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61  Pockets & Pockets Purse - 28 total! Lots o' photos & link to TUTE added! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkyyAngel on: September 15, 2008 11:18:20 AM
Backstory: It started when I sent my sister this purse: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=259708.msg2907108#msg2907108 for her birthday and my mother fell in love and wanted one too. She currently carries a huge purse from Cabela's that over half the online reviewers say they use as a diaper bag.  Roll Eyes So I figured it had to be at least that big but better and in colors she liked (her main complaint was it was "gray and boring"). She also included a very long list of stuff it *had* to carry.

It took me like 3 weeks to design it and figure out what the heck I was going to do and HOW I was going to put it together (some trial and error involved here) and this monstrous thing ended up with 28 pockets. I *was* contemplating adding 2 more when I attached the lining and outside but decided not to because honestly I'm *~* this close to being so horrifyingly sick of even looking at the thing after working on it so long.  Cheesy  It's been a love/hate relationship for a long time. I'm partially in awe I could create something like this (second purse ever made... lol) and hate that it took me so long to do with so many mistakes. Evil demon purse... but it's pink so I guess it can't be all that bad.

Anyways... I haven't started on the messenger bag styled flaps yet but the design ideas are down, I just have to go force myself to work on them. Bah. I still have a much smaller one to do for a friend (thank God she actually hates pockets) and I'm 99.99% sure my grandma will want one after she sees my mother's. *sigh* Such a vicious cycle.

The finished dimensions are 10" tall X 12" wide X 7 1/2" deep. I'm still working on making the strap adjustable (currently it hangs down past my ass and my mom ain't much taller than me). There are 10 open pockets, 3 zippered pockets, 4 pen pockets, 2 snap-closure pockets, a cell phone pouch, tissue pocket, business card pocket, sunglasses/bottled water side pocket, a hidden zippered pocket, a rhinestone bedecked key fob, and a makeup "section" with elastic holders and a mesh pocket.

Here's some photos showing it crammed with the stuff I normally carry, plus a bunch more and I STILL didn't use up all the pockets!! This thing is insane!  Shocked

From the front and working our way back:
The left pocket is for those little travel kleenex things. I couldn't find any at the stores here so I just shoved in some TP. You get the idea though. The other pockets are for business cards and a handy pen to write more info on the back when you're off networking... or trying to give some cute guy your number.  Wink

The front portion of the purse has a zippered section that opens up to hold make-up:

I didn't attach the mesh pocket at the top so as to create yet ANOTHER pocket behind it.

Side pockets:

Full inside:

PalmPilot, passport, bits of paperwork:

I forgot to show anything in the zippered divider pocket that's between the two sections. The shiny silver thing is actually my checkbook. There's also a mirrored compact there. The black thing is my coin "purse".

Wallet in the snap-closure pocket. I might not use these anymore on these sorts of pockets because they're REALLY strong and hard to get open.

Backside with the other snapped pocket, the open pocket with buttons where the flaps will attach and off to the left a small hidden pocket perhaps for spare keys or something. I hand-sewed down the fabric around the zipper closer to the actual closure so it's not *quite* as obvious as shown here but you really don't see it on first glance.

Oh yeah, the embellishments I added to the inside. I found this nifty blue shiny crown pin and thought it was cute and went with my mom's personality and I also added the pink rhinestones by hand.

Anywho... so that's it so far. *dies of exhaustion* I wrote up a tutorial as I went along and posted it on my blogspot but I haven't finished it yet. It's MAHYOO-SIVE with photos so dial-up beware. Simply because it's so big is the only reason I haven't posted it here as well. But y'all are welcome to use it from there so long as you don't sell the pattern/tutorial or finished product.

Comments welcome as always.  Smiley

ETA: Tutorial finished on the blogspot URL linked above but if that is too slow in opening, try the Flickr set directly here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25639089@N08/sets/72157607372300197

They should be in the same order but they are numbered like "Tutorial 1, Tutorial 2, etc" for the interior and "Out Tutorial 1, Out Tutorial 2, etc" for the exterior with a few photos in between and after to show what it will look like so far.
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62  Fleece-Covered Flip Flop House Shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by SkyyAngel on: September 11, 2008 05:50:56 AM

I made these about 7 years ago (so pardon the slight dirtiness) my freshman year of college for those hikes down to the laundry room or cafeteria when I didn't feel like putting on actual shoes. I got cheapo flip flops from Wal-Mart (I think they were maybe $3-4) and a 1/4" of fabric (no, I didn't use it all). Cut the fabric into strips about 7" X 1.5"-2" and tied them onto the thongs.

These fleece ones are my favorites because they keep my feet warm (they always seem to be cold but I hate the "restriction" of socks) but I also made a few more for myself and family that were different fabrics. I've experimented with crocheting fun yarn around the thongs (just a regular cast on stitch) as well and that worked out great. I've also embellished with pendants, beads, sequins and all sorts of stuff.

Now I just use them around the house or when I have to take out the trash or make a trip out to the car. I've been known to wear them to the pool or when I just *have* to hit up Wal-Mart at 3 am too.  Cheesy

Action shot with my PJs:

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63  Re: Clean-Along Its time for a major cleanup and redo- Post Your Own Pics in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by SkyyAngel on: September 10, 2008 08:44:30 AM
So here's my updated photos. Still have some straightening up to do though but nowhere NEAR the mess there was. Smiley

The dryer just inside the door. Stuffed animals, a shelf that's supposed to go in a bathroom hidden under them and most of my cross-stitch patterns organized into binders and presentation books. Also a few larger books that don't fit in my bookcase in the hallway.

My new pretty metal shelving (I still have a whole 'nuther section I'm going to buy that won't get put into use before we move but will be ready when we set up at the new place -- that hopefully has a larger room for me). Top shelf is collapsible stacking crates (4 Euro a piece!) with various bits of clothing that are slated to be recycled/upcycled into other things. Next shelf down is 95% of my scrapbooking supplies minus the photos and memorabilia. Middle shelf is the rest of my cross-stitch/embroidery stuff, patterns, floss, etc.The gold bag hanging there is holding extra hoops and q-snaps.

Next shelf here is Italian office/school supplies, recipe books, some purses, keychains, Xyron stitcker machine and refill... just various junk really. Bottom shelf is American office/school supplies, sewing patterns and a scrapbook luggage piece filled with photo frames and other stuff normally hung on the walls but stored for now until we actually have some place I can use nails in the wall. Oh yeah, off to the side is a tub of some fun fur fabric stuff, miscellaneous pillow-making fabric junk and I think extra rolls of duct tape. On top is a fleece blanket the kitties like to sleep on, a bolt of muslin, and some tubs with fabric for some quilts I'm planning.

The desk. Still very cluttered but at least you can actually see it this time. The right side with the white shelving (really shoe shelving units stacked) is mostly memorabilia from traveling around, stuffed animal gifts from my best friend, and various office supplies like paper clips, tape, some small notebooks, envelopes, etc. The metal shelving on the left goes like this: top shelf = scrapbooking memorabilia from travels (maps, programs, brochures, ticket stubs... a bunch of crap really) and some glass bottles (a mini collection I'm starting it looks like); middle top shelf = electronic junk/gizmos/manuals/boxes and CDs; middle bottom shelf = travel books; bottom shelf = perfume boxes (I at one time had over 400, now I'm down to only 80 or so) and writing journals. Also there on the desk is my daytimer and my labelmaker.

Saggy bookshelf. Up on top is mostly all sorts of ribbons/trims and a box of buttons (the red one). Top shelf is all my crafting books, a couple magazines and the binders hold all the letters my husband and I have written to each other while he was deployed or in training. Next shelf down is photo albums, photo CD albums, some more glass bottles, a drawer organizer that still needs to be gone through and hiding off on the right are some smaller yearbooks from high school.

Ugly and cheap metal shelving that I despise. Bottom shelf is all my jewelry-making stuff and huge-ass bead collection. Next top shelf still needs to be gone through more thoroughly but is the rest of my scrapbooking stuff, markers, more memorabilia, some buttons, wooden blocks... all sorts of junk really. Very top, the large bin is all leather scraps and my leatherworking tools, black bin is paints and brushes, and the other stuff on top is random junk to be repurposed later.

Behind the door, about half my fabric collection. Yes... it goes from floor to ceiling and is still only half. I'm hating the drawers though, some are stuck and won't open so the drawers on bottom and top still need to be gone through and re-organized again. I'm looking forwards to doing the comic book backboards and folding up my fabric like someone else did here a bit ago. There's some other junk in the corner too like wrapping paper, a bolt of blackout fabric for some curtains I never made, stuff like that.

Here's more of the mess I have to clean still. Back in the corner is more housewares and framed stuff that I can't hang or really put out anywhere. You can see some boxes and stuff I use for mailing to friends/family back home. The metal shelving holds more random crafty junk (soapmaking supplies, craftlace, beer bottle caps, puzzle pieces, feathers, adhesives, patches, etc)

The last bit of clutter. The bookcase behind it has a shelf with all the photos I need to scrapbook, greeting cards from over the years, and old textbooks on the bottom shelf. Yes, there's Harry Potter book 7 still in the original box from amazon.com telling the "muggles" to not open before the release date. I ordered it for my cousin but then found out she had her own copy so now I have two. Figured I'd keep that one in the box and maybe it'll be worth something in a few decades. *shrug* The scrapbooking cart has more scrapbooking stuff, more cross-stitch stuff, more office supply stuff and other junk. I think one of them is still empty though.

So there I am... got a lot done but still a lot more to put away. And I have a large section of the sewing stuff in the living room currently that I have no clue where I'm going to fit back into this tiny-ass room. *sigh*
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64  Re: Clean-Along Its time for a major cleanup and redo- Post Your Own Pics in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by SkyyAngel on: September 06, 2008 09:41:08 PM
Ooh awesome! Everyone's so inspiring as usual.  Grin

I've been working off and on with re-organizing and cleaning my craft room for a couple months now. For some reason when I go to clean other parts of the house, my craft room attracts the odds and ends from those areas. The more I clean everything else, the messier *MY* room gets.  Roll Eyes

I've done some stuff since I've taken these photos but here's the befores:

Yes, that is an elephant with a penis on my bookshelf... ignore him.  Cheesy

My *very* tiny and cluttered craft room has even less space because I have to share it with the dryer. *sigh* I can't wait till we move.

Now I'm off to complain to my husband about how *I* got stuck with the crappy small room when his office is 3 times the size of mine with half the stuff... again.  Roll Eyes
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65  Uterus Heat Therapy Bag (yes, I totally went there) *PHOTO TUTORIAL* in Completed Projects by SkyyAngel on: September 02, 2008 09:37:56 AM

I was searching the internet for stuffed owls for inspiration to make my own as a gift for a friend and through the wonders of weird-ass boolean google search bots came upon the ever-popular knitted stuffed uterus... umm... thing.

I'd seen it before and inspiration never hit before, but I guess the hellish week I just had with some of the worst period cramps of my life lent a hand to my creative juices flowing. I just saw the stuffed pink uterus and instantaneously decided that I wanted a heat therapy bag for those pesky cramps.

I ran into the office and proclaimed to my husband that I was a genius and explained my idea. I guess the whole "guy" thing is keeping him from completely understanding the fabulous-ness of it. Oh well... I am still quite confident in my fantastic genius creativity.

So, onwards with the TUTE!!

*pink fabric (or really color of choice, I won't judge you by the color of your uterus, promise  Grin )
*essential oil (if desired)
*embroidery floss (if desired)

Step 1:
Take a large single piece of fabric and fold in half.

Step 2:

Step 3:

I again interrupted my husband playing games on the computer and asked "how do you like my uterus?" His response: "I dunno, I can't see it." *rolls eyes* I love him to death but sometimes he's such a GUY. I need more gay friends. *sigh* Moving on...

Step 4:

Step 5:

Whipstitch cervix opening shut and complete machined topstitching.

Step 6:

Step 7:

Step 8:

As with most everything I post on Crafster, feel free to make for personal use or gifts, but please don't sell tutorial or finished product. Thanks!  Grin

What do y'all think?   Tongue

ETA - Oh yeah, directions for heating. All the tutes I'd seen on the net advise to heat in microwave at 15 second intervals for up to a minute. Don't burn the rice or you will have a very stinky uterus... and no one wants that. You can also toss into the freezer as a cooling pack.
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66  Re: Melting Bird in Stenciling: Completed Projects by SkyyAngel on: August 30, 2008 07:12:36 PM
Not too sure where my inspiration came from...

Was it the Louvre?  Cheesy

They had these weird sort of melting pigeons on display there when I visited that completely freaked me out.

I like your interpretation LOADS better!! Great job!  Grin

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67  Lilac Trail - 'Serenity' Themed cross-stitch! (Now with CHART!) in Needlework: Completed Projects by SkyyAngel on: August 15, 2008 06:43:49 PM
I am so gorram flippin' excited about this thing! I've been working on it pretty much non-stop for about 2 weeks now and I just finished it like 5 minutes ago.

Lilac is the planet/town in the opening scenes (the payroll heist) of the Firefly movie "Serenity".

I couldn't wait to show the framed finish like I normally do so here it is in all its un-framed, un-mounted glory!

Shiny, yes?  Grin

ETA - CHART!! (clickable thumbnails) Copies are allowed for personal use, but please do not sell the chart or finished product. Thanks.  Tongue


I used less than a skein of DMC floss for everything except the white. It had a full skein and another couple cuts. So if kitting it up get a skein of each color and 2 of white.

**Whoops.. just noticed a mistake on page 1. The lower left-hand corner of the outlined text box should be exactly like the top corner... and the other 2 for that matter.  Grin  I'll fix it and upload the correct pic tomorrow but just in case y'all need to know right away....  Cheesy

**** Mistake fixed and new page one replaced. Sorry 'bout that. Smiley
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68  Passport Cover in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkyyAngel on: August 15, 2008 09:57:50 AM
Here's the background story so you're not looking at me going "wtf?" Tongue : This is a gift for my best friend. A couple years ago when we actually first met IRL (originally met online) we also took a vacation to Canada to meet a friend of mine (also never met IRL) who is now her fiance. On one of our outings, we visited the beach of a nearby lake and my friend and I were feeding the seagulls our leftover Pringles. Some idiot woman snaps at us and tells us to "stop feeding them or they'll NEVER go home!" At which point we both bust out laughing because ummm... seagulls kinda live AT the beach lady, they're already home. It was an awesomely hilarious moment and we laugh and joke over it all the time. So it incorporated itself into my design here.

Anyway, on with the photos:

Closed front:

Open and empty (yes, some of the pockets are crooked -- they were cut straight, just sewed on wrong... whoops):

Open and with some stuff in it:

Closed backside:

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69  Re: Messenger Bag Styled Purse w/Changeable Flaps UPDATED more PHOTOS in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkyyAngel on: August 13, 2008 09:03:32 AM
Okay well the ragging was a bust, the stitching didn't hold it together while just the edges ragged so it ended up just one huge pile of fibers. I plan on getting some of that fusible plastic stuff that you can sew over and wash and it melts away just leaving the fibers? Whatever that is... but anyway.

I finally made my sister another flap... this one's double -sided. It was a little wonky and I could've definitely done better but overall, I'm fairly happy with it:

So, that's what I've made lately. Smiley
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70  Pad pouch... (or coin purse possibly) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkyyAngel on: August 13, 2008 09:01:04 AM
I made this pad pouch for my friend... you know, for those pesky menstruation thingys? I figured it's always so obvious what I'm doing when I grab my entire purse and head the bathroom. So I figured something a little more discreet and smaller was in order.

As I was finishing up the pouch I realized it could probably also be used as a coin/money purse or anything you need to put in a pouch really.... but anyway, here's the pics:

The nose is actually 3D and stuffed with leftover felt scraps. I wish I'd had thread that same color though, the black is a little too stark for me. But anywho, there it is. I'm rather pleased with how salty he looks. Smiley
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