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11   / PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Featured Projects - April-June 2014 on: June 30, 2014 03:03:54 PM
We've had a fabulous spring on the PBW with a lot of gorgeous new projects!

Here are the featured projects for April-June 2014, as chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.

12   / PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Featured Member - Diver on: June 03, 2014 04:05:50 PM
We have a new featured member: the fabulous Diver!  Heer are some of the fabulous projects Diver's posted on the PBW board:









When and why did you begin making purses, bags, and wallets?

I started making purses about 10 years ago, my first project was a patchwork corduroy bag without a pattern. I didn't even make a lining. I constructed most of my bags without patterns for a long time. Once I found craftster, I followed a few tutorials (The Jordy Bag square bottom purse) and applied my newfound skills to my pattern free purse making.


How long have you been sewing?  

My mother taught me how to hand sew when I was younger, but I didn't start using a machine until about 12 years ago


What type of sewing machine do you have?

I have a Bernina Artista and I love it!



Do you have any tips for anyone looking to make their first bag?

Find a tutorial on craftster and keep trying


What other sewing projects have you tackled?

I've made 2 crib quilts, a variety of nursery items for my son. Infant and children's clothing, adult's clothing, kitchen accessories, curtains.


What other crafts do you enjoy?

Tie dye, hair accessories, bead and wire jewelry.


What's your favorite aspect of Craftster?
The tutorials of course!


What's your favorite PBW project on Craftster that you've posted?

My best Plaid Spring Purse




What's your favorite project on another board that you've posted?

Electric Guitar turned coat rack. It was heavy and required a little handywork from the hubs, but it worked.





What's your favorite PBW project on Craftster that someone else has posted?

Definitely the Jordy bag.
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Christmas in July? on: May 05, 2014 05:32:26 AM
So I know it's only May, but I want to give time to sign-up, plan, craft, send and open by July 25! 

Is anybody interested in a Christmas in July type swap?  What size would you be interested in sending?  I was thinking 3 points, but could lean another way, too, if that's what's preferred. 

I'm thinking signups until Memorial Day(ish), crafting in June, send by July 4?

Any interest?
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Featured Projects Jan-March 2014 on: April 21, 2014 05:01:08 PM
2014 started off with a bang here on the PBW board.  There were so many lovely projects.  Here are a few favorites, as chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.


Diaper Bag Backpack by b2j2fitz





Aeroplane bags by mouseinmypocket





Bicycle basket liner by puppybreath





Smurfs messenger bag by Diver





Old Jacket to a Funky Bag by krekkertje





Suede Placemat Purse by elsielorpu





Congratulations!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Environmentally-Friendly and HypoAllergenic Nutlace on: April 01, 2014 05:05:08 AM
So with all the cold, snowy weather we've been having lately, I had the urge to make something pretty and spring-like.

After checking the coming trends, I settled on one focus: nuts.  Unfortunately, I'm a teacher and with all the peanut allergies, I couldn't wear a nut to school.  However, I found a solution: a packing peanut.

Using 3 strands of turquoise embroidery floss and some beads and stones I had squirreled away, I centered the peanut in the place of honor.  I think it turned out great, and will definitely be something that will get noticed!

What do you think?




and a closer, money shot:

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / October-December 2013 Featured Projects on: January 18, 2014 10:46:40 AM
The last quarter of 2013 was chock full of amazing projects here on the PBW boards.  It was hard to choose only a few to feature, but here they are.  They were chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and by my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order!


Zebra print Woven purse by lookingforangels




Replica of vintage bag by Diver



Pizza Delivery Bag by craftADDchick



Green Linen Purse with paint pen embellishment by felicitybaby



Yoga Mat Bag by Abbeeroad




Coach inspired bag by hax



Congratulations!
17  Category Challenges / Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting: Challenge Entries / Vote! - WINNER ANNOUNCED! on: December 07, 2013 09:31:17 PM
It's time to vote for your favorite RRR holiday project!  Voting will be open until December 15, 2013!


Congratulations to Cherie!  Her beer can widget ornaments won our challenge.  Smiley

Cherie, I'll be in touch to get your address to send you your prize!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Holiday Ornament ATC Swap Gallery on: November 08, 2013 02:36:57 PM
Original thread


Let's see those amazing ATCs!


Sent
Received
Late with communication
Late without communication - contact kaz814 ASAP
Feedback given


Group 1 - blupaisan to cmarion3, Helcura
              cmarion3 to blupaisan, Helcura
              Helcura to blupaisan, cmarion3
Group 2 - blupaisan to Onyxnox, vincentvanbuck
              Onyxnox to blupaisan, vincentvanbuck
              vincentvanbuck to blupaisan, Onyxnox
Group 3 - blupaisan to kosmicgirl, michelleandbean
              kosmicgirl to blupaisan, michelleandbean
              michelleandbean to blupaisan, kosmicgirl
Group 4 - kaz814 to Helcura, stellou
              Helcura to kaz814, stellou
              stellou to kaz814, Helcura
Group 5 - kaz814 to kosmicgirl, vincentvanbuck
             kosmicgirl to kaz814, vincentvanbuck
              vincentvanbuck to kosmicgirl, kaz814

19  Category Challenges / Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting: Challenge Entries / RRR Challenge: Holiday Edition on: November 01, 2013 04:54:50 PM

It's beginning to be that time of year again!  And this time, the Reusing, Recycling and Recrafting Board has a challenge for YOU.  What sort of holiday decorations (Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule, New Year's, etc.) can you create from recycled materials?

To be eligible, the final project should be at least 50% recycled.   More reused items=better!  Let's save the earth while we make our homes prettier!   Not only will we leave a beautiful world to our children, but we might inspire others to do the same.  (Please note, we're on the honor system with this.  I won't be checking, but the whole point is reusing and recycling!)


Here are the details for the challenge:

During the week of December 1st through December 7th (until 11:59 pm, Eastern) you can post pictures of your entry. As it's impossible to know if your entry is 100% original, if you're inspired by someone else's project, please give that person a shout out!

Voting will open on December 8th and run for one week.  Voting will take place right here and the first place winner (US or non-US) will get Eco-Craft: Recycle Recraft Restyle by Susan Wasinger.





TO ENTER DURING THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 1-7, START A NEW THREAD ON THE Reusing, Recycling, Recrafting: CHALLENGE ENTRIES BOARD BY CLICKING ON "NEW TOPIC" AND UPLOADING YOUR PICTURES! GOOD LUCK!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=408.0

If you have questions, feel free to ask them here! Smiley
20   / REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / RRR Craftalong on: October 15, 2013 02:37:18 PM

There has been some discussion on the FOC board (thanks, bookstorebabe and Onyxnox) about starting up a Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting craftalong, so here it is!

The idea is that each month, we'll have a reused/repurposed/recycled item that we'll use in our crafting or we'll have a theme around which you can recycle anything your heart desires!  Crafts can be posted in this thread and on the board they'd usually go under so everyone can share in the recrafting goodness!  



So who's in?  
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