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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Good Fortune" kit: Finished at last!!! on: July 13, 2006 08:42:05 PM

It's nothing new or original but I'm so happy I finally finished this.  It took me over a year to finish.  Basically I ran out of thread and I constantly kept forgetting to buy some more.  Once I got the thread I finished it in 30 minutes.  I am going to iron it, frame it, and give it to my mother.

It's been a pain in my side because it was my first "back-to-cross-stitch-after-giving-it-up-when-I-was-a-little-kid" project and I made a lot of mistakes.  Plus I found out metallic thread is so annoying and I left out a whole part because I needed to get some more metallic thread.  It would've taken me another year just to complete it Tongue.

I've got more cross-stitch projects that I'm working on so keep an eye out for more posts from me... in the distant future Grin!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make belts? on: January 05, 2005 03:02:45 PM
Alright, I seem to think of weird things to make but here goes: I want to make belts.  There's a specific one I have in mind right now but I also just want to know how to make belts in general.  I know about ribbon belts and all that but how do you make, uhm, real belts that are big and sturdy like leather belts are?  I don't want to use leather though (I love animals Smiley). 

The belt I want to make -^.  I like almost everything about it except for the initials. So I guess the belt is made out of elastic because there's no way to make adjustments to the size.  I could use webbing but I'd have to attach three colors together and that would probably be too thick for a belt loop.  How would I put color on the elastic, dye or paint?  I want to make sure the colors won't run if I get wet (it's been raining a lot here in Texas).  I need suggestions for what to replace the CD with?  Maybe I could just use red, green, and yellow fabric in the yellow loops and make it a tie belt.  That sounds cool... hmm.  Anyhoo, offer any tips you might have for this belt or just belt-making in general.

(I hope this is in the right spot, I figured belts are accessories for clothing so... heh? Move it if it shouldn't be here.)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Embellishing an iPod? on: December 27, 2004 10:18:20 AM
I got an iPod for Christmas (woohoo!) but I already managed to get it dirty, heh.  I put it in my backpack without even thinking of colored pencil shavings so now there's a really light blue mark on the ClickWheel.  It made me think though... why don't I dress up my iPod with stickers (or something removable).  When I asked my mom and sis they thought I was crazy and now I'm discouraged. 

So, am I crazy?  Is there a reason not to decorate it?  I don't think I'll ever sell the iPod or anything.  Or maybe I could make a cover for it that I could change out and it wouldn't leave a sticky residue.  However, I do not want to knit a cozy or anything (although I got a Learn to Knit kit for Christmas as well), it has to be something I can draw all over.  I was going to draw on a sheet of sticker paper and use that because the stickers would have to be a certain size to fit on the small spaces not dominated by the ClickWheel.  I can sew reasonably well, except for vinyl (that was a horrible experience Tongue).  Help me figure out what to do please!

Has anyone ever decorated their iPod?  If so, show pictures!  Even the knitted cozies, just show whatever embellishments you did on your iPod just for fun Smiley.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first purse; looks like one of those bowling bag purses... sort of. on: February 11, 2004 01:29:45 PM
Hi, this is my first post on craftster.

This is the first purse I have ever made:

I only sewed on the really easy parts... which weren't that easy because of the vinyl.  My mom, the experienced sewer, sewed the majority of the purse.  It was incredibly difficult even for her.

The fur fabric came from an old purse I had.  It was a huge bulky messenger purse that went to my knees and made me get too hot in the summer (Texas heat... eww).  I hadn't used it in months so I decided to re-use the fabric because my sister gave me the purse for Christmas.  I bought the vinyl from Jo-Anns Fabric.  We just made up a pattern of our own based on my drawing and went from there.

It's not absolutely perfect though, there's a ton of itty bitty mistakes that a normal person probably wouldn't notice at first.  I'm just one of those extremely nit-picky persons so I notice mistakes too easily and stress out way too much over them as well.

Anyway, I'm thrilled with the purse.  My mom said I have to use it for the rest of my life after all the stress we had to go through to make it, heh.
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