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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / How to throw a bridal shower? crafty ideas? on: March 23, 2004 09:36:27 PM
I've recently taken on the task of throwing a bridal shower...  I have never actually been to a shower, though, and have little experience in regards to weddings.  Anyhow, I was wondering if anyone has been to one, has any ideas and/or advice to offer for the hostess, and of course - crafty ideas to make it absolutely wonderful.  Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / pretty (big) in pink on: February 21, 2004 09:52:03 PM
It seems I'm always in need of a bigger bag.  So, it came to my attention that making a new bag would be nice for carrying my books and supplies class.  This bag is actually about 15" long by 12" tall and 2 or 3" deep.  It's really quite handy.  


I got this image from a link I found in one of the discussions here on Craftster.  I'm not sure where, but thank you to whoever posted it!  Basically, I just sketched it out in the white pencil, and painted it black.  I changed it a bit from the initial clip art, but owe them the credit, nonetheless.  


After applying fusible interfacing, I cut out squares on the bottom (for putting the bag together), and straps.  For extra thickness, I used interfacing in on the straps too.  I sewed them up to about an inch from the top of my fabric.  


For the linig, I used a solid black, but attached a pink pocket.  


Because this bag is specifically for taking to my design class, extra sewing provides for pencil pockets.  


Finally, pencil pockets and lining complete.  


And it's finished.  It's larger than it looks, and fits my textbook, supplies, and 11"x14" sketchbook.  

If you've got any questions on how it was put together, feel free to ask.. I didn't provide much because I know there are some excellent tutorials already on Craftster:)  
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cute Boxes! Gifts and storage! on: December 16, 2003 01:26:50 PM
For anyone looking for a fun project, great for storage and gift wrapping (boxing?) - this is one of my favorites..

All you need are some plain boxes, acrylic paint, and sealer (which can be purchased at most any local craftstore)..  

plain boxes:

paint like crazy:

seal it!  (spray or paint, I like spray):

While the idea is not the most original (as all supplies are at the craftstore), you can be as creative as you want and cater to the tastes of a friend (the purple box is where my best friend's christmas presents shall go).  Have fun:)
4  Illinois / Illinois: South / Illinois - St. Louis side on: December 11, 2003 09:02:21 AM
Hey! It appears all the illinois-crafters are up in Chicago..but, if anyones a little more southwest and has any tips for craft stores/cool events- let me know!:) Thank you!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Etching/Engraving on: December 07, 2003 12:35:57 PM
I was at my local craftstore the other day when I came across a little wand-like thing for glass engraving.  I've never actually tried it, nor have my friends, so I was wondering if anyone has any input as to how well it works?  Any glass engraving/etching techniques/information/suggestions would be well appreciated!  (the glass engraver thing was like 60 bucks, so I figured I'd see if anyone new anything about how well it worked first)... Thanks!!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fun with Vinyl on: December 06, 2003 11:40:28 AM
I saw a purse not too long ago on Ebay that I absolutely loved.  Unfortunately, I was outbid on several occasions.  This worked out for the best, though, as it motivated me to make one similar, but more to my liking (and at the low price of 4 dollars - 1/2 of which was for the zipper)!  

My scooter purse:
Hopefully that link worked out.  But yes - vinyl is cheap and surprisingly fun to work with for purses.  

The only trouble I came across was the metal foot(?) of my sewing maching kept sticking to the white vinyl. Also, white vinyl doesn't necessarilly look so hot with holes and thread.  Black, however, looks good, and so, all the external stitching is done with it.  

Anyhow - fun, cheap, project that a lot of people will appreciate (perhaps as a cute christmas gift for a friend?)  

If anyone has any great ideas on other uses for vinyl (save reupholstering vintage chairs), I'd love to hear them!
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