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I contacted Rick Rack Ruby after reading on her blog about this messenger bag and how she didn’t like it.  I asked her if she might be willing to sell it to me.  She asked me to make her an offer and I did.  She accepted my offer and mailed it to me! 

I am beyond thrilled with it!  It is so pretty that I cannot stop looking at it.  I pinch myself daily with my good luck.  That I am bold enough to ask and that I was lucky enough to get it! 

Thanks, Laura!  I love it and adore it.  And…I hope you don’t mind my using your pic as mine were pretty crappy. 

If you click the link to her blog above it is the post about the bag and you can see the other shots of it and the one she made for herself.  Also, check her blog often as she gives me a lot of inspiration!

I thought I should return to blogging of the crafty nature.  After all, I am supposed to be crafty!

On Saturday at Feathernesters it was a lovely lunch with my friends Angela and Amy.  Crafting of ornaments for both of them ensued on the night before and here is what they received.

A dove using a tutorial from Bella Dia for Amy. 

dove

The felted sweater I used was a bit thin so I decided to sew it and turn it instead of sewing as the tutorial indicates.  I didn’t cut it any larger to accommodate for it.

Owls using this Japanese tutorial  for Angela and Amy’s daughter, Brianna. 

owls

I couldn’t get what to do with the bottom, so I used the sewn together owl to cut a circle that I sewed onto the bottom.  It made a nice base so it can stand or hang. 

Angela gave me some scrapbook paper and I used a bit along with some text from a magazine to make this pendant for me.

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Inspired by the owl ornaments, I made this owl brooch.

owl brooch

And I had given you a few sneak peeks previously and now that they have been received here are the items.

The sneak peek  for Christy, my Sweet Sister Swap partner, was the button closure of this felted wool patchwork tote. 

tote fronttote inside

tote back

The patches are made from sweaters that I thrifted/felted and cut randomly.  I then added the patchwork squares with pinked edges for a bit more color and some pretty vintage buttons to hold down the centers.  I was hesitant to use fusing as it might burn the wool.  I put lots of pockets on the inside, too (a must).  The inside is a thrifted skirt that I liked the material.  I also lined the inside of the handles with it. 

I was so happy how this turned out that I will soon make myself one.  I came thisclose to not getting this in her box of goodies.  If you want to see what I sent to her for the swap you can see here

And this sneak peek was the button on this necktie scarf for Kiva.  She won the 100th post giveaway.

kiva’s scarf

Whew, that was a lot of craftiness.  What could she possibly have left?  Stay tuned!

Hope your weekend was great and the week off to a good start.

I love the various parts of the creative process and how a thought comes to fruition.  Sometimes I start with the items and see where the process takes me.  Then I take the result and place it somewhere I pass many times a day as I decide if I REALLY like it.  To wonder if others will REALLY like it.  Kind of like sticking my toe in the water to test it.  That is sometimes how my creative process works. 

I get inspired by pictures, the colors, great fabric print, other designs, and the work of my bloggy friends and other crafters.  Gladly, I will try anything once.  If I do not enjoy the process it will be the last even if others like it.  Such is the world of my craft.  The items I make are all items I like and would use.  I try to price them reasonably and at a price that I would pay for them.  At times, people say that I don’t charge enough.  There are also times that we tweak the price as we go to move it a bit.  I also listen to the feedback from the people that buy them.  Both of the shops I sell at are good about sharing that feedback. 

Which leads me to my latest WIP.  I made these 4 brooches and really like the leaf shaped one with the leaf and the apple shaped one.  The Hello Kitty was just something fun and a bit more over the top then I normally go.  The other is a scene from a  piece of vintage barkcloth that I thrifted.  What do you think?  Do you like them?  Ideas to tweak them or make them better?

new brooches

If you have not figured it out by now, I LOVE BROOCHES!  I have lots and lots of them and rarely have a jacket that I wear that doesn’t have one pinned to it.  I have vintage ones, sparkly ones, crafty ones, crocheted ones, sterling ones and on and on and on and on.  I am like a moth to the flame with them and they seem to have a gravitational pull to draw me to them.  Do you have anything that you cannot walk passed without buying?

Here are some other WIPS for the holiday season made from felted wool. 

Stars…

Stars

Angels ( I apologize for the pic, I couldn’t get them to come out clear to save my soul!)…

Angels

I like somewhat non-traditional colors for the holidays.  It also lets you stretch the life of the item passed the holiday season.

Now let’s get to my mailbox.  Oh, the postman is liking me lately with the packages he is carrying for me! 

The lovely Heidi sent me a pendant that I admired on her blog.  She is a beginning solderer, but you cannot tell by this pendant.  I am bowled over with the way she presented it to me.  She put the dictionary page with the word Hope on it behind the pendant, placed a sweet black ribbon at the top and some gathered orange and black crepe ruffles (you have to take my word for the ruffles as in order to get a close up on the pendant I lost the ruffles in the pic). 

Hope Pendant

If, after checking out her blog, you feel the urge to support a fellow crafter you can buy her items on Etsy here.  I just love her newest sign inspired by her daughter and in the Thanksgiving spirit.  Truthfully, is that not what we ALL do?

 BrendaLea, the fabulous prpldy that I blogged about her flickr pages here, I met via swap-bot and she was the recipient of the second Dotee doll on this post.  She sent me this Dotee that I received today just because.  I love the petals around her face and the vintage fabric.  It is in my fav shades of pink!  Thanks, I LOVE HER!

BrendaLea Dotee

She is a great lady and I am blown away by her handwork.  Did you see this doll in her Flickr photos?  OMG, that would never happen in my lifetime!  I don’t have that much stick-to-it-iveness! 

Lastly, here are some swap items that I sent recently. 

This is my reciprocal for the pendants from Breanna.  I also sent her the brooch at the end of the pendant post.

breanna purse

Look familiar?  It is another version of this bag.  I couldn’t find the cord to match as I would like so inserted some thrifted handles I had instead.  I switched up the fabrics a bit, too. 

Here is the collage I made for Christy for the Sweet Sister Swap.  Like the hyperactive child I am I got so wrapped up in wrapping her pressies that I forgot to take a pic of it all (pun intended).   She promised to blog about it soon.  She has a 5 year old son and is heavily into school party prep and Halloween. 

Christy’s Collage

I used some vintage sheet music, some thrifted paper lace ribbon, some very stiff black felt, polka dot and Halloween ribbon, and Mod Podge.  Note for next time I do this type of thing…matte podge makes it look like the fabric has white pills and satin podge makes them go away!  :O)  Satin podge was my last resort before the redo.  It all worked out okay in the end. 

The musical selection I cut up was called Nocturne, which I believe means night (correct?).  How appropriate!  Too funny that we both sent each other arched cats with crescent moons, huh? 

Whew, that was a long one, huh!  BTW, we got over 2″ of glorious ground drenching rain yesterday and it has been misting all day today and another large storm tomorrow and overnight is predicted.  Never thought I would be excited about dark and dreary skies! 

It is almost the weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just returned home from the Friday for the Arts and had to share these pics.  This is Joe after we convinced him to try on this very Stylin’ blazer at Kim’s shop.  Bridget added the sequined beret and Joe’s wife added the purse.  Stylin’, isn’t he? 

There are a couple more in my Flickr photos if you want to check them out.  Needless to say we had some fun!

Completed Crafts ‘N Things Purse

Here it is in all it’s prettiness!  I am so thrilled with the finished product!  I purchased some 6″ Michael Miller squares from Ebay a while ago and even though they didn’t quite meet the 5.5″ X 6.5″ that the project called for I used them anyway.  I made adjustments in all the subsequent measurements to accomodate for the bit of a size difference.  Truth is, I used the sewed together squares as a template to cut all the other pieces.

I made some other changes, too.  I used less than the yard per cord handle.  I used about 24″ per handle.  I thought that the 36″ made them too long.  I also added an interior pocket to the purse.  I lined it with a brown paisley fabric that is on the back of this postcard.  You can see a bit of the paisley at the top of the folds and it is just the right touch.

I spent about 2 hours making it last night.  It was really easy to make.  The hardest part was the corners at the bottom of the sides.  I reinforced them by sewing back and forth on the stitches a few times. 

I will definitely make more of this one!  And since it is so pretty, I must show it again!  Thanks Crafts ‘N Things for my new purse!

Craft N Things Purse

 

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