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61  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial: Drawstring Bag on: June 12, 2004 04:49:52 PM
You probably all know how to do this already, but no one's posted a thread on it yet, so why not be the first to do it?

What You Need:
Scissors
Needle
Thread
Fabric
Cording
http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/4771/drawstringstep1.jpg

Steps
1. First, put the fabric down on a flat surface, with the ugly side up. (If it's reversable of the same, just put the side that you want to be the inside up.)
2. Fold over the top, like the picture.
http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/4632/drawstringstep2.jpg

3. Sew across the folded part, as close to the bottom as you can. It's a bit hard to see the picture, I'm sorry! The second picture is of the whole side stiched up.
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/9606/drawstringstep3.jpg
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/15/drawstringstep4.jpg

4. After it's all sewed up, fold the fabric in half "hamburger ways." Be sure to have the ugly side out.
5. Sew up the last two sides. Make sure you sew tightly because the parts you're sewing are the bottom and sides of the bag. You wouldn't want your things to fall out of it!
6. Take the cording (or ribbon, or fabric strip... something to be the handles.) and pull it through the "tunnel" you sewed first.
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/3024/drawstringstep5.jpg

Here's it when it's all done!

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/6465/drawstringstep6.jpg

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/9821/drawstringstep7.jpg
62  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Turn the Ugly Tote into Work of Art on: June 12, 2004 04:35:26 PM
I have this really ugly totebag lying around. What should I do with it? I want all of your crazy ideas... any ideas are good, but the wilder the better!

63  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Mardi Gras Masks Tutorial on: June 06, 2004 09:37:35 AM
My school's semi-formal dance is coming up. The theme is mardi gras, so a mask is essential. I went to the party store near my house, and was disappointed. I thought as I looked at the masks, "I can make one of these!" So, I gathered up a few of my crafty friends and we made masks that put the New Orleans mask makers to shame.

Materials
 Smiley A mask form. They sell these at craft stores. I was able to buy four in a pack.
 Smiley Paint (acrylic) with brushes or sponges
 Smiley Glitter glue
 Smiley Feathers
 Smiley Sequins
 Smiley Hot glue gun with glue
 Smiley A dowel rod (Since I stupidly forgot to get one, I found a good stick in the back yard)
 Smiley Ribbon
 Smiley Any other decorations like jewels, beads, etc.


Step by Step
1. Take the mask form and paint it any colour you like. The paint may take hours to dry. To speed this process up to a mere few minutes, use a hair dryer.
2. While the mask is drying, find ribbon and a dowel rod or stick. You can wrap one ribbon around it to make a solid stick, or you can make diagnol stripes using two ribbons, like I did. Or, you can even paint the dowel rod/stick.
         a. TO MAKE DIAGNOL STRIPES
             1. Cut a piece of ribbon a few feet long. You want it to be WAY longer than the stick itself.
             2. Take one colour ribbon and wrap it around the stick on an angle. Continue until you've covered the ENTIRE stick. Hot glue the ends in place.
             3. Take the second ribbon and wrap it on top of the other in the same fashion. Leave about 1/4 of an inch space, so you can see the colour underneath.
             4. Hot glue the stick to the mask form. Be sure to glue the end of the stick with the extra ribbon on it to the mask. Leave the ribbon hanging down, like I did, or cut it off.
3. Next, glue feathers, sequins, and glitter to the mask. Decorate it any way you like!

Here are some pictures of my mask. The last is a close up of the ends of the ribbon. I used sequins for this part.








edit:Spelling & grammer mistakes/ skipped a step in the ribbon wrapping part. I can't help that those little mess-ups drive me nuts!
64  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Beaded Flip Flops Tutorial with Pics. on: June 06, 2004 08:37:39 AM
When I go to the beach, which is often since I live near the shore, I see many people wearing flip flops. I often see people wearing the same pair... and I've sometimes seen people with the same ones as me! Since I can't stand looking like other people, I found an easy way to make custom flip flops. Here's my tutorial.

First, gather the following materials: hot glue gun with glue, pair of flip flops, mardi gras beads (or other string of beads, pearls, etc.) and scissors.


To begin, cut the mardi gras beads (or pearls. I'm going to say mardi gras beads since that's what I used.) along one string, so the beads are no longer a necklace, but rather a straight line of beads.


Next, use the string to measure how long the strand needs to be in order to cover the thong part of the shoe.


Then, cut the beads to the measured legnth and glue in place.


Repeat on other shoe.


Here's me modeling them for you.

65  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / All Natural Bug Repellent on: June 06, 2004 06:19:27 AM
You have to try this for the summer! This bug repellent works because the ingredients are natural bug repellers. Plus, they don't smell bad like chemical repellers do!

Materials ( To make enough for one person for one time)
 Smiley 1/2 oz. of unscented body lotion
 Smiley 3 drops of eucalyptus oil
 Smiley 3 drops of peppermint oil
 Smiley 3 drops of citronella oil
           Huh You can find these items at a healthfood store. They only cost a few dollars, about $4-$9 would be my guess.
           Huh Double this like a recipie to make more.

Step By Step
1. Mix the body lotion and the drops in a bowl.
2. Lather it on your body before you go outside.

Hints, Tips, and Suggestions
 Grin You can give this to friends and family as gifts.
 Grin Recycled spray bottles (or new ones from the dollar store) make great containters for this mixture.
66  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Wallies Wallpaper Cutouts on: May 26, 2004 01:11:45 PM
Have any of you heard of Wallies Wall Paper Cutouts? They worl like magic! I decorated my bathroom with ease, and when I tested to see if they really removed with out marking the walls, they did! Everything the package claimed was true. I looked up on their website (http://www.wallies.com) to see if these were good for anything else, and they had tons of project ideas. They were honest about EVERYTHING, including how they aren't completely acid free, so take that into caution when scrapbooking. I was glad they didn't tell tales.
Oh, when planning on buying check local craft stores before ordering off the web. The Wallies website sells them for $9.99 + shipping, but I got them at A.C. Moore for $7.99.
I took some pictures of my bathroom wallies so you can get a feel for how they look. The flash makes my bathroom walls look grey.... they're actually lavender. Bright lavender!






67  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / HELP!! I Need A Gift FAST! on: May 22, 2004 12:22:50 PM
My cousin's 12th birthday is tommorrow, and I want to get her a great gift! Since I'm her older cousin and know her better than all of her friends, I want my gift to be really special. She likes all kinds of things, but please suggest things that won't take much time... because the party's tommorrow! I have basically half of a day to come up with an idea. I know... I left it to the last minute, but I've been busy. I don't want my present to reflect that. Plase help me!

Thanks,
Kerri = )
68  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Breakfast Tray--With Pics and Tutorial on: May 19, 2004 01:58:34 PM
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/3099/mothersdaytraySIZED.jpg

Above is a picture of a tray I made my mom for Mother's Day. That furry thing at the top is my cat Lucy, smelling the thing I put on the floor.

Anyway, here's how to make it:
Materials
 Smiley A frame large yet small enough to be a tray
 Smiley 12x12 scrapbooking paper
 Smiley Pictures, printouts, newpaper clippings, etc
 Smiley Flat decorations that are mainly used for scrapbooking
 Smiley Glue
 Smiley Two drawer pulls
 Smiley Access to a power drill

Step by Step
1. Take the paper and cardboard out of the frame. Use the paper backing (that they use to list the frame details on) to glue the scrapbooking paper on. Cover it completely with the paper of your choice.
2. Arrange photos, stickers, flat decorations ( I like Jolee's Botique), and other clippings onto the paper.
3. When you've achieved the desired look, glue it all in place.
4. Take the glass out of the frame and leave it off to the side.
5. Using a power drill, drill holes in the sides that can be used as handles.
6. Put the glass and the designed paper back into the frame and close it all up.

Hints, Tips, and Suggestions
 Grin This makes a great gift. Present it to a parent by serveing them breakfast-in-bed with it.
 Grin If you wrap this up with snack foods, magazines, books, and other time-passers, someone who's in the hospital or who is bed-ridden will love the gesture.
 Grin You can make this with anything you have lying around... wrapping paper, fabric scraps, etc.

If anyone makes one, I'd love to see it!
69  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Guitar Pick Earrings on: May 18, 2004 04:59:14 PM
My friend made the most adorable earings ever. She used a drill to poke holes into the tops of two guitar picks. Then she attatched an earing hook to through the holes. The final result looks awesome and very edgy.
70  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ice Candles on: May 18, 2004 04:45:17 PM
Here's an idea I found from watching TV. I kind of altered some of it to make it more unique.

Materials
 Smiley Clean juice carton
 Smiley Candle wax
 Smiley Melting pot
 Smiley Candle thermometer
 Smiley A candle wick
 Smiley Wax colouring
 Smiley Candle wax scent
 Smiley Ice
 Smiley Ribbon

Step by Step
1. Trim the carton to the desired height of candle.
2. Break up the wax and begin melting it in an appropriate container that sits in a pot of boling water. Check the candle's temperature often. Make sure it's between 170-180 degrees F.
3. Add the colouring now. Break up the colouring so it melts easier. Then stir.
4. When the wax is ready to pour, add the scent the same way you did the colouring.
5. Put the wick into the container.
6. Crush some ice in a bag. The smaller the ice chunks, the more fancy design you will have.
7. Pour the ice all the way to the top of the container.
8. Now, pour the hot wax in over the ice. Let is alone over night so it can set and harden.
9. The next morning, pour out the water and place the carton on a plate or cutting board.
10. Tear away at the carton until it's all gone.

Tips, Hints, and Suggestions
 Grin Tie a ribbon around the completed candle for an accent.
 Grin Make a few of different heights and similar colours and arrange them together on a tray or mantle.
 Grin They make greast gifts.
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