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11  Small Produce Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: August 09, 2013 12:46:35 PM
Well, when I started this, I thought I had more yarn than I did.  I probably could have put another inch on it, but I wasn't sure how quickly it would run out, so I finished it off.  I'll probably be using this when I go to the farmer's market or grocery store.   It's probably 10 inches long by 7 or so inches high, before it gets stretched out.

I got the pattern from here and it was really easy - mostly double crochet with a bit of single at the top and bottom.  And had I kept at it, it would have been done months ago.  Ah well.

Comments and critique appreciated!
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12  Featured Projects - April-June 2013 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: July 10, 2013 02:15:36 PM
It's been a busy few months here on the PBW Boards!  We've had some gorgeous projects posted from April-June 2013!  Here are a few of our favorites, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.  

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13  Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Purses Winner Announced! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by kaz814 on: June 25, 2013 09:19:34 AM
Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge

Craftster is turning 10!! That's right, August marks 10 years of running with scissors all over the internet! In honor of this momentous time, we're hosting a cross-category challenge! Every category will have the same challenge with the same entry times. The 10 category winners with the most votes will be put head-to-head-to-head-to... you get it.... for a GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!!!

The theme for this challenge is "What Craftster means to me." Now, don't be scared of this theme! Craftster is made by YOU, Craftster can mean different things to different people so whatever it means to you, that's great!! Still unsure it's as easy as I say? Here's some examples that are just the tip of the iceberg!

  • "To me, Craftster means trying new things! Here's a project featuring a technique I've never tried before!"
  • "To me, Craftster means tutorials! Here's a project I made from a tutorial I found on the boards."
  • "To me, Craftster means swapping! Here's a project I'm sending in a swap."
  • "To me, Craftster means a community where I can show off my geekiness! Here's a project that relates to this thing I'm interested in!"

See? Not so bad, eh? Seriously, as long as you can describe why you feel your project reflects something Craftster represents to you, then you're good!

Rules and Suggestions:
  • You may enter in as many categories as you like, but you may only enter a project once. So if you wanted to enter in three categories, you would need to have made three projects!
  • Your project must have been made between June 24th and the time of posting. Your entry should not have been posted on Craftster previously (ie not something you made and posted years ago!)
  • If using a pattern or tutorial, please let us know.
  • You can begin crafting at any time but remember to post your thread in this board from August 7th through August 13th at 11:59:59 PDT. Voting for each category will be open August 14th to August 21st.
  • Although there will be 20 category winners, only the 10 winners with the most votes will go on to a grand prize round! Voting for this will be August 23rd to August 30th, with the grand prize winner being formally announced September 3rd!

The winner in each category will receive a Craftster pin, and a Craftster USB card.

The winner in the Purses, Bags, Wallets Category will also receive a copy of the book One Ball Knits Purses: 20 Stylish Handbags Made with a Single Ball, Skein, Hank, Or Spool by Khadija Habibur-Rahman, Fatema Habibur-Rahman, & Hajera Habibur-Rahman

Book Description:
A sensational-looking purse is a womans most essential fashion accessory. This new One Ball Knits book features twenty different designer-caliber handbag designseach created from a single ball of yarn.

The books "Basics" section covers all the essentials, and each project includes complete knitting and assembly instructions that even beginning knitters will find easy to follow. Comprehensive materials lists specify every componentfrom yarn to hardwarethat each purse requires.

The projects are organized by season: five each for spring, summer, fall, and winter. From the comfortably casual to the sleekly chic, youll find designs that complement all of your personal styles. And no one will ever guess just how simple and fun these purses are to make.
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14  Featured Projects - PBW Jan-March 2013 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: April 10, 2013 08:40:22 AM
Here are some of the absolutely amazing projects posted to the Purses, Bags and Wallets boards from January-March 2013, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.  

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15  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by kaz814 on: March 17, 2013 04:16:15 PM
I made some wallart for myself!

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16  Family tree "scrapbook" page in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: March 17, 2013 11:49:03 AM
Well, I didn't use this as a scrapbook page, but it's the first thing that I've HAD to make in ages because I got bit by the crafting bug.  Any suggestions would be welcome! Also, sorry for the crappy picture.  I need a camera and not my phone. Sad

The background is a neutral tannish brown with tone-on-tone stamping of leaves.  The word tree I made at tagxedo.com and printed on cardstock.  I cut it out and then cut out the dark teal "frame" to match.  The red words say "Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness" and I stamped it on cardstock and then made a frame for that, too.  The picture is one my grandfather gave me at Christmas - it's been well-loved, obviously, but I thought it was even cooler that way, honestly.  I added the heart for a pop of red, which is also why I added the ribbon.  The real/turquoise theme matches my craft area, so it's being displayed there.

Concrit welcome!
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17  Re: Purse Craftalong-2013 in Craftalongs by kaz814 on: February 26, 2013 04:54:27 PM

Here's the purse I hope to make:

And here are the fabrics I'm considering ... I think they might be too busy together, though, so maybe the brown with a solid brown flap and a light blue rosette?  Thoughts? 

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18  Purse Craftalong-2013, 2014 in Craftalongs by kaz814 on: February 23, 2013 08:51:56 AM

Are you considering making a purse?  Are you part way through and lost your oomph?  Have you chosen fabric, but can't decide on a pattern?  Have you never thought about making your own purses, but are intrigued by the idea?  Then this craftalong is for you!

There aren't any hard and fast rules for this craftalong, beyond the fact that you should make a purse and share in-progress pics with us along the way.  From Amy Butler patterns to the Buttercup bag to clutches, any type is allowed!  

Join anytime!  I'll keep a list of participants and status (in progress, finished, etc.) on this page!

So who's in?  
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19  TripleTime Stamped Card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: January 20, 2013 07:25:31 PM
Okay, so it's hardly perfect, but here's my first crack at triple time stamping.  It took a wee bit of math (ack) to get the layers right, and then I buggered up the actual black stamp so it looked 'eh', hence the ribbon over the center and the pop-up circle, but I think it turned out pretty nicely.  I heat embossed the sentiment and used blue (China blue?  Maybe?) Distress Ink as well as two different turquoises for the background stamping.  Seriously, if I could, I'd heat emboss everything.  Still not great at getting all the little bits off, even with the anti-static thing I bought.  Advice is greatly appreciated!

And a closer look at the triple stamping effect:

I'd love your thoughts!  Concrit loved.  Smiley
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20  Featured Member - LittleQuack in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: January 20, 2013 07:53:22 AM
The first Crafster member who is the Purses, Bags, and Wallets Featured Member is ...

LittleQuack has been a member of Craftster for a little over a year, and in that time, she has posted numerous projects on the PBW board. She graciously answered a few questions we had for her!

Why (and when) did you begin making purses, bags, and wallets?
I started sewing bags and wallets with some of the friends I met when I started high school. When we reached grade 11 and could take the Fashion course, even more joined in. It was mostly for fun and to be able to carry around something unique and special, but there was also a small degree of competition over who could sew the neatest seams or who's zipper looked the best.

How long have you been sewing?
If sewing means using a needle and thread then I've been sewing since I was 7 or 8. My Grandmother taught me how to hand sew a simple pillow, and then shortly after a senior church friend of my family introduced me to cross-stitching. My Mom's sewing machine was always around the house and I probably started experimenting on it when I was 13 or 14.

What type of sewing machine do you have?
I use a Janome model L352-353, but it's actually my Mother's. Her friend jokes that I was born with my love of sewing because she and my Mom tried to start a small business sewing baby clothes when my Mom was pregnant with me xD

Do you have any tips for anyone looking to make their first purse, bag, or wallet?
If they haven't started it yet my advice is to just do it already. I sometimes put off starting a project because I worry about screwing it up or I don't think my skills are quite up to it yet. This is a waste of time. If I screw it up, so what? I'll find a way to fix it, or figure out a different way to do it when I try again. And if I'm not skilled enough then the only way for me to get better is to do things I haven't tried before. You can't improve by doing only things you already know how to do.

What other crafts do you enjoy?
Anything even remotely crafty I will enjoy. When I was younger I would try anything I could get my hands on: embroidery, pottery, knitting, stained-glass, felt-making, scrap-booking  wood-working, sewing, crocheting, beading and so on. There are big craft projects that I know I would love but haven't been ambitious enough to try yet, like quilting and upholstery, but I know I will love them because they involve making something with my hands. I actually haven't tried anything new in a while, perhaps that should be something I work on this year.

What's your favorite aspect of Craftster?
My favorite aspect of Craftster is definitely the helpful community. In the handmade world it's so great to have a place to come with questions and ideas and be able to receive constructive advice and comments without having the stress that normally comes with trying to talk with strangers over the internet. Anything posted here is either praising, helpful, or at the very least it's polite. It's a very welcoming and comfortable place for people of all ages.

What is your favorite PBW project on Craftster that you posted?

My favorite project that I've posted on Craftster(so far) is my mini adaptation of the accordion wallet pattern I have.  I absolutely love the fabric prints, plus it's just so darn cute!

What is your favorite PBW project on Craftster that someone else has posted?
I'm going to give two answers for this one because I use Craftster mainly as a learning resource so I'm going to give a favorite technique and a favorite project. I think my favorite sewing technique tutorial on Craftster is the zippered divider in a messenger bag it's a great addition to a messenger bag, and can be adapted for use in most bags. For a favorite project I'm going to say this fish  bag because it's so detailed and perfect.

Congratulations, LittleQuack!  We look forward to seeing more of your awesome purses, bags, and wallets!
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