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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Floral Wars Galaxy Set - Swoon Annette on: January 28, 2017 10:22:53 AM
Love them both! You always have the best fabric - and display it so perfectly in your pieces.
Thank you! I can't get enough of this fabric and already want to cover two pairs of ballet flats with it.  One pair with Vader and the Trooper, and one pair with R2 and BB8 <3  Light side and dark side.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Planning my Day, one at a time! Blue Floral Wars Day Planner on: January 24, 2017 08:40:12 PM
I love it! Though, I'd want it to be ALL R2-D2!!! ^_~  I've gotten binder hardware at JoAnn's, it was only a two ring binder, created specifically for the covers they also sell (in their scrapbooking/cardmaking dept).  You then need to get the special two hole punch.  I got one to create a binder to keep my internet usernames and passwords in (since I can never remember all of them!).
I love R2, but that Vader was so pretty. I was torn as to who to put on the front. Luckily I can see them both at least  Grin I've never seen it in there!  I definitely wanted an A6 size, this way I can just buy refills online easily.  I just ordered more hardware too.  It's about $1.40 each on eBay with free shipping Smiley
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Floral Wars Galaxy Set - Swoon Annette on: January 24, 2017 08:36:03 PM
Those are fabulous!  I love what you did with the miniature version, very clever!  (I noticed you have your sonic screwdriver in there!)  You'll have to tell me how you like Annette as a purse.  I'm really thinking I'd like to make an Annette for myself. 

Thanks! I always have my sonic, it's also a very bright flashlight that has proven useful time and again.  I made an Annette for my sister-in-law (in Star Trek fabric), and she LOVES it.  She loves how much it can hold especially.  Annette was also fairly easy.  I cut and finished both the mini and purse from about noon to 8pm (with an hour dinner break). Granted I know I'm a speed demon, but it really was easy to cut and sew.  The zipper is a little fiddly to get it exact on the top though. I plan to make more Annettes in both sizes for future shows and my Etsy Cheesy
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Planning my Day, one at a time! Blue Floral Wars Day Planner on: January 23, 2017 01:06:22 PM
In an attempt to get myself better organized in both my business and personal life, I knew I needed a day planner. I asked friends for advice and looked at planners online.  I did not realize they they could be so expensive, for something so boring looking.  I wanted something that was ME, something I would actually want to whip out and use.  I set out to design my own planner.  
I went to a local thrift shop and found an A6 sized planner (small enough to fit in my purse, but large enough to be useful) for reference.  I then hit up eBay for the hardware.  You can't exactly go to Joann and find binder hardware laying around.  Luckily these were about $2 from China and came with installation hardware. I used the planner I got from the thrift shop as a base for measurements and how I wanted mine to look.  I liked the credit card slots it had, as well as the larger back pocket. I dusted off my math and art skills to draft a pattern.  I used paper as a mock-up, to see how the pattern was working, and tweaked as I went.  I was finally happy with the pattern and traced everything out on to plastic sheets (disposable cutting boards from the Dollar Tree) to use as the pattern.  Since the sheets are see-through, it let me place my pattern piece on top of the fabric and center the design how I wanted.  
For this planner, I opted for my Blue Floral Wars fabric, that I've been preciously hoarding for special projects. I used black glitter vinyl for the tab, and used black cotton piping (Wrights Brand) for the edges. The hardware was easy to apply, using my rivet setting tool from Michael's.
I LOVE pulling this out of my purse and making notes.  It always gets attention, which results in a business card being handed off  Grin So far, it really has been helping me.  I make a list of what I need at Joann's, this way I don't wander around aimlessly and start buying things I don't really need LOL  I can also make notes with due dates for commissions as well as upcoming conventions.






15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Floral Wars Galaxy Set - Swoon Annette on: January 23, 2017 12:55:41 PM
I was so excited when my Floral Wars fabric from Knitorious Fabrics arrived. There were several colorways to choose from.  I have the light blue already, and just had to have this "Galaxy" one too! I knew, as soon as I got it in, that it was destined to become an Annette handbag for myself.  The fabric pattern is large, but not too large, so it's perfectly sized for the center panels of the bag.  I accented it with black Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKri World Craft Supply.  There is a black swirly contrast fabric for inside the outer pockets as well.  
For the miniaturized version, I shrunk the pattern to 65% in Adobe.  The zipper was a 12" long zipper for this shrunk down size.  I omitted all pockets and the handles and did not use foam for the structure.  The main fabric and the lining are interfaced with Pellon SF101, and it is plenty sturdy for this small bag.  There is a small piece of stabilizer inside of the bottom for support though.

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16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Star Wars Vintage Bed Sheet Bag - Swoon Blanche on: January 06, 2017 12:11:35 PM
My friend asked me a few months ago if I could make her a purse from her vintage (1977) Star Wars bed sheets.  Seeing as they were all cotton, I had no problem with it.  This is a great way to reuse those old sheets that the elastic has all worn out on and can't really be sheets any more.  The best part is, she let me keep the extra fabric!  I am so going to be making one for myself, with a matching wallet  Grin
I finished this in mid-November, but she just got it last week for her birthday - she LOVED it.  Especially since Leia is prominently displayed on one side, it means even more now with Carrie's passing  Cry







17  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My Adorable Niece as Ariel the Mermaid on: November 10, 2016 09:14:42 AM
She IS adorable!  The costume turned out beautiful (LOVE the headpiece!) and I love the way she looks in red hair! 
Thanks! I keep telling my brother that she would be an adorable ginger, like her Auntie Wink  She's a very light strawberry blonde, if her hair does what mine did, it will get more strawberry as she gets older.
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Damask Wars Dark Side Vanity Case - Swoon Olive on: November 08, 2016 04:17:23 PM
Olive looks challenging to sew, is she?  Is there a LIGHT side Damask?  This is really cool, I love your bags and purses. Smiley
She was a really easy sew for me.  I know she'd be easy for you to put together Wink  They did have a light side version in the same colorway but with silhouettes of Han and Leia and R2 I think?  I liked the way the bad guys looked better, so I went dark side Wink
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Adorable Niece as Ariel the Mermaid on: November 05, 2016 08:45:14 PM
This year I did not make myself something new, well not entirely, but adorable little niece got something instead!  She dug through my fabric stash and found the mermaid scales and the purple fabric and excitedly announced "This is ARIEL fabric! Can I be Ariel for Halloween?".  I was going to make her Snow White at her original request, but she's a girl like her own aunt, constantly enlarging her costume list.  Since she picked out the fabrics from my stash, I couldn't say no.  She'll be 5 in January, soon I can teach her how to sew as well Cheesy 
Now, I couldn't just make a costume, a girl needs accessories too!  I made her a seashell tote bag to gather her Halloween candy in, and a coordinating hair flower with a starfish and Swarovski rhinestones (no plastic stones here, I busted out the good stuff for her!). My sister-in-law picked up a red wig for her to help finish off the look.  I was worried she wouldn't last with the wig, as I know how annoying they can be, and 4 year-olds aren't exactly up to dealing with annoying things for the sake of a costume lol.  She kept it on and loved it! 
I used Simplicity 8098 with some modifications. I turned the shells sideways on the bodice to mimic Ariel's, added a peplum to the bodice waist to hide her belly as she gets taller, and added tulle for the fin instead of fabric.  I had a 40 yard bolt laying around, I used about 2 yards for the fin. I drafted the tote bag pattern myself and made the shell applique on the front from a shiny blue spandex, pellon flex foam, and patience.  I used the applique stitch on my sewing machine to seal the edge of the shell, and then used a straight stitch (along the edge of the app stitch) to sew it to the bag front.





20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Damask Wars Barrel Purse - Swoon Blanche on: October 28, 2016 09:15:53 AM
I LOVE this Damask Wars fabric!  I want to make everything from it, it's such a perfect and simple design!  Since my birthday is in a little over a week, I decided to try and treat myself and made this bag.  I needed a simple black bag (and nerdy) in my wardrobe, and this fabric was the perfect answer.  I added silver glitter mirror canvas from MiKriworld Craft Supplies to make the fabric pop.  I can't wait to take it out this weekend and show it off!
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