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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / back on the purse wagon!(pics)+Key Fob Tute p3 on: June 09, 2008 08:52:07 PM
and the craftster wagon too for that matter.   Cheesy

ive been so busy with the kiddos and school and now summer vacation. not to mention adding a 5th child to my fantastic four by taking on a full-time babysitting gig.  (imagine this....its a humid 97 degree afternoon....im outside trying to explain watering restrictions and heat exhaustion to my 3 boys ages 6-9, all the while biding my time till the perfect moment to whip out the handy-dandy mosquito repellant hidden behind my back and soak the little devils....2 hits, 1 miss....then i come inside to my lovely air conditioned home and plop on the couch for a moment before deciding what id least hate to cook for dinner and there they are....my 4yo oh-so-precious daughter in the middle of painting the shirt and arms of my 3yo godson....with  Shocked  MODGE PODGE!!!......yeah, that was last friday) whoooohoooo!

anyways! with what little time ive had to myself, i seem to have themed each of the last 4 months with a new idea that I thought would consume less time but still satisfy my need to create....boooo, never settle for less!

THANKFULLY, things are finally falling into place, routines are being learned and the chaos is getting manageable so im finding the time to spend a little longer "working".  i got to do my first custom bag order in months yesterday and by golly, miss molly, i think the purse bug is BACK!!!

not only have i missed "pursing", ive really missed lurking around here. i think i have clicked every new post since march or so in the past hour, lol. im just drooling over what everyone has been doing. then i remembered why i like it here. everyone is so creative and kind enough to share their own work as well as advice, experiences and opinions. you guys really inspire me to get it together and start making and sharing my own goodies.

so, without further ado and babbling..

the super-quick, super-enthusiastic 4 month recap of what i have been doing and not doing...

february was unofficially wallet/zippered pouch month i do believe. i got on this kick and made like 30 of them...then burned out  Cry

march was key fob month, not a bag persay, but they do carry your keys  Wink  (still making a few of these actually, lol)

ah april, I actually made a purse!!!

may was almost completely void of things that carry stuff

YAY for June!!! 3 purses in 2 days!!!.....hey thats big for me  Tongue i dont have a pic of the custom i did and im kicking myself now. so try to imagine the skull print one with pink hippy van fabric instead. it was awesome, i swear.

this one was an exact copy of the custom bag, but with my favorite fabric....my friend manipulated me out of it in less than an hour!  Angry

and this is a slight evolution of the same bag, but with a cheerier print. it screams summer to me...

ive gotten a lot more requests from friends and family for versions of the bags above and since they offered money, i assume they aren't just being nice, lol. so yay, i really feel like im getting my purse mojo going again. im actually giddy  Grin

Viva la Craftster!!!

12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / it's so hard to make an original wallet! on: January 24, 2008 06:39:49 PM
....but I think I may have done it. and I even named it! Long story short, my friend and I were sick of losing our wallets and keys in our purses and having to dig when we needed them. So....I came up with The O.W.N. Wallet. Only Whatcha Need. It's pretty small, but holds exactly what we need, cards, cash and change. I had a few friends ask for one too, so I got the ye old one-woman-sweatshop going and made like 10 of them. Sadly, I handed out most of them before I took pics. These are the ones still on hand.

I'm kinda proud of myself, but worry that I am stepping on someone's creative toes. If I ripped off your design, please tell me!!! When working with wallets, especially tiny ones, there are only so many places to put stuff. I just put stuff where I thought it should go and added features that I needed.

So, without further rambling.....




I hate that I used velcro, but it's all I had on hand at the time. I am going to use magnetic snaps on future versions. I've been pepped on magnets again after I watched an episode of mythbusters and their testing proved that it takes a much stronger magnet to erase credit/debit card data than what is in those magnetic snaps...so YAY! I can use them again!

Anyways, what do you guys think?


13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The MOST AWESOME Cloches EVER!!! (via personal swap) on: January 23, 2008 10:12:07 AM
Oh wow, is all I can say. Katrena aka "green r my tear$" and I entered a personal swap, both fearing the worst after our less than desireable previous p/s experiences....well, let me just say success!!!

She sent me 4 of the most beautiful, perfectly created cloches, with matching flowers in exchange for a purse and wallet set made by me!

Here we go:

first, my personal favorite....man, this one is just...yummy!!!!

the red one: ( i LOVE the scalloped edges!)

the one my daughter claimed:

the wonderful black one:

Thanks for looking and CROCHETERS(if thats a word) ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!! I bow to you all humbly, especially green r my tear$!!!!!!!!

If you want to see the the purse I made for her:


WHOOPS!! here are the flowers: I havent attached them yet, but they ROCK too!

14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Three New Purses! Owls and Amy Butler Oh My! on: December 16, 2007 08:04:52 PM
Well, the lazy bug has hit me big time and I finally got off my procrastinating butt and made some stuff. HAHA

sew! whatcha think?  Grin


15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Thirteen, yes I said 13 New Purses! on: September 25, 2007 05:14:06 AM
I have been so lazy for the past few months. I finally got off my arse and did something with my gi-normous fabric stash. Watcha think?

i threw in this one i made for my self last month COFFEE!!!!

as you can see, I am experimenting with styles and fabrics!

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I love this one even more! on: June 20, 2007 11:55:00 AM
I redid the pattern from the doggy/camo one a little and made it a little smaller, it came out perfect!  I may never make another style of bag.....ok, thats a lie, but I love it so much!

I used lovely amy butler prints:

dressform action shot


feedback appreciated  Grin

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / patterns, schmatterns on: June 19, 2007 06:49:38 PM
so i got a pattern for a purse (http://www.butterick.com/item/B4822.htm?tab=accessories&page=2, view C), cause i liked the the straps. well my adhd was kicking in or something, cause the pattern looked boring, so i abandoned the instructions and went my own way. I redid the straps and gave it a jordy-esque bottom.

 this fabric is awesome huh?Smiley

close-up of print

complete with zippered pocket and cell pocket

action shot to show size better

the only thing i forgot was a magnetic closure..whoops..maybe next time.......i will definately make this again, but maybe a little smaller. i just dont carry enough stuff to require such a big bag(its 6 inches tall at the lowest point of ther curve and 16 inches wide at the bottom). i think it would still be cute if i made it more narrow.

so, whatcha think?

and i have to add this was one of the easiest purses i have ever made! definately more to come...


18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What do 'LBG' and Fruits" mean? on: May 22, 2007 06:53:37 AM
I am ashamed to even ask ths question. I'm 27 years old and should know better, but I grew up in a small hick town and have never been to a rave or even hung out in the city. Hell, I just learned of lolita and cosplay over the last year or so.

I keep seeing the terms on DIY clothes on Ebay and I wondered what each meant and what makes a clothing item fall under the "LBG" or "Fruits" catagory. I certainly like the styles, but just don't get it.

If this is in the wrong place or an innapropriate question for Crafster, please delete or place in limbo or something.

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / a half-circle skirt? on: May 17, 2007 06:08:35 AM
first of all, i apologize if there was already a thread about this somewhere. I could not find it by searching.

to the question!  somewhere i read of a half-circle skirt. its just like a circle skirt, but less floofy and twirly. how would one go about making one...like what measurements do you use and whatnot? my brain died this morning and i cannot remember what i read before and it would be even harder for me to figure it out on my own.

much thanks!!!

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple T-Shirt Turned Complicated and a Tiny Question--Lots-O-Pics on: April 14, 2007 09:41:56 AM
Ok, so I bought a simple t-shirt pattern to make a black shirt with  red and black polka dot sleeves and neckline. I can never just make something simple so I spawned a whole new plan. I saw a similar project like this somewhere. I can't remember where, or I'd  offer up the appropriate thank yous and such. Anyhoo, here is what I came up with: (it's shown with a short black skirt, its not attached)


close up of sleeve to show natural color:


close up of lacing:

and lastly, another close-up to show how I constructed the lacing area

All I need to do to finish it is hem the bottom or....intro to my tiny question:

Do I just hem the bottom and leave it as a top OR add a skirt-like piece to it, to make it a dress, like it appears to be at first glance in the pics above?

Here is a pic of it with a different colored skirt, to show the "shirtness" of it.

I appreciate your time. THANX!!!

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