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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Giant red concert bag on: August 06, 2007 02:11:12 AM
So, I decided that when we go to the Gorge Amphitheater for Download 2007 (INCUBUS!!!!) that I don't want to mess with my backpack again. I wanted a big over-the-shoulder bag - but I looked in my closet - and the Shelf-O-Purses didn't have anything quite like what I was picturing. So I made this:

It's big - about 11" tall, 13" wide and 5" across at the base - with my very first zipper ever!!! in one of the inside pockets. I used this tutorial and I think it worked out perfectly!

I was going to make it a messenger bag, but I put two heavy-duty magnetic snaps in there, and snaps shut so tightly that I didn't see the need for a flap. I do think it's a little bare on the outside, though. Any ideas to spiff it up?

The pictures are from my blog, and if you go there, the pictures are clickable and get bigger, if you should so desire. Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Fairy! **UPDATED! on: July 20, 2007 01:45:27 AM
The minute I saw the fairies and gnomes pattern, I bought it right away! I was very pleased with the size of the patterns, the fairy in the picture below is 7 inches from tip of her wing to the bottom of the toadstool she sits on, which was perfect for the project I'm doing.

Here's my progress so far:

Her dress is in metallic thread, along with the outline of her wings and the little "twinkles" around her. Metallic thread makes me want to hurl my embroidery hoop across the room like a Frisbee, but I stuck with it and I love the results.

If you go to my blog, there are clickable pictures that get quite big, if you're interested in seeing more detail on the stitches and such. Smiley


She has hair, ladies and gentlemen!

picture with flash: (more accurate color)

without flash: (more contrast)

This is taking longer than I'd hoped, but it's coming out so nice! I used veriagated yellow for the hair, making an extra effort to make it look like she has pretty highlights.

Any suggestions for a color I should use on the mushroom? I'm drawing a blank there...
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Skunk, anyone? on: July 13, 2007 12:59:09 AM
So here's the deal. I just spent the last hour googling for patterns on a large, crocheted skunk, and none are to be found - I want a big one, (like a foot tall, not super-gigantic) not a tiny amigurumi-style one, and I just cannot find a pattern - even to buy!

I have two ideas - one: that one of you knows of such a pattern and how I can get my grubby paws on it,

Or two: I know that there are a lot of talented crochet-animal-designers our there in Craftsterland, and I was wondering if any of you would accept such a challenge. I want to make it as a gift for a really great lady who collects skunks (you should see her house!) Anyone willing to try? Pretttty please? (I'll swap for it!)

(Hope this doesn't break any rules, if it does, sorry Mods!)
4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Fit To Be Tied purse: on: July 12, 2007 01:14:53 AM
Finished it! For my best friend, who is now living in Italy - I hope she likes it!

The color looks so dim and awful, it's actually a wonderful bright turquoise.

I used a pretty stripey lining, too - but I didn't have a snap to sew in, and I was feeling really lazy, so I didn't block it.

To be honest, about the blocking, I read the section explaining the process three times, and I have no idea how to "block lightly" as the pattern directed. As far as I could tell, there weren't varying degrees of blocking in the book... and ideas?
5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Not actually a project, but.... on: June 21, 2007 12:22:54 AM
I have never knit a stitch in my life.... until today. I bought SnB book today, and then some metal knitting needles (19 cents a set!!!) and some yarn at the thrift store. (I've been so inspired by all the beautiful knitted things you Craftsters have been doing!)

After a couple hours of hand cramps and swearing like a sailor:

See that?!?! I cast on, and knit another row and a half, without accidentally strangling myself with the yarn! I've never been more proud.  Grin
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilter's Quiz: on: June 06, 2007 02:21:02 PM
I'm not personally a quilter, but I stumbled upon this Quilter IQ Quiz in my internet travels, and thought for the quilting craftsters that might enjoy it:

"1. If you have 5/8 of a yard and your best friend gives you 2/3 of a yard, how much will you have?
a. More than you started with.
b. Not enough for your backing.
c. A really nice friend.
d. All of the above.

2. Which weighs more, 1/8 of a yard or a Fat Quarter?
a. This is a trick question and I don't do those.
b. They weigh the same.
c. I pick letter "b."
d. Me too.

3. If a quilter used to get 4 stitches to the inch and now gets 18 she is:
a. Much improved.
b. Lying
c. Counting stitches on both top and bottom.
d. Playing around with the stitching length knob on her machine

4. If your stash takes up 100 cubic feet and your friend's takes up 200 cubic feet, then:
a. It is time to buy more fabric.
b. Be sure to stay friends.
c. You still probably can't find enough for the whole back of that quilt, so see letter "a."
d. All of the above."

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Your very first crafting memory!! on: May 13, 2007 09:51:56 PM
I was thinking about my very first "craftster" moment, and how it was eons before I ever heard the word Craftster... and I thought "what a great idea for a thread!"

So, what's your first/favorite memory of crafting something great?

Here's mine:

I have been crafting since I was a wee little tot, though it wasn't really called 'crafting' at the time. Usually it was just another instance of "Ali's making a mess."

One of my mother's favorite stories to tell about me involves what she calls "the biggest mess ever made in eight minutes." I was eight years old, and had been invited swimming, and my mother told me that I couldn't go - my swimsuit was in the middle of the spin cycle, and NO, she was not getting it out for me.

She left the room, and eight minutes later I had broken into her fabric stash, and fashioned a purple bikini out of some fabric scraps, glue, masking tape, yarn, ric-rak and safety pins. The mess was spectacular. As far as I was concerned, I was a genius! As far as she was concerned, I was grounded.

But, I think that my mom still has that swimsuit somewhere.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Chromachron! on: May 08, 2007 11:19:15 PM
Ok. (breathe, Fluxity, breathe) I saw this watch on coolhunting.com months ago:


It's a Chromachron. Check out the link about the watch, it's my dream timepiece!

Now, under normal circumstances, I know enough about myself to know that I have no business trying to mess with mechanical things like clocks... and I would just buy one at the store.

But do people sell these beautiful clocks and watches??? NO! NOBODY DOES!

So I here I am, begging the crafty people for advice - how would you make one of these - probably as a wall clock? Do you think I could convert a regular clock?

/end rant. Smiley

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / FYI: on: April 28, 2007 11:39:39 PM
Even the simplest of tiny DIY tasks (for example: cutting an itchy tag out of the back of a new lacy tank top, in preparation to embroider it) should not be done under the following circumstances:

- in a dimly lit room

- with a pair of crayola safety scissors

- while you are still wearing the shirt

- reaching over your shoulder with the scissors,

- looking in the mirror to see where you should cut.

This, I'm afraid, will only result in a very large, ugly gaping hole in the back of the shirt, and the sad fact that no matter how much you embroider, patch and applique.... it will never be the same.

All because I'm too lazy to take the damn shirt off first.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Wait a goll-durn Minute!!!!! on: April 15, 2007 11:35:39 PM
I have recently discovered the $1.00 scrapbooking rack at JO-Ann's fabrics - it's like a mini scrapbooking dollar store! Not the biggest variety by any means at all, but nice if you are on a budget.

So I buy some of those vellum sheets with quotes on them - two different packs.

I just took them out to read all the quotes - and in one pack:

And in the other:

Hmmm. Funny how they both said it. NOw I am convinced that the company is just making things up. Which is fine, they're good quotes, but if I use the Plato one and find out that it's actually Dickinson? I cannot describe the guilt I would feel. Seriously.

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