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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / it's an onion bag, "deer" on: February 11, 2004 05:27:29 PM
hi guys - my daughter brought me home this great onion bag from work today (she's so sweet to me!!) so of course i had to make a purse!
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / i've created a monster! on: February 02, 2004 07:08:50 AM
in my house we have a policy regarding the state of each persons personal space - it's personal. therefore, normally i wouldn't find myself stepping foot in either of my childrens rooms to clean, but this morning when my youngest (she's Cool couldn't find her sweater, or her pants, or her gloves, and i noticed she still had summer clothes in her drawers, i decided a little intervention was called for. so after i dropped her at school i came home and prepared to begin the organization process. i could barely get thru the door - stacks of empty kleenex boxes and toilet paper rolls, bags overflowing with scraps of yarn and fabric, piles of images cut from magazines and newspapers, stained popsicle sticks,  rocks, leaves, crumpled tissue paper, gum wrappers... what was all this trash?? i prepared to get the garbage bag...then i realized - it's crafting supplies. i'm living with a monster of my own creation. i've canceled my plans to investigate the state of my 16 year old's room - i don't want to know.  Wink
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / GO LIVE on: January 30, 2004 01:57:42 PM
I am wondering if anyone here uses GoLive for web design? and if so, on a Mac? and if so, has anyone else had problems with it locking up???

I SWEAR I am about to go insane!!! Ever since I installed panther - depite the fact that I have the updates for GoLive - the cursor locks up about every third move!

Any suggestions - ANYbody?? HELP!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / capn' crunch handbag! on: January 27, 2004 01:12:28 PM
i've been wanting to do this for SOOOO long and with all these snow days i finally had the opportunity - yeah!

15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / snap cuff - not to be confused with "snap bracelets" on: January 26, 2004 02:43:32 PM
i've been trying to figure out ways to incorporate more of my own art into my crafts, but then i have so much crafting stuff lying around...SO - here is a bracelet i made. it has a vinyl outside and a soft felt inside. it's very lightweight and comfy. this would work for any images, or recycled magazines, flyers, whatever.

basically, it goes like this: measure your wrist, add an inch or so for overlap (mine is 8.25"). find an image you like (or 2 or 3) that is at least the length of your wrist measurement. decide how wide you want your bracelet to be (mine is 1"). cut out the image to the dimensions you've chosen, lay right side up on a piece of felt, cover the top with a piece of clear vinyl. stitch along the edges all the way around. cut out, leaving stitching intact of course. now, add a snap (or 2 if you want it to be adjustable) to the ends and voila! a snappy cuff to wear!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / totebag - or what to do with an old calendar on: January 26, 2004 10:06:55 AM
Hi Guys! A while back I posted a request for suggestions on how to turn calendar pages into a purse of some sort. Thought you might like to see what I came up with.

I freehanded a simple pattern for a totebag - a square of fabric big enough to accomodate the picture, add a stripe of contrasting fabric to the top and bottom, trim with ribbon - then I sealed the calendar pages between 2 pieces of clear vinyl and sewed on some ribbon trim. I stitched the pictures to the front and back of the bag leaving the top open to make a pocket. Then I measured the bag and made a lining out of plain muslin and stitched that to the inside inserting the ribbon handles as I went.

I made this for my sister to give her friend who is a Maxine freak - I hope she likes it!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Magazine-Cover-like Purse on: January 25, 2004 11:24:12 AM
Hi all, I did a search on this but no luck. I thought I remembered a discussion about those handbags made out of magazine covers encased in vinyl?...

anyway - i make purses out of album covers, and my sister asked me to do one for a friend of hers, but she wanted me to use calendar pages. i think they are too flimsy for the construction i usually use, and i remember seeing bags made out of the magazines where the vinyl is the flexible stuff, and it is sewn.

i have the vinyl, i have the calendar pages, i just can't figure out how to put it all together. do you stitch the sides and such wrong side and then turn it inside out? does the paper make it hard to do that? will it get all wrinkled? or do you put it together with the seams on the outside? should i try to make a lining for it? or i was thinking maybe sew the vinyl panels with the calendar images onto more fabric and then make a totebag out of that....


thanks guys!
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