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1  postcard perfect ogden in CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES by creamycharb on: March 06, 2008 02:11:22 PM
Oh i hope im not too late!!  i had so much trouble last night trying to upload photos that i quit. 

i found this groovey old postcard depicting one of my favorite things in Ogden Utah.
the welcome sign- that reads "IT PAYS TO LIVE IN OGDEN"
i thought I would embelish it with some other things Ogden is known for:

1- dinosaurs.  they have this great dinosaur park here with fake dinosaurs that growl and scare the **** out of little kids.  Utah in general is known for it's fossles.

2- trains.  Not far from Ogden is the GOLDEN SPIKE where the east and west railroads met.  Ogden was a railroading town back in the day, and even though the Mormons had their influence here, as well as the rest of Utah, ogden has always been very heavily influenced by the influx of railroad workers. It was a hopping cultural bed-  wild live music, and great restauraunts-  also, the rumors exist of the speakeasies that existed underneith the city.  of course you wont find much about that on wikapedia.
which brings us to...

3- prostitutes-  i hesitated to put this on-  because its not an accurate picture of Ogden today.  but i did want to make a nod to a time when Ogden was kind of seen as the red light district of Utah.
(plus, i thought she worked really well with the sign)

4- Harold and Maude.  One of the claims to fame for my fair city, is that it was the original home to the director of coincidentally, one of my all time favorite films. Hal Ashby was born here, and i like to think that the quirky influence of this place may have indirectly made that movie what it was.

Ok, a postcard vision of this city that i love.
the city that has the nosiness of a small town, but all the dirt of a big city.
It was a pleasure to share it with you all.
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2  ReUsable PLAPER Grocery Bag! in CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES by creamycharb on: February 02, 2008 05:37:43 PM
Hola everyone,
I have been a voyeur of craftster for several months now and I am just tickled to enter this challenge.  In fact, it was a resolution of mine before even knowing of this particular craftster challenge.
My 3-fold resolution is:
#1- Enter a craftster challenge.  (YEEE-HAWW!!  Feels good!!)
#2- Use reusable grocery bags.
#3- Stop shopping at a particular Gigantimart in my town that shall remain nameless.

So yeah- #1 is a gimmie, but I did want to put it in there because Im proud of myself.

#2- I have had this one on my radar for years.  I HATE plastic bags and everything they stand for.  I hate how they overrun my home.  I hate how grocery baggers under-fill them.  I double hate their detriment to the environment.  AND, though I love the size and shape of the big paper grocery bags- I hate the idea of cutting down trees to carry my precious groceries. 
None of this is new. 
I have seen countless awesome ideas for reusable grocery bags, right here on craftster, and I figured it was high time I made some for myself. I looked and looked for styles that I liked, and fabric that I liked.  And finally, I came up with my very own design idea. (I do promise I havent seen this particular anywhere myself.  Please correct me if you have seen it elsewhere.  Id like to give credit where its due.)
                                           THE PLAPER BAG!!!!!
This was born out of the wonderful tutorials out there on fusing plastic bags to make a stiff sewable plastic fabric, and my love of the paper bag for size and shape when it comes to carrying groceries.  I sewed a paper-type bag out of the fused plastic (and added functional handles)

                               PLASTIC- PLAPER- PAPER

                       STRONG REENFORCED BOTTOM

                                NICELY FOLDED

                              STURDY HANDLES

               ACTION SHOT (WORKS GREAT!)

And then this brings us to #3.
There is a mega mega MEGA store in my home town that moved in while I was living elsewhere.  I moved home to find all the little mom and pop stores vanished, (mostly all the craft and fabric stores), forcing me to either drive 40 mins. out of my way, or frequent this place, which ironically, never had what I needed anyway.  I finally decided- 
So- when I was designing my plaper bag- I did a bit of clever layering with some plastic bags from this mystery mega store and this store that had a big red circle in their logo that I cut to make the empty set sign as a bit of a jab of dislike. (I blurred the mega store logo in the photos, because I realize this is a personal beef, and the last thing I am trying to do is slander this store on craftster).

                                          LOGO JAB

I have used my new bag several times, and I love it.  But I am thinking I need about 4 or 5 more for those BIG food shopping trips. 
Id be glad to post a tutorial when I make my next one, if there is an interest. 
And thank you thank you for looking at my FIRST craftster challenge entry. 
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