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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Smells fruity! Holds cash! It's amazing! on: February 01, 2010 09:07:19 PM
I was in Toys R Us a few weeks ago and saw the cutest purses and bags made out of fabric that was printed with Skittles, M&M's, and other kinds of candy wrappers.  However, a) I am not about to pay $20 for a purse I probably won't use just because it's cute, and b) the reason I can't pay that is because my husband has me on a strict purse diet due to the overflowing bins in my closet full of purses and wallets, so I couldn't buy one even if I really wanted to.

I know this idea didn't originate with Toys R Us (lol) but seeing those bags reminded me of how much I've always loved looking at these types of projects here on Craftster.

Then I signed up for the Post On Every Completed Board craftalong and realized I now had a great excuse to buy lots of candy and experiment with the wrappers to make bags just like the ones I'd fallen in love with in Toys R Us!  When I was standing in the candy aisle of the store the Starbursts just about leaped off the shelf and into my cart.  And since I had a wonderful matching orange FQ to use for lining, I couldn't wait to get started on this!

This is only the first that I have made, and will for sure not be the last.  I currently have a stack of bags waiting for me to sew them up.  However, I was so excited when I made this one that I absolutely couldn't resist posting it!

Also, it's more of a pouch than a wallet, I realize this...but the truth is that I detest wallets.  My ID and money get shoved in a little zipper pouch in my purse because I hate digging through card slots and such to find what I'm looking for.  That's why this is a pouch.

Time for pictures!

Isn't it adorable?  It's the perfect size for my ID and credit card and some cash.  I love it!

This last picture shows the closure method I am currently using.  It's a small butterfly earring.  Since it will be in my purse, not my pocket, I'm not worried about getting poked by the earring, and I really love how it looks.

ALSO (I promise this is the last thing I will say, I know I am long winded!)  there was supposed to be a vinyl covering on the outside of the starburst wrapper to protect it.  When I layered my fabrics to run them through my machine, I accidentally put the vinyl in the middle, between the wrapper and the lining, so when I turned it right side out, the vinyl was, of course, serving as more of an interfacing than a protective measure.  I am somewhat bummed about this but since it only took about an hour from start to finish (including drafting the pattern, cutting, etc) I won't be too upset if it doesn't last long.  It was worth the learning experience if nothing else!
32  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Looks so dirty, feels (and smells!) SOOO good! on: January 30, 2010 12:11:00 PM
I made a new body scrub!  I was eating a fresh orange from my tree this morning and it smelled so good that I started thinking about orange soap, orange potpourri for the stove, and all kinds of other orange related things.  I was too tired/lazy/broke to really try anything I didn't already have the supplies and knowledge to make, so I of course reverted back to my favorite bath time treat - a sugar scrub.

Usually I use almond oil.  Today, I was out of it...and broke...and lazy...(lol)...so I used some really pure extra olive oil I had on hand. I didn't measure how much I used, but it was probably only about a three of four tablespoons. Honestly, I didn't notice too much of a difference between the two oils, to tell the truth, but I would still prefer to use almond oil next time just because it feels more proper.

I also used the juice of half an orange (which is why I didn't need much oil, the orange was really juicy) and about six drops of clear vanilla extract that I had on hand.

For the sugar, I used half a cup of regular white sugar and half a cup of brown sugar.   I like the exfoliating aspect of the white better than the brown, but I love the way brown sugar smells, so this was the perfect compromise!

It smelled like some heavenly bakery had taken over my bathroom and kitchen!  It kind of reminded me of cookies or biscuits with orange marmalade on them...yummy.

I had a small empty glass jar left over from some Knott's Berry Farm jelly I got on sale.  It was the perfect size for this amount of sugar scrub.

One other note before I put the pictures in and shut up - my skin is super dry, and super sensitive to everything.  This scrub not only does not irritate my skin, it leaves enough moisture behind that I only have to use a small amount of baby oil after I dry off.  Be careful if your skin is naturally on the oil side, or if you don't like to feel a tad bit slippery after your shower.  Smiley  I do use this scrub on my face, but afterward I used a wet wash cloth to kind of rub off the extra oil.

Okay, this is the view from the top (of the jar, lol):

See what I mean in the title?  The brown sugar and the oil make it look a little...dirty.  My daughter thought it was dirt in a jar.

Here are a few glory shots...

And that's all there is to show!  C & C always appreciated, thanks for looking!  Grin
33  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / First EVER clay projects! on: January 30, 2010 01:26:39 AM
So today I decided to join this craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster.  I wanted to knock at least one board off my list this weekend, and I decided to start with one that I thought my 8 year old daughter would enjoy doing with me.  She has recently been on a Play-doh kick so Sculpey seemed like the obvious craft choice for this evening!

This is the first time I've done anything with oven baked clay, ever; I never even played with this stuff as a kid, so bear that in mind when you see these pics, lol.  Also, I didn't expect to love anything I made tonight.  I was wanting to get a feel for the clay, experiment with some textures and see how it baked up before I really got serious with it.  Surprisingly enough, I am super pleased with two of the pendants I made.

I made all of these by forming my basic shape and then using some stamps I had from the dollar tree to make designs in the clay.  After I baked them, we painted them.  I glazed them with some acrylic glitter glaze I had on hand, that's where the pearly glitter comes from. 

This is my absolute favorite.  I only own two other necklaces (I am not very girly when it comes to accessories, I am always breaking or losing things, so my hubby finally gave up on buying me nice stuff.  Only took him eight years and two pairs of diamond studs...sigh) So when I started making these I really thought I wouldn't like them, so I just poked the necklace hole kind of as a last minute thought.  Well I am so glad I did!  Excuse the black painted fingers, lol...

This one is the one my daughter painted and she'll be sending it to her great-grandma as a present.

This one didn't photograph very well, it was hard to catch the light and still show the textures of the stamping, but it looks really pretty in real life.

C & C always appreciated!

PS - these little pendants only took like...2% of the block of clay.  I paid right around $6 for the clay, so all in all this was a really cheap project to try out, but it was so relaxing that I think I'll be stuck on this one for awhile!   Grin

34  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first zantangles! on: January 06, 2010 12:04:55 AM
I just found out about zentangles last night from a fellow Craftster.  I have been playing and having so much fun all day with these! 

You can go to the Zentangles website and spent $49 plus shipping to get their kit, or you can do what I did, go to youtube and do a Zentangles search.  There are a bunch of videos with tips and hints.  I watched a few before I did mine, but really, all you're doing is dividing a piece of paper into smaller sections and doodling different patterns inside each section.  They recommend using small pieces of paper.  I did for my first one; I just took a regular piece of printer paper, cut it into four sections, gave two to my DD for her own zentangles and used the other ones for mine. 

Today I used bigger paper and I kinda liked it better. 

Oh, and I am just using a felt tip marker for mine.  I really would like a smaller tipped pen and plan on picking one up tomorrow but for now the marker is working.  I just can't do a whole lot of tiny details, which you can tell from looking at the pictures, but I still love the graphic of the black ink against the white paper.  I think I'm going to try a regular ball point pen in the morning and see how I like that.

Anyway, this is my very first COMPLETED project that I'm posting here to Craftster!  I usually just comment on other people's posts.  It took me an hour of fighting with my scanner/printer, but I can finally post these here...comments and constructive criticism appreciated!


#2, done on a smaller piece of paper, and for some reason this one looks really blurry to me.  It's not like that in real life, I promise.

#3.  I called this one Alice's Wonderland because the checkerboard and the trees reminded me of the chess game and the Tweedle brothers.   Grin
35  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Red and Aqua quilt blocks...to keep my sanity! on: November 10, 2009 10:29:02 PM
My littlest sister is getting married this Sunday.  We have exactly two weeks to whip this ceremony and reception into shape.  I am the wedding planner, the cake baker, the financial support and the all around slave to the newest Brizezilla...lol.

Anyway, to keep my sanity, I have set aside the last hour of every day to work on a quilt for myself.  I've been quilting for two years but have never made anything for myself.  And I don't usually take on big projects like a king sized quilt; I'm mostly fond of instant gratification projects, like baby blankets, lol.  This time, I am determined to enjoy the whole process and document my progress to stay motivated to finish it...and to have time to myself away from the wedding drama! 

This started out as a baby shower gift, but I fell in LOVE with the fabrics and decided to make it for myself. It's mostly flannel and I love it!  I started on Monday and have nine whole blocks done already.

Oh, one more thing...I am using a Disappearing Nine Patch for the blocks.  I LOVE how random it looks, and yet it all matches and looks great together too!

Okay, I'll shut up and post the pictures now.  But bear with me, it's really hard to take decent pictures in a yellow kitchen at night...I will try for better ones outside tomorrow if I get time during my duties as the wedding slave!

These are the six I finished tonight.

These are the other three.  And this is a TERRIBLE shot, I know.  Ugh.

I know the pictures aren't very clear, and hard to see, but I promise, in real life the blocks are gorgeous and the colors look much better.

You can read more about the quilt and follow the progress of the quilt (and the wedding, and my descent into Crazyville, lol) here http://messymama.wordpress.com/

PS - i didn't think this post would go in the finished projects slot, so I stuck it here...hope it's in the right spot but if it's not feel free to move it around!

PSS - This is my very first post ever on Craftster...so C&C are always appreciated!
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