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1  First Attempt at a Messenger Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lee-lee ess. on: July 31, 2008 02:26:40 PM
My normal messenger bag was just a tiny bit too small for my laptop, so I decided one day that I needed a new one, and that I would make it!  How hard could it be, right?

... I don't think I'll EVER make another messenger bag again.  (Though I think I learned a lot from doing it... maybe the second time around won't be so bad?)

Probably the most exciting thing for me was to make pockets for everything, I even made a special pocket for my calculator.  I put a covered pocket on the left side of the bag, which I neglected to take a picture of.  I also made a shoulder pad to button onto the strap, you can kind of see it in the lower right side of this picture.  It actually does make carrying the bag quite a bit more comfy.

Honestly, I probably made it a bit too big for my taste.  Even with my laptop (which you can see peeking through it's pocket on the inside), a binder, and a text book, I still have LOTS of room left.

To give you an idea of the size...

The entire time I was sewing it, I hated it.  I think that it has grown on me... so I should get plenty of use from it!
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2  for the comic book nerd of my life in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lee-lee ess. on: July 09, 2008 09:14:46 PM
My boyfriend had been bugging me for a while for a dice bag with the Sinestro Corps logo on it.

... my boyfriend is such a comic book nerd.
So, since summer is here, why not?

Obviously, it's just a really simple drawstring bag, but I'm fairly proud of it and wanted to share!

An "action shot" of sorts supplied by said comic book nerd.

I hand stitched the little logo on, which didn't turn out so bad.  However, I think next time I want to do something like this, I'll hit the embroidery boards and actually learn something about embroidery first. Roll Eyes I braided the string from a LOT of the same thread I used for the logo.  Turns out, that's his favorite part.  Boys... go figure.  Tongue

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3  Looking for a certain fabric... in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by lee-lee ess. on: February 08, 2008 07:52:11 PM
I'm sure it's probably a hopeless search, but I thought some of you might be able to give me a few ideas.  The people here on craftster generally are pretty amazing!  I'm looking for a particular fabric (picky, I know, please forgive me!  I do have a reason!) and since I'm definately a beginner, I'm at somewhat of a loss.

(Please excuse the quality of my poorly scanned and cropped picture, here.  I tried to lighten it up some, but it didn't help much.)

The only thing I really know about it is that the fabric was probably made in the 70's or 80's... and that the came in these panels with the deer on them.. (I don't even know if that's the correct term?).. and I think the long strips you see were with it as well.

I have scoured through quite a few vintage/repro fabric sites, to no avail, but I was hoping you might be able to give me any favorite sites you may have.  Or maybe even suggestions on search words, or where to find stores, anything really!  I'd really, really love to find this fabric... though I doubt it's going to happen.  A girl can still dream!

Thanks in advance for any help at all, I really do appreciate it!   Smiley

(Oh, and if this is the wrong place for this, I'm sorry!)
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4  my papaw's quilts - in wood grain! in Quilting: Completed Projects by lee-lee ess. on: December 19, 2007 08:07:45 PM
Since May, I've been meaning to post some of the quilts my papaw made.  He always made the tops, and my mamaw hand quilted them.  When I was really little, my papaw was working on a certain green quilt that I really liked for some reason (I think it was the wood grain fabric)  I'd never asked my papaw to make me a quilt, but I asked him to make me a blue quilt that was just like the green one.  He said he would.

To make a really long story short, the tops were lost for quite some time... and I never got my blue quilt.  I thought someone else had gotten it.  I finally got the nerve up to ask my mamaw about it, and she let me look in her closet to see if they were there with some others.  I was sooo happy when I found it, and my mamaw even let me have the green one too.  We took them to a lady who machine quilted it.  So now, much more than 10 years later, I have my blue quilt. Smiley

Enough of my rambling!  Here are the pictures.

The green quilt that initially made me want one.

and a close up...

annnd my blue quilt! Smiley

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5  Wire necklaces, my first few attempts (an abundance of images!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lee-lee ess. on: August 11, 2007 01:10:36 PM
Thanks to seeing all the amazing things everyone here makes (you guys rock!), I've been inspired to try my hand at making wire jewelry.  Nothing too fancy, but I think I may be hooked!

I made this one for my sister about a month ago (I'm lazy when it comes to pictures!)

This is the first necklace I made for myself, and it's still my favorite... even though there are probably things I could do better if I tried again.  Oh well, it gives it character, right?

laid out

'action' shot

This next one was my try at a more... free-form? necklace.  My boyfriend hates it, and it's not necessarily my favorite either, but oh well.  It was fun! Cheesy

laid out


And finally, this is the latest necklace I've finished.  I probably put more time into this one, all those small(ish) links were a bit of a pain, but I kind of like how it finally turned out.  Oh, and klutzy me, I have it on backwards, so you're seeing the back of all the links. 

laid out


Thanks for looking!  Any critique is very welcome, I'm still getting the hang of this!

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6  So, it's not mine at all... in Quilting: Completed Projects by lee-lee ess. on: May 12, 2007 11:16:32 PM
I didn't actually make this (I only wish I were that good) but my grandfather did.
Well, he pieced the top for my mom a long time ago.  She had it machine quilted recently, since none of us are too good at quilting... and didn't want to mess this up.

Enough of my talking!

The whole-ish quilt (It was kind of hard to get a picture...)

And a quick close up...

It kind of looks like it's a little off to me, but I think it's just the way the quilt is laying. 
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7  Re: Green Lantern Ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by lee-lee ess. on: April 17, 2007 10:07:56 PM
This the one you're talking about?

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8  Why are you listening to Tetris? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lee-lee ess. on: March 27, 2007 08:43:24 PM
First off, I hope I'm putting this lil guy in the right place.  It's definately reconstructed, and it's kind of a wallet... clutch... thing?  So, if I'm in the wrong place, I'm really sorry!

After cleaning my room up a bit, I found three of my old school gameboys.  One of them, however, didn't work.   Sad  I felt bad for the poor lil guy.
My boyfriend then gave me the idea "Make it into a purse!"
So... I tried.

(Sorry for cruddy pictures Roll Eyes)

The weird thing is... it wasn't nearly as roomy as I thought it would be!  It'll hold some money, bank cards, mp3 player... but not a whole lot more. (I left the original headphone hole open so I could run my headphones into it) So, maybe it's not entirely practical, but it's fun!

In retrospect, there are quite a few things I would have done differently, but I'm sure not hacking up one of my working gameboys to try again. Cheesy
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9  Very girly baby blanket in Quilting: Completed Projects by lee-lee ess. on: March 12, 2007 02:09:58 PM
(Luckily, the baby was a girl!)

First of all though, let me say that this is my first post of something I've made.
So... please excuse me if the pictures mess up, are too big/small, or something else screwy happens. Smiley

And now, I just have to give you a quick story.  I grew up watching my papaw quilt; he was amazing at it.  (I hope to post some of his work sometime)

It's been a few years now since he passed away, and I've finally decided to follow in his footsteps.  He was definately a huge influence in my life.

So, before I get too long winded, here's my first try at making a quilt!!  (I was a little hesitant at posting this, because of all the amazing quilts on here, but my boyfriend talked me into it.)

I borrowed the machine my papaw always quilted on.  It's about 50 years old, and has seen quite a few quilts in its time.  (Excuse how goofy I look, haha)

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