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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Searching for a messenger bag... on: July 13, 2005 07:49:07 AM
This may be the wrong place to put this lil' thread, and if so, do let me know.  But anywho, I'm looking for a messenger bag for when I go back to school, and I would like to give my fellow craftsters some business if at all possible.  So I was just wondering, does anyone have or know of crafty shops that sell messenger bags?  Even really large totes would do, if it was sturdy and big enough to carry school bags, and have straps long enough to allow me to sling it across my chest like a messenger (ideal for my bike ride to school - need the bag to be somewhat out of the way).

Thanks Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Crafty Christmas for a Family In Need on: December 22, 2004 09:57:03 AM
Last night my fiance and his family's apartments burnt down.  He lives in an apartment above them, and he lost everything; the rest of his family is salvaging what they can, but there's not much.  The whole apartment is being bulldozed later today.  You always hear about these sad stories right before Christmas, and I always feel bad for the people, but I never thought it would happen to anyone so near and dear to me.  To add to it, a friend of us all who lived in the uppermost apartment above my fiance did not make it out...

Besides losing pretty much everything they own, my boy and his family have also lost to the fire all of the Christmas presents that they'd bought for each other.  I'm hoping the Salvation Army will do what they can to help, but it stands nonetheless that they may be having a rather homeless, presentless Christmas this year, and I need to do something about that.  Unfortunately, I'm entirely broke by now, and though I'd gotten some things for my fiance and one thing for each of his family members, I definitely want to give them more now.

Does anyone have any ideas of crafty things I could make for them?  Keep in mind that I don't have much money, and while they deserve any and every gift, they also probably need some practical things now as well.  I'd really appreciate any input or advice, and for those of you who pray, I ask you to please keep this family in yours prayers (as well as the family of our friend who was lost in the fire) during this holiday season.

Thank you.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / 3 New Bracelets & A Necklace on: December 15, 2004 02:16:12 PM
My roommate got me a bunch of beads for an early Christmas present, and so I thought I'd share with you some of the creations I've made from them so far...

This is the "Pink Princess" Bracelet.  Girlie, pink, and shiny - Yay Smiley

This is the "Rainbow Faerie" Necklace.  I used pretty much every kind of bead my friend game me in this one, and though it's kind of gaudy, I like it Smiley

This is a bit of a departure from the kind of bracelets I usually make - the "Ocean Storm" Bracelet.  Lots of different blue beads, including these hippy-like, blue & white swirly ones...

This is the "Mermaid Maiden" Bracelet.  Doesn't it look like something a girlie lil' mermaid would wear?  I really like it Smiley

What do you guys think?  I'm thinking about selling these on the new site I'm trying to start up, which will feature crafts inspired by faeries and fantasy; hence the names and such Smiley  I also plan on including little quotes and poems and stories and such along with each product that relate to it, at least on the web site...
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / pretty paisley fabric journal on: December 03, 2004 12:42:25 PM
I made this journal for a friend of mine for Christmas - It's the first paper craft type thing I've tried to make (well, besides zines), and I really hope she likes it!


I used two pieces of hard cardboard I tore from a regular composition notebook's covers for the base of the journal, and I covered each of them with fabric and sewed it shut around the edges.  I stitched the felt heart on by hand, and the paper and covers are tied together with ribbon.  I used a pair of craft scissors to cut up a bunch of regular lined paper to have fancier edges, and wala! a journal is born Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Fleece Scarf w/Button Flower on: December 03, 2004 12:33:19 PM
I made this easy fleece scarf for a friend of mine for Christmas.  All I did was cut out the shape of the scarf in fleece, cut some fringe on each end and then I sewed on this flower using scrap pieces of fleece and a hot pink button.  It was really simple, but I still think it turned out pretty cute.  What do you think?  I'd like to try to make similar ones for my web site...


It's kind of haphazardly folded up here so as to fit into my scanner...It's actually pretty long otherwise Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / pink plaid clutch with flower - my first clutch! on: November 17, 2004 04:38:45 PM
This is my first attempt at creating a clutch, and though it's a little rugged around the edges, I think it turned out pretty cute Smiley  What do you think of it?


I used two pieces of cardboard for the flap and the base of the purse to make it more solid, being that I used a rather lightweight fabric and I didn't want the clutch to be all floppy.  The flap just naturally folds over the pocket part of the clutch, and they attach together with self-adhesive velcro.  Super-glued to the front is the lovely lil' fabric & button flower, and the wristlet is comprised of a variety of purple, pink, and green beads.


This is what the inside looks like.  I didn't really use a pattern or anything for this; I just kind of made up as I went along.  I know it's not perfect, but I'm still happy with it, and I think I learned a lot in making so as to make an even better clutch next time around Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets and Necklaces and Earrings, Oh My! on: November 10, 2004 05:18:27 AM
Here are a few of my latest creations...Let me know what you think Smiley

I made this out of an old belt that I cut up, and I laced hot pink ribbon through the grommets and tied them off at the ends, leaving some ribbon left over to tie the cuff to the wrist with.  Very easy to make!

I made this bracelet out of these adorable mini clothespins I found at Jo Ann Fabrics, simply strung along on elastic thread.  

These are two bracelets I made recently out of a variety of beads - I used no bead more than once, which I thought I was kinda neat.

I put four pearls on each safety pin, then hooked 6 safety pin together on a earring hook to make this.  The picture's not very good, but everyone seems to like them!

I made this out a piece of ribbon laying around that I stuck self-adhesive velcro to, cut up some pieces of fabric and fitted together into a flower shape which I sewed on with a lil' black button.

This is what I do when I'm supposed to be studying here at school Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage Bags Reborn - Breathing New Life Into Old Stuff :) on: August 25, 2004 09:59:40 AM
I got this lovely lil' beaded bag at Goodwill and decided that it needed a lil' something else, so I sewed this ballerina girl onto it with a tight sash of pink thread.


Then I discovered this baby blue boxy clutch at Goodwill as well, and I decided to hot glue some cute buttons all over it.


And this last one's just a burlap bag I picked up at Jo Ann Fabrics, which I added a fabric heart to and handles too, as well as some random buttons.

What do you think?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets and Brooches and Necklaces...Oh My! (+ Earrings Too!) on: July 28, 2004 01:59:13 PM
I haven't posted anything in a while, so I thought I'd share some pics of some of my latest trinket-y creations.  I seem to be mixing pearls, pony bead, and ribbon a lot lately - Those are some of my favorite things Smiley  Some of these, because of the pony bead factor maybe, are kinda kiddie looking, but I still like them...What do you think?


Here's some ribbon earrings I made - Very simple, but they look great on Smiley  Oh, and a denim and cotton fabric brooch pin thing; I really want to start making more of these, this is just a rough one.


These are some of the necklaces I've been making lately - All on sturdy elastic thread, no messy clasps and such to fuss with.


And some bracelets too.

Sorry if some of these pictures are blurry or anything - I used my scanner to scan 'em in, and that doesn't always work so well on 3D objects Wink
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / handpainted girlieface tote with flower pin on: July 05, 2004 08:38:33 AM
This is a premade tote that I bought and painted this cute lil' girlieface onto.  In her hair is a hand-sewn flower pin that is detachable to pin on your own cute self.  What do you think?  I like it a lot myself, and have been tempted again and again to carry my own stuff around in it, though I'd like to try to sell it on my site and maybe make some more like this, but with different faces/styles.



Sorry the first picure's kinda dark - The colors are really much more vibrant in real life Smiley
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