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211  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Saw something "new" at craft store this weekend on: April 25, 2006 08:36:56 AM
My friend and I went to a craft store this weekend and they were really pushing a class to make this "new" thing - shrines!!!!!LOL  My friend thought they were totally cool.  I told her that she didn't need a class, I would show her how to do it.  The ones they had on display were very simple ones, nothing like I've seen on here at all.

It was just amusing for me to see something at a store that Craftsters have been doing for months and months!

212  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Feedback Question on: April 19, 2006 06:16:38 AM
Okay, I hope this isn't a dumb question:

I joined my first swap and sent out just over 6 weeks ago.  I've had very little contact with my partner, who is also the organiser.  I see that she has flaked on people before and now has a negative.  So, I asked another swap organiser if I could join in her swap and she asked for my postal receipt.  I sent it to her and she let me join.  Here's my question:  once I send and receive positive feedback, is it okay for me to start a swap?  I had planned with some of the members & organiser of my current swap that I would do a poll and do the next swap, but I want to make sure it's okay. 

Just to clarify, I do have my receipt from the first swap and since I haven't heard much from my partner, I am having it tracked down (it's international).  I also just did an Angel swap if that helps any.

I just wanted to make sure that I'm not going to be breaking any rules.

213  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Summer Bag on: April 17, 2006 04:11:06 AM
After following several tutorials from here, I decided to tackle an actual store-bought pattern.  Let me tell you, I like tuts much better!LOL  I bought a "Lazy Girl Designs" pattern and it is NOT for lazy girls!

Here's the font of the bag:

The back of the bag(large pocket):

The inside of the bag (2 pockets inside):

I had purchased a 3 pack of fat quarters that looked summery or springy to me.  I think it turned out nicely, but it was a bit of a trial to put together.  Craftsters explain things much better!

214  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First Circle Skirt - I cheated! on: April 13, 2006 06:42:25 AM
Okay, I was having a hard time with the measurements for the waist part of the circle skirts.  So I went off to JoAnn's and used my 40% coupon to buy a circle skirt panel.  Now I understand it much better.  But I also learned how to put in a zipper nicely, how to make a waistband and how to attach rickrack to the hem!  So it was a good lesson for $6.

Here is a closeup of the fabric:

Here is the skirt on:

I really like that the skirt hides a multitude of flaws!LOL  I've been getting compliments all day.  I'm pretty pleased and think that now I can make one following the patterns on here.

215  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Just another Weasley shirt on: March 16, 2006 06:42:35 AM
I'm sure everyone is tired of seeing "Weasley Is Our King" shirts, but here's mine.  It's my first stenciled shirt and I was pretty pleased with it.  I just traced a crown and cut it out, then used my scrapbooking letter stencils to do the words.  I can't do straight and centered, perhaps because I'm a bit "off" (LOL), so I just went off to the side and angled.  It worked out okay.

Thanks for looking!
216  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Has anyone used FabricMate markers? on: February 14, 2006 11:14:50 AM
I bought some FabricMate markers for super cheap when the Joann's nearby was moving into a new store.  I can't find much on them, even on here.  One person said that they were great and one said they run out of ink fast. 

I want to know:
Does the color cover well?
Do I have to use just white to color on?
Do they fade quickly?
Does the color run or does it stay put?

I'm itching to use them and I may have to just use them on an old shirt to find out.  It says that they don't have to be heat set and that you can wash and wear after 24 hours, but that's it.

Thanks in advance!
217  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Anime (V-Day) Shrine on: February 10, 2006 09:05:28 AM
Okay, a male friend of mine needed to do something for his wife for V-Day.  I talked him into making a shrine.  Ok, mostly because I wanted to try it, but she'll love it!!!

If you're into Anime, you'll probably recognize it.  This is her fave movie and characters and we did the inside kinda different.  Please tell me what you think:




Close up of inside:

Close up of quote:

I hope the pics come through alright.
218  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first Sha Sha Dream Bag! on: January 22, 2006 10:24:45 AM
Okay, I've made reconstructed purses before, but this is my first attempt at a "serious" purse!  I really liked it until my dh pointed out all the little stuff, now I'm not sure I should carry it out in public!!  Tell me what you think please.

Here's the front:
I got the material from my friends material closet.  The outside is cord and I loved the inside fabric.

From the side:

The inside (I don't think you can see my Betty stuff though:

Thanks for any input!!
219  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My best book purse so far (only done 2!) on: January 12, 2006 10:47:17 AM
I made this one for a 13yo girl, she really liked it:

close up of the front (it hooks with a snap, then I sewed the zebra button over it for a better look, besides I LOVE that zebra!)

shot of whole purse hanging:

shot of interior (had a few problems with this)

Critique please, but be gentle!

220  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / I am officially a sewer! on: January 10, 2006 06:08:47 AM
My friend has taught me most of what I know about sewing and she's been great about it.  She even gave me a decent machine when mine was so crappy.  I called her the other day and told her that while sewing, I had broken a needle - My First!  Almost poked out my eye too.  She just laughed and said that now I'm officially a sewer and I better stock up on needles.  She has tons of extra's in a drawer!LOL

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