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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / bandanna hobo bag on: September 12, 2011 04:33:00 PM
i decided that labor day was going to be a 'craft for me' day since i never really get to make myself anything anymore. i found this pattern: http://destashification.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/boho-sling-bag-tutorial/, and i really wanted to try it, since i love hobo bags, but have never found one that was just right. of course, i had to try the patchwork one, and 6 hours later...

one bandanna hobo bag! it's so me, all colorful and loud. i think i would like to try the pattern again, but with solid fabric. maybe a beatles version, although i'm not sure if i have enough fabric.... that's the one downside- it took a LOT of fabric. the lining was a piece from my stash that was two yards, and now it's mostly gone. but it looks awesome!!! the hardest part was sewing in the bottom, which you have to do twice, once for the lining and once for the outside. i couldn't get it to fit right, even though the pattern said it would have to be trimmed, but i was still unsure and didn't want to cut it and end up taking off too much. so i just did the best i could, and it worked out.. mostly. and it needs some kind of fatstener, maybe some velcro, or maybe a snap. but if i could figure out how to get a zipper in there, even better.

and before i forget, the lining:

rainbow peace signs! oh, there is a pocket inside too. and you can see my white thread. i probably should have used black, but my machine was already threaded in white, so i chose the lazy way out.  Roll Eyes
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / bandanna quilt on: August 06, 2011 08:00:34 PM
so after looking at some of the other quilts on here, mine is definitely not up to snuff, but i want to share it anyway.

a little back story... i live in an old building with very tall windows ( no lie, i'm 5'8" and can stand on the window sill and still have room). anyway, finding curtains was always a hassle, so  i decided to make my own. being a lover of color, i decided to use bandannas. no muss, no fuss, and no really long hem lines! i loved them so much, i decided i needed matching bedding. and thus the bandanna quilt was born! it is a little off because all the of the bandannas were not exactly the same size. the back of the quilt is random squares of flannel. i had to get a little creative on the back because i didn't have enough flannel, so some of the squares are four little squares, and some are triangles. but it's warm and cozy, and that's what matters! i quilted it around the inner squares on the bandannas. i made this quite a few years ago before i had a real sewing machine. i used one of those mini ones. and this is the project that killed it. my reward was a real sewing machine. Cheesy and an awesome quilt. i forget exactly how big it is because i have since acquired another blanket and haven't used this in a while, but i think it will fit a queen bed (which is a bit ridonkculous right now, because my bedroom only fits a twin bed). it's 5 bandannas across and 6 bandannas long.

the front

the back

c&c welcome!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / hawaiian bag on: August 06, 2011 07:30:55 PM
i decided i needed a bag to tote around my gear for my polynesian class. i found the perfect sized zipper tote at ac moore, but it was plain and boring. what better way to spruce it up than some embroidery? i used the designs from the stitch it kit, and used fabric paint for my name. i considered stitching it, but i really suck at satin stitch, and it would have taken a TON of floss.

you have to forgive the rust spots, because there is an exposed pipe in my bedroom and it's rusting and i find random spots of rust on things. i have no idea how to get it off without ruining my bag. of course, part of the zipper is coming apart too, so maybe a new bag would be in order...

4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 65 ENTRIES / fryday, fryday! gonna get down on fryday! on: August 02, 2011 05:15:51 PM
most people have heard the rebecca black song, friday, and it's pretty awful. however, when i saw this shirt in delia's, i knew i had to have it. mostly because i love a good pun and have a weakness for french fries. the one deterrent: the $24.50 price tag. so in the spirit of craftser, D.I.Y.O.D.S!!! and one t-shirt and some fabric paint later, i had my fryday shirt!

the font is sweetie pie, and i transferred it with my sulky marker (man i love that thing!). i thing the best part is that the red paint is glittery. i had forgotten, so when i was painting, i couldn't figure out why it looked dirty, and then it clicked.

and come friday, i'm going to be rocking this at work!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / sacred heart cross stitch on: May 11, 2010 08:51:50 AM
so when i saw the pattern by maria merlino for the sacred heart crochet block, https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343458.0, i knew i had to make it, but i didn't know what to do with it if i crocheted it. so after pondering for a while, i thought, hey, i could so cross stitch that! and with mother's day coming up, i knew it would be a great present for my mom. after much tweaking, coloring, and erasing in paint, i transferred it to pcstitch, added some words, and the perfect mothers day gift was born. it was thrifty too. the cloth and floss i had in my stash, i picked up the frame at goodwill for $2, and then my aunt, who is an expert stitcher, kindly framed it for me. it looks much nicer in real life. i used multi colored floss for the flames in orange and yellow, and the the heart was multi colored red. sadly, i forgot to sign it and take pictures before it was framed, which i guess is okay, because it was all wrinkly and unattractive. so here it is.

and my mom just loved it. here she is with the finished product.

c&c welcome, and a big thanks to maria merlino for sharing such a great pattern!!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / my first afghan!!! on: April 25, 2010 10:15:42 AM
i'm the kind of crocheter who prefers small, quick projects, so when i got the brilliant idea to make an afghan for a bridal shower gift, i must have been out of my mind. nevertheless, i persevered and managed to finish just in time. (as in 2am last night and the shower is today.) i used the lion brand domestic bliss afghan pattern (i thought the name was fitting) and homespun, so it's nice and warm and fluffy. and big! it's about 60" wide, not sure how long exactly, but i'm 5'8" and holding it above my head in the picture, with my toes peaking out, so it's pretty long. and i had a heck of a time keeping my cat away. every time i left the room, even for a minute, she would sneak her way underneath, often knocking my hook out and making me loose a few stitches in the process. so here it is, and now i have to go wrap it.

c&c welcome!

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 2 projects finally finished!!! grease car and bloody hell on: March 22, 2010 09:01:58 AM
this is my first post in this category. i've been lurking for a while, and finally have some projects to share.

so, way back when i was a junior in high school (circa 1999), my school decided to form a quilting and embroidery club. we were 4 members strong. anyway, we learned to cross stitch. now i have this bad(?) habit of learning a craft and then going totally gung ho over it- meaning i become a total devotee and then it gets neglected, at least for a while. during my gung ho cross stitch phase, i got a version of pcstitch, which i still totally love, and got this brilliant idea to graph and cross stitch the Grease logo. so i started on it. and then it got shoved to the side and ended up sitting in a ziploc bag next to my bed. until last week. i was tired of looking at the bag, so i buckled down and finally finished it! it still needs a frame or something, and i'm a little annoyed at myself because i used this really old metal hoop and it ended up rusting all over the edges of my cloth. and here it is!

the second one has only been in the works for about 2 years. i was inspired by the book subversive cross stitch. i made it for my friend who is of british descent and is known to utter this every now and again. also needs a frame or something.

c & c welcome! sorry the pictures aren't the best.  Undecided
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / beatles yellow submarine dishcloth on: January 25, 2010 05:30:50 PM
after i learned how to do intarsia crochet, i thought to myself- self, we could totally make a beatles design. so i graphed out the yellow submarine, and voila! instant beatles dishcloth. the periscope needs work though...  Grin

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / beatles yellow submarine tissue box on: January 25, 2010 05:24:25 PM
this is your basic wooden tissue box from a craft store. i simply painted it yellow. i was going to draw the characters on, but my drawing skills just didn't cut it, so i used fabric and spray adhesive to put the pictures on.

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / cheshire cat freezer paper stencil on: January 19, 2010 08:23:02 PM
i wanted to try stenciling with freezer paper, so my first was the cheshire cat from alice in wonderland. enjoy!!  Cheesy i'm not sure if i like the black outline on his head and the white body. i may have to redo it.

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