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101  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Don't Go In The Water! on: April 26, 2007 07:40:44 PM
Movie: Jaws

Bag Title: Don't Go In The Water!

As a kid, this movie terrified me, especially since I swam in the ocean near Martha's Vineyard, where the movie was filmed (I think). As an adult, this movie still terrifies me, but at least now I can appreciate what a great movie it is!

So here he is, complete with bloody, dismembered victim that doubles as a lip balm cozy. His beady eyes are looking for his next victim!

There are 2 zipper compartments, and the larger one is lined with a batik fabric that looks a lot like intestines!

And the unfortunate victim...

Jaws is made out of grey fleece, red duck cloth, white felt, and cotton fabric for the lining. The victim is made out of muslin, sharpie (for face and blood) and fun fur. There is a strap on the back (visible in first photo) and the whole thing is about 8-10 inches long (lip balm cozy/victim can be used for scale).
102  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / What to make when you can only crochet a rectangle... on: April 19, 2007 07:06:18 PM
Here are a couple of purses that I made when I was in the process of re-learning how to crochet. Each one is essentially a rectangle (okay, maybe a little bit trapezoidal) that I folded in thirds and stitched together. For the first one, I made the strap out of a long chain. And, I had this very cute ladybug button that matched perfectly. The second one was made on a long flight from Boston to San Francisco. I wasnt in the mood to make a dishcloth (my mom made one and gave it to the flight attendant who gave us some good places to go in SF), so I made this up. The strap is short rows of double crochets. Im especially proud of my button for this. I didnt happen to bring a button along, and at cruising altitude, a craft store just wasnt handy. So, I crocheted around the tab from my complimentary beverage Wink

103  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / How can I make an ink pad for alcohol inks? on: April 11, 2007 06:45:31 PM
I bought a bunch (about a dozen) of re-inkers of Tim Holtz (I think) alcohol inks and I don't want to spend a ton of money on ink pads for each one.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I can use as an ink pad?

I was thinking of using some cosmetic sponges (the ones that come in the wedge shape) and storing them in a plastic container, but I wasn't sure if this would work... Huh

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!  Smiley
104  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fish Print Zipper Pouch on: March 31, 2007 05:27:47 PM
Or...How I Spent My Saturday Afternoon

Using the amazing tutorial by e.r.i.k.a found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0 I made my first zippered pouch! I had this awesome fabric panel of a coral reef, and I cropped out a couple of the fish for the outside. For the inside, I used a blue batik (note to self: pre-wash batik in the future to avoid blue fingers...). The only zipper I could find that even came close to matching was a 22" yellow one. And, since the pouch is just wide enough to hold new pencils, I had to trim the zipper (what can I do with the bottom half of a zipper?). I also put a yellow fish button on, along with some beads, to make the zipper pull.

105  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Tax Receipts for Charity Donations? on: March 04, 2007 08:25:19 AM
I did a search, but didn't come up with anything, so if this topic already exists, please let me know where and this one can be deleted).

My tax person (a.k.a. Mom) said that the IRS is really cracking down on people having  receipts for donations to charity. Does anyone know how one goes about getting a receipt for donated hand-made goods?

Many of the items I'm making come from materials I've had for a while, and I don't have the receipts for those. From now on, I guess, I could start saving the receipts for the "raw materials," but how do I prove that the goods were made and donated? And, what about the increase in the value of the FO?

106  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Deep Ocean Angler Fish (with Bonus Science Lesson!) on: February 24, 2007 08:54:01 PM
Okay, nothing like a last minute entry! Here is the Deep Ocean Angler Fish, complete with glowing "lure!" The lure (bioluminescent in real life- green LED in the Craftster world!) is dangled in front of the very large mouth to attract prey. When they prey swims too close- CHOMP! Dinner time!

107  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Grow-A-Bag (Bottomless Bag Challenge #11)- Now with Tute (Pic Heavy)- Pg. 3 on: February 04, 2007 02:04:43 PM
Did you ever go shopping and end up buying more than you expected? Have you ever gone on a trip and found that your luggage seems to have shrunk while you were on vacation? Have you ever wished that your bag was just a little bit bigger?

Well, now all of your problems are solved!! Introducing, the amazing "Grow-A-Bag" - the bag that gets bigger as you need it!

3 size levels! Grows from 9 to 12 to 15 inches!
Undo the buttons to "grow" your bag as much (or as little) as you need!
Attractive cherry fabric lining with coordinating pocket!
Handy carry handles!
Also rolls up for compact storage!

*Edit*- I seem to be having a problem with my image...I've uploaded it as a GIF file, so the quality isn't very good...I'll see if I can get a better image tomorrow!
108  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt Challenge #1- Teeny Tiny Quilt on: January 28, 2007 05:12:43 PM
Okay, maybe I took this challenge a little too much at its word, but here it is, my teeny, tiny quilt! It is the first quilt I've ever made!  Wink It is hard to tell, but I used 10 different fabrics for this...It came out looking a bit like a crazy quilt, instead of the patchwork squares I had intended...but making 1/4" squares was harder than I expected!

109  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Rosebud the Bear on: January 25, 2007 02:30:08 PM
This is a little bear that I made using this pattern: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=31654 ...or at least I started with this pattern. Somewhere along the way I counted wrong, so I winged it. I also changed the muzzle and she was looking pretty pig-like until I stitched her nose and "mouth." And, I just realized when I looked at the original photo that I sewed the arms on wrong (and probably overstuffed them, too!). But now she looks like she is just waiting for a hug!  Wink

110  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Clay Choker on: January 12, 2007 06:31:51 PM
This was supposed to be a cuff bracelet...but when I put it in the oven to bake, something shifted and it wasn't wrist-shaped anymore. So, I added some beading wire on the sides, strung a bunch of seed beads and a few Swarovski crystals, added a toggle clasp and... Voila! A polymer clay crocheted necklace!

Very sticky to work with, so while I started with a hook, I switched to the ever-popular "finger-crochet" method!

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