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551  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: making a book purse out of les miserables by victor hugo on: May 21, 2007 04:52:33 PM
Ideally, you would ditch the paperback and find a hardcover version at a used book store.  You MUST READ the tutorial "My Newest Book Purse" at www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140965.0;all.  It is amazing - great instructions.   I made a purse out a softcover book, and the key for me was:  (1) reinforce the spine with a spine-sized piece of cardboard, (2) use a manila folder, cut out a piece that is just slightly smaller than the book.  You will glue that to the interior of the book after you strengthen the spine.  HOT TIP:  A paperback or softcover book can be sewn with your sewing machine.  I used mine to sew around all four sides, then tacked the side pieces in by hand.
     Read that tutorial.  The gal who started that thread is a mega-genius.  I've made 3 book purses and she taught me a thing or two! 
552  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: "oh... thanks" (the worst thing to hear!) on: May 17, 2007 08:09:25 PM
Oh, man!  I pieced a mini quilt (9" x 6") that was pretty intricate for its size.  My husband really liked all the twin and queen-size quilts I'd made over the years.  He asked me to show him how to hand quilt, so I gave him this.  He laboriously hand stitched around these little intersections, THEN he did the binding by hand, too!  We were so thrilled to have done this project together.  For Valentine's Day, we wrapped it up and gave it to my dad's wife.  Her daughter had made a quilted wall hanging, so we just KNEW she'd appreciate all the effort, blah blah blah.  The next time we visited her, she placed it on the table next to me and put a mug of coffee on it!  She was using it as a coaster!!! AAAARRRRGH!  (Pirate Grief).
553  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Slide Lamps... i know they've been done UPDATE - img heavy on: May 16, 2007 10:47:21 AM
Incredible!  I have to say, I love that you shared your idea so generously.  I love this site!! A local artist makes beautiful furniture, lamp shades and garments, but refuses all requests to explain how she makes any of it.  She's afraid others will make poorer quality versions and undersell her at craft fairs.  I certainly understand my friend's point, but it makes me appreciate your openness even more.  It's clear your lamp took hours of meticulous attention to detail.  Thanks for sharing!  I can't wait to make one for myself from family vacation shots - and I'll NEVER sell it!
554  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: b/w - Decoupage: chest Fornasetti style (IMG heavy) on: May 16, 2007 10:31:17 AM
This is absolutely stunning!  I'm inspired!
555  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: To specialize in one craft or flirt with many different ones? on: May 09, 2007 10:31:44 AM
I used to mainly quilt, make clothes and mosaics.  Then I learned to knit socks, which I love because they are small portable projects.  If you have a sock project in a ziplock bag, pop it into your purse and you can complete a couple rounds while you stand in line waiting for the bank teller to call your name!  I used to actually feel disappointed when I got to the head of a line.  Last week I finished a "Seventyopoly" collage project for my mom's 70th birthday.  I pasted family pictures on all the different properties (like my sister in a parade). I named the properties after places we lived and visited.   I put pictures of each family member on the money.  I'm a $10 and my sister's a $20., for example.  The Chance and Community Chest cards have silly family inside jokes and memories (like, "your dog Greta runs away and is found at the neighbor's eating an ice cream cone, lose 1 turn.")  It turned out well, and I made a huge copy at Kinko's and am going to frame my copy.   
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