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91  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Neko (cat) Tote on: July 31, 2011 05:21:08 PM
While cleaning out her basement, my sister found this fabric which she had purchased in Japan. She didn't know what to do with it so she gave it to me!

I added a bit to the side, some vinyl on the bottom, quilted around each of the "lucky" cats, and turned it into a large tote bag. There are 24 different cats! The lining is a simple red mini-dot that was in my stash.

I am guessing that she will want it back now!  Cheesy

Side one:

Side two:

Close up of some of the cats:

Thanks for looking--guess I will pack it up and surprise her with it tomorrow! Cheesy
92  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Saving my Old Sewing Chair from the Dump on: July 09, 2011 11:55:33 AM
My parents bought me my first sewing machine and sewing chair when I was 15 years old (uh, over 40 years ago! Smiley )...the sewing machine is gone, replaced by newer models...and I thought I was going to have to replace the sewing chair as well...poor thing...

Torn upholstery, broken top...worn wood

The lift up top was just placed on top in order for me to use it...

After seeing some of the wonderful reupholstery of our members (like bongirl5)...I decided I could try to save my chair.  I sprayed all of the wood with black paint...then I used less than 1 yard of fabric, tons of staples, some hot glue and trim, cuss words, and a bunch of screws...

The piping is made with some leftover checks and I used giant ric-rac to cover the staples:

I love my "saved" chair...and maybe it will last another 40 years! Cheesy
93  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Time to give up the old gym bag...new floral bag! on: July 09, 2011 11:46:35 AM
The old law firm I worked for gave out these bags as "Appreciation" gifts in 1997...yep--I have been using it for 14 years! Cheesy

After many washings and lugging it to and from the gym for the last 4 years, it was time to give it up!

I used the old bag for the measurements and took off the hardware I needed, including the zippers.  Here is the new bag:

Nasty old bag:

I used vinyl to reinforce the area where the handles join the body:

The bag is huge, to hold shoes, shower stuff, towels, etc. The zippered pocket holds my weight-lifting gloves, sports watch and my workout notebook.

Thanks for looking...I am happy with my new bag and my friends at the gym are so glad the nasty bag is no more! Cheesy
94  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / [April Fool's!! ] NEW CLASS OFFERINGS SOON !!! on: April 01, 2011 04:38:30 AM

You guys must have seen this very important announcment today!  We knew it was coming but we weren't sure when, but we have bee excitedly keeping a secret for MONTHS!  Here is the announcement link--check it out as to how we are able to bring you these awesome classes today!

CLASS: How to Make a Basic, Classic Skirt

TEACHER: alwaysinmyroom

LOCATION: in front of the patterned sheet on Barn #3--please watch your step!  You might want to bring extra shoes!

CLASS SIZE: 10 students; 20 if you are willing to share your sewing machines

CLASS DESCRIPTION: You will learn to to make a basic skirt, with such details as a zipper, waistband, set-in pockets, hand-stitched hem, lining, buttonholes, pleats, fabric bias tape, and matching plaids or patterns. More experienced seamstresses can also include gores, topstitching with silk thread, and using horsehair interfacing. Mixing a variety of fabric, especially the use of sheers, is encouraged.

*removed picture borrowed for the day*

PREREQUISITE: No experience necessary. If you can make a lined coat or a princess seam fitted sheath, you can make this skirt! Basic sewing skills and pattern drafting skills are necessary and to qualify, please make and wear a reversible, ruffled apron to class.

Moderators photojenn and superstitch will assess your qualifications for this class based on the cuteness of your aprons.  Bonus points will be given for wearing matching shoes (especially if they are my size 8 ).

Sample of apron that will be needed:

*removed picture borrowed for the day

COST: $95 per student plus supplies and fabric (see list below)
Any student not able to afford this amount can apply for a student loan from the Craftsterland loan shark officer.

Craftsterland takes the following forms of payment: Amex Platinum, Discover Gold, Diners Club, and cash in small bills; please call in advance if you will be using foreign currency so we can calculate how much extra we need to charge for conversion

TIME:  It should only take about 25-35 minutes to make your skirt. Those finishing early make take a potty break.

This includes a complimentary 5 minute photo shoot in front of the patterned sheet with a special guest who will allow you to select from three fashion poses.

If you do not wish to pose with your skirt, you can attend the class next door (for an additional $60): How to Make a Duct Tape Dress Form.  The instructor has requested that you shave before attending this class...all over...


*4 yards of designer quality fabric  (you really only need 2 yards, so 2 yards will be donated to the Givers/Needers Swap)

*Matching thread, plus black and white for me good measure

*4 zippers, including a 26 inch invisible one (daring seamstresses can insert these upside down!)

*120 inch retractable tape measure in both inches and centimeters

*Calculator or the ability to calculate the radius of a circle using my your waist measurement, divided by 2 if using a double fold, horizontally and vertically

*French curved ruler

Please do not bring seam rippers.  They are not necessary and dangerous.  Anyone caught with one will be expelled immediately.

This will be a fun class with lots of laughter ,but you will also gain a sense of achievement!  Graduates from this class will be able to join the next class level:  How to Make Rally Hats!

Reminder:  all finished skirts will be for sale in the Compund store! You can request a discount when purchasing your own skirt. First come, first serve only.
95  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Metal buttons meet chunky yarn--love at first sight! on: March 02, 2011 07:27:00 PM
Of course, now that the weather is warming up, I am finally finishing up some WIPS! Wink

I made this cowl and matching wristwarmers and decorated them with those odd leftover metal buttons...I even had a few from my Dad's old army uniform from the 1960's!
The pattern was from Crochet World...I added a thumb to the wristwarmers since I like them.

yep--nine buttons per wristwarmer!  and I messed up and had to do one hand TWICE! Grin

Thanks for looking!
96  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Addicted to the Convertible Hat! (designed by AprilDraven) on: February 16, 2011 06:55:30 AM
I love AprilDraven hats!  A few years ago, she was kind enough to share her convertible hat pattern and this year, she made the cutest one with hearts!  I tried so hard to make the hearts, but I am not that skilled at following a chart yet...this is what I ended up with anyway...and I love it!

The stripes are not even because the first white stripe was where the hearts were suppose to go..Cheesy

Then, I decided I loved this one so much, that I made myself another!

and, uh, how sick is this...another!!!

Thank you Apri Draven!  Hang on while I go find the link to her awesome post and inspiration!

97  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Everyone Needs a Beard on: January 10, 2011 05:11:46 PM
I decided that everyone needs a disguise for those special days when you just don't want to face the world. So, I obsessed on making a yarn beard to help me out.
As usual, the project grew to include various accessories associated with beards:

bread crumbs (made of painted latex foam from an old pillow)
snot (made of dried up hot glue)
grey hairs
and hidden inside, a cockroach

You can use your imagination and add a multitude of other things...like sunglasses...a kerchief...a pipe...

And see, it works!  Guess who!? Cheesy

I gave it away to a friend who is crazier than I am, so if you don't recognize someone who seems familiar, remember, it might just be the beard... Cheesy

Oh--and do not wear this to a bank...I will not be responsible for anything that might happen if you do (disclaimer suggested by my attorney...)...Wink
98  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Small footstool saved from the demon trash bin! on: January 10, 2011 04:23:16 PM
My brother was about to throw this out.  Of course, I had to try to save it.

Simply recovered it with curtains that my sister was going to throw out (geez, am I the only one in the family who keeps everything?)...added new hinges, and "viola", a useable footstool with storage for my craft supplies catalogs!

Also, for Christmas, I got a new chair for my computer.  There was no longer a need to cover it like I did with my old one with an unused snuggie...but I figured I would make a matching seat cushion since I am always in my room Wink.
99  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Really fast and easy doily ornaments on: December 14, 2010 07:41:12 PM
What to do if you have a lot of ornaments to give and only a short time to make them?

Buy a package of small doilies found in the baking section of the craft store(cheap!)...stamp the center with a holiday design...cut out the middle of a second doily(you could even skip this one, but I wanted a sturdier ornament)...stitch together with red crochet thread, make a loop, done!!

Seriously, I made at least 20 of these in under a half hour!

Happy Holiday crafting!
100  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Found a WIP but yarn no longer available! on: December 09, 2010 02:40:39 PM
My dear mother started a ripple afghan over 30 years ago using a variegated worsted weight yarn that is no longer available.

It is about 24 inches wide.

I know I can continue it on one side using perhaps a solid color picked out of the variegated, but I was wondering if it is possible to add to the other/starting row side?

I would like her work to be in the middle...I do not want to undo her work because she is 81 and no longer able to crochet so I want to keep it for me or one of the grandkids.

Is it possible to crochet "backwards" on a ripple--you can tell I am a newbie, but I do know how to do basic crochet... Cheesy

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

A friend suggested that I get two or three more skeins of similar variegated yarn that would coordinate and then make it look like a striped ripple...but I have no idea if that would just be ugly or look like a plan gone bad...
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