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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Batty Trick or Treat Bag on: October 25, 2011 09:51:24 AM
For the recent trick or treat bag swap, I used my favorite tutorial, for a singlet (plastic grocery) style bag https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0 with some adjustments I have come up with over time.  I was really pleased with how it came out, and with a few of the fun details! 

I don't always include a pocket to fold it up, since I usually just bundle them into my car.  But I did this time, partially to give me a place to include bat wings!  I put a button on both sides so it could be attached with the bag folded or unfolded. 

One adjustment I've made to the pattern (which you can't quite see here) is making it with over-the-shoulder length straps.  Aside from cutting them longer than your plastic bag template, to make it hang right off your shoulder, you attach the straps on the same piece instead of attaching across on the other side. (If anyone wants me to explain this further, I can make a tutorial.)  And in this case, I wanted my partner to have the option of making the bag not quite so Halloween-y, so I made it reversible, and left out the side gusset. 

I was sad to send it off, but my partner seemed to like it.  Now I really want to make one for myself with bat wings!  And I love this tutorial, I think it'd be fun done with the shorter handles and embellishments, for a kid's trick or treating bag!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Our Christmas 'Tree' - a Substitute on: December 15, 2010 09:01:27 AM

I love decorating for holidays, pretty much all of them.  But we live on the west coast, and all our family is north and east, so for the winter holidays, we are usually going out of town for a while.  Every year I have this debate with myself: get a real live tree, and then have it die while we are gone?  get a face tree, and have to store it? just forget about it? 

Usually, since it is the easiest, we just forget about it.  This year, I had a new lamp, one of those kind of Eiffel Tower shaped lamps with 3 graduated shelves, and a light at the top.  I also have an embarrassingly large stash of fabric.  I occurred to me that I could MAKE us a tree this year. 

I used some ancient green brocade, a couple of types of green ribbon and safety pins!  A string of lights and the dozen or so ornaments I have started to gather for 'someday when we can have a tree'! I even had a star shaped votive candle holder that I stuffed the end of the x-mas lights into and stuck on top.  I'm feeling green and creative and festive all at once, if a little silly that I decorated our lamp! 

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Home-Made Cards on: August 02, 2009 11:44:35 AM
I've been trying to be a 'card person' lately.  (By that, I mean actually not forgetting birthdays, and sending thank you cards and other holiday cards!)  I have some store bought cards, but I often don't like them, too cheesy, or ugly artwork or whatever, and we all know home-made is better anyway.  Also, I just finished an interior design program, I have lots of paper scraps, this pretty fiber paper, and a whole stack of boring white card stock. 

And a close up of my two favorites: 

They are pretty basic, but I am pleased with how they came out, and now I just have to make my own envelopes, and I'm all good!  Thanks for looking.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My First Crochet - a Swatch and a Star Blanket (Pic Weighty!) on: July 30, 2009 04:56:18 PM
A rather long while ago, I decided to learn to crochet, and picked up a copy of the Happy Hooker book.  Well, it was inspiring, but a bit scary, and so I instead relied on my good friend eirle to show me in real life.   (She has mad skills - go check out what she made for a swap... https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196885.msg2146818#msg2146818)

Anyway, I had some brown wool yarn and a hook, and she got me started making a square, frogging it back out.  She showed me chains, shells, single, double, triple, and so on.  I felt pretty cool, and crocheting felt natural!  She sent me home to keep working, and then I got bored.  A square?  Nah...

What the heck is that? 
I'll give you another clue...

An Abe Lincoln Beard of course!  Perfect for Halloween. 

I love my boyfriend's sense of humor!   Grin

Well, soon I got busy and forgot all about crochet, until I was about to go on vacation this summer, traveling all around the East Coast - lots of planes and car travel.  Can't read, carsick, need something to do!  So I relearned the crochet, Eirle started me on a star blanket (thanks again!) And off I went.  I'm impressed with everyone's patience, it took a while to even get to lap covering size.  But here it is!  Perfect for peek-a-boo with one of the world's cutest nephews.

And a picture from above, with a two year old for scale!

I'm quite proud of my first projects, and I am definitely going to keep going this time.  Thanks for reading my long and silly story, comments welcome!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I need a tropical vacation! on: October 07, 2007 03:26:36 PM
So I had bought this wonderful (flamboyant/huge) hawaiian shirt, mostly for use as a paint smock for art class.  Of course, I never acutally wore it when I painted, I'd clearly rather just get paint on my everyday clothes.  Undecided A few weeks ago, right before school was about to start again, I got a sudden urge to make a new shirt for the first day of class.  I already had just the right shade of soft jersey and a picture in my head.  I put everything together and maybe two hours later had this:

Don't mind the 'lazy Sunday' hair and glasses....

My current favorite shirts are the ones with 'kimono' style sleeves, cut square and allowed to drape.  With the jersey I didn't even have to hem anything.  The back makes a V like the front, but I made the front a little less risque and added a few buttons. 

So what do you think?  I think I love it, even if it is a little more wacky than I usually go for....
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Furry Monster Eyeball Wreath on: October 07, 2007 03:10:42 PM
Thanks to callakat's great wreath and tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53867.0), I have been plotting to make my Halloween door decoration since about this time last year....

I love love LOVE the way it turned out, even if my sewing area looks like I murdered a muppet. 

Let me know what you think and thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Threadless T-Shirt Recon on: September 24, 2007 08:25:11 PM
Trying to do a few more projects before the quarter descends upon me.... doom doom doom.....  Here is a shirt I re-conned from a long sleeve hoodie that was always too short in the torso and a 2x Threadless shirt.  I loved the design, and figured I could buy it big and play with it.  I like how it turned out, but I feel like maybe it needs something more.... Opinions? 
(Sorry it isn't the best pic, no one else was home.)

I have a ton of fabric left from the green shirt, and some neon green lace too.  I was thinking to at least edge the sleeves...  Comments, critiques and ideas welcomed!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Simple Apron - Colorful Trim! on: September 10, 2007 09:28:56 AM
It has been a while since I've posted anything, but I've been crafting away, in between all that work/life stuff!  A while ago I bought 1/4yd of the coolest floral fabric at Joann's - almost too bright for me, but so fun!  I have finally used in as the ties in a simple apron, and now I just wish I could find more of it for a pocket or a ruffle (and I've looked. Sad )  Anyway, simple as it is, I love my new apron!

On the floor:
(you can't tell but the sides taper to thinner ties pretty quickly.)

And on me:
(maybe next time I'll try some shaping/darts but it works!)

Close up of the great fabric:

Thanks for looking!

ETA: Actually not a recon - I'm dumb - sorry, move it to general 'clothing' if it isn't too complicated pretty please mods?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two quick shirt Recons on: November 18, 2006 05:14:51 PM
Not super complicated, but I am pleased with how they both turned out.  I haven't posted anything in a while, so here it goes:

I bought this plain black tank for my best friend for her birthday and fixed it up.  We had seen these shirts at the 'Rockstar Store' (called Electric Barberella) and they had wing shapes on the back, and were charging crazy amounts.  OF course I said "I can make that" and I finally did.  There was a matching wristband too, but she wasn't wearing it the day we took the picture.  The stitching shows in the picture, but blends in perfectly in real life. 

This one is just a recon of a free t-shirt (gotta love it!) I used the Generation T book.  Here is the side:

Comments loved!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Because 'tis the season - for PIRATES!!!! on: July 10, 2006 05:02:44 PM
My friends and I were going to see the second 'Pirates' on Saturday, but first we did a scavenger hunt at a nearby bookstore (extra points awarded for coming in costume!)  So of course we had to dress up:

Our scurvy crew represented all walks of piracy: the Wench (she takes no prisoners; and made much of her own costume too!), the Commodore (with impressive beard), the Modern Pirate (me, with homemade hoodie shirt), and the Dread Pirate Robers (instant costume, just add mask; my boy is such a good sport, especially cause it was SO HOT there)

And for the details:

I reconstructed this from two shirts, a red sleeveless hoody with kangaroo pocket that was sort of shapeless, and a red and white striped t-shirt that was too small on me.  I removed the sleeves, added side panels and lengthened it, adding the kangaroo pocket at the same time, and added the hood.  The best part was, the hood/neck opening was the same in both shirts = easy transfer! I backed the areas with masking tape, and painted/drew the skull and cross-swords on the front and back with fabric dye markers.  I found a stencil, but I just used it as visual reference.  I heat set the dye with my iron, but I haven't washed it yet, so I don't know for sure what will happen.  Anyway on to pictures.

The back (and my foot with the coolest ever pirate sneakers):

The front pocket detail:

The whole picture (Yarrrrrrgh!):
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