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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Another Kindle Cover -- The Scrappy Traveller! on: March 18, 2011 10:15:53 AM
After building my snow dyed Kindle cover from a Franklin planner, I started thinking about how to construct one from scratch.  Here is the result:


I included pockets for an ID, charging cord and AC plug.  My next challenge will be to improve the stitching on the binding. 

I used scraps of batik fabrics, layered freezer paper and vinyl scraps from purses I have been deconstructing to put this together.  Thanks for looking!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Upcycled Franklin Planner to Kindle cover -- using snow dyed fabric!!!! on: March 06, 2011 04:39:25 PM
I claimed a bunch of snow dyed fabric from ptarmic wumpus in the STS and have been using it in bits and pieces -- today's creation:


I took the planner cover apart, cut it down, then used the scrappy string quilt block technique to cover the outside.  I reattached the vinyl spine, covered the insides with more snow dyed fabric, then inserted elastic (hidden by more fabric!) in the corners.  At the last minute, I decided to preserve the card and ID slots which also provide a side pocket for a notebook when traveling.  I finished it with bias tape made from -- you guessed it -- more snow dyed fabric!  This stitching isn't my greatest effort, but the re-construction of this day planner cover to fit my Kindle was an interesting process.  And I LOVE ptarmic's fabric.  

Thanks for looking!

edit:  it was awesome reading in bed last night as I didn't have to hold my Kindle the whole time -- the cover stood up nicely against a pillow and all I had to do was click the pages!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snow-dyed fabric scraps to sophistcated pocket calendar on: February 18, 2011 08:33:14 AM
I found a 2011-2012 calendar at the thrift shop that was pretty beat up, but made a new cover from scraps of snow-dyed fabric I got from ptarmic wumpus in STS.   Check it out:


I love ptarmic's snow-dyed fabrics and will use every scrap of it judiciously!  Cheesy
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Are you a fan? My bag is! on: January 24, 2011 10:29:05 AM
Inspired by this tutorial, I set about a new creation and came up with this blue and orange bag.  It has welted pockets on the front and the inside, a double-stack of pockets along the inside back and a magnetic closure.  In addition, there are velcro side closures to tighten the bag up for security.  I think I like this bag -- there's another part of me that thinks it's actually kind of ugly!  Your honest feedback appreciated!

Closed up on the sides                                            pockets
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork purse in batiks on: November 24, 2010 05:05:23 PM
This is my latest bag, crafted for my best friend.  She loves muted color and lots of texture.  It sports long wide straps, exterior pockets, an interior zipper pocket and organizer pockets and top zip closure. I think this turned out great -- love to hear your thoughts!


interior pockets line the purse  -- the front exterior pocket has a magnetic closure

26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby quilt in pink and yellow on: November 24, 2010 04:58:43 PM
I had some really cute charm squares hanging around my craft room and decided to play with nine patch squares using the charms cut into 2.5 inch pieces.  I used yellow and pink to frame things up and backed it with pink fleece.  It was a fun project.  I sent it to AsphaltQueen, a friend from the STS board and fellow Michigander. 


27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Friend and Family Quilt on: September 28, 2010 03:35:55 PM
When I got hitched, 31 years ago, my friends and family made a quilt for me.  I wanted to share that experience with my daughter when she got married this past August.  Here is the result:

This project was a true collaboration.  Friends and family contributed squares that evoked a memory or feeling about either my daugher, my new SIL or about them as a couple.  Some of my favorite squares:

My dad chose this picture he took of Meg when she was still in h.s.  I had him sign his name and then we made a picture transfer.

My mom's square represents a quilt she made for Meg when she was little and even uses fabric from clothing Meg had as a baby/toddler!

My sister's square.  TOO cute!!!

One of my squares (I had to come up with 5 to fill in for folks who didn't complete squares).  Meg collects giraffes!

A square I made to represent my DH and I -- we are all (DH, DD, SIL, and me) NMU grads, so I thought this was appropriate. 

And finally -- a square made by Sansa that she sent many moons ago as an extra in a swap package.  I saved this for just the right occasion, since this is a "picture" of Haily, my pooch, who used to be Meg's pooch!  Haily claimed the square as her's, but I embroidered Sansa's name on the square as well.

Thanks for looking!
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Birdie brooches inspired by elowezil! on: July 17, 2010 08:19:29 AM
Inspired by these, I made two birdie brooches for Scotskipper 402 for the geezer swap. 

I used a heavy fusible pellon for the base. I fused fabric scraps to the pellon, then used decorative stitching and various ribbons, floss, etc. to hide the joins.  I used a piece of wool felt for the backing (handmade by gavagai).  These were fun to make.  Thank you, elowezil, for the inspiration!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / More fabric storage cubes - tone on tone colorway on: July 17, 2010 08:09:48 AM
I made these fabric cubes for lapoli so she can load them up with goodies to give as gifts.  I used a loosely woven cotton (linen look) for the shell and a very stiff fabric of undetermined fabric content for the lining.  Both the liner and the shell are interfaced with decor bond weight interfacing. 

30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Liesl - My first lace sweater! on: July 17, 2010 07:51:19 AM
I knitted this lace cardigan for ScotSkipper402 in the geezer swap.  It was a fun knit and I learned the picot bind-off!  Very fun!  You can find the pattern here!  The button was crafted by Ruby Tuesday in STS!  The bottom picture is actually the most accurate color representation as well.  I can't recall the yarn brand, but it was a silk blend. SWTC Amarah Silk - colorway = cantalope!  Fun to work with!


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