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11  Welsh Flag Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: July 08, 2008 12:45:17 PM
My fiance and I just moved in to our first condo together and I FINALLY have a dedicated sewing space!  To celebrate, I made myself a purse.  The image is lifted from a souvenir tea towel (the Welsh flag, our wedding will be in Wales!).  The exterior fabric is a remnant of Irish linen, the interior is another remnant from Joann's upholstery section.   It was really simple to make, just a makeup bag more or less with a strap sewn in.  The best part of making it was getting to leave my sewing machine out on my sewing desk after I'd finished instead of schlepping it off to a closet Smiley

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12  My Epic Pearl Necklace (pic heavy, being "epic" and all :)) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: July 07, 2008 02:26:30 PM
I'm getting married in March and a few weeks ago, my mom emailed me saying "I'd like something like this http://www.coggles.com/store/item/Vivienne%20Westwood%20-%20Jewel/32521 wear to your wedding".  About 5 hours, 18 feet of sterling wire, 4 1/2 strands of button pearls, one strand of large pearls, and a few charms and findings later . . .

I really wanted to keep all the materials natural (sterling and genuine pearls) since this was such a HUGE time commitment to make.  Even so, I bought everything at Fire Mountain gems and w/ my discount it was under $40 to make.   HOORAY FOR FIRE MOUNTAIN GEMS!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!  Grin

I love it and my mom is thrilled with it.  I'm not usually much for "epic" pieces but this was a TON of fun to make and I'm really happy with the results!
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13  Need a little Sterling Wire Advice! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by hollylynne on: June 20, 2008 10:08:38 AM
Hey Guys! I've been making earrings like the ones below for a while in silver colored copper wire but I want to try upgrading to Sterling. The wire I'm looking at is sold in dead soft, half hard and full hard varieties.  I have NO IDEA which to buy?!  Can anyone help?  THANKS CRAFTSTERS!  Smiley

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14  Paul Smith Inspired Sunglasses Case for my boy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: May 30, 2008 12:55:38 PM
My fiance very very very rarely asks me to make him anything, so i was super excited when he told me that he wanted a case for his new sunglasses!!  They're on the big side, so I made just a simple pouch using  an 8 inch zipper and I added a layer of batting between the exterior (which I interfaced) and the lining.  Adding batting is totally easy  . . . you just sew it in with the same line you're using to sew the exterior fabric to the zipper, just think of it as another layer of interfacing on the exterior.The exterior is the last of a great travel/london themed print fat quarter that i bought on Ebay and the interior is just basic buffalo check flannel from joann's.  The pouch is about 3 1/2 inches high . . . I showed it w/ my sunglasses for scale but his are much bigger! 

Hope you guys like Smiley

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15  Himself and Herself Pillows in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by hollylynne on: May 15, 2008 11:34:38 AM
i haven't done much embroidery lately . . . but i had a 4 hour car ride a few weeks ago so I thought some new pillowcases would be in order Smiley

I used the sublime stitching stitch it kit transfers.  "Himself" and "Herself" is sort of an Irish thing . . .I think its cute Smiley  I'm considering the pillowcases my wedding present to myself  Cheesy

Hope you guys like!

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16  Re: Linen, Lace and Stone Wrist Cuffs in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: April 15, 2008 11:03:55 AM
thanks!!! Oh, I am keeping up . . . I've already made four more!!!   Grin
Here are two of my favorites from last night:

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17  Linen, Lace and Stone Wrist Cuffs in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: April 14, 2008 01:42:39 PM
I ADORE wrist cuffs and I'd never tried making them until last night.  I'm a vegetarian so I didn't want to use leather, and vinyl I thought would make a really, um, sweaty cuff . . . so I searched around in the fabric store and decided on linen.  I used a layer of stiff craft interfacing inside and the closures on these two are Velcro, although I've bought some snaps and hook and eye combos to try out as well.  They're a bit big on me (I've got abnormally small wrists, and fingers for that matter), but my next batch I'm going to try making adjustable with two snap or hook options.  I LOVE how they came out!!!

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18  Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by hollylynne on: April 14, 2008 01:01:15 PM
With Spring here I thought it was time for a bit of an Etsy overhaul.  I've been working on some new items lately!

Firstly, I've started a line of necklaces featuring vintage advertising thimbles:

Then, to use up some of my vintage button stash, a line of flower corsages:

And lastly (not even listed yet because I only made the first batch last night!) a collection of linen wrist cuffs with laces, trims and gemstones:

I also did a bit of a shop re-org, changing around some categories and just cleaning things up.  I'm really excited about the new items though so I wanted to share with you kids Smiley 
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19  Chaos Necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by hollylynne on: February 13, 2008 05:39:42 PM
I just LOVE how this one turned out, I had to share it with my Craftsters!!!

Its done in black glass and red agate in two different shapes/sizes.  I tried really hard to keep the spacing imperfect (it was hard! i was sooo tempted to count beads!!).  It has an adjustable chain back and i strung it on black nylon thread.  Hope you guys like! Smiley

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20  Tea Towel Image Applique Wristlets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: February 06, 2008 11:42:51 PM
I picked up a ton of tea towels in the UK last November with the intention of using the fabric to make purses . . .but somewhere along the line I wound up cutting out the images and using them as patches instead!  I've been having a lot of fun making these bags, i love the old world images mixed w/ the modern shape of a wristlet.  The applique is a neat way to get images on my purses w/o having to learn silkscreening (or buy a gocco!).  Here are two of my favorites:

Striped canvas wristlet with seated king applique (taken from a Westminster Abbey tea towel)

Floral canvas wristlet with Queen Victoria applique (taken from a "kings and queens of england" tea towel)

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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