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1  Re: Apocalyptic Fashion Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pjhamel on: October 17, 2011 06:10:08 PM
The rims may or may not be the lids of some baby paint cans that I found at Joann's. They did have lenses, but the glue I used melted through them.

I haven't been able to get action pics thanks to the lovely weather lately, but I did take a still shot of the group of stuff that Illiamdra sent me. Be jealous ladies:

Yes, that is a corset, and yes, it is fully functional. Plus she made me a mini top hat, a feather fascinator, a belt, and some awesome wrist cuffs. Plus she sent some extra lace, which I know I can use in my accessory making.

Check out the beads on the cuffs:

Aren't they awesome? Her 10 year old niece made them. I think I am going to have to hire her to make me some beads.

So, yeah, this is why I want to make her more stuff...because these things rock and I know that the things I made do not compare.
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2  Pricing these flowers in Get Product and Website Opinions by pjhamel on: October 10, 2011 09:39:08 AM
I've recently started an etsy store in hopes to raise money for a missions trip that I am going on next year. I have been making fabric flower brooches and hair pins for myself for a while, so I figured why not sell them? The only problem? I have absolutely no idea how to price them.

I need your help craftsters. How much would you price these items for?


#2: Headband (not pictured, I also have rosette headbands)

#3: fascinator

I have several of each item in many different colors and styles. They are pretty inexpensive to make (less than $1 per item, save for the fascinators, which were about $1.50 to make), so I would like to list them at a price that would appeal to most people. However, I would also like to make some money off of them, because the trip is going to cost between five and seven thousand dollars(it's to Africa, btw).
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3  Sorry professor, I couldn't do my homework. My fingers were glued together. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pjhamel on: September 15, 2011 07:48:54 PM
I have been in an accessory making mood lately, and tonight I managed to make a few new things. In the process, I also managed to hot glue my fingers together. Ouch! They are unstuck now, but I think that I will give them a day's rest before I decide to get to crafting again.

Fascinator #1:


Fascinator #2:
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4  Working through the fabric stash one flower at a time in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pjhamel on: August 26, 2011 07:15:28 PM
I have been slowly working through my huge stash of designer fabric samples by making a lot of fabric flowers to sell both on etsy and at my church. Here are some of my latest that I thought I would share:

Some big ones...the blue-ish one is about 4 inches wide at its widest part, the others are 5 and 6 inches wide:

And a couple smaller ones...about 2-3 inches around:

Sorry about the picture quality. My camera is getting pretty old.
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5  Re: Apocalyptic Fashion Swap Round 2 Sign ups 08/20/11 - 09/03/11 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pjhamel on: August 25, 2011 02:04:11 PM
Oh, I should also probably mention. I have a ton of fabric left over from when I hit the motherload a while back and was given a lot of fabric samples by a local designer.

That is what it originally looked like. The pile is a bit smaller now that I have picked out some of the fabric that I want, but I still have two very large boxes full. If anyone wants to swap for some, it might come in handy for this swap, considering that most of us are probably going to be using a mixture of textiles on our designs. If you want some, let me know. Even if you don't want to swap, if you pay for shipping, you can have it.
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6  The Two Hour Fabric Flower in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pjhamel on: July 30, 2011 06:35:45 PM
Okay, well it wouldn't have taken two hours if I hadn't gotten so distracted by the NCIS marathon on TV. But anyway, here is my latest project, made with some of the fabric that I kept from the motherload. I think it is so pretty, and the great thing is that the piece of fabric was like a yard and a half long, so I can make several more.

Alas, I digress. Back to the original subject. Behold, my current pride and joy:

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I started this thing. I just started cutting petals and ended up with around 30 of them. Then I just sewed them all onto a piece of felt and glued the beads on the center.

So, what do you think?
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7  I Hit the Mother Load...What to do with a ton of fabric???? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by pjhamel on: July 28, 2011 04:53:05 PM
I was randomly browsing craigslist yesterday searching for some scrap lumber in the free section, when I came across an ad for free fabric. A local interior design company is revamping their stock room and trying to get rid of all of the fabric samples and remnants that they have. Never one to pass up a bargain, I emailed the lady and scheduled to come pick it up.
So today I arrived at the design company expecting one box of fabric. Instead I got six. This is what my living room floor has looked like for the past three hours while I've tried to sort through the mass of fabric:

Yes, that is even a stack of leather in the right corner.
There is so much fabric here that I don't know what to do with it. I like to make fabric flowers and little purses and such, so I am definitely going to keep a whole bunch of this fabric for that, but what am I supposed to do with the stuff that I have no use for?

Here is a close up of part of the pile (you can really see the great mixture of texture and color in the selection):

So, any ideas?
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8  Headband!!! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pjhamel on: July 21, 2011 04:39:26 PM
I have been in a crafting mood today, and after making a headband earlier, I was inspired to finally start the blog that I've been wanting to start since, well, forever.

For my first post, I decided to do a tutorial for the headband, so I grabbed some scraps and my camera, and got to work.

Here is the finished product:

The tutorial is quite long, so I am not going to post it on here unless asked. But if you want to check it out, you can do so here.

Comments and criticism are always welcome!
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9  A Perilous Tale about Fabric Flowers...now with more flowers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pjhamel on: July 11, 2011 09:00:10 PM
I decided to make some fabric flowers today. I've made the lollipop kind before, but never really tried any other styles. I found these great fabric quarters on sale at Wal-mart for $0.75 each, and I had a lot of fabric scraps laying around, so I decided to spend the day crafting.
Unfortunately, I have really bad allergies (the kind that make your brain fog up as well as your nose run), and I wasn't paying any attention at one point, so I kind of stuck my finger into a fresh pile of hot glue.

Behold, the injury:

Yes, that is a blister. It's a bit blurry because I can not take very good pictures with my left hand.

But, the injury was worth it. I ended up making probably around ten flowers total, but I only took a picture of five of them (Don't know why...I wasn't thinking).

Here they are, in all of their glory:

I have no idea what I am going to do with them, though. I rarely wear accessories. My mom said that I should sell them to raise money for next year's missions trip. For now, though, I just wanted to share them with you guys.
What do you think? Any tips and pointers that you have to offer?

Update: I made some more flowers but didn't really want to start a thread for them. Thought I would share:
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10  Re: I'm back!!!! . . . Oh, and I designed a skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pjhamel on: June 28, 2011 05:13:58 PM
What course are you taking, and through where? I have been looking for a correspondance or online course for quite some time.

Also, for anyone interested, here is the original sketch. I based my measurements off of my favorite pencil skirt. I can't really draw very well, but maybe the pattern sketch will provide some inspiration to anyone who wants to give the design a try.

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