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81  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sewn, quilted, embroidered messenger bag for Awesome Swap on: June 28, 2010 10:21:46 AM
We were allowed to make only ONE thing for the Awesome Swap...since my partner, sheepblue, needed a messenger bag for her school supplies, books, etc., I decided that would be my one project...

I rarely make these because they really are a lot of hard work--so many parts and pockets, zippers, etc.

I started by making a quilted panel that I wanted to use as an outside pocket for the bag.  Sheepblue is an awesome artist and does these fantastic altered puzzles, so I tried to mimic her technique by edging the rectangles with black fabric paint and embellishing them with some embroidery, beads, felted flowers, etc.  The fabrics themselves were art since they are from my Kaffe Fassett collection.  I used heavy duty denim as a base since I knew it would get some pretty hard wear from the books and from tossing on the ground (hey--I was a student once! Cheesy)...there is a water bottle holder that I lined with rip stop nylon on the side.



And here is the other side which I loved because it was her avatar and logo!



I put in a full zipper at the top because she did not want stuff to fall out...there is a zippered pocket and three other pockets inside. The shoulder strap is adjustable and padded for comfort...nothing like a full custom bag to meet a person's needs and wants!

It was a labor of love, but tons of fun to make for a special person!

(photos taken by sheepblue)
More pics can be seen at the swap
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348225.msg4106074#msg4106074
82  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Love shorts on: May 19, 2010 08:24:18 PM
A friend of mine needed some comfy shorts...inspired by some pretty funky members on this board (muah, psycho sue!), I decided she did not need any old boring shorts...I had this knit fabric in my stash, and to show her how much I loved her, I added a few hearts.  I hope she likes them and wears them with pride...and if she does, I will probably make a few more for her to feel like the beautiful person she is!  love ya sweetie P ! Wink

I used a pattern that had multiple sizes and just added a few inchies to give her the looser fit she likes!
It has elastic but since she also wants to lose a few pounds, I added a drawstring for her!  I love clothes that can grow and shrink with our bodies! Cheesy
83  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Venturing into collage--Flamingo for a Friend on: May 13, 2010 06:17:19 AM
I want to start with a disclaimer:  I claim sewing and quilting as my primary crafts...but last year, I started branching out a bit into the world of papercrafting, ATCs, inchies, etc.

A friend of mine needed a little cheering after a hospital stay, so I wanted to send her something funny and personal...she loves flamingos!!  I decided I could try making a big (8x10) "ATC"... Smiley

Also, I am participating in the Complete all Boards Craftalong, so here is probably my only post to this board Smiley

I present my collaged flamingo!

Done on canvas board with torn paper, gesso, markers, ink, paint, and love!

Thank you for looking...I know she likes it and that is what counts! Smiley

 A bit more detail!
84  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Ongoing Dotee Craftalong-2010 on: May 03, 2010 09:13:32 AM
Are you addicted to making and receiving dotees?  Do you want to learn new techniques or share your tips?  Do you have tons of little bits of fabric, yarn, clay, metal, or other interesting things that need to be used up?

Then this craftalong is for you!! Hone your skills or try out new things--get inspiration and confidence to join the wonderful dotee swaps!

We will have monthly themes and challenges that you can join in if you want...

It looks like for the month of May, we are going to learn and practice making sculpted faces from pantyhose!

We hope to have plenty of progress pics, instructions, and of course, dotees!!!
85   / CLOTHING / Tagging--Please read before going Tag Crazy on: April 29, 2010 04:52:22 PM
Hi everyone.

I was asked to remind everyone that in order to make the "tags" function useful for most people, please tag judiciously!

Try to think how people are going to try to find projects on the boards.  We have set up a lot of useful tags and have deleted too specific ones.

Try to be general in most cases.  Only use details if you are providing a tutorial or if that is the key item of your project.

Do not use colors as most people are not going to be looking for a red shirt. Do not use things like "button" unless you are making the button or the item is mostly buttons. Do not describe patterns in the fabric in too much detail or the type of fabric unless it is important, like maybe "knit".

When too many tags are used, it becomes cluttered and overwhelming and taxes the servers in the searches.  I would say not to use more than 4 tags per post please.

We moderators are tasked with tagging posts that are not tagged, so if you do not tag, we are going to try our best to tag it for you.  Please try to do at least ONE tag for everypost.

We are also in the process of removing tags that might be too specific, so if you see tags disappearing, it is our doing.

We truly appreciate everyone's efforts to make better titles, tagging, and fixing  pictures...when you take care in posting, that makes our job much easier so we can view your lovely projects and participate as members and not moderators!

Thank you so much!
86  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Geishas, snakes and skulls make an interesting tote! on: April 09, 2010 08:06:34 PM
I found this fabulous fabric and just had to make something!  So, I made a tote for queenninjamonkey for her birthday in February!  The inside is lined with a polka dot batik.





Two pockets on this side and a zippered one on the other.

The tote is big enough to hold a beach towel, bathing suits, etc.

I have enough for a little tote for me!!
87  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Study in Pink (well, sort of...)--First Post in this Category on: April 01, 2010 04:22:18 AM
I am so proud of this picture!!!!!!!  I have seen almost the same theme at various museums I have visited and just knew I could paint one of my own!!!!!!!!! (more exclamation points!!!!!!!)

Below is what I used for inspiration (sort of)--notice the subtle change of texture and color--brilliant!


Actually, this is for a dear friend of mine who is having a baby boy...I called the painting "A Study in Blue"--when he grows up, he will definitely appreciate it much more!  For now, do you think his parents will like it?

Oh, I forgot that they got an ultrasound and found out that what was suppose to be the boy part was really a twisted toe in the wrong place, so now they are having a girl!!  I renamed the painting to "A Study in Pink"... they might have a hard time explaining that , but I think it will be a funny story to tell!! Cheesy 

I can't wait to give it to them this wekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here it is! C&C welcome!

88  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My duck wants to deliver Easter eggs... on: March 31, 2010 04:09:10 PM
You know how once you do one thing and have fun, you can't stop?  I have an addiction to decorating plastic ducks...for fun and for charity!!

Well, being so close to Easter, one of my ducks got jealous that the bunnies were going to be really busy this weekend...I kinda felt sorry for him because ...well, he is a naked duck...Cheesy

So, after listening to all the whining, I decided to do this:


See how happy the little duck is now?!!


and, of course, no respectable bunny would go anywhere without a cotton tail!!


Happy Easter, little duck! I mean, little bunny!!

(actually, I made this for another member as part of her birthday present Wink )

no live animals were harmed in making this...only one lonely sock... Cheesy
89  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Glamour Duck on: March 06, 2010 08:16:17 AM
NO PEEKING KITTYKILL, if you want to be surprised!  Wink

oh, she'll peek--I know her!

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When you have a friend who has the blues, what can you do to cheer her up?

Why decorate a rubber duck, of course!

Nothing like a bit of glam to make you feel all fuzzy inside!


Close-up of fluffy eyelashes and beauty mole!


And of course, any respectable glamour duck would not leave the house without her best frilly undies!


Love you kittykill...glamour duck will be arriving home soon!  Kiss
90  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Reversible Tunisian Crochet Hat Finally ! on: February 21, 2010 01:41:29 PM
Ever since I saw the Rainbow Reversible Hat by fantasticmio,
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330641.0
I have been bugging her to teach me how to do the Tunisian Crochet and then how to make a hat!

I made myself a little swatch using her tutorial , http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238808.0
and then waited patiently as she put together a tutorial...I got to see it in advance last night, and here is what I made using it!!

Thank you for your excellent instructions and help, Mio!


As soon as I get the color of the rainbow yarns, I am going to tackle that rainbow hat!

I will get the links up in a bit as soon as I find them...
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