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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: "Feed Bag" Reusable Shopping Bags on: June 06, 2012 02:31:48 PM
These look great!  I have made something similar out of horse feed sacks and chicken feed sacks.  I have made the handles out of the bag material, but it's not easy to attach them and have the stitching come out looking neat.  I like the idea of grommets and rope.  If your handle starts to look ratty you can take it off and wash it or even replace it with no trouble.

Your bags have the look of paper bags, with the folds/creases on the sides.  Did you just fold and press it to make the creases?  Also, did you start with 2 rectangles and stitch sides and bottom then match up the side and bottom seams and stitch across to box the bottom, OR, did you cut squares out of the bottom corners and stitch the cut edges together?  Sorry to ask so many questions, but your bags look so nice and sturdy that I'd like to replicate them.  Would you mind giving the dimensions of the pieces?
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: A Stork Bassinet on: June 05, 2012 03:40:59 PM
This may be the cutest baby item I have ever seen!  What is it made of?  I love it!
13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Cool postcards? on: May 25, 2012 12:33:39 PM
You could make little gift boxes out of them.  I have done this with greeting cards but there's no reason a postcard wouldn't work.  You'd need one for the box top, and another for the box bottom.  For the top, you score a line about 1/2" in from each edge of the postcard.  Then you have a card with a big rectangle in the center, 4 squares in the corners and 4 rectangles on the edges (between the corner squares).  On one of the short edges, cut from the outer edge along one scored line just until it reaches the scored line running in the other direction.  Repeat for the other scored line, then do the same on the other short side.  Now you can fold up the box along the scored lines.  Tuck the little tabs to the inside and use tape or glue to stick the little tabs to the inside of the short ends of the box.  This will be the box top.  To make the bottom, first trim a tiny bit (say 1/8" or less) from one long side and one short side of the postcard, then follow all the steps above.  This results in the bottom being slightly smaller than the top so it can fit neatly and easily inside.  These little boxes are good for jewelry, cash, gift cards, etc.
14  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / used Color Catchers on: May 25, 2012 12:21:46 PM
For a while now I have been saving used Color Catchers.  Most are dingy looking so I throw them in the rag bag and use them for cleaning up spills, but some are actually kind of pretty.  I have been trying to think up a crafty use for them.  I made a bean bag for my son out of one.   It worked out pretty well, but really, how many bean bags do you need?  Any suggestions? 
15  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Need ideas for wood cigar boxes on: March 18, 2012 08:29:18 PM
You could make a little art kit for kids.  If the lid is smooth, you could paint it with chalkboard paint.  Inside the box, include some chalk and a fabric scrap for an eraser, some paper, and crayons or markers.  If you wanted, you could attach a handle to make it easier for little hands to carry.  You could also stock one with little travel games for kids to take along on a trip.  You could stash it under the car seat and haul it out when the kids need entertaining on a road trip!  Finally, you could use one to stash small snacks in the car.  I love good boxes.  Wish I had a huge stash of them!
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Re: Bitter/Sweet Reversible Faux Candy Heart Bracelet on: March 16, 2012 12:47:48 PM
Thanks for all the positive comments!  I am stunned that a few people have actually voted for my entry.  I think I did a pretty good job with the opposites theme, but all the other entrants definitely put in a lot more effort on their projects.  I couldn't even vote for myself out of guilt! Smiley
17  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: leather pieces on: March 13, 2012 08:26:38 PM
If you have a Salvation Army thrift store nearby, check it out.  I don't know if they are all the same, but mine marks down all clothing that entered the store withing a certain timeframe to $1 at the end of the week.  I once got a teal blue leather skirt suit (!!!) for $1.  I'm still trying to figure out what to make with it.  This is also a good way to get cheap zippers and buttons if you are willing to take the time to remove them from the clothing.
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Re: Snow White/Evil Queen on: March 08, 2012 08:29:32 PM
Wow.  I am so impressed by the effort that went into this.  You must be so pleased with the way it turned out.
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Re: Something Under the Bed is Drooling on: March 08, 2012 08:26:42 PM
This is so adorable!  I really love the piggy side.
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Bitter/Sweet Reversible Faux Candy Heart Bracelet on: March 08, 2012 02:54:58 PM
Here it is, my first ever challenge entry.  It is a reversible bracelet which is supposed to resemble the candy bracelets kids wear.  I painted wood hearts to resemble conversation hearts and wrote sweet messages on one side and not-so-sweet messages on the reverse side.  Here is the sweet side:

And here is the bitter side:

I wish I hadn't waited until the last minute to do it, because it didn't really work out the way I wanted it to, but I didn't have time to do anything about it.  Ideally, I would have strung just the hearts (no spacers) on elastic to most closely resemble the candy bracelets.  However, I made one heart in each of the colors the candies come in (at least, the colors I found in the brand of candy hearts I had) and I thought that would be big enough to fit around my wrist.  When it turned out that the seven hearts weren't long enough, my choices were to duplicate one of the colors I had already used, to make up another color that wasn't based on the candy hearts, or add spacers.  Adding spacers was the quickest solution, although I didn't really like any of the options at that point.  Then it turned out that the tiny holes in the hearts weren't big enough for elastic, so I had to use the tiger tail and clasp.  At this point it really doesn't resemble candy jewelry, but I still think it's kind of fun anyway.
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