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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rag Quilt Tote (with pics!) on: June 19, 2008 08:58:48 AM
I have so been wanting a rag quite tote/purse forever but I never found one in the colors I wanted....soooooo, being the craft girl that I am, I decided to make one myself.

Only problem is that I couldn't find a tute for one, so I winged it.  Then there was the fabric problem...the closest fabric store is 50 miles away and gas being $4.00 a gallon, it didn't make sense to make that drive for a yard of fabric.

AHA!  Ingenuity came into play.  I went to the trusty Wally World, and came home with a slew of .94 cent bandanas then tore into an old shirt I had in a pile for the Goodwill, along with a 100% cotton mattress pad I had picked up (and SANITIZED) from the thrift store and with a little thought and lots of trial and mistake......TaDa!!!!

I even put 3 small pockets on the inside for keys, cell phone and other things that generally fall to the bottom of your purse.

It was actually fun, looks even cuter now that it's been washed...and I'm addicted!  I must make more in other colors!  lol

Let me know what you think!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More Shrinky Goodness (pic obese) on: May 24, 2008 07:52:51 AM
I've been doing more shrinky stuff lately and I really do love it.

Here are 3 of my latest creations:

I used some great sterling silver findings on these so they are fun and funky but also have the nice shine of the sterling, too.

I do love my shrinkys!

Comments adored!  Thanks!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Ruby Red Lips" earrings on: May 07, 2008 06:09:50 PM
Yesterday, was my oldest daughter's 21st birthday and she spent the entire day painting her room downstairs.  She and her 4 y/o son are moving back home with us so that she can finish nursing school.  While she painted, I moved my craft room stuff all upstairs since what was my craft room will be the grandboy, Noah's, room come May 17th. Whew! I must have made 30 trips up and down the stairs and was wiped out by the time I finished.

I think I'd rather have painted. lol

Anyway, to make a short story long, I finally got everything situated in my new craft room, I actually got to use it for a little while today. Here's one of my creations from today (I'm new to jewelry making and I am having a ball)...I like to call her "Ruby Red Lips":

The red beads look kinda flat in the pic but they actually have a beautiful iridescent quality to them. Also, you can't tell in the pic but Ruby has a thick lacquer like finish on her that makes her nice and shiny (and protected.)  I really like these...I think they're my favorites. For now. lol

Critiques welcomed...comments adored!!

Thanks for looking.  Wink
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Newest Stencil Project: Ghandi on: March 30, 2008 10:22:34 AM
I love stenciling using freezer paper.  I am addicted.  I admit it.

Anyway, yesterday's project was Ghandi.

After cutting out Ghandi, I ironed him on.

Then I mixed my acrylic paint and textile medium...
then slathered it onto Ghandi with a sponge brush.

Voila`...he's done.

I do think I need to add some lettering to it. 
Maybe the Ghandi quote "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" or something.


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5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Newest Freezer Paper/Bleach Creation (IMG HEAVY) on: March 04, 2008 12:58:16 PM
I've been playing around with the whole freezer paper stencil idea for a while with great success.

A few I've made

Playing with more than one color (and my lettering got a little smudgy but oh well.)

I wore this one for hubby on Valentines.  *smile*

I LOVE this one.  It's been washed 30-40 times and is still going strong!

But those have all been done with the freezer paper stencils and using acrylic paints with textile medium added.

I finally decided to try my hand at the bleaching technique.  (Scary, huh?)  And it turned out pretty good, I think.  A 25 cent thrift shop t-shirt (with a stain on the front) became:

And the stain is completely covered.  You can see a couple of drips (I need a finer mist of the bleach-water mixture next time, I think) but all evidence of the stain is gone!  And the shirt is now my very favorite.  Well, next to my peace sign hand up there, of course.  lol

Here's a close up. 

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