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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bagsket (of sorts) with awesome fabric on: February 10, 2009 07:13:45 AM
I bought this insanely kick a$$ Japanes fabric for an insane amount of $.  I am not willing to share how much it cost. Wink 

Hubby and I are always misplacing our cellphone charges, camera, battery charger... So I decided to try my hand at making a bagsket.  Fairly simple.  I still need to line it.  I bought super thick and stiff interfacing to keep it extra sturdy.  So far we are keeping things in it.  The colors go with my kitchen, olive and purple.

Let me know what you think!


Back (to show the fabric)

C & C appreciated.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Fridge Caddy" - a.k.a. junk holder on: January 28, 2009 11:18:19 AM
I was sick and tired of having a bunch of junk clutter my fridge doors.  Everytime you walk past, it something was bound to fall.  Other than my son's alphabet magnets, I wanted to clean it up.  After completion, I decided I could put it on the side of fridge instead.

I used 2 placemats I purchased for $0.50 a piece, styrofoam I already had, cork on a roll for $3-4??, some left over fabric from a purse I just made and a stray piece of chip board.

I used the double sided stick on hooks to attach to the fridge.  I hope to come up with something else as I am not sure how long this will last.

And I HAD to make coordinating push pins - beads superglued...

Action shot...

Thanks for looking - comments and criticism welcomed.

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Olive, & plum Amy Butler inspired sling on: January 27, 2009 06:17:25 PM
I finally made a trip to Hobby Lobby.  How did I live without that wonderful place for so long....I swear I heard angels singing and a beam of light as I walked in...  Wink

I found this group of fabric and instantly fell in love.  I couldn't decide what to use so I thought I would blend it all in and panel it.  This was my first attempt with this style and I like it.  There are a few things I would do different next time. Since I still carry diapers and a sippy cup for my son, I wanted something on the bigger side. The lining is white, (even though it doesn't match Cheesy ) because that is what I had on hand.  It actually works great since the purse does not open that wide.   I also made a coordinating patch pocket for my cell phone and keys. (not shown)

I made the strap longer because I did not want it up against my armpit! Cheesy

Comments and criticism welcomed.  Thanks for looking! Cheesy
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Quilt Patches for pink flannel blanket on: January 15, 2009 02:58:16 PM
I also posted this in quilting - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=287386.new

Here are the little patches I embroidered for a quilt for Addison Elizabeth born January 11Th.


My cheesy attempt at a tag! (my initials, WB)

Center flower

Lower right ladybug

Lower left strawberry

Upper left heart

Upper right duckie

Thank you for looking! Cheesy

Comments and criticism appreciated!
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt! Pink Flannel (Pic heavy) on: January 15, 2009 02:54:20 PM
I am a newbie posting in quilting projects and hope to have more!  Please go easy on me! Wink

A friend of a friend just had her third child, a girl!!  Addison Elizabeth was born on January 11Th.  She was welcomed home by her 2 older brothers, Carter and Riley.  I have never actually made a quilt and I am not sure if this qualifies.  I bought this fabric with the patches already connected.  It was on the clearance rack at Joann's for $2 a yard!  I also bought the yellow flannel backing for $1 a yard.  I bought an additional 2 yards of a blue flannel @ $1 a yard that matched the yellow backing and ended up using it as the batting.  So for a total of $5, I have a new little quilt for Addison.  I wanted to add more of a personal touch.  I embroidered her name and date on the back as well as a few little blocks on the front.




My cheesy attempt at a tag! (my initials, WB)

Center flower

Lower right ladybug

Lower left strawberry

Upper left heart

Upper right duckie

Thank you for looking! Cheesy

Comments and criticism appreciated!

I wanted to add that it does look a little wonky but it is square!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 3 Koi Mandala on: December 06, 2008 06:45:00 AM
I came across this mandala and I thought it would be interesting to stitch.  I also think it would make a very cool tattoo...hmmmm Cheesy  I think it represents my family; husband, myself and our son.  I am also Pisces so this ties in the fish theme.

This is the first "pattern" I have ever followed.  I made up the stitching as I went along.  After taking the pictures, I see more white areas than I thought.  I will go back and touch up with colored pencil.  And I also learned that I used a horrible weak fabric, too thin and not very sturdy.

I know my stitching is nothing compared to others but I am pleased with it.  I would love to try it again on different fabric as well as different stitches.  I plan on repeating this mandala in different mediums; paint, pencil, beads...  I would LOVE to recreate this in fabric, even felt.

A close up of my favorite fish ~

As always, thanks for looking and let me know what you think, comments and criticism welcomed.

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / La Testa Rossa on: November 26, 2008 05:21:49 PM
The owner of the salon that I go to asked me to create a picture for her salon.  The name of the place is La Testa Rossa.  In Italian this means "The Red Head".  She wanted me to say The Red Head in several different languages.  The colors in the salon are a deep red/brown, maize-ish mustard, carmel and black.  Like the names I made up? Wink  I went for a weathered Italian stucco look.

In exchange for making this for her, I get a free hair day!  Cut, color, panelling & eyebrows - value +/-$120.
My costs; poster frame, normally $50, on sale for $25; paint on sale as well, 3 for $1, used 4 colors, 5 bottles, $1.66 + my time = $26.66
Savings, $93.34 (if you want to call it that!)

The different languages in order, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Greek, Japanese & Chinese are on the same line.

The top picture is the true color.

Up close

Thanks for looking.  Comments & Criticism welcomed!

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Henry Purse w/ Zipper Pouch - Zipper Virgin! ! ! ! on: November 14, 2008 12:07:10 PM
I have had this fabric for a while and finally decided to make something with.  Just little purse but I think it is the perfect size.  It's simple but that's ok!  With having leftover fabric, I attempt the impossible in my book, zippers Shocked.  It wasn't as bad as I thought.  I definitely learned what not to do and I will remember that for the future.  The zipper pouch is for feminine hygiene products, lip gloss, mascara...I also made a little snap pouch for "what have its. Wink"

Sorry for the ferociously horrible pictures.

Thanks for looking, C & C welcomed!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Rings N Things - IMG HVY!! on: November 07, 2008 02:07:35 PM
I haven't made any rings in a while so I thought I would make a few.  I also threw in a few necklaces and a bracelet.  Rings are modelled by a paint brush.  Sorry, some of the pics are blurry  Tongue

The yellow stone is a Swarovski crystal

The red heart/rose necklace is a lacquer pendant from China.  As a kid, my Dad travelled to China for business.  Sometimes the men would come here to visit and this was one of the gifts they brought me.  It was on a simple chain so I replaced it with a thin leatherette cord.  Does anyone have any suggestions/ideas as to what else I can do with this pendant?  Any type of beads to make the necklace itself?  Or does it look OK as is? 

Thanks for looking! 

C & C welcomed.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mint & Brown goodness - It almost sucked the life out of me! IMG HVY on: November 06, 2008 04:34:30 PM
This purse nearly sucked the life out of me!  I am very pleased with it and I even gave myself a pat on the back.  It is like nothing I have ever done.  I bow to all of you who make messenger bags. 

My Friend Kelley really wanted a new bag she could hang over her shoulder or across her chest, depending on mood or situation.  No pattern was used, I just knew the measurements I wanted.  After making it, it seems much bigger than I think she wanted.  Over all, 12"x12"x4".  I really planned things out and took great notes which will help me make more.

BTW - my Husband reluctantly agreed to model the bag! Cheesy  At 6'5", the bag looks normal size for him. 

I should have stuffed it with tissue to show the squared form.  It is not this wonky looking.  I still need to press it.

Front flap is intentionally 2" shorter than height of bag

Back with large pocket

Flap open showing little magnetic pocket for keys, cell phone...

Side showing D rings allowing straps to be adjustable - the adjustable portion is on the other side, not in view.  Sad

Inside showing pockets - this looks really messy but it is not

C&C welcomed!

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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