Friday, September 27, 2013

More Fusing of Plastic Bags



My blog has gotten a lot of hits today from people looking at my Patriotic Bag Made from Fused Plastic.  So, I thought people might be interested in a project I was working on a few weeks ago.  My goal was to have a finished piece of fused plastic that contained a word, or a phrase.  I have been trying to save bags that have cute pictures or lettering.  This bag came from our local library.  Isn't it cute?  So many possibilities here!


I wanted to start with a white background, so I fused together 6-8 pieces of white bags.  I cut away any lettering.  If you have not read my previous post on fusing plastic then I suggest you click here so that you can read through the steps I follow.


I decided I had the letters to write 'ONE LORD'.  Simply place the plastic letters down on your background fabric, cover with a sheet of parchment paper and then press.  


I cut out the butterflies and added them too.

 This one is all ready to sew on.  


Next, I wanted to make one with a yellow background.  Once I had my fused yellow background, I began cutting letters out of my Goodwill bag and ironed them into place.  (Make sure you always place the parchment paper on top of the plastic before ironing)

I added the cute little 'G' with a smile and I also added a red strip to the side to add another layer of color.  I like it.  :)


I do want to mention one other piece of fused plastic I did that day.  I do not shop at Target too much, so I had to beg people for the 3 bags I used for this project.  


 I read that some people use a sheet instead of parchment paper.  I did not like it as much.  I did want to give it a try.

It just did not seem to fuse as evenly.  I will be sticking with the parchment paper.

I ended up using this piece of fused plastic in my Macbook Sleeve.

*NOTE:  If you do decide to try this project, a lot of people recommend that you do this in a well ventilated area.  For me, I just open the window or do it in the garage with the door open.  

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Blessings,
~Gina

I was Nominated for a Liebster Award!

*First of all, I have no idea why I cannot get all my fonts to look alike!  Blogger does not like me this morning!


What is it?

The Liebster nomination is for blogs that deserve notice (or that you just LOVE so much, that you must share with everyone!). The great thing about the nomination is that it allows for us newbies to network as we navigate and grow our blogs.  This award allows up and coming bloggers to network effectively and find each other in the ever growing blogosphere. “Liebster” is also a German word which translates to sweet, kind, nice and all those happy, feel good connotations.
  
I was lucky enough to be nominated by the lovely Alma from A Conquered Mess.   Alma is a wife and a mother of 2 who has some really great post on anything from healthy recipes for you and your family to DIY natural cleaning products.  Please show her some love by stopping by and saying hi!
 

There are a few guidelines for accepting the Liebster Award nomination.

Guidelines:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you for the award
  • Answer all 11 Liebster questions given to you by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate another 11 bloggers to pass the award onto
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Notify the bloggers whom you have nominated
  • Optional: Include 11 random facts about yourself





Now on to the questions...

1. What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
This is a good question.  The idea of a blog came about when I realized I wanted to get my home based business, Gina's Craft Corner, up and running again.  I had previously sold pressed flower jewelry and cards to friends and family.  That was fun, but not profitable.  When I discovered sewing this past year, I fell in love with it, and thought that a blog might be a fun outlet for me and a great way to track my progress on this journey. Ultimately, I hope that my blog will be a place where other new sewist can come to be inspired and also a launching pad for my future Etsy Shop! (Lord willing!)

2. If you could have any job in the world, which one would you want?

I'm assuming all of you have seen the chick flick You've Got Mail?  Well, I just love how she owns that cute little bookstore in New York City.  Well, instead of a bookstore, I would have a gift shop.  And instead of being in New York City, my storefront would be in one of the vacant storefronts in my small town.  The front of the store would have on display my latest creations (bags, jewelry, children's clothes).  I'd of course be selling all my blogger friends' items too!  The place would be open and airy, have hardwood floors and would smell like coffee (even though we won't have any).  In the back of the store you could browse the latest fabrics, patterns and books.  There would be an area set up to teach sewing lessons to kids (not by me.....but if this is a fantasy...why not me!)  Of course, there would also have to be a place in the back for my girls to have there homeschool room and for me to have a sewing area. 
 
3. If your life were a movie, what would it be called?

My life...A True Story  (ha)

4. What was your most prized possession as a child, as a teenager, and now?
Child-teddy bear
Teenager-My bike.  I would ride it everywhere
Adult- My Children

5. Who do you admire the most?
My husband 

6. If there were a holiday in your honor, what would it celebrate?

 LIFE-WE'D CELEBRATE LIFE!
7. What is in your purse right now? Tell me EVERYTHING! 
 Billfold, pens, pencils, highlighters, Twizzlers, M&M's, candy corn (DON'T JUDGE..) coupons, phone charger, hair clips, camera, cell phone, church bulletin, lip liner, lipstick, a toy and napkins.

9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
Blue

10. What do you like the least about yourself?

 Indecisiveness (This questionnaire was a killer for me!)

NOMINEES
Here are my Nominees!  I have to admit, it did take some time to research and find 11 nominees, but I had fun doing it.  I did not want to just choose the first 11 I found.  If I was not following these sites before, I am now!  All of them are sites that are worthy of a visit.  I do hope you show them some love and visit their awesome blogs!  

Chapter37
Cathy's Craft Corner
Sewist Stitch
Ginx Crafts
Mama Ging
Scottstrittmatter
Sew a Fine Seam
Endlesly Inspired
3littlegreenwoods
Planned in Pencil Just realized PJ has more than 200 followers!  She actually has a link-up today.  I'm going to go check it out!
Buttons and Paint

Here are the questions for my nominees, if you choose to accept them. :)

  1. We all have that one project that excites us and bores others. What is the one blog post you have that didn’t get nearly as much attention (likes, comments, etc.) as you expected?
  2. What is your favorite food or type of food?
  3. What kitchen tool do you use daily (or near daily)?
  4. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
  5. What is your favorite fall activity?
  6. What do you think is the most difficult or time consuming thing about blogging?
  7. What is one thing you have always wanted to do, but never had the chance?
  8. If money didn’t matter, what would you want to do for a living?
  9. What is your least favorite thing to make?
  10. What advice do you have for new bloggers?
  11. What long-term goals do you have for your blog, if any?

Thanks for visiting!

Blessings,
~Gina

Friday, September 20, 2013

My New Fall Bag with Pressed Leaves

Well, I have had an interesting week or two of sewing.  Besides this bag, I was also trying to make a dress for my daughter out of one of my husband's shirts.... BOMBED!  I've also been working on some little booties that were supposed to be so easy.  Thanks Martha Stewart!  They were pretty easy, but they looked so cheap.  I'm trying to improve on those and will hopefully write about them soon.

As far as this project....it almost bombed.  I guess that should be expected when you're experimenting with new things.  For a while now I have been trying to figure out how I can combine my two loves, sewing and pressed flowers/leaves, into a bag.  Improvements need to be made with the concept, but I'm really happy with the end result.  I hope you like it too!

Blue Jean Fall Bag w/ Real Pressed Leaves

The idea for this project began with a sheet of laminated leaves.  I often use laminated leaves or flowers for cards.
I then decided that I could easily attach the laminated leaves to my denim by using a zigzag stitch.  I think I should have gone around a couple of more times.

Blue Jean, Fall Bag w/ Real Pressed Leaves
 If you look at the leaves on my bag in this picture, you can tell that the laminate and the leaves were crinkled when I had to turn my bag right side out.  I did not think of that!
In the above picture you can see the difference in the 'before' turning and 'after' turning my bag right side out.

How to solve this? 
I could make a bag where I do not have to turn it, but with wear and tear they will probably bend over time anyway.  My husband suggested using a stiffer material, but it would still have to be something I can sew through.  I think I just used too many leaves.  If you look at the other side of the bag...

Blue Jean, Fall Bag w/ Real Pressed Leaves

This leaf looks great.  It did get one crinkle, but other than that I think it held up just fine.  I would expect this leaf to look this good years from now.  FIY,  fall leaves do not lose their color like most undyed flowers do. 

Free Motion Stitching on bag

  The next feature on this bag I would like to talk about are those tiny orange maple leaves.  For those, I dropped my feed dogs and did some FREE MOTION STITCHING.  I had to practice these leaves on my dry erase board for a while, but once I got the hang of it went pretty fast.

Fall Bag w/ Real Pressed Leaves
Adding the handles is when I thought this project was over.  I just could not get all that material under my foot!  I should have added the handles before closing, but I really only wanted one handle.  From past experience I know that for me it is best to stitch the handle on the outside when adding the handle to the side of the bag.  So, I decided to use my open toed darning foot (that I use for free motion stitching).  I raised it up as far as I could and somehow I finally managed to squeeze it all under there.  It was a miracle!  I was truly about to lose it!


 The above picture shows how I had to piece together some jean strips to make the handle.  I was so proud of myself for not having to look up how to do this!  I really wanted to use the waistband of a pair of blue jeans for the handle, but it was just too thick.  I broke 2 needles trying to make it work! 


Blue Jean Bag w/ Pressed Leaves

Here I am!  All ready for the first day of fall with my new bag!  I'm on track to make a bag for every season thus far.  I'd better start planning for my winter bag!

I'd love to hear what you think about this.  Do you have any suggestions for me?  For my next project I want to try some dyed pressed flowers!

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 Blessings,
~Gina

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Pressed Leaves/Flowers + Package Tape = Easy Personalized Gift


Packing Tape + Fall Leaves = Great Gift Wrapping


I don't know about you, but I often find myself in a situation where I have a gift that needs to be wrapped quickly for a party and I either 1.) cannot find the appropriate size or style of gift bag, 2.)  the only wrapping paper in the house is from last Christmas or 3.) I just do not like anything I have on hand and would prefer to create a more personalized and unique gift.  If you fall somewhere in one of these three categories, I hope you will find this post helpful.

For this project you will need to grab 3 things:
*Brown Kraft Paper
*Box
*Packaging tape
*Dried and pressed leaves and/or pressed flowers
*Ribbons/bows

1.  Place your gift in your box and then wrap with the brown kraft paper.  For my 'Pressed Leaf' gift wrapping, I chose to use a shoe box and cover the lid and the bottom separately.  This way, the recipient of your beautiful gift can reuse it!

2.  For the lid: Arrange your pressed fall leaves and any flowers all over the top.  I used maple leaves, a tiny flower (not for sure what it is) and crumbled Queen Anne's Lace.

3.  Now for the trickiest part.  Grab your packing tape and carefully, but quickly, lay the tape over the top section of your lid.  Continue adding layers, trying not to overlap (it just doesn't look as nice), until you reach the bottom of your lid.  You probably will have some issues with static electricity.  The leaves will not move too much, but the smaller the flower the more it wants to jump up and attach to the tape before you have it in place.  Just try to be quick and you'll be fine.

NOTE:  For the rose petal package (see end of post) I used a different method of of attaching the flowers to the package.  I first laid the tape, sticky side up, on the table with weights on either end and prearranged my flowers on the tape and then carefully placed it on my package.  This method actually works great and I prefer it to the other one.  

4.  Continue this procedure until your box is completely decorated.

Packing Tape + Fall Leaves = Great Gift Wrapping 


That was pretty painless now wasn't it?  All you need now is a cute little homemade card.   If you like the one I made in the picture above, then click: HOW TO STITCH ON CARDS .

Here is the gift I wrapped for a recent wedding I attended.  For this gift I used the decorated packaging tape like ribbon.  Rose petals and Queen Anne's Lace are perfect for wedding gifts.

Pressed Flowers + Packing Tape to Wrap Presents

 So, what do you think of this idea?  I've seen packaging tape with different designs on them, like chevron and stripes.  I've heard these are cheaper than washi tape and duct tape.  Has anyone compared the three?  It might be a good comparison experiment.  :)

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Monday, September 9, 2013

FELT CELL PHONE SLEEVE



My inspiration for this project came from another book I borrowed from the library titled The Feisty Stitcher, Sewing Projects with Attitude by Susan Wasinger.  Susan used felt for a couple of projects and they looked easy AND amazing!  She has a project called, "Laminated Felt Case."  I did not have the materials to make her case, but I did use her idea of using a paper punch to decorate the outer cover of my Felt Cell Phone Sleeve. 

I started with regular felt that you can get from any craft store.  I did learn that there is an eco-felt that you can buy which is made from recycled plastic water bottles!  It is supposed to be denser and softer than acrylic craft felt.  I guess I am using acrylic craft felt?  If that is the cheap stuff that comes pre-cut..then yes, that is what I'm using!  :)

I based  my cell phone sleeve on the measurements of my husband's iphone "in the rubber case".  I could not get it out of the case he has it in, but that was okay b/c my cases tend to be 'tight' so I thought this way I'd be safe.  I then added 2" to my measurements on each side and came up with  6 3/4" x 4 1/2".  It should go without saying that I did not make this case for my husband!  Hearts are really not his thing.  It is made for my cheap old fashion cell phone.  I don't have a COOL cell phone, but at least I now have a COOL case to hide it in....I mean....CARRY it in.  

MATERIALS

To make something similar you will need the following:

6 pieces of felt cut to 6 3/4 " x 4 1/2 "  (Just measure your cell phone and then add 2" to each side)
3 smaller pieces for the tab measuring 3 1/4" x 2"
Hole Punch
Button
Velcro
Contrasting Thread

The set on the left will be my cover and the 3 pieces on the right are for the back.  To make the cover you just need to hole punch the front cover all over.  I also decided to cut out a heart shape (just fold and cut 1/2 of your heart shape, open and there it is!)


On my very last punch I went to pull the handles apart and I am so strong I broke it!  So, go easy on the puncher! 

Next I used a straight stitch to add some decorative stitching around my heart.  I first tried using free motion stitching for this, but the felt was not cooperating!  The straight stitch worked just fine.

  

Now for the tab.  I stitched some lines back and forth on my tab just for kicks.  Then, I stitched a button to the front and a piece of velcro to the underside.  The other piece of velcro was then sewed onto the front, just above the heart.  (Make sure you do all this before attaching the front cover to the back cover)

FELT CELL PHONE SLEEVE

 
The last step was to then sandwich the front and back wrong sides together and then sew 1/2" along the sides and bottom.  I then trimmed my edges 1/4 " with a straight edge.  If I had not done this it would have looked terrible!  I should have taken a picture of how awful the sides look.  It was really hard to keep the felt in place while stitching.  So, be sure to use those pins!! 




So what do you think?  I made this in a couple of hours!  Talk about an inexpensive Christmas gift made from love! :)  Do you think you will try it?  If you make one I'd love to see it!
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Make a Flower Vase from Recycled Bottles




It has been a while since I actually did this project.  It was in the middle of summer and I was trying out painting on lots of different things.  I saw a post on Pinterest where someone had turned a glass bottle into a vase by using a hot glue gun and paint.  I thought I'd give it a try.  This project did not turn out perfectly, so I'm not expecting a lot of OOHS and AHHHHS, but I'm hoping that someone else will see this idea and be able to create something WONDERFUL! 

MATERIALS
Empty and Clean Glass bottles: I used a salad dressing bottle and an olive oil bottle
Hot glue gun
Acrylic Paint (maybe a paint for glass would have been a better choice...I was trying to use what I had on hand)
Chalkboard Spray Paint
Paint Brushes




I did not take a picture of the olive oil bottle at the beginning of this project so many of these pictures may seem out of order.  I was just playing around and finally realized that this might be a project worth sharing.
 
The first step would be to actually write or draw on the bare glass using the hot glue gun.  You can see in the picture above what the glue looks like once it dries.   This is actually really easy and it dries super fast.  The lesson I learned is that you need to make sure you remove the glue 'threads' that are left every time you lift up the gun.  Try to use an x-acto knife and clean up the edges of your words or picture.  UNLESS, you are going for the 'spooky' look.  Which, since Halloween is quickly approaching, you might like that look.  I wasn't really going for that here.  

On the bottle below you can see where I drew a flower.  (Again, I did not take pictures of the next few steps.)  Once the glue was dried I tried just painting the flower yellow, to see what it would like.  It was okay, but not nice enough for me.  I then decided to spray the can with chalkboard paint.  I had seen where people have painted glass with the chalkboard paint and then used acrylic paint on top so I decided to go this route. 

 It actually looked really neat with just the black, so I thought I would try to paint the flower again with yellow and see what that looked like.  I also noticed that if I scratched the inside of the flower petals it looked really neat b/c you could kind of see inside the bottle.  You can see that in the picture below.


I then decided to paint the entire bottle yellow.  The picture below is of a different bottle, but the procedure is the same. 


This particular bottle just did not turn out like I had hoped.  If you look closely you can see those 'spooky' looking strings I was telling you about.  I finally just tossed this poor little guy. 


 Back to the olive oil bottle...

I THEN decided that I did not like the 'all yellow' look and decided to give it a coat of white spray paint.  I went over the flower and the words one last time with the yellow paint and I was almost satisfied.


The final step was to paint the lip of the bottle yellow. 


So, like I said in the beginning, this was mainly an experiment.  I really like the idea that you can write with hot glue on glass and then paint the hot glue!  I have not had any more time to play with this idea, but I think there are some possibilities out there.  Maybe this is an old idea and I am late to the party?  Have any of you tried this before?

One other note.  This is a GREAT KID'S CRAFT.  I took a pickle jar and wrote the word THREADS on it and let my daughter paint the letters.  She painted each letter a different color and had fun doing it.  

Anyway, I am enjoying using my new vase to hold all my beautiful Zinnias growing in my back yard this year! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,
Gina

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Macbook Sleeve Made w/ Handprinted Fabric, Fused Plastic, & Upcycled Denim


Macbook Sleeve

Welcome!  I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!  It was a day like any other for us...homeschool and sewing projects going on all day.  However,  Daddy WAS home and that made it a special day for my girls and I.

I have a very fun project to share with you today.  I am going to show you how I took my HANDPRINTED FABRIC from my post last week, FUSED PLASTIC from recycled Target bags, and some old blue jeans to make a MACBOOK SLEEVE. (Click on any of the links to see the 'HOW TO' information.)  So gather up your materials and lets get started!

NOTE:  This project was adapted from the Laptop Cover tutorial in the book by Burke, Alisa (2013-05-15). Sew Wild: Creating With Stitch and Mixed Media (Kindle Locations 1251-1255). Interweave. Kindle Edition.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Laptop cover: 10" × 14"  to fit a 13" (33 cm) laptop


MATERIALS
Painted and altered fabric scraps in a variety of shapes and sizes
18" × 21" lightweight fusible interfacing
18" × 21"  fleece or thin batting
18" × 21" lining fabric
3 ¼" of hook-and-loop tape
Thread in desired colors

PROCEDURE

1.  Arrange you pieces on the interfacing material however you want.  Once you have them where you want them, you can iron them to your interfacing.  Do not iron directly on your painted fabric or the fused plastic.  I used another piece of fabric over my pieces and then ironed lightly, just to get them in place.  Then, I flipped the piece over to really iron them down good. 


2.  Here is how I arranged my pieces.  Once your fabric pieces are fused, then they have to be stitched in place.  Make a sandwich out of your fabric pieces (top layer), thin batting (middle) and lining fabric (bottom).  Then, take it to your machine and use a straight stitch to sew around every piece.  I just sew around any edges that are on top and showing.  Then, sew a zigzag stitch around the entire outsie

NOTE:  I forgot to add my lining fabric to the sandwich, so I just stitched it on later.

3.  I decided that I did not want my front and back cover to be the same, so I used some recycled denim material for my back cover.  Take your other piece of interfacing and iron it onto your denim.  I thought a zipper would be handy and would look neat right along the pants seam, so I cut my piece apart and inserted a zipper.   (see picture below)


4.  It's very easy to add a zipper here.  Start by adding your zipper to one side of the denim material.  In the picture below, I am using a zigzag stitch.  Go slow and keep an eye on the needle, being sure it is catching the denim every time.  Then, take the other piece of denim and do the same thing to the other side.  Make sure your pieces are lined up with each other (I often have problems with them being off and then it just gives you trouble later on.)  So don't be like me!!  Also, be sure your zipper pull starts right at the beginning of your fabric.  You can see below where I have mine placed.  I often buy very long zippers so I can use them for any project that may come up.  It's really no big deal...just cut off the end and and then sew it up. 


5.  (Below)  I stitched on some fabric pieces to the zipper ends.  This was probably not necessary, but I have had too many yucky zippers, so I just like to secure them with a nice piece of fabric to avoid anything popping out.  Am I just crazy?? 


6.  If you are a regular to my blog, you might recognize the 'love' cutout below.  It was a practice piece I made while making my Stamped Love Pillow.  WAIST NOTHING....is my motto!  I thought it would look cute here.  I just pinned and stitched it down with a zigzag.

7. The heart:  I've always wanted to try couching thread, so I gave it a try here with this heart.  I just used my regular foot, although I've heard a walking foot is great for this.  Use your zigzag stitch and make your shape as you go.  I would have loved to have drawn my heart on with a marking pen, but since I don't have one at the moment I just had to wing it. 


8.  After I stitched the heart in place, I thought it looked rather drab.  So, I filled the heart with a zigzag stitch.  Much better!

9. My denim side is now finished, so now we are going to go back to the front and take care of some business there.  The picture below is blurry, sorry, but I wanted you to see the foot I use for FREE MOTION STITCHING.  I love this foot!  Once it is screwed into place, lower your feed dogs, set your length to 1.5-2.0 and then stitch away.
For this project you can add some free motion stitching to the front piece to add some extra pizazz (or craziness) however you want to look at it.  I decided to echo some of my stamped flowers.  I could have echoed every circle, but I just thought it might be a little much.  Every girl has her limits!  Although, if you want to see some crazy/fun stitching where I let my hair down, then you HAVE to check out my GRAFITTI BAG!
TIP:  The best tip I can give for free motion stitching is to stitch quickly, but move your fabric slowly.



10.  Now it's time to make your tab.  Take your interfacing piece and do the same thing you did for your cover.  Arrange some scrap fabric onto your interfacing and then iron, stitch down pieces, and finish edge with a zigzag.  I went around my tab 2x, I think.


11.  At this point, your pocket opens up into your batting (middle layer).  So, I just cut the batting away from the zipper and used a topstitch to secure in place. 

You can see my topstitch in the picture below.  I then attached my lining to this piece.  Lay your lining fabric down on top of the batting fabric.  Use a zigzag stitch all the way around to secure your 3 layer sandwich. Then, add another line of topstitching ~1/4" from the previous line to complete your pocket.


I finally attached my lining to the front piece (you already did this in step 1).   I chose to only sew the lining down on the top and bottom b/c I was running out of red thread!!


12.  It's time to attach the velcro.  Sew down one piece of your velcro 2" down from the top of your front piece. 

I realized my tab was going to be too long, and would cover up my 'love' word, so I just hacked off part of it and it now fits nicely. :)  I stitched up the cut end and all is good.  This type of project is great for beginners!  I just hacked off a piece of my fabric and it's really no big deal!!  Gotta love that!


13.  It's time to sew your other piece of your hook and loop tape to the wrong side of the tab.  Make sure you take the time to line up the velcro pieces and then see where you need to position the tab on the back side of the fabric. 

Once you like it, sew the tab to the back cover with a zigzag stitch and an X to stabilize.

14.  LAST STEP!!  Place your 2 pieces right sides together and sew a 1/4 straight stitch along three sides, leaving the top open.  Lastly, sew a zigzag stitch around the seam allowance you just made.  All these zigzag stitches are to keep your raw edges from fraying.


All that is left is to turn your bag right side out!  I clipped the bottom corners (avoiding the straight stitches)  before turning and then used a thin dowel to poke out the corners.

FINISHED MACOOK SLEEVE

Macbook Sleeve

Fused Plastic Bags on Macbook Sleeve


Macbook Sleeve from Recycled Denim

Macbook Sleeve from handprinted Fabric

Macbook Sleeve from Upcycled Blue Jeans
Macbook Sleeve from Handprinted Fabric
Macbook Sleeve from Handprinted Fabric

So, what do you think?  When I was piecing all these different fabric pieces together, my husband looked at my like I was crazy.  I tried to keep a theme though...same colors and same shapes..pretty much! :)  I'd love to get some feedback on this bag.  When I do open an Etsy, shop someday-that's my dream!, I really want to make bags and all sorts of electronic covers.  So, right now, as my husband says, I'm in R&D (Research and Development).  All opinions are welcome!!
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Blessings,
~Gina

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