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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Be careful what you ask for... *EDIT: added my friend's reaction* on: April 18, 2008 04:55:57 AM
Phone conversation between me and my best guy friend:

Me: "For girls, I like to make birthday presents. That's not as easy for guys."
Him: "Would you make me something?"
Me: "There's nothing I can make that you'd like, is there?"
Him: [joking tone] "You can make me a handbag!"
Me: "A nice floral one?"
Him: "Yes. I could wear it to uni and show it off."

Me, when I got off the phone: Muahahahahahaha!

The result?

A nice floral bag. The white square is a note I pinned on that says "Your handbag! Turn inside out..."

When he turns it inside out he'll see this.

I made it as a joke, but I wanted to make it something he can use. I don't often get to make boyish things so I had fun. The pleats are there because I cannibalised an old skirt and thought the pleats might look cool in the bag, so left them in. (Read: Didn't fancy trying to iron them out) They worked better in theory than in practise. They were an absolute pain to sew, and they keep flopping open. But ah well, you live and learn.

I was very happy with the patch. I freehanded the lettering, using a font on my computer for reference. My friend loves skating, hence the skateboarder. With the patch fabric, I was going for that 'ornate shabby chic made to look as ratty as possible in the name of masculinity' style that seems to be popular in guys' clothes.

ETA: When he opened it he burst out laughing and seems to like it. Whether he'll use it or not is another story, as he's not the 'man-bag' type, as he described it. I showed him this thread and told him there are various people in different parts of the world waiting to hear if he uses it, so he said he will. Cheesy
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Year planner... so what if it took me 4 months to post it? on: April 18, 2008 04:39:21 AM
I have been accused of being obsessed with colour co-ordination. I believe the word 'neurotic' may have been used. This is, of course, utterly ridiculous.

I can't stand the fact that year planners clash with the decor in my room. So naturally I made my own reusable one.

The days of the week, the year and the planner grid are all removable so I can replace them next year. This thing is fairly huge, but four months in and it's working nicely so I think it was a success.

I know you were dying to get up close and personal with the 1st-9th January.

Looking at this you might get the idea I like pink and brown. Wink

ETA: I forgot to say, when my housemate walked into my room and found me making this she said "You're making a calender??!! You really are a craft nerd!" Cheesy
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Grumpy cat on: April 18, 2008 04:30:50 AM
Behold, Sir Grumpus.

I had a mad urge to paint a grumpy cat with a teacup on its head. When you get such urges you must comply, or terrible things happen.

He's done in watercolour pencils.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm terrible at sport, too, if you were wondering... on: April 08, 2008 05:44:17 AM
I don't venture into the knitting boards much. Hi. Smiley At the moment I'm here chiefly to let off steam.

I think I am possibly the world's most uncoordinated knitter. I was taught to knit a when I was young thing, and the relative who taught me was somewhat uncoordinated. I know this because I take after her. But as a result I'm SUPER unco!

The general principal of knitting I'm fine with. The thing that stops me doing anything remotely complicated is that my fingers can't get the hang of holding onto the needles and the yarn at the same time. I am ashamed to admit that when I knit I hold one needle and rest the end of the second needle against my stomach. Tonight I decided it was high time I remedied this ridiculous way of doing things, so I jumped on the internet and watched some knitting videos to see how they managed this highly complicated process of holding both the needle and the yarn at once. Then I tried it. I was concentrating so hard on getting my fingers to manage this yarn feeding thing that I forgot to hold the needle. Then I concentrated so hard on not dropping the needle I couldn't feed the yarn through my fingers because they were so tense. Then I tried relaxing and I dropped both the yarn and the needle. Roll Eyes

Is it really rocket science? Am I really that unco? Surely either the second needle or the yarn is unnecessary in this whole knitting business anyway? And will I be cast into knitting hell if I continue to prop the second needle against my stomach?

Am I the only person who's too uncoordinated to knit? Should I go into business as a knitting freak and sell tickets to watch me try and keep hold of both the yarn and the needle?

Ah well, I hope I gave you a good laugh, anyway. Grin
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / My fingers are too small for my ring... on: April 06, 2008 11:40:17 PM
I really don't think there is a solution to this, but I figured I'd throw it out there anyway in case anyone has any suggestions.

I have a ring that I wear all the time. It is extremely cheap (bought on sale at Diva), but it has a lot of sentimental value to me. My fingers are tiny, and while this ring is just small enough to stay on in summer, now the weather's starting to cool down the ring is slipping and sliding everywhere, and I'm terrified of losing it.

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to make it stay on my finger during winter? I tried wrapping wire around it and it looked like a cheap ring that had been badly wrapped in wire. Cheesy
16  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Craft a memory on: March 07, 2008 06:43:02 PM
There seem to be a lot of people on Craftster who use craft as therapy to deal with the loss of loved ones or to make something to commemorate a significant event or person, so how about a craft challenge where people craft something inspired by memory of a person or event?
17  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Markets in Sydney on: February 20, 2008 10:36:10 PM
Ok, so there seem to be quite a few posts on here about selling at markets, but I'm far more interested in buying at markets. Grin So, fellow Sydneysiders, which ones are the best markets for finding crafty goodness?
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Skin remedies you can use in the shower on: January 12, 2008 05:58:46 PM
I've had dermatitis all my life but over the past year it's got worse than it's been for a long time, and now Sydney's hot, sticky summer isn't helping. Given the stuff prescribed by my doctor hasn't cleared it up (I think I become immune to a treatment after a while), I want to try some natural treatments before I drag myself off to a dermatologist.

I've done searches on here and found a lot of suggestions, but most of them involve putting stuff in the bath. Baths aren't really an option for me. So does anyone have any suggestions for remedies for dermatitis, eczema and dry/itchy skin, that I can use in the shower?
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A rather pink Bright Young Thing (1920s dress) on: December 23, 2007 10:50:01 PM
I had a 1920s murder mystery party for my friends and naturally I had to make my dress. I had a gorgeous pair of shoes I wanted to wear, so the whole thing was designed to co-ordinate with the shoes. I did all the beading by hand- it took me about 30 hours. I watched a lot of DVDs. Cheesy

The whole outfit. I made everything but the shoes.

The headband.

Top half of the dress.

Close-up of the detail at the top.

Close-up of the detail on the waistband.

Me wearing the whole ensemble. Sadly you can't see my shoes in the photo.

The whole longwinded story of its inception is on my blog, http://crafty-devil.blogspot.com/2007/12/bright-young-thing.html.
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Three strands, three colours on: December 23, 2007 07:42:19 PM
I made this for a friend's 21st, just different coloured pearls on tigertail wire. It was a bit fiddly to make but the end result was worth it, I think. She liked it anyway, so that's what matters.

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