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51  Re: Easy Peasy Snap wallets - I'm so addicted! - TUTORIAL ADDED in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkitzoLeezra on: January 17, 2008 11:05:16 AM
I had a little scrap of Waverly wildlife fabric and enhanced it with deliberately rustic embroidery.  Whatchathink?
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52  tree skirt reconstructed to circle skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SkitzoLeezra on: January 16, 2008 11:42:49 AM
Found this small tree skirt with rickrack trim in the box of estate sale fabric and wondered what to do with it. Held it up and thought: instead of a tree skirt, how's about a little girl circle skirt?

Called a little girl mama and obtained a little girl waist size. Before cutting, I luckily remembered that a circle skirt waist is cut by folding fabric into quarters and cutting top in SMALL increments or else you snip too much and have a huge hole. Nobody wants a huge hole.
Anyhow, cut top of skirt and laid it flat to measure with tape. Repeated steps until desired measurement was complete. Finished cut edges of skirt seam. Sewed edges together. Turned under the raw pinked hem edge and ironed with that magic tape stuff then handstitched hem. 

The handstitching took longer than all the other steps combined.

Applied stretch elastic to waist although I could have sewn a casing.

It is a Cee-ute skirt, I tell ya! Re purposed in the SkitzoLeezra way! I may have just made myself some craft karma.

After the holidays when you look at all of those 50% off tree skirts at the stores, look again, you might see cute skirt potential!

(Tried to wait for a photo with the petite model in her skirt but want to show it to you NOW! Will post photo when available.)

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53  Re: Craft Show Pearls of Wisdom... in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by SkitzoLeezra on: January 14, 2008 11:33:32 AM
Here are some holiday or craft fair pointers:

  • Arrive early to claim your spot. Even if previously assigned, an early bird may be able to trade or upgrade space. I overhead a trade conversation with the phrase "don't tell anyone but I'll move you to their space".

  • Bring more electrical cords than you think you need.

    • Lighting is key.

    • Cheap display: cardboard boxes stacked on table, then covered with colorful fabric.  Height is desirable.

      • Decide ahead of time if you will accept personal checks. I accepted from personal acquaintances and folks that appeared to be good risks. Yes, I profiled but I have years of retail experience.

      • Don't even think about keeping a cash box. Stash that money in your apron or deep pockets.

        • Bring your boombox for ambient music.  Choose music that is widely appreciated.  Holiday market - holiday music.

        • Let your product explain itself. Some folks are shy and just want to browse.  My cigar valet boxes seemed to be confusing to some.  I should have just labeled them as "remote control storage" or not labelled at all.

          • Hangtags denote quality.  Compose a blurb about your product, technique, SOMEthing.  Include a web address.

          • Mark each item with price. Some folks will not ask price because they are afraid that the price will embarrass them. I know it sounds stoopid but hey, some folks are stoopid.

            • Market coordinators may ask you for a door prize to promote the show. Luckily I thought to write a gift certificate on some of my logo paper. You want to draw folks to your booth.

              • Yes, some folks will ask you how you made your stuff.  My friend and I decided ahead of time to just answer all with the reply -  "Windex".  How did you make these?  Windex.  What kind of glue did you use?  Windex.  We are so easily amused. 

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54  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkitzoLeezra on: October 29, 2007 03:31:37 PM
This is my second bag.  Both the outer and liner fabrics are RECYCLED cotton shirts!  The outer shirt/fabric is a cute shirt that I stained.   Sad  The liner fabric is a plaid shirt from brother.  Liner shirt fabric has a handy front pocket that now serves as a cell phone holder or cash stash. 
Whatcha think?   


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55  Re: Slotted Wallet WITH pattern & tutorial - Image heavy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkitzoLeezra on: September 24, 2007 03:16:04 PM
What have I done wrong?
Could be that I sewed too late into the night and rushed the process . . .
Cut fabric, folded and ironed. 

  • To confirm, are the folds accordian style?
  • Are the tops of slots topstitched?  Some photos clearly show topstitches but cannot determine on all photos.
Many thanks to you wonderful craftsters that share your knowledge and projects!
Hep me, hep me, somebody hep me!
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56  Cat brooch pin inspired by Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SkitzoLeezra on: September 19, 2007 12:30:15 PM

Dolores Umbridge is the new Defense Against The Dark Arts instructor from "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".  This kitty pin is inspired by Miss Umbridge's brooch worn with each of her pink-toned ensembles.
  • Base is old credit card cut into oval shape.
  • Photocopied image glued center of base. 
  • Clear plastic adhesive backed scrapbook "gem" stuck on top of cat image.
  • Border covered with glue then covered with tiny microscopic beads.
  • Pin back glued to back.
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57  Check out my gift wrap closet in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by SkitzoLeezra on: August 08, 2007 02:27:01 PM
Don't hate me because I am anal (retentive).  More photos on my blog.

Gift bags hung from closet rod.   Gift boxes on wire rack.
Ribbons, tags, tape on wood hutch from Lowe's.  Tissue paper sorted on vintage office collater.  See the red Coca-Cola 6 pack holder?  Perfect storage for stray pieces of gift wrap.  

Some of us are examples to others, some of us serve as a warning to others.
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58  Wanna see what happens when a crafter is also anal retentive? in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by SkitzoLeezra on: August 03, 2007 09:20:01 AM
Check out my craft room studio!

Ribbon storage

Even the cat has his own storage basket-

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59  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkitzoLeezra on: July 30, 2007 03:12:31 PM
The bag is made from one pattern piece.  It's just like the plastic shopping bags and in fact the pattern is made from the shopping bag.

Thanks for posting the tutorial!  As a beginner to sewing, I appreciate the concise instructions.  
The tote is so cute that I am carrying it as a purse.  The fabric is vintage.
(I plan to use this pattern again but will make longer handles so that I can hang the tote on my shoulder.)

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