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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Trying something new - Portrait Art on: October 22, 2006 11:32:54 AM
Hi.  Smiley

I wanted to try something new today. I wanted to draw a face, like a portrait. So, off to a how-to site and read various tuts.

OK, really, I tired of fiddle-dillying with my brown disaster top and skirt for a while.

OK, time to tread new ground. My doodles don't have faces. So, here it is, a lame attempt to actually draw a face. I know I have a very long way to go. Please humor me.. Embarrassed

I sketched this:

Well, I decided to try coloring it.

So... Embarrassed  Do I have a chance or should I give up now?  Huh  Roll Eyes
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fashion Doodling Anyone? on: October 08, 2006 10:11:22 AM
Hi!  Grin
I'm Deana and I usually write in bags/wallets or clothing.  Smiley

So, moving on, I recently noticed these art topics. I doodle a lot.  Roll Eyes I generally doodle dawdle things I'd like to make someday.  Roll Eyes They never turn out like I want, though. I don't have the figure for most of them anyhow Cry

Lame?  Roll Eyes I need a life?  Cry

Does anyone else like to, well, design and draw a make believe wardrobe of things you could never wear?  Huh

I'm feeling a little bold today. Generally, I like to look at what everyone else does and think, "wish I could do that!"

OK, here goes.... Anyone like this?
 Embarrassed Embarrassed

I know... Don't quit my day job....
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Denim wallet that looks like a little purse. on: September 23, 2006 10:19:59 PM
I'll try this challenge. It's more of a scrappy-doo but we haven't done that one yet.


As a wallet.

With handle/ strap.


There are more pictures and info here:
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wallet/ Organizer/ Mini-purse on: September 22, 2006 08:34:02 PM
Hi.  Grin

The last two evenings, I've gone through my scraps with the attic fan on and a nice cool breeze coming in the windows. While going through my scraps, I decided to make a little something.

Here it is. It started out as a wallet. It sort-a ended up a mini-purse type looking thing. It's lame.  Embarrassed  But I totally enjoyed the relaxation making it in my favorite back friendly furry chair in the cool breeze.  Smiley I guess I need a life... Roll Eyes

Anyway it looks like a little purse:

Or with the strap hidden inside:

Inside, empty, it's pretty basic.

And how it can be used:

Or carried in a pocket, courtesy of my laptop bag:

It's several pieces of scrap denim hand sewn around two pieces of heavy cardboard. The strap is the inseam of a jean leg. The border is a polyester type blend. It has a button closure and a pink terrycloth heart.

Scissorsister had a nice idea I may use which is to replace the button closure with Velcro and make the button ornamental. It fits in my regular bag or my little jean leg bag. It can also be used alone for those short trips to the grocery or the bank.

Right now, the strap isn't permanent. It has pins buried holding it in place. I don't know if I want to add it or not.

I hope y'all like it.  Undecided
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Free, but flimsy tote bag to useful laptop bag. on: September 17, 2006 10:22:32 AM
I was given this laptop by a friend. It came in this real cheap, flimsy tote with advertizing all over it. How funny were the looks when I set the laptop aside and examined this tote bag..... Grin

I'm self sufficiant when it comes to saving computers. I made the laptop useful by cleaning all the spyware and such. But this tote... I really want a nice bag for carrying my laptop. I'm on a limited budget. What to do.....

Here is the thing on my treadmill. I have many leftover legs from jean-to-skirt conversions when the end of summer arrives. I threw some denim on top for, well, I don't know. I just did.  Grin

So, I covered the outside in denim. I left the black edging to show. It made a nice contrasting trim. I added cardboard inside to make it sturdy, but still lightweight.

I took an old blanket that I've been saving for a pleated skirt and made some soft furry lining and added it over the cardboard. I hand stitched with a sturdy needle. I covered another piece of cardboard with scrap denim for a divider.

Of course, before I added the lining, I added two pockets to one side. On the other, I only covered up to the zipper of the front pouch.

The sides:


My laptop has a new home with a nice soft and warm blankie lining around it! The charger and all the cords go to the left of the divider and the laptop to the right.

With the shoulder strap, it rides right at hip level.

I hope you all like it! Smiley

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jean leg bag: dorky but useable, now w/tute! (9/18) on: September 03, 2006 10:11:02 AM
Hi.. uh OK.. I have all these legs from jeans-to-skirt projects... What to do... How about a bag? Shocked

This is the first thing I've shown here. I'm really nervous about it. OK, here goes... Embarrassed Embarrassed

First, I cut the bottom from a leg. This is the outside. Cut the other but a little smaller. This was the liner to make it a bit more sturdy. I added a pocket to the outside with the letter 'd' (I'm Deana, maybe I'm a bit too old to be caught carrying a bag with my initial... but who cares...) Undecided

I thought it might be nice to have a divider with pockets.

One side of the divider:

The other side:

For the bottom, I cut an oval of denim and added a 1/8" piece of hardwood cut in the same oval. I added some trim on the bottom. By doing this, the bag will stand up on it's own.

For the top, I added a zipper. Open:


Maybe I should have stopped there. But no, I had to try and be unique. I added a white leather strip and called it a belt. I made a buckle by bending some heavy guage wire. I made belt loops at the top of the bag. Dorky, yes, but different. You can see the belt & buckle above in the image with the zip closed. Notice I errored adding the zip... it's not straight... But it still worked...

The straps are just the seam from some leg material left over from making a denim skirt with a box pleat hem.

The outside pocket:

I added this little heart. It matches the little hearts that grace the top of my box pleated hem reconned denim skirt:

I'm done now. Put the keys on the handy ring and on the bag on my shoulder. I'm off to face the world! I hope I'm not too stupid looking...

Comments? Dorky? Useful? Maybe cute? I'm really nervous...

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