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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Twilight Buttons (new buttons added!) on: April 05, 2008 06:53:21 PM
I made these for the twilight_crafts group on LJ to encourage posting photos of crafty Twilight things.  I had a blast creating them and thought I'd share them here, too.  Hope you like them!

More buttons made this morning!

Edited to say: photo manipulation and editing with Photoshop 7.0
buttons made with a 1.5" Button Biz button maker
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Inspired by: New Solution To Ripped Jeans on: March 22, 2008 11:54:57 AM
Reconned jeans, inspired by this post.

My aunt knows I like to recon and recycle clothes, so she gave me 13 pairs of old blue jeans.  Most of them were Wranglers.  A cowgirl I am not, and neither is my 13 year old daughter, shown in the pic.  We had already made a several bags from the jeans when I stumbled across the pics from tazo_tea's post.

In addition to changing out the back panel, I removed the waistband and cut about an inch off of the top so they wouldn't be so long waisted.  I took the belt loops off before putting the waistband back on.  Unfortunately, you can't see that in the pic because my DD's tee is over the waist.

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / reduce, reuse, reconstruct a thift store sweater - tutorial links added on: January 05, 2008 05:26:55 PM
I picked up this sweater last week for $1.25.  It was mostly wool, so I thought I'd try felting it a bit.  I did shrink by about 10% or so and the fabric was much tighter than when I bought it.  After looking at it a couple of days, I realized, momma needs a brand new bag!

The sweater...not so glorious, but nice and stripey

Much better!  The Bag

outside side pockets

We has pocketses, precious!

Full of my stuffs!  Nice and square on the bottom.

I made this a lot like a this leather purse that I made last summer.  It's a square bag with a squared off bottom, same size lining and simple strap.  I really enjoy making these.  If there's interest, I'll try to slow myself down long enough to make a tutorial for the next one.   Smiley

UPDATE - Thanks for the interest in a tutorial!  I just "rescued" another thrift store wool sweater so that I can take in progress pics.  I will update here as soon as I have it done.

UPDATE #2! - Bag number 2 is complete! 

I literally took about 60 pictures working on the tutorial.  My brilliant hubby suggested a video tut.  I've really enjoy making videos and have just recently starting making tutorials and how to videos.  This is my first bag video.  Hope you like it!

 Video tutorial on YouTube

PDF Tutorial
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Funky Old Quilt Hanger now Nifty & New! super img heavy on: December 02, 2007 12:42:26 PM
I've been wanting a cool place to hang my quilts for ages.  I had already seen the thread on the "Super Ugly" challenge when I found a funky old quilt hanger for $2.50 at my local thrift shop.  It was half painted and really wobbly.  The flowers aren't bad...but the yellow, ack!  It was really rough, too, like it had been cut but never sanded.

So, I took this:

And turned it into this:

I added glue & nails to make it more sturdy, then sanded (and sanded!) and then primed it.  I spray painted the entire thing burgundy.  With the weather being wet & icky here in Texas, that process took about a week to finish up.

After that, I tore pages out of a book I found at the thrift store that is in a non-English script.  I would take a guess at what it is, but I really have no idea Japanese (thanks Aiko!).  Anyway, I tore those into smaller pieces and decoupaged the heck out of the two outside surfaces.  That dried for a day and then I sponge painted bronze paint on top.  It still didn't look quite done, so I broke out the glue and florist's marbles and just went crazy.  I had so much fun gluing those all over the place!  The last touch was to add felt to the feet so it stands level and won't scratch my painted concrete floor.

The overall process took about two weeks and I spent less than $5 on all the supplies.  I had the book I used for the decoupage, the paint and glue on hand already and just picked up the florist's marbles from the dollar store!

It's hard to see in the photos, but the marbles magnify the text, which is such a cool effect.

I hope you like it!  It looks great in my living room and I finally have a great place to hang my quilts.

The quilt shown was from a block swap I did last year with my local quilt bee.  I can look up the pattern name if anyone is interested.

EDIT:  The pattern is called Lucky Stars.  I just happened to come across one made by SewHelpMe in the quilting forum!
25  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / The California Fires - How Your Crafting Can Help on: November 07, 2007 05:35:12 AM
As a big fan of paying it forward and, of course, all things crafty, I thought I'd share this with those of you that have the time and inclination to give a little help to those people out in California that need it.

We lived in Orange County, California 1996-1998. My son was born in the hospital at Laguna Beach (when he was little, he would tell people he was born "on" the beach!). Long story short, this happened all around where we lived, places we'd seen & visited.

I try to lend my crafty skills anywhere I can. It's never made me rich, but it sure as heck as made me happy.

This is an excerpt from "Talking Crochet" an online crochet magazine:
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As we all know, southern California--specifically the San Diego area--recently suffered the most devastating wildfires in the state's history, with many homes and other properties completely lost and thousands of people displaced. Thankfully, there are numerous wonderful organizations reaching out to help those who have suffered such loss.

But perhaps we as individuals - crocheters, specifically - can reach out with the gift of our stitching talents to bring a cheerful message of love and compassion to the victims of this horrendous tragedy. You can help make the upcoming holiday season a bit brighter for those who lost so much in these fires.

Kathy Wesley, longtime associate and technical editor for DRG's knitting and crochet programs, sent me the following information about a wonderful project that her church group is sponsoring to help the fire victims. Kathy lives in the San Diego area and was indeed lucky that her home managed to escape being destroyed. Kathy and others in her church are reaching out to brighten the lives of those who weren't as fortunate:

Says, Kathy, "We are planning a Community Christmas Boutique where the over 400 families in our community that have lost homes can come and select items to decorate for the holidays. In order to make this a special place with a variety of one-of-a-kind items, the help of your Talking Crochet readers would be appreciated. Specific suggestions would be stockings, thread crochet, angel tree toppers, and ornaments.

"I need to have the items by Nov. 30th to allow us time to set-up. We would like these to be new items. Anyone interested can contact me at Kathy_Wesley@DRGnetwork.com for more information and where to send the items. Thanks for helping to make this a really special Christmas for these families!"

I have a large collection of stockings and ornaments my mom and I have made and accumulated over the years, all of them new and ready to go, that I'll be donating.  None of it's crocheted, but I'm sure they won't mind the variety
26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Arthur & Molly Weasley, The Sphinx, Roxas w/ Keyblade & a Jedi Knight-PICS on: November 03, 2007 12:11:24 PM
Wow, that's a big subject!

Here's my family, all in costumes made by me this year.

Molly was made for the summer release of Order of the Phoenix, sweater by dragonsinger.   I made the Jedi robe as a gift for my BIL.

All other costumes were all made for Halloween 2007.

I also made Arthur & Molly's wands, The Sphinx's headdress and Roxas' Keyblade.

There's really too much to go into great detail about each item, but I'm happy to answer any questions about how I made a specific thing
Sphinx & Roxas

The Sphinx...terribly mysterious

Roxas & his keyblade

Arthur & Molly Weasley

Hubby & the two kids

Arthur & the Jedi Knight

Arthur's wand...made with a dowel rod and Fimo

27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Our very own Potter Puppet Pals! on: October 05, 2007 09:31:04 AM
I had "sewing camp" with my kids over the summer and taught them both to use a sewing machine, how to hand stitch and some other basic stuff.  After the basic lessons were over, the first thing they wanted to do was to make Potter Puppet Pals!  We're big fans of the videos and they thought it would be awesome to have versions of their own.

We've made Harry, Ron & Hermione so far.  We're hoping to make Snape, Dumbledore & Voldemort the next time they have a school holiday.

Made out of felt with recycled polyfil.  Small amounts of fabric pain used for the faces.  My 12 year old daughter made Hermione and my 9 year old son made Ron.  I made Harry.  I also painted all their faces.

Hope you like them!

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Spud Who Lived and The-Tater-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named on: October 05, 2007 09:24:38 AM
My sister collects Mr. Potato Heads and we're both huge Harry Potter fans.  There have been Spiderman potatos, Darth Taters and all kinds of other popular characters.  Why, we wondered, aren't there Harry Potter ones?

We decided to make our own.

Some spray paint (Volde), some fabric paint, lots of hot melt glue, felt, a couple of pipe cleaners, and a couple of old Mr. Potato Heads and their bits... and you have.

They were really easy and fun to make.  I hope you all enjoy them!

The Spud Who Lived and The-Tater-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / knitting tote bag - birthday gift for a new knitter! on: September 30, 2007 05:38:23 PM
Hot off the sewing machine for my friend's daughter!  She'll be 11 next month and is a brand new knitter.  She told her mom she'd like a knitting bag and I jumped on the chance to make something special for her.

I didn't have a pattern, just dimensions and sketches I did before starting my project. 

Made with denim for the outside.  The purple fabric is something I had in my stash.  I'm not sure what it's made of, but it's pretty heavy and feels like it could be upholstery fabric.  I used some unattractive corduroy in place of interfacing. 

The straps are made as one continuous piece, like a big loop.  They hold the pocket down.  The pocket was sewn top and bottom, right sides together then turned.  It goes all the way around, but I sewed stop lines just above the fold line for the bottom.  2 pockets on the inside, too.

I'm really pleased with the finish product.  I may have to make another one!

I made the buttons for her too.  They're various manga characters she likes, as well as a personalized and knitting button.

30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Redwall Book Series Swap - Mice, Moles & Badgers, Oh my! on: September 26, 2007 05:43:51 AM
My kids have been driving me crazy to see if there is a Redwall swap.  I've done some digging but haven't seen one.

So, Redwall swap?  Anyone?
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