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1  Jeans + Skirt...Who doesn't love a free purse??? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chantelle on: May 11, 2009 01:22:51 PM
I had a pair of jeans that were falling apart, but still had good large areas on the legs. I also had a (pretty ugly but I wore it anyways) skirt that caught on a fence and tore a huge hole. Combine that with a zipper salvaged from a broke-up old purse, and you get this little beauty!

I didn't bother taking any photos of the lining, since I was too lazy to put in any fun pockets or anything, so I'm sure you can imagine what a bright green plain lining looks like! I didn't follow a pattern, or even bother measuring before I started cutting. I really love it, and I spent most of a recent sick day handsewing this bad boy. Enjoy!

Side view:

This is my favorite part: the waistband closure, and the zipper. I didn't really know how to install a zipper gusset, so I kind of winged it (that means I had to rip out my stitching at least twice) and I'm really proud of it!

More zippery goodness:

Just for laughs, a closeup of my handstitching, which could use some work.  Grin :
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2  Re: Alternative Guestbook Ideas in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Chantelle on: February 17, 2009 09:47:54 AM
My best friend had an interesting guest book at her wedding. She and her new husband love love to cook for themselves, each other and everyone they know. So, they had their guests sign 2 aprons for them using permanent markers. It was a perfect idea for them and their personalities.

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3  Fingerless gloves--my 1st knitting pattern! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Chantelle on: January 13, 2009 02:50:01 AM
So I kinda made up a pattern for this as I went along, and I didn't bother to write anything down because I wasn't sure if it would turn out nice, so these gloves are ever-so-slightly different from each other! But I love them--they keep my hands and wrists warmer, but I can still do small things like dig for keys or push buttons on my mp3 player. I have no idea what yarn this is; I bought it at the bazaar for 50 cents with no label!

With my beloved scoodie, made with vegbee's tutorial (somewhere on Craftster!).

Close up.

So you can see the Frankensteinish seam!
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4  Painted Journals~Christmas gifts in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chantelle on: December 23, 2008 07:17:38 AM
I'm a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria and will be spending Christmas with my host family, who I lived with for 3 months during training. I have pretty much no money, so I was happy when I found these plain black journal/appointment books  Huh at a 1 lev store. They are from 2008, but it only says that on the first page, which I ripped out, and each page has a space at the top to write the current date. I painted their names on the front covers with cheapo acrylics and the only paintbrush I could find, which fell apart on me as I was using it! I'm not really very good at painting, but I think they'll like them! They're like 8x10 I suppose?

From L to R: For my host sister Simona (her nickname is Moni), my other sister Radostina (nickname Radi), and my mom Emilia. I used the Cyrillic alphabet for their names; So "Moni" looks like "Mohu" but trust me, it's Moni.

Just Moni's. It's hard to tell, but I painted over it with glittery nail polish to help protect the acrylic paint.

This is what I started with~I could never quite get that stupid silver feather covered!:
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5  Amazingly beautiful Chinese embroidery (many photos!) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Chantelle on: June 26, 2008 07:54:11 AM
I did not make this, but I thought you might also like to see some stunning embroidery. My great-uncle was a National Geographic photographer for many years and spent a lot of time traveling mostly throughout Eastern Europe and Asia. On one of his many trips to China he went to a small town which is very proud of their handcrafts, which he was photgraphing for a story. He visited an embroidery factory where all the workers are young girls because by the time they are 20-25 their eyes aren't good enough for the fine detail work they do. He was so impressed with the craftsmanship he made a special trip back to purchase a piece and had a special display frame made for it, which is where I saw it when visiting him for the first time on a recent road trip.

I think it's approx. 10x14 inches and the entire thing was done by hand on super fine silk with silk thread that's about the same thickness as regular sewing thread. I took some detail pictures so you can appreciate the fine craftsmanship and all the work that went into creating this.

This is the artist's "signature"

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6  Re: it's a hood, it's a scarf, it's a... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Chantelle on: June 26, 2008 07:24:49 AM
I made one too, and I love love it! It was so quick and easy to make and keeps me toasty warm. Thanks, vegbee!

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7  Journal out of a record in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chantelle on: June 26, 2008 06:52:14 AM
This was a gift for my brother, and it started out really cool, but didn't really work out. This was the first time I tried any kind of book/journalmaking, and I think I have a lot of room for improvement! My brother is a music major, so I thought a record would be appropriate.

I thought this idea up on my own, and spent a lot of time thinking about how to make it work so that the record would open into a journal, but would look like a record when closed. There's a small piece of wood I painted black in between the records. I sawed off part of the top record and drilled holes and used hinges to hold it all together. Here it is open:

I think it's really cool, but it doesn't work, because there's nowhere for the paper to go when the record is open, since it doesn't lie flat with the piece of wood there. The paper came unglued from the back cover really quickly. If you have any ideas how to make it work next time, I would LOVE to hear them!
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8  Photo box: the coolest thing I have EVER made! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Chantelle on: June 25, 2008 09:08:24 AM
This is a beautiful way to showcase family photos. And it's more compact than a photo album, since it's a 3x3.5 little box! When you take off the lid and untie the pretty bow, it folds out into an accordian-like photo album. I don't have a photo of it closed, because my family wouldn't stop looking at it! I think there are about 150 photos in the box.

I have made my mom's Christmas gift almost every year since I was like 5. I left in March for Eastern Europe as a Peace Corps volunteer, where I will be for at least 2 years, so I wanted to make my mom something extra special! Yes, I know it was a Christmas gift and it's almost July now, but give me a break; I've been busy.  Embarrassed

This was a dinky little cardboard box that I covered in pretty paper. After hours of cutting and gluing paper accordian-style and taking pictures of family photos with my digital camera and then printing them, this amazing box was finished. The photos are held in there with photo corners, so they can be switched out with other ones if wanted.

I consider it successful because my mom, who is not an emotional person, cried when she opened it, and then my brothers and sisters sat around it on the floor looking at all the pictures and talking about when we were little. Some of these pictures were thought to be lost forever, but I found in a box while moving. I didn't say anything to my mom about them at the time, though.  Grin

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9  Wedding quilt for a friend in Quilting: Completed Projects by Chantelle on: June 25, 2008 08:39:57 AM
So I finished this in February and already gave it to my friend, but y'all know how it goes with remembering to post things.  Smiley This is a bed size quilt, I think about 90x105 inches. This was my first attempt at a real quilt, so in spite of the (many) little mistakes, I'm pretty happy with it! The recipient is my best friend, who is getting married this September; I'm her maid of honor but won't be at the wedding because I'm a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eastern Europe, so I wanted to give her a special gift.

The photos don't show the true colors. They're more balanced in real life, and nice and warm and, of course, purple.

Here it is spread out on my living room floor while I was trying to figure out where to put the squares. Sorry for the mess: I had to sell/give away everything I owned before coming to Eastern Europe!

And my husband helping!

The backing. This is where all the mistakes are visible. My mom said that mistakes just prove that more love than skill went into making it. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing!

And, finally, my beautiful friend when I gave it to her.

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10  Warning: ADULT CONTENT Bachelorette party pinata in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Chantelle on: February 15, 2008 08:36:55 PM
I saw this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190174.0 and thought I'd do something similar for my best friend's bachelorette party in 2 weeks. Mine isn't as good, but I actually don't mind the campy-grotesquely-deformed look of it! It makes me blush and giggle. Not sure how my husband feels about a 3-foot tall phallus chilling in our living room, though!

I think I used too many layer of papier mache, and I'm just hoping it can be broken (it's really sturdy!) when the time comes. I'm filling it with Valentine's candy since it's all on sale now, and I'll probably stick some other inexpensive goodies in there too. Here ya go!

(so there's not a giant penis on the homepage in the new projects section!)

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