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1  brown wristlet - with sequins! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by parlervousfrancais on: October 21, 2007 06:16:36 PM
i'm trying to limit the amount of stuff i carry around all the time.  i figured that was a pretty good reason to make a new wristlet!

the sequin detail:

the back looks the same, without the sequins.
it's the perfect size for my wallet, phone, and ipod.

i love hearing what everyone thinks, thanks for looking!

and sorry for the huge pictures...
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2  using up the ends of neckties -- my new bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by parlervousfrancais on: October 21, 2007 06:10:14 PM
after making a different tie bag (i have to get on to posting it!) i was left with many pieces of the skinny ends of ties.  had to use them, so here's what i came up with.

i am terrible of taking pictures of the things i make, so bear with me...

i quilted the black fabric and reinforced the bottom and sides of the bag

hope you like it!
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3  my ipods wardrobe is growing! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by parlervousfrancais on: October 21, 2007 06:03:25 PM
here are some cases i've made recently for my ipod...

the first two are black felt, and a colored button  Smiley

this one opens from the top...

and heres a wallet-style one...
this one's edges look a little uneven in the photos, but not so in person  Tongue

and lastly, a plain pocket-style one
i fell in love with this fabric!

thanks for looking!  i'd love to hear what you think!
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4  my next green leather journal - this one with mixed paper (many photos) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by parlervousfrancais on: October 08, 2007 11:38:09 AM
found this book at a used book store - the virginians by thackeray.  it was originally published in 1857! 

i filled it with all sorts of scrap paper i found around the house.

the outside

the endpages - it's inscribed with a name that i can't read, and "1918"

i kept the first few pages of the book in the book - there's some pretty sweet pictures - but this is the dedication page.  it's dated september 7, 1859

some paper

i'd love to hear what everyone thinks!
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5  velvety sewing kit in Completed Projects by parlervousfrancais on: July 29, 2007 01:22:25 PM
I'm going to visit my sister tomorrow, and she recently mentioned that she wished she had a sewing kit.  So, I whipped this up this morning.

The outside - it closes with some elastic around a button.

Open - she doesn't need much, so I put in a zippered pocket for thread, and two strips of felt for needles and safety pins.  I think I'm going to add some straight pins too.

Thanks for checking it out!

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6  my bedroom - brown, black, and maroon. (image heavy) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by parlervousfrancais on: July 03, 2007 07:52:32 PM
I finally got off my bum to make my bed and take pictures to post here.  I've been meaning to do it for ages!  Most of the decorating in here was done quite a while ago, but I can't seem to stop adding things. Cheesy  I hope you enjoy!

Here's the view from the door.  You can see my christmas lights, which I love.  They give a really soft, nice light to the room.

View from the door again... black duvet, papter lanterns that don't actually have any lights in them.  The wicker chest was my moms, I stole it from our basement.  Wink

My bed.  A map of Italy given to me from my dad, because I went there this spring break.  I thought it matched quite nicely.

Standing at the window - shelving unit, also stolen from our basement.  I just found out my dad made it out of some old bifold doors!  Maybe he should join craftster!  The statues were given to me by a friend from Thailand.  And then there's photos of my lovelies.  (Being my sister and my best friends,) and my makeup.

View from sitting on the bed.

The top of my armoire. 

My closet.  Probably not a necessary photo, but I do sort of decorate in there too...

And finally, a beautiful suitcase that you may have noticed at the end of my bed, belonged to my mom when she was a kid and recently discovered (in my basement!) and brought upstairs to be shown off.  I love it - and thought it deserved a photo all of it's own.

So.  That was a lot of talking, but I hoped you enjoyed it.  I certainly enjoyed creating it! 

I'd love to hear what you think!
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7  my new journal - made out of a book published in 1915 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by parlervousfrancais on: September 10, 2006 04:42:12 PM
Here's my latest journal, made out of "Hempfield" by David Grayson, a novel published in 1915.  It has a dark green leather cover but the spine was a little decayed, so i reinforced it with some light card board.

Sorry for the huge pictures, I don't have a clue how to change that.

The cover...

The spine...

I loved the original endpages, so i left them in:

And, the pages, which I tea dyed using various types of tea, leaving most a tan colour, but some turned out purple from the berry tea  Tongue:

Thanks for looking, i'd love to hear what you think!
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8  my sister's grad clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by parlervousfrancais on: September 10, 2006 04:34:06 PM
I made this clutch for my sister to take to grad, and (finally) have pictures to show you all.  Grin

I made it out of black upholstery fabric, with a lining that is the same as what her dress was made out of.

Heres the whole thing, it does up with black beads on elastic string, and the "button" is actually a pin that she found and fell in love with.

Here's a better picture of the beads and such:

And open, you can see the lining is a dark purple silky fabric:

Comments would be really appreciated!
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9  Re: hobo bag pattern? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by parlervousfrancais on: June 12, 2006 04:43:20 PM
here's a bag i made that looks similar to this:

i used sushimifune's fabulous rounder roomy bag tutorial, here:


hope that helps you out!
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10  Re: Old Navy boho shoulder hobo bag pattern in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by parlervousfrancais on: April 03, 2006 09:08:03 PM
My sister has a bag similar to this.. and i think it might be only 2 pieces for each outside and lining... like this:

Sew up the bottom and both sides on each pair, and then square the corners (like the oh-so-helpful jordys)... and attach them together.  I think this might work...
Good luck!
And by the way, it is a really nice bag... I might have to make myself one...
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