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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pretty brown purse with oddly shaped beads on: August 07, 2006 05:15:04 PM
I love my new purse but it MUST have straps/handles of some kind.  Help?


I'm terrible at sewing so I was super proud of myself for this.  I got the idea for the gathered bottom from a purse I have from Old Navy.  I got the beads from this grab bag thing at a craft shop.  A lot of the beads are broken but some are pretty cool.  I like my little bee.  And the material I found at salvation army.  Seriously, though I do need input on the handles.  I have enough of the courdroy left to put D-rings on the outside but that's it.  and there's not a scrap of the lining to speak of.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / cosy skirt on: January 17, 2006 11:54:11 AM
I made this a couple months ago, but I've been minus a computer until last week.


close up of the stitch


It's called Fan and V stich- I think.  I got it from Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet.

I'm the world's worst seamstress so the lining leaves a lot to be desired- but nobody sees that part, so who cares?!
I knit a skirt too, I just have to sew in the zipper and I'll post it- but here's a preview.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Check out my wedding invitations on: August 26, 2005 10:53:52 AM
check out my wedding invitations- homemade paper!  I changed my mind a million times about these, we were dyeing the paper with instant coffee and burning the edges until I came up with this idea.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My wedding invitations (pic heavy) on: August 17, 2005 08:50:11 AM
So they're mostly done now.  I'll be sure to post pics of my guestbook when it's finished too.  I still have to make the paper for that.
As youmay know, making paper is is pretty time consuming stuff, but I love the way ours turned out.  We added clover leaves and tigerlily petals- that we picked from the side of the road.  Our colors, as you've probably guessed, are orange and green.  My bridesmaids will be carrying orange liliys and wearing green and white (everyone's going to be in something different.)

Here's the invitation itself.  It's just a fourth of a sheet of the homemade paper and then we printed out the words on clear paper from Hobby Lobby.  Then we cut four slits in the corners of our paper and slid in the invitation.

We printed out these maps and wrote the directions on it.  You probably can't see it but Neil drew "us"  where the wedding is going to be.  I thought he did such a good job!

We made our inside enveleope out of a full sheet of our paper, folded up all funky like.  I got this fold from an origami book- don't remember which one- but if you need to know I can fing out for ya.  We folded the map and placed it ontop of the invitation, because our sealing wax was seeping through and we didn't want it on the invitation.

Here's a close up of what the seal looks like.

Then we made our outside envelopes from a full sheet of our paper, ripped off the sides, and folded them up.  We used elmer's glue to hold the sides together- good thing we're hand- delivering most of these.  Here's the envelope before we folded it.

And here's the whole thing!


This was fun but it's very messy, and I can't fing a lighter that works, so I've been using matches to light the wick of the sealing wax.

I hope you like them!  Comments are appreciated.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Surprise Bag" from fuzzygalore.com on: August 10, 2005 07:56:02 PM
So I printed out his pattern last year and I finally got around to making it.  It's the first thing I've ever felted- quite an experience.  I really like how it turned out- though I expected it to be smaller than this after I felted it.

Here it is before felting.

Close up of the stitches.


And here it is after felting.


Here's a link to the pattern if anybody wants it.  http://www.fuzzygalore.biz/patterns/surprise.shtml  It was super easy and Crystal Palace Iceland works up really quickly.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby blanket on: May 20, 2005 07:09:55 PM
I made up this pattern myself but if I had it to do over again I would've used different yarn.  Anyway, here she is.  I hope the mom-to-be appreciates it!

7  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / MA question on: May 11, 2005 05:37:41 AM
So my fiance and I have this dream of moving up north and having a little fiber farm.  We've looked into several places and the cost of living in western MA is about like it is here. (We're from southern IN)  Anyway, where's a good area to move to?
P.S.  Yeah I know this isn't craft related, sorry.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First post, help with pictures please! on: May 02, 2005 08:26:37 PM
This is my first post!  I've been browsing this site forever, and even though I'm VERY intimidated by you awesome craftsters, I decided to jump in with my own.  This is the first hat that I've knit without a pattern.
I hope this works!  Does anybody know of free places to upload picture?  I've tried myspace and a couple blogs but I only found yahoo.  My friend used to have a site on angelfire, but i'm not very computer savvy.  Help?
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