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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / A filter for unread posts? on: December 05, 2005 05:56:50 AM
This is a busy site and sometimes I click the 'show unread posts' link and I am overwhelmed by dozens of pages of updated threads.  Usually I just want to look at completed projects and the crafty business board.  Would it be possible to set up a personal filter to keep the number of updated threads limited to what I'm interested in?
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / The Ultimate Bag Challenge on: August 17, 2005 09:23:04 PM
So many people on craftster have made wonderful, creative bags.  It might be fun to challenge people to make the most unique or amazingly functional bag possible.  Participants could make any kind of bag, purse or backpack, and throw in every bell and whistle possible.  Someone could go nuts and invent a new kind of pocket.  One could also pick a simpler route and make a purse in a unique shape or out of interesting materials, perhaps something like a dried gourd handbag.  Voters would pick the most amazing bag.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Canvas and Vinyl: His and Her Laptop Bags on: June 23, 2005 09:18:49 AM
Two of my friends are getting married this weekend, so I made bags for them to take on their honeymoon.  Hers is made with ribbed vinyl and linen lining with a felt cutout and I filled it with yarn and knitting needles.  His is burgundy canvas with dress shirt fabric lining and his came with crossword puzzles and magnets.

Under the flap:

I used gloriana's messenger bag tutorial, but I kept the sides and bottom as one piece to make the corners stronger.  I also added a layer of the thickest quilt batting I could find under the lining to make it laptop friendly.  The pockets were made using SewPixie's wonderful zipper pocket tutorial.

I love ribbed vinyl.  I looks really distinctive and doesn't stick when I'm sewing like regular vinyl.  I'm going to try and find it in other colors and make more.

I'll try to get pictures in better light later this week.
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / [ACCEPTED] Little Tiny Challenge on: June 08, 2005 07:36:36 PM
Have you ever wanted to knit a sweater on size 1 needles, make a fimo sculpture the size of a quarter, or paint a portrait the size of a postage stamp?  Well, this is the challenge for you.   Emphasis will be placed on creativity, craftmanship and size (1 inch diameter ring = not impressive, but 1/8 inch diameter ring = impressive).  Entries will not be able to exceed a space of 2" by 2" by 2" (up for negotiation). 

What do you think?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Lets make a jacket! **Updated with more photos** on: May 06, 2005 06:43:37 PM
I recently bought the pattern for M4782 and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a sewalong.  I'm pretty new to sewing from patterns (I've only done a few skirts) and it would be nice to sew with other people of varying levels of experience.

Anyone interested?

Someone from craftster has already made this jacket if you're interested in seeing how cool this pattern can be.

ETA: As with Randommarble's suggestion, this sewalong can include any lined jacket pattern.  Men's and women's patterns are both welcome.


It is now summer instead of spring, so I guess we're just working on jackets rather than spring jackets.  We'll be ready for chilly summer nights and the coming fall.

We have several completed pieces now. 

Starlene's fabulous summery number:

My fall jacket made with spring suiting:

Starlene's second jacket:

Dolores's hot designer jacket:

If anyone has any other pictures of their finished products please let me know.

Mistakes were made (at least on my part) and much has been learned.  We will be trying in round two to make a more perfect jacket.  I have chosen to switch to Burda 8208.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I need your Bookend ideas! on: April 16, 2005 09:29:34 PM
I have many books and no bookends!  My books are large and angry and like to fall off the shelf in the middle of the night.  I just need something quick, cheap and able to survive five foot drops to the floor.  Please help me replace the family sized can of pears that I'm using right now.  I really want to eat them.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Easy, Colorful, Durable Garden Markers on: April 13, 2005 08:05:13 PM
Last weekend I used a few kitchen tiles to mark my seedlings and thought that they would look great with a little embellishment.  I decorated the top half and buried the tile halfway upright in the ground.

Action shot:

Some examples:

A detailed view:

I used Porcelaine ceramic markers that I found on sale.  The illustrations only took a few minutes.  I let them dry overnight and baked them in my oven for 35 minutes at 300 degrees.  The color is supposed to be dishwasher safe, so it should hold up to the elements.  I can clean them with just a blast of the hose.

Edited to correct spelling and grammar
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Hairclips - preeeetty colors on: April 11, 2005 07:40:44 PM
I lucked into a great source of cheap glass beads.  I'm not much for jewelry, but I do like hair accessories and I am fascinated by shiny colorful things. 

The clips:

All together:

I made them by stringing beads on plain utility wire and wrapping them around the clip.  I did two layers to make it look more full.  They're pretty simple and only take an hour to make.  I'll probably be selling them at my next craft fair.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling your own tea? on: December 09, 2004 12:35:25 PM
I have been growing my own teas for a while and I have been thinking about packaging and selling them at craft fairs.  I plan on packing mixtures of dried leaves in small glass jars that I will sterilize.  Does anyone know if there is anything I need to do legally in order to make sure my products are safe and lawful?

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Christmas Cards for Cheapskates on: December 07, 2004 04:22:28 PM

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I have a lot of family and I usually hate how expensive and cheesy regular Christmas cards are.  It's easy to make 100+ for under $10 or less if you have foil or wrapping paper on hand.

Interesting Wrapping Paper - Target: $2.50
Card Stock - Target: $3.00 for seventy 8.5" x 11" sheets
Tin Foil (optional) - Target ~$2.00
Glue Stick

Instructions (probably unnecessary if you can see the picture):
1. Cut a sheet of card stock in half and fold each piece down the middle
2. Cut out a piece of wrapping paper a little bigger than the front of the cart and glue down
3. Trim to size
4. Decorate; I don't own a printer so I used a stencil for the writing on the front

The cards will fit into any standard invitation sized envelope.
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