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7521  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Smurfalicious Purse! on: September 16, 2005 09:30:05 PM
Ah, that brings back fond memories.  I love smurfs and I love the way you embroidered them.  Splendid!
7522  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: An embroidered portrait of myself on: September 16, 2005 09:24:58 PM
I'm in awe of your talent.  That's some pretty nifty skills you have  Smiley 
7523  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Whimsical Backpack **Warning: Bright Colors Ahead** on: September 16, 2005 09:09:22 PM
I typically favor dark, neutral colors.  Lately, I seem to be on a limegreen kick.  Yes, I think it's pretty much confirmed that limegreen is my "secret inner color".  For some reason or other, anything that is limegreen makes me happy!  Anyhow, here's the backpack I made this summer to take with me on my daytrips:



Horror of horrors.  Not only have I deviated from my dark, neutral palette, I've also managed to combine the most garish colors I could find at the fabric store  Wink  To assuage my conscience, I used a blue dotted fabric for the lining of the backpack:  



This was also the first time I've worked with grommets, and that was an experience in itself.  And last but not least, here's my favorite part of the backpack.  Since this was created strictly by trial and error (no patterns were harmed during the creation of this backpack!), I needed to find a way to secure the opening of the backpack.  My solution: A Button and Loop!  I couldn't find a button that matched the character of the backpack.  Hence, I used two buttons (blue and limegreen) and tacked it on with hot pink thread:




7524  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yet Another Placemat Purse... on: September 16, 2005 08:30:47 PM
But this one belongs to me!  I've heard of placemat purses and a quick search on this forum showed quite a few awesome ones.  Inspired by everything I've seen...I craved one of my own.  Voila!  Here's mine!



I found the placemat for 99 cents at a local discount store (rhymes with Pig Dots  Wink)  No ribbon handles for me (too flimsy since I'm hard on my purses) - I strung up some beads on heavy duty wire and made my own purse handles.  Here's a close-up on the details of the purse:



I lucked out on my placemat find.  It came with a beaded border (which made my life a whole lot easier!).  And last but not least, a picture of the interior and a cameo appearance by my disgruntled mini schnauzer:




7525  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone up for a handbag sewalong? Simplicity #4490-C on: September 16, 2005 07:53:06 PM
I'm ready to get started with my purse!!!  It took me forever to decide on my fabric but here's my selection.  



Now all I gotta do is try and figure out the pattern and directions.  How are things working out for you, Miss_michelle?

7526  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: a dozen felt donuts on: September 16, 2005 01:08:42 PM
Thanks for all of your kind words and compliments!  Making these felt donuts was truly the most fun I've had doing any kind of craft project in years!

I did have an awkward moment when a co-worker ran into me at the craft store when I was buying supplies and she asked me what I was making.  When I said "felt donuts" I got a really strange look in return!   Undecided  It's nice to have a place where people actually appreciate these things!   Grin

You're right.  it takes a craftster...to appreciate/recognize another craftster...
7527  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Zippers are evilbut I like my new wristlet! on: September 16, 2005 11:17:55 AM
Ok, your one up on me...I've never worked with a zipper.  I have a bunch for that specific time that I feel "bout it"  but it hasn't come yet.   That looks great and the tag!  I love it...tell me how you make tags please..

Thanks.  Erm, it was my first attempt and I didn't enjoy the process at all  Sad  I won't say that I'd never make another attempt with zippers but I'm definitely not gonna work with them anytime soon!  In addition to Velcro, buttons and ribbon ties work just fine for me!  For the tags, I referred to this tutorial:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40044.0

7528  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are you gonna do with your $1 Target yarn(s)? on: September 16, 2005 10:53:29 AM

It's really not hard to pair stuff or even work with three strands to a stitch. Just hold them together and knit as usual. I can't even think of a tip, it's so easy. I will try to get a pic of it---it's maybe the raddest thing I'm ever made. I might have to resort to laying in the scanner bed though. As far as the mohair stuff goes, I'm not really sure because I had the same problem and I'm not a tight knitter. Maybe it just does that---like the hairs get caught on one another and it sticks to itself.

Thanks, I'll try that out.  Since I've never knitted with more that one strand, I wasn't sure if I needed to twist them together or do something with the strands before knitting them.  If the scarf is the raddest things you've made, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing an image of it.  I imagine the colors are probably pretty vivid  Smiley
7529  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ZIPLOC FULL OF CRAFTY DOODADS 2! SIGN UP 15-22 Sept MAIL BY 30 Sept on: September 15, 2005 04:50:44 PM
I just signed up for this swap and can hardly wait to find out the name of the person I'll be sending stuff to!   Wink
7530  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Placemats as bracelets on: September 15, 2005 10:49:57 AM

I'm selling *and* trading. Smiley
Actually just did a trade for some really beautiful handspun yarn.

There are a few places online that sell the placemats, just google bamboo, tile, placemat.

As for a belt, I think my attention span is too short, and I'm not sure the wire would hold up to a lot of pressure, but that would be cool for sure. Hmmmm..... This gives me some ideas though....

Is it possible to do that using a stretchy cord/string to make it hold up a tad better?  I love stretchy bracelets because I always fumble with the bracelet clasps  Roll Eyes
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