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91  Disco ball-esque macaroon in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: June 25, 2013 09:25:12 AM
Yep, I still love macaroon coin purses! Here's my seventh one, with a bit of a twist:

It's a macaroon compact!

Outside shiny, disco-ball-y, mirror-y fabric, inside real mirrors. I used that plastic mirror stuff and cut it to fit the small (less than 1.5") interior. It reflects great and wasn't too bad to cut either!

I used a metallic metal zipper and metallic ribbon to hold the silver clip. It didn't turn out as disco ball-ish as I'd hoped, but it is quite reflective  Cheesy

As I mentioned above, this guy is my 7th design. I just love all the things one can do with a circle! It's been so much fun. You should totally try it!
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92  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 21, 2013 06:50:55 PM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: June randomizer
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom (if any): Fantasy and many more
Bonus Points: nerdy, super nerdy
Project Name: Monster pins AKA here's looking at you  Wink
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: Project Picture:
I went to see Monsters University today! I, for one, loved it! I'm glad I prepared and made these little guys (inspired in part by Lovely Miss' googly-eyed hair bow) to carry them with me. I have used "silly eyes" soooo much lately at work that if they weren't a no-brainer material before, they sure are to me now.

I painted each with nail polish and/or regular paint (the yellow one got some glitter paint too!) Everyone has a nice, thick coat of clear nail polish on top.

There's my own kinda-sorta little Mike on the side, horns courtesy of wire, floral tape and glue. It was the best I could do with a round piece of balsa wood and my extremely limited artistic abilities  Roll Eyes
The 3-eyed one glows in the dark.

Well, trust me. He does glow.
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93  Re: IYP 23: Summer Do Si Do GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: June 15, 2013 08:12:59 PM
Kwality's monsters are always quality  Cheesy He's a sweet one!

I just got a great package from Toralune! We agreed on a small swap too. She sent me...

This lovely, lovely pillow case! I am a huge admirer of yarn crafts and she was kind enough to send me this knockout.

The colors are perfect for me. I love it! She sent some yarn and a needle too so I can finish it up how I want. I'm thinking loops and buttons but I haven't quite decided yet.

She also sent candy (yum!), cookie cutters and a bunch of citrusy goodness. I do love citrus! I'm having some friends over next weekend and now I have plates for them to eat off of that I don't have to wash  Wink Excellent timing, Toralune!

In the note she said she didn't forget the pumpkin. I took the above pics then discovered this wonderful piece on the floor:

 It had fallen out of the box and I didn't notice! That would have been heartbreaking if I'd lost it without ever seeing it. It's such a cute and sweet little pumpkin necklace! I'll be wearing it a bunch!

Thanks much for everything, Toralune! You are a great secret santa and regular swap partner. Thank you!
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94  Beaded Braille Choker/Wrap Bracelet in Beads: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: June 12, 2013 07:08:47 PM
Heavily utilizing the library, encyclopedia and internet in order to take a crash course in Braille I (hopefully) beaded "it's always darkest before the dawn" into this choker/wrap bracelet.

Braille is pretty special for me personally so, though it took quite a few IYP swaps, I finally did something with it for the most recent round.  Smiley

(awful mirror shot)
I used a calm-looking "green sea" mix as the background for the wood-colored Braille dots. They're not raised or textured, sadly, but I think they kinda look textured.  Undecided

Since this was for a swap partner and I wasn't sure if she'd need more length to wear it as a choker, I left the strings long.

Before starting I laid out the top row to make sure it wasn't too long a saying to wear. It's about 14". Each cell is separated by a column of green and each word by 2 cells of green. It took all but a dozen of the full tube of greens I began with! I think it was worth it, though.

Oh! And the button got the closure job because it reminded me of the early morning sun. Smiley

I've got a lot to learn, but I'm really liking beading!
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95  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 10, 2013 04:55:24 PM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: May Randomizer: Scrap Heap
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom (if any): N/A
Bonus Points: None, I think.
Project Name: Mug Rug
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424498.0
Brief Description: I made my 1st mug rug (well, now it's StickerChic's mug rug.) I used part of an old, stiff sheet for the backing so it's sturdy. All the fabric, binding and piping came from my stash. I have a very large stash.  Roll Eyes
Project Picture:
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96  Scrappy mug rug: piping included! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: June 10, 2013 04:38:29 PM
I made my very first mug rug! Well, it's not mine anymore, I made it for my buddy, StickerChic, in the most recent IYP.

I'm not a very good quilter, as you can see  Tongue

The quilting thread matches the binding, though!

I really like piping and I happened to have some that went well so on it went. I think it adds something...besides a bit of fabric and cord  Wink

Mug rugs never interested me much before but I'm a fan now. This one turned out a bit big I guess (7"x11" or so, if I remember right) but I can see where they could come in handy: like, for setting down the mini muffins and bottle of cream soda I just finished!
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97  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 09, 2013 06:36:53 PM
At last, I have something to turn in!

Challenge/Battle/Alert: May Textbook: Prime Numbers
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom: I love history (including fashions.)
Bonus Points: nerdy and discovery. I used boning for the 1st time!
Project Name: Corset bag
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424464.0#axzz2VloUBiEW
Brief Description: It has 11, count 'em, 11 bones.
I made a corset, sewed the back shut, leveled the base, put a bottom on it and added removable lingerie straps.
Project Picture:

Voila! A corset bag!
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98  Corset Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: June 09, 2013 05:51:36 PM

It's a corset bag!

I took a corset pattern, leveled the bottom, and sewed the opening closed...

Then I put a bottom on it (note: ovals are eeeeevil to draft) and bound the edge with bias tape. I slipped a length of polyester boning through the binding so the base stands open. The boning in the body helps it stand up!

The back laces with grommet tape. It doesn't open, though.

The "lingerie straps" are removable and can be reconfigured: Crossed, uncrossed, off...

This was my first time working with boning but definitely not the last. I think it could come in handy for way more than corsets and corset bags!

Thanks for looking!
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99  Re: IYP 23: Summer Do Si Do GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: June 07, 2013 07:10:44 AM
Hmm, this is what I get for posting pics at night: You can't see how cool the clutch is from the pic! Here's a bit better one:

Thanks again, Sticker!
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100  Re: IYP 23: Summer Do Si Do GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: June 06, 2013 09:02:29 PM
I get to add to the awesomeness in this gallery! I received from StickerChic87!

We agreed on a smaller swap this time around (our 6th Smiley ) Less stuff does not mean less superness when receiving from Sticker, though, let me tell you! She sent me...

A wonderfully me coin purse! I adore typewriters. I didn't get a pic of the lining but the fabric has sweet round typewriter keys printed all over it. I love it!

She sent these great cards too! Each is a little different. These are sets of stationary I will be keeping a selection of for myself. I have to keep a bike and a bird for myself! They're much too wonderful.

I am in love with this stellar bag! Oh my gosh, it's so cool! The fabric is super and it's a perfect size for me to take all my emergency supplies with me but not so big that I look like a pack rat. And it zips! And it's so pretty too! I LOVE it, Sticker!

She sent travel bits as well! I am into anything travel so these were absolutely marvelous to get. They'll have a good home here!

Thank you mucho, Sticker! It was a joy to swap with you again. I hope you like your package too!
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