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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Child's Reversible Handbag on: November 16, 2006 12:07:33 PM
I made this handbag for a four year old when I did a swap with her mother.  It's basically just a small tote, but I added a few special touches.  Her mother said she was obsessed with Hello Kitty and Tinkerbell, so I found some nice little touches that would play on that theme.  I lined both sides with some stiff interfacing so it stands up on its own.

Hello Kitty:


You can check out the whole thread here:

Thanks for looking!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Purse (Made for Swap) on: November 16, 2006 11:51:14 AM
I made this purse for the newbies only swap (See gallery here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=130702.50)

Having sort of created this pattern myself, I wanted to post it again in Craftster as a project because it was so fun!  I knitted it out of BabyBee yarn and lined it with some fun fabric from Wal-Mart (made sturdy by some stiff interfacing).

Front of the purse:

Back of the purse:

And the inside, of course:

I could probably work up a pattern/tutorial for anyone who is interested.   Wink
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Wintertime Gifts for Boyfriend -- Help Needed! on: November 16, 2006 07:57:38 AM
I LOVE the spork idea.  I think you are getting on the right track . . . that's sooooo personal and specific to the two of you.  He's gonna love it, unless he's really turned off by being proved wrong . . .  Lips sealed

Anyway, I don't really have any other ideas for craftiness, but it's always nice to receive encouragement from people.  Maybe you could make up a "fortune cookie" jar with homemade cookies that say different things you like about him (one cookie for each day of advent or something).  Or maybe you could do the same idea with surprise notes that you give him each day in creative ways.  I always liked the idea of getting empty medicine capsules from a pharmacy and stuffing them with little rolled up notes and giving it to your loved one with a "prescription" written on the side that says to take one each morning.  You could do something like that and it wouldn't even be too Christmassy if you didn't want it to be, but it could just be a way to say "I appreciate you."
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: First Timers Swap Gallery on: November 15, 2006 01:36:30 PM
I just found out that you got the package and there are pics up already!  Yay!!!  I am so glad that you like the package(s).  I was hoping when I came across a "sailor jerry" tattoo pic on the web that was a swallow with "Sophia" written in it that it was yours.  I was almost positive when the tattoo artist whose website it was on was in the same city!

When you wash the little t-shirt, turn it inside out.

I think you can wash the purse (the yard is Baby Bee and it says it can be washed) but I wouldn't recommend drying it (the yarn says no dryer) or ironing it.

I am so glad everything got there okay!  I am even more glad that you like it!

For everyone else, here's a pic of the tattoo and a closeup of the shirt:

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Wintertime Gifts for Boyfriend -- Help Needed! on: November 15, 2006 09:16:01 AM
According to Stitch n Bitch's Debbie Stoller, never knit a boyfriend a sweater or anything that takes so long to make.  Doing so is unlucky for the relationship because he may not appreciate how long it took to make and it will breed ill will or perhaps he won't like it and that will also breed ill will. 

If you are making something for him, be sure it won't cause hard feelings if it's not appreciated as much as you think it should be.  Especially since he's not really into the whole commercial Christmas thing.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: First Timers Swap Gallery on: November 15, 2006 06:34:50 AM
I'm gonna have to ask for some marble magnets next time, because I don't have enough magnets to put stuff on my refrigerator.  Your cat is too cute--I'm glad you caught that on film.

I love the t-shirt, too.  I'd like one that says "never forget" and has a dodo bird on it.  Grin Is that bicycle key ring a shrinky-dink?  And your vegetarian soup is beef flavored?!  Where do I buy that stuff!?
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Holiday Handmade gift dissapointment :( on: November 14, 2006 03:05:59 PM
I know exactly how this feels.  I handmade, well, almost all of my gifts last year and the fam was not that impressed.  My little sister is kinda punk/kinda emo though and she loved it.  So I am only crafting for her this year.  Well, and my mom asked for an apron, so I am making that as well.

I got really sad because I worked HOURS to put together a calendar for my mom last year and she didn't even use it.  Sad  And my other sister is a teacher so I made her a totally fun and reversible tote bag (stylish, if I must say so myself) and she was ok with it, but I think she might have liked it better if it were green.

I tried to include presents with my handmade gifts that weren't handmade, just to balance it out.  Like, I got my sister some children's books to go in her tote bag and they were wrapped together.  I got my dad some nice leather gloves to go with his scarf . . . etc.

In other words, cheer up!  You just need to craft for crafty people.  They appreciate the thought and effort so much more and they will gush over it for sure!  Try doing a swap on craftster to get your creativity gushed over!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: First Timers Swap Gallery on: November 14, 2006 11:43:09 AM
Happier update: my package is in the same state as my partner now.   Smiley
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: First Timers Swap Gallery on: November 14, 2006 06:56:04 AM
UPS is not very fair.  I sent my swap partner's package from my fiance's parent's house (about 45 miles from my apartment) and they are sending the package about 4 hours out of the way instead of straight to my partner!  I'm a little perturbed.  Angry  I just can't wait anymore!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: First Timers Swap Gallery on: November 11, 2006 12:43:12 PM
Ok, I sent Mamapeanut's package and pmed her and Knitchick.  Now I just gotta wait until Wednesday when she will for sure have it! (I hate, hate, HATE postal holidays.)

I took pics before I sent so I have them ready to go when she gets the package.  Grin  I know, I'm a dork.  Hehe.
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