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21  The "I'm moving to a new country ahhh" purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: August 12, 2007 06:59:52 PM
Good news, I just found out that I got an internship that I've been crossing my fingers for Smiley The crazy part is that it starts in only six weeks, so come October I'll be living in Seoul, South Korea. I decided to make a new purse last night that I could take away with me and use both at work and more casually on the weekends.

A fellow craftster told me about a fabric store in my area that sells some really nice material  (best tip ever!) so I went to check it out this week. I'd never heard of it before, but it had some amazing stuff and I ended up buying a metre of this teal fabric. I lined the purse and the handles with two layers of heavy iron on interfacing as I'm not the most gentle person with my bags and I figured that it'd last longer that way. The flap closes with a magnetic snap. Here is the purse that I made out of it.

The one thing that I wish I had done differently was to make it wider at the top so that the curve would be more pronounced.

The purse:

Me holding the purse (It is just big enough that I can stick in a notebook):

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22  Plush Desserts care of a Japanese Craft Book in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by travelbug on: August 03, 2007 06:30:42 PM
I ordered this really neat craft book from Japan a couple of months back. I saw it online and it had lots of cute pictures and patterns of food made from felt. Here is a play set that I made from the pattern book (cake, swiss roll, chocolate dipped strawberries, a brownie and cookies with sprinkles)

The instructions were really detailed and came with diagrams and cut out patterns so they were fairly easy to follow. This is the first time that I had really sewn with felt and I found it really easy to cut, but at the same time I had to undo my hand-stitching every once in awhile because it is so obvious when they were uneven Smiley (I'm used to machine sewing!)

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23  Re: DIY KIT Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by travelbug on: July 30, 2007 05:36:37 PM
When I got out of the shower today I heard a knock at the door but didn't really make an effort to run for it because I thought a)it's probably someone trying to sell me something and b)i was still in a towel.

Out of curiousity I peeked out from the curtains and was very disappointed to see the Canada Post truck driving away! Luckily the package was dropped off at the Post Office after dinner so I was able to pick it up.

I received a great DIY kit from Yirq. It is for Crocheting with beads and including a bunch of amazing things...
-a fuchsia pink tote bag (my fav. colour!!!)
-an instruction book
-a plate to hold the beads
-a ball of the crochet thread
-a crochet hook
-pink beads
-gold end things (I don't know what they are called LOL)
-clear nail polish
-needlepoint needles
-and M&Ms to munch on while I'm crafting


Thanks Yirq for this really cool kit, I'm looking forward to trying it out.
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24  My First Photoshoot...here are the 5 purses that made the cut (IMG HVY) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: July 30, 2007 04:47:00 PM
A month or so ago I contacted a newspaper about featuring a cpl. of my purses in their style section. I figured that it was probably one of hundreds of emails that they receive each week but thought "meh there's was no harm in trying" Smiley As luck would have it, they must have been looking for something to fill the pages and I went to my first photo shoot today! I think I used about 5 yards of interfacing, 5 yards of nylon strapping and 4 yards of fabric...which means that I'm probably about due for another visit to the fabric store (yeahhh I love fabric shopping!!!)

Here are the five purses that I made over the weekend (I was up until 3am sewing!!!)

The 5 Pocket Messenger in Light Bright:

The Silhouette Purse in Apple Red:

The Unisex Messenger in Abstract Olive:

The BlissByHeather purse in Teal Blossoms:

The Sling Purse in Artistic White:

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25  Re: DIY KIT Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by travelbug on: July 27, 2007 09:10:00 AM
I received Rowdy Vamp Raquel's DIY Fashion Sketching Kit today and it's incredible. She included a super detailed set of instructions and examples of how sketch different shapes as well as a sketch book, pencil crayons, pencils, eraser etc. I've been wanting to design some clothes for myself so I'm looking forward to trying this out!

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26  Re: DIY KIT Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by travelbug on: July 17, 2007 09:10:33 AM
I received my DIY Journal kit from CraftyMcCrafterson yesterday. The package included a journal, epherma, stickers, gluestick, instructions and paper to decorate the cover!
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27  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by travelbug on: June 21, 2007 11:32:02 AM
Here are some cute greeting cards that I received from mlsocci74. There are 3 sets of 6 cards!

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28  This little birdie landed on my messenger!!!! SEMI-TUTORIAL in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: June 21, 2007 11:22:19 AM
My aunt is super crafty and she taught me how to stencil/paint on fabric a couple of weeks ago. It's a fun and easy way to "create" your own fabric.

SEMI-TUTORIAL (instructions on how to make your own fabric!)

1)You will need an overhead transparency (or a piece of cardboard, but the transparency works better), paint, fabric medium, a round paint brush with short bristles, fabric, exacto knife
2)draw the image that you want on a piece of paper and then tape the overhead transparency on top. Using an exacto knife cut out the inside of the image (where you want the paint to go)
3)mix the fabric medium and the paint. The fabric medium is what prevents your paint from cracking after it dries. I can't remember what the exact proportion is, but it will tell you on the fabric medium bottle.
4)tape your new stencil onto the fabric. Dip your brush into the fabric medium/paint mixture and using an up and down dabbing motion, fill in the area that you'd like to be stencilled.
5)After you have finished filling in the areas, gently lift off your stencil.
6)Let it dry
7)The next day, you can heat set your stencilled area. I laid a piece of fabric on top of the painted area and then put my iron on top of it for about 25 seconds, and then moved onto the next section. Not in a brushing motion, more like a lift and hold motion.
Cool VOILA! You have a cool piece of fabric that you can make something out of.

***Stencilling is a great way to paint for people who have no clue how to paint. Seriously, the last time that I attempted to paint something was circa elementary school so if I can do it, anyone can Smiley***

Here is the messenger bag that I made out of my birdie stencil:

It's made from a black duck material and I lined it in baby blue so that it'd match the little birdie!
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29  Re: Swap the Shop Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by travelbug on: June 18, 2007 11:06:46 PM
I just received the knitwit's felt bead kit in the mail today. It even came with super detailed instructions on how to make the beads Smiley

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30  Re: Shop the Swap SUPPLIES ONLY Round 1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by travelbug on: June 07, 2007 01:22:51 PM
Travelbug's shop is OPEN!

Brand NEW Baby Bibs (Dark Blue and Light Blue) from Ikea (1 point for set)
Would be great for painting, embroidering or sewing on:

Brand NEW Baby Bibs (Orange and Yellow) from Ikea (1 point for set)

Pink Satin Beaded Trim 36 inches(1pt) (sold to chrissiemags, but I have another 36 inches left, so feel free to claim the piece!)

Quilted Watermelon placemat fabric (1pt)
Would make cute fabric for a summer clutch, or ipod case 18 inches x 12 inches

4 Embellishments (1pt)

40 assorted foam sticker letters (1pt)
Great for kids crafts! Just peel off the sticky backing

Travelbug has: 0 points
Supplies purchased:
June 9th
Gavagai->travelbug 3FQs Bright Deep Colours, Oriental Pattern (2)
ShaynaYasha->travelbug McDonalds Happy Meal fabric (0.5) and 2 small bottles of acrylic paint in lilac and calico red (0.5)
June 23rd
Coral->Travelbug Bazaar Bizarre Book (2)
Sewknitter->Travelbug-red cotton fabric (1)
Supplies sold:
travelbug->chrissiemags-Pink beaded trim 36 inches (1) Send by June 19th
travelbug->coral-4 embellishments (1) Send by June 20th
travelbug->xladyluckx-Pink beaded trim (1) Send by July 4th
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