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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Weekenders over the weekend on: February 18, 2009 06:44:34 PM
over the long holiday weekend, I went to my sister's house. The two of us, together with my mom, made Amy Butler Weekender bags...

My mom used a floral and a striped home dec fabric she found at two different stores, my sis used an Ikea fabric along with a gingham home dec fabric she had, I used striped denim and a toile home dec that I found...

I can tell you that I would NOT have finished my tote if I hadn't been working with mom and sis. I would have set the thing aside and let it mature a lllloooonnnnggg time before finishing it! I sewed through my finger, cut one piece upside down, sewed another piece in upside down...

I'm happy with the results - but *I* know where every little flaw happens to be!

22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Challenge 1: *Hippie Soap* on: February 18, 2009 01:05:46 PM
My unusual ingredient was Hemp Seed Oil. Since I frequent the health food store and buy lots of oddball things (according to my family) I had purchased this for some healthy recipe or another (and forgot which one by the time I got home).

I usually soap with the basics: coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil and maybe lard. I throw in some shea or cocoa butter, too. But I really don't get into experimenting with other oils (they just aren't readily available in NW PA).

I received a sample of a lovely Raspberry Patchouli FO that was enough to make up a batch of soap and as I was gathering ingredients I saw the Hemp Seed Oil in my 'frig and just KNEW that it went with Patchouli...and soaped it up (hemp is only part of the total oils in my soap, not 100%). I also felt the soap needed to be swirlie to go with the hippie theme, so I swirled with Red Oxide and Gold Mica (first try with the mica for me).

I wish y'alls could smell this - it is heavenly (IMO). I think I'll be using it for a while as a sachet before using it as soap!


23  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My newest soap *pic* on: February 07, 2009 07:39:15 AM
I just have to share. I made this for a swap on a (different) soaping board and I'm so pumped about how this soap turned out:

I tried a new (to me) method of swirling - and I will be using this technique again (as long as I have a second pair of hands - essential for this technique). The swirl is totally all the way through the bars, not just resting on top Smiley

24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My recent soaping pic on: November 12, 2008 08:14:47 PM
I've been soaping the last three weeks, trying to get ready for a craft show just after Thanksgiving - doing a soap and sundries booth with my sister. These are the batches I am contributing - well, the overcolored soap will not be going, that stuff is WAY TOO PINK even though it smells divine Smiley

I just had to share

Top Row: Lavender Lane, Fresh Laundry
Middle: Shea You Love Me (overcolored), Oats N Honey, Three Kings, Shea You Love Me (toned down somewhat)
Front: Orchard Breeze, Raspberry Patchouli

Thanks for looking Smiley

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My TomTom (GPS) Purse/Case/whatever you call it! pics on: June 05, 2008 07:32:57 PM
My dh gave me a TomTom for my birthday Smiley Knowing that these little GPS units are hot items, dh told me to take it with me when I get out of the vehicle...so I looked at cases for them. BORING. I knew I had fabric scraps big enough to make one Smiley

I used a scrap of a printed denim for the outside and a microfiber towel for the inside. I did add a layer of batt (more scrap) and some fusible interfacing to keep the microfiber from stretching way out of shape.

It is about 4" X 4 1/2"...

and here is a shot showing the inside (not very exciting, I know!)

Thanks for looking Smiley

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / TomTom Case? on: June 02, 2008 11:08:18 AM
I want to make a case for my (new, for my b'day) TomTom - does anyone have any pointers? Ideas? Tutes?

I know I can make up my own case, I'm just not sure what all I need to consider/build in to this thing and want to pick your brains Wink

27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Stars Sing - images on: April 23, 2008 02:28:25 PM
This quilt is based on a pattern by Judy Martin.

I've never made a quilt so big before - it took up my whole quilting frame! And it was a bear to finish piecing the top - it was SO big (and my sewing cabinet is NOT).

96" X 96"
cotton fabrics
cotton batt
machine quilted (by me!)

detail of the quilting:

Thanks for looking!

28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 30s Doll Quilt - finished today :) on: April 12, 2008 08:53:05 PM
I made this quilt for a swap (elsewhere) and just finished it up today Smiley I used cotton fabrics, cotton batt, machine pieced and quilted. Dimensions are 21 X 25 1/2"

detail shot to show the quilting and piped binding:

thanks for looking!

JOY - who may have to make one for herself!
29  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Tea Cup Back Pack VeRY iMaGe HeAvY on: April 05, 2008 11:02:27 AM
This is my first challenge, please be kind!

Here is my Tea Cup Back Pack

I overbought at Dollar Tree, not knowing what materials would work out the best. I discarded the T-shirts (well, we will use them! just not in this challenge) and the Shiny Purses (they were 2/$1).

I used:
5 Tea Towels
1 Slouchy Bag Backpack
1 Cosmetic Bag
1 Three Ring Binder
1 package of Play Clay
1 package of stretchy Hair Bands
I used some thread and some Mod Podge from my own materials.

I chose to make a backpack...without a pattern. I just started cutting and sewing. I cut the Three Ring Binder (sorry about the typo on the picture) into strips and used them for ribs similar to boning...

I cut the cosmetic bag apart, used the body of the bag to give some "body" to the flap and used the zippers for pockets
inside pocket
hidden back pocket (wallet not included in challenge)

I made buttons out of the Play-Clay stuff by mixing colors and shaping them into buttons (it darkened as it dried). I thought it would be fun to make a teacup button to go with the tea cups on the tea towels.

I used the hairbands to make button loops on the front and the cell phone pocket

I used the sloppy backpack for fabric, drawstring and straps (I fancied up the boring, plain black shoulder straps with some of the tea towel fabric)  - the slippery black fabric is used for lining in the pockets

The interior is very roomy, with a section of the three ring binder providing some stiffness in the bottom. Here is an in-use shot with a thick novel, my stainless steel water bottle and a friend to keep me company, with room to spare!

Here are a couple of action shots with my niece who is visiting

she said the backpack is very comfortable

Thanks for looking!

30  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello! on: March 04, 2008 07:58:25 PM
I've been lurking for a few weeks after someone shared a link to the singlet shopping bag tutorial. What a great site this is!

I'm a SAHM who homeschools her children (well, two of them, one is ready to go to college in the fall). My dh is in the Army, so we have moved around a bit, but call MI home.

I like to make stuff. Right now my biggest passion is quilting. I also sew clothing and accessories, dabble in painting, make soaps and toiletries, and most anything else that comes across my radar  Grin

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