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1  Snowman Pencils (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by karynlibrarian on: November 13, 2006 11:21:13 AM
What was supposed to be a VERY quick project took far more time than I anticipated, but I am happy with the results.

The snowmen have styrofoam ball heads covered with white gillter.  Beads for the eyes, felt for the nose and I snipped the ends off cheap dollar store gloves for the hats.  A bit of ribbon tied around the pencil for a scarf.

I was inspired by the latest Martha Stewart Holiday Gift Guide.  

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2  Knittin' mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by karynlibrarian on: November 02, 2006 10:27:35 AM
I've decided that everyone I know needs new mittens for Christmas, especially now that I've discovered Patons new SWS yarn!  I love it, it is so soft and the colours are eye-candy.
The only problem with the yarn is that it felts extremely easily, so all gifts will include instructions for hand washing.
Here's my current work in progress, if you haven't tried this yarn yet, I highly recommend it!

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3  My first homemade cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by karynlibrarian on: August 20, 2006 08:55:41 PM
Here are some cards I sewed using fabric scraps and instructions by Denyse Schmidt.

Whatcha think?



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4  My latest projects...warning...lotsa pictures! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by karynlibrarian on: August 09, 2006 07:23:31 PM
I've been busy.

The two bags were based on this tutorial:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=108647.0

I played with the dimensions a bit and lengthened the handles.  I hate short handles!

Anyhoo....

Here's number one:



This one was made from a thrifted duvet cover.  I loved it so much, it was hard to cut, but I would have NEVER used it as a duvet cover.




I also made this, but I'm not sure what forum to put it in, it's a cover for my organizer.




Let me know what you think!
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5  It may not seem like much... in Knitting: Completed Projects by karynlibrarian on: August 07, 2006 11:40:07 AM
Here are my first socks on two circular needles.  I love this method, but I don't think I love it more than socks on dpn's.

I started these in May and completely stalled on them when they were about 95% done.  All I had left to do was the toe on the second pair and I just didn't want to.  The thing is, I didn't want to cast anything else on until these were done so I've pretty much not been knitting.  Does this ever happen to you?

Well, I finally got these off the needles today and I can't wait to finally cast on another pair.

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6  Green flowery birthday purse that almost killed me and my machine! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by karynlibrarian on: August 07, 2006 05:42:53 AM
Well, after giving away the first bag that I made for my friend's upcoming birthday, I had to whip up another.

Here it is:



I decided to try this tutorial, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24944.0 to make a flower to put on it.  I loved the tutorial, although my flower turned out a bit wonky (I like to think it has character).



I have yet to attach it to the purse (I need to glue a pin to the back of the flower) but here's what I hope it will look like when it's done:



Let me know what you think!
 
p.s. to read about my sewing machine woes, see my blog
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7  What I've been up to during a scorching heat wave! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by karynlibrarian on: August 02, 2006 03:31:27 PM
The heat and humidity are at record levels, it's way too hot to go outside, so this is what I've been up to:

This bag is made from this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=52143.0.  I added a pocket and a magnetic snap.  I applied two layers of fusible interfacing to support the snap, I hope that is enough!

The colours in the second picture are much truer to the real thing.







An then today I did this.  I modified the wonderful Jordy bag pattern found here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0.  It's cheap Walmart fabric, but I love it!






Thanks!!


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8  Amy ButlerISH swing bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by karynlibrarian on: July 26, 2006 07:40:42 AM
Here is my latest bag.  It is an Amy Butler Swing Bag inspired bag.  I've been admiring Amy Butler's bags and fabrics, but I a cannot find a Canadian source for them, so I decided to see if I could create something similar.  I think I did a pretty good job.







For some reason, the bottom corners look much pointier in the pictures than they are in real life.  I think it's because I had the bag resting on the step and it wasn't hanging properly.

I hope you enjoy!
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9  Here's what happens on summer vacation! in Get Product and Website Opinions by karynlibrarian on: July 25, 2006 04:40:29 AM
I've been busy.  I've been making purses like crazy and doing a lot of stash busting.  I have no idea what I'm ever going to do with all these bags, but they are fun to make.  What are the Etsy rules?  Are you allowed to sell something that you make using someone else's online tutorial?  I'm just thinking out loud.

Anyhoo...here's my latest purse (and happens to be my fav, I think).  I made it using this wonderful tutorial:
http://creativelittledaisy.typepad.com/creative_little_daisy/2006/06/two_little_tuts.html#comment-18901830 (scroll up a little bit).  This is an awesome stash buster!!





And here's another easy peasy tote, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=52143.0





This one is going to be part of a friend's birthday present.

I've made a couple more bags, but I gave them away before I took pictures.

Does anyone have any experience selling purses on Etsy? Again, my concern is that neither pattern is mine and I don't want to cross ANY legal lines or upset anyone!  


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10  Re: Brown with Bue flowers Handbag - NOW WITH PATTERN in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by karynlibrarian on: July 22, 2006 08:39:58 AM
Well, my  BF has gone hiking for the day in the rain with his friends (have fun with that!) so I decided to do a bit of sewing.

My first project for the day has been slightly less than successful.



It looks ok from afar...



But the handles are very wonky.



I tried to sew the handles in at the exact same angle as the front/back/lining pieces and it just didn't seem to work.

I'm off to do some ripping and see what happens...wish me luck!

By the way..this is an awesome bag.  The problem is with the seamstress, not the pattern!


EDIT: Crisis averted....it was a much simpler fix than I thought.  What happened was when I got close to the curves, my seam allowance grew slightly. 
A few clips and a bit of trimming and all is well again.....whew!  I shall now proceed to finish the bag Smiley

Thanks for the great pattern brubendall!
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