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131  V-Day Messenger: with lots of picture love! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by murbeck on: February 09, 2008 03:33:48 PM
My hubbie and I never got into the whole Valentine's Day thing, but I still love all the hearts and pink & red, plus I love to be in tune with all the popular holidays, at least in a decorational kind of way.  So I made a pretty little tribute to this lovey month.  I give you my Valentine's Day Purse! 

Yay! I hope you like, I'm quite happy with it  Cheesy

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132  Ireland Ringer Tee for the curvacious! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by murbeck on: February 03, 2008 12:14:01 PM
I bought this Ireland tee at the thrift store for $1.50 to play with and I'm so pleased with the results!!!!  Grin  The sleeves are a bit tight but I'm in the process of weight loss so hopefully it will fit much better in a month or so (30lb down and about 15lb more to go  Smiley)
Here's the boring before:

I took it in with some flare, shortened the sleeves and made the neck line a v-neck.  Then I lined the neck using the neck line from this shirt that was in my Mom's yard sale pile she let me raid first:

Here is the finished product!!!  Maybe one of these days I'll be patient enough to wait to take after pictures when I've got my hair done... but until then you can look at my ugliness  Wink

closeups on the little details

Oh and please excuse the pink sports bra... again with the impatience!!  lol

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133  It's a hoodie, congratulations!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by murbeck on: February 02, 2008 08:37:36 AM
Yay, I successfully made my first reconstruction  Cheesy  I turned an oversized orange golf shirt (very comfy) into a hoodie, with the assistance of an old pair of black pants for the arms and a nike shirt for the hood.  Thanks to Mezzi and her ridiculously easy to follow tutey.

Okay so here's the before, don't pay any attention the woman behind the orange shirt:

I wish I'd taken a piccy of the pants I used but I didn't.  They were wide-legged and stretchy and thick, I cut the legs off and then each in half to make a nice big work area and made my arms from that.  Instead of making a cuff from the original orange shirt pieces I just ended them at the hem of the pants, which worked out well.  Without further adeu I present to you, my hoody!

hood up!

profile shot

I still may add pockets, and I'm thinking about getting an iron-on decal to put on one boob, or on the back since it's plain.  But I may not, because I like the simplicity too.  Oh!  And one major problem was that I didn't even think to check the zipper, and didn't notice until after I was done sewing it on that it doesn't detach at the bottom  Shocked  It does suck because I can't wear it now with out having it zipped at least slightly.  Does anyone know a way to alter it where the zipper is still usable too?  I don't think there's a way, but thought I'd ask just the same

Hope you like, constructive critisicm always appreciated, I know I have to work on things, but I'm quite happy with my first attempt. 
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134  bad dog and whiney husband... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by murbeck on: January 31, 2008 06:05:32 AM
...Phew! It's a good thing there's a crafty Mommy slash Wife on hand!!

So, a few months back we moved all of our computer stuff into a different room in the house, one that is cooler during the hot Florida summers.  This room had no curtains and the windows in the previous room were much bigger and I had gotten those pull-down roller shades cut for them, so I couldn't very well transfer them.  For one window I had some old curtains I'd made for our old apartment in my "I don't throw anything made of fabric away" bin so that was an easy fix and for the other one I decided to get creative.  I pulled my husbands USMC flag out of that very same bin, we've been wanting to hang it up since forever but haven't found an appropriate place in this house, so I asked my husband if I could sew on it if it meant displaying it again and he agreed.  So I went to my local thrift store and bought some khaki sheet for like a buck or .50 or something great like that, and I spent the entire duration of the movie 5th element hand-sewing away (this was pre sewing machine era for me), carefully centering the flag in the middle of the sheet.  It was nice looking and so I hung them up... the bottom was a good foot away from Remington's (my 2 yr old lab-retriever) cage, I swear!!!  But the next day after we'd been at a friend's house for a few hours we come back and the curtain, or what was left of it, was inside of Remy's cage and he had quite literally eaten half of it.  I was furious because of the work that I'd done and my DH was furious because there was going to be a glare of his computer screen now  Roll Eyes  and because his Marine Corps flag was ruined.  We didn't have money to buy any more supplies either.  So it took me a couple days but I got creative.  I took a roller shade off the one window in the previous room that the sun doesn't catch because of the back porch outside it- DH severly opposed this because of the hideiousness of the shade so while he was at work one day on my day off I spent a few hours painting on it!!!  It's not perfect, turns out that it's reaaaally hard to paint on this surface because it's SO super smooth.  Also I know that the red circle is stupidly off kilter, but I didn't plan on making anything beyond the emblem itself the rest just kind of happened as I went, so I didn't preplan any measuring.  I do plan on going back and trying to make it more rounded.  So with no further ado- the pictures:

Here's my imps- the one on top is the good girl, she can be trusted to roam the house as she pleases while we're away.  The one on the bottom is the baaaad boy.  We tried a muzzle before the cage and he managed to fish coke cans out of the trash and EAT them in their entirety (save the top and bottom) THROUGH the small hole at the end of his muzzle... and whole loaves of bread from the pantry as well, this dog is not normal: 

Unfortunately, I wasn't a part of craftster back then, so I didn't take any pictures of the curtain in it's prime or when Remy devoured it, but here's the new cover:

For those of you that don't know, this is the Marine Corps emblem

and closeups:

Sorry for the extremely long back story- I can't help myself with details sometimes.  Thanks for looking!
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135  2 new purses in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by murbeck on: January 22, 2008 11:22:57 AM
Okay, so first of all I've learned a lesson this weekend (but only after a few tries with the mistake).  Stabilizer does NOT, I repeat DOES NOT, work effectively as interfacing in purse making  Sad  I was under the impression, and I have no idea where I got that impression, that I would work the same way.  
At any rate, I made some new cute purses.  They feel a little funny because of the stabilizer, but I still like then and they are still functional.
Purse numero uno:

I just love how this turned out.  I'm trying to sell it at work for $5 but I can't say I'll be terribly upset if it doesn't sell and I'm forced to keep it for myself.
Okay so purse number b

The story behind this one is that I'm quite proud of my design but I made some inevitable mistakes on it so I'm for sure keeping this one for myself.  It was a learning experience though and it was on this purse that I figured out that stabilizer just wasn't cutting it.  That and I won't be using that sort of strapping for the, well, strap again, because it feels chincey.  Anyway, there we go!

PS. I can't wait until my 10 posts are up so I can post real pictures like all the cool kids!   Cheesy
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136  My first hand-made AND usable items!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by murbeck on: January 18, 2008 09:00:22 AM
Background: I've had my Grandma's ancient sewing maching since she passed 12 years ago.  I didn't use it much because I sucked so bad, which I don't usually suck at crafty things much and don't handle the suckingness too well.  Anyway!  My sewing machine finally took a dump and my Mom bought me a Sew Easy by White for Christmas and guess what!  Turns out I don't completely suck!!  I'm definintely a novice but I can do this!  

I finally got some remnants to play with and decided to make a tote bag.  This first project took me waaaay longer than I expected for a multitude of reasons.  First and foremost, the threading of the new machine.  The diagram could not have sucked more and it took me a good 45 minutes to figure out, but I did and that's what counts  Undecided.
Next, I only had linen and no stabilizer so I doubled up the linen (twice the cutting) and put some batting in between the layers and then spent a good hour hand stitching little frilly designs into it.  
Third issue was that the impatient little girl working at the fabric dept of Walmart impatiently cut my black with white polka dot strapping at 2 yards without my confirming that's what I wanted, and it wound up being way to short.  So I improvised and altered the strapping a bit shorter adding some black w/ pink polka dots that I had just enough of to act as the handles and had to stitch all that together in a manner that would look intentional.  So hours later I did it.  I made a bag that holds a pretty hefty weight so far, and I think, is cute  Grin  

here's the detail of my details, lol.  You can't tell because of the flash but the stitching is in black.

So, then I got to thinking that I really wanted a bag that I could carry around easily all day at the Monster Truck Jam this weekend (tomorrow now) and decided to make a little messenger-style bag.  I went to Joann Fabrics to get my stabilizer and got all caught up in the remnants bin and found, among other things, some pretty green canvas-y fabric.  It wasn't until a few hours later while showing off my booty to a couple coworkers that I realized how great the green canvas stuff would work for my next bag, so I didn't even need the stabilizer but that's okay because believe it or not I have orders for more purses now!!!!  So, I'm sure it will get used.  Anyway, here is my messenger bag!  I plan on putting a patch or something on the flap because it's bit plain right now but anyway...

Interior shot

In addition to these being my first successful projects, this is my first post on craftster.  If it weren't for this site and all the helpful hints and guides I came across during the planning process I'm sure things wouldn't have turned out at all good- so thanks to everyone who posts their things and especially to those who have taken the time to post tutorials!!!  This site has quickly proven to me to be very helpful and I can't wait to make some friends with other crafty peeps  Wink

Love, Marie!
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