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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Valentine's Day Tote on: March 14, 2017 04:31:17 PM
I wanted something iconically coloured, but with no actual hearts or Valentine's images, so it could be used more than one day a year.

The first thing I decided on was cool handles. This is a really thick (three inches) embroidered trim. I sewed it inside out in a loop, then topstitched it for more stability. It took about a million years to wiggle it right side out again, but the look is worth it.

The outside fabric has wave shaped pink lines:

The inside has three compartments, it's basically sewn like a W:
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Quilt on: December 29, 2016 10:14:17 PM
I made Thimbles a quilt for the 12 days of Christmas swap. It took much longer than I thought it would. Even cutting everything out was a chore. I didn't have any actual quilting supplies, so I made a 6x6 square pattern piece and cut it out 81 times. There were definitely a few times where I wanted to throw the whole thing into the garbage. Pinning on the extra wide bias tape was especially awful, it didn't catch the bottom a few times on the first sew, so I had to go over the whole thing a second time.

In the end though, I used up some of my miles and miles of Christmas cotton, and made something I'm proud of. Also, I got a board and a ruler and a cutter for Christmas, so the next one should hopefully be easier.

The back is the same white plaid fabric with the bells that's the fourth square in.
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 3 fandom t-shirts on: December 29, 2016 09:56:07 PM
This Christmas I made my girlfriend of five years a shirt based on her favourite Youtube personality-- GTLive/MatPat. He does analysis of films and video games, as well as streaming gameplay. He ends every theory with this statement:

I also made my best friend a shirt for her favourite fandom. There's a musical show called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and one of the songs is called Face Your Fears. It's a song about insanely dangerous things you should do to show the world you're tough and not scared of anything. Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrytvZc5Tew
I wrote out the lyrics in bullet format:

Lastly, for the multi-theme swap, I made Ryn a semi-subtle Playstation shirt:
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Scarf on: December 05, 2016 04:44:28 PM
I made this scarf for the aliens and robots swap. I used nine different fabrics, then stencilled the triangle fabric with aliens.

The backside of the scarf is flannel, so it has good neck-feel.

It's the first time I've ever made patchwork anything, but I think it turned out really nicely.
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cute Monster Tags on: October 17, 2016 09:28:56 PM
A few swaps ago, Glamis sent me an extra of stickers. I decided to make a bunch of tags out of them.

16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Notecard SET swap on: September 18, 2016 04:20:39 PM
Usually when I run a notecard swap, I encourage participants to tailor to their partner's colours and themes, and make a bunch of different ones. But I was thinking this time about everyone making a set of eight that are identical or close (same stamp pattern different colours, same colours different layered papers, etc).

In this one, hosted by someone else:


it was a Sweat Shoppe style one, where you made your cards and took pics, and people made pick-lists. We could do it that way, or just assign partners and have it still slightly catered to your colour and theme likes. What would you rather?
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nature Inspired Pendants on: September 08, 2016 08:30:54 PM
Based on a pin of a swap partner's, I made this thread covered twig necklace:

I also used many layers of nail polish and floral pebbles to make these galaxy pendants:

This is a crystal inside a rock that was found in Colorado by my friend:

And then these are less reconstructed, but they also went with the nature theme... a decopauge pendant and a polyclay pendant imprinted with a leaf from a tree in my yard.
18  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Box of Sunshine Round 2 -- 1 angel needed on: June 13, 2016 02:18:52 PM
I need one angel for the Box of Sunshine Round Two swap.  ORIGINAL PACKAGE FINALLY ARRIVED!!

Original Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445233.0
Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=446318.0

Swap requirements are one medium, one small, and some filler stuff. This package will be going to Ireland.

EdelC's wishlist is as follows:
Please list some ideas for sunshiny goodness you'd be happy to receive:
1. Shrine
2. tee-shirt (but not a yellow tee-just a bright sunny stencil)
3. wall art
4. pillowslips
5. throw pillow covers (no need to send the pad, i can sort that out)
6. surprise me!!

19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Subversive Cards on: June 04, 2016 08:27:35 PM
The May destash challenge was to make something subversive. Without getting super preachy, I think gender norms are pretty damaging to kids, and set up unrealistic ideals for adults. I work at a daycare and thankfully all the staff agree. We strive to make sure all the kids know they can do anything, and like anything, and phrases like "boys will be boys" are NEVER said. Therefore, the first thing I thought when I saw the 'subversive' challenge was f**k gender.

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sunshine Shrine on: May 07, 2016 07:29:16 PM

I decided to make a shrine for this challenge. I ended up going to the dollar store four times, and each time a bought a bunch of things I wasn't sure if I was going to use. Here's most of my multiple receipts, one disappeared:

The challenge rules said 10 usd, or convert to your country's currency. That's 12.90 Canadian as of today, a month ago when I checked before going to the store for the first time it was 14ish. The list of things I actually ended up using:

Yellow acrylic paint- 1.25
seed beads- 2.00
bird house- 1.50
animals- 1.50
jewellry box- 2.50
flowers- 1.25
craft pack (buttons and more seed beads)- 1.25
3mm ribbon- 1.25
sheet of foam- 1.00
for a grand total of... 13.50

I started with a large 7x7 inch wooden jewelry box. I unscrewed the hinges and stashed away the top. I'm sure I'll find some use for it later. I cut up a free cardboard box from the liquor store to build my own walls, then everything got about 7 coats of the poor quality yellow paint before it was bright enough for my tastes. I had these wooden letters from Michaels, I traced them onto foam and painted them to match. This picture doesn't show the ribbon, but it circles the outside edge of the box, to cover the screw holes for the hinges. The one little cheat I did on this project was I used a few drops of my own white paint to lighten the yellow for the birdhouse and the letters.

The shrine is off to Edelc, since it worked so perfectly for the Box of Sunshine swap. I hope she likes it!
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