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11  Earring binge! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by xcrunnergirl on: December 29, 2005 12:19:55 AM
These aren't all earrings I've made recently, mostly just old ones I've been too lazy to post. I can't claim they are all original; most of the ideas I have stolen from other people. If you recognize these, and I copied them from you, tell me who you are so I can give credit where it's due! Thanks!

However, I haven't seen ones like the chains. I'm sure someone has come up with the idea well before I did, but I felt rather clever when I made them. The chain was $0.69 a foot, and that easily made me two earrings, plus the cost of the hooks, and in total this pair cost me less than a dollar! Yay! Plus, I think they look rather elegant, and you'd never guess I got them at the hardware store...  Grin

Lego men (pirates!!), seahorses, Christmas lights, and buttons.

Marbles (I know I have seen these on this site, if they are yours, tell me! And no, they are not glowing, that is just the flash, unfortunately...), chains, chilies, and more buttons.

Comments/criticism welcome! Hope you like! Wink
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12  Invincible stuffed cactus! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by xcrunnergirl on: December 28, 2005 04:56:49 PM
This is a little cactus that I made for my friend as a late Christmas present. She killed all her cacti, and so I thought I would make her one that she couldn't possibly kill. Cacti are hardy, but if you don't water them for months at a time, they do tend to die...

He's made of somewhat random colors of felt I had laying around. It won't win any awards for craftmanship, that's for sure, but I had a lot of fun making it, and I think it came out kinda cute. Hand sewing is definitely not a gift I'm blessed with, nor something I have the patience to learn. It's a bit lopsided, and doesn't have any spikes/spines, but I figured it looked sufficiently cactus-like. Wink I hope my friend likes it, because it took me an effing long time to make!

Shown with a battery for scale, sorry for the horrible lighting...

Top view (I love the little flowers!)

Hope you like! Comments/criticism appreciated!
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13  Fortune (cookie) earrings! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by xcrunnergirl on: November 13, 2005 08:20:40 PM
Sorry if the title was deceptive and you were expecting cute earrings with fortune cookies on them! Just "fortune earrings" sounded odd, at least to me.

What I really made were earrings out of the little fortunes that come inside the cookies. I saved all my little fortunes in my wallet, and I went on an earring making spree this weekend, so I picked two of my favorites to make into earrings:

Sorry for the big, grainy pictures. They look better in real life. I hope you can read them. My camera ate all the batteries, so I had to make do with a scanner. They're actually kind of big, but I'm looking forward to wearing them! Comments appreciated!

On a side note, one of my friends has this funny game you play with fortunes. Whenever someone reads one, she follows it up with "...in bed!" So the fortune, with her comment, might read: "You have come to success through failure... in bed!" or "You constantly struggle for self-improvement... in bed!", etc. It gets me every time.
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14  tweed-y messenger bag (image heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by xcrunnergirl on: October 22, 2005 08:26:39 PM
I made this messenger bag a while ago, but I hadn't got around to taking some pictures until today. I made it with the help of this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2038.0 (thanks chainreaction!) and lots of sewing guidance from my mom. It's made from an old man's coat that I got at Goodwill. It was $8, though, which is a lot at a thrift store!

It worked out pretty well, but it took a lot longer than I had expected. Ripping the seams out of the coat took a long time. I also had to plan really carefully to make sure I didn't run out of tweed! I only had scraps left over. I did all of the interfacing and sewing myself, with the exception of the topstiching. I don't think this type of heavy fabric is good for most machines. My mom says I can't make another one because I almost killed her sewing machine with this one...

I am very happy with the finished product. I use it for school everyday to hold my binder, spiral notebook, paperbacks, pencil pouch, etc. The pockets under the flap came from the original jacket and hold my wallet, keys, etc. The only drawback is that I don't trust my sewing skills enough to put anything really heavy in it. But carrying my textbooks is fine with me.

I put a piece of flexible plastic in the bottom to give it some shape and keep it from sagging, but it's still stretching out a bit. The tweed is semi-waterproof. Walking from one building to another in light rain is fine, but I don't think it would survive a long downpour...

Sorry if the pictures are bad! I tried to clean them up a bit with Photoshop...

The bag:


Coat pocket:

Me modelling in my PJs:

I hopes you likes it! I know I do! Grin
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15  What to do with random llama shirt? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by xcrunnergirl on: August 12, 2005 10:07:18 PM
Hi, this is my first post, after mooching off of everyone else's ideas. Wait... I'm just going to mooch for more ideas for this shirt.

Anyway, I found this shirt at a thrift store for 99 cents, and I just couldn't pass it up. It has an awesome llama and says "Llama Rendezvous". Too cool. I can wear it, but it's a bit tight (a little boy's medium!), so I was looking for some other ideas of what to do with it. I like crafting, but I'm just not creative enough to see the hidden potential! ^__^*

Here's the pic of the llama, scanned in: (hope it shows up!)

I would appreciate any input/ideas sooo much! Thanks!
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