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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Delivery day duffel de-stash on: January 25, 2010 08:17:28 PM
How's that for some alliteration?

I didn't have a bag big enough for all the stuff I'd need for my upcoming stay in the hospital (I should be having my first baby any day now -- she's three days past her due date now ...), so I made this duffel bag.

Here's a close-up of the fabric, piping and handles, which are made of purple grosgrain ribbon.

This was surprisingly easy to make, and I'm really happy with the results. The only thing I bought was the piping, and it was only $1.30 at the general store. The fabric looks pretty old, and it's really faded in some spots, but I thought the print was pretty nonetheless. And it used up something else out of my stash, which is great, since de-stashing is one of my crafting resolutions.

Here's a link to the tutorial I used: http://sewing.about.com/od/bagstotespurseproject/ss/dufflebag.htm
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / pleated lampshade makeover + tute on blog on: January 05, 2010 02:04:23 PM
I took a bland pleated lamp that I wasn't using and turned it into a beautiful blossoming flower for my (soon-to-be) baby's nursery. I used yellow cotton, tulle and ribbon from my stash, plus a couple hours with the glue gun, so it didn't cost me a thing.

This project inspired me to start a blog, http://sewonandsoon.blogspot.com/2010/01/flower-petal-lampshade-makevoer.html, where you can find a tute with lots more photos.
13  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Sweater boots on: December 15, 2009 08:23:46 AM

I made these from the sleeves of a sweater I picked up at a local thrift store for about $3 and a pair of clearance flats I found at Wal-Mart for $5. I got the idea from someone here on Craftster, but I can't find the post -- I read it months ago and just kept the idea in my head.

I've also posted a tute on the crafting blog I write for my newspaper (sorry if it looks a little wonky, the tech guys are trying to fix it):

14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A handmade book from an e-book with the help of a book-making book on: October 27, 2009 07:33:10 AM

I made a physical edition of "The Crafter's Devotional," which I received as a PDF from the publisher (I do reviews for the newspaper I work at). I used a project from "Ecobooks: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin" by Terry Taylor as inspiration.

You can read more about it in the crafting column I write for my newspaper:

C+C welcome and appreciated!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby crafts on: October 02, 2009 08:40:46 PM
I know none of these are really clothes (well, there is a hairbow), but I didn't know where else to post it.

I'm 24 weeks pregnant with a little girl, and my crafting urges are becoming overwhelming. Here's some stuff that I made ... The birdie rattle and pink hairbow are from the book Sweet Booties! and the flower is from McCall pattern M5869 (bought during a Hobby Lobby 99 cent pattern sale -- I love those!).

The nursery has a garden theme, so flowers like that one will be "growing" out of the walls.

I work at a newspaper -- yeah, there are still newspapers around -- so a co-worker and I started a crafting column called "Haute Homemade." You can read more about the stuff I made here.http://www.annistonstar.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Haute+Handmade-+It-s+a+girl-+And+other+crafts+for+baby%20&id=3658064-Haute+Handmade-+It-s+a+girl-+And+other+crafts+for+baby

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Modern camo skirt to purse -- does it need something? on: May 13, 2009 08:31:27 PM
I picked a skirt up at a yard sale when I was home visiting the 'rents over Easter because I knew the print would look great as a purse. Sorry, I forgot to take pics of the skirt before I chopped it apart, but it was just a basic, mid-calf length skirt.

Here's what I got:

The strap, magnetic snap, and the inside pocket came from two old purses. This first picture is the truest to the colors

The inside is lined with the facing/lining that was with the skirt. It was super easy to put together ... I just sketched out an idea and went with it.

I love magnetic snaps, especially when I don't have to buy them ...

So I kind of think it needs something else -- some kind of detail, like an outside pocket ... I was thinking maybe a solid brown. But my DH and a co-worker both think that would take away from the print.

What do you guys think? C + C welcomed and appreciated!!!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Zipper-dee-doo-dah" bag on: April 28, 2009 06:41:37 AM
So a couple of years ago my mother unknowingly gifted me a shoebox full of zippers. Yup, that means I stole it. It's okay ... she never noticed.

I don't know why I wanted a box of zippers, and it sat in my craft rooms (I've moved several times since I got it). So a couple of months ago I decided to make this zipper-covered messenger bag.

This thing was a monster to stitch. I think I broke three needles, four if you include the twin needle I was trying out.

All of the zippers open, but only two are pockets. They are kind of secret pockets, since you can't tell where they are. All the other zippers have a different fabric behind it.

The inside is completely padded and there's a divider in the middle. The strap is some webbing I got from the local general store (Yup, in Alabama we've still got general stores. This place has the coolest vintage notions and awesome upholstery fabric). The hardware comes from a messenger bag I found at the Salvation Army for a buck.

I was going to sell this one, then I used it and wanted to keep it. Then I showed it to my sister in NYC over google video last night, and she reminded me she reminded me she has a birthday coming up ... so I guess it's getting shipped off. That's okay, though, 'cause I've still got half a box of zippers and I've been collecting more.

C + C welcomed!!!

A close up of some of the zippers and strap

The whole bag

Zippers and one of the secret pockets

Open zippers and the other secret pocket. Each zipper has a different fabric behind it.

The inside. It's big enough to hold my ledger, macbook and a couple notebooks.

18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What to charge for pageant dress alteration? on: April 16, 2009 04:36:26 PM
So I'm shortening and fixing a different, minor problem an a pageant dress for a daughter of a coworker of my sister-in-law. It doesn't look like it will be that hard, and I'm thinking about making her a scarf with the leftovers.

I have no idea what to charge. Any suggestions?
19  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Lone crafter in Anniston on: March 03, 2009 03:29:16 PM
Hey all. I've checked out the Alabama guide a couple of times now and can't seem to find anyone near me ... so I thought I'd just go ahead and ask.

I'm in Anniston ... are there any other crafters around?
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The jacket that almost never was ... img heavy on: November 06, 2008 08:59:11 PM
So I've been working on this jacket for more than a month now. It turns out that sewing velvet is quite the b***h -- it slides and kind of crunches down in every direction. Only too late did I find out I should have used (well, bought) a walking or roller foot.

It turns out that sewing poly satin to velvet is even b***hier. But I persevered, and now have a great jackets. I'd love to take credit for the pattern, but alas, it's a Vogue one that I picked up online -- V1042, but I did make some changes, especially with the cuffs.

By the way, I picked up the black fabrics (the velvet and the other) at a yard sale for $5. The green poly satin (the lining) I bought a couple years ago for a dress that never was. The buttons are self-covered, and the rosettes and ruffles on the cuffs are self-fabric.

There aren't any noticeable mistakes, but I put the sleeves on the wrong arms (the  slits in the cuffs are supposed to face backwards), so they fit a little weird, but not too bad.

So here it is in all its glory:

The lining and velvet facing:

The full lining:

The lapel and rosettes:

The velvet cuffs:

The buttons:

If you can't tell, I'm really proud of this one ... but I don't think I'll ever work with velvet again. C&C always welcome and appreciated.

Also, I'll be posting some action shots soon. I'm working on a full outfit, and hopefully it'll be done by this weekend!
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