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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / What to do with peacock feathers -- for my wedding? on: March 28, 2008 04:49:30 PM
We're having a vintage/art deco inspired wedding. Colors are black and white with peacock-y blues and accents of silver. We plan to employ black and white damask patterns/fabric (making my own damask table runners, for instance). Centerpieces will be in vintage milk glass vessels (varying -- I have a huge collection now!), surrounded by candles inside vintage cut glass wine glasses/goblets/punch glasses/etc (we'll either use tealights, or I'll pour my own candles into the glasses).

We'd also like to incorporate peacock feathers into a few places. But not too much that it looks tacky or overdone! So far, I've purchased sandalwood fans for the ceremony (to be placed on each chair), and plan to dangle a peacock feather eye and a tag with our monogram from the little hook on the fans. I'm also considering incorporating a real feather into our invitations somehow. Also, I'm considering tucking a small feather/eye into the napkin at each place setting.

I need help coming up with other ideas... thoughts?

The only other thing I thought of was making a display out of feathers that looks like the fanned-out feathers on a real peacock, and using that to attach our escort cards. But I haven't figured out how to really execute that, so ideas there would be greatly appreciated too!

Here's my inspiration board, btw:

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yay! I just finished my first Chelsea bag on: June 07, 2006 03:01:48 PM
I keep coming back to look at this bag. I must find some of that fabric. Do you know the name of it? I was trying to find it on JoAnnfabric.com but didn't have any luck. I will check my store this week but the JoAnn's here is sort of pitiful.

I actually don't know the name of the fabric. I'm sorry! It was with the home decor cottons. Next time I'm at Joann's, I'll try to remember to look for it again and jot down the name.

Absolutely gorgeous!!  I love your fabric!!  Grin Grin

I have to agree about the handles of this pattern being very frustrating, I have this pattern too and find the handles my least favorite part.  Also the handles really do need extra padding, the handles on my first attempt bunched up and now look all bent out of shape.  I saw an example at a local quilting store where they used batting as thier interfacing and it was very sturdy. 

Did the batting cause it to be any harder to turn inside out? I may have to try that on the next one. It seems that if I use the bag lightly, and don't load it down with stuff, it should hold up okay. But, I agree that the handle area needs some more reinforcing. The handles are a pain -- which is sad since it's what really caught my eye about the pattern in the first place. I guess you can't really see the strays unless you look closely. But it still annoys me!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yay! I just finished my first Chelsea bag on: May 30, 2006 11:18:02 AM
i have to agreee with all the girls...  very cute!
was just wondering, did you use anuy interfacing?
if yes, when you turn it inside-out, does the interfacing bend, or fold, or something??

I used Pellon Craft Fuse. I ironed one piece onto the exterior panels. Then I ironed on a shorter piece onto the top half of the interior panels,to reinforce the handles (as per the instructions). The interfacing is flexible, and it's pretty easy to turn the bag to the reversible side. The interfacing is fused to the fabric, so it just bends and flips right along with the fabric.

I carried the bag around yesterday, and it held up pretty well. I might consider adding one extra layer of interfacing around the handles next time I make it, just to make them a bit stiffer. But, it isn't really necessary.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: super simple felt cell phone cozy! NOW with tutorial on: May 29, 2006 11:57:41 AM
This pattern is way cute! And so incredibly simple. (Thanks for the tutorial!) I just whipped one up to match the Chelsea bag I made yesterday. I'm making another in the large floral fabric (on the outside of the bag), but I'm going to embellish it with sequins, so it'll take me a bit longer.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Drawstring Prom Purse on: May 29, 2006 09:08:46 AM
Yours looks great! I did the same thing for my prom, years and years ago. I bought a wedding dress for prom (it was really just a simple cream stain gown, but it was in the wedding section). My mom and I cut off the train, and used that fabric to make a purse just like yours. It worked great to hold all my essentials for the night.

Have fun at prom!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yay! I just finished my first Chelsea bag on: May 29, 2006 09:05:18 AM
Very cute. I love your fabric choices. I especially like the bigger flowers. I will have to look for that at JoAnn's next time I go.

I was told that that particular fabric pattern occasionally comes out in a different fabric that would be more suitable for making clothes with. The woman at Joann's who told me about it couldn't remember exactly what type of fabric. So, I'll be keeping my eye out for it. I'd love to make a cute dress to match the bag.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yay! I just finished my first Chelsea bag on: May 29, 2006 01:07:05 AM
I had wanted to buy this Amy Butler pattern for ages, and finally found a super price on Ebay. I used some home dec fabric from Joann's. I'll definitely make it again, although next time I'll probably put some binding around the inside edges of the handles (when you turn the fabric in to make the handles, it leaves these little fibers sticking out from the raw edges.) Also, the reversible/lining piece gathered a little when I sewed it to the exterior. So, next time I'll be more mindful of that. And, next time I might stick little magnets on the inside, above the handle hole, to allow it to close shut. Otherwise, it was a very easy pattern to make.

Here's the finished product, turned right-side and inside out.

Right side

Reverse side

8  California / California: Central / Re: SF Bay Area, Anybody?! on: May 07, 2006 04:54:09 PM
I'm a little late to the party.   Tongue  I live in Hayward, work in San Francisco. I knit, and sew, mainly. But I also engage in other crafty adventures as I feel like it. I used to host a stitch n' bitch a few years ago... but it's defunct now.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Secret Craftsters!~ yr-long swap(started 7/18/04) on: April 06, 2005 10:16:10 AM
I've been so busy, I haven't had a chance to post. My SC (who I now know is go-fish) sent me a really nice (and warm!) Irish Hikiing scarf last month. And then last week I got a card with a super cute felt flower pin. I promise to post pictures later (when I have a free moment).

Thanks go-fish!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: New spice, umm rack, err holders, um spice container solution??? on: April 05, 2005 04:36:11 PM
No, each tin will not take a whole bottle of spices.  They take about 2/3 so you do have some leftover.  We put the extra into Ziplocs and flatten out the air, and stuff them in a large jar at the (inaccessable) back of the pantry.

We use them lots so we do have to keep refilling, but hey, fashion not always perfect function!

Even better would be to freeze the extra spices (in airtight bags/canisters). That way it will preserve them longer, keeping you from having to replace them or suffer with weakened spices/herbs.
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