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1  World's Coolest Aunt? License Plate Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by frillyfun on: July 24, 2005 05:44:25 PM
Hi,
My husband and I are going to Finland to visit his family, and we were out shopping for gifts one day...I stumbled upon a purse made out of license plates that would be perfect for our 12-year-old niece, who's one of the coolest kids in the world.  She's into the whole punk thing at the moment and the purse would be perfect, but it was $40.00 for two bent-up license plates.  I put the idea out of my head, until one day I was at my parent's house and found the license plates from my first car...my old Plymouth Reliant K car that I drove 40,000 the year that I owned it, and died on the side of the road on the way back from a road-trip to the Zippo factory.  They spoke to me, and begged to be made into a purse.  I'm not super with sheet-metal work, but my husband is handy (until something needs to be fixed), so I put him to work.  He made the basic box, and then I filed down all the edges so it's not a tetnus shot waiting to happen, and lined it with red duct tape.  I think it turned out pretty cool!  It took us all weekend, but I think it's worth it....a purse that represents my mispent youth, a purse that tells a story, and hopefully a purse that she'll love.
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2  Felted slippers and my new yarn swift in Crochet: Completed Projects by frillyfun on: March 13, 2005 04:33:37 PM
I never tried felting, and the info out there for crocheters is pretty scarce (free info at any rate), but I thought I would try my hand at it and it's so much fun!  I was a bit worried about getting them to fit properly but it turns out that felted objects are more forgiving than standard crochet items...you just stop the washingn machine when they fit!  I've never made a regular crochet pair of slippers that I like, but the felted ones are awesome and super cozy.  My husband asked me for a pair, and I also made one for my sister this weekend (they're pretty quick to make).  I tried a few different yarns but setteled on Bear Farm Yarn because it felts so beautifully and it's produced at a farm just down the road from me.  It comes in hanks that have to be made into balls...so my wonderful husband made me this super cool yarn swift.  He's normally a computer geek so it was really cool to see him actually make something.

Here's the pic:


These are the slippers.  The normal ones are mine, and the stripey ones are for my sister:



To make the stripes in the striped slippers I used the random stripe generator on this site:
http://www.kissyourshadow.com/stripe_maker.php

Happy crafting!
Karen
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