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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mini Book Charms (with Mini Tutorial) on: July 22, 2013 07:18:35 PM
These are so awesome!  I hope you won't mind me pinning your how-to to my Mini Books Pinterest Board, I love mini book jewelry. Smiley  One day, I will have to actually make some, instead of just collecting the tutorials. *big grins*
42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Triple Bag (many pics!) on: September 12, 2009 11:45:51 AM
Thanks Spiderlady!  Yeah, she knows.  For a couple of weeks after completing it, I would get a text randomly throughout the day along the lines of "My new purse is AWESOME!  I LOVE it!!" every day. Smiley
43  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Triple Bag (many pics!) on: September 11, 2009 11:43:13 AM
Back in July, I posted a new purse I had sewn which I loved (still do!).  A friend of mine saw it and thought it was fantastic, and asked me to make her one.  Since she offered to buy the fabric and hardware, I said sure.  Little did I know the little imp had mischief in mind.  She thinks my color palette is boring, too neutral, and that I should shake things up more.  Like her. Smiley  So she bought 4 different red fabrics, silver hardware, and zippers in - get this - orange, turquoise, and lavender.

She wanted it to be a hideous mess.

She was shocked when I gave her something coordinated.  She loves it, and shows it off constantly.  I will probably be getting more orders for these through her. Smiley

Behold, the Challenge Triple purse:

the big one (orange):

the middle one (lavender):

the small one (turquoise), with the other two behind:

On the hip of the happy owner:

A new detail I added to this one, that I thought of after posting my first one, is a second strap.  You can see it hanging in the last pic.  It's a wristlet type strap, which can be used (obviously) as a wristlet strap, but also as a way to hang up whatever bags you aren't using at any given time.

I am loving making these bags, and I am hoping somewhere there are people who are going to be loving buying them, so I have started another:

bwahahaha!  Who's boring, now?!?!?! Cheesy
44  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Boyfriend's Quilt on: August 12, 2009 05:30:21 AM
Pshaw!  Don't let anyone tell you it isn't a quilt.  It's tied, which is perfectly acceptable.  If there was nothing holding the batting in place, then some grousing could be understandable - but this is a beautiful QUILT!  And it looks waaaaaay cozier than one quilted to within an inch of its life!  Great job - and kudos to the boy for his obvious appreciation of so much work. Smiley
45  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: I think I made my perfect purse (pic heavy) on: July 29, 2009 04:39:34 AM
Thanks for all the kind comments!

Sylrpt - yes, it is three different pouches, each with D-rings on the sides.  These can then be attached to the strap using hooks on the ends of the straps, in whichever combination or order I want.  The inspiration was in a catalog (Levenger) which specializes in leather bags, paper products, and pens.  All yummy, but all expensive! Smiley
46  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I think I made my perfect purse (pic heavy) on: July 28, 2009 06:39:39 AM
I have always had a hard time finding the perfect purse.  Generally, I don't like to carry a lot, and I like my hands free.  But there are those days, you know when you have 30,000 errands to run, and you have to carry the mail and a shopping bag and a notebook and your phone and your camera etc. etc. etc. Well I think I finally found the perfect style for me:

It's 7" by 7" by 2" deep at the bottom.  It's got a triangular profile which I am really digging right now.  It was constructed using the Sha-Sha Dream Bag and Lined Zippered Pouch tutorials here on Craftster.  It has what some of my friends would call a boring upholstery weight canvas exterior, and a lovely batik interior, with a pocket big enough for a phone, or as you can see in the pic - feminine needs.

But that's only part of the story. Smiley  Here's part 2:

Constructed the same way as the larger one, but this one is 7" wide by 5.5" tall by 2" deep at the bottom.  Same batik interior, but no pockets.

Story isn't finished yet!  The conclusion:

Here's the last one, 7" by 4" by 2" at the bottom.  It's not really much bigger than a large wallet.  It has pockets for my essential cards (driver's license, credit card, movie card) and headphones, and is just big enough for my phone, keys, and sunglasses.

I love, love, love this idea (which I blatantly borrowed from Levenger, who did it in leather) because it is so modular.  It means that I really only need one purse, but can have "big purse" days and "little purse" days.  And no forgetting the essentials because they're in my other purse!  I am also thinking about taking some of my leftover strap material and making a little wristlet style handle for my "just running out to get the kids" days.  But for my normal days, I like having a LONG strap:

I had so much fun making this purse, and KNOW I will love using it.  Thanks for looking, C&C appreciated.
47  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sharing the furoshiki love on: July 28, 2009 05:22:19 AM
Yay, more furoshiki!  I am currently at a point where I don't generally don't buy wrapping paper, and after I use up my current stash, it will just be furoshiki.  My kids think they are normal, and I love how pretty they look, as well as using them over and over and over!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful new furoshiki!
48  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: ....And here it is, this year's garlic crop--several pictures on: July 15, 2009 06:25:09 AM
Ooooh, add me to the list of green eyed garlic lovers.  I am so jealous of your lovely bulbs!  Mine did a very good job of imitating green onions LOL but I think I will give it another try this fall.
49  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: My veggie and herb garden on: July 06, 2009 07:09:05 AM
Your basil is lovely! 

One thing you can do to help repel deer is plant rosemary (if it will grow in your area).  Apparently they hate the stuff! Smiley
50  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Making Lavender Bottles on: June 25, 2009 11:49:29 AM
Thanks for posting this!  I have always wondered how these were made, and now I know.  Now if I could just get lavender to grow in my garden . . . Smiley
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