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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Princess Bride Themed Teesha Moore bag on: August 08, 2012 11:42:21 AM
After seeing all of the amazing Teesha Moore bags pop up and loving them, I finally decided to try my hand at it.  I made this Princess Bride themed bag for Whistley as my final large item in the Make a Friend Swap.  Now that she has received, I can post pictures.


This is the front of the bag.  I used that purple fabric with the circles as the inner lining of both the strap and the bag.  I let it peek out of the top a little so that I could affix a button tab closure on the bag.


This is the back of the bag.

I was very nervous about attempting the Teesha Moore style because I have never embroidered anything before.  I am really in love with the way it turned out, though.  It was tough to send it, but I knew that Whistley would adore it so that made it a little easier.  I like all of the patches that I made, but here are a couple of my favorites.


Plato, Aristotle, Socrates... MORONS


Anybody want a peanut?


I survived the Fire Swamp


R.O.U.S. They do exist


I really like the way the beading looks on this one.

I am so proud of the bag, and I can not wait to make more!  I am totally going to make myself one now.  I've been wanting a Harry Potter Teesha Moore bag ever since seeing the great bags SheepBlue puts out.  Now I can make my own.

Thanks for looking!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Q about Ongoing swaps on: May 07, 2012 02:44:24 AM
I don't think I understand ongoing swaps.  Can someone point me to an info page about them, or explain how they work?  I checked the FAQ, but didn't see anything.  I don't understand how to participate in one... the "ongoing" part is what's throwing me.  Thanks!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fairy house on: May 11, 2011 02:10:57 PM
This was made for a swap and now that my partner has received, I can post pics.




It's made out of a paper mache box with moss, flowers, and butterflies glued on.  The floor and window are made of craft sticks.  The furniture is made of cork and the bedding is fabric.  There is a fairy inchie as artwork and a mirror of cork and foil.  It's my first attempt at a fairy house and I totally want to make more.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / If Buttons Grew on Trees on: May 03, 2011 08:03:39 PM


This is a painting that I did as a thank you gift for the Givers and needers swap.  My partner just received, so I can post it now.  The colors are a little washed out here in the picture, but it's the only pic I have.  The buttons are hand sewn onto the canvas, which I've never done before.  Thanks for looking.   Grin
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tutu for Christmas on: December 17, 2010 12:11:20 PM
This is the tutu I made for my niece.



The colors are much more vibrant in real life, turquoise, teal and purple.  I tied white ribbons in for a little extra something.  I'll be giving it to her for Christmas.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Gnome House on: December 15, 2010 01:57:16 PM
This is the Gnome house that I made for the Tiny Fairytale House Swap.  It's only the second project I've ever done in polymer clay, and I think I bit off more that I could chew.

I struggle a lot with the roof especially and it I'm still not pleased with it.  I keep having bubbling issues and I'm not sure how to prevent that.  I swear as I'm making it that all of the air is pressed out, but I keep getting bubbles.

Oddly, I had the easiest time with the details; the mushrooms, ivy, and whatnot.  I love parts of this house and have to overlook others.  The important thing is that my swap partner loved it and it's the best that I could do within the parameters.  Anyway, here it is.



7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for my nephew? on: November 30, 2010 02:03:10 PM
I'm trying to craft all of my gifts this year and I'm doing great on ideas except for my nephew.  He's 17 and he's not involved in any sports or extra curricular activities.  He doesn't read and, although he has an Xbox 360, I wouldn't call him a gamer.  He really likes to skateboard, and he's really into ICP (who I HATE).  He's in that sullen, stand offish phase right now, so it's hard to tell what he likes to be honest.  I'd like to craft something for him because I don't want him to feel left out if I craft for everyone else, but I'm at a real loss for what to do.

Does anyone have any ideas for a late teen boy with no obvious interests?
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / To glue or not to glue? on: November 12, 2010 03:42:14 PM
I'm a little confused.  I want to embed small rocks into my clay to make a stone wall kind of effect.  Can I just press the stones into the clay and then bake them in, or do they need to be glued in after baking?  If they need to be glued in, what kind of glue works?  I've got a hot glue gun, Aleen's tacky glue, and Elmers glue.  Would any of those work?  Thanks in advance.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / First time playing with clay: beads, a frog, and a ? on: October 06, 2010 02:10:13 PM
This is my first attempt at polymer clay.

I worked on blending colors and doing a marble effect with the colors.  I already turned the green and brown pendant into a hemp necklace, but I'm not sure what I want to do with the brown and yellow beads yet.

And here is my first attempt at sculpting anything.


Although he probably didn't need it, I used a foil ball on the inside of the frog to practice the technique.  I had some problems, though.  I ended up with a lump that looks like a tumor on his back.

I assume that's from air being trapped while baking, but I tried to press the clay really close to the foil while I was molding him.  Perhaps the air was in the foil ball itself and moved toward the outside while baking.  Any tips on how to avoid this?

Thanks!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Help a Newbie out? on: September 22, 2010 12:23:54 PM
After doing a lot of research and looking through all of the completed projects here on Craftster, I have decided to try polymer clay.  Any suggestions for what would be a good starter project?  How did you get started and what was your first project?  Eventually I would like to sculpt fairy dolls, but I know that's a long way down the road because I don't know if I can sculpt yet.  Any simple tips or tricks for a Newbie would be appreciated.  I'm really excited, but am not sure what project to start with.
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