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111  Snappy Purses (removable flaps!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: September 23, 2014 05:03:57 PM
I got on a purse kick.



This one is mine

I tore 2-3 inch rectangles of two different batik-y fabrics, arranged them on woven fusible stabilizer, ironed them then sewed around the edges using various colors.

And this one is now my bud, Stickers:

I used huck fabric and craft thread to make a Mexican-blanket-inspired design then carefully cut and sewed around the edges to keep the threads from getting wonky (when you embroider huck, the threads dont show through to the wrong side.)

I thought I was done with them when an idea popped into my head: make the flaps changeable!

So, whenever I get a little bored, I can make up just a new flap and snap it on! Snap on, snap off Smiley
I tried out the idea on mine first, to make sure the snaps wouldnt make it too heavy. It seemed all right to me so I redid the other too!


The bottoms are wider than the tops.

Theyve got zippers for extra security (and for going flapless.)

Mine (mixed fabrics.)


Sticker's. I found some slightly textured material for the lining and pockets.

Both have two big outside pockets each hiding two small pockets. Inside the zippered part there are four small pockets.


I widened by an inch the pattern I made and used for this purse and this one

Thanks for looking!
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112  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: September 22, 2014 07:34:10 AM
I have been thoroughly enjoying this gallery, although I've fallen miserably behind on commenting. Such wonderful projects!

I received some wonderful projects myself! The sweet and talented StickerChic87 sent...
Drumroll...


A calabaza calabaza! Look closely and you will see the Spanish word for pumpkin- and my username -incorporated in this embroidery she designed herself! Wow! Soooo neat! This is going up on the wall today.

Oh, and look at this item!


Vintage travel-y! Gorgeous and beautifully made!



Is there something inside?



Tons of somethings!











And the ones from my favorite slot...




But is that all? Goodness, no! Sticker also made...


Stamps! Stamps, a pretty storage box and an inspiration card! I'm definitely inspired. Isn't it all so cute?

Thank you so much, Sticker! I love everything you sent.
I hope my package to you is all right.
Thanks for swapping with me again!
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113  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: September 17, 2014 03:19:59 PM
I got my box of goodies from craftADDchick yesterday! Here's what she sent:


A dino mug (our agreed upon extra), a beautiful card and 2 paint-your-own matryoshka sets with gesso! Yes!

And the cutest crafted item in the whole world:




Guinea pigs are the cutest animals in the whole, wide world and she crocheted me one! Isn't it adorable?

Thank you so much, craftADDchick!
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114  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 29, 2014 07:45:20 AM
Thanks!

I love the faux slides, Smeddley! Fun and clever!

bunny1kenobi, I know some people who would gladly abscond with that mat.


My other IYPartner just received so, before I forget, here's war I sent her:

Prompt: August stash
Team: randomizer
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: robin macaroon coin purse
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: I have a large stash Smiley I doodled the bird which is most like the color in the 1st square.
Project Picture:


Prompt: red alert
Team: randomizer
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: exploding needlebox
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: She said she liked the beach, so I used ocean-y colors. The linen-y fabric reminds me of sand, which is tiny rocks Smiley The fabric is wrapped around chipboard, which is paper.
Project Picture:


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115  Re: DO NOT POST! Setting up the Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 28, 2014 12:44:47 PM


~ Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers ~
To better understand this team...
          -Our motto could be "It's all good."
                    -Kind of like Hufflepuff



Welcome, welcome!
If you have any questions, go ahead and pop off a PM to me, Calabaza,
or mosey on over to the Discussion Thread.

~Team Randomizer Points - 2105 (+ 140 in bounties)~
Reminders: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts
Engineering/Giver/UFO/Prompt Specific 5-10 pts Extra
See the Bounty Bulletin for more point opportunities


Completed Challenges
   September
Scrabble - Ankhored*, crazyda79, Calabaza, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Hide and Seek - artsycandice, crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Pong - crazyda79, Ankhored, Calabaza, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Solitaire - artsycandice, Ankhored, Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss*
Yahtzee - crazyda79, Calabaza, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
   October
No Bones about It - crazyda79, artsycandice, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Hocus Pocus - Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Graveyard Shift - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Pumpkin Patch - Calabaza, artsycandice, crazyda79, LovelyMiss,
Haunted House - crazyda79, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss
   November
Fantasy - crazyda79, artsycandice, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Mystery - artsycandice, crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Science Fiction - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Romance - crazyda79, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Humor - crazyda79*, artsycandice, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss*

Completed Battles
September - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, Ankhored*, Calabaza
October - crazyda79*, artsycandice, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
November - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss

Completed Mobs
September - Ankhored*, LovelyMiss*, Calabaza, crazyda79
October - crazyda79, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss
November - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss

Completed Red Alerts
Thanksgiving - artsycandice, crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss

Completed Brownie Points

Completed Research Projects
crazyda79
artsycandice
Calabaza*
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116  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 27, 2014 10:09:09 AM
Since there is officially no way my other IYP partner will receive before September (as I'm not ready to send yet), here are a couple of things I made her that she's going to get eventually. NO PEEKING, STICKER!

Prompt: July User's Manual
Team: Randomizer
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: fusing fabrics into fabric
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I learned to iron some fabrics to become another fabric. The, uh, string up top is cut from some chenille yarn. I used the yarn itself for the ends.
Project Picture:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_14Aug14_garlandbuntingmixed.jpg

Prompt: August 2.0
Team: randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: purse
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This is the latest version of some purses I've made, especially one Wink
Project Picture:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_14Aug14_pursemexifront1.jpg
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_14Aug14_pursemexiinside.jpg
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_14Aug14_pursemexioutpockets.jpg

Prompt: June Waldo
Team: Randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: purse for me
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I came to a halt when I got to the zipper part. Did I have one that would work? Stash to the rescue!
Project Picture:






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117  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 19, 2014 06:00:59 PM
Artsycandice, that guy is so intriguing! What a project!


Prompt: July wee bit
Team: randomizer
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: TM patch card
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this for our craftalong swap. It was my first TM patch which I pinned to card stock to make a card. I always thought these patches would be quick to do, but, man, I have new respect for you guys who make them!
This guy features thallium on the periodic table. I used lead-colored thread because that's its natural color and green because of the spectral line. For no reason, it was my nickname in high school chemistry.
Project Picture:


Prompt: August rhinestone
Team: randomizer
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Sunflower seed pouch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Okay, crummy pic, but I painted silver lines on that little black piece to make it a sunflower seed before sewing it on.
Project Picture:

It nests inside...

Prompt: August battle - Earth
Team: randomizer
Event:Fabricology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: sunflower sprout pouch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: A sunflower seed grows into a sunflower plant when planted in earth.
Project Picture:

It nests inside...

Prompt: August mob happy
Team: randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: sunflower pouch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: The sunflower plant grows a sunflower flower. They make me happy! Hopefully this one makes my swap partner happy Smiley
Project Picture:


Here's a pic of them all the lifecycle of the sunflower pouches together:


I used this tutorial for them, just shrunk down the measurements.
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118  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 14, 2014 07:27:08 PM
Research Project Name:shirred dress w/ more than a tube
Team: randomizer
Event: fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This thing was a pain. It was going to have sleeves, no ruffle, etc., etc. But, through my fabric choices, misadventures in cutting, etc. that so did not work out. I think I'll be happy with the end product once I get over all the mishaps along the way. It may take a while, though.
Project Picture:

This one shows that it's more than a tube better:



All right, time to get my mind on something else:

Research Project Name: Halloween Costume
Team: Randomizer
Brief Description: I'm going to run away and join the circus this October Smiley It'll take me to least 3 weeks to settle on more of a plan of action than that and make the outfit.
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119  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 13, 2014 04:56:49 PM
Thanks!

Baked ziti! Oh my gosh, crazyda, that's one of my faves! I haven't had it in years.

Wow on the drawing, roller!


Prompt: August rainbow
Team: randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: edible 10
Project Name: sweet potato fries
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I love warm colors! I used this recipe to make yellow sweet potato fries with black pepper and served them with red tomato ketchup. They are so good! I wasn't expecting much, but, wow!
Project Picture:


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120  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 10, 2014 09:26:00 AM
Mmmmm! Caramel! I may make that and just leave off the bananas.


Prompt: August string
Team: Randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: UFO 10
Project Name: dress alterations
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I've had this in my to-alter pile for ages. I took off some rickrack that was between the middle and bottom tier then took it up about a 1/2 inch. Made all the difference! I wore it to go see my vests in Fiddler on the Roof last night.
Project Picture:
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