Saturday, July 2, 2011

Feeling a Little Crafty

What do you have planned for the holiday weekend? Most of my plans involve quality time in the Sweat Shop interspersed with occasional bouts of barbecuing. [Did I tell you Hubby bought himself a new BBQ for Father's Day? Infrared technology--apparently it's the next big thing although I feel like everything we've cooked on it so far has been just slightly underdone. Continued experimentation is obviously in order!]

Besides the couple of quilt projects I'm working on, I have an urge to do a little crafting, although I'm not sure what I want to do. I stopped at JoAnn's and Michael's on the way home from work and gathered up a few supplies.

I've been intrigued by Valen's recent project HERE, and I was hoping to find the supplies at JoAnn's, but I didn't have any luck. However, I DID find what I needed HERE and placed an order--if you're interested, browse some of their many categories--they have some cool stuff and yes, I bought a few "extra toys" just in case. (Just don't ask me, "In case of WHAT?," because I haven't even a remote clue what disaster could strike that would require me to have little amber jars, labels, charms, etc.)

And at JoAnn's I was tempted by the metal clasp purse frames, so I bought four--two each in two sizes. Why? Who can possibly question the creative soul when inspiration strikes? (How does that sound? Think Hubby will buy it?) Have you made clutch purses using these kinds of frames yet? (If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can see them sitting on the magazines on the lower left side.) If so, what was your experience? Did you enjoy it?

Finally, one of these days--and maybe it WILL be this weekend--I need to make myself a new purse. The one I made about a year and a half ago--that I still get compliments on all the time--is starting to show its age, sadly enough.

I know I can't get ALL this stuff done this weekend, and somewhere in there, I need to clean house too, but I'm sure going to TRY to enjoy myself. And first up? I'm heading to bed with those three magazines to see what additional inspiration I can find. I hope you have a fun weekend ahead too!


Ann-Maree said...

HI Kim

I've used the purse frames..they are surprisingly easy! I've just put a pic of the last one I did on my blog if you want to have a peek..I used Perle 8 to stitch the frame to The bag...

debbie said...

If you have trouble finding the copper soldering tape for around the edges of the glass you can use the shiny silver duct tape...not the dark silver with strings in it. This stuff is real aluminum with very sticky tape on it. I used it to seal the edges of two-layer glass coasters mom and I made. I've had them for 10 years and use them all of the time. The tape is still in place, no problems. I used an old rotary cutter to cut the width I wanted. Hope you find this to be a handy tip. A little goes a long way.
I've not used the purse things, but my sil use to make beaded crochet purses and they look lovely. I'm not sure how she attached them, they are lined.

Anonymous said...

I am curious about the purse you still carry. Have we seen it?

I love to make purses.