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11  Re:old record album purses in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by second-hand-smoke on: February 03, 2004 07:29:03 AM
those look great! i love the idea of using zippers for the handles.

here's a couple i have done:


i have more on my website - they are so fun to make! i love all the old record albums and its so great to put them to use instead of just sending them off to the goodwill.
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12  Re:Button earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by second-hand-smoke on: February 03, 2004 07:20:24 AM
lothruin - those earrings are amazing!! you were much more creative than i.  i especially LOVE the ones with the beads (isn't it great when you hang on to something even tho you think you'll never find a use for it and then the perfect thing comes along?), and the kind of bronzy colored buttons in the pic underneath are really cool.

i'm glad you posted your bracelet - i made one too out of the white buttons but i forgot to post it! thanks for reminding me (tho honestly yours is so much prettier.)  Grin
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13  Re:Button earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by second-hand-smoke on: February 01, 2004 01:04:14 PM
i found your post here but the pics weren't working...so if you could re-post that'd be coolies!  Grin
sorry about the missing link guys - here's the repost!


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14  Re:capn' crunch handbag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by second-hand-smoke on: February 01, 2004 12:07:52 PM
I used basically the same technique you would for starting a knitting project (I don't knit so I'm not sure what that is called - casting on? My daughter knits and I've just watched her do it - anyway...) basically the ribbon is knotted on to the tube like a blanket stitch and then squished together so there are no gaps. I didn't glue that ribbon - just knotted it well, but after I tied the handle to the bag I wrapped a bit of the tail around the handle and put a spot of glue on that.

Sorry you don't have Capn' Crunch - it's really yummy lol - tho at my age I probably shouldn't be admitting that I still like it.  Wink But I don't think it really matters what box you use as long as it's colorful. Here's another bag I made using a DingDongs box.
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15  capn' crunch handbag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by second-hand-smoke on: January 27, 2004 01:12:28 PM
i've been wanting to do this for SOOOO long and with all these snow days i finally had the opportunity - yeah!



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16  snap cuff - not to be confused with "snap bracelets" in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by second-hand-smoke on: January 26, 2004 02:43:32 PM
i've been trying to figure out ways to incorporate more of my own art into my crafts, but then i have so much crafting stuff lying around...SO - here is a bracelet i made. it has a vinyl outside and a soft felt inside. it's very lightweight and comfy. this would work for any images, or recycled magazines, flyers, whatever.




basically, it goes like this: measure your wrist, add an inch or so for overlap (mine is 8.25"). find an image you like (or 2 or 3) that is at least the length of your wrist measurement. decide how wide you want your bracelet to be (mine is 1"). cut out the image to the dimensions you've chosen, lay right side up on a piece of felt, cover the top with a piece of clear vinyl. stitch along the edges all the way around. cut out, leaving stitching intact of course. now, add a snap (or 2 if you want it to be adjustable) to the ends and voila! a snappy cuff to wear!
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17  totebag - or what to do with an old calendar in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by second-hand-smoke on: January 26, 2004 10:06:55 AM
Hi Guys! A while back I posted a request for suggestions on how to turn calendar pages into a purse of some sort. Thought you might like to see what I came up with.



I freehanded a simple pattern for a totebag - a square of fabric big enough to accomodate the picture, add a stripe of contrasting fabric to the top and bottom, trim with ribbon - then I sealed the calendar pages between 2 pieces of clear vinyl and sewed on some ribbon trim. I stitched the pictures to the front and back of the bag leaving the top open to make a pocket. Then I measured the bag and made a lining out of plain muslin and stitched that to the inside inserting the ribbon handles as I went.

I made this for my sister to give her friend who is a Maxine freak - I hope she likes it!
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