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1  Study Bag Wrapping in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by beanblossom on: December 27, 2010 12:23:21 PM

My cousin asked for a GRE study book for Christmas.  Inspired by the Green Grocery Bag challenge, I decided to sew her a book tote bag for the wrapping that could be used for a shopping bag once she is done using it for a book bag.  I gave her a GRE study book and some snacks as part of the present.  I used safety pins to help it fit to the book while wrapped and tucked the handles inside.  Then I wrapped  it with ribbon.  It really didn't look like a bag, but a present.

Thanks for the inspiration!  It was really fun!
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2  Animal Nursery in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by beanblossom on: July 13, 2010 02:41:53 PM

The inspiration for this nursery started with the animal alphabet cards.  I wanted a gender neutral room so that we could add children in the future.

 My mom made the crib skirt out of Alexander Henry's Juicy Jungle fabric. 
I made the valance and appliqued animals from the fabric on it.  Sewing is new for me, and so my mother in law helped me make the valance, and I learned a lot.  My daughter was born the middle of June, so it has been fun to finally use the room with her.  I would like the paint to be a little less bright, it is a little strong for my taste, but overall it feels like a fun, happy space.
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3  Magazine Mural - Sunrise over the Mountains in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by beanblossom on: February 22, 2008 02:28:59 PM

This mural is made out of magazine pieces glued to cardboard.  The mural grew out of the need I had at my last rental, to decorate a really big wall without wanting to spend a large amount of money to decorate when renting.  I had helped out at a summer camp where we had decorated frames with magazine strips.  So that technique grew into an idea of a mural of mountains with the sun rising over them (because what can be more beautiful?)  My roommate at the time has an Art Studio degree.  So she had the idea for the staggered posters.  Also, she drew out with pencil the design and told me were to shade with the colors.  I then cut pieces of magazine and glued them on with rubber cement.

The Sunrise:

Even closer, I like it that some of the pictures are of trees!

There is hair, and bread, and nuts in the mountain!

Since this is made on poster board, it is not very durable for moving.  If anyone has ideas for how I can preserve this, I would appreciate it.
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4  4 gift books in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by beanblossom on: February 01, 2006 08:32:04 PM
When I went to my parent's last weekend I took picutures of books that I've made for my mom in the past.

I made a book for my mom and then put inside poems that I have written.

I used a coptic stich.

To remember our trip to Prince Edward Island I made a book for my mom that used a map of the island as a cover.

This was for my mom's 50th birthday.

The last one is a journal I made for a friend for Christmas.  She wanted something that she could write in.  I haven't found out how to have lined paper that you can fold in half and sew, so I had to use graph paper.  I covered the different signatures with different papers, including old calendar pages.

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5  Re: 100 Journal Swap in The Swap Gallery by beanblossom on: February 01, 2006 08:17:08 PM
JoyousBohemian - I really like your style and the detail to what you do.  This is going to motivate me to grow even more in my style.

Here are pictures of the journal I made.  I made it by hand and tried to make the binding have plenty of room to grow.

This is the back:
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6  Re: Bookmark Swap 4 in The Swap Gallery by beanblossom on: November 16, 2005 08:02:37 PM
I recieved from all of my swap partners.  Thanks everyone.  Princessblueberry already posted the two she sent me.  I really like the book "thong" (I go "ouch" everytime I say that!)  But I really like the beads on it, especially the leaf shaped one.  And I needed something like that for in my Bible, so I've already been using it.

The bookmark on the left is from Dreamisle.  I really like the quote.  Especially since it is starting to snow here I like thinking about sitting in the woods on a warm day and reading.  Behind the stars are silver dollars (or I call them money plants)  The one on the right is from AbbeyChristine.  I like how it is such a happy bookmark.

Thanks everyone!  I really enjoyed my surprises.
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7  Re: Paper Knapkin holder in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by beanblossom on: October 24, 2005 08:53:47 PM
Thanks Honorhappy!  I went with the record idea. I had never done any of the record bowls, so I was a little intemidated, but it turned out to be really easy!  I really like it.

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8  Re: Greeting Card Craftalong in Craftalongs by beanblossom on: October 05, 2005 08:56:21 PM
Okay, I will get the hang of it, here is my half birthday card:

And here is the Fall Birthday Card

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9  Re: Greeting Card Craftalong in Craftalongs by beanblossom on: October 05, 2005 08:36:39 PM
Oopps! I am late with my September card.  Getting pictures of my cards has proved to be difficult.  I had made a great one for my Grandma, but I couldn't figure out how to get the picture from my camera/phone.  Now I'm using a scanner...

Here is a card I made for my roommate's half birthday coming up.  Not that I normally do half birthday cards (I'm doing good to do the actual birthday), but she needs some cheering up.

And here is a fall card and a birthday card in one!  I used a picture from a calendar.  The envelope (not shown) for this is also made from a calendar picture.
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