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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Buy Nothing/ Green Swap Gallery (send outs 3/18/09) on: April 30, 2009 06:53:04 AM
I like the bag & the notebook. I love the scarf too- sorry for being a little dense, but why is it called a Rapunzel scarf?
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Laptop Bag- Messenger Bag Style - IDEAS?! HELP? on: April 27, 2009 08:29:11 AM
Thank you all for your help & suggestions! I got a chance to see the laptop & bag together this weekend. I've decided its about 1" too short. The laptop actually measures 15" long, and the bag is like 15.5" long. I think with the foam padding, it doesn't give it enough room to wiggle. So I am going to rip it apart *sigh* and add sort of extender pieces in the same fashion that I did the rest of the bag. I think I will add pieces that are like 1/2" in. on either side which should give it a total of 1" more room. I think that it will actually look good because the flap is a little wider than the bag itself & the strap kinda makes it go in, so it will lay more flat this time. In college one of my professors told me that if you "mess up" on a piece, instead of trying to "fix" it, try to incorporate it into the piece. I think I will take her advice, as I often have done since then, and try to make the additions seem like they were meant to be there all along & incorporate it into the design of the bag. I will post pics of the *improved* bag when I finish! Thanks again for your encouragement! You are all too sweet  Grin
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Disposable Camera Rd 6 Sign ups 4/13/2009 - 4/27/3009 Send outs 6/15/2009 on: April 27, 2009 08:20:49 AM
Yay! I'm excited for this, its so different than the other swaps I've been in! Ever since I read about this I've been driving around in this lovely weather seeing things through a lens (so to speak, not literally, that would be dangerous!) I can't wait to find out who my partner is & see what they like, so I can go out there & start snapping pics! I hope you all have a lovely monday Smiley
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Laptop Bag- Messenger Bag Style - IDEAS?! HELP? on: April 23, 2009 01:18:50 PM
Ahhhh but you did help! I have no idea why I didn't try to "Create" a laptop to use for measurement. Like the magazine Idea you gave me! I shall do that next time.

The bag is not wide enough.  Sad

I think I gave myself a 1/2" seam. So if that's the case I'm going to try & make it a 1/4" seam so that, I can give the width of the bag another 1/2" all together. Make sense?

Thanks for the compliment too! Smiley
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop Bag- Messenger Bag Style - IDEAS?! HELP? on: April 23, 2009 07:28:40 AM

I made this bag for my friend for her birthday. It is for her laptop. Its padded with 1/2" foam. I put pockets in front under the flap to hold the mouse & the power cord.

I'm really proud of this bag because I thought of the design & made it without any pattern or anything. I really worked hard on it & tried to make it perfect. And it come out awesome, as far as looks go.

That being said, I'm completely bummed out because I never got to actually see the laptop & used her measurements & I would have liked to model it around her actual laptop. But anyway, it seems to be very tight. I guess the height is ok, but the length is not. Its too short. I told her to try & wear it in a little, so maybe it would stretch. My other thought was to rip it all apart *big sigh* & try & sew the sides together again, a little closer to the edge? ugh.
Anyone have any stress saving wonder ideas?!?! Sad Thanks Smiley
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Purchasing Unique Beads (please!!!) on: April 14, 2009 09:51:12 AM
 Grin OMG! The second one is the closest match I've seen yet! Thanks so much!!!!!!!! I'm going to order it & Surprise him. He's going to be so stoked! *hugs* thanks!!!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Purchasing Unique Beads (please!!!) on: April 12, 2009 08:50:35 AM
It wasn't a circle- it looked like a dragon with a hole through the top so it could be used as a bead. Where did you see those?
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Tofu Swap? on: April 09, 2009 04:58:50 AM
I get "well, I don't know what you'll eat, but..." When I was invited over for Easter. I said, you just cook & let me worry about what I will eat. lol. Like they invited an alien to dinner.

Maybe we could swap a parental guideline list for feeding your vegetarian/vegan kids!
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Dave Matthews Band Swap?? on: April 09, 2009 04:56:43 AM
Oh you are right! I did remember reading the no mix cd rule. ok, no mix cds, but a recommended listening list sounds good!

I'm glad people are getting interested! whoo hoo. Maybe if at least 8 of us are interested, I'll make it official.

Yay! PS- only 5 more days until my first show of tour! whoohoo!
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dave Matthews Band Swap?? on: April 08, 2009 09:51:27 AM
 Grin Ok, maybe I'm a little obsessed. alright I'm a lot obsessed with the Dave Matthews Band. The first show of the year (for me) is next Tuesday & I'm really excited about tour.

My last swap partner made me some really cool DMB things!!! And every year before tour I make my best friend something DMB related to kick off the tour. What inspires you better than your favorite music!?!

With all the sold out shows- and all the creative things I see at shows- there has GOT to be other crafty dmb-obsessed persons out there!!!

This would be my first swap as organizer... I'm a little nervous about that. Undecided But I'm sure I can handle it.

And I would say we'd do something simple like 2 mediums & a small... or like 2 mediums & a mix cd of dmb songs...

Enthusiasm & Suggestions will be much appreciated!!!

Some of my DMB inspired art for your thoughts...

made for a fellow fan

made for my BFF to kick off '08 tour

Rice Pillow for my BFF to kick of '09 tour (hey we are getting older...dancing all night can really make you ache!)

iPod nano cover
There's more...oh there's more... but just some ideas.
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