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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Army shirt + muumuu = My favorite new purse on: February 16, 2010 07:18:34 PM
Thanks everyone!  I love craftster, I get so much inspiration from seeing all the projects here!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: shirt to purse(s) on: February 15, 2010 09:38:55 PM
I love all 3!  I especially love the design you bleached on, it looks great, I never would have guessed you did that!  I'm going to try that tutorial some time, thanks!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: BAG MADE FROM A PILLOWCASE TUTORIAL! on: February 15, 2010 03:51:51 PM
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So. I combined some of my favorite things and got... on: February 15, 2010 02:24:51 PM
Love the owls and the belt makes it perfect!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Army shirt + muumuu = My favorite new purse on: February 15, 2010 01:20:03 PM
I made this purse with McCalls 6045 pattern and some stuff around the house.

What stuff, you ask?  Well, the army shirt I bought at a thrift store in the 90s and ironed on a butterfly patch and wore every day.  After 3 kids, I just don't have the willowy frame to pull it off anymore, but couldn't bear getting rid of it.  So, it became my new purse.  Man, these shirt are tough!

Here is the muumuu I bought from a thrift store a little more recently I planned to make a hippy maternity shirt out of.  Unfortunately, pregnancy has a way of making you waaaay too tired to reconstruct.  It does to me anyway.  So, a year and a baby later, it became the perfect lining and contract fabric in my new purse.  I love the way I was able to take advantage of the print on the front and in the lining pocket to show it off.

Here is a detail of the handle with the army buttons for decoration.

Here is a shot of the the side pockets I was able to use the army shirt pockets for.  I love side pockets on my purses to keep my cell phone and keys in so I can access them easily without having to open the purse.

And finally, I was able to put the manufacturer's tag right inside the zipper just for a little homage to the fabric's original form.

It's the first purse I made from a pattern and needlessly complicated. Three different kinds of interfacing, spray on adhesive, and self-made bias stuff to hide the seams inside?  I skipped a few things, but mostly followed the pattern, and it wasn't too bad.  It took the better part of a day.  It would be faster next time, not that there will be a next time any time soon!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: phone cozy with pattern link on: February 09, 2009 10:03:11 PM
That's a really neat pattern, I love it!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: UGA Baby Hat on: February 09, 2009 10:01:05 PM
Boo!  (I'm a yellow jacket alum.)  But if you HAVE to knit for a bulldog, it's a cute hat.   Wink
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Elbac gift but now it's mine on: February 09, 2009 09:59:08 PM
Gorgeous!  I made one of these a few years ago for a fund-raising auction and have been meaning to make another for myself and never have.  I need to do that!  I love the reversible cables, but it is slow-going to knit...
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Green walls? on: February 09, 2009 05:54:10 PM
That is one reason I cannot think of a dog for a long time, I've clean up after humans enough!  lol  Yes, he is good now.  The occasional accident, but for the most part he not only gets it all in the right place, but doesn't even have to be reminded or told to try.  HUGE relief!

Thanks for the comments all!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Green walls? on: February 08, 2009 09:40:20 AM
Gum?  Now why didn't I think of that?  lol  Seriously, my kids are so terribly stubborn and resistant to potty training that I would have done anything to get them there after all the messes I cleaned up...  But mostly it probably came from last summer when we painted my daughter room pink and my husband spent forever putting wanescotting in that my son got a lot of time to talk about what he wanted in his room and I got a lot of time cleaning up accidents to retort back "when you go in the potty you can have green walls!"   Gotta love them!  Cheesy
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