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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hula Girl Bag on: June 24, 2004 08:36:52 PM
My friend just married an island man so I made her this bag.  It's the 2nd one I've made like this but this time I used interfacing.  It's definitely not as floppy as the last one but still half-assed.  Here 'tis...

Close-up of Hula Girl:


It's corduroy on the outside and palm tree print on the inside.  There is a velcro closure and a pocket on both the inside and the outside.  I hope she likes it Smiley  Oh yeah, I got the patch from www.reprodepot.com.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Super easy felt garland on: June 23, 2004 04:19:33 PM
I found this felt with a sticky back at Joanne's.  I got one of those circle punch things (I think it's the 1 inch one) and tried to cut the circles out of the felt but it was really thick so I had to step on it.  After I got into a groove it was really easy to cut the circles out.  Then I peeled off the backing and stuck circles of the same color together with silver embroidery thread between them.  I did this every few inches and Voila! A garland!  Beware though, pay close attention to what you're doing or the whole thing will get tangled and you'll spend forever trying to untangle it and end up getting mad at it and cutting it.  Cheesy
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Bead & Wire Bracelet Tutorial on: June 23, 2004 03:51:42 PM
Okay this is my first time trying this and I'm sure it's been done a lot better but here goes...
I start by picking my beads.  For this bracelet I chose little Buddhas and flowers
I put a bead on an eye pin (I usually buy them at Michaels but you can get them wholesale for a lot less)

now here's the part where I kind of just wing it.  A lot of people do it like this:

and then make it into a loop and cut off the excess.  I can't really do that.  It always ends up looking like a big mess.  I usually cut the pin down to where I think it should be and then make my loop from there.  My loops are pretty much never perfect but usually no one is looking that closely anyway.

Then I add a jump ring.

When I started making jewelry I didn't use the rings and my necklaces tended to sort of kink and not lay right but it could just be the way I do the pins that makes me need the jump rings.  Usually I leave the loop from the pin open enough to add the ring and then pinch it closed with the pliers.  If you have to open the jump ring, hold the ring with pliers and move one part of it toward you and the other away, if that makes sense.  Then close it the same way.  That way it won't end up squished. 
So I just keep adding beads on pins and rings until it is long enough for either a bracelet or a necklace.  Then I take whatever kind of clasp I'm going to use and attach it to the last bead with a ring. On the other end I put a slightly bigger ring for the clasp to hook on to. Here's what I end up with

Ta da!
I hope this was clear.  If not, let me know and I'll try to clarify.  I'm a much better shower than a teller. 
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wedding Jewelry on: June 23, 2004 08:48:51 AM
My friend got married last month and I offered to make her a tiara.  Well she ended up buying one but she asked if I would make her a necklace.  She had this little crown thing that was attached to her mom's veil when she got married.  Her mom was going to throw it away so she asked if I could maybe use the beads from it to make her necklace.  I had enough to make a memory wire bracelet and little earrings too.  The earrings are attached to the clasp in the pic...

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Necklaces on: June 22, 2004 08:17:14 PM
Some necklaces I've made...The pics aren't great

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cherry Bag on: June 22, 2004 07:51:25 PM
This is the first bag I've made like this.  I made another one with a lining but I used a "Sewing for Dummies" pattern to make it.  I used this tutorial.

I'm a little impatient so I tend to do stuff too quickly and a little half-assed but here's what I ended up with...

The outside is corduroy, the inside is a cherry print.  It's really floppy, I guess I should have used interfacing maybe?
This is my first post so if the pic is giganto I apologize Smiley
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