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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Handkerchiefs Material? on: June 24, 2006 06:17:48 AM
My friend's grandmother has been asking her to get some handkerchiefs for her lately and my friend asked if I could make her some. I haven't looked around much yet, but I was hoping someone might be able to tell me what the best material would be to use for this. Would I just use a lightweight cotton or something else? Any help would be much appreciated!  Smiley
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some Amateur Photos on: June 21, 2006 08:41:52 AM
Taken with my digital camera...





















I think I'm going to play around with them in PSP today and see what I can do there too.

I love taking photos and really want to improve my photography skills so any comments or critisizm are appreciated. Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flat messenger/tote bag for my outing this weekend! on: June 15, 2006 09:01:51 AM
I'm going to the Highland Games in Chicago on Saturday...YAY!!!  I needed a simple bag to toss the boy's and my stuff in while we gawk roam around all day and I wanted something with a strap across my chest so I don't have to worry about it much. I had this fabric w/ kind of celtic-ish knots on it that I've been dying to use and some brown corduroy and they just worked too well together not to use now...so I came up with this....




The bag is lying funny so it looks like the knot print is not straight, but it is...it is off center though. Originally everything was supposed to run horizontally, not vertically, but I sewed the wrong edges and didn't feel the need to go back and change it.


This is the top of the strap, where it sits on my shoulder


And to show proportions and size and such..


The part on the shoulder was intended to cover up an area where the stitching came open a bit due to the corduroy unraveling or whatnot...I decided I'd wrap some of the knot print fabric around that area and stitch around all the edges to secure it. Then I realized that it would be great because now I have some padding right on my shoulder where the bag will be putting pressure all day. Yay for mistakes! LoL

Comments are always welcome and appreciated!  Grin

-Amber
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Polka dot and stripes bag on: May 31, 2006 07:41:49 PM
I made this today to try out some pellon interfacing I bought a while back. I wanted to see how it would be to work with and what the difference in stiffness would look like for the bag. I like the stiffness of it, but I'm not a fan of working with the pellon...pain in the rear actually. Maybe it's just me. LoL

Front of the bag...don't mind the terribly off center pocket. I was too preoccupied with making sure it was straight with the stripes and forgot to center the friggin thing. oops




the lining


It's far from perfect but I still like it and it'll be my new summer purse..until I'm inspired to make another one, of course.

Comments are always welcome and appreciated! Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / PHOTO Scavenger Hunt Swap? on: May 23, 2006 09:59:22 PM
I've been watching the thread for the scavenger hunt swap and I'm currently in a town photo swap...and I got to thinking today while taking pictures. What if we did a scavenger hunt photograph swap.

I had a few ideas for ways it could go. Basically I was thinking everyone would make a list of random things they might want pictures of and whatnot and then their partner would choose x amount of those things and then take photos of them or something they associate with them (since we don't all have access to the ocean/beach/castles/etc.) Lists could be anything..blue, flowers, the letter J, animals, nature, faires, etc.

Another idea (and this one I think I like best) is to do something of an emotional type scavenger hunt. The thought here was that the list would consist of different emotions (anger,jealousy,excitement,contentment,loniness,love) and the other person would take pictures of things that represent that emotion to them. I think it would be really interesting to see what everyone's interpretations of things are and what ideas they come up with for things to take pictures of that represent those emotions.

An example...person A makes a list of the above mentioned emotions. Person B chooses 4 emotions (love,loneliness,contentment,anger). Person B then goes out and takes a pictures of an old couple sitting on a park bench together to represent love, a single flower in an open field or a single leaf floating to the ground to represent loneliness, a calm lake to represent contentment, and a lightning storm to represent anger. (okay so most of my examples are natured because I'm on this nature kick right now, but they wouldn't have to be. lol)

We could also create a frame or something themed towards our favorite photo to add to the craftiness.

Would anyone be interested in a swap like either of these. I think they would be challenging but also could be a lot of fun!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / More Journals and my first attempt at a fabric covered one on: May 01, 2006 10:51:55 PM
I made these for a swap and since my partner received them I thought I'd post 'em up here. The fabric covered one was my first attempt at a fabric covered journal. I was pretty pleased w/ it but I know it could be better...I just don't know how to make it better. lol So, comments are very appreciated and any suggestions you might have as well, especially for fabric covered journals.

Day of the Dead Journal..front


back


binding


page detail...there are 4 or 5 different dancing skeleton pics, and one is on every other page


and the fabric covered journal


I think the base I used for the cover may have been too thin and I think something between the base and the fabric would have helped too, I'm just not sure what to use or how to do it. Suggestions would be fabulous!



7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shimmery Butterfly Tote...from table napkins! on: April 29, 2006 12:17:07 AM
I'll try this again...on the right board this time (I need to go to bed LoL).

I bought some lovely table napkins at Wally World, on sale 4/$.70 and decided they were perfect for a spring tote bag. I'm pretty pleased with it and it was super easy to make...and reversible too! Yay!





Comments and suggestion most welcome! Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cute Lined Zippered Coin Purse..my first zipper attempt on: April 28, 2006 11:59:36 PM
It was my friend's birthday the other day and I had no money to buy anything and no idea what to get her anyway. She's really into purses and all that and just bought a new bright green purse the other day...so I decided she needed a coin purse thingy to go with it since she's been complaining about having nowhere for her change.
I used this Fabulous tutorial to make it  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0
(I love you for making this tute!!)

And the change purse...



and lining..


Comments and suggestions welcome!  Smiley

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New wrap up wallet I made last night on: April 26, 2006 03:59:02 PM
My boyfriend's sister asked me to make her a wrap up wallet like the one I posted a while back but she didn't need as many spaces for cards as I had, so I made this one for her last night.







Comments welcome. Smiley
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first attempt at a handmade journal! on: April 15, 2006 01:47:56 AM
So my bf is really into playing this crazy pirate game online and he's always jotting notes down on little post-its everywhere. I decided that he needed a journal to keep all his notes organized in and I've been wanting to try making handmade journals...soooo I decided to make him a pirate's log book!

the front


binding


inside cover


and the back



What do you think? I think I'm a little bit addicted. Comments and suggestions most welcome. Thanks for looking! Smiley
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