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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / kawaii kitty tote on: October 08, 2010 08:35:29 AM
There was kawaii contest on spoonflower some weeks ago. I have had the idea of making a bag pattern on fabric for quite some time, so I decided I'm gonging to use that possibility and make a bag pattern for a kawaii kitty tote.

so that's what i came up with:

(the link to the spoonflower site: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric_items/new?design_id=348963 )

and the printed version looks like this (it's much the same as the digital version, only the colors look better. I think i designed the picture in CMYK or something:):

The finished bag looks like this:

I am very pleased with the results. I chose linen cotton canvas, because it's sturdy enough and the bag doesn't need any interfacing (i don't like interfacing, it's really hard to get the right one at the stores where I buy fabric). I have to make some corrections with the pattern, but when I'm done I'll make more designs. I love how much easier it is to make a bag if you have the pattern on the fabric and you don't have to transfer anything or measure anything... Computers are much better at measuring than me:) And it's so much fun to create the outside of the bags, the lining and even add some things to the pockets. I guess you could do it by hand, but it would be so much more work.... It's not the cheapest solution, but I still love it:)

Once I start an etsy (if ever:)) I'll probably make starter kits for sewing bags. I'm not sure because i don't know if I'm good at giving instructions. Especially in English:) There are some instructions on the fabric already, I wanted to try that out, but i think they take up too much space that could be used for useful fabric:)

I would really like some feedback, so please, please say something:) but if you're not in the mood, thanks for taking the time and reading all of this:D

42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / more bags, more pictures, more fun on: September 27, 2010 10:37:30 AM
I have been posting pictures of bags from a summery photo shoot me and my friend had a while ago. She's going to a very long trip around Asia and hasn't managed to prepare all the photos for me, so she just gave them to me "raw". I'm not good at editing photos, but i still think they are pretty awesome:) I made all of those bags in the last year or so:)

This one has handmade clay buttons for decoration. The sister of my boyfriend makes them. I think they are really nice.

this one is made out of fabric i designed on spoonflower. i like the fabric more and more every time i look at it:)

this one is made out of ikea fabric which i don't like that much anymore. I really like the cute button though.

and those two are my almost successful projects made with metal purse frames. I still didn't find a good glue, but this frames are the ones you have to sew to the fabric so they don't just fall apart:). I also made those tiny polymer clay cakes:)
43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / prom dress for my sister on: September 25, 2010 12:57:40 PM
I promised my little sister that I'll sew her a prom dress. I have a LOT of time until then, I just want to to make it quite earlier, so she can still have enough time to buy a dress, if my sewing skills prove themselves of not being good enough (which is likely to happen)

I need your help finding a good pattern. I have never tried to buy a pattern online and don't even know where you can get them:) i only buy burda magazines every now and then:)

So, do you have any suggestions for good dress patterns? She doesn't want anything too fancy, she wants to wear the dress again after the dance. And she's also very very skinny(and does not have a large bust;)) and she's not too tall. I think most of the dresses would fit her, since she has the body of a model, the dress just has to be short:)
and i'm not very good a sewing so it shouldn't be too hard to make:)

i know it's a lot to ask, but i really need help and i hope i can find it here:) i saw a lot of nice dresses here, but when you search for a prom dress, you get TMI:)

thanks in advance:)
44  COOKING / Dessert / yo dawg, i heard you like cookies... on: September 11, 2010 10:59:20 AM
It's getting really cold here so i decided it's time for the cookie season:) since i moved from home i didn't have any good cookie recipe books and me and my boyfriend had to find a great one to order. At the moment we saw this: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9780811842167/Big-Fat-Cookies, we knew we had to buy it!

It got delivered yesterday. The first recipe i saw was "chocolate chip cookies in a cookie" and was like WHAT? that sounds AWESOME! It's pretty easy to make and the result is delicious. Basically you can take your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, divide it in three parts, bake cookies from one part, let them cool, break them in small pieces and give them back to the rest of the dough. Than just make cookies as usual.

And they got me inspired, so i made a comic. )i kinda like those xzibt yo dawg comics:)) the third and fourth picture are from the actual cookies i made.

45  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / memories of summer bags on: September 11, 2010 05:39:59 AM
My friend, who took some pictures of bags I made in the summer, just sent me more edited pictures.

so here, the first bag:

it has a polymer clay brooch(is that the right word, google translate said it is:)) as a decoration. also made by me with some seashells form last summer.

and I'm really proud of the second one, it's made with fabric that I printed with linoleum myself. if you want a tutorial for printing on fabric with linoleum I can make one, but you can also find some on the Internet. I just always forget to bookmark useful pages:)

thanks for looking, c&c welcome!
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / faux embriodery quote hoops on: August 31, 2010 04:36:58 AM
Inspired by this project http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/06/faux-embroidery-quote-hoops.html i've decided i wanted to make something like this with my favorite quotes for our apartment. So i designed a fabric on spoonflower and ordered some embroidery hoops on ebay(if you know a good internet shop that ships to europe and has good price, please, pm me. Embroidery isn't really popular where i come from so all the equipment is really expensive!). And thats' how it looks like: (this are just two, i ordered only two hoops to see how it would look like, i like it, now i have to order more, and wait:))

and this is the fabric(it a really big image so i copied a link) : http://www.spoonflower.com/design_thumbnails/0030/4624/embrodery_highres.png?1280951792
47  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / summery plaidy popy bag(and more) on: August 23, 2010 02:42:27 AM
I made quite a few Bags in the past year and since i don't use any of them, i've decided i'll try and sell them - so i get money to buy new fabric to make new bags:) (this is in no way meant commercially, i probably wont even sell them outside of Slovenia). The point is: my friend just got an awesome new camera (some very fancy Nikon thing, i don't know sh* about cameras) and she volunteered to take nice pictures of the bags. She only edited pictures for one bag, and it's the last bag i made. I kinda really like it:) The outside is cotton canvas, the braid is jersey and the poppy flower is felt. I made the pattern myself. When she edits more pictures, i'll post more if you want:)

48  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reupholstered Chair (my first upholstery project) on: August 21, 2010 03:10:26 AM
A while ago i moved in with my boyfriend and some friends to some kind of student apartment(we're all finishing our university degrees and work but still don't earn enough money to live in separate apartments). anyway, after a long period of apartment searching we found this one apartment that doesn't have the perfect location, but it's cheap and the best part is that it was more or less furnished and the owners are great. One of the best pieces for furniture was an old ugly chair that was really comfortable and i immediately fell in  love with it. I really wanted to do some upholstery projects but while i was living at my parents there wasn't any furniture that they would allow me to experiment with;D. so you can see how this chair added a lot of extra points to the apartment:)

i'm not really skilled at sewing yet and i didn't do it the way it's supposed to be done (for instance i didn't even sew two different covers for the lower part that is actually made up of two different pillows, i just made one cover.) but i still love it. and luckily my flatmates like it too:)

to The picture (i don't have a before picture, just imagine ugly dirty gray fabric):

i simply love Ikea fabric:)
49  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / homemade marzipan?? on: August 18, 2010 06:35:29 AM
Has anyone ever tried to make marzipan at home?
I LOVE marzipan and I love to cook, and especially, i love to make pralines. I have a dream of making my own marzipan, since the ones you can buy at stores aren't as good as the ones you get in pralines:) so i was wondering if any of you have ever tried to make marzipan at home and what was the recipe and if it was very difficult.
i would really love some advice before i run to the shop and buy tons of almonds:) tnx in adavnce
50  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my very own bags made out of my very own fabric on: August 05, 2010 12:33:49 PM
I've been sewing for almost a year now, and i've been lurking on crafster since the first week. I've never posted anything since i didn't really know what to post and because my English is pretty rusty and i didn't want to embers myself too much. Anyway, a week ago i got my first delivery of spoonflower fabric designed by me(i'm from a very small European country and the delivery took a long time. not to mention the printing...). However, I LOVE it:) I made 2 bags right away, one is for grown ups (i think it's going to stay mine) and the other one is a backpack for a little girl. I posted some pictures on my Slovenian blog but since no one seems to be interested in my home country, i've decided to share my enthusiasm with fellow crafters. I hope to get some C&C here, so feel free to say anything about them. It'll be better than my imaginary blog readers Wink.

the grown up bag:

the little girl backpack:

I know the pictures are pretty bad but i'm a really horrible photographer. Both bags are made with my patterns(kinda) and with a combination of my fabric and Ikea fabric. Hope you like them:)

Ps: the illustration on the backpack fabric is based on a great Slovenian fairytale called "My umbrella can turn into a balloon"
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