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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Walker bag on: July 16, 2004 07:31:05 AM
My step-mom broke her hip, and has to use a walker for several weeks, while she heals.  She asked if I could make a bag to attach to her walker, and this is what I came up with.  I don't live near her, so I couldn't take a photo of it *on* the walker, so my towel bar will have to do!

http://img44.photobucket.com/albums/v134/arizabif/DSCN2559.jpg

The top straps fasten with magnetic snaps.  The ribbons are to tie to the side legs of the walker, so the bag won't swing back and forth, and whack her in the legs.  There are 4 pockets on the bag, 2 on each side, for holding various things you need/use in a day (cell phone, newspaper, mail, pens, wallet, etc.).  It measures 16 inches by 12 inches, (measurement is not including the top straps)

Here's a closer view of the pockets on one side of the bag.

http://img44.photobucket.com/albums/v134/arizabif/DSCN2560.jpg

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Taking checks at craft fairs on: June 03, 2004 05:57:16 PM
I'm getting ready to do my first outdoor craft fair.  I feel more comfortable running things cash-only, but some people, (ok, just my sister), are predicting doom and gloom if I am not willing to take checks. 

All of my stuff is priced $35 and under, and this particular fair will be in a downtown area, where the city closes off a few blocks of the street.  There are bound to be atm's nearby, if people need to get cash.  I was thinking that as a compromise, if some one really insisted on writing a check, I would offer to hold their item until the check cleared, and then mail it to an address they provide.  That way, if the check bounces, I am not out my products.  Of course, my sister thinks this is a stupid idea, and will drive away business.  Of course, she's never done a craft fair, but she's a busy body, so you know how that goes... Wink

Thoughts?  Comments?  Suggestions?   
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / T-shirt quilt on: June 03, 2004 11:19:39 AM
I made this quilt for my husband, out of his old t-shirts.  I cut out the graphics on the shirts, and pieced them together randomly.  Both front and back are made of t-shirts, and it is about dimensions of a full-sized blanket.  I think it's kinda weird looking, but he loves it.  He even wanted to take it with him on a conference for work, to show off to his friends.  LOL!  How cute...a grown man and his woobie.

Sorry for the lousy pictures.  My apartment is kind of small, and there is no great place to stretch it out for a picture.  The blanket is also apparently popular with cats, as you can see.

http://img44.photobucket.com/albums/v134/arizabif/DSCN2383.jpg

http://img44.photobucket.com/albums/v134/arizabif/blanket.jpg
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Elephant box on: June 01, 2004 07:20:33 AM
I have had this box for a long time, (over half my life!).  It used to have a piece of coloured glass with painted on flowers on the top.  But, my husband dropped the box, and the glass broke, (grrr), so I was left with a naked little wooden box. 

I cut up some small pictures from an old calendar, and mod podged them on to it.  The ribbon on the bottom of the box is hot glued on.  I got lucky, and the ribbon remnant was *exactly* the right size to go around the bottom of the box, both length and width.  I found a little elephant charm while I was walking one day, and added it to the top center of the box.  I think it came out pretty cute!  (In case you can't tell, I love elephants!) 

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Pottery Schmottery on: June 01, 2004 06:59:37 AM
I took a pottery class about 2 years ago, and this is one of the pieces I made.  It's my most favorite, and probably the only thing I made that came out halfway decent.  Wink

It was made by rolling out a flat slab of clay, and attaching coils and beads of clay to it.  It was allowed to dry, then fired, and then painted with acrylic paints, in various shades of blue, purple, and shimmery glitter paint!  The picture doesn't show the glitter at all, which is very sad.  It is far more shimmery and glittery in real life.     

It is about the size of a piece of printer paper, (8.5 x 11 inches, and about an inch high), and is HEAVY.  I had an idea to hang it on the wall, but it easily weighs 10 lbs, and I'm afraid it will break if I try to hang it.  Maybe one day I will have it professionally framed or something. 



6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Sample Pillows on: May 31, 2004 09:03:02 PM
I made these a couple years ago, but thought I'd share anyway.

They were made from a few books of fabric samples that a neighbor was throwing away.  They were small samples -twice the length of one of the squares you see.  I cut them in half, sewed them in a more-or-less random manner, and used black cotton duck for the backing.  I bought pillow forms to go in the middle, and there you go.  I didn't use a zipper, because I couldn't find one large enough at the time.  These pillows are pretty big -about 2.5 x 2.5 feet.  We use them as floor pillows, and the cats really like them.

I had enough fabric samples left over to make some smaller pillows, but those are all in shades of beige, and not nearly as cool looking. 

http://img44.photobucket.com/albums/v134/arizabif/DSCN2347.jpg
7  Illinois / Illinois: North / Has anyone ever done the DEPART-ment show in Chicago? on: May 27, 2004 10:30:19 PM
Has anyone ever sold at this event?  I sent them my info and another email, but I haven't heard anything back from them.  Just sort of wondering how this process works.

Here's the link, for the curious:  www.depart-ment.com
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sewing Needle Case on: May 11, 2004 07:42:19 PM
Wasn't sure where to post this.  Moderator, feel free to relocate this, if it is more suited to another forum!
 
I made a little case for my sewing needles, because I didn't like their previous storage method, (empty altoids tin).  The case is made from an old (accidentally) felted sweater.  I cut three pieces of rectangle-shaped fabric and sewed them together with some yarn.  This formed a little book.  I used pinking shears to cut the fabric, just for decorative purposes. 

The inside "pages" of the book are a little smaller than the outside "cover".  This is because the felted fabric is really thick, and when folded in half to form the book, the inner pages extended past the cover.  Probably wouldn't be a problem if you used thinner fabric, but I wanted to use the felted sweater, because it would help the needles grip, and not fall out.

I took a scrap of another (purposefully) felted sweater, and cut a heart shape, which I stitched to the front "cover".  I got lucky with the way I stitched it, because it formed a neat little heart on the inside.  Then, I took a short length of yarn, and attached a piece to the front and back cover, so I could tie up the book to close it.  It's really not needed, because the felted wool is pretty "grippy", so the needles won't fall out.  I just didn't want the book open and flopping around in my sewing basket.

I think it came out pretty cute for less than an hour of work, and for random bits I scrounged from my box 'o' crafty crap. 

The finished case:



Inside cover:



The inside "spine" of the book:

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