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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Anna Corrinna City bag - My Version!! on: October 19, 2006 10:39:10 PM
Haha, lame subject title, I'm sorry!
So I was just wasting time looking for things on the internet, and I found this bag that I loved. It's the Anna Corrinna City Tote
But it was like US$400 dollars which works out to be like, $600 or $700 or $Way too much anyway, so I decided to make it.
But kinda different. Its not so glam, and its not made of leather.
But it is made of this rusty coloured cord, and this cool retro floral stuff, yay.
Sorry I think these pictures might be huge, I forgot to resize them.
But maybe photobucket worked its magic and resized them for me.
Anyway, this is the bag as a tote - I changed the handles cos those little tab things were way too annoying to do well, and it turned out better cos those handles actually fit over my shoulder if I want!

And then the bag as a shoulder bag - it still fits my visual diary and lunch and a cardigan and everything in!

And this is the lining, and it shows the colour of the cord best too.

Do you think people would buy these?
2  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Question for all you lovely brits on: October 11, 2006 12:45:17 AM
I'm at University in New Zealand, studying fashion design, and we can go on an exchange program in our second year, which is next year for me, and one of the universities we can go to is the university college for the creative arts.
I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about it, or even goes there, or had any info at all?
I've been to the website but its a bit confusing, haha!
Anyway thanks in advance  Wink
3  EUROPE / NETHERLANDS / A question for all you lovely dutch people! on: October 10, 2006 11:33:37 PM
I live in New Zealand and the University I go to offers an exchange program which I'm thinking of doing, and one of the universities you can go to if you're doing Fashion Design is the Amsterdam Fashion Institute.

Does anyone know anything about it, or go there, or anything?

Thanks!! Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My rainbow knitted mary-janes! on: May 16, 2006 01:24:43 AM
So I was cruising the crasfter boards, and I found this pattern-thing: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12662.0 and since its just turning to winter here in New Zealand, and since I've just started knitting (the only other thing I've made is a scarf - I love it!) I decided I had to make them!
So I made one..and it was waaay too big for anyone in my house.Then I got bored of that wool anyway.
Then, I was out shopping for a mothers day present and I happened to come across this super fun wool, that I knew my friend Kerry would love.
So I made her a pair for her birthday...even though she lives on the sunshine coast of queensland, Australia and its probably not even oing to be cold enough for her to wear them! But I like them anyway.

I'm making myself some now!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Buttonholes on ribbing on the bottom of a hoodie... on: April 19, 2006 10:32:47 PM
So I'm on mid-semester break, so of course that means I'm not going to do any homework or study until two days before we go back.
In the meantime, I'm making a hoodie, but I thought it would be ultra cool to have it button down the front instead of zip.
Problem is, I didnt realise until just now that the rib at the bottom is very stretchy, and buttonholes dont like to be sewn on it.  Its ok if i do them going with the rib, ie vertical, but i really need them to be horizontal so that they stay done up, because its kind of a stress point, and if theyre vertical, theyll just pop open.
So my question is, i can interface the rib because 1, it needs to be strectchy, and 2, ive already sewn it onto the hoodie. So could i temporarily interface it by sewing through the rib and a piece of apaper? would that work? or does anyone have any other suggestions?
6  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / No more Champion? on: March 24, 2006 01:14:38 AM
So I was just looking at the Champion website asI do occasionally...and its closing down on the 31st of march!
Why is this, does anyone know??
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cover's Swap? Musical covers and Ipod Covers and Phone Covers and more? on: March 06, 2006 10:21:57 PM
So I was sitting on the bus coming home from Uni this afternoon, and listening to Iron & Wine's cover of the Postal Service's 'such Great Heights'.
I was thinking about how many cover songs i have...and I was also thinking about Craftster, and also about making a new cover/cosy for my Creative Zen.
And I thought it would be great if somehow, they could all be combined together.

And then I remembered swaps! So my suggestion is thus...
You send out a cd full of songs that were originally by someone but have been covered by someone else.  you could send out the original AND the cover, or just the cover, or a mixture r whatever.  And then you also send out a small craft, being a cover of some sort, like an mp3 player cover, or a cellphone cover, or an, um, book cover...?

It would be nice and cheap to send too because it probably wouldnt weigh that much.
I couldnt organise though.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help with Crocheting on: February 15, 2006 04:19:08 PM
So I'm starting University this year (on Monday in fact) and I'm going to be spending around an hour and a half at least, every day, on the bus.  So I want something to fill my time in - I was just going to attempt to sleep but I don't think that will work out for me.

Anyway, I can knit but I'm very slow and find it kind of boring. But also very relaxing.   However, I like the look of crochet things better, and also, a crochet hook is smaller to cart around that two knitting needles.  Plus, I found a learn to crochet beginner kit of my sisters that hadn't been used and that had  a hook and wool and reallly reallllly bad and confusing instructions.

I'm left handed, but I don't do everything left handed-ly, and I find it more comfortable to hold the crochet hook in my right hand - does this make me a left-handed crocheter, or right handed?

I can "Finger Knit" which seems to me to be just like doing a chain stitch but using your finger instead of a hook, but I've tried using some online picture tutorials to learn but I can't get the hang of slipping the stitch off the hook - i find that i'm using the fingers of my other hand to slide the stitch off, kind of like a second hook, or like i'm knitting. And i can quite get my head around the pictures, things don't seem to make sense. Or they almost do but then I do what I think it says...and it doesnt work out.

So i was just wondering if anyone had had any similar problems and had some tips, or should i go hunt down someone who knows how to crochet and make them teach me?
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Several hundred Cancer Society Daffodil Day pins. on: February 13, 2006 05:58:19 PM
Ok, so last year, my friend was Head Girl of our school, and so as well as having to give speeches and the like, she was in charge of a lot of the fundraising and charity things, and one of them was selling the Daffodil Day pins.
(In case this is just a New Zealand thing, daffodil day raises money for cancer research, and people donate money and get a little brooch-pin-thing in return.)
So anyway, she had to order how many pins she thought we would sell...and she kinda over-estimated.  The school got the pins for free, and we couldn't give the ones that didn't sell back afterwards, so me and her and about 2 or 3 others who had been selling them, ended up keeping the leftovers because we had nothing much else to do with them.  Then I ended up with about twice as many as anyone else, and now I have about 400+ Daffodil pins sitting in a bag in my bedroom.
And I have no idea what to do with them.
I took the pin-backs off about 25 of them for use in future crafting, but I don't really need 400 pinbacks.
One thing my friend Kerry did with them was use them to make an outfit for our schools wearable art show.  Which was fun, but not really what I want to do.
I spose what I'm really looking for is a way of getting rid of them - but I feel really bad about just throwing them away, or giving them to someone, because if I throw them away, its like throwing charity-money away, and if I give them to someone, I can't be certain that they wont, like, save them until Daffodil day this year and sell them and keep the money themselves or something.
I don't know.
I'm sick of them.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purple Paisley Pencilcase + Recon'd Rollerskate Wristlet + MORE! Img Heavy on: February 09, 2006 10:56:51 PM
WHEW my cleverly alliterated title fit!But not really...theres actually FOUR (count 'em, one two three four) little cute purses lurking in this post!

So lately, I've been on a bit of a zipper-pouch frenzy.
So much so that my mum accused me of being autistic, eg "who are you making that one for?" "No one, I'm just making it."  But she wasn't serious. And, I'm thinking of selling them, maybe.

anyway, without further ado...
The purple paisley pencilcase.  I bought this fabric at an op shop, just because it was really cheap, and retro looking.  I didnt actually like it that much but now I dont mind it.  its almost that its so ugly that its not.  I made a deal with my sister - if I made her this, she would clean my car TWICE! I think we all know who got the better end of the deal.
and inside.  

The Recon'd Rollerskate Wristlet.  I was going through my vast collection of bags because I didnt have space for them all (I had 63! now I'm down to 30.) and there was this one. But not this one. It was white denim with a rollerskate and fairly big, but the handles had gotten so dirty and gross they were actually brown.  EW. But, I couldn't just let the rollerskate go to waste...
and the lining - I love this fabric.

Hearts and my first stencil...
So I decided that if I am going to sell things then I needed a name and a logo.  i thought of a name - Where's my Romeo? - and my friend did the logo for me.
And then I stencilled it onto some denim, intending to make a bag, one of the ones with the round wooden handles.  But I just couldn't get it to work right so I cut it all up and make a little clutch purse-pouch-thing.
(My dad gave me all his old tapes and you can kinda see them in the picture, oops)
and the lining (i like it lots!)

And one more that I couldnt fit in the title.
I got this green polka dotty fabric at an op-shop too. <3 op shops! and the other stuff is from my gran.

Hooray! Hooray for fabric! and zips! and sewing machines!
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