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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: I've gone Fringe Mad!! on: October 27, 2005 03:06:12 PM
thank you everybody! my eyes are all crazy from having worked with those seed beads for so long, so i don't know if the bracelets are still cute or not :-)

it's so easy to make the bracelet - much easier than making a tutorial!! lol, but i will try anyway, just give me a couple of days! cheers
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Travel Folders\Envelopes on: October 27, 2005 01:57:16 PM
i'm so glad you guys like them and think they'd be useful, too! i live\work abroad, so i always use those huge "duffels-on-wheels" type luggage when going back and forth -- problem is, there is no frame for them so everything always gets jumbled around inside! with these packs, i can easily access stuff and everything stays pretty tidy!

i got the inspiration from these things:

i'd love to make the packing cubes, too, but i hate doing zippers!

please post pics if you make some!! oh, and the triangle piece was just a scrap of fabric that i stitched on for decoration :-)
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Travel Folders\Envelopes on: October 26, 2005 08:37:05 PM
i LOVE that! ...... if only I could sew:(

hey! thanks guys :-) obsessed, you CAN do it! you only need to be able to stitch a line, or even just cut out fabric and iron the edges and use fabric glue to hold it down! i've "hemmed" or finished the edges with glue LOADS!!!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Travel Folders\Envelopes on: October 26, 2005 08:02:58 PM
i've seen these kinds of things (made by eagle creek, for example) and they look great for packing and holding all those carefully ironed items into place -- but the cost is too high for me so i decided to make my own!

i took a large book (roughly the same area as a folded shirt), traced it onto newspaper print, drew on some "flaps", cut and stiched and added some snaps! very simple and now my clothes don't get messed up in duffel bags or large luggage pieces!

15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / I've gone Fringe Mad!! on: October 26, 2005 07:50:57 PM
i stopped into a bead shop a couple of months ago and ended up going back every day for a week, fixing or adding to random pieces of jewelry i had

then, someone taught me how to make a fringe bracelet and i went nuts and made several -- with earrings to match. i hope they'll make nice xmas presents for family\friends

anyway, just wanted to share! thanks  Smiley

16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Denim Quilt for Mom on: October 26, 2005 06:26:54 PM
thanks so much! it was really really easy, though -- what i did was simply start cutting up my jeans (i think i used a 20x20cm square approx) until they were no more. then, i took all the squares and started arranging them until i found a pattern i liked. sewing is easy but time-consuming. i sewed the small squares first, then added the large ones doing row by row.

i didn't want to bother with actual quilting or tying, you know, so that's why i opted for the iron-on batting. however, when i had it dry-cleaned, it came back all rumpled and the batting was messed up so i had to open it up and re-do everything. i almost died!!! my grandmother and her friend came to my rescue, though.

when the quilt was finished (well, the first time!), my friend folded it up like an origami crane!! so, yes, that's what that is :-) i didn't have a normal picture of the back of the quilt, so i had to use that one to show you guys what the back looked like!!

every one here always does the most AWESOME quilts and i'm always so inspired, even though i rarely have the time to post *or* craft! i'm just now getting a chance to put up some of the stuff i've done over the last year!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / School Uniform Button Ponytail Holder on: October 26, 2005 05:44:01 PM
hey guys!
a few months ago, a friend gave me a bunch of buttons from her grandmother's button box -- they were all old buttons from brothers\fathers\sons\uncles\etc school uniforms! anyway, i was so excited but i didn't know what to do with them -- but finally, i used 6 of them to make this ponytail holder. i also added a few wooden beads and strung everything together on a piece of elastic. i love wearing it cos it makes a little jingle :-)

the 3rd picture is a little fuzzy, but i wanted to show how i put it together! i used 3 split rings strung on the elastic and attached the buttons and wire-wrapped beads to the split rings. then, i used a jump ring to keep it all together!
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Denim Quilt for Mom on: October 26, 2005 05:27:23 PM
hey there,
just wanted to share some photos of a quilt i made and gave to my mom last mother's day

i was moving and decided to cut up my old jeans to make the quilt top and use an old printed sheet from india that i'd used as a wall hanging for years to make the quilt backing

it was so cheap to make (rotary cutter, cutting mat and plastic square for $1 each at the shop, a spool of thread for a couple bucks and that was about it! oh i did splurge on iron-on batting but it wasn't worth it, IMO!)
19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / NEW! ***Pictures*** of Old Japanese Typewriter Keys!! on: February 17, 2005 08:38:16 PM
thanks for your interest and e-mails, everyone! i don't have reliable net access so i just got around to getting the pics up! here they are!

like i mentioned before, the typewriter keys are more like block type or mini stamps. because there are a few 1,000 kanji used in japanese, a traditional typrewriter would just be toooo huge and difficult to operate! so, they invented a special machine for "typing" but it was difficult to use and only folks who took special courses and got certified could really use it. since the word processor and PC came along, these typewriters are no longer in use. most young people don't even know what they are! for more information on what the machine looks like and how it was used, please go here: http://www.honco.net/japanese/05/page1.html

20  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old Japanese Typewriter Keys ?!?! on: February 14, 2005 11:06:36 PM
Hi Guys

Well, you may be wondering why Ive resurrected this thread its because I never ended up making *anything* with my unusual old Japanese typewriter keys! (Well, I did spend hours searching through the pile to find my most favorite kanji\Japanese character!)

Anyway, some of you expressed interest in these keys (they are more like mini-stampers, I guess) and I wanted to give folks an opportunity to have some!

Im leaving Japan in early April and whatever keys I cant give away will have to go to the trash pile. Id feel bad throwing them all away when they could be crafted by more creative craftsters than I!

Anyway, I should direct you to the classifieds section of craftster - check out my ad if you are interested!
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