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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / rolling carry-on on: September 11, 2011 05:52:42 PM
My husband and I are going away for a long weekend next month and I realized my suitcases are falling apart.  I don't want to have to check a bag so I started looking for carry-ons when I found this one and fell in love: http://www.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=510986&cm_mmc=Google_Feed-_-6-_-67-_-MP667

$340 was just a little more than I wanted to spend though (about $300 more actually)

So I decided to attempt my own.

I started with a kids rolling suitcase from the thrift store:

From this I cut off the rolling part and zipper.  I then drafted my pattern using the dementions from the original bag.
I started taking pictures of my process thinking I'd document it in case I wanted to make another, but about 1/4 of the way through, I started having issues and stopped taking pics.

In the end it worked out ok, but if I make another I'll change a few things.  I forgot to sew up the pockets on the inside to make smaller pockets.  So there is just one big floppy pocket inside.  I used a heavy weight interfacing but the bag still isn't stiff enough.  I'd add some plastic canvas to the sides and bottom to make it stand up on its own. 

To attach the wheel part to the bag I sandwiched it in some plastic canvas that I covered in fabric.  Hand sewed it together at the top and bottom to secure it, then hand sewed the bag to it.

Here are the pics, C&C welcome:

2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / pumpkin totem on: September 11, 2011 05:36:03 PM
One more project I managed to finish today.  I found some styrofoam pumpkins at the dollar store and decided to make a totem from them.  I picked up a sturdy looking wine glass for the base at the dollar store as well.  The pumpkins had a weird looking seem along the middle and so to try to hide that I covered them in spackle.  When the spackle was dry, I sanded them, painted them an off white and speckled with a brown.  Then glued the whole thing together.  Would love to hear what you think.  DH doesn't get the white pumpkin thing but I love the look

3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Boo Apothecary on: September 11, 2011 05:31:08 PM
I've had fall fever, so today I decided to add a few new decorations to my collection.

This idea is all over the web: http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2010/09/boo-apothecary-jars.html

I love it, so I created my own version.

I made the apothecary jars with 3 pasta jars I picked up on clearance.  I glued on 3 candle sticks from the dollar store.  I had 2 jars that were the same height and I wanted 3 different heights so I added a small round glass tealight holder to one.  The tops were cork, I painted them black, added an egg from the craft store.  Some glittered BOO letters, a little ribbon and some candy corn.  I hope you like Smiley

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Daughter's room on: June 14, 2011 05:40:03 AM
Thank you everyone Smiley 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Daughter's room on: June 12, 2011 06:11:07 PM
Hi everyone.  Its been a long time since I've posted a project but I wanted to share my most recent one.

My 10 year old daughter was so over the girly pink of her room that's she's had since she was 2.  She'd been bugging me to paint it for a while, like over a year...  I decided since she had to wait so long, we'd do a complete makeover.  I wish I had progress pictures to share but I'm usually too engrossed in the process to think of taking pictures. 

The color she picked was dark, and its a small room, so I knew I needed to add lots of light.  Since she has no ceiling fixture in her room, I made this hanging chandelier out of foam board and an existing light.  :

I wanted her room to be a little grown up but still playful and young. 
Starburst mirror made with skewers:

She is a budding artist and needed a stylish space to hang her artwork and pictures.
Fabric covered cork boards:

Some other views of the room

Would love to hear what you think Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Take on the Monster Tote on: September 08, 2010 05:59:07 AM
So cute!!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pretty bag with loads of pockets (Lots of picutes) on: September 08, 2010 05:54:18 AM
Oh my gosh I love it!  The colors/fabric combos are so pretty!  And I love all the pockets!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: New bag for fall on: September 06, 2010 12:47:50 PM
Thank you Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Levi's new peacoat on: September 05, 2010 05:47:44 AM
so cute!  I want one for me too!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: 1940's inspired ensemble on: September 05, 2010 05:45:10 AM
Incredible!  What an adorable little model and a lucky litty girl to have a mom who can make her such cute outfits!  I agree I want an adult version for me! Smiley
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