Sunday, September 27, 2009

Goddesses come in all forms...

This will probably be my last tote for awhile since I have an awesome messenger-bag-in-the-making awaiting my attention. Plus, I have a custom order from my 6 year old for a "Hell Bat" Halloween costume.
This tote used a "Garage Sale Goddess" t-shirt that I bought for $0.44 at my favorite thrift store, some leftover asian fabric, and a nylon strap that I stole off of one of my husband's duffel bags (shhh!):
I experimented with patchwork on this bag since red can be a really abrasive color without anything to break it up. I'm happy with how it turned out, and I am shocked that there is no puckering at the seams! But, I ran out of the asian fabric for the liner, so I had to add some extra jersey to the bottom:
It turned out pretty cool, though. I should probably keep this for myself since I am a total garage sale freak, but I think I'll list it in Artfire and see how it goes.
Also, with the cooler weather approaching, I am going to be testing out new techniques for photographing my stuff indoors. What do you think of the checkered material? Too much? I thought it worked well as a backdrop to the red. Am I totally delusional, or what?
Oh, and I'm thinking of creating a tutorial for these recycled t-shirt totes since they are super easy. Does anyone want to see that, or do you think there are enough tutorials floating around for totes?
Feedback, people! I need feedback! :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

We have a WINNER!

A few things I learned from this giveaway:
1. I really wish I had made enough bags for everyone.
2. There are alot of amazing, supportive people in the world.
3. I am card-fanning-disabled.

I thought about doing a random number generator, but it just seemed so impersonal. So, I decided to dig out some playing cards and do it my own way!

(My husband is the designated card-fan-holder due to my apparent lack of finger coordination which resulted in a nasty hand cramp that I am nursing right now.)
My son volunteered to pick a card since he is unbiased and I often cheat at card games. :)
And, thank you, thank you, thank you to EVERYONE who participated in this contest! I will be holding another giveaway in a couple of weeks, so please keep following. I plan to have more prizes next time. I promise!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

GIVEAWAY!! Recycled T-Shirt Tote

I have FINALLY finished the tote that I started before Zee German arrived!! It is made out of an "Ergo Proxy" T-shirt that was extra-super small, as well as some kick-ass cotton fabric I picked up at Hobby Lobby. How cute is this character?
Although the cotton fabric is fabulous, the bag still whined for some added pizazz, so I utilized some yarn that I had almost forgotten that I owned:
Now, there are no closures on this tote, but I did transform the t-shirt sleeve into an inner pocket! Obviously I used interfacing and lining on the pocket, since jersey fabric is so droopy on its own:
Also, the bottom is squared off for better stand-ability:
I love this bag. I thought about keeping it for myself, but I decided, instead, to celebrate a recent sale in my Artfire shop by GIVING IT AWAY!!! And, since this contest is all about my adoration of people who support handmade, ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS FOLLOW MY BLOG!!
Just leave a comment between now and Sept. 17th letting me know that you follow and that you want the bag. (I don't want to send it to someone who has no use for it.) I will announce the winner on September 18th.
Goodluck and thanks for following my (mostly) crafty blather!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Call of the Ribbon

I threw together another tote/shoulder bag yesterday in an effort to minimize my "project" pile. (These T-shirts are reproducing, I swear!!) I had a really hard time picking out a lining fabric to coordinate with the shirt because I desperately wanted to highlight the blue/green in the screenprint. So, I had to run to Hobby Lobby for some fabric and look at what else I found:
You're probably wondering what I was thinking with the ribbon. Well, here's what I thought when I saw it - "HOLY CRAP! PINK AND BLACK ZEBRA PRINTED FAUX FUR RIBBON!?!? Most. Awesome. Thing. Ever."
I am not generally a supporter of animal print fashion accessories, but this ribbon spoke directly to me in soft, sensual tones telling me that my tote would be nothing without it. Thank goodness I listened to the ribbon!
Aaaaah......isn't it fabulous??

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cool Weather Crochet

I was on the phone with a friend of mine the other day, and I mentioned that I was in the midst of a crochet project, and she says, "I always know that cool weather is on it's way when you start to crochet." It's true. Fall is my crochet season. But, this project can easily be worn with a tank on an Indian Summer day!

Is it a shawl? Is it a poncho? I'm calling it a Shawcho. Notice the pleating on the front? As usual, I completely ignored the pattern instructions and used a thinner yarn. So, I had to add some pleats in the front to decrease the size of the neck. I think it adds something interesting, th0ugh.
I'n not a huge fan of fringe, but I thought a little more length would be flattering with this design.
I think it's pretty cool, but I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. Should I keep it? Sell it? Give it away? *shrugs* I'm just psyched that I finally used up that yarn that I bought for the failed beach bag project.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Parting is such sucky sorrow...

It has been 5 ridiculously short weeks since Zee German came back to us, and I am shocked (as usual) by how much we have done. Besides travel and shopping, Zee German has been a busy little sewing bee during this visit, and I am shamelessly proud of her determination and imagination. After a rocky introduction to my sewing machine, she dove right in and grabbed hold of the "Even if it's not perfect, it's complete" motto. I wish I had just a portion of my girl's energy when it comes to sewing. Check out some of the things she created in her short time here.

This is a small purse she made to coordinate with a jumper dress we made together (not pictured):
She also flew solo on these 2 recycled t-shirt tote bags:

And a couple of fantastic recycled t-shirt/dress shirt/weird mumu dress I got from a relative skirts that she whipped up. All I did was the serging and elastic casing on these bad boys:
Aren't they fantastic??? Tonight I am trying to finish up a laptop case she made by attaching a zipper, and then the sewing machine is getting a break over the holiday weekend. I think my machine will appreciate this time to regain it's strength and grieve the loss of Zee German. I know that my machine and I aren't the only ones that will miss our girl desperately:

We love you, M.