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7161  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shared Patterns on: July 29, 2008 03:03:05 PM
Thanks, BadBird! I think she might be my favorite so far (but it really is hard to choose Wink )!
7162  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Summer Reading Swap Gallery on: July 29, 2008 02:59:47 PM
More great stuff and fantastic books! And, it's funny about that wandering box- I once had a box go from Ohio (I think), to Phoenix, AZ and then to me in Massachusetts!

I will be working on my items tonight and tomorrow, with a slightly delayed ship date of Thursday. I had a check-up at the doctors and was told I couldn't rake, shovel, vacuum or do any lifting. So, I guess I'll have to craft and read!
7163  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Demon Cherry Purse on: July 29, 2008 05:15:23 AM
Thanks, everyone! It's a good thing I really like the fabric, otherwise the sight of it would make me ill Wink

The Demon Cherry was conceived in one of those flashes of inspiration. I found a video on YouTube that showed how to make the crocheted cherry, then I added on the felt horns and tail, and stitched on the face. I think I need to make another one for myself!
7164  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Summer Reading Swap Gallery on: July 28, 2008 08:12:13 PM
I love what everyone has received so far! And, the book selections are fantastic. My partner and I agreed to do 3 books, and I'm really trying to stick to that. I'm trying to make everything fit into this flat rate box that I have...but one of the books is pretty big and I never checked to see if it would fit...might have to get the next size up Wink Then, I'd have more options Wink
7165  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R2 (FOCR R2) Signups CLOSED Sendouts 8/18 on: July 28, 2008 07:42:39 PM
I think I'll be starting on my item at the end of this week. I'm so inspired by all of the cool stuff on here already!
7166  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Days of the Week Undies Swap .:Signups CLOSED:. on: July 28, 2008 07:40:58 PM
I keep forgetting to do laundry to pre-wash mine! I'll have to do it tomorrow because I plan to hit the PO on Wednesday to mail out for another swap.

I have an idea I might use, but I need to test it out first. Good thing I had just last month bought a bunch of panty and cami sets to play with!
7167  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Documenting my bookbinding project (anyone interested?) on: July 28, 2008 07:33:19 PM
I've been following along for a while now, and I'm amazed at A) Your progress and B) your ingenuity!

Okay...and now I need to add...

C) your patience and D) your perseverance!

I am impressed...
7168  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Summer Reading Swap-Signups:Closed; Sendouts:7/30 on: July 28, 2008 07:26:42 PM
For some reason, I can't decide on what to craft for my partner! I do have one idea down solid, and another one is a maybe (I have to see if I have one crucial supply), but I keep changing my mind about anything else. The problem is, on my questionnaire, I listed a few things I didn't want, and for some reason, those are the items I want to make for her Tongue So, I'm trying to figure out other things... I think I finally have it, now I just need to spend a block of time tomorrow working on it. I'm taking an online class that is just sucking up my time- 3 hours tonight, and at least 3 more hours to go this week! Ick... So, since I have to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow for an appt. with the water dept., I may get some early morning crafting in Wink  Nothing like leaving things until the last minute!
7169  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Demon Cherry Purse on: July 28, 2008 11:53:17 AM
A while back, I saw the Arc Reactor Shirt made by pickled_peppers and knew that I had to have one for my brother's birthday. We decided to do a personal swap for one and when I checked out her wists, she had wisted a wallet in this fantastic cherry pattern and a handbag. I happened to have the exact same cherry fabric on hand, so I offered to make the handbag in the same fabric.

I cannot begin to tell you the troubles I had with this purse! I used a tutorial (sorry, I don't remember where I found it), but the measurements were a bit vague, so I had to do some figuring and finger-crossing. Then, it has a zipper closure, which I was excited to try, but I had misplaced my zipper foot. I finally had to buy a new one, then wait for it to arrive. When it did arrive, it didn't quite fit my machine, but I managed. Along the way, I managed to misplace the supplies more than once and run into other sorts of random obstacles (like my machine suddenly and randomly skipping stitches). And, the night before I finally put the final touches on it all, I pulled my back out!

I decided that the purse was possessed by a demon, hence the name...

But, all in all, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. There are a couple of things I'd change should I ever get the courage to make another one, but overall, I'm happy!

Because the pattern on the fabric is busy, it's a bit hard to tell but there are two pockets on the front with buttoned flaps. It closes with a zipper and has a 32" strap. It's lined with black fabric. It's about 7" X 10" X 4" big (or small...).

And, because it was taking me so long, and pickled_peppers was being so good-natured about the whole thing, I also made a little coin purse. It has a little loop so she can attach it to a key ring if she wants.

And finally, the root of all of my problems, the Demon Cherry himself...


7170  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dotee Doll ROUND TWO Gallery on: July 28, 2008 11:36:18 AM
I received my adorable Dotee, Sewphie, from AlwaysInspired! My pictures do not do her justice- she is adorable (I just love her jaunty little thimble hat!). Her face is hand drawn on a large black button, and her "legs" are sewing notions: Thread spool, bobbin, tape measure. And, I love the zipper down the front (I have a thing for zippers!). And, she hangs with rick-rack!! Too cute!

Thanks, AlwaysInspired!

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