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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / oooo-oooo-oooo, it's magic.... on: February 12, 2008 08:47:41 PM
Made a magic wand today following the instructions using rolled paper, hot glue, and paint from dadcando.com

This was loads of fun and very simple to do - so of course I tarted it up a bit

The wand -

But mine has a diamond tip to focus the energy -  and its heart is gold (well,  electroplate gold at least)

12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Set of (12) Muslin Produce Bags on: February 09, 2008 04:54:09 PM
About 8 months ago I invested the time to make a set of canvas shopping bags so that I could stop at least a little bit of the waste coming into the house.  I also made a set of tulle "one-string" bags to use for produce -- couldn't see pulling plastic bags for my apples and then putting them into a canvas bag in their plastic bag.  Unfortunately, I found that the tulle was not very durable in the hands of the bag boys.  Some were practically tatters by the time I got them home.  So, I decided I needed something a little more durable, but still not too heavy.  So I settled on some light muslin.

 Here is the result -- I did away with the drawstring because I found that I never filled them so full that I couldn't just spin them and roll them over, just like I would with a plastic bag. 

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tupperware to Bento Lunchbox with a strap on: February 04, 2008 07:45:53 PM
Not sure if this is posted in the right place since it is neither a purse, nor a wallet, but, it is "stuff to carry stuff". Moderator please move if this is in the wrong place.

I have been fascinated by the bento lunch boxes I have seen in other posts, so started looking around.  I found some really nice bento sets on ebay for $15 or so, with another $15 for shipping and weeks of waiting for them to come from Japan or China.  I just couldn't make it make sense.  So, in the deli section of my grocery store, they had these potato, tuna, and seafood salads in nice oval containers, with solid lids with rims --- darned if they didn't look like bento lunch boxes.  I also found that Tupperware has oval storage containers with almost exactly the dimensions of those bento boxes on ebay....

A little bit of 1" wide black elastic, a couple square inches of felt, et voila, a bento lunch set (actually two).  The elastic makes it into one container - if you pick it up, the whole thing comes as one unit.  Just fill, grab one thing, and you are off. 

14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flamin' Crochet Roll on: February 02, 2008 09:46:22 PM
I have had the fabric and idea in place for about 3 months.  I finally got around to actually putting it together.  I am thrilled with how it came out - just as I had envisioned it -- which so rarely happens with me Smiley

Without further ado -- all rolled up and cosy:

Opened to see the hooks in all their lovelyness --- I would not have thought of the top flap on my own but saw so many on here with them and recognized them as genius.

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / This American Life - Meet the Pros - Act Three: Martha, My Dear on: October 30, 2007 09:41:37 AM
I just listened to this episode and act three is the greatest thing that all craftsters should listen to.  You can listen online by clicking the entire episode button.  Act Three starts at about minute 47. 

It starts out with whether crafting changes when it becomes your job and finishes with the sweetest piece about giving craft gifts.....

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ruffle Tier Bag on: October 14, 2007 12:21:10 PM
Just finished lining and blocking.  I saw this pattern and had to make it even though I don't have any idea when I will ever use it.  I have mentioned before that I have a huge stash of white #10 crochet cotton so I take every opportunity when I find a pattern I like.

and a close up of one of the tiers with beads

Pattern from this book:

which I got from my local library

I changed out the handles from the pattern because it called for a thread wrapped coffee can lid and the bag itself will be hard enough to keep clean much less a handle of crochet thread.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Filet Curtain on: September 25, 2007 08:14:06 PM
Since I only have one window in my kitchen I was able to justify creating a custom filet curtain.  I took the lily motif from an old Dover book and added a section of bars to make the lower curtain longer.

I didn't think about how the horizontal bar would complicate the blocking and I do need to do a better job on that, but I just hung it and couldn't wait to redo the blocking before posting. 

and a closer look at the lily

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