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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Surf City Purse on: March 04, 2008 09:04:13 AM
Hooray to all my Santa Cruz peeps!

I was worried someone from Huntington Beach might take issue with the title.  C'mon, we're Santa Cruz, can't we all just get along?  We can share!

For those of you wondering what it's all about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cruz,_California#Controversy
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Surf City Purse on: March 03, 2008 11:24:49 AM
Os work too and, if you drill small holes for stitching, Cs as well.  There are also large brass rings in the embroidery section that can be painted or wrapped with ribbon, those come in almost any size you can imagine.  I used them when I made this purse: http://annaramma.typepad.com/annaramma/2008/02/inspiration.html
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Surf City Purse on: March 03, 2008 08:52:19 AM
I'm so glad you all like it.  The decorative stitching on the wave was the most fun, so I was happy it turned out. 

Yay to you too, JaneSays13!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Surf City Purse on: March 02, 2008 07:12:05 PM
My hometown is Santa Cruz, CA. 

It's know for many things (beautiful beaches, an eccentric downtown, and the UCSC Banana Slugs), but Santa Cruz is best known for our boardwalk and surfing. 


The beauty of the ocean and the lines of the old wooden roller coaster inspired me to make a felt bag representing Santa Cruz. 

I started with a selection of felt, thread and two letter cut-outs (these Ds were only $1/each, purse handles can be so expensive!). 

Painting the Ds a lacquer-red took several coats.

I cut out the basic shape of the bag and started stitching and cutting the designs for the wave and roller coaster. 

After the felt pieces were assembled and the decorative stitching was finished, I added the rainbow lining (Santa Cruz's flag has a rainbow).

Finally, I stitched on the handles to finish off the purse.

Thanks for checking out my Surf City Purse!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 18 ENTRIES / Re: Extra Stout Felt on: May 06, 2007 09:57:59 AM
Quick!  Someone make some fish 'n' chips!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 18 ENTRIES / Re: Extra Stout Felt on: May 05, 2007 11:16:51 PM
I was worried that her parents wouldn't find them quite as funny as I did.  Luckily, everyone got the joke!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 18 ENTRIES / Extra Stout Felt on: May 05, 2007 03:40:25 PM
My friends' toddler had the habit of sneaking unsupervised beer bottles at parties.  We now know to watch her like a hawk, but I thought she should have her own age-appropriate bottles. 

Using fabric transfer paper I crafted two unique labels to commemorate the little one's birthday and attached them to the soft and cuddly bottles. 

Thanks for checking them out!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Another Doggie Costume on: June 08, 2005 04:29:16 PM
Ooh, don't think I haven't thought about doing a Hostess (or is it Little Debbie?) Devil Dog costume!!! 

I've also thought about doing a bat costume for her.  C'mon, with those ears?  She'll be a natural!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: super simple felt cell phone cozy! NOW with tutorial on: May 22, 2005 07:26:57 PM
I had to make one of these too.  It was so easy and now I don't have to dig around in my purse looking for my phone!

I love grey, red, and black together.

Here's the cozy in action!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Another Doggie Costume on: May 13, 2005 01:54:49 PM
So, it's not exactly the Halloween time of year, but it will be soon. 

My pup Nikita has always been a little crazy and hard to handle, so I call her "Devil Dog."  Of course, that meant I had to make her a devil costume for Halloween.

It started out as a supercheap doggie shirt like this (it could be plain, color coordinated, whatever):

and I added devil horns and tail similar to these

If you keep your eyes out, you can find child-sized horns/tails for $1 at Target, Kmart, etc. 

Then remove the plastic headband from the horns (just snip a hole in one end and pull the headband out).  This can be tied or velcro-ed under your pup's chin. 

Then I stitched the tail to the base of the doggie t-shirt.

Now I have a real little Devil Dog

Oh yeah, since it's a toddler/child costume, everything is pretty much doggie safe.  The dyes are non-toxic, no small parts, etc.  Nikita is willing to wear it for a whole evening and even falls asleep in her t-shirt. 
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