This may be the wrong place to put this lil' thread, and if so, do let me know. But anywho, I'm looking for a messenger bag for when I go back to school, and I would like to give my fellow craftsters some business if at all possible. So I was just wondering, does anyone have or know of crafty shops that sell messenger bags? Even really large totes would do, if it was sturdy and big enough to carry school bags, and have straps long enough to allow me to sling it across my chest like a messenger (ideal for my bike ride to school - need the bag to be somewhat out of the way).
Last night my fiance and his family's apartments burnt down. He lives in an apartment above them, and he lost everything; the rest of his family is salvaging what they can, but there's not much. The whole apartment is being bulldozed later today. You always hear about these sad stories right before Christmas, and I always feel bad for the people, but I never thought it would happen to anyone so near and dear to me. To add to it, a friend of us all who lived in the uppermost apartment above my fiance did not make it out...
Besides losing pretty much everything they own, my boy and his family have also lost to the fire all of the Christmas presents that they'd bought for each other. I'm hoping the Salvation Army will do what they can to help, but it stands nonetheless that they may be having a rather homeless, presentless Christmas this year, and I need to do something about that. Unfortunately, I'm entirely broke by now, and though I'd gotten some things for my fiance and one thing for each of his family members, I definitely want to give them more now.
Does anyone have any ideas of crafty things I could make for them? Keep in mind that I don't have much money, and while they deserve any and every gift, they also probably need some practical things now as well. I'd really appreciate any input or advice, and for those of you who pray, I ask you to please keep this family in yours prayers (as well as the family of our friend who was lost in the fire) during this holiday season.
My roommate got me a bunch of beads for an early Christmas present, and so I thought I'd share with you some of the creations I've made from them so far...
This is the "Pink Princess" Bracelet. Girlie, pink, and shiny - Yay
This is the "Rainbow Faerie" Necklace. I used pretty much every kind of bead my friend game me in this one, and though it's kind of gaudy, I like it
This is a bit of a departure from the kind of bracelets I usually make - the "Ocean Storm" Bracelet. Lots of different blue beads, including these hippy-like, blue & white swirly ones...
This is the "Mermaid Maiden" Bracelet. Doesn't it look like something a girlie lil' mermaid would wear? I really like it
What do you guys think? I'm thinking about selling these on the new site I'm trying to start up, which will feature crafts inspired by faeries and fantasy; hence the names and such I also plan on including little quotes and poems and stories and such along with each product that relate to it, at least on the web site...
I used two pieces of hard cardboard I tore from a regular composition notebook's covers for the base of the journal, and I covered each of them with fabric and sewed it shut around the edges. I stitched the felt heart on by hand, and the paper and covers are tied together with ribbon. I used a pair of craft scissors to cut up a bunch of regular lined paper to have fancier edges, and wala! a journal is born
I made this easy fleece scarf for a friend of mine for Christmas. All I did was cut out the shape of the scarf in fleece, cut some fringe on each end and then I sewed on this flower using scrap pieces of fleece and a hot pink button. It was really simple, but I still think it turned out pretty cute. What do you think? I'd like to try to make similar ones for my web site...
I used two pieces of cardboard for the flap and the base of the purse to make it more solid, being that I used a rather lightweight fabric and I didn't want the clutch to be all floppy. The flap just naturally folds over the pocket part of the clutch, and they attach together with self-adhesive velcro. Super-glued to the front is the lovely lil' fabric & button flower, and the wristlet is comprised of a variety of purple, pink, and green beads.
This is what the inside looks like. I didn't really use a pattern or anything for this; I just kind of made up as I went along. I know it's not perfect, but I'm still happy with it, and I think I learned a lot in making so as to make an even better clutch next time around
Here are a few of my latest creations...Let me know what you think
http://www.girlieface.com/pinknblackcuff2.jpg I made this out of an old belt that I cut up, and I laced hot pink ribbon through the grommets and tied them off at the ends, leaving some ribbon left over to tie the cuff to the wrist with. Very easy to make!
http://www.girlieface.com/pinkflowerchoker2.jpg I made this out a piece of ribbon laying around that I stuck self-adhesive velcro to, cut up some pieces of fabric and fitted together into a flower shape which I sewed on with a lil' black button.
This is what I do when I'm supposed to be studying here at school
I haven't posted anything in a while, so I thought I'd share some pics of some of my latest trinket-y creations. I seem to be mixing pearls, pony bead, and ribbon a lot lately - Those are some of my favorite things Some of these, because of the pony bead factor maybe, are kinda kiddie looking, but I still like them...What do you think?
This is a premade tote that I bought and painted this cute lil' girlieface onto. In her hair is a hand-sewn flower pin that is detachable to pin on your own cute self. What do you think? I like it a lot myself, and have been tempted again and again to carry my own stuff around in it, though I'd like to try to sell it on my site and maybe make some more like this, but with different faces/styles.