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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hmm what to call it? Altered Goose Girl Box? on: February 12, 2007 07:28:01 PM
Here is one of my first attempts at altered art- this was for the fairy tale swap.  It's an altered box that I based on the theme of the Goose Girl fairy tale.  The feather on the outside I cut and creased from cardstock and affixed to the front.  Enjoy!

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / kitkabbit's 2006 ornaments (complete w/ photos) on: January 14, 2007 01:09:39 PM
Here are this year's ornaments.  Last year I gave a lot of the quilted ball ornaments I've posted previously to friends and family and this year I made three different types of ornaments.  Some went out for the 2006  holiday ornament swap.  I experimented some with an altered-art approach to the round ornaments (my 1st real experiment with that type of stuff) and paper-cut the doves and trees.  I've been doing intricate paper-cuttings and snowflakes and valentines for years.  The doves due to their non-symmetrical shapes were partially cut by exacto knife and partially cut with scissors.  The trees were cut with exacto knife.  I also used my scalloped edge scissors, spray adhesive, glittery nail polish, and glue sticks.  I am now a total spray adhesive convert!  Although I must admit I can't seem to use it without getting it on every single finger!  Messy!

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Sushi/Japanese totebag! on: November 18, 2006 08:58:51 PM
hey =)

This is my 3d handbag ever....!
I used this tutorial:

This tote was made for the Sushi Swap round 2- I both swapped and angeled in this one!  It came out pretty well- as I had interfaced the sushi fabric for strength, it was a bit tricky to sew and I think I'd probably change some of the assembly sequence as a result of this experience. 

I used a great Robert Kaufman sushi fabric for the outside and a Japanese indigo print for the inside.  Straps were made from grey grosgrain ribbon.

sushi side:

The sushi fabric is hilarious and has quotes like: 'Too Much Wasabi', 'She really likes squid', and 'My Toro!'.  Cracks me up!

japanese fans side:

permalink to my livejournal entry:

It was a great experience but definitely had some tricky aspects, and the interfacing made all the inside-out flipflopping difficult.  Bag making is definitely something I need to practice more!  haha that's just an excuse to sew some more stuff!
Enjoy the pics!

14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Swap & profile? new column for SEND date? on: September 27, 2006 10:40:09 PM
Just a tiny suggestion...?
hopefully constructive?

Would it be possible to add a column in our profiles for the swap SEND-OUT date?  It would really help me keep tabs on when I need to schedule stuff by.  Especially as after my 1st swap I signed up for more than one afterwards.  I had a lot of stuff going on in the end of august and beginning of september, so seeing that information on my profile would have helped me organize so much... and it would be something the swap organizer could add at the same time as swap start date or status!

15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Shadowbox diorama, Narnia (lots of pics) on: September 25, 2006 04:53:06 PM
Hi, I really wasn't sure *where* to put this, as it has papery bits in it, also, it's kinda reconstructed....  from an illustration....

* kitkabbit shrugs...

Mods, please feel free to move this if you know the proper place for this!

I made this diorama for the Narnia Swap.  Although it was a bit time consuming, it was worth it and a lot of fun, also my swap partner really liked it =)

original swap thread here:
please take a look at all the other fabulous items people made!!!

Here is the swap lot i sent:

The main item & reason for this post: shadowbox diorama, based on Pauline Bayne's illustrations for C.S. Lewis' Chronicle of Narnia book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Colourized with watercolors and the snow is embellished with glittered paint.  3 layers altogether.

Layers exploded:

Layers together but not yet framed:

comments welcome!

enjoy =)
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 1st zippered pouches!!! (phew!) **icebyrd67* dont look until you receive! on: September 14, 2006 09:57:03 PM
hi guys!
I combined a couple of zipper pouch tutorials and finished these two lined zippered pouches:
1) dalmatian pouch

I made a shrinky dink bone charm for the zipper pull.
this was fun, if a bit tricksy... the inside-out-ness of the lining had me thinking about it and trying to figure it out at 3 am in bed, in the dark...  used a 7-inch zipper for this.

2) robot swap pouch, front:


I used a really nice denim-type fabric, used a blue swirly aqua quilting fabric for lining, and appliqued out of print Alexander Henry 'Robot Man' flannel fabric to both front and back.  This is for a craft swap.  I'm still having trouble getting the outside and inside to perfectly match.  Also discovered you really can't zigzag applique very well without changing your zipper foot settings..... ooops, another needle in the trashcan!
I made a semi-atomic looking zipper charm/pull out of lovely thick THICK copper wire (left over from the DH's running 1000 feet of cable all over the unfinished theater room!).

Zippered pouches are indeed fun to make but a bit tricky.... also, I need to practice applique much, much more!!!

comments and ramblings greatly appreciated as usual!!

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Asian Picture Frames- times 2! on: August 17, 2006 12:00:25 PM
Made these recently.
If you're clever, you can find where they are =P

the one on the left is covered with japanese washi paper- beautiful, lots of sakura and gold and stuff... the one on the right is decorated with salvaged silk embroidered trim from an antique chinese robe that was too far gone to be saved =(  i love the bats, they are sooooo cute!

detail of the bat:

here is the washi frame- covered with cherry blossoms!

I'm quite pleased with them!

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I finally got my zipper foot! & I made a great Asian floor pillow! IMG heavy! on: August 08, 2006 04:03:46 PM
Here's the 2x month long pillow project.

I finally came across the zipper foot stashed with some sewing supplies today and promptly called and cancelled the White Sewing company zipper foot order, as it was 2 weeks and no sign of it...
also, the foot itself when orederd from White only cost $3.20, and the minimum order was $5.00, shipping was an additional $6.50, and the only filler i cold find was the $5.00 pack of needles, making that zipper foot a $15 zipper foot...  bah!

anyway, i promptly ran and got my pillow bits together and sewed it this afternoon.
I've got a bunch of pics below.
When I started this, I'd tried to use a Singer foot and failed, so all this piping you see here was hand sewn and hand attached.
I am never ever doing piping again by hand.  It was tedious and a PITA!!! Thank goodness I found that foot!!!!

I used Covington home decor fabric, very stylish with the japanese kanji/chinese characters, and black bias tape (made into piping) and a 24" zipper and 24" pillow form.  It came out really well- from here you can't see the stitch flaws, and I figure that it was my 1st time at using the zipper foot and at using the sewing machine to actually make something complicated.  The zipper foot really is great because it gets right in there and sews your fabric really snug to the zipper.  I think it's time for more zippering!  Tongue
The rounded corners were a bit tricksy though!

here is the finished pillow:

Covington fabric:

a view of all that piping:

closer view of the piping:

most of the piping attached:

another view of the pillow:

I think it will look great in the living room.  I really wanted to make this with a zipper and piping, it seems like i can't take the easy way... I need the things I make to look a certain way.  No shortcuts, let's do it RIGHT!

19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Pillowcase dress for a friend's baby- 1st try ever at clothing! on: August 08, 2006 03:40:15 PM
Here is the pillowcase dress I made yesterday for my friend's little girl.  She's one year old this summer.  I made it according to these tutorials:


I altered them some, just used them as a guideline.
I used 100% cotton twill tape to bind the armholes and act as ties.  Used the 1/2 inch wide elastic too in gathering the top of the dress.  Looks cute, doesn't it?  Would be even better if I had decorated it... I've got yards and yards of white ricrack coming sometime in the mail... but maybe I'll make another one later and add the trim.  Pockets would be good too.  But at 1 year old, I don't think she'll care.

I did the hems and armhole binding by hand, the rest was by machine.  I made a deep hem so that the dress can be let out as she grows, there are 2 extra inches (its about 17 inches long in total with the sewn hem) for added length.

this was my first try ever at clothing.  I'm really happy with it!

20  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / would like to meet other Raleigh/Durham Craftsters! on: August 02, 2006 03:40:03 PM

I've been in NC just over a year- we moved to knightdale last May from Virginia, and don't know that many people.  My husband works from home, so he mostly talks to his coworkers on aim or on conference calls.  I guess we know our neighbors to the right, and my inlaws moved here like us from VA this spring.  We're a bit hermity especially as my husband's taking summer evening MCSE classes and we like to watch stuff like Dr Who that we downloaded in the evening.

I've been active on craftster for about 2 months or so?  just finished my 1st newbie swap, well,at least, i've sent, she hasn't gotten it yet but you can get a sneak peek here:

i love japanese stuff (all sorts!), hello kitty, totoro, stuffy animals, hello kitty, my adorable kitty, Feather, Dr who, I'm a voracious reader, currently reading The Misted Cliffs by Catherine Asaro, should finish in about an hour of reading, love sci-fi, fantasy, manga, Austen, Wodehouse, anything Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones or Trina HYman, and love to make stuff.  i'm best at beadwork and jewelry and have been doing a lot of sewing lately.  I also want to open an Etsy shop but must photo stuff (sigh, jewelry is so difficult!).  My husband loves watching World Rally and he loves his Subaru STi.  We both enjoy watching anime and movies. 

Please PM me if you're in the area and would like to maybe meet up or something!
(or go thrifitng or something!!!!)

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