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141  Mamas got a brand new bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: April 20, 2010 09:44:55 AM
I made this bag for my mom whose birthday is the 27th. She plays drums and her stick bag is looking pitiful. I used the old one as a template and pretended that I was making a really big crochet hook roll.  Tongue



open (sorry for the crummy) pic
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142  Re: Illustrate My Favorite Story Swap Round 2 (Send by May 17) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by najaorama on: April 19, 2010 02:11:07 PM
So titaniumhip and I have been exchanging pm's today. The gist of it is that she is wonderfully open and flexible about the layout for her story.

I'm also having a slow day at work. So may I present for your viewing enjoyment my portion of her story on one half of an 8'5x11 piece of paper.

Titanium -I hope you find this as funny as I did, and don't worry the finished project will be much better  Wink

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143  camera bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: April 14, 2010 10:56:58 AM
I got a new camera and it's bigger then my last one (but takes way better pictures) so I whipped up this camera bag for it. Just a fat quarter folded in half and two layers of batting, sewn up Jory Bag style with a flap. Two buttoned and TA-DA.

please excuse my messy left button hole as I am still learning my new sewing machine
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144  vintage chicken potholder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: April 14, 2010 10:26:25 AM
My mothers birthday is coming up- a week from mothers-day I might add. She loves roosters and chickens I found this vintage sewing pattern for a chicken pot holder. http://tipnut.com/projectfiles/chicken/chicken-potholder.jpg I used a layer of batting and a layer of wool felt I had laying around.

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145  Moving compass wedding invitation in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: April 14, 2010 09:07:44 AM

I was at a loss for invite ideas so I went to Offbeatbride (a site I love) and she says I think the best rule of thumb is to stay pretty basic not formal, but basic. People are known to skim invites, and if you get too cutesy, too clever, or too longwinded, you increase the likelihood that someone gets confused. Hmm sounds like good advice, but my style is generally complicated confusing and over engineered.

I am in love with these wedding invitations http://www.i-do-it-yourself.com/2009/05/diy-wedding-lauren-and-andrew/ but I just dont have the money for wheels made from two circles of untreated, recycled chipboard diecut and letterpressed to look like an old planting wheel with redwood rings on it. My mom has a saying whenever she recreates something using what she has. She says its Puerto Rican ingenuity.
I shorten it to say I Puertorincan-ed it Yeah I Puertoricaned my invitesand I love them.

These are the first ones I made using a vintage typewriter font that I liked.

They were ugly and I almost gave in to the offbeat bride advice. Then I gave it one more go. I found this compass rose by googling compass rose and used it as inspiration. Our initials are N and E (get it? North and East) and I found a poem (by googling romantic poems) that says Within you I lose myself. Without you I find myself, wanting to be lost again. The fleur de lis (again thank you google) points to the topic: who what where etc. And the box cutout has the info.

I plan to have them copied onto off white cardstock. 100 copies on cardstock @ $.30 plus $20 for 6x9 envelopes at Michaels another $5 for 100 brads. Thats 100 invites for $55 plus shipping. Most of our guests are in town so Im not too worried about shipping.

I am pretty pleased with myself. My only regret is that I have to put a brad through the pretty rose in the middle of the compass.



put together

now I jut need to figure out what to do with my hair
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146  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R8 FOCR R8 Secret Garden Gallery in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: April 13, 2010 07:27:20 AM
But there is one problem. I don't think Gatsby will fit  Undecided

And I love love love the kitchen towels. They are just the color I like. That blue is delish.
And gamemom made these adorable tile coasters that match. Awesome package!!!!!!!

I'm sorry for the camera phone pics, left the good one at work. Maybe I'll post better pics tonight.
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147  Wine Bottle Kimono in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: April 12, 2010 08:34:57 AM
Went to dinner last night with my soon to be father-in-law and his new wife. He is a martial arts instructor. I couldnt help trying for a couple brownie points.

I whipped up this wine bottle kimono with a fat quarter for the outside and a cloth napkin for the lining and obi. Im pretty pleased with how it turned out. Next time I will make the bag more narrow and take more than 5 minutes to iron the pleating.  Wink

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148  The sewing machine fairy hit me...twice in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by najaorama on: April 10, 2010 07:51:17 AM
So my faences good friend, lets call him Mikebecause thats his name, is going through a rough patch. He has been staying at our house for a week in my sewing room. I said earlier Glad to help, miss my creative space. Well that was Wednesday now its Saturday and things are just getting worse. Their marriage is dissolving, their 10 year old is staying at a friends house, its a poo pie anyway you slice it. And I feel really bad for Mike, but his wife is nuts. It all started when he came home and she was drunk and started hitting him and he called 911 and she kicked a cop (apparently a felony offense).

Anyway, Mike came home last night and said that he and Nancy are probably going to get a divorce and file bankruptcy so that she can afford a lawyer in her felony trial.  Then he says Oh and we have had these in our garage for years and no one uses them. I thought you might want them.


Holy good karma! I whipped my $79 Kenmore off that sewing table and plugged in the Singer. Then I spent half an hour trying to find a bobbin casing that fit (note: doesnt take one) works like a dream. Hums. Its all metal parts in mint condition. Even has the original owners manual.

I havent plugged in the Necci yet (I have never heard of that brand but I hope to do some research today. It feels almost sinful to be so excited about something I got because a family is being destroyedBut I am really excited. I learned to sew on an old avocado green Singer. I would love a new sewing machine but we just bought a house and Im getting married in June. Then the sewing machine fairy hit me with not one but two. 

Im going to have to think long and hard about how to pay this one forward.
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149  The Toy Socity Drops 1,2,3 &4 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by najaorama on: April 08, 2010 10:04:08 AM
I am officially obsessed. Mariosagrrl posted her cute toys here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343469.0 and turned me on to The Toy Society. I LOVE this idea. You make a toy and leave it for someone (preferably a child) to find. Here is the site http://thetoysociety.blogspot.com/. If you are having a bad day I suggest going there and reading the found section. I have all these scraps of fabric, this borderline compulsive urge to craft often without purpose, and a desire to have my faith in humanity renewed. *lightbulb*

I trolled the interweb for simple toy patterns and hit these at Soto Softies http://sotosofties.blogspot.com/2009/06/warm-fuzzy-mammal-finger-puppets.html. They are super simple (I made all of these a day, enough to drop two at a time cuz puppets want to talk to each other right), and I think she machine sewed hers but I have been hand sewing them which made the project portable and got me practicing my hand sewing. There are so many variation possibilities. I think I made so many because half way through one I would get an idea for another. The first pic is them in order of creation starting with the green ones.

I love them each dearly and even gave them names and personalities. I only hope who ever finds them enjoys them as much.

The cast together

Pete Bat and his brother Dwane Ray who isn't quite right Wink

Hepsitstina Squirrel and Humbert Bunny the inter-species couple from apartment 4a who cook the good smelling food.

 Pierre and Isabella Mouse formally of North Under-the-cupboard

and their country cousins Toulouse and Maybelline of Garden-shed Parish (these are my favorites, don't tell the others)
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150  Jewelry purse reverse engineered from a napkin drawing. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: April 05, 2010 11:52:30 AM

About a week ago my fianc came home from his mothers house describing a jewelry purse she had seen. He was mumbling something about circles and pockets and making no sense. Then yesterday we were at my mother in laws house for Easter dinner. There she and her boyfriend tried describing it simultaneously. This time there was something about geometric shapes.
Finally I got her to draw it. I wish I had that drawing. After hearing her say you are so crafty you should make one I decided to take the challenge.

The design is pretty ingenious (I can say that because I didnt design it). I am thinking of making my first tutorial about it.

It only took one fat quarter. The flat diameter is 9 and I was worried it was too small but it held all of this costume jewelry, and after all who travels with that much bling?

bag closed

Let me know what you think.
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