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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / tweed! on: November 09, 2005 07:50:49 AM
Not sure if this is in the right spot...

Anyone know where I can find a few yards to tweed without paying an arm and a leg for it?  Joann's had some for $15/yd. and while I can afford that I'd rather try to find it a bit cheaper.  Ebay didn't have anything I liked.  Any other suggestions???

12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / superhero shield or X-mas ornament? on: October 22, 2005 01:27:09 PM
My husband thinks it looks like one of the two.  I was all confident about the shape of this bag until he woke up from his nap all goofy and started running around the house with it.  Now I'm not so sure.  You guys know more about bags than he does.  What do you think?

The bag itself:


Lining detail:

My goofball husband posing with it (he claims that these are "his colors":

The outer material is the most bizarre thing I've ever felt.  It's almost like a short pile carpet or the upholstery from an old Dodge Dart or something weird and creepy like that.  I liked it though because it's a nice shade of green with little flecks of periwinkle in it.  And, well, I got three yards of it for $5.  Can't go wrong.

The bag opening is a bit small, but I tried it out and you can fit quite a bit in there!  These aren't the original handles.  I had long sticks of bamboo where the curvy handles are now but they were a bit too long.

Comments?  Feel free to criticize!
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / invitation supplies? on: October 18, 2005 11:35:54 AM
This year, my husband and I are having a combination housewarming (we bought our first home in July) and Christmas party.  This will also be the first time I tried making invitations to ANYTHING.  I really want to do something unique and crafty, but I'll need quite a few invitations so I'm not looking to buy anything too expensive.  I figure that making my own will be cheaper than buying premade cards.

So, my question is this:

Can anyone recommend a good website where I can order some decent cardstock and envelopes for me to decorate?  I know I saw a site recommended on here before and I can't remember the name of the company.  Has anyone had a good experience with a certain business that they'd like to suggest?  Any help would be appreciated!

14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / jumpin' on the cutout handle bandwagon! on: October 13, 2005 12:55:00 PM
Here's the one I was working on (my first try at cutout handles) when Craftster died the other day.  I was following the tutorial and had to put it on hold until this morning.

Whatta ya think?

Front and back (I used different cuts of this fabric for the different pattern views):



Lining detail:

The canvas material I used for the exterior is leftover fabric from my living room curtains.  I wish the pictures had come out a bit better because it's a really nice, rich chocolate brown.  The lining is a brilliant royal blue too.  Damn flash!

So, does it need something?  I feel like the outside needs something.  I was going to add a nice wide red ribbon detail and decided against it last minute.  Now I wish I had added it.

The cutout handles weren't as bad as I expected.  They're a lot straighter than they look in the photos.  It wasn't my favorite bag to make so I don't know how many more I'll be working on.  Trial and error, I guess.

Thanks for lookin'!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / simple little bag for my little sis on: October 10, 2005 01:32:55 PM
My sister has been hounding me for a bag lately so I finally made her one.  She wanted something small and squarish with handles.  Exterior fabric is a metallic gold textured vinyl with a bright red lining complete with metallic gold detail.




Comments?  Suggestions?
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / sorta completed bag...need help! ***now with handles!*** on: October 08, 2005 05:36:07 PM
Okay, I need help!

Made another one of these based on thingwraith's "Pyramid studs and plaid bag" tutorial, but in my sewing I made a giant boo-boo.  I wanted to attach these nice tortoise shell handles but couldn't sew them into the bag when I was putting it together. 

So, my question is this:

Do you think it looks better as a clutch or should I attach the handles shown below?




Now, I feel stupid asking this, but now that it's closed what's the easiest and best looking way to attach the handles?  I tried hand stitching them on and it just looked silly and really flimsy.

Help please!!!


Okay, so after stressing over it I decided that this was way too big to be a clutch.  I added the handles and here's how it looks now:


Think it's better now or should I have left it alone?  I could always take the handles off again, but I think this is much better.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Privacy fence alternatives? on: October 04, 2005 07:41:00 AM
I'm wondering if any of you crafty folk can help me come up with some ideas for an alternative to manufactured fencing.  My husband and I just bought our first home a few months ago and want to fence in the yard before the ground freezes.  Aside from our super nosey neighbors, we are planning to adopt a dog in the not-so-distant future and we need to block in the yard.  Besides, I've got gardening to plan and my great, great grandfather's heirloom morning glory seeds to plant.

Anyway, I'm adamantly opposed to chain link fence.  I really like the idea of wood fencing but after shopping around, I'm sick of looking at the same old boring options.  I'd be willing to work on building my own, but I don't even have the slightest idea of where to start.  Anyone do this themselves?  Can anyone suggest anything?

I would need the fence to be at a minimum of five feet tall and since the whole point is privacy (and keeping a squirrelly puppy in), it can't have large, open spaces.

Help!  Anyone? 

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green pleather! Ooh la la! on: September 18, 2005 06:11:33 PM
I, once again, followed the skipping bag tutorial and came up with this:




What do you guys think about the green leather?  Tacky?  I can't tell.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Skipping bag! on: September 15, 2005 04:23:31 PM
I followed the skipping bag tutorial and here's what I came up with:

Please excuse the paint on the floor



Detail of the exterior (the flash on my camera washed it out a bit):

The exterior is made of this really cool vinyl (yay for washable/wipeable!) with a nice bright red satin lining.  I'm thinking about adding a snap or something to keep the bag closed.  I haven't sewn the opening in the lining yet either because I'm thinking about sliding in some sort of cardboard insert to keep the bottom of the bag flat.  Hmmm, options.

What do you kids think?
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need help with party programs ASAP! PLEASE!!! on: September 15, 2005 01:29:54 PM
I'm not sure if I'm putting this in the right place, but I really need help fast!

I need to create a program/handout for a surprise party I'm throwing for my parents on Saturday.  I have tonight only to create the original on my computer and then I have limited time tomorrow to take them to a copy shop and have them reproduced.

I have Photoshop and Pagemaker.  Can anyone walk me through a simple and easy way to make this happen?  I'd like to stick with a standard 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper folded in half lengthwise with a photo and some text on the front and then both sides of the inside will have text.  I'm somewhat familiar with Photoshop, but I have NO clue what I'm doing with Pagemaker.

Anyone?  Thanks ahead of time!!!
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