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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Coloring Pencil Roll! on: May 12, 2010 05:46:34 AM
I made my first pencil roll! I used the crayon roll tute at 'skip to my lou' and just changed the measurements to suit my daughter's coloring pencils. Hoping to make plenty more of these to give out at Christmas! Grin

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My First Rug on: February 02, 2010 12:23:21 PM

I used the wrapped cord bowl tute from sew mama sew to make this rug for my daughter's room!
The first time I tried the tute, I would up with a large hotpad for my kitchen instead of a bowl  Embarrassed
We're re-doing my daughters room in pink and black so I decided to make her a matching rug. It's about 3.5' x 1.5'. I had all of the fabric already in my stash. There is one pair of pajama bottoms in there though.
I really wish now I had more of her outgrown pj's to make an entire rug using only those.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My Shelf Transformation on: November 01, 2009 08:29:35 PM
I needed a cabinet for my sewing/laundry room, but couldn't really find anything slim enough to fit my space. (It has to hug the wall so the pull down attic stairs won't hit it) I'm also seriously strapped for cash!
Sooooo, I decided to make use of this broken shelf. This shelf is actually the top half of a larger shelf. The bottom half collapsed when my hubby tried moving it whilst fully loaded.

I had to paint the unfinished top black, then made a frame out of old door casing and painted it black. I stapled fabric in pleats to the inside of the frame and used 2 small hinges to attach it to the shelf. I still need to buy a "catch" for the inside to keep it closed. I'm using velcro right now.Overall, I'm very happy with it. It hides a ton of fabric and notions away from the cats.  Grin

old broken shelf

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Baskets on: February 01, 2009 05:31:26 PM
HI! I'm always needing clutter containers at my house. I found this tute... http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2008/05/tutorial-fabric-basket.html and went to work.
I used the tute to make the green basket. The basket turns out to be really small. I've been using it to keep my snips and seam ripper in on my sewing desk.
So, Using the same general idea, I made a much larger one. (the tan) I used 2 layers of batting hoping to make it stand alone ok. I still think it needs a stabilizer. I am going to try that next. I moved the handles to the ends also. Overall I'm happy with it. I like that I can make a ton of these and they would store flat when not in use.
They will be very easy to coordinate with your room too.
(the cell phone is in there for scale  Grin )

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rainy Day Owl? on: January 24, 2009 08:07:52 PM
I've been making lots of bags from this corduroy I got for $2 a yard at Walmart. I made my 17 y/o sister an owl bag for Christmas. My daughter really liked it and I promised to make her one. Seeing as she is a difficult child and likes her things to be original...She wanted a Tootsie Pop owl with an umbrella?? She also wanted an extra long strap so she could wear it across her body instead of a shoulder bag.
The second bag I also made for my daughter and she didn't like it  Huh  I thought it was cute.  Cheesy (My daughter is 12, btw)

close up of owl

this bag is a lot smaller


6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt & Belt into Scottie Messenger Bag! on: September 14, 2008 06:48:42 PM
I made this messenger bag from a corduroy skirt. I'm so proud of it, I could poo! I've only made drawstring backpacks and totebags before.

I'd been looking for a nice tan cord fabric and came up empty at all the local fabric stores. I was at the thrift store last week and saw these longer type corduroy skirts. They were brand new! I found the largest size and took that puppy home!
The bag looks a little wonky because of the diagonal skirt seams. I just used one solid piece for the flap/bottom/bag and seperate side pieces. I made a corduroy handle but wanted something adjustable. I looked all over for a nylon webbing. All I could find was black Sad I was going through my daughters winter things yesterday and find this belt that matches the lining exactly! It's not adjustable but, daughter likes it anyway. She wanted a "scottie dog" on the front. (She actually wanted a whole line of them.) I talked her into one big Scottie and she's happy.


Pocket and lining...

With books and stuff...

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I finally tried resin! on: August 21, 2008 05:54:59 PM
Sooo.... I bought an easy cast resin kit about a month ago after gawking at all the beautiful resin crafts on this board. My 11 y/o daughter and I talked about what type of things we would like to embed. Last weekend dd found this really cool dead worm on her slip and slide and wanted to embed it. I had this fish soap mold and we thought that would be cool if the worm was in the fish!

It turned out ok, (i had to destroy the mold to get the resin out) there are micro bubbles in the resin and I wish I would have added some color/glitter of some sort to give the fish more definition. The worm also rose a little during cure and I had to do a third pour to completely cover him. (hence all the overpour)The worms coloring faded a lot, it isn't nearly as bright and colorful now Sad I haven't trimmed the over pour away yet, but was exited to post so here is the fish and the other 2 things that turned out well.

worm in fish belly....

sprinkles the tropical fish...

Initial pendant....

Yay resin!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Faux Kitchen Tiles/Wallpaper on: June 01, 2008 12:04:17 AM
My plan was to paint tiles on my kitchen backsplash area. It came out looking like wallpaper, but I still liked how it turned out.

I painted the entire wall the grout color first. I used a level and straight edge to draw out a tile size grid. Then used this really skinny masking tape I got in the faux finish section of the hardware store. (I ran out halfway through and just cut down a regular roll of masking tape, worked fine) I used 2 colors of green for the tiles, then used foam leaf shaped stamps with gold paint on some of the tiles. Last step was to sea sponge a darker green over it all. Remove tape when dry.
I had originally wanted to use a polyurethane or something to make the tiles look shiny. I had trouble finding anything that wasn't a spray. I didn't want to clean up overspray so I left them flat.
Now, I really need to tackle those cabinets  Undecided
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