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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Study Bag Wrapping 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!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Duvet cover closure question. on: December 07, 2010 07:56:15 AM
I am sewing a duvet cover for my bedspread.  I originally was going to do a zipper closure, but I have had trouble finding a long enough zipper. Does anyone know a place online that has nice, long zippers? I don't want to do buttons because I've had a duvet cover with buttons before and they just came undone all the time.  I'm considering using snaps, which I have never sewn on before.  Which snaps have you found to be more durable? The sew on snaps or the snap fastener kits?
Thanks you for any suggestions.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Animal Nursery 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.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Book making help: how to make a guest book or a book with lined paper? on: March 18, 2010 05:27:43 AM
I'm making the guest book for a friends wedding.  This is a project that I have done multiple times for different friends weddings, but I always end up with the same question.  "How to make the book have lines for the guest to sign?" 

In the past I've tried multiple approaches.  I've made a book with stab binding and used lined paper on the inside.  But then you end up with a not very durable book.  I've done coptic binding and glued lined paper on each page since I couldn't come up with a way to use lined paper with paper that is folded in half.  I've also done a coptic binding and then stamped an oval on each page, with one page per guest and they just sign in there.  But that just needed a lot of explanation, and people were confused.  I've thought of drawing in the lines, but whether using a ruler or triangle, drawing straight lines are disastrous for me.

Any ideas?  Has anyone else dealt with this problem?  Thanks!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Magazine Mural - Sunrise over the Mountains 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.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 4 gift books 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.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Paper Knapkin holder on: October 02, 2005 01:50:12 PM
At my new apartment neither me or any of my roommates have a napkin holder.  I hate the thought of going and buying a plain one and I haven't seen any cute ones at the store.  Any ideas for a neat napkin holder?
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cutting cardboard for handmade books? on: July 21, 2005 11:31:07 AM
What has worked for you with cutting cardboard for making handmade books?  The books I've made aren't as sturdy as I would like them to be b/c I use cardboard thin enough for my papercutter with a swing arm.  I know that there are craft knives and exact-o knives that people use.  I have already been hesitant to use them b/c I have a very hard time cutting straight (which is pathetic since I like papercrafts!)  So what are good knives and techniques that people have found?  Thanks!
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