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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First messenger bag! Tim Burton inspired... on: March 15, 2010 06:05:57 PM
So long story short. Got a sewing machine for Christmas (thanks Mom!), made some small stuff, really wasn't satisfying enough so I decided to take on something bigger. I'm not new to sewing, but let's just say far from expert Tongue. Decided I need a mid-size type of messenger bag for when I go to NYC next month to see the Tim Burton exhibit at MoMA, it needed to be big enough for standard purse essentials, plus if I buy anything I don't wanna have to lug it around separately. There aren't any pockets, zippers, etc., I never really use them in any purse I own. Though I think I'm going to make an attachable pouch for my cellphone.

The flap actually is centered on the bag, it was just sitting weird

The interior...

The hardware...made my own adjustable strap, so proud of myself for that one!

Its 12"w x 10"h x 2"deep, drafted my own pattern after looking at tons of tutes... its could be a modified version of the jordy bag

The exterior fabric is Michael Miller's ironworks in black and white, I don't remember what the interior is called, but you can find it in the quilting section at Joann's, they also have it in blue Wink. It's interfaced on the outer later with pellon decor bond, and the silver hardware came from www.strapworks.com. I learned a lot with this and only broke one needle! Roll Eyes
32  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Not quite sure what this should go under....spinning/dye question on: March 02, 2010 08:58:24 AM
Please move if this is not the appropriate board! Apologies in advance Smiley

I recently bought a drop spindle and some roving to learn how to spin....gotta say, I'm loving it!

I ran into a problem with the second sample of roving tho.... after I finished spinning it, I realized it had stained my hands! Both samples of roving came dyed, and the first one I had no problems with, but the second left my hands looking mutated.  I haven't set the twist yet, they've both just been spun and wrapped around a board for now.

How would I get the dye to set, or finish washing out? I really don't want to try to make something with it and have it turn somebody else weird colors...
33  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My cat is a soap licker...No animals were harmed during the making of this soap! on: February 03, 2010 05:32:11 PM
So I finally made my first batch of  MP soap, woohoo! And I promise, my cat really wasn't harmed, he's just a bit peeved with me at the moment.

It's WSP's natural goat milk soap base with olive oil and ground oatmeal (Thanks MareMare for the suggestions!), I also added stearic acid as a hardener and very lightly scented it with lemongrass sage FO. I used an old gladware container as a mold and it holds about 12oz, so roughly 3 bars of soap once its cut.


some of the oatmeal settled, but there's still plenty suspended throughout.

And the soaplicker:

Now you ask, why is my cat, Murphy, a soap licker? I mixed everything and poured it in the mold on the counter. When I walked over to put my stuff in the sink to start washing, the little stinker decided to jump up on the counter and give the soap a lick. So now after spitting it out and drinking a bunch of water, he is now laying on my floor giving me dirty looks for deceiving him. Moral of this story, put your soap where your cat can't eat it!
34  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone have a Goat Milk Moisturizing MP Soap recipe? on: January 26, 2010 07:09:01 AM
Or Oatmeal? This time of the year is the worst for me in the dry skin department, and my tattoos are itching like mad! So I figure I can't be the only one in this predicament. I use Aveeno lotion and that keeps me from becoming a scratching lunatic during the day, but I'd really love to make a good soap to help the process. Pretty much willing to try anything, except Shea butter/base, not a fan of how it feels. Any help or recommendations greatly appreciated!!!!! Grin
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Who doesn't love Altoid tin Crafts! on: December 21, 2009 05:40:03 PM
So this Christmas I decided to do more crafting then buy commercially created stuff.

I know this has been done before, but for me its become a necessity at work. Especially because I tend to break/tear a nail or spill something on myself. So I thought, hey! I know some lovely ladies who could use one of these as well.  Wink

So, its my own survival kit!

  • Mini tide stain remover
  • bandaids
  • nail clippers
  • nail file
  • bobbins of thread in both black and white
  • sewing needles
(I also keep my chapstick in mine, because there's just enough room for it!)

I put some fleece I had left over from another project in the bottom of the tins as sort of a buffer so you don't hear things rattle around all the time. The piece of fleece in the lid is attached to some magnetic tape, so it's easily removable and holds the sewing needles.

I found everything either from my own stash, dollar stores, or using coupons/sales ads for craft stores, including the tins. So they averaged to about $7 a piece to make.

And the fun part...the Tops!

For these I used some wrapping paper and magazine images and mod podged them with several coats on the top. Yes, those are 2 images of Johnny Depp *Love him!!*, and Sookie from True Blood for my sis-in-law.

And just for some tin overkill...another pic!
36  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Some questions about M&P on: October 15, 2009 08:49:28 AM
So, this year I decided I'm crafting more for Christmas, roughly half of it at least, and I'm "mass producing" where possible, to save on cost, time and sanity Wink. And I've been wanting to try M&P, but Id rather have as much info going into it as possible. That being said....
Can anyone recommend a good brand of M&P, scents, colors? I'm not looking for anything "spa quality" or super expensive. (I'm in the U.S. if that makes a difference)
Also, has anyone tried adding oatmeal or herbs to M&P? I'm wondering what would be the best way to go about it, has there been issues with drain clogs or anything like that?
I'd also try to love layering, is there any particular technique? Or is it just adding the new layer after the previous one has set?

Any help, advice, worldly wisdom is very much appreciated!
37  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The Green of Summer! on: April 26, 2009 12:49:23 PM
So....I have a niece who I think is the cutest kid ever (what can I say, I'm biased) Unfortunately, I'm also the poor Aunt that can't spoil her as much as I'd like. However I did manage to find a ton of this green jersey material at Joann's for an insanely cheap price, I love their 50% off sales! However, what to make the Bailey Boop? I was wandering the dollar store the other day and found this little sundress which would be absolutely adorable on her, yet hideous because it's pink. The poor child got stuck with my skin tone and neither of us can wear pastels, but *lightbulb*. I bought the dress, took it home, and cut it up, drafted a pattern from it and came up with this:



The white part is a really thin lining, I didn't want to double up on the jersey, she lives in florida and didn't want her to get too hot. And the bottom really isn't that crooked, its just how it was hanging.

Comments/Criticisms are welcome. This is my first time sewing for a child so it was trial and error. And I'll update as soon as I can get pictures of her wearing it! Also, I may post a tutorial for this if requested.
38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I present the Cubs Spartan Snow Hat! on: January 21, 2009 09:52:11 AM
Okay, I don't know what else to call it really, lol. I made this for a friend's son who absolutely loves the Cubs. My boyfriend calls it a Spartan snow helmet and just looked at me weird when I finished it. This was made from neosynthesis' awesome tutorial! I have been crocheting for oh....2/3rds of my life give or take and never seen a winter hat like it! I wanted to do a felted mohawk, but could not find the shade of red wool I needed anywhere around me  Sad. But alas, I found this other red yarn that worked perfectly....until I ran out, so I finished it in the blue that was used for the base of the hat. Im very impatient when it comes to the end of projects and I find out I don't have enough materials...so I improvise.

And I will get more/better pics posted when I get home and dig out my camera. My hallway kind of sucks in the whole lighting appropriately category!
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