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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Ink Splatter Girl Hoop on: November 14, 2016 08:04:27 AM
 I made this for the recent Games Swap for LovelyMiss. She likes the watercolor drippy type artwork so I thought I would give it a shot, but without water colors. They just don't seem to like me. Instead I used Alcohol inks, acrylic paint and a Sharpie.
 It was really vibrant and bright the first night but after it dried it lost a lot of the punch so I reapplied a few times and layers of watered down Acrylic.
 She said she liked it so I'm happy. It was pretty fun to drip paint and flick the brush at it. I am normally so precise that this was freeing.
 I liked the way she looked from different angles too.

22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bird Purse to Wristlet on: October 03, 2016 07:16:15 AM
 I saw this pattern and wanted to try it out. It is the Gerber Bag by Blue Calla and was a free pattern.
 I decided on the focus piece and then went to the store to get coordinating fabric. I thought this was a fun match.

 You can remove the cross body strap and just use the wristlet strap. The pattern calls for only one D-ring of you do that but I added both so it would be interchangeable.  

 The pattern flipped the purse thru the zippered pocket inside. I had never done that before and thought it was brilliant!

 The only drawback to the pattern I saw was using fleece on the interior and then flipping the pocket thru. It made it a bit bulky. I would cut that out before flipping next time. You can see the pocket fabric on the outside do to the thickness.
The opposite side looks the same.
 And here it is full length. Again, sorry, my wall is blue and throws the color off and my shadow is in the shot.  Tongue

 Thanks for checking it out!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Purse 2016 on: September 19, 2016 06:17:55 AM
 It's almost time for the barrage of holidays to descend upon us. I have been carrying the same purse for a while now and wanted to try a new pattern out. I ordered fabric but it went missing, delivery issue. I was itching to sew so I decide to do a practice run of the pattern first with some Halloween themed fabrics to get in the Halloween spirit.

 This was my first time trying the twist lock. The type I bought was super easy to install. Ridiculously easy. Highly recommend anyone nervous to do them to just take the plunge. You'll be shocked at how easy it is. My wall is blue and my shadow is in the shot, sorry. I wanted to show the length of the strap.

 The fabric is eyeballs with coordinating stripes and a hot pink interior.

 The sides called for snaps to expand it.

 I am used to thicker interfacing so I was nervous about this one. It called for SF 101 and some medium weight sew in. I think it worked out well though. I liked the swivel clip details too. It holds a lot and is comfortable on my arm.  Grin

 I'll carry this one until November. I had fun sewing it up. The pattern is the Notting Hill Bag by SusieDDesigns. I got it on Etsy.
 Thanks for checking it out!!! Cheesy
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Drawstring Bags and Extras on: July 29, 2016 09:01:21 AM

 I whipped up these fun little drawstring bags for the Common Grounds swap. I made a purse out of this fabric a couple years ago and only had a small amount of it left. Luckily it worked perfectly for this bag. My partner can use it as a jewelry bag or a project bag. Included in the swap was a unicorn necklace as well.

 I though they were a cute way to package the Book Buddy I made as well.

 I put some light interfacing in this one and didn't like it much so I decided I won't be doing that again.  Embarrassed
 I plan to make some more out of Christmas fabric to use as wrapping.  Grin
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Apron on: July 29, 2016 08:52:28 AM
 I hope this is where this goes. You do wear it!
 I make this Apron for the Common Grounds swap. My partner and I both like purple and she has a lot of patchwork on her Pinterest, which I love to do.
 The pocket is divided in the middle and then one side is divided again to keep everything organized and where you put it.
 I'm using one of my partners pics since it was better than mine. Hope she doesn't mind!

 The straps are extra long so you can wrap them around you and tie a nice bow in the front. This is my picture of it on the table.  Tongue

 Thanks for checking it out!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Skirt on: July 29, 2016 08:46:28 AM
 Hey there! I love to sew but I never make clothes so it's new for me to be on this board. So many neat things over here!

 I made this patchwork skirt for a swap I was in, the Common Grounds Swap. My partner pretty much only wears black and white so I kept to her trend and used only black and white fabrics.
 The band has a bit of elastic on it so it makes it more comfortable to wear. It has a nice long ties as well.
 I used a new foot to do the hem with Bias tape. So much easier and neater than anything I have ever done before. I love the way it turned out. It was also my first time doing overlock stitches and using that foot. I went thru a lot of bobbins but I think it worked well.

 I used my partners pics since they were so much nicer than mine.  Cheesy
 I really ended up liking it. I might try to make another with random, bright fabrics.
 Thanks so much for checking it out!
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / If You Never Saw The Stars Shadowbox on: June 28, 2016 10:13:37 AM
 Okay, I have no idea where this would go so I am guessing here. Moderator, sorry if you have to move this....

  I made this for the Favorite Book Swap. Its one of my favorite quotes from Maggie Stievater and its from the book The Raven Boys (or maybe the second one, Dream Thief  Huh ).
  This is one of my all-time favorite quotes. I really wanted to make something out of it. I had the idea and ran with it. I also love that it lights up. Thats one of the things I havent done much of with crafts and I decided it was time to light something up (but not with fire). Fairy lights it is!
 I really want to make another one for myself. The quote says, "If you never saw the stars, candles were enough".
 Here it is with the lights on.

 And lights off. I tried to swirl the wire so it had an interesting, kind of Van Gogh meets Burton feel when it was off.

 Thanks for checking it out.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Eternal Free form sewing tote on: June 28, 2016 07:26:22 AM
 For the Favorite Book Swap I had this idea to make a freeform panel for a tote for my partner. I have never attempted to freeform sew before but I was determined. I had this vision of what I wanted to do and couldnt shake it.
 The first road block I came across before I even started sewing was the design. I needed a heart on the fabric. I used Inktense pencils and drew one out on white fabric but as you can see on the left, it wasnt really that intense. I let it dry and went back over it. That was the result. So I decided to try a couple more ideas. I didnt want to use acrylic because I didnt want it to be stiff or hard to sew thru. I ended up painting some Tim Holts inks onto it. I let it all dry, heat set it and then hand washed it. It held up pretty good.

 I did the same for the strips of fabric minus the Inktense pencils. I just dripped the Holts ink on then uses the reducer on it to blur it all out. Here it is before the reducer. I also used paint pens for the words so they would stand out and be clear. The Quote is from The Perks of Being a Wall Flower and says, and in that moment, I swear we were infinite. Such a great quote!

 Im not sure how youre really supposed to freeform sew but I pinned my pieces down and then just started. It was a little jarring at first. No, I dont have the freeform sewing foot. I plan to get one though. I was just so happy to get the dog feed to go up and down that I wasnt really concerned past that point. LOL!

 And then I just sketched and wiggled all over it. Below is the first run with the blue. I used four or five different colors of thread.

 I was really pleased on how it turned out. Especially for my first one. I think I want to fix the first heart and do something with it too. I loved the organic and energetic outcome.  I also enjoyed trying something new.

Thanks for checking it out.
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Love and Decay - Parker Brothers teeshirt on: June 27, 2016 01:30:00 PM
 I have been reading a series for a while now. It's not like a normal series of books. It's a Kindle series that comes out every other week for about four months of the year. The name of the series is Love and Decay. I've been reading it for about four years now and absolutely love them. They are quick, fun novellas that I get to enjoy while sitting in my car at lunch.
 In the Favorite Book Swap I got paired with Abbeeroad who also read and enjoyed the series. I think she just finished season 1. The book is about the zombie apocalypse and a girl, Reagan, who end up traveling with a group of brothers with the last name Parker.
 I'm using the pic Abbeeroad took since it is better than mine.  Wink

 I have to make one for myself next.
30  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Door Hanger on: June 14, 2016 02:01:49 PM
 This may seem random to make in June but I made it for a friends b-day. She had it on her Pinterest Board and I figured I can make that!  Cheesy
 I switched it up a little from the Pin and made the spider at the bottom so it looked like they were hanging off his web, at least to me. I used ribbon to secure it and a staple gun to keep it all in place. The ribbon is eyeball Halloween ribbon from my stash.  It's made to hang on a door instead of a wreath.
 Thanks for checking it out so far from Halloween!
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