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1  Washington / Washington: West / Suggested Shooting? on: November 21, 2009 11:32:18 AM
I'm looking to get out and take some photographs next weekend. Can anyone suggest something/someplace unexpected to shoot? Unexpected is key and stereotypical has been done before--things like ballardlocks/pikeplace/fremonttroll are out. All ideas are appreciated!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Scouting made cool and feminine... on: January 29, 2005 11:41:49 PM
I bought some Boy Scout patches and a button on Ebay (roughly $5 for all of 'em) and decided to make something uber cool with them. A scouting messenger bag! Oh yeah, kiddies, this is a scouting purse! But no fears, you don't have to fill it with things like 3-in-1 campfire cooking tools or rule books on morality, lip gloss and steamy love notes will fill it just as well. Wink

The bag has 2 pockets on the front (cell phone perfect) and 1 on the back. Inside there are 2 pockets. I love it for it's simplicity and all of the pockets which will undoubtedly help you "Be Prepared." As always, I love, LURVE, your comments! I just won some auctions for Girl Scout patches, so any ideas on how to improve it for the next one are greatly appreciated!



3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My First Vinyl... Woot! on: January 28, 2005 10:58:48 PM
I finally decided to work with vinyl in a handbag. I was damn intimidated, but alas I have completed my first vinyl purse. The vinyl was actually very easy to work with. I didn't even have to buy a sturdier needle or bust out my machine's walking foot. Okay, so I forgot to buy the needle when I bought the vinyl, but whatever... If you are intimidated by vinyl at all, don't be! I swear it was easy peasy.

I made a pattern narrower at the bottom and wider at the top so I could end up with a bucket bag. The lining is a pink cotton with really subtle white flowers. I did a cell phone pocket with a button closure (actually, I think this is the first time I sewed a button hole for use in a handbag too) and a pen pocket that holds 4 pens.

It looked pretty plain when I was done, so I decided to add some flair. Lol. I put 8 grommets down each side and looped some pink satin ribbon through them. The end result is something that looks tough and soft simultaneously. If it were a woman, she'd be a bad-ass biker chick who cries during sappy commercials. Wink

I would appreciate any comments you have! On to the pics...



4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bird Bag--Opinions Appreciated! on: January 21, 2005 10:35:43 PM
I'm a first time poster, long time lurker... so hi to everyone!  Wink

This is a bag that I made that I am finally courageous enough to post here. I've been making handbags for some time, but only recently began making my own patterns. For this bag here, I made both the sewing pattern and the embroidery pattern.

For the sewing pattern, I sketched out a simple rectangular design for the flap and body of the bag on leftover Christmas wrapping paper. For the embroidery, I drew an outline of the bird and clouds on the fabric itself using one of those handy-dandy fabric pens that disappears as time passes.

The fabric is a medium-weight brown canvas with some stretch to it. The lining a is simple blue cotton. The front has a hand stitched embroidered bird and the back has a pocket (for cellphone or keys--something you would need easy access to). The pocket has a very simple embroidered edge. The flap up top has 2 embroidered clouds. The strap is about 2.5 yards long and adjustable (rectangular D rings), so almost all body types can use it as a messenger-style bag (over one shoulder and across your chest and back).

I am posting some pics of the bag below. I would greatly appreciate any feedback you can offer. As I progress with the unique, one-of-a-kind bag making, I will likely begin selling these online and in local shops, so feedback about potential pricing would also be very helpful to me.




Thanks in advance!
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