When it was dry, I finished with a clear acrylic top coat to help it last longer.

Of course, it's a temporary thing, since the pumpkins will eventually rot. But so much fun! Of course, you could use any design. I think kids would love to see these painted with their favorite characters.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wool sweater into purse on: May 22, 2009 08:22:59 PM
I used a thrift store wool sweater to make this purse.  Washed the sweater in hot water till it felted, then cut it apart to create ---



My camera doesn't show the colors well, but the stripes are navy, gray, pink, and pale green. The cuffs and hem area of the sweater were dark purple. I used one sleeve for the shoulder strap. The purple hem of the sweater became the top edge of the bag. I just love it!

Here's the lining, with fabric from my friend meganlorraine:


I created a flat bottom and reinforced it inside with plastic canvas so it will stand up. Here's a side view:



My favorite part is the way the stripes and the purple work together. I can't wait to start using it!


5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Leave Your Mark" painted rock on: May 18, 2009 09:32:08 PM
I love to paint on rocks! I find one with interesting ridges and shapes, then plan the painting around them. This one turned out to have fossil shapes -- at least they resembled fossils -- so I painted them into leaves. I added a little slogan, "Leave your mark."



A side view:



It's kind of hard to show the detail of how the paint follows the ridges, but the side view picks up some of it.  What I love about painting rocks is that each one is unique. I turn them over and over, inspecting each surface till the rock speaks to me. Then I just go for it!

All comments welcome. Thanks for looking.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tree stuffie from a sock on: May 18, 2009 09:14:16 PM
Here's one item I sent to my partner in the Tree Swap 2. It's a tree stuffie made from a black sock and some bits of tie-dye patterned fabric.



Closeups of the leaves and face:



Obviously the first picture is better. It was taken by my swap partner -- she has a better camera than mine!

I made up the pattern as I went, and I kept everything baby-safe so she could give it to her little boy. I might make more of these for gifts!


7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Layla the stupid sock creature on: February 15, 2009 09:20:04 PM
I'm kind of new in these parts, so this is my first posted project.  Her name is Layla, and I made her for my great-niece.  I'm planning to make a bunch of these creatures for all the kids for Christmas. 



I used ideas from the book "Stupid Sock Creatures" by John Murphy, and Layla is patterned after "Jordan" in the book.
www.amazon.com/Stupid-Sock-Creatures-Lovable-Cast-off/dp/1579906109

Her body is made from two white socks, and her dress is part of a yellow sweater.  I also crocheted a chain of yellow yarn and couched it onto her dress in the shape of the letter L.  My niece's name is Lillie, so the L will be extra special to her. 

Since Lillie was the county fair princess last year, I gave Layla a sort of "crown" made of a strand of gold beads. 



Layla, like Lillie, loves to sing.  Here she is rehearsing for her next performance.



This project was so much fun.  I especially enjoyed doing the lips using the heel of one sock.  The book goes over this in excellent detail. 

I'll be writing some background info to include with Layla, so am open to suggestions.  Her likes, dislikes, family history, etc.  All ideas are welcome!

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