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1  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / In NYC midtown for a week, most unique craft store? on: January 24, 2007 03:07:00 PM
I'll be in NYC at a seminar for a week in April and would like to know if you have any suggestions of good, unique, and/or vintage craft supply stores.  Mostly for sewing and/or beading.  This Texas gal will go stark raving bonkers for a week with no crafting!  Even in NYC.  The only cure is buying new craft supplies.

I'm pretty good with the bus system/subway (been there a couple of times before), so anywhere in Manhatten would be appreciated.  Probably won't be able to make it to any of the other bouroughs though.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 10 yr old boy diagnosed with lymphoma on: September 20, 2006 07:39:25 AM
A friend of mine's 10 year old was just diagnosed with lymphoma.  I want to do a comfort box for him and his family, but I'm not sure what would be good for a boy. 

I figured a pillow with some cool fabric and some type of guardian angel charm (probably a shrinky dink so it's not girly) hanging off the corner of it.  What else can I do? 

This can be religious, but I really want to keep it upbeat and not morbid.  I'm thinking of a warrior angel theme.

Update:  He's doing great!  Tumors reduced by 70% after the first round of chemo!  Very upbeat and will be able to watch his football team play the playoffs next week.  We're thrilled for him!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans + old shirt = messenger bag on: August 25, 2006 07:40:13 PM
Cannibalize an old pair of jeans, an old dinosaur bowling shirt, and some remnant fabric and you get an awesome bookbag that can hold Mr. Serialcrafter's entire life!

Here's the Front.  To get an idea of size, the picture pocket (where you see Leah's book cover) is 9x12.

Now for the back.  You've got to have back pockets!

Inside.  Pockets and a padded divider to keep lunch separate from books.  And maybe even carry a laptop.

And finally, a close up on the dinosaur print.  This was a shirt that his sister made him in 1980, so there's some historical significance, even if no one could even fit their left arm in it anymore!   Roll Eyes

I actually had to wait for him to go to bed before I could snap pictures.  He hasn't let it out of his site since I made it for him.

Hope you like.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hurray for Joann's remnants - my first purse on: August 17, 2006 06:28:53 PM
Saw this fabric in the remnant bin, with the orange right next to it.  I couldn't resist and now I have my favorite purse EVER!  To heck with those storebought purses that never had enough pockets!  This one has enough pockets and can even hold a full size notebook computer!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the terrific tutorials!  I used the jordy hobo for this.  Can't see it too well in the pictures, but there are even pockets on the outside between the ribbons.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ribbon Embroidery bridal kit on: August 17, 2006 06:17:13 PM
Have a friend getting married this weekend and she's the kind of person who already has everything she needs.  Knowing that she's a little forgetful, I made her a bridal kit, to cover all those little emergencies on the wedding day.  Since I got to sit through jury duty on Monday, I decided to do some ribbon embroidery on the cover.  I think it turned out kinda nice.

The inside isn't embroidered, but it's kinda cool.  Lots of pockets to hold her emergency supplies which I added later.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bride's toiletry and wedding day survival kit on: August 16, 2006 07:50:55 PM
OK.  Here's my first post with pictures of something I've done.  A little nervous, so please be gentle with me.

So we're having a rush of weddings among my friends.  Three in a 6 week period.  Since I'm poor and my friends have everything they could possibly need, I decided to personalize their gifts and I took the bridal survival kit as a starting point. 

I used the wedding colors (which is why one of these looks like it belongs in a bordello, but don't tell her I said that) and made a roll up kit with one big zipper pocket and two rows of elastic top pockets.  It will be filled with emergency supplies for the wedding day and can then be converted to a travelling toiletry bag for the honeymoon.  There's a loop at the top to hand on the doorknob.

Two down and one to go.  I'd appreciate any ideas or feedback on this.

(edited to fix pictures)
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