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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Golden Cat Crossbody Bag on: January 15, 2019 11:31:16 AM
Hello Again!
 I made another of the Coneflower Cross Body Bags from the Carried Away Pattern Collective, Bag of the Month Club. This one was made for my Mom. I made her another bag years and years ago. She was in desperate need of a new bag since hers was getting ragged. She liked the style of this bag but asked that it shut a little lower. I did that for her. It was a bit tricky doing that and keeping the cat below the flap. The fabric was in squares so I ended up piecing together the top bit above the cat so it wouldn't have another cats butt cut off above it.  Tongue
 Since it was for my Mom I wanted it to look extra nice so I matched the metallic gold of the fabric with all the hardware. I had tons of silver tone already but it just didn't look right.
 She absolutely loved the bag. I think it turned out really nice. It looks so much better in real life but I was in a hurry to get pics so I could wrap it up for Christmas so these are the best shots I got.
 Now I need to get back to work on the November bag from the club. I am so far behind because I made so many of this pattern.  Cheesy  Oh, and even though my goal was to make all the bags out of stash fabric, I bought this fabric. I figured I already made two out of stash fabric and this was for my Mom, who happens to be amazing!

 This was my Moms favorite cat. It's officially the front of the bag but I don't think people will really turn the flap towards tehmselves so I call it the back.

 Open, with the gold magnetic snaps. LOL!

and a blurry side shot, sorry.

 Thanks for checking it out!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Girl With Bees on: January 02, 2019 10:18:52 AM

 This year, like the last three years, I have decided I want to draw more. I bought new notebooks and markers and supplies for the last two years and didn't accomplish anything. This year I just grabbed one of my old notebooks and decided to fill it up. My goal is to draw one thing a week. Take some me time to relax and draw.
 This is my start. I really hope that with work and everything else in my life I can keep this up. I would love to see how my artwork evolved and improved after doing it consistently for a year. I have a long way to go and a lot to learn but I really do enjoy drawing. This one is about 5.5" x 8". It's done with Copic markers. Not all of my drawings will be full renderings but I hope to get a good number done.
 Thanks for checking it out. Hopefully, fingers crossed, I will be adding a lot more on this board and improving a bunch.  Grin
 Oh, almost forgot. Here is my original sketch I did back on January 13th of 2018. You know, the last time I said I was going to draw more.  Tongue
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swoon Carter Bag on: October 23, 2018 06:30:08 AM
 This is Octobers Bag for the Carried Away Bag of the Month Club. This pattern is by Swoon patterns. I am a real fan of her designs. I was nervous to start this one because it called for rivets, which I had never done. They looked so intimidating but were actually quite easy! I was so surprised. The club is really pushing me out of my comfort zone and making me try new techniques. I am loving it! The push locks were new for me too.
 For this bag I didn't use my normal focus type fabrics and went with Tim Holtz Eclectic instead. I had to have the fabric when I saw it at my local store but had no idea what I would use it for. I think it went well with this pattern. I put the "R" in the front since that is my initial, so I did fussy cut.  Cheesy
 Also that is Egon acting as my model/muse. He loves to watch me sew.

Front of bag

Back of bag

Inside is divided by a zippered pocket.

 Thanks for checking it out!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Squid Attack Purse on: October 08, 2018 07:25:55 AM
  Hello! Me again. As I said before, I joined a Bag of the Month Club and it has really spurred my love of sewing back into effect. It's only been two months (the next pattern comes out the 15th) and I have made three bags now. This was Septembers pattern. It's by Blue Calla patterns and is called the Coneflower Cross Body Bag. The first one I made I am giving away as a Christmas present (you can never start too early on Christmas presents!). It's a lot prettier. You can see that one here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456034.0
 This one was made for me. I like goofy sort of things and this one fit my personality better. I got this fabric from Spoonflower about 7 or 8 years ago I think. Again, trying to do all the patterns from my stash fabric. I plan to make this purse again, the next one for my Mom and I wanted to get the kinks out and practice in vinyl before I made hers (admittedly, I bought new fabric for that one). There are a few things I will change but for the most part I am happy with it.
The purse has two zippered pockets. One outside and one inside. It also has two small slip pockets inside for cell phones, etc. and one large pocket/compartment for larger items or thing you want to keep separated. I have my Kindle in mine and there is room to spare.
 Front of purse (the pattern calls this the back but.. it's the front)

 Back of purse with zippered pocket.

Side of the purse.

 and the inside pic was blurry, sorry. You can still get the point though.  Tongue

 Thanks for checking it out. I am loving sewing all these purses!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wallets on: October 01, 2018 12:22:22 PM
 This was my first time making wallets. The tutorial I used didn't have enough interfacing in my opinion so I beefed it up a little bit and added a touch more. Wish I would have fussy cut the fox a little more/better but I think they both turned out okay.

 These are the backs. The blue and white one (yes, that's a dark blue) has an additional zipper. I didn't want to interrupt the fox fabric so it only got one.

the insides.

and the fronts...

 Thanks for checking them out. I made them for the Winter 2018 STS. The fox has already been claimed.  Grin
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mirabelle Coneflower Cross Body Bag on: September 24, 2018 08:51:07 AM
 Hello! I got the new pattern for my Bag of the Month club https://carriedawaypatterns.com/ on the 15th and was able to sew it this weekend. The pattern is called the Coneflower Cross Body Bag. I knew exactly what fabric I was going to use as soon as I saw the pattern. When I joined up I promised myself I would only use my stash fabrics for the focus fabrics. Im trying to use this as a stash busting experiment. I did buy the cork to go with it. I have seen so many people using the cork fabric that I just had to try it and I knew it would look good with the Mirabelle fabric. I am really happy with how it turned out. I think its one of my favorite bags that I have made. I already have a couple more planned. One for me (this one is going to my bestie, Bunny1kenobi) and one for my Mom for Christmas.
 The pattern shows the back as the front, but to me this is the back.

 And this would be the front.

It has a zippered pocket on the back (what I consider the back) and two slip pockets plus another zippered pocket inside. It also has another pocket under the flap.

The sides have a nice accent of the cork. I was so nervous to sew with it but it was really quite easy. WAY easier than vinyl. You don't even need a walking foot.

 Thanks for checking it out. I was so happy with how it turned out!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Carried Away Sierra Cat Bag on: August 20, 2018 08:54:18 AM
 Lately I have not been sewing or crafting. My co-worker quit and my duties at work changed and I have just been drained when I get home. To try to encourage myself to be more productive and to sew again I joined a Bag of the Month Club! It was fate that two of my favorite pattern makers, Swoon & Blue Calla, decided to do a collaboration and offer it up right now. Its for 6 months. It just started and patterns are released on the 15th.
 In case anyone else wants to join its called Carried Away Pattern Collective and here is the link.
 I got the first pattern and was so excited that I had everything on hand. Yep, complete stash busting project for me! I love when that happens. I have had this awesome paint splattered cat fabric for a while just waiting for the perfect project. I think it turned out really neat looking.
 It has a nice big 9 zippered pocket inside and a convenient slip pocket on the outside. Its very roomy inside. Way bigger than my last purse but I am getting used to it. I still need to make the shoulder strap but I am debating if I will use it or now. It measurement 13" long, 10" tall, 6" deep.
 The pattern seemed overwhelming at first since I haven't really pushed myself lately but it was very well written and easy to understand. If you are using vinyl make sure you have that walking foot!

 Thanks for checking it out! I'm trying to make Crazy Cat Lady a little cooler. LOL! Hopefully I can keep up the momentum and do all 6 months of purses (not all cats though).  Tongue
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bob's Burgers - Boyz 4 Now - Boo Boo & Louise Notebook on: July 10, 2018 05:32:44 AM
 I am a HUGE Bob's Burgers fan. It's my go to, feel good show. My favorite character is Louise. So, of course, I am also a huge Boo Boo fan. I couldn't find an image of the poster she is holding after the Boyz 4 Now concert that wasn't a gif that moved so this isn't exact. I watched that gif way too many times, would have made Louise proud (or jealous).
 I recently got a Happy Planner and went sort of nuts with it buy all sorts of extras including the punch. I knew I wanted to make a notebook to sketch random swap ideas in so I order the disc's off Amazon for around $5. I got two sets and that was enough to make 3 notebooks sized at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I also got some lighter weight cream colored cardstock for the pages. Cardstock helps it stay in the discs and prevented bleed thru if I use markers. I got the type that has a linen texture to one side. For some reason I just didn't want plain white pages.
 This is the front. I laminated both the front and back covers too.


 And Louise going crazy for his hideously beautiful face on the back!  Cheesy  For some reason the pic looks really streaky but it doesn't in real life. Oh well.

and here is a shot of the paper being cut up. Just quartered on the paper cutter at work. Mine at home was too small.

 I have two more to make. I told my sister I would make her one. She is picking out her theme.
 Thanks for checking it out!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First Try Work Shirt on: July 09, 2018 06:54:45 AM
 Hello! I sew all the time but up until now I have only slightly dabbled in making clothes. It's a completely different beast than what I normally do. One of my goals this year was to make and wear three shirts to work. I bought a bunch of knits and then chickened out. Nothing is the same! You use a different needle, you cut it out differently (with a rotary cutter), different thread even (heard not to use cotton). On top of all that, it moves an is stretchy and scared me. I didn't even know what iron setting to use (my Mom got lots of calls). I have two shirts cut out. They are sitting there waiting for me to get the nerve up to attempt sewing them.
 I decided to ease my way into it by starting with a shirt that didn't have as much stretch. I had a TON of crepe satin. A LONG time ago, over 12 year, I was going to have my Aunt make a wedding dress for me. I ended up finding a great deal on one and she was very releived she didn't have to attempt it. But we had already bought all the fabric. I am trying to stash bust so I decide to use it but non shiny side.

 The slickness of the fabric was a little more difficult, and the fact that I couldn't iron it completely flat and crisp like cotton. I used Simplicity patter 8393.
 The inside seams are still loose. I think I am going to try to stitch those. But I loved the button I chose!

 I know it has some wonks to it but it is my first attempt. The hem is still a little extra wonky and my Mom is helping me fix that.
 Thanks for checking it out and any advice is welcome! Purses are so much easier! Cheesy
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mermaid Pocket Letter - 1st Pocket Letter! on: July 09, 2018 06:38:14 AM
 I made this for the Mermay, Unicorn and friends swap. I had never made a Pocket Letter before but now that I have I really hope they have another swap. It was a lot of fun.

 I wanted each mermaid to flow into the next card so I spaced them out first and tried to get the spacing right.

 I used watercolor to try to get the backgrounds to be interesting and flow together. I am not that good at watercolor, as you can see, but I had fun trying. I think I will try to use it again soon. I did the mermaid bodies in Copic marker.
 Here is the back with the goodies inside.

 Thanks for checking them out.
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