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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bee Shrine on: January 15, 2010 08:32:11 AM
It is so cool. I want to store a tiny jar of honey in there. Smiley
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bird on a Branch Handbag on: January 15, 2010 07:55:32 AM
I have an amazing friend. She has helped me so much during the past few weeks. My financial struggles have been huge due to a string of bad luck.

First my sewing machine broke. I had orders to fill, and I had to have it. Then, my iron broke. Followed by the microwave, the oven, the furnace and the van.. I got the van fixed, and 2 days later hit a deer.

This friend and her husband have helped so much with these things. First, her husband came over and fixed the oven and the furnace! AND the broken outlets in my sewing room!

Then, she brought my children a bunch of new clothes, and filled my freezer with food. Now, she has been driving me to the van fixing places I need to go to and helping me emotionally as well. She even took me to my bank 20 miles away, and took me out to lunch!

I make handbags, and she likes them, but they are usually not "Her style" They tend to be whimsical and patchworky, and she is more of a classy rocker (Does that even make sense?) She likes grown up things like gold jewelry and oriental rugs...
I have wanted to make her a purse, but could not figure out how to make it match her. I know that a purse cannot make up for all she has done (I plan to do that by being a good frind to her as well!) But, this purse is just more of a thank you....
It took me about 6 hours from deisign to completion, and I really hope she likes it.  I am pretty proud of it, and I would love to read your comments and words of encouragement! Thank you for getting through my long-winded post! On to the pictures!






33  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: UP Inspired Gingerbread House for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Auction on: January 04, 2010 01:54:26 PM
WOW!!!!! Totally awesome! I love it. You did a great job! -Casey
34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nectar (hummingbird necklace) on: December 11, 2009 01:58:47 PM
Amazing!
35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monkey King Tunnel Book on: December 11, 2009 01:55:41 PM
Wow that is really nice. I love the art.
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of new bags! on: December 07, 2009 08:16:13 PM
Wow!!! I can not thank you all enough for your kind words. I am so happy to have inspired blankets and totes and whatever else. I spent the entire day today with my machine in pieces trying to figure out what is wrong with it. I was practically in tears. I took a break tonight, and came here and read all this, and I feel much better... Thank you! Smiley -Casey

Now off to shop for a new machine... Smiley
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of new bags! on: December 06, 2009 06:08:10 PM
The bags are beautiful!  I think my fav is the one with the kite, too.  Smiley

The applique makes a simple bag extra-ordinary!  I'll be the recipients will love them! 

How long does is take you to complete one of the appliqued bags?


The appliques themselves take between 1 -3 hours. Considering the design time, the cutting time, and the sewing time. The rest of the bag is usually an hour and a half to 3 hours. Depending on whether I do patchwork or just plain fabric. I would guess they take even longer though, because I get pretty caught up in fabric selection, and will spend forever agonizing over which fabrics will work the best. Smiley I say agonizing, but I am usually dancing and singing while I go, so its not as bad as it sounds Smiley
38  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of new bags! on: December 05, 2009 07:22:27 PM
Thank you so much for your replies! Smiley Smiley I did design my appliques. Although, the kite one was my husbands idea. He loves to remind me of that. Smiley
39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of new bags! on: December 05, 2009 08:23:42 AM
Wow - very impressive!  Are these gifts for the holidays, for sale, or just because?  I really like the one with the girl flying the kite!

All three! Smiley I can not help making them, I have too many ideas swirling around Smiley Thank you for your comment, I keep checking back to see if anyone has left one. Smiley So happy when I see "replies to my posts" Somehow, I feel rejected when I don't get any. Sad silly, but I guess that is the whole reason for posting, to share and get feedback right ? Anyway, thanks! -Casey
40  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: MEGA MONSTER PILLOWS! (& more!) on: December 05, 2009 06:55:36 AM
My 2 oldest boys just saw these, and went crazy! I love them too. Smiley
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