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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another denim knife- pleated clutch on: July 22, 2009 11:58:19 AM
I told some of you before that I'm obsessed with knife pleating (and Craftster!!!).  I needed to feed my need for pleats, so I made another foldover denim clutch!!  This time, I made a matching fabric flower to embellish the front and added some gold metal buttons.  This is my first fabric flower and I like how it turned out, especially the frayed edges. 

The front: 

The lined inside:

Unfolded front:

Unfolded back:

What do you think??
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Not So Cutesy Denim Diaper Bag on: July 19, 2009 03:32:18 PM
Calling all Crafty Divas out there, I would like to introduce you to the Not So Cutesy Denim Diaper Bag!! 

I'm currently financially challenged and I wanted to bring something to my friend's baby shower, so I decided to make a diaper bag.  I didn't want it to be baby-themed and look like a diaper bag, so I used striped denim and hot pink fabric (I hope she likes pink  Wink)  I'm really proud of the result.  Check it out...

The front has a zippered pocket and a pink metal zipper pull:

The back has a pocket:

Side view:

The inside with elasticized pockets and key holder:


I hope she likes it.  Tell me what you think.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knife- Pleated denim clutch with buttons on: July 13, 2009 08:04:56 AM
I would like to introduce you to my new obsession.... Knife pleats!!  I decided to knife pleat a piece of denim and somehow it evolved into a foldover clutch.  I sewed down the pleats so they wouldn't gape open.  I'm so proud of this baby and can't wait to carry it.  Here it is.

Here is the front unfolded...

And the unfolded back...

I self-lined it on the inside...

I was going to put a pretty crystal brooch/pin on the front for embellishment, but sometimes those pins come open and you can lose/damage the brooch, so I used buttons instead.  I attacked my button stash and found these green buttons and sewed them on instead.

Do you like my bag??
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pleated linen pillow on: July 12, 2009 11:30:34 AM
I needed a new pillow for my couch, so I decided to make one.  I didn't want to use expensive fabric and mess it up, so I used some pale yellow linen for the practice run.  It has 1 inch pleats.  I'm so proud of it that I'm going to use it instead of making one out of "nicer" fabric.  I think next time I will try to make one with smaller pleats.  Tell me what you think...   

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Daisy Bouquet Cross stitch on: June 01, 2009 10:24:57 AM
My mom is not on craftster, but I wanted to share one of her beautiful cross stiched creations. 
Here it is...

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / I made my first stitch-bound journal on: May 30, 2009 03:31:05 PM
I just completed my first handmade journal and I'm so excited!! 

I used stitch-binding and organic handmade papers on the cover.  I also made a tasseled page-marker

I plan on making some more in the future, but I want to use "fancy" paper on the inside instead of the plain white pages I used here.  I think I may add something else to the cover on this one, but I'm not sure what yet...  Let me know what you think of my journal.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Smoky Quartz Drawstring Bracelet on: May 20, 2009 03:32:14 PM
I really really really love smoky quartz.  I decided to make a bracelet made completely out of sterling silver pendants and other findings from pieces of old broken jewelry.  I'm really proud of the result. Let me know what you think. 

I used a sterling silver "drawstring" barrel clasp in the back which makes it adjustable. 
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Medallion Necklaces on: May 19, 2009 11:48:40 AM
What do you do when it's cold and raining in the middle of May (Huh? I had to turn the heat on last night???!!!!). 
You pull out your bead collection and get crafting!!! 
I present my newest bead creations -- 2 beaded necklaces with large medallion pendants. 

The pendants are 2 plus inches wide.

I used amethyst and peridot beads on this one.

This one is made with different shades of quartz crystal beads.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Chandelier Quartz Crystal Beaded Lariat Necklace on: May 19, 2009 11:35:51 AM
I love things that sparkle and shine, so I was in love when I found these quartz crystal pendants at the bead store.  They look like something you would find on a chandelier.  I created a lariat-style necklace that I absolutely love  Kiss

It's one long strand of beads with one of the pendants on each end.  I just tie it around my neck and let the pendants dangle.  I used quartz beads of different shapes and lots of sterling silver beads mixed in.  I hope you like it! 
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Smoked Salmon Wooden Box Recrafted into a Decoupaged Stationary Box on: May 17, 2009 02:54:18 PM
Every Christmas, I search the stores for smoked salmon.  This year, I found some and it came in a fabulous wood box with a sliding lid.  The box had a beautifully painted picture of a salmon on the front.  I really wish I had taken a "before and after" picture of the box, but I didn't, so you will have to use your imagination  Anyhoo, I thought to myself, "There has to be something you can do with that box".  I finally decided to create a box to hold stationary, letters, and pictures. 

Here is my new box!! 

I used gift wrapping paper with a rose pattern to decoupage the outside of the box and used scrapbooking paper for the inside.  The "gold" edging was done with a gold paint pen and I glued a beautiful silk flower to the top.  I sealed my decoupage work with some polyurethane. 

This is a picture of the back of the box, so you can get an idea of what it originally looked like.

Let me know what you think of my box!!

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