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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from boring brown to charming on: August 14, 2008 08:30:33 PM
I haven't posted in this forum in quite a while, but wanted to share my latest recon. This bag was fun to do! The American Eagle bag came from a local thrift store....excellent condition, but *boring* brown. Added the strip of Amy Butler "charmed" fabric, a little bit of bias tape, and ta-da!

Modeled by my lovely assistant, Edith:

What do you think?
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / kitschy postcard from my summer vacation on: July 16, 2008 03:47:45 PM
Yay! We have a sender (and a receiver!!) -- so post 'em here when you get 'em!

23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / kitschy postcard from my summer vacation swap (signups CLOSED; Sendout by 8/31) on: July 03, 2008 02:18:39 PM
Swap name: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: QuiltersBlock
Sign-up date range: July 3 through 10, 2008
Date to send item by: August 31, 2008

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 11

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Age requirement? 13 and over please

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:

This swap is open to people who are going on vacation or staycation in the next 4-8 weeks. You'll send one kitschy postcard to each participant while you're on vacay. In return, you'll eceive (at your home address) a postcard from each other swap participant who goes on vacation. Yay!! Real Mail!

Short signup time, but extended sendout time so if you're going on vacation next week (me!) or next month you can participate!

Minimal cost involved, just the simple postcards you can find at any airport/bus station/cheap eats place/roadside attraction, and a stamp, well, times maybe ten or so. Couple of quick lines ("Weather is here, wish you were beautiful") and bam, you're done! Receivers would post pics of front/back of each card -- blocking out your name and home address information. If you want to use it in a future project, great! If you just want to pretend you have friends in far off places, great!

You will be sending to multiple partners -- up to 10 post cards if the swap fills. If it fills, but you'd prefer to send to less than 10, please let me know and I will assign/draw names for your desired # of partners.

Understanding that these will, generally, be sent while you're on vacation, and that you may not have immediate internet connection, please contact the organizer with the basic updates that you've sent and to whom. No DC#s. No hassles. The nature of postcards and mail service providers being what they are, it's entirely possible you will not receive a card or two....since all participants will mail cards to each of the other participants, it will be easy to tell if there's a flaker or if it's a fluke. We will call for angels if necessary.

If you have any questions, just ask! This is my first time organizing, so I'd like it to go smoothly. Happy Vacationing!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer with "kitschy postcard swap" in the subject line (do not post your information in thread):

Name of swap: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)


Are you willing to send to all other participants?

If no, what number of post cards are you willing to send and receive?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


 1. QuiltersBlock
 2. elvissatx
 3. Therisa
 4. Shadeweaver
 5. raeonix
 6. myklia
 7. Lizzle
 8. lil_starry1
 9. PlumCrafty
10. cadet120433
11. craftysunday
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / kitschy postcard from my summer vacation on: July 01, 2008 04:07:23 PM
Would there be any interest in a *very* simple swap? I'm heading out on vacation and thinking it would be fun to send postcards from some of the places I visit. Of course, I'll send some to family, but how fun could it be to write a few lines to new friends -- limited by the space on the back of a postcard.

This could be open to people who are going on vacation in the next 4-6 weeks. Multiple partners (heh heh) -- for example, I'd send one kitschy postcard to each of three people while I'm on vacay. In return, I'd receive (at my home address) a postcard from three people who go/are on vacation.

Minimal cost involved, just the simple postcards you can find at any airport/bus station/cheap eats place/roadside attraction, and a stamp. Couple of quick lines ("Weather is here, wish you were beautiful") and bam, you're done! Receivers would post pics of front/back of each card. If you want to use it in a future project, great! If you just want to pretend you have friends in far off places, great!

No DC#s. No hassles.

Maybe it's not 'crafty' enough? Any way to make it a little more "cool" without taking away the ease of use? Pretty low accountability factor, too....if you don't send it, no big deal, but it would be nice if everyone who commits will follow through. What do you think?

25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Kudos to cheytown! on: June 29, 2008 03:54:15 PM
Thank you cheytown, again, for the fab instructions!!

This is my latest. Usually I look for a man's shirt with a wide yoke, without the underneath pleat, but this time I used a woman's XL, zippered front shirt, linen/rayon blend fabric. The zipper didn't run from top to bottom, the shirt had a sort of "v" at the top and "^" at the bottom. I used them to my advantage. I also cut the yoke so it had a slight rise at the center, to avoid the necessity of a lace/pleat panel.

The dress could be worn either way (zipper front or back), but dh prefers the zipper in the back, so that's how it's shown here.

As modeled by my rather uncooperative tyke:

and as modeled by my somewhat more cooperative bed:

This shows the inside of the back.

A rolled hem looks cute:

And a close up of the buttons and zipper. You can also see my rather wonky contrast stitching.

26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Size M tee to size 3T dress on: June 12, 2008 01:05:50 PM
I am so happy with how this turned out...just wishing I'd taken a pic of the original tee. Because, you know, it looks *so* different now! :p

The totally cute shirt came from the thrift store. Since my tyke is 2(and a bit) now, figured it would be fun to make her something from it. Also, this is the first time I've fitted sleeves on something, so I'm a bit proud, too. No pattern, just drew around a shirt that fit her, added length ('cause I'm lazy and wanted to keep the 'real' hem) and started cutting. I cut off the sleeves and re-used them, so no hemming there, either....now wish I would have taken out some of the stitching to do the sleeves properly -- hate seeing the serged seam. Next time.

Tyke's in no mood for action pics, but snapped a couple anyway. It really is basic, but I'm quite pleased at how well it turned out. What do yo think?

Please excuse the ladybug sticker and pad thai mess. Didn't see that until just now!

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kids' totes for carnival fun! on: April 25, 2008 08:52:46 PM
My tyke's Montessori school had a fundraising carnival today...I made a bunch of bags for the kids -- so they can keep their little prizes all in one place instead of daddy or mommy having to hold everything -- they were a huge hit.

I did manage to take pics before they were handed out, but was so busy at the carnival that I didn't get any action shots. Couldn't get all of them laid out in one pic, but this is most of them:

Piles o' bags (looks somehow less impressive):

Anyway, they were way easy...10"x40" rectangle for the body, 1"x??" for the straps. Serged everything with a rolled hem. Did them assembly line style, so it also didn't take too long. Clipping threads and turning them right side out took almost as much time as serging!

Oh, and of course, long after they'd been distributed, I realized the group pic I *should* have taken...not going to tell you, but it would have been *wayyyyy* cool.  Roll Eyes Maybe I'll remember to use it next time.

28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fabric Bowl on: April 23, 2008 10:20:09 PM
From the book Fast, Fun & Easy Irresist-a-Bowls by Linda Johannsen.

Made this fabric bowl for a swap -- my partner received and says she likes it (her favorite color is pink).

It's reversible:

It's about 11inches tip to tip, about 4inches high. It took a *lot* of thread!! I used light pink thread and black bobbin. The tension was off a bit, which is why the light pink and black sort of share space on one side, but I kind of like the look.

I will definitely make more of these and try some of the other bowls shown in the book.


29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / How *not* to make the cheytown dress.... on: March 13, 2008 09:29:37 AM
Well, my version still ended up cute, but it was a long, strange trip from cheytown's uber cool tute. That's what happens when you don't take notes and just figure you'll remember how. It's so easy, how could I mess it up? Let me count the ways.....(You can use this opportunity to scroll down and just look at the pics. I tend to blather on. Wink)

I didn't take pictures, but almost anything I could screw up, I did.

1. Cut the yoke from the back. Fortunately, those shirts have lots of fabric, so I just sewed it back on. Ripped it out again, then sewed it on the right way.

2. Don't follow pattern suggestions. cheytown's tute has awesome directions, and cute little lines to show how the pieces should be cut. Turns out, those are kind of important. My first version looked like two h's back to back. Straight down, then huge bubbles on each side. They tended to cave when tyke put on the dress, sort of deflated, so I just serged new seams. Still not perfect, but better.

3. Measurement? I don't need no stinking measurements. My tyke was napping so I figured "she's about yay big across" cut, cut. The straps should go in "about so far" sew, sew. Tyke wakes up....rip, rip. ohhhhh, *measure* her. Good idea.

4. Use a shirt you love, especially when doing it for the first time, without measurements, without having notes, without following pattern suggestions.....dang it. Well, as I said, it's still cute, and tyke loves it. Plus, I have more shirts.

Oh, another change: I used a short sleeved shirt, so when it came time to make the straps, I used the existing casing/hem for elastic. Just had to 'hem' the edges I cut to make the funky cap sleeves. Did it that way *because I didn't remember the instructions* Luckily, that one worked out.

Action shot (she's not into posing right now. Just wants a pic taken then immediately wants to see it on the back of the camera....sigh):

Close ups:

I used the little tag from the side of the shirt, and put it under the edge of the pocket. Tyke lurves pockets.

Used some vintage eyelet for the trim. Love it!

Thanks for looking. Hope you don't have eyestrain from reading!

30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Anna *shirt* for a birthday girl! (pic heavy) on: February 22, 2008 05:38:53 PM
It's no secret that I luuuurrrrrvvvvveeee the Anna dress pattern. I've made several. But now I've made an Anna shirt! It's a four-way anna, and totally cute.

Action shot (not great, the birthday girl was uncooperative...sheesh, and after all the swag she got....)

This shows the fabrics:

Her favorite gift? She's two, so it must be....

Yes, the big box. sigh.


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