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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kwik-Sew 3526 (Boring) on: Today at 07:41:23 PM
This is the most boring bag I've ever made.
I was looking around at a store called "all for less". Has a great variety of items. One section is bedding and the like. I found in their Sale Bin a King Sized Bed-skirt. I've never used one, and have a smaller bed. It was an attractive item, and I thought it would make some nice looking bags.
I found out immediately that the skirt part wasn't very long.  Tongue I suppose I ought have known that, but it was shorter than I was expecting. I also discovered that it wasn't a very thick fabric -- nor very quality, either. (The cheapest no-tell motel has more expensive sheets than this material.) It is strictly for appearance.

So, I used some of it for another bags' lining. Then decided I'd try  to make one of these. I had the notion I might get 3 or 4 of these out of the bedskirt part. Now that this one is done, I might get another lining out of it -- maybe.

It prob'ly would have been attractive as a bed-skirt. But, I don't think it makes a very good bag. It will carry whatever I put into it, certainly. I lined it with a plain white nylon. But, it's the simplest bag I've ever made. The photo doesn't show it very well, but the colour is Navy.

Feedback invited.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: DH's New Tote Bag on: May 10, 2019 06:30:54 AM
The Mistress T: A bag is a great place to start. It might make a shopping bag that hubby wouldn't mind carrying. If you have enough of it, and you have (or could purchase) a pattern, maybe a Jacket? Or a pair of Jeans?

Patraw:  Camouflage seems to be a fashion statement rather than actually trying to blend in. Mike, my husband, was really pleased with it. As "guy-ish" as I've made other bags for him, he's aways pleased when I make him anything. (Hoodies, cake, quick-bread, or bags)
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reusable shopping bags on: May 10, 2019 06:14:22 AM
Congratulations on starting to use reusable bags! Remembering them
Is your next challenge. Many places have reminders all over the parking lot and entry doors, but I see people sighing and carrying on, thinking, "Next time".
I love Queenofdiy's tutorial. I've used it several times myself. A Walmart bag would make a generous pattern for such a bag. (I left instructions on Page 89 of that tire of how to box the bottom of that bag. I took off the front pocket: I have a small bag to carry my shopping bags in. {It's the Jordy-Bag from on here.})
I have an allergy to plastic. The recycled plastic that the "reusable bags" are made of on offer at various stores is even worse on my hands than plastic! On the plus side, they make excellent sew-in interfacing for handmade bags. (Less expensively than at the fabric shop, if that's an issue)
(Is there no more "Saints" fabric available? Or similar to that one?)
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: DH's New Tote Bag on: May 08, 2019 08:52:04 AM
Thank you Craftylittlemonkey.
I was pretty certain it would work out well. Hubby asked for Dark green lining, but the lighter green lining worked better.
My husband is happy with it.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / DH's New Tote Bag on: May 07, 2019 05:00:16 PM
Simplicity 9658

I was sitting about a gas station, on WIFI, and noted that there was lots of camouflage print wandering about; hats, shirts, jackets, pants, shoes, boots -- and even on a pickup-truck! Thinking a bit further, I thought maybe I could make a bag with camouflage print. Looking online, I found LL Bean and Lands End had done similar. I decided I could do it -- but, why? I mentioned to my husband that it was possible, but I prob'ly wouldn't bother. I didn't know anyone who'd use it. He exclaimed, "I'd use it!" So, I headed off to my fabric shop.
With lots of conference texts, my husband chose an Oak Leaf pattern, and a dark brown contrast. I'd already picked out the 9658 in my mind as the tote I'd make. I didn't have the lengths required, but remembered most. So, purchased the amounts I remembered. I knew I had a good colour for a lining at home.

Hubby wanted a snap-flap added. I added the Key leash myself

So, after about a week of "resting the fabric", today I decided I would just go for it.
I think it turned out alright. DH likes it.

What do you think, craftsters? Feedback invited.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Article about starting bag-selling on: March 08, 2019 09:27:46 AM
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I was wandering about the Int'net, and came across this article. I've read it and recognized that it has lots of down-to-earth advice. Have a look:
7  COOKING / Dessert / Carrot Cake & Cream Cheese Icing on: February 20, 2019 08:43:01 AM

Read entire recipe before beginning. Gather ingredients and utensils.
Grease and flour pan(s). 9X13, 9" Round (2), OR 8" Square (2). Preheat oven to 350*F. Peel and grate Carrots.

Mix well in large bowl:
1 1/3 C. Flour
1 C. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. B. Soda
1 tsp. B. Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Cloves
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Allspice
Add and beat on low speed:
2/3 C. Oil
3 Lg. Eggs
Stir in:
1/2 C. Crushed Pineapple
1 1/2 C. Finely grated Carrots
1 C. Finely chopped Pecan Nuts
(If you like them, you can add 1 C. golden raisins)

Scrape the patter into the Pan(s). Bake until toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
30-35 minutes for Oblong
25-30 minutes for Round or Square

Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. Decorate with Finely chopped Pecan nuts.

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces Cream Cheese
5 Tblsp Butter
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 - 2 1/2 C. Icing sugar.

In a medium bowl, beat until just barely mixed. DO NOT over mix.

{To make a heart shape, bake 1 round and one Square. Cut Round in half. Put on 2 sides of the square, which has been set like a diamond. If required, trim your round cake to fit together.  If one is "too high", don't worry too much about it, the icing will hide it.}
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Re: Reusable Shopping Bag + tute!!! on: February 12, 2019 08:09:32 AM
When I was in Brugge, this little market wanted to charge my friend 3 euro for a single plastic bag. Needless to say, she carried her stuff home without the bag.  I had my own, homesewn bag I made from a different tute, so I was fine. . .

3? That's almost $5 Canadian!! Shocked (today's exchange rate)

I've carried my own bags since before it was cool. Checkers and "Bag-Boys" hated to see me coming. I wasn't unpleasant, but had to consistently remind them that my cloth bags can carry a LOT more than plastic bags. (When I say "consistently", I mean practically Every bag!)

Anyway, this is a good tutorial. It looks like it would be easy to make and carry.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 in 1 pouch on: February 01, 2019 05:11:18 AM
That looks really cool!
Well done‼️

Not being assured enough yet in your own skills isn't something to be ashamed of. It's a sign that you know your current limitations. Plus, you got a cool pattern that you can use more. [adding a small tab, with d-ring, that's capable of having a little handle attached would be cool.]

10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Black Forest Cake on: November 25, 2018 01:38:42 PM
According to my research (on Google Search engine), its supposed to be Cherry Kirsch or a Cherry liquor.

Oh well. It turned out yummy, anyway.
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