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21  Cross stitch/ crazy patch journal covers in Completed Projects by panul on: November 26, 2007 05:56:56 AM
I have two friends who keep journals and wanted to make them new ones for Christmas. I don't do book making, so I just bought blank book and made covers.
First I found two lovely cross stitch flower patterns, then picked out fabric from my (vast) stash to coordinate with them. The cross stitch panels are centered on the fronts of the journals, with crazy patch over the rest of the cover.
Here's how they came out -

I sure hope they like them.
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22  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Rnd 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by panul on: November 17, 2007 05:06:02 PM
I received two cute ornaments today from pibbgirl.

The wreath has a jingle bell, which I love, and the snowflake has lots of blue, one of my favorite ornament colors. Thanks, pibbgirl, for being such a great partner!
And thanks, too, to riario for hosting this swap. I am really glad I chose this one as my first.
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23  Quilter's notecards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by panul on: November 06, 2007 01:56:24 PM
I have some friends who are quilters, and I made them some notecards for Christmas. The front of each card has a quilt block made of paper, and the envelopes are stamped with a coordinating stamp.

As you can see, they aren't perfect, but I like how they turned out, and I hope my friends will, too.
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24  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Rnd 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by panul on: November 05, 2007 01:47:42 PM
I received from ollieorange today. And she did a fabulous job of picking just the right things for me.

I don't know how to needle felt, so I love the little red ball with green and yellow polka dots. So cute!
And the lovely beaded icicle is wonderful, too. I especially like the graceful shape she gave the hook.
These will look terrific on my tree! Thanks so much, ollieorange!
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25  Saving my shirt in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by panul on: October 12, 2007 09:04:16 AM
When I was putting my summer clothes away this year, I realized that an old favorite shirt was really no longer wearable, but I couldn't bring myself to throw it out because I loved the pink plaid so much. My daughter, Pinfish, suggested lining something with it, so I got some brown corduroy and interlining and started looking for a purse pattern.
But I couldn't find just what I wanted, so like the crazy person I am, I decided to wing it on the second purse I ever made. After a lot of do-overs, I got a usable fo, though if I did it again, I would do some things differently, e.g. make it stiffer.
Here is the front of the purse, with its row of little decorative buttons on the flap:

This is the fabric that started it all, and a zipper pocket for my meds:

The shirt had a cute pocket trimmed with rickrack, so I put pleats in it and made it a cell phone pocket:

I hate hunting for my keys, so I put an open pocket on the back to drop them into (the button is just decorative):

I used a magnetic closure under the flap, and put in another zipper pocket there, too:

All in all, it's pretty usable, though not perfect, and I didn't have to throw away my shirt!  Smiley
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26  I love making greeting cards (IMG heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by panul on: August 31, 2007 04:49:46 PM
For several years now I have enjoyed making handcrafted greeting cards. I decided it was about time I shared my products here.

I make a lot of encouragement cards for those going through hard times, most based on Bible verses.

This one has "tiles" made with cardboard, paper and heavy embossing powder.

This one has iris folding.

Here are some for other occasions, which are obvious:

A bit of paper sculpture.

More tiles here.

I love to invite friends to tea. This invitation has tea bag folding (appropriately!)

And here is one I made using another of my favorite crafts, crazy quilting.

I find I send a lot more cards now. It's really fun and people say they love them.

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27  Combining my crafting loves in Quilting: Completed Projects by panul on: August 31, 2007 04:36:14 PM
I have been making crazy quilts for quite a few years and have made lots of kinds of projects, including two queen size quilts, one for each of my two sisters, who have very divergent tastes.

Joan loves dark jewel colors and rich fabrics, so hers is velvet and satin.

Pat wanted a quilt made using the fabric from her wedding dress, in colors to go with her bedroom.

But today I was enjoying another favorite craft, cardmaking, and I made a get well card with a tiny crazy quilt in it.

I love that one kind of crafting can add to the creativity of the other.
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28  Craftster makes me brave! - My first purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by panul on: August 18, 2007 07:34:13 AM
At the beginning of the summer, I was looking for a top to go with a lovely pink skirt I had, but found nothing that would work. But I did find some fabric I loved at Joann's, and when it went on sale I made this blouse/jacket.

But my only summer purse is beige and really wouldn't work. Before Craftster it NEVER would have occurred to me to make myself a purse, but I started eyeing the leftover fabric, found a pattern I liked and...

It's just a simple clutch with a magnetic closure and a zipper pocket in the lining, but I am very proud of how it turned out. Here it is open -

Thank you to all of you for being such an inspiration!
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29  I'm a crocheter! - not too impressive pouch in Crochet: Completed Projects by panul on: August 05, 2007 04:48:02 PM
For many years, (more than most of you are old!) I have tried to learn how to crochet. Friends have tried to teach me, I've tried to learn from books but it never took. But I now know how to do it, thanks to Pinfish.
The rectangle I was doing to practice my single crochet turned out pretty well, so rather than just rip it out, I decided to make it into a little pouch.

(The tissue packet is just there for size comparison)
It may not look like much, and I'm not sure what I am going to use it for but
1. I am now a crocheter. A beginner for sure, but a crocheter.
2. I have had one of the best pleasures of a long-time crafter...the daughter I taught to craft has taught me a new craft. And if that isn't cool, nothing is.
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30  When I am an old woman, I will wear rainbow plaid in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by panul on: July 12, 2007 06:58:17 AM
I've only recently gotten back into making clothing. I used to make lots when my children were little, and back when I weighed double what I do now, I sort of had to. But for the last few years I have concentrated mostly on quilting and embroidery. But I wanted something new to wear to church this summer and thought of making myself a sundress with a jacket. My usual style is very subdued, but this fabric caught my eye in Joann's, and I just had to buy it -

I found two Butterick patterns, B4794 and B5000, bought some apple green broadcloth to go with it, and after some hours of work (including THIRTEEN buttonholes!) this is what I had:

It's not my usual style, but I'm getting old enough now to be in my "When I am an old woman, I will wear purple" years, so I guess this is my version.
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