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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shabby Chick Rug on: January 15, 2007 01:14:19 PM
I have been wanting to make this for a long time.   I woke up this morning at 5:00 soo I started cutting.

I bought the towels at a thrift store for 5 bucks cut them up (made a huge mess).  Braided them together and then hand sewed them. 

It took way longer then I expected but I'm pretty pleased with it.

What do you think?



As you can see it was a mess Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wedding Gift on: January 12, 2007 11:08:38 PM
I made three Bridesmaid's dresses for a friend you can see them posted here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=145209.0

So with the left over material I decided to make her a purse.  I began this brilliant idea at 11:00 oclock the night before, after working around the clock that week on the dresses.  So I'm not the swiftest after long binges on sewing without sleep.

However, I ended up loving it and it has kind of become like Bilbo Baggins and his "giving" the ring to Frodo.  I've sworn I've given it to her three times but I always find it right back in my closet  Wink.



But never fear I finally gave it to her. . .just don't ask me what' in my hand Tongue
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Three grand adventures IMG HVY on: January 12, 2007 10:48:50 PM
A friend of mine commissioned me to maker three purses.  I scowered Craftster and found a few fun tuts.  Thanks to thingwraith and gloriana for their great tuts

This one was the hardest.  It took a lot of work and I wasn't pleased with the corners.  Next time I will sew two corner pieces and turn them.  I didn't like the way the fleece looked and unfortunately I picked one that would ravel. . . argggg.


thingwraith said she'd wished she had made hers bigger.  So I made mine bigger.  Here is how big it really is.


This one was fun and I really like the black and white but I didn't like the inside.  It was a bit two busy for my taste unfortunately this was my second purse and I didn't have enough of just the pink to line with pink bummer.



I could only find the group picture of my favorite. 


She was very pleased and I was proud of myself Smiley

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Tote dressed classy on: January 12, 2007 10:27:59 PM
I have never been a fan of totes but when a coworker asked me to make her one I agreed.

I looked through here and found the tut provided by xoTerynxo and got the pattern okayed with the friend.
When the coworker brought me her material I was not impressed I just didn't like it.  So I figured I would just get it done and out of the way as fast as possible.

I made it and it has turned into one of my all time favorit bags.  Partly because half way through I realized it was going to be reversable Cool sweet!

Anyhoo take a look.  It won me over.



5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cheep knock off:) Super IMG HVY on: January 12, 2007 10:17:44 PM
Thanks to Laurasaris and Court this is the first material only bag I made. 

I loved them and made a ton  of them so with out any further adou here they are.







This one I wanted to make a purse that would look cute with Mary Jane's a real girly version.



Thus the pink.  I've never been a big fan of pink but after this one I did several others and I believe I am now a fan.

Thanks for lookin. . . and thanks all you craftsters for all the amazing work you put in and thanks for sharing and inspiring me. . .you are my hero!

The red one is my favorite you just can't see how wonderful it is here Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Non-ugly bridesmaid dress IMG HVY on: January 12, 2007 09:41:02 PM
Or so I think.  I made these dresses for my friends wedding.  It was a wonderful experience because I had to dust off all the techniques I had learned when I was twelve but never used again.  I also had to get over being intimidated of zippers and lining.  Silly I know but I would have taken a lot longer to work with these fun things if I hadn't agreed to do these dresses. 

I made three dresses.  I used McCalls M4709 for the top.  However the patterns I had did not span the three completely different sized people.  So I had to enlarge the pattern 3 times!  And figure out how to fit a Double D bust.  As you can see that has never been one of my worries Undecided

For the skirts I used an assortment of patterns.  Mine was a Vogue pattern.  Word to the wise they are not recommended for beginners or even those who know what they are doing.  Just get a great pattern from you fellow craftsters.

For the lovely woman sitting next to me I did Butterick B4599 and for the other lovely model I actually made a pattern out of an old skirt she really liked.

The ribbing was a cinch.  So that was nice.  This was my first fitted pattern.  It was quite difficult fitting myself.  I always get nervous and make it way too big in fear that I will make it too small:).

But I am very please with how they turned out.  And everyone at the wedding said they were impressed.

My greatest fear was that they would look homemade but I think I did pretty good and was able to avoid that.

What do you think?  The material was a dream to work with and I love the colors!






I also made the purse I'm holding as a gift to the bride.  I sewed that at 3 pm that morning.  But she surprised us with an amazing day at the spa so I felt like a new woman that night.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Check off my list: 1 Mosaic Table on: January 12, 2007 09:04:15 PM

I'm finally getting around to posting some of my stuff.  I just put a picture on and then realized that I'm listed as a noob even though I don't consider myself one Grin so I thought I had better post some of the things I've done.

I have always wanted to make a mosaic table so when I started crafting this was one of my first projects.

I found this old chipped table at a thrift store for 10 smackers.  I dropped by Home Depot for a bit of plywood for a whopping 45 cents and then went by a stained glass shop and picked up 20lbs of glass for 10 dollars as well.

Put them all together a bit of gray grout and this is what you get.




I love cobalt blue and was very please with the result.  My husband helped me with the design.

He did a great job!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Chinese Take-Out on: January 12, 2007 08:47:18 PM
This is my first time posting so hope I do it right.  This was the first purse I made.  I had seen these at a store for about 30 bucks and I really liked the idea. 

At first I tried to make my own box but I found it was much easier to stroll down to the Sugarhouse stripmall that houses Sampan my favorit Chinese restaurant.  I can purchase about 8 - 10 unused take-out boxes for 1.50.  I then got some fun fabric on special from Wally and Joanns and went to town. 

I love it!

I've made others without the beading on the handle and I like them better.


They are a fun conversation piece.  I've sold a few but then I got into other things.  I will be posting more soon.

Crafting rocks and thanks for lookin. . .
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