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421  7 hrs~Amy Butler Checkbook Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MareMare on: September 02, 2008 10:38:20 PM
I have been wanting to do this project since I got the In Stitches book, and finally I sat down today to do it. It's definitely not perfect, but it was a fun project and I will make some more, hopefully without the mistakes in this one!  My camera is at my brother's house, but I was so excited to post that I took pics with my phone! I originally wanted to add some red accents into this purse, but ended up leaving it just the white and black.

Here is the outside, closed.

Here is the outside back with the flap open to show the pocket.

And here is the inside with a few things added!

I did the ruffle with the lining fabric instead of the outside fabric, and made the pen and lipstick holders with the outside fabric for a little more contrast. I goofed up on the zipper a  bit (that was a PIA) and I sewed the inside in a little bit funky so the side card holders are a little bit narrow, but I am gonna deal with it. All in all I am pleased that it only took me about 7 hours! It would have been less if I had read a few of the directions a little bit more carefully too! And I haven't added the little handle thing yet, but not real concerned about it. I think it is really a zipper pull, but they call it a handle?

Seriously, if anybody wants to do this project, make sure you have lots of tailor's chalk in good colors to contrast your fabric!
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422  Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MareMare on: September 02, 2008 01:56:22 AM
Here are pics of a couple of these I made up for some recent swaps!

This was for the august birthday swap

And this was for the yarnies scavenger hunt swap

The second one turned out better IMO since it was thicker weight home dec fabric. The first one was just quilting cotton and was a little too lightweight to hold it's shape. Next time I use cotton I am going to use a medium weight fusible interfacing on one of the layers. But, I really like using different fun prints for the lining and the outside!
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423  Re: Yarnies Scavenger Hunt 2 ~ Gallery of Goodness ~ in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: August 27, 2008 11:19:46 PM
I received from girlosun_9 today! I love my package!

This lovely organic cotton in one of my favorite colors is Squishy, and the Lavender and Blueberry Dark Chocolate bar is Unusual!

A Clutch is something with the letter C

Needles to weave in my ends, I am always losing them! Something Blue. And something Flexible...a Spline. I'm not really sure what that is, but it's fun to play with. After a google search I think it's to help draw curves?  Embarrassed

The Spline repositioned to show how very flexible it is, and Sender's Choice, a Scissors Cozy which I really needed! I wanted to show my scissors wearing it, but my sewing box is in the car and I just couldn't drag myself outside.

Something Local~ Postcards from Maine! These are very fun, and I collect postcards!

And she wrote what everything was on these little cards with awesome Maya Angelou quotes on them! Thanks girlosun_9, it was a great swap!
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424  Re: Pictures of craft fair setup - Please post! in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by MareMare on: August 26, 2008 07:36:58 PM
Here are pics from the first craft fair I did. I just had my soaps in baskets. I took in over $1000 in two days.

I later got displays and squared my packaging away, but I have never made as much as that first year! These are a few years old, I have changed my packaging to soap boxes and then back to cigar bands, but the displays are pretty much the same

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425  It took me 6 years, but I did it. in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: August 25, 2008 12:58:01 AM
I got my serger for my 21st birthday. I turned 27 a couple weeks ago, and tonight I finally figured out how to thread the damn thing! I almost cried I was so excited. This thing has frustrated me for many years, but for some reason it finally clicked! My mom kept wanting to give it away or sell it, but I vowed one day it would work for me!

 Grin Grin Grin
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426  Re: August 2008 Ongoing Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: August 24, 2008 10:11:53 PM
I got a great package from whyme81687 a couple days ago!

A lovely crocheted clutch purse with a really neat button and cute lining:

An 8 inch black crocheted square for my craftster afghan:

And a surprise from my wists!! Tetris magnets!

Thank you so much whyme81687! These were great birthday presents!
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427  Re: YARN STORAGE?! Show me what you do! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: August 13, 2008 12:24:08 AM
I have these wire racks that are the biggest pain in the butt to put together, but they hold a lot of stuff. In the past I used them as soap drying racks, but ended up wasting a lot of space since I could just put 1 row of soap down and then there was like a vertical foot of air space wasted. Anyhow, this doesn't look particularly organized, but this is what I recently did in my crafting room that doubles/triples/quadruples as an exercise room/library/nephew play area (really, the tonka trucks and elmo tool bench--not mine) But I got the racks from costco I think. Anything you can get to lie on its side like that is great, milk carton crates would work well too! Don't forget to check the kids section when you go to the store too, sometimes they have cool kids organizational drawer type things. You can't see it here I don't think, but on the other side of the book shelf (that's all craft books lol) I have a 3 drawer rolling cart thingie with more yarn, mostly crochet thread and fun fur crud.

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428  Re: Giant Multi-Theme Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: June 14, 2008 03:49:58 PM
And here are my lovely goodies from MommyTheMaid! If you have better pics of the jewelry or the apron please post since I had trouble with those!

Wildflower Theme:

Tissue Cozy with tissue!

Really cute earrings and bracelet set, and she made them big enough to fit my wrists and be loose so they don't aggravate my contact dermititis. And I love the design of the earrings too! The flower beads are super cute, kinda translucent with a flower on the inside.And another bracelet with what looks like handpainted flower beads

A whole slew of really pretty hand made cards. They are all different, and she decorated the envelopes too!

Greece, the country, Theme:

Key hanger with Greek flag, Super clever potholders with Greek flag, and Tea Towels that say "Bon Appetit" in Greek

And! A super cute apron right off my wists! On the pocket it says "Cheers" in Greek

Palm Tree Theme:

Awesome knit palm tree washcloths! I love these, I think my mom may be trying to steal one. And a little book with a palm tree cover, full of colorful pages!

Tote bag with cute trim and palm tree painted on and adorable wristlet style bag with palm tree embroidery. I love the contrasting fabric on this! Palm tree Recipe book with some recipes inside, including Greek ones!

Alice in Wonderland Theme:

Queen of hearts corset cup cozy! Way Way too cute!

Knit Scarf and calorimetry set to look like the colors in the Cheshire cat! They are spot on, and very well made. I love this idea!

Old School Nintendo Theme:

Triforce (from Zelda, but I hope everybody can recognize the triforce when they see it) tea towels!

And and and~ The bestest for last! A pixelated Mario wall/lap quilt! I love it so!   Grin  <3  <3  <3
I was trying to explain it to my boyfriend and he knew exactly what I was talking about "You mean like old 8-bit style? Awesome!" I will just have to keep him from stealing it!

Thank you so much MommyTheMaid! I'm sad this swap is over, it feels like it's been going on forever!
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429  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 34 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: June 03, 2008 10:39:09 PM
I got two lovely packages yesterday! Both were bright and cheery and flower themed! It's been a crazy spring here, we usually don't get any snow all year, and we had snow in April, and way more rain than usual. Hopefully now that I have some flowers the sun will come out!

From 6iggle I got this lovely needle book! It is so cute, and I love the colors! Also she filled it with needles for me, I never seem to have any, now I can keep them all together!



She also sent a TON of super adorable buttons, zippers (I am gonna be making some pouches) and a bunch of ribbon and other trim! 

And from HannahKarina I received a wonderful painting! She spot on got colors and designs that I like, and it will look awesome in my room!

And she also sent along floral post-its, loose leaf peony tea (!), and a cute little green candle!

Thank you so much ladies, these were wonderful packages!
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430  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 33 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: May 03, 2008 07:24:49 PM
I'm sorry I'm just now getting around to posting this Rosanna9041 (crazy, crazy weekend)! She made me the bestest package! She claimed me for a mini scrapbook for my nephews, but sent so much more (and did a totally amazing job on the scrapbook!) And Dane and Aidan are going to totally need their goodies now, 'cause they have a new baby brother who is getting all the attention!

Really cute tote bag! The lining has all kinds of animals on it. Pirate tattoos for the boys, and transformers activity book, they are going to flip, and some note cards for me!

Little craft kit for the boys, emergency vehicles, construction stickers, and tissue holder

Stickers, mini scrap book, corners, and photo keychain

Still with me?? Ok, here's the scrapbook! (well some of my fave layouts, it has tons of pages, and is 8 x8!)

Thank you!
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