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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Katamari Damacy... bag, purse, tote, whatever, it's KATAMARI! on: November 28, 2007 08:45:26 AM
Naaaa na na na na na nuh, na nuh nuh nuh nuh neh nuh naaaaa.... The song has been in my head for, seemingly, EVER! I can't get rid of it. I hum it doing dishes, laundry, taking the kids somewhere... If you're not a gamer, or don't know one, Katamari Damacy is a video game, wherein you push a little sticky ball over really cluttered environs, and pick up things from pushpins and paperclips to sumo wrestlers, cars and continents. Several games later, we have Beautiful Katamari, which my beloved husband has bought me for Xmas. In trembling anticipation, I made...a bag, purse, tote, whatever, dammit, it's KATAMARI! Grin

Trying to get the camera to cooperate for a zoom of the picture.

Reverse side of the bag.

Interior. You can see the zipper charm on the left corner. (Forgive my nasty tan carpal glove edge. Unavoidable in cold weather. And I really do have a thumbnail! My thumb is just bent in this shot. Though it looks really odd, I admit)

The charm is a temp one, till I sculpt a polymer katamari ball myself. In the meanwhile, it's from Roly Poly, and it's a blowfish, with just the cutest face in the world. This is a fairly blurry shot. Sorry!

I know it's a blowfish...and katamari don't have faces (till you roll up some people  Grin ), but if you turn the charm over...it looks like katamari. Even in blurry early morning photos!

So, on with the song! Naaaaa, na na na na na nuh....
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zebras and tigers and gorillas, oh my...Embroidery carrying tote (img heavy) on: November 05, 2007 07:33:35 AM
So, hubby dearest wants an x-stitch Zune cover, and guess who hasn't done any cross stitch since dirt was young? So, frantic runs to fabric stores for thread, etc. Start sewing, get really into it, then encounter the massive problem of hyper 4 and 5 year olds trying to steal my supplies. Where to put them??

Make a travel case, if you're crafty.

It's not as pretty or as professional-looking as my next one will be. (And there WILL be a next one. I loved the results that much.  Grin ) This one was a prototype, and as such just used up some scrap I had in my leftovers bin.

No type of closure on this one, as I didn't have anything suitable on hand.

Inside shot. If I'd had enough of the green jungle print, I'd have made bias tape out of that for the pocket edging, instead. You can't really see the thread pockets on this shot.

So here they are in action. There are actually 2 pockets in every slot: the clear vinyl one, and the print fabric behind. I dig pockets.  Roll Eyes

Double pocket shot!

Pattern and project pocket. Was originally going to be a double pocket as well, but I stitched the animal print down for added stability. Version 2.0 will be a double. (This panel is actually 2 pieces of the border off a big one piece tapestry panel I used for a throw. How's that for maximizing your scrap pile?  Cheesy ) Stability wise, it's backed by plastic canvas and then padded out with quilt batting.

And pattern pocket action shot.

Have already had 4 people ask for one of their own. Dammit. I don't have enough time for my OWN crafty obsession hobbies.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / How do you get to the center of a Tootsie Roll bag? on: November 02, 2007 11:05:04 AM
You can't tell from the photos--blame my bad lighting--but the colours on this bag just pop with bright pastel sherbet goodness. So...a double sided lining of lemon and lime, some vinyl and some invisible thread later, voila. Tootsie Roll bag.

Had enough perfect front pieces of the candy bag to make front and backs of the tote, and the sides and bottom are clear medium weight vinyl over the lemon side of my double lining. Heavy card stock between the lining fabric gives form to the bottom, and I vinyl coated the handles just for syncronicity. I'll post photos of the lining when I find my gooseneck lamp for aimed lighting, cause the originals were a wee bit too dark to see properly. But those of you familiar with french seams know what the inside looks like and can imagine it.

And there you have it, my contribution to the recon candy wrapper/bag tote.
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / A Spider, a Racoon and a Goblin walk into a pumpkin... on: October 30, 2007 06:12:16 AM
Last night's efforts to tickle the kids.

When we took them outside, somehow they managed to collide, hence the kinda one-eyed racoon. But I love the jack o'lantern he's sitting on; it seems like a vampire cat to me. In hindsight, I almost wish the racoon had been a rabbit, so we could've carried on with this whole Bunnicula theme, which the kids just fell in love with this past month.
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