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481  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: December 20, 2005 12:44:27 PM
oh oh ::jumps up and down madly::  I have another one!

you know you're a craftster when you're waiting outside in the f-ing cold snow to get into a concert, and you see someone walk by with what appears to be a crafted purse.  I only got a short glimpse, but it was enough for me to know that I could make one, and it was a fan purse!  I got the priviledge of going to see U2 last night, and this gal had a purse that looked to be reconned from mag articles about them, with vinyl on top.  It was pretty simple, you could make one for a decent price, I'd bet. 

Plus, today I just came across iron-on vinyl for fabrics and whatnot.....how stinkin' cool is that?  Now I need a reason to buy some and try it... LOL   Cheesy
482  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Cosmo/Martini Swap! (Signups CLOSED; sendouts 1/10) on: December 20, 2005 12:40:53 PM
Allrighty - have most of my supplies...now for a cosmo and some crafy time.....   Kiss
483  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: December 19, 2005 08:01:36 AM
Yeah, so only my town is covered in ice today, I'm probably the only one who can't make it to work today.  *shrugs* hmmm, that's just....too bad!!!   Cheesy

Another one....

....when you wake up totally wired, because you dreamt the perfect way to construct that complicated bag design you've been agonizing over, BEFORE your alarm, go ahead and shower when you don't have to go to work, and make sure you're all prepared so you can go try out your dream!! Grin
484  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: December 18, 2005 03:37:43 PM
...the first blizzard of the season moves in, and instead of "oh yay! Snow!!!", you glory in the fact that you can spend yet another day "cooped up" inside, drafting more designs, testing more designs, CRAFTING more.....ha!

Hooray for a wimpy city that shuts down at the first sign of foul weather Smiley
485  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Cosmo/Martini Swap! (Signups 12/9-12/16; sendouts 1/10) on: December 15, 2005 04:20:25 PM
I am chomping at the bit on this!  I have some great ideas already....I cannot WAIT to get started....

*drums her fingers loudly....and louder....and louder.....*
486  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My version of the Sha-Sha Dream Bag on: December 13, 2005 10:59:37 PM
So, there's a tut posted here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=54769.0 with the super cute, fun-ly named Sha Sha Dream Bag.

I fell in love with the bag, now I just need to tweak them a little and make them my own  Roll Eyes

Anywho, here's what I started with (sort of, didn't take pics until late into the process):

The pinned strips will be loops to hold the rings of the handles.  I would have made my own, my darling husband gave me a GREAT idea to make sturdy ones myself, but this is time sensitive, as my co-worker's b-day is tomorrow.


Close up of soon-to-be-loops Smiley


Pre-fab bamboo handles from Joann's...I like them, but really, that took most of the cost right there, $3.00 with my coupon!


My awkwardly sitting up lining is made of 100% cotton, so it's not sturdy on it's own Smiley  


The gorgeous brocade this purse features Smiley  Fortunately, I at least thought ahead enough to use heavy interfacing with this...it stands on its own! Cheesy


The loverly bottom of the bag, with brads for feet.  it actually gives the bag a nice finished look, I really like this touch.  In the future, I will probably use actual feet, provided I can find them.


TADA!  The finished product, held aloft by my dear mother in law.  The lining is a yummy butter yellow, which I would never have thought to put with burgandy, but the embroidery has tons of yellow tones, and it really highlights the colors nicely.

As you eagle eyed folks might have noticed, I have a nice, awkward looking line of stitching around the top.  This is the one step in the tutorial I would change, as it leaves the stitching exposed, and a lip at the top of the purse.  My co-worker will be fine with it, and probably won't notice, but all future bags will be sewn together inside out, and turned to prevent this from happening again.  Normally I would rip this out and do so right now, but A)  it's 11pm and I get up way to freakin' early and B)  it's brocade, and really, ripping anything out of brocade is not only a pain in the pitoot, but a really bad, time-consuming, cursing-like-a-sailor-inducing phenomenon that's best to others than myself.

Please, let me know what you think!
487  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / Re: Wake me up before you Go Go! (repost!) on: December 13, 2005 03:06:55 PM
*bows humbly in the glow of your prowess*  That girl was so kickass, what an amazing costume!  I love that you made her weapon!  I know there's a name for it, but it's escaping me right now.  Nice work. Shocked
488  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Cosmo/Martini Swap! (Signups 12/9-12/16; sendouts 1/10) on: December 13, 2005 10:29:37 AM
*throws her chips in*  I'm up for some serious swankyness!   Grin

489  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: rounder roomy bag tutorial on: December 11, 2005 09:05:28 PM
I finally got around to making this bag - 'tis the first I've made.  Turned out pretty nice, but I'm having strap issues.  I think this is because I followed the directions meant for ringed straps, and I didn't do that sort.  Here's what I mean:

This is the front - these pics turned out really dark.  There's a loop and a cute anchor button I found in my stash.

This is the back.  I used two beautiful brocade fat quarters I got at the nearby Joanns - now I know it's cheaper and easier to use something ELSE!  Yikes, they're pretty, but a biotch to sew.

Here's the lining, it's just dollar-a-yard purple cotton.  No fancy pockets or anything...I'm still learning Smiley

And here's where my trouble is.  My strap looks nice, except for the part by my fingers here, the seam kind of sticks out, as it's bulky.  Being my first purse, I really don't know what I did here, but I do know that the others that I've seen on here don't look like this.

Any tips? Huh

490  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tape Measure Rosette Pin / Brooch with Tut! on: December 07, 2005 01:51:46 PM
Alrighty, I'm adding this to the ever-growing list of craftyness to try my hand at.  Supergluing along the way is brilliant, somehow I know I'd never think to do that myself. Cheesy
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