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21  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Meet my new friend Beauregard, and his friend Richard! IMAGE HEAVY on: February 19, 2006 01:13:04 PM
So, I just finished my first two Amigurumi animals, and I'm so proud!  Richard was my first, and you know they always say, you never forget your first!  He's not the flashiest, but I like him Smiley

And here he is with friend Beauregard

Beau's pretty fond of break dancing, and will now demonstrate his mad skillz

And, his handsome bunny Beau face Smiley

And, just to show how comfy Beau is with his manhood

What do you guys think?   Grin
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Chickenpox and crafting? on: February 12, 2006 11:08:29 AM
So, today I was diagnosed with chicken pox (ack!)  I never got it as a child, then my little one brought it home on her, so here I am.  I have a rush handbag order that has to be done by Monday, as they're Valentine's Day presents.  So, I feel up to sewing them, no problem, but I'm concerned about possibly spreading the virus to others - does anyone know if this is possible? I really don't want to infect my customer's grandkiddos!!
23  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / reconning my fav shoes insoles on: February 07, 2006 11:31:42 AM
I have this pair of shoes that I've had for over ten years now (ack! I feel old!) and they're starting to show some wear.  They're my absolute favorite shoes, and I need to repair them, Aerosole doesn't make them anymore.  They look somewhat like the pic below (construction is close enough), and the part where the arrow is pointing is what's coming apart.  I literally have holes under my toes and balls of my feet, and I want to repair/replace it somehow so I can keep wearing them.

Does anyone know how I can do this?  Or maybe some resources online to find out how?  I can't seem to find anything on this, and the rest of the shoes are good, just the insoles need to be helped.  It's such a waste to throw them out, I can't bring myself to do that.

Anyone? Huh
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My new knitting bag! on: February 03, 2006 12:24:22 AM
So, after several weeks of bags, bags and more bags, my machine told me (yes, they do talk!) it was time to make a fun bag just for us ( my machine and me)  Heh, so I made myself a nice little simple knitting bag.  It took about an hour and a half (would've been an hour, but I wasn't paying attention and had to rip some out), and was actually fun Smiley

Hope you like it....

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Understated Retro Pocketbook on: January 29, 2006 07:27:43 PM
So, I signed up for a swatch club (kickass, everyone should), and part of the swatches they sent me were huge upholstery swatches.  PRETTY upholstery no less...so, since I've been doing other people's wants this weekend (or, it's horrid sewing for money Wink) I decided my last project would be just for me.


The shine from the flash on this last picture is a little decieving, that's solid green taffeta for the lining, it's a cool deep olive green.  The dark portions of it are as close as my camera got to capturing the color Smiley

Pretty great for a couple of swatches that cost less than a penny apiece   Grin
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Curved Zipper? on: January 23, 2006 08:52:01 AM
Ok here's the deal - I have a purse that has a U shaped top.  It's generally open, or has a snap closure.  Now, I have customers asking to install zippers on these.  I've done one, but it ends up lumpy and unprofessional looking.  I'm slick with flat zippers, but the curving is killing me!  Does anyone have suggestions for installation of such a creature?

Here's the style of purse:

the lovely square sides and whatnot get lost with the zipper, and it ends up looking really flat - like this:

Please help  Huh
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Super Bright To The Rescue! (aka, another bag) on: January 20, 2006 10:34:55 PM
This isn't a new design or anything, but it's a really fun set of fabrics that I just love, so I had to share! Smiley

The Whole SheBang:

Detail of the Swirly Goodness:

Details of my semi-okayness at D-Ring Application:

The Niftyness that is Purse Hiney:

Zipper Shot!

And...drumroll please....

My Favorite of All Fabrics Thusly Crafted With:
the Interior:

Now, some of you might ask, since this Orangey Goodness is my favorite, why it's not the outside fabric.  This purse was a custom purchase, and she requested the smaller swirlys for the outside, and I got to choose the interior.  So, I had fun Smiley  And I will use this fabric again...oh yes, yes indeedy I will....oh yes.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Giant Tote/Grocery Bag on: January 16, 2006 07:57:01 PM
I was commissioned (sp?) to make this purse/giganto thing to be a switch out purse for a co-worker.  She's already got one this size, and requested a second, so she can wash them, etc.  I have to say, so much sweat, tears and frustration went into this, I'm ready to throw it across the room.. It's done, but I'm not happy with it (perfectionist, are we?).  This was the first of several techniques, pockets, a zipper top, a sturdy bottom and less sturdy sides.  I found out later, I went about adding the zipper the absolute hardest, most frustrating way that I could have.  Next time, the tinafish way it is Smiley  any feedback is greatly appreciated - I never want to make another bag like this in my life!!!  Gah.


Front Pockets(the sideways design - this way it's not so hard on the eyes):

Interior Detail (this pocket gave me so much hell!!! ACK!):

Feet (sorry for the blurry pic):

Anyone?   Undecided
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Happy Yellow Basket Purse :) on: January 12, 2006 11:48:22 PM
This is my first attempt at trim...so why on EARTH would I try, say, flat ribbon trim?

Because that's too damned easy!!  Okay okay, so this actually really intimidated me, but my bag just wasn't complete without it.  So, Off I went, and it went perfect!  I'm not going to post more pics, because I'm going to be selling this design, but this was the first run, and I'm SO happy!!!  I'm going to change the handle a bit, and maybe, if I can get the hang of them, add a pocket, but it's so small, it's nice to only have one place to lose things in Smiley

Here we go:


Well, whatcha think? Smiley
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Help with Swatch Book on: January 03, 2006 03:58:33 PM
OK, here's the scoop -

I'm beginning to get a LOT of requests for fabric selections for the purses I make, and I have so many fabrics at home.  I adore going out and getting new stuff, and since I've already seen all my fabric, I'm not as excited about it  Tongue

I want to make some sort of a swatch book, so I can show people fabrics I have available.  My thought was to just use index cards, with customer info on front (type of fabric and available styles), and on the back, purchasing info for me (store, item #, price, etc)

With all the fabrics I have (several hundred varieties, I'd estimate), this is going to get bulky FAST.  Is there an easier/better way to do this?  Every single fabric is going to have a "subject to availability" disclaimer on it, so I'm not too concerned about suddenly not having the fabric on hand (plus I live near several excellent stores that usually stock what I need).

This will need to be decently portable, I just can't seem to think of the best, most professional way to display the options.

Any suggestions?
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