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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: simple bags to make on: January 04, 2014 04:17:29 PM
These are adorable, and such a clever twist on the usual diagonal stripes!  Thank you for sharing this Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Purse Craftalong-2013 on: January 01, 2014 03:43:04 PM
*peeks in and waves... Hi everyone!  Happy New Year!
Each and every bag in this thread is awesome.  There are soo many clever ideas and wonderful fabrics and talented sewists!  Stores simply do not compare with the purses, totes, messengers, and clutches found here.  One more important thing - there is an abundance of heart and soul in every stitch.  Thank you all for sharing!

I did manage to make a bag for the purse craftalong, with fabric repurposed from a coat.  Unfortunately I am not tech savvy and am unable to post pics.  I also made a matching hat.
3  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: A $5K designer dress for ~$25 on: May 05, 2013 06:05:55 PM
Fabulous work!  I actually like your creation better than the designer purple one.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! on: May 05, 2013 05:19:23 PM
Thank you, ladies, for the encouragement and good wishes!  kbrison, your velcro suggestion for the window coverings is brilliant.  I forgot to explain how such a huge project could possibly be befitting for a ME-along.  Our current home is roughly 900 sq ft, with no real claimable space for sewing and crafting.  The routine goes something like this: give kidlets breakfast at dining room table, shoo them off to school, get out a project, spread it out on the table, clear everything off the table when school lets out so kids can do homework at the table, serve dinner and clear, drag out the project, move it so laundry can be folded, ...  lather, rinse, repeat... Hubby heard an earful about my wanting a house with more rooms than what we have now.  Our realtor patiently showed us several places before this one.  I cashed in my meager retirement to buy it.  My very own space, with my name titled first on the deed, since it is "mine."  Selfish? Absolutely.  Deserved?  You betcha! lol

Here is a look at the stained kitchen cabinets and paint color:

Proper pics will be posted when everything is done.
(Kitchen before:

Hubby was thrilled when he pulled up the carpet and discovered those wonderful hardwood floors:

Sometimes the magnitude of work needed seems overwhelming.  We are trying to be patient and prioritize the projects.  Hopefully things won't be too costly.  Oh guess what- the neighbors think that the detached garage is encroaching on their property by ten feet. *sigh*  
I hope all of you are having an awesome day!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Guest room renovation on: May 04, 2013 07:24:32 PM
Truly amazing redo of those furniture pieces!  *gasp @ 1915 - what a spectacular find Smiley
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Our Living Room Gets a New Life! (With hardwood floors) on: May 04, 2013 07:21:16 PM
Beautiful!  I like the colors and arrangement too. Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! on: May 04, 2013 07:02:13 PM
Each and every project mentioned in this thread has my wish list growing.  Where else can I troll a thread containing such diverse talents (aside from the combined rest of this board of course lol)?!  The creativity is awesome - dollmakers who painstakingly insert itty bitty hairs into scalps, quilt artists who cut up perfectly good fabric in order to sew it back together, spinners, stencilers, recyclers, ... the list is endless.  It is exciting and inspiring.

My ME-list might be changing somewhat.  You see, there is a house that was sitting all empty and abandoned.   Roomy, with a bit of yard for the kidlets, not in the city, and in need of TLC.  After a lengthy buying process, we became official owners and have begun the task (tasks!  many, many tasks!) of renovating.  At the moment there are no "after" pics but there are some "befores."   Without further ado, please meet my new project:


This bowed window is 12 feet wide by 6 feet tall.  It cannot be replaced because window manufacturers only make up to 117 inches wide these days.  In order to replace, it would need modified into multiple smaller sized windows grouped together.

We are doing the kitchen walls in a sort of minty retro-ish green.  We love the woodwork of the stairs and are trying to match the cupboard stain to the golden oak of the stairs.

These are bedroom pics, before the carpet was pulled up.  We planned to paint and replace the carpet.   

However, we were thrilled to discover beautiful hardwood floors underneath the carpet!  Gorgeous, thick, real hardwood floors - not prefabricated layment or fancy, easy care stuff.  Pics to follow soon.  And work.  Lots and lots of work.

Suggestions appreciated.  Thanks for looking Smiley
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Random things make me giddy on: April 26, 2013 04:09:55 PM
Great ideas, ladies!  Non-crafters are simply blind to the potential seen in those objects.

My son's broken 3-ring binder (rings removed) will become the protective sleeve for a laptop.  Covered in fabric,  it will resemble a tote.   The binder is sturdy enough yet lightweight enough for the job.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: blue & orange double four patch penguin quilt tops on: April 23, 2013 05:54:47 AM
Nicely done.  Your doubly generous donation will make two little ones toasty warm.  Cute penguins!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: black white & pink baby quilt top on: April 23, 2013 05:50:42 AM
Such a vibrant Good & Plenty candy quilt!  Nice color contrast.
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