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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yoga Mat Bag on: June 03, 2008 07:14:17 AM
I had originally begun this back in January and didn't get around to finishing it until two days ago. It's not that it was hard, I've just been working 60 hour weeks and we got a puppy and I just haven't had any time. So, anyway...here is a bag I made for my yoga mat. It's a basic bolster shape...I did follow a patter, but changed the handle to suit me better. It's quite spacious...roomy enough for a towel, too. I had considered making the one using the free pattern from Amy Butler's website, but I didn't like the open top and I thought it looked like an awfully tight squeeze.

Without further ado...

The strap isn't too long. It's just right for slinging it across my body.

Lining shot.

Close up of quilting.

Questions, comments, constructive criticism welcome...thanks for looking!!! Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Weekender...FINALLY! on: June 03, 2008 07:10:33 AM
Well, I began this endeavor back in...oh, I'd say August of 2007. I bought the pattern and the fabric and I didn't get around to cutting it out until about February. I actually sewed it together in March and finished it at 2:00 AM on the morning I wanted to use it. It was my carry on for my Florida trip. And I'm only just now getting around to posting pictures.

Here she is in all her glory:

The last photo is a lining shot. I still haven't tacked the lining down inside, so it just sorta floats around in there. I didn't like the way Amy had us put the zipper in. I actually had a friend tell me to put it in the way i would normally put in a zipper, but I wanted to try this new technique and I'd never do it again. It didn't come out even, which isn't a problem visually, really...but it's a problem when I zip or unzip because the fabric is always getting stuck inside. Also, I used a shorter zipper and one without a stop at the bottom. I could only find the brown color in the correct size and I wasn't going to have an ugly zipper with all of the expensive fabric I bought!!

Let me know what you think...she's a little crushed and wrinkly from being stuffed under the seat in front of me on the plane (no way would I put this in the overhead compartment to suffer through all of those ugly shopping bags and normal ho-hum suitcases! Cheesy) Thanks for looking!!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / neckwarmer!! double basket weave stitch on: February 13, 2008 04:18:47 PM
i really liked this stitch pattern that i found in "knitting for dummies." it's call the 'double basket weave.' i had intended to make a scarf, but it's february and after many long months of ohio winter scarves are starting to get on my nerves. so, i decided to do a neckwarmer. i will be doing either mittens or gloves next, neither of which i've ever made before (any suggested patterns for beginners??), but i'm excited.

here you go:

please excuse the redness around my eyes...my skin gets super dry in the winter - even if i'm not out long - and it gets very red and raw. Embarrassed

a close up of the basket weave pattern and my cool buttons:

a close up of the buttonholes, of which i'm extrememly proud...these are my first! i followed the video tutorial on www.knittinghelp.com 

i really like how i placed them in such a way that they don't really disrupt the pattern, it continues "through" them, if that makes sense.

a question: what do you think of the buttons? i was going to do black or brown buttons, but i wanted something a little funky. the husband votes yes on them.

any questions/comments/criticism welcome!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / another lingerie bag and a bag for hair stuff on: February 03, 2008 07:21:05 AM
i have already made a lingerie bag out this fabric for my mom, my aunt, and another craftster member in a swap...so now it's my turn to have something out of this adorable fabric!

i also have this super cute fabric for making bags for putting hair supplies in for traveling. this is for my mom...she didn't want anything for her hair dryer, just her mouse and hair spray and styling tools as she just uses the hair dryers at hotels. i have yet to make mine, but it's the next project on the list.

questions, comments, criticism welcome!! Grin
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / mosaic clock on: February 03, 2008 06:35:47 AM
for my birthday, my aunt took me to a place called artist for a day where you can either paint your own pottery or do mosaics. since i had taken her there for her birthday and we did pottery, we decided to do mosaics on my birthday.

i made a clock! and i love it!!

clock in my dining room:

you pick out a wooden base...they have all sorts of things (clocks, mirrors, picture frames, figures of animals, cutouts of objects, even small tables and stools)...then you choose your mosaic tiles (they have a bunch of colors and kinds) and glue them on. they give you the grout to take home and do at your convenience...since i did a clock, they even gave me the clock mechanism!

let me know what you think!!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / computer chair cushion on: February 03, 2008 06:31:50 AM
so, i found this fabric and if you've seen my other posts you might recognize it. i'm on a mission to make my living room look nice and pulled together and i love this fabric!

i managed to scrape enough together to make a seat cushion for our computer chair. instead of putting a zipper in, i made the opening fold over itself. (i didn't have a zipper and didn't want to buy one.) i also added tied (which i made using the same fabric) to keep it in place.

here it is!


ties (and you can see the fold over opening):

fold over opening:

i don't now i'm feeling about this opening. i thought it would be snugger. and i might try to play with it to make it so.

let me know what you think!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / refinished telephone table on: February 03, 2008 06:28:36 AM
i got this telephone table from the flea market for $10...i talked the guy down from $15. well, it was awful looking, but i saw it's potential. i forgot to take before pictures, but it had a nasty looking vinyl (ugh...) seat and the finish was just...ick.

i actually did the refinishing last october/november and have only just now the living room.

anyway...here it is.


close up of cushion:

we used carpet tacks to attach the fabric (staple gun wasn't working)...wood seat base was too thick.

anyway, i love to refinish...this is my second refinishing project and i already have one planned for spring!! Grin
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / rocking chair cushion on: January 26, 2008 08:06:22 AM
this is cushion i made for our rocking chair. i'm planning on using this fabric in our living room as pillows and also for the seat of the telephone table i refinished (pictures of that to come after the seat has been covered).

the cushion:

the zipper part of the gusset:

i'm super proud of this zipper. i did it like a couch cushion and folded the fabric and sewed it down to "hide" it.

the zipper part of the gusset meeting the non-zipper part of the gusset:

i zigzagged all cut edges before sewing because they were fraying quite badly, which i think it what most home dec fabric does. all in all it was a fairly inexpensive project even though the 4" foam is pricey. i'm really looking forward to making more stuff for my living room. my summer project will the bedroom, i plan on making pillows, recovering lamp shades, and making a fabric headboard. Grin

questions/comments/criticism welcome!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / lingerie bags on: January 25, 2008 11:58:09 AM
so, i hate when they open your bag in the middle of the airport and just expose all of your things to the entire world. i've been making little bags to put lingerie in so that i don't have to use those revealing mesh pockets. here's my latest. i actually made two, one for me and one for my mom. i used that cute envelope-style side that people have been posting around here. i have seen a couple of different ones and at least two tutorials. very easy, thanks for sharing to those craftsters!!

without further ado:

hope you like it!!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / handwoven baskets on: January 25, 2008 11:53:11 AM
so, i found a place to take basket weaving classes last fall. this is the first basket i made:

i was really pleased with the results, and i found that i absolutely love to weave baskets! it's so...relaxing.

well, my mom just loved it when she came to visit, so i surprised her with one for x-mas! i bought the supplies from the class instructor and wove it all by myself on my kitchen floor, so naturally i'm incredibly proud of myself and the basket!

the difference between my mom's and mine is the shape...i squared off her sides. don't know why  i didn't do it on mine...but actually, i like both shapes.

and finally, i took a second class and made this christmas basket:

the green reeds are trees!!  Smiley

hope you enjoyed looking at them and i hope it inspires you to check out basket weaving!

questions/comments/criticism welcome!
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