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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bright n' big purse from old purse and tank top--EDIT: actual images added! on: July 21, 2008 06:11:06 PM
I reconned this tank

along with the rings from an old purse and some cheap fabric

into this purse:

The interior was originally a peach silky material with lovely flowers, but I found that it snagged on everything, so I replaced it with a more durable reinforced green cotton with brown flowers. There are also two pockets on each side of the purse.

It is a little bigger of a bag than I'm used to, but I love it!

Comments/constructive criticisms welcome!
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / fingernail whitener on: July 16, 2008 08:25:51 PM
Hello crafty friends! I opened up my Crest whitening strip tonight and it occurred to me that a relatively sizeable portion of the whitener stuff goes to waste--it is spread on a sheet of plastic, but only part of it goes on your teeth. So, I took a toothpick and scraped off the excess then rubbed it under my fingernails (after cleaning them out and scrubbing them with an old toothbrush and soap), blowdried them (to get the bleaching process going quicker), then scrubbed them again. The stuff was on my nails for about 5 minutes. It worked!

This is not exactly a craft, but it is certainly DIY, easy, and somewhat recycle-y!
13  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / These concept shoes... on: March 24, 2008 07:36:57 PM
...are ridiculously AWESOME! Somebody who is way craftier than I am should figure out how to make these then post about it (I swear it's not laziness, I'm really just not that crafty!). Check them out!

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / cigarette holder? on: March 18, 2008 09:23:39 PM
Hello friends! I was wondering if anybody had any ideas about making a cigarette holder (think Breakfast at Tiffany's style)? I think they're quite elegant, and I know it isn't hard to find them for sale online (I've looked), but I'd really like to make one...I love crafting!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Also...ideas for shoe storage? on: February 26, 2008 05:34:08 PM
I know, I know...I just posted a question about the tin. But I also need some crafty ideas for shoe storage!!! I live in a tiny little apartment with little floor space and either sliding or slatted doors. Any suggestions?
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for chocolate tin? on: February 26, 2008 03:47:13 PM
Hi craftster friends! I've decided to pick your minds for suggestions on what to do with a chocolate tin I have. I used to use it to stash secret goodies, but have since relocated them to an easier-to-access location (stuff tends to get stacked on top of the tin), and I hate to get rid of it because it's pretty! It is silver with scroll-work on the lid, 11"x9"x4". Any ideas?
17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Reconned high heels! Edit--REAL LIVE IMAGES ADDED! on: January 26, 2008 01:45:19 PM
Hi all! I've always loved reconstructing clothes, but hadn't ever done shoes until I joined this site and got inspired!

I originally bought my shoes at a second hand shop for around $7 (and before that, I believe they came from Target). I needed a pair of brown heels, but never wore them because I ended up not liking the color of brown or the buckles.
After seeing people's shoe recons here and doing some additional exploration on the intarwebz, I decided to base them loosely on Corinne Friedman's Queen's Lace Shoe from this website:

Here are the before pics:


And the after pics:


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