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Recap of Projects Completed During the Challenge So Far

one of many projects completed

I may actually reach all of my goals for completing unfinished projects and I am super happy! Hubs is happy about all the projects completed, too!

The “WIPs-to-do” stack is definitely smaller and the yarn is being used in a very visible way.

I’d like to show you the two newest completions, and also a recap of my list of to-do’s which I posted at the beginning of the Challenge last month.

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Some Purse Organizers!

This post is just mostly photos today as I must run. Our oldest has his birthday dinner tomorrow and I have to get a bunch of things done. Life seems to be on fast forward these days. I sure wish it would slow down for a day or two.

These are all made out of up-cycled denim. They are fully lined and three of the bags have pleats in the bottom so they can stand up if they are full. I had great fun matching the different fabrics and of course the denim is soft. It feels really good in your hands.


Must run,

talk to you later,


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New items in Chocolatedogstudio!

New Items in Chocolatedogstudio at Etsy!
This is one of my newest purses! Up cycled and reworked into this cute purse!
I have already listed these great pincushions. I have more that I am going to list soon!

Here are some of my new items!

This is a great tote bag/purse created out of a synthetic suede. It is so soft!
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In an effort to motivate myself to create some new bags/totes/purses I am going to talk to you today about how I find my fabric to make my purses. Many of my purses are upcycled, this means they started life as clothing or linens.  Well frankly, I go on the hunt and actively look for it. I have a favorite resale shop  close to home. They have upscale clothing that has been barely worn and may still have the tags on it. I often find things in either the smaller or larger sizes as people gain or loose weight.  I look for interesting patterns, embroidery, and trims. I prefer clothing from Talbots,  Coldwater Creek and other stores like that. The fabric is usually a good quality and the people that shop there update their wardrobe more frequently. Therefore, the clothes have less wear and the colors are more current. I love the feel of the handmade purses and totes. The fabric speaks to me on many different levels. 

     Being a fabricaholic, I look for something that strikes a chord within me. Either the colors or the  pattern will speak to me. When I buy it I might already have an idea of what it will look like. I might just like the fabric and know that it will make a cool bag, or that I can use it with something that I already have.

Upcycling is a fun exercise for the imagination. There is upcycling, repurposing, reusing, whatever you call it that screams upcycling. Then there is the upcycling that allows you peace of mind but isn’t noticeable to everyone else. Pants purses, scream upcycling to me. I mean, can you be anymore obvious that these items once had another life?

 Stripey pants purse

These tote bags and purses allow you to upcycle without looking like you are upcycling. So upcycling will fit all life styles. Once the clothing item is chosen then begins the transformation. I start by washing the clothing item and deconstructing the clothing to get large flat pieces of fabric. I usually let it sit in my craft room while I ponder the end use and fabrics to match. I will talk to you more about this later this week.,itemname,77112,id,itemdetails,itemname,77112,id,itemdetails


Do you have any green hobbies, or recycling things that you do to conserve resourses? Let me know, I am interested.

 Talk to you  all later!