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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Gas Mask Bag Purse on: August 09, 2010 01:46:17 PM
I got a gas mask bag at a garage sale for 50.

It had random straps and buckles everywhere. I am sure they made perfect sense to those requiring it for chemical attacks, but since I only had the bag and am not currently being bombed with tear gas, I cut off the excess stuff. The excess actually went to make another bag here...

I repositioned the remaining straps, and added a pocket. The pocket was taken out of the bottom of another gas mask I am turning in to a book bag. I thought a nice paisley would make a good pocket liner.

I added some old kitty buttons and an air force pin that was laying around.

There is also a chinese coin on a chain I attached to one of the D-rings (not shown)

Any place I cut off a strap, I used a lighter to melt down the frays and make it smooth and unnoticeable.

Now I have a bag my purse-hating friend Abi might even use if I gave it to her Cheesy

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Military Surplus Purse on: August 09, 2010 09:10:25 AM
This was the original inspiration...a purse made out of an army shirt. An army wife had one made out of her husband's old shirt while he was deployed. I didn't have a shirt since my son is in Iraq and still wearing them so I had to improvise.

I was given some extra body armor pouches by my son. I had no idea what to do with them and neither did he. Fortunately inspiration struck. I present to you the body armor pouch purse Cheesy

My hubby was 4th ID. That is his old pin. The air force pin was found in a car we bought used from someone in the air force. Since I have friends in the air force, I put that on to remind me of them and their service. Now I need a navy pin since my dad was in the navy and a friend's son who I have known since he was a baby is currently in the navy.

Plenty of room inside. I will now have room for my camera!

All those straps make good pen holders.

It is soft-sided now, but you could easily put some corrugated plastic in the pouch sections (hidden in the middle) to give it more structure. The strap, the rings and the snaps were taken from an old army gas mask bag I got at a garage sale for 50.

I will post pictures of the gas mask bag I made after robbing it for parts later.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Swap Idea - Get Smart? on: June 22, 2008 06:22:41 PM
Are there enough fans out there of the old show and the new movie to justify a "Get Smart" swap?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / BBC Upset about Knitted Dr. Who on: May 12, 2008 12:44:27 PM

"While many people are familiar with copyright issues concerning things like music, movies and software online, there's another community that also has been quite active: the knitting community. For a few years now there's been an ongoing battle between hobbyist knitters who have uploaded patterns that others feel are infringing on their copyrights. Now it appears that issue is touching on the tech/sci-fi community as well. Boing Boing points us to the news that a fan of the famed BBC show Dr. Who had created some knitting patterns of his own that would enable anyone to knit various characters from the show. This isn't a case where he was uploading someone else's patterns -- but he had created his own. The BBC, however, flipped out and told him to remove all such knitting patterns as they infringed on the BBC's copyrights and trademarks. This seems like yet another case of overly aggressive enforcement of intellectual property rights because someone can, not because it's a good idea."

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Unique Knifty Knitter Projects on: May 10, 2007 01:09:41 PM
People seem to think that Knifty Knitters are a cheat, or that using them is not "real" knitting, or that you can only do hats and scarves. I beg to differ Cheesy

Presenting...a folk-art ballerina

Post your unique projects...show the knitting snobs what a kk is all about!  Grin
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Old Wood Frame Windows on: April 23, 2007 05:58:47 PM
They still have glass in them. They also have a bit of local history attached. I have never done stained glass or glass painting but I might want to give it a whirl. Any other brilliant ideas?
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