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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Camera Bag Wristlet on: July 15, 2010 12:58:41 PM
I recently broke down and bought a really nice (and expensive  Undecided) digital camera. I wanted a really cute case for it, but all the ones that I found are either really ugly and functional or semi cute and not-functional. I decided to take a whirl at trying Keykalou's Camera Wristlet pattern and it came out FANTASTIC! I was worried that it was going to be too big seeing that my camera is so small, but in the end it fits in there perfectly. There is batting and heavy interfacing in there to make it super padded and secure. Please excuse the crude looking photos. I had to take them with the camera on my phone to show just how snug and cozy my digital camera is in it.

Showing how my camera fits in there perfectly:

And the pocket on the back. I plan on putting an extra memory card and microfiber cleaning cloth in there. My charger for the camera battery will not fit in there. I thought it was funny that the charger is larger than the camera iteself!

Thanks for checking it out!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / First try at wearables and an experiment in tea dying on: July 14, 2010 07:05:01 PM
So the local Ren faire is this weekend and what I learned from last year is simple is more and the only heat wave of the year is the weekend of the the faire. I borrowed someone else's outfit last year and thought I would never utter the phrase: "We can't stay for the joust because it is too hot and I am going to pass out because my corset is too tight" After much researching and mashing patterns together I put together this for around $30.

The underskirt used to be a curtain "swag" I picked up from the goodwill and the corset was an upholstry remnant I got for free when I went to get my shears sharpened. The blue over skirt was $1.97/yd fabric from Wal-Mart (the grommets and the cording for the corset lacing was from there too). The shirt was also bargain Wal-Mart fabric, but they did not have the specific old color I was looking for, so I bought white and dyed it with tea when I got home:

The scottish tartan sash and pin are family crests my grandmother got for me when she visited Scotland.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / From Ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY! on: July 10, 2010 07:14:00 PM
My in-laws just got back from vacation and happened to bring me a brand new ultra swank new digital camera! I found this to be the perfect opportunity to try out something I have been wanting to do for some time now. I took the blah camera wrist strap that came with the camera and added a robot cover. It makes the swank new camera even swankier. Since the original strap had some elasticity to it the cover tends to bunch a little, but no matter it looks cool!

And my old camera graciously modeling the strap (now I have to figure out how to get rid of it, lol).

Thanks for looking  Kiss
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Some new things for school on: June 02, 2010 10:12:47 PM
I am going back to school in the fall and needed a new dayplanner. Of course the ones that have everything I need are boring looking, so I decided to make a cover for it out of some Hawaiian fabric I saw. It also gave me the opportunity to use some of this awful orange thread I had for some reason. Since I customized the cover, it was a lesson in measuring, re-measuring and seam ripping. Overall it came out good I think. It even has a flap that closes with a magnetic so slips of paper don't fall out.
The outside:

The inside. I took one of the sides out to show the neat ocean fabric on the inside (and to show how boring and unimaginative the planner cover was).

I also made a zipper pouch for my backpack to carry small things in so I can grab it and run:

And the zipper pull I made (old school  Wink)

Thanks for looking  Kiss
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first crochet project - comfort pack on: June 02, 2010 02:39:35 PM
I am venturing from the world of sewing to the world of crocheting and finished my very first project this afternoon. I know it may not be as spectacular as some of the amazing things here but I love it!! I wanted to make something useful so I make a comfort pack. It's just a bag with button holes and crocheted "buttons." Then I made a pack with lentils and essential oil to slide inside. Then you just button it up to secure it! If you want it heated just throw the entire thing in the microwave for 30 seconds. I am going back to college in the fall and have an hour drive three days a week ahead of me so hopefully this will help when I am on the road!
The pack all buttoned up:

Unbuttoned showing how the inner pack slips out:

Thanks for looking! Hopefully I will get some fabulous stuff finished soon to share  Wink
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sugar Skull Satchel...With A Twist! (Pic and exp. heavy) on: May 25, 2010 03:35:08 PM
I saw something very similar to these being sold at Michael's craft store and though what a nifty idea. The bags that were in the package there were in my humble opinion...gross. First they were $9.99 for two bags and you got one red one and one dark green one. No other color choices. Then I did something that I feel is a no-no: I opened the package to inspect them further (I did roll them carefully back up and put them nicely back into the package though). They were rolled up and I wanted to see what was so special about them. I found out that it was nothing. They were 6" drawstring bags made out of a single layer of nylon. Ew ew. I could make something even more fabulous and personalized for a little time and a heck of a lot less money! So I scoured the interwebs and found this bag. It is essentially a drawstring bag...with a twist.
This is the bag all cinched up with my supplies in it:

This is how much stuff fits in there (plus some room):

Here is the lining. I wanted a light lining so I can see what was in there (it is a light blue pirate-nautical pattern):

And the twist: there is a 3" gap where the drawstring does not pass allowing this little "lip" to stick out when the bag is drawn closed. The advantage is that you can have your yarn in the bag where it cannot get tangled, dirty, roll under furniture, be "discovered" by your pets who bat them into the other room and have the yarn feed freely out of the bag through the lip. Genius!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Matroyshka Dolls Crochet Roll on: May 24, 2010 04:39:20 PM
I am not sure that this belongs in this category, but I have seen pencil/crayon rolls here so I am going for it! I have recently taken up crocheting and have been going to classes once a week. Most women there have their hooks and supplies in fancy cases they buy online, or (like I had) a ziploc freezer bag. Since I was a seamstress 1st I thought that I could make myself a cute case so here it is!
The case unrolled. It has 9 spaces that are wide enough to fit the big hooks, or multiple small hooks. There is also a smaller pocket for tapestry needles on top of a wide pocket for scissors and stitch markers:

The top folds over to secure the hooks so they do not slide out when the case is rolled up:

And all rolled up and tied together with a piece of flower ribbon:

Thanks for looking  Wink
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