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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Matrioshka Doll purse on: January 05, 2008 11:13:30 PM
I made this for the Shop the Swap. The look of the dolls was inspired by NovaStarlet's pillow. Hope you like it  Cheesy

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / It's PINK...Can I give it to a baby BOY? on: November 26, 2007 02:10:12 PM
I recently made this for my shop the swap shop thinking if I didn't sell it I would give it to some aquaintances/budding friends that were pregnant at the time. Now they've had their baby and it is a boy. I was planning to get some nice baby bath products like Burt's Bees and put with to make a cute little bathtime gift but when I told my mom about it she didn't think I should give it to them because it is pink. I know pink is supposed to be for girls but I am WAY over that and don't believe in making kids fit society's gender expectations, and nurturing boys and girls differently and all that. So now I have a dilema because I have this really cute bath mit I wanted to give them (and I don't know anyone else expecting that I could give it to, BTW) but my mom has made me second guess the idea. For those of you who have taken time to read this novella, I would really appreciate your opinions!!

13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hoisting the feminist flag on: November 26, 2007 01:01:17 AM
I made this for the feminist swap a little while back, but since things can get lost back there in the swap archives I wanted to bring it out here to the embroidery experts to get some comments and/or criticisms. thanks!

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $1 yard sale find on: November 26, 2007 12:56:46 AM
I found this wooden piece at a yard sale that used to be around a mirror attached to a dresser (only the outer frame) and they only wanted a dollar for it so my wheels started turning. I quickly settled on the idea of making it into a bulletin board and snatched it up. I gave it a new coat of paint, got my mom to cut out a piece of old bulletin board to fit since she has an electric saw, then covered it with some fabric, attched a string to the back and voila!

The reason the cord shows is because I already had a hole in the wall with a sturdy screw so I needed the height to be different than what it would be if I used the hangers that were already there on the back of the frame. So, when I move to a new place it will look better.
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The BEST thing I EVER made!!! Also known as my travel wallet on: November 25, 2007 11:39:23 PM
I am shamefully proud of my new travel wallet, even though the idea is not my own. I have seen several made in similar styles on Etsy but 1. I didn't have the moolah and 2. I really wanted to use my little bear fabric. It served me well on my recent trip to Syria and all my important documents and money stayed put.  Smiley

Here is my favorite picture of it because I love this little bear:

Here is the front:

Bird's eye view of the inside:

This side holds the boarding passes/tickets, passport, and ID:

And this side has two slots for cards or boarding pass stubs, as well as a velcro change compartment and a zippered section for money or other important stuff.

My husband is going to be getting one for Christmas but i haven't made his yet.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / How does shop the swap work? on: September 24, 2007 02:21:04 PM
I've been looking at old and current shop the swap threads and can't seem to figure out exactly how they work. I know they work by trading points rather than actually buying with money, but sometimes I see in someone's profile "come shop my swap." So this makes me wonder if anyone can join in and "buy" something or if it is only for those who officially registered for the swap from the beginning. There seems to always be new rounds and some people's shops are open while other people's are closed so I can't ever figure out when the entire swap is beginning or ending. HELP! I am interested in how this works but am just confused all around  Huh
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How to sew a piece of embroidered fabric onto something else on: September 08, 2007 06:59:22 PM
I have embroidered a design on some plain white cotton and want to sew it on the front of a pillow but I am not sure where to start. I am making the pillow cover myself so it is not assembled yet. The problem I am facing is that the fabric I want to use for my pillow will show through embroidered piece since the underneath fabric has a print and the embroidered piece is just plain white. Should I fuse another layer of white fabric to the back of my embroidered piece and then just turn the edges under and sew it to the pillow.....or would it be better to sew the fabric on, with raw edges showing and then put a layer of ribbon or bias tape to "frame" the design and hide the raw edges? I don't know if any of that made any sense but hopefully someone knows what I am talking about. Thanks for any help!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Eye Patches- cute, not piratey on: September 08, 2007 12:32:44 PM
My mom was recently diagnosed with a disease that causes a droopy eye, among other things and she has been pretty down about it. The more her eye is exposed to light, the more quickly it tires out and gets droopy so sometimes I spot her covering that eye with her hand to give it a moment's rest from the sun or other light. I told her she should wear a patch, at least part of the day like when she's at home or riding (as a passenger) in the car. At first she thought I was kidding but then she started to think maybe it would be a good idea. For those of you who have ever looked into the eyepatch market, the only kind to get at stores are the cheap plain black ones but their are tons of (expensive) patches online made from all types of fabrics. But being the cheap and crafty person I am, I wanted to make some myself. I bought one at the drugstore for about $3 and took it apart and used it as a pattern. They didn't take long at all to make. I just mailed the finished patches to her today so I hope they will cheer her up when she gets them.

Here they are, modeled by the dh:

Polka Dots


Blue shirting:

In their little box getting ready to go in the mail:

Do you think she'll like them?

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Asian-inspired lingerie bag on: September 05, 2007 06:37:58 PM
I made this lingerie bag for my friend's lingerie shower. It was a big hit  Cheesy
My friend is not into frilly or cutesy stuff so I wanted it to look classy and oh-so-sophisticated. That's why I decided against a drawstring and made two big pockets instead. It kinda turned out looking like a book cover, but I guess all that matters is that she really liked it and that it makes a pretty holder for her prettiest unmentionables  Wink

Here's a detail of the frog closure:

The bag when it's closed (the line on the left is just a light reflection):

Bag when it's open:

Pocket in action (that's one of those "handmade by..." tags inside)

Detail of pockets:

And I know it's overkill but I think the fabric is really pretty:

Sorry I went a little nuts with the pics. I'd love to hear what ya'll think.  Smiley
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Aunt Martha's Vintage Kitty on Tote on: August 20, 2007 03:25:23 PM
I made this for the reusable grocery bag challenge but decided to post it in the "real world." I hope it is ok to do that. I would love to get some feedback from embroidery folk since i am still new at it. This is from an Aunt Martha's pattern but I added the speech bubble.

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