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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / art bag on: June 29, 2010 09:08:48 AM
Here is a monster art bag I just finished.

I was inspired by a bag craftster sadsilver made
Here is her original post:

I'm really excited about the finished bag. It was such a fun project to do. My husband helped out with the design for the monster face. Afterwards he was like.. I want a job where I can just draw monsters  Cheesy
The bag is in the mail on it's way now to my niece for her birthday. She is turning 3.

inside view of bag (with two inside pockets)


2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Pet friendly non toxic paint for plastic surface? on: June 07, 2010 10:50:00 AM
My current  project is making cat beds for our two kitties. (We had to throw out their old beds since our cat Noah got sick on both of the beds).
For the new cat beds I took apart an old hard shelled suitcase.

The suitcase is bright pink (which I think is great) however it clashes with the fabric I am using for the bed part so I am looking to paint it. Can anyone recommend a non toxic paint that I could use to paint the plastic hard shell of the suitcase (a paint with no vocs)? There is a store called Green Depot (www.greendepot.com) near us that carries some non toxic paints. I am planning to stop in and check out to see if they had a good paint to use. I wanted to check here first to see if anyone has a paint they have used for their pets you like?

Here are 2 pics of the beds in progress. I still have to finish sewing(and fitting) the cover and a few other things. I'll post pics when they are done.

3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten free vegans? meal ideas? on: June 01, 2010 10:08:56 AM
Does anyone have ideas/recipes for gluten free vegan meals that you make?

My husband has eczema on his hands and we are unsure of what the cause is. To try and figure it out, he has been eliminating possible trigger foods from his diet. He has eliminated wheat and gluten for the past couple months and his eczema has been improving, however it hasn't gone away completely.

We cook at home most nights and it is starting to feel like we are eating the same couple meals. I'm interested to see if any craftsters follow the same diet and what your favorite meals  are to make. Love to about hear about what your eating?


4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / sewing machine cover on: February 09, 2010 07:50:36 AM

Just finished my sewing machine cover. It was a first for me to make a double sided bias. I'm excited about the outcome.
My husband recently built a shelf for my sewing machine to sit on, so when I put the finished cover on it, it looked like it
was on a display shelf (especially the way the light shines on it).

Inside view of the pocket

View of pocket with patterns and such in it
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / repurposing bicycle tubes? Has anyone made a waterproof bag with the tubes? on: January 21, 2010 02:07:19 PM
The other day, my husband brought home some old bicycle tubes for me to use to make something crafty with.
It seems like a really cool material to work with and I'm excited to create something with them.

One idea I was thinking of, was to make him a waterproof case  to carry a book in - kinda of like a laptop sleeve,
but for a book. One that he can carry inside his normal messenger bag.

Does anyone have any tips from experience with working with old bicycle tubes they can send my way?
To make the book case waterproof, would I need to melt the tubes together as appose to sewing?

Any tips/help would be appreciated  Cheesy


6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / diy shelf brackets? on: January 15, 2010 12:38:51 PM
We are going to put up some shelves in the kitchen and I was curious to see if any craftsters have made their own brackets or re-purposed a household item to use for brackets. Let me know if you have, I would love to see!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ribbon crossed bulletin board on: December 29, 2009 08:25:45 AM

I found this bulletin board in my neighborhood on the street.
People in Park Slope always leaves items they no longer want in a box on the curb, it is pretty cool. The items are usually in good condition.

I replaced the old blue/white gingham fabric with this Alexander Henry, owl fabric that I picked up recently and a dark brown fabric for the bottom of the board. I had some orange ribbon around that I used and then my husband gave me these tacks like things he had that I placed in whereever the ribbons made an X.

The bulletin board looks great on the wall. I'm gonna go back to the store and get more fabric to make a cover for our kitchenaid mixer.

I was planning to cut out a couple of the owls and iron them on the dark brown fabric to help bring the two fabrics together on the bulletin board -not sure yet if I will. If I do, I'll post the updated photo.

This project was pretty easy and quick to do.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / computer chair to cute crafty chair on: December 26, 2009 10:48:20 AM
Here is a quick look of our computer chair that I reupholstered with this cute Squirrels and Apples fabric.

Here is the computer chair before - I had already started ripping the old fabric off before I took the photo.

Here is the Squirrels and Apples fabric I used.

Here is the reupholstered computer chair that I am now using now in my crafty space. I'm loving it.
9  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Brooklyn (Park Slope area) sewing machine repair? on: December 26, 2009 10:37:57 AM
my sewing machine is in need of repair and I was wondering if anyone can recommend someone or a place that they have used to have their sewing machine repaired in the park slope area?
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