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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Typewriter Keys on a Choker on: November 16, 2006 12:22:28 PM
I made this necklace recently for a swap that I was in.  She liked pink and black, so I made a choker with some typewriter keys that I had and some pink glass and crystal beads.  I think it turned out rather nice.   Grin

close-up pic of the necklace for detail:

and a pic of me "trying the necklace out" (sorry for the fuzziness).

Here's the gallery if you want to check out the rest of the stuff:
2  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!
3  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
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Homemade Kid's Activity Book (Image Heavy) on: July 18, 2006 08:30:08 PM
I just recently finished this gift for my best friend's son.  He is actually like a nephew to me, so it was really fun to give this to him, and even more fun to see his mom's reaction!

My grandma used to make these books and she made one for me when I was little.  She taught me how and gave me copies of her patterns, so now I have made one!  Many of these patterns came from vintage patterns (meaning older than me and out of print, haha) and I am unsure of whether you could even get a copy any more.  But I am sure all you DIY-ers out there could figure out a way to do it without a pattern.  (Be warned though: a project this size and this detailed is probably going to take a month or longer to finish.  Ok, keep reading!)  I can't post a tute (due to the sheer length of it and exhaustiveness), but I will try to help anyone who wants to email me about a specific pattern.

I don't want to take up all of Craftster's bandwidth with this thing, so I am only posting a few pictures.  You can see the rest on my blog here http://gishygoo.blogspot.com/2006/07/pictures-as-promised.html and here http://gishygoo.blogspot.com/2006/07/birthday-present-for-little-tyke.html

Ok, so the first page is a hippo.  His nostrils are buttons and when you unbutton his mouth, there is a fat red tongue!  So cute.  I love that he is a bus driver.   Grin

I love the train, mostly because it has an elephant and teddy bear that you can put in and out of the cars.  (They are tied in with a string so they don't get lost.)

The alligator is my favorite, because inside he has a polka dot tongue!  Check out the links above to see it in action!!!  The sunny clock is also fun, and most kids love it.  The plastic hands actually rotate, thanks to a folding brad . . .

My sister loves to "hang the clothes."  They attach with a few hooks from hook and eye connectors.  And the basket below is a pocket to hold the clothes when they are dry!  Wink  The kangaroo has a surprise in her pocket, so if you want, check out my blog to find out what it is!  Shocked

I hope you've enjoyed looking!  Feel free to tell me what you think or ask any questions about it.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / sleeping bag wrap on: July 14, 2006 06:34:56 AM
You know how you open a brand new sleeping bag and pull it out of that teensy-weensy bag in which they sell it to you and it just expands to three times it's size in 2 seconds?  And then you know how you just can't get it back in the bag after that no matter how hard you try?

Well, that was my roommate's dilemma.  She needed something to transport her sleeping bag on a camping trip and I whipped this up to help her out.  It's made from some bedsheet fabric I found at a thriftstore.

Problem solv-ed!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES / DOH!!! Homer Simpanzee . . . (Image Heavy) on: July 03, 2006 10:44:53 PM
Ok, so, take some regular old white socks from Wal-Mart and some yellow RIT dye . . .

And put it together with some odds and ends lying around the house and I present to you . . . Homer Simpson as a chimpanzee!

And no Homer is happy without a delicious, FORBIDDEN DONUT!!

I loved Homer with clothes, but I also thought it'd be great to have him in his underwear as he is so often in those whitey-tighties.

My boyfriend thought this was a "Baby Homer," because of the underwear, which he thinks looks like a diaper. HA!

The only thing unoriginal on this post is the donut, which was inspired by the many felt donut makers on this site and others (specifically, sewdorky, sorry I don't have her domain name).

Thanks for looking.  I hope you enjoyed this, because it was so fun to make!!!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bridesmaid's dress on: June 28, 2006 07:27:22 PM
I recently made this dress from a Simplicity pattern (5246) for my sister's wedding.  I was her maid of honor and I was certainly happy to step up to the challenge.  It was nerve racking to cut out that satin, though!  It terrified me to think that I could totally mess it up and have to buy more . . .

Here's the one pic I have (excuse the towel, I took a shower to be clean for my "fitting," but didn't want my hair to drip on the dress!):

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