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61  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Embellishing an iPod? on: December 27, 2004 06:04:47 PM
Thanks for the tip lizajane73.  I googled for iPod stickers and some neat stuff came up.  However, I ran across a website that actually tested out one of those stickers and the iPod was pretty gross looking after taking the stickers off.  I think I'll go some sort of cozy made out of clear vinyl or something.  It'll be less damaging and I can draw on it with a sharpie.  Thanks for your help though!
62  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Embellishing an iPod? on: December 27, 2004 10:18:20 AM
I got an iPod for Christmas (woohoo!) but I already managed to get it dirty, heh.  I put it in my backpack without even thinking of colored pencil shavings so now there's a really light blue mark on the ClickWheel.  It made me think though... why don't I dress up my iPod with stickers (or something removable).  When I asked my mom and sis they thought I was crazy and now I'm discouraged. 

So, am I crazy?  Is there a reason not to decorate it?  I don't think I'll ever sell the iPod or anything.  Or maybe I could make a cover for it that I could change out and it wouldn't leave a sticky residue.  However, I do not want to knit a cozy or anything (although I got a Learn to Knit kit for Christmas as well), it has to be something I can draw all over.  I was going to draw on a sheet of sticker paper and use that because the stickers would have to be a certain size to fit on the small spaces not dominated by the ClickWheel.  I can sew reasonably well, except for vinyl (that was a horrible experience Tongue).  Help me figure out what to do please!

Has anyone ever decorated their iPod?  If so, show pictures!  Even the knitted cozies, just show whatever embellishments you did on your iPod just for fun Smiley.
63  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: December 05, 2004 08:13:37 PM
'Eyo.  I haven't commented on a post in craftster before but this one is so interesting that I thought I'd contribute for once.
I was a huge chat nerd and my favorite program to use was The Palace.  I started out with just Mystery as my nickname, then it evolved into several hundred different variations (exagerrating of course but it was quite a lot still).  Then I became obsessed with Courage the Cowardly Dog and the episode Freaky Fred.  So my name became freakymysty.  Mysty because mystery would have been too long.  I like to type it as FreakyMysty© for no reason at all  Tongue.  Anyway, it's proving to be mostly unique so I don't have to worry about keeping up with tons of different usernames on different sites and whatnot.
I'm slacking off at work just to read this thread and put in my own two cents, eheh  Grin.

Oh man ;x I loved Palace.

Wow!  I didn't expect anyone else to know about Palace.  I miss that program, it's gone downhill  Sad.  Unless you actually like talking to those people at The Mansion - heh.  I personally loved TAC, which was a server for anime fans although we created more drama than anything, lol.  Ah... I feel so old now.
64  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: December 03, 2004 09:30:28 AM
'Eyo.  I haven't commented on a post in craftster before but this one is so interesting that I thought I'd contribute for once.
I was a huge chat nerd and my favorite program to use was The Palace.  I started out with just Mystery as my nickname, then it evolved into several hundred different variations (exagerrating of course but it was quite a lot still).  Then I became obsessed with Courage the Cowardly Dog and the episode Freaky Fred.  So my name became freakymysty.  Mysty because mystery would have been too long.  I like to type it as FreakyMysty© for no reason at all  Tongue.  Anyway, it's proving to be mostly unique so I don't have to worry about keeping up with tons of different usernames on different sites and whatnot.
I'm slacking off at work just to read this thread and put in my own two cents, eheh  Grin.
65  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:My first purse; looks like one of those bowling bag purses... sort of. on: February 19, 2004 11:58:32 AM
Wow, I didn't expect to get so many replies.  So sorry that I didn't check back more often to see if anyone had questions.

Vinyl: The fabric wouldn't move easily so I had to pull it along in order to sew anything at all.  Vinyl is very sticky so we had to put paper underneath it to keep it from sticking to the machine to make it easier to move but we still had to pull the fabric through the machine.

The straps: We sewed two pieces of vinyl together with the wrong side out in order to turn it inside out.  This was the hardest part to do, it took forever to figure out how to make it easier to pull through because of the stickyness of the vinyl.  We just attached string to one end and pulled it through but it took almost 2 hours and my fingers were extremely sore afterwards.  My mom held the string and pulled it while I had to hold onto the part being pulled in order to make sure it didn't bunch up, if that makes sense.  To make it easier, use some sort of liquid and pour it in to make the vinyl slide easier.

The zipper:  I think we sewed the zipper first since it was the easiest part.  We cut out four pieces of vinyl and two went on each side to make sure the top part was stiff enough that the purse wouldn't cave in.

The order of sewing:  We just did the entire purse in pieces and then attached each piece at the end.  The first step was sewing the zipper/top.  Then we sewed the front and back and I attached vinyl to the back of the fur to make the purse more solid.  Then I think we sewed the straps and turned them inside out and after the straps were finished we attached them to the front and back.  Then we had to sew the fur panels on the side onto the zipper/top.  After that we sewed the bottom which is just two pieces of vinyl.  Then we created the piping ourselves.  At this stage you should have several pieces: the piping, the top (the zipper and fur sides sewed together), the front, the back, and the bottom.  Then we attached the top and bottom together to make it into one piece.  Lastly we sewed the front and back onto the long connected piece with the piping... and that's the most difficult part.  There's not a really easy way to explain how we did the last stage.  We ran into a problem where one of the fur panels was a lot longer on one side because the fabric shifted while we sewed on it.  So we had to take apart the fur panel and the top and fix it then continue sewing the piping on.  It's a very tricky process and it will take all of your patience sewing all this together!

Tips:  We actually put plastic inside the bottom and on the fur panels on the side in order to keep the purse standing upright and to keep the bottom from bending.  There's was no need for plastic on the front and back though because the straps were very thick so they kept the purse upright.  The purse will look very silly if it's all flimsy so if you're going to attempt this make sure you put sturdy materials inside the purse.

The inside:  After the purse was done, we didn't bother making the inside pretty.  It's all rough edges but I don't really care since no one will see it except me.

As for where I live in Texas, I live in Plano Smiley.

This long description was probably very confusing but I hoped it helped anyone who had questions.  I don't think I left anything vital out... but if anyone has any more questions I'll try my best to answer them.
66  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first purse; looks like one of those bowling bag purses... sort of. on: February 11, 2004 01:29:45 PM
Hi, this is my first post on craftster.

This is the first purse I have ever made:


I only sewed on the really easy parts... which weren't that easy because of the vinyl.  My mom, the experienced sewer, sewed the majority of the purse.  It was incredibly difficult even for her.

The fur fabric came from an old purse I had.  It was a huge bulky messenger purse that went to my knees and made me get too hot in the summer (Texas heat... eww).  I hadn't used it in months so I decided to re-use the fabric because my sister gave me the purse for Christmas.  I bought the vinyl from Jo-Anns Fabric.  We just made up a pattern of our own based on my drawing and went from there.

It's not absolutely perfect though, there's a ton of itty bitty mistakes that a normal person probably wouldn't notice at first.  I'm just one of those extremely nit-picky persons so I notice mistakes too easily and stress out way too much over them as well.

Anyway, I'm thrilled with the purse.  My mom said I have to use it for the rest of my life after all the stress we had to go through to make it, heh.
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