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7311  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!
7312  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...
7313  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!
7314  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...


7315  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!

7316  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Documenting my bookbinding project (anyone interested?) on: July 28, 2008 10:38:36 AM
I've been following along for a while now, and I'm amazed at A) Your progress and B) your ingenuity!

Can't wait to see the next step!
7317  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One for Me, One for You Swap signups closed! on: July 27, 2008 09:52:04 PM
Thanks for the words of sympathy and advice! It was lucky that it happened on summer vacation so I didn't have to miss a week of school (because my sub plans are never in order Tongue ). I'm looking forward to working on things at a nice slow pace so I can A) Do a really good job B) Take plenty of naps and C) Not be a crazy woman finishing at the last minute!

I really wanted to make one of my items last weekend, though! I am very tempted to give it as a birthday gift. But, it's something that I really could have used last week, so I figured that if I made mine and then used it, then I wouldn't be able to give it away because it was used! Cheesy
7318  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dotee Doll Mini Art Doll Swap ROUND TWO! - Signups CLOSED - Sendout 8/15 on: July 27, 2008 09:43:45 PM
I have one done.. and some faces for the rest.. I actually made some polymer clay faces!  They need sanding.. so they might not make it.. my first ones are THICK... but some glow in the dark.. which I just love.. looked through my beading mag.. and I could get some glow in the dark beads... hmmmm... I do have glow in the dark thread and paint.. may have to play some more....
Linda P Grin

Instead of sleeping, my brain has been sifting through ideas for my dotees and I actually thought about making glow in the dark faces! too funny! But then, I wouldn't need to go shopping since I already have the supplies... and I really need to GO SHOPPING!!
7319  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ JULY on: July 27, 2008 05:55:11 PM
I finished my June square! But I still have to weave in the ends...

I was at my mom's recuperating from a pulled back muscle and the one thing I grabbed on the way out the door was the yarn and square! I didn't go on to July because I didn't do July '07 yet, and since I'm making such good progress, I'm superstitious about skipping the '07 square Tongue

So, I'll post my June square in a day or two and then I'll be starting on my July squares...quickly followed by August Wink

Everyone's squares are looking great!
7320  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One for Me, One for You Swap signups closed! on: July 27, 2008 05:45:04 PM
Wow! Both of my awesome partners (longtimegeek and Tanza) are way ahead of me! But, I have a legitimate excuse...really!

On Friday the 18th of July, as a reward for surviving the physics class of doom, I went shopping for supplies for my items. I came with a full weekend of crafting joy planned. But, from sitting for about 40 hours listening to physics blah blah blah, my back was killing me! So, I opted to sleep on the futon in the spare room. As I was clearing off the piles of laundry, I leaned and lifted, and pulled out my back. Out of commission for a week! I spent most of it at my mom's, but because of the "meds," I wasn't thinking clearly enough to remember to pack my craft supplies. So, a week of no crafting! Ack!! But now, while still not 100%, at least I'm home, and can craft when I'm up to it...and then take nice long naps Wink

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