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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A new purse...and it only took a day and a half (6 pics) on: September 19, 2008 12:57:32 PM
Over my vacation, I finally got around to making an everyday purse for ME. I know, it's a first. I actually used it as an opportunity to draft and test a new pattern. Next summer, I plan on having a booth that sells purses in assorted sizes and styles. For mine, I wanted something neutral but not boring....if that makes sense.

I did make some mistakes, and had to re-engineer mid-sewing, but I am not pointing them out! But after some tweaking to accomodate what I learned, I hope this could be a pretty good seller.

Purse inside (empty). You can see the divider and a simple divided pocket. One part is big enough for 2 large pens, and the other fits my gum, lip balm and mirror. You can also see the very lovely fabric that I had to use.

Here it is with stuff. Obviously, a lot of stuff. it fits my planner, notebook, red pouch and wallet. There is room to spare for my camera or a water bottle, too. In the upper left corner, you can also see the key loop I put in. It runs through my keys and snaps so they don't sink to the bottom of my bag.

On the side is my cell phone pocket. I made it big so I can fit a larger phone, or this phone and it's charger. On the back, there is a simple zipper pocket I did not take a picture of. As you can see, I did not do the traditional purse assembly. I did this because I wanted bits of the inside fabric peeking out the break up the grey.

Here is the front. This is my first try at reverse applique, and I am pretty happy with it. I got the ribbon from my dad, along with millions of other ribbons. It doesn't really match, but I think it "goes."

And the action shot in the horribly messy bedroom. Because crafting is sooooo much better then cleaning!

The best part...the only things I paid for was thread and snaps. I got the zippers and buttoms from swaps, and all the fabric for free from a lady I work with.

If anyone has any feedback, please share. I really want to know if this is an appealing bag, or I am just waay too excited to have it done. thanks for looking!
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Making a cloth basket (w/link to pic) on: May 17, 2008 05:22:12 AM
So I am in love with this basket and I was wondering if anyone has made anything like it ever?


It looks pretty easy, like coils of heavy cotton rope wrapped in fabric and stitched together. But before I put in the time and energy, I want to know if anyone has any tips or advice so it turns out good and sturdy.

13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Found a use for old plastic soda bottles on: May 01, 2008 04:01:05 PM
Okay, this lady called Michelle Brand found a use for lots and lots of soda bottles. Room divider! Read about it here:
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 2 quilts made for me! on: January 04, 2008 05:40:10 PM
I have 2 fab new quilts to show off! Let me say, right off the bat, neither of these were made by me. I got married in September, I got both of these as presents and had to share.

The first one is made by my mom and grandma. It has some fabrics I picked out when I was visiting last year Christmas. Then they added stuff from their stashes, as well as some others from their fave quilt stores. It was all machine quilted, but it turned out beautiful! This picture kind of does it justice.

Here is mom giving my hubby a hard time on day #1 of being married. Im glad they both have a sense of humor. But more important, you can see how BIG it is!

Here is the boy and dog enjoying the quilt at home.

And a detail of the backing/quilting.

The other quilt is way different. Mom did hers in unisex colors. This one was all in pastels and whites and done by hand by my great-grandmother specifically for my wedding day.

The best part about getting this quilt? My great grandma died ten years ago, so it was like having her back.

Anyway, hope all of you enjoy the quilts!

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Unity ceremony help on: June 28, 2007 05:47:47 PM
Here's the deal. I love the idea of a unity ceremony, but I can't find anything that works. If anyone has any ideas, please help. I guess really the only thing important to know is that it will be a semi-Lutheran, outdoor ceremony. And here are the unity ceremonies we have booted so far.

Unity candle; can't have flames
Sand or salt ceremony; fiance hated them both, and I wasn't really enthusiastic.

Any ideas at this point would be great. Something you'rve heard of, something you've made up, whatever. I just want to do SOMETHING. Thank you to anyone who can help.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old can into lesson in SAVINGS! on: February 24, 2007 03:52:08 PM
Nothing too spectacular here, but I love this so much I had to share. A few weeks ago, my friends little girl turned three and I was broke. Well, he has been teaching her to save her money, so I at least had some inspiration to work with. I ended up making her a bank so she has a place for all her change. Ta-da!

I took an old nut can, sanded it and glued the lid on. I then molded celu-clay (a paper mache plaster mix) into a crown, since she is a princess. After it dried, I painted it with acrylics, glue, glitter and a leather flower I had made ages ago. I made the hole in top large and round so even quarters can be shaken out without a problem.

And there you have it...saving in style!
17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / prepare to be green with envy! on: February 24, 2007 03:46:53 PM
My grandmas husband loves playing on his lathe. When I was visiting, he needed a new challenge, so he made me a giant spindle. It is arctic willow, oak and manzanita. Here it is with a crochet hook for scale.

It's taken a little getting used to, but it's so smooth and balance, it works like a dream! Hopefully with it's help, I can return to Fiber Fridays.
18  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / seja! on: February 24, 2007 03:44:21 PM
My cousin had a little girl, and that's the best excuse to crochet. I made the hat out of an off-white with different colored flecks and bordered it with a brown version of the same yarn. I also modified the buckle hole to work with thier carseat. I also made the hat, but I used blue and green yarns I had left from the Craft My Wish Swap. It looks like a boy hat, but I think they'll like some variety amid the pink.

Close-up that better shows the yarn colors.
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / just a fun pouch...one skien on: February 24, 2007 03:40:05 PM
Just a simple pouch I made for a friend this Christmas. I had a really cool ball of yarn and knew I had to use it.

And I forgot to add...an octopus I also made for a baby gift this Christmas. The tutorial is from somewhere on craftster.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / scrap afghan on: January 23, 2007 02:37:12 PM
I started this two summers ago to use up my ends of acrylic yarns. It took forever to finish because of school and work. However, I really wanted to make it because my mom had a fave blanket just like it, and then my dad took it because his grandmother made it (for her). It's not very large because she lives in Arizona and doesn't need much heat, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. Sorry the picture isn't the best. Every other line is the same grey to keep the insanity down. In every row I did five single stitches and then one double that is attached two rows below. It's a pretty cool effect and a really good stash buster.

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