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1  Cookie Sheet turned into magnetic poetry in Completed Projects by BlueKiwiCat on: August 19, 2008 10:00:31 PM
I had gotten a magnetic poetry set as a gift last Christmas and was at a quandary as to where to put it.  My refrigerator is already overrun with magnets and pictures so I had to come up with a new idea.  My first thought was to buy a sheet of metal but being the cheapskate that I am, I found a rusty cookie sheet that I was going to toss and decided to experiment.

I took a steel wool pad to clear off most of the rust and then covered it with a Rust covering textured spray paint.  I finished it off with some celestial stickers and a good coat of Mod Podge.  I drilled some holes in the sides and ran ribbon through to hold it so that I could hang it on the wall.

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2  From Trash to Treasure - Purple Velvet Bench *Pic heavy* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BlueKiwiCat on: August 19, 2008 09:50:26 PM
A few days ago my neighbours were moving out and brought this sad little bench to the curb.  Being the ultimate garbage picker, I grabbed the dog and ran down the street to bring the bench home.  Of course I forgot to take 'before' pics but I assure you, the fabric was dingy and worn.  I had been saving this purple stretch velvet that I had gotten on sale for something and I just knew it had to go on this bench.  It's my first attempt at reupholstering anything and am rather pleased with the way it came out...

In progress with help from my cats...

So five million staples later...I have a bench!

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3  Karma Box in Completed Projects by BlueKiwiCat on: August 19, 2008 09:41:10 PM
A friend of mine going through a difficult time told me about her "God Box".  A "God Box" is where you put your concerns or anything else that you're having a hard time dealing with on a slip of paper and put it in a box to let "God" deal with.  I thought this to be a lovely idea but being the jaded and cynical person I am, I much rather fancied the idea of letting "Karma" handle my problems...thus the "Karma Box" was created.

Front view...a wooden box painted with acrylic metallic blue paint and sealed with matte Mod Podge. The feet are wooden also painted with metallic antique gold paint.

Inside lined with blue felt, glued with tacky glue.
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4  Baby bib satchels! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BlueKiwiCat on: December 17, 2004 11:49:20 PM
So I had these bibs laying around and thought, "Hey, that would make a cute purse!".  Ten minutes, a zipper, and some grommets later...ta-daa!

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5  Blue Flower and Lace Craft Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BlueKiwiCat on: November 21, 2004 11:53:50 PM
I made this one for my crocheting stuff.  I found the remnant on sale for 50 cents (SCORE!) and frilled it up some with this blue lace I had laying around.  I added a cell phone pocket on the side 'cause I am forever digging in my bags trying to find the blasted thing when it is ringing.

And the cell phone pocket...

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6  Bag 'O Cherries in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BlueKiwiCat on: November 21, 2004 11:32:46 PM
So, I had this cherry fabric laying around but not quite enough of it to make a whole bag.  So I decided to take the seam rippers to my 'skinny' jeans (he he he)  Tongue  and make a bag out of them.  So HA to all those people who said I'd never wear a size 6 again....

The front 'pocket' is actually a rear pocket of the jeans.  I just freehanded a couple of cherries w/ a dressmakers pencil and embroidered them on.

The front of the bag:

The side of the bag:

The back of the bag:

And a close up of the embroidered front pocket:

I learned two very important things with this bag...1.  They actually make needles to sew through denim that won't snap when you're in the middle of sewing!  and 2.  I think my sewing machine will now sew through plywood if I want it to!  LOL!


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7  Re: Addicted to messenger bags... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BlueKiwiCat on: November 15, 2004 09:10:55 PM
Can we see a pic of this with you or some object to give us some idea of the size of the bag? Just curious. Thanks.

Unfortunately, I don't have a digicam and didn't take a pic of the bag and myself.  However, I have a pic of the tablecloth bag and a friend of mine to give you an idea of the size as I made them both the same size.  The front is 10" high and 14" long, the side is 10 " and 6" wide.

I checked into the oilcloth you mentioned and found some cool retro designs at JoAnn's...just waiting until payday  Wink
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8  Re: Wallet/Organizer Holder **TUTORIAL ADDED** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BlueKiwiCat on: November 13, 2004 01:59:29 PM
I'm SO digging this!  There is a Kate Spade wallet-organizer thingie that I've been wanting to ummm..duplicate? and now that I have a tute to head me in the right direction, I might actually start on it.

This is what Kate Spade's looks like...

Anywho, great job, I really LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

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9  Re: Addicted to messenger bags... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BlueKiwiCat on: November 13, 2004 11:47:33 AM
Thanks ladies!  This is a pic of my tablecloth messenger bag.  It's a bit leprechauney -- meant more for special nights out instead of every day use!

Thanks for the nice comments!
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10  My wannabe Prada mini duffle... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BlueKiwiCat on: November 13, 2004 01:31:47 AM
So, I was drooling over this outrageously priced Prada bag and DING...thought to myself, hey I could make that!

So, here's theirs...

and here's mine...

I changed the dimensions on it only because theirs was a little too small.  I used a heavy sateen instead of quilted nylon only for my preference of the 'non-quilted' look, threw a little hot pink ribbon in in place of the black to spruce it up and ta-daa, my verson of a $300 purse!

Sorry for the yucky pictures, the bag isn't as distorted as the camera made them out to be, I promise! Smiley
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