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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pretty in Pink: I think I may have actually made a stylish purse. on: May 19, 2010 06:11:19 PM
I don't know how this happenedI love patchwork. I've been piecing together fabric scraps since 7th grade. However, usually I made silly, bubbly bags which many people would love to carry, but which are more cheery than stylish. I love cheery. However, I was sewing as usual, but I decided to stick to all red fabrics(I almost managed it) and try out a new purse style. Then I didn't feel like making a handle, so I added a pre-made one. And it turned out nice. So nice I almost don't know what to do with it. I don't carry fancy purses. But I will stop writing now and show you pictures.
Here's the front:

And here's the back:

Thank you for reading! Questions and comments are beloved!
  -Rachel
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Patchwork pyramid in the hopes of being a wallhanging. Suggestions? on: May 19, 2010 05:51:30 PM
I am making my mother a wall hanging for her birthday. I was inspired by a Pine Tree Mandala patchwork quilt, but my attempt turned into something very different. I really like it, but I feel that it needs more to make it suitable for a wall hanging in a sane(well, mostly) household. Opinions and suggestions for additions would be wonderful.

And here's a closeup of a section.

Truly, any thoughts or suggestions would be very very welcome. I have lots of small and large pieces of fabric, and I can freehand quilt on my machine if decorative quilting might help. I was considering adding fabric to make a square and quilt in a contrasting color in the plain fabric.

thank you so much for reading,
Rachel
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I used a pattern! Pretty green purse. on: October 06, 2008 07:38:56 AM
I hardly ever have the patience for patterns, so that really is saying something for me. I made this purse for my college roommate. She loves green. She uses it constantly and that's a huge compliment to me. Unfortunately I did not bring the pattern to college with me, so I cannot tell you what it is, but I can show you pictures!



The patchwork for this baby took FOREVER. But it turned out pretty Smiley


Thank you for looking!
4  COOKING / Dessert / cat eats fish cupcakes-my antidepressant on: July 28, 2008 06:31:51 PM
So, my best friend died in a car crash recently. She was going to be my roommate for my freshman year of college next year. Understandably, my mind has been pretty screwed up lately. One of my friends stayed with me the first week, while I helped plan the memorial service, but after she left I had some problems. At the moment I can't concentrate on anything useful, so I've been finding not at all useful things to do. It helps a little.

So here is my current antidepressant: cupcakes! I got a wonderful cupcake decorating book from a friend for my birthday, and my mom agreed to pay for the ingredients today if I made cupcakes for supper. She may have regretted that  Tongue The eyes are mini m+ms, the cheeks mentos, and the tongues and noses are swedish fish and starbursts. I got the design straight from the book, "Hello, Cupcake", but I'm still really happy about them. Oh, and when I finished I made some strange m+m flowers with the leftover frosting. And here are the pictures:








I'm sorry about the depressing backdrop, but that's pretty much been my reason for doing everything these days. Thanks for looking!
5  COOKING / Dessert / southpark cookies on: April 27, 2008 11:01:33 AM
A friend of mine's birthday is on wednesday, and I couldn't think of what to make him. I've been on this cookie baking high for a few weeks now, and he talks about southpark alot, so I decided to make him some southpark cookies. I've only ever seen one show, so I just printed a picture off the internet and make them from that.

They're just basic sugar cookies with some extra flour to make them stiffer. The frosting was all originally white, but I added a mixture of kool-aid and food coloring. I love food coloring Smiley
                       baked and unfrosted(I ate the star instead of frosting it)

                            frosted!

                 comments and criticism greatly appreciated. This is the first thing I've done with frosting, and I plan on doing more in the future. I need all the help I can get.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my marsupial owl loves wallets on: February 20, 2008 05:00:24 AM
She'll take as many as you will give her.

She has a little zip up pocket in the front belly, hence being a marsupial. I pretty much copied the picture from http://www.clementsusa.net/images/owlbag.jpg, but I still love it.
               Thanks for looking!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / romance novel wallet with tutorial on: December 30, 2007 01:11:33 PM
I've made several of these and posted them before, but here is my latest, with a tutorial.
If anyone actually uses it, or makes something similar to it, PLEASE send me pics Smiley I love seeing variations on ideas like this. Mine is a variation on a paperback wallet I saw.
        First you need 4 covers of romance paperbacks(thrift shops often have a bunch), some clear packaging tape, velcro, and a sewing machine with a heavyweight needle, I use denim. The normal ones break or mess up while you're trying to sew.
        You take the 4 covers

        and choose two with small pictures. Cut a block from each that is 3 3/4 in. wide and 2 1/2 in. tall, centering on the picture.
 
         These are the credit card slots. Take your wide packaging tape and neatly tape them together, and cover the front and back of the rectangle with tape, essentially laminating it. Trim the tape from the edges. Set that aside.

         Now look at your two other covers. Choose the one you like the best, and set that aside. That will be the outside of your wallet. Take the cover you have left, and trim it so it is 3 in. tall and 7 1/2 in. wide. If the cover isn't that wide(it probably won't be), take two piece of ribbon and tape them to the sides. When I say ribbon, I mean plain ribbon used for wrapping presents. The stuff you find in the drug store.

        Laminate the rectangle with the ribbon, and trim the excess ribbon and tape. Trim the ribbon so the rectangle is 7 1/2 inches wide. Set this aside

        Take your last cover, and tape ribbon to the width.
 
Trim the edges of the ribbon, and laminate the rectangle.

         Tape ribbon onto the length edges of the rectangle, and laminate them to the cover. I don't know how to say that so it makes sense. Basically, tape the ribbon to the unribboned edges and laminate the ribbons.

         Now you take the 7 1/2 by 3 rectangle and the credit card slots( the 7 1/2 by 2 1/2 strip made of two pictures). Place the credit card slot rectangle on the other rectangle, lining up the bottom and side edges as best as you can. Sew a zig zag stitch on the line between the two pictures that make up the credit card slot using a heavy needle(denim).

         take this rectangle and place it on the ugly side of the outside piece. Line up the bottom and side edges as well as you can again. You can try and pin it, but I've found it's really hard. The pins just bend.

 Starting on the right side sew around the whole rectangle of the outer piece with a zigzag stitch.

 
Fold down the top edge of the outer piece and add velcro. Unfortunately, when I made these last pictures I could find my velcro, so I'm just holding it closed with me finger.


I really truly hope this tutorial makes some sense to somebody. If not, criticism is very much appreciated. And again, if anybody makes one of these, post the pics on this topic, or message me the link to a new topic. Thanks for looking!
         
         
         
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / fabric paint works on crocheting!(pic heavy) on: December 21, 2007 07:32:31 PM
For some very silly christmas presents, I crocheted balls, stuffed them with rice, and later popcorn kernels, and painted faces on them with my 3d fabric paint. One was embroidered, but that took too much time, and the painted ones have alot more personality.
                   here's the bunch of 'em together:

                   and here are the individuals, with notes and explanations when needed(just wait and see)




              This one I decided looked like a pear, so I gave it eyes and lips and a stem and leaf.

              This is my embroidered one, originally supposed to be a turtle, however I apparently don't know what turtles look like...

              And here is what was supposed to be a sun with sunglasses. Unfortunately, the sunglasses looked like normal glasses. It reminded me of Harry Potter, so I gave it a lightning bolt scar which, shoot, I do not believe was added when this picture was taken. You can just imagine it there...

 And this my last post of 4 made in the last 10 minutes. Most of them are in the purses section. I tend to post everything at once. :b

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / it all started with some fabric samples... on: December 21, 2007 07:12:57 PM
Yes, I work in a fabric shop. My boss, who I do adore, is a true business woman. When she gets free fabric samples from stores that want her to buy, she sells them for $4 each.

And I buy them, with my 20% discount.
And I quilt them.

And I make a colorful travel bag, for $3.20. I wish it had been free, but you've gotta admit, that's inexpensive.
  It's based off of the pattern found at http://dragoknit.blogspot.com/2007/02/box-bag-tutorial.html. I just made it bigger and replaced the interfacing with batting.




I only wish I could find some way to make it keep it's shape better. Can you use both interfacing AND batting?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / another lovestruck wallet on: December 21, 2007 07:00:28 PM
I know alot of people have made these, but i'm slightly infatuated with them. I go into the thrift shop and get crazy weird looks from people as I shuffle through the entire romance paperback section looking for the ones with the most...interesting...covers. This is my most recent.



Sorry about the slightly blurry covers. I have a nice camera, but apparently I'm not capable of using it. Expect more of these, I still have 8 covers left *wahaha*
    My only question now is, what do I do with the books after I've torn off the covers? And PLEASE don't say read them...
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