Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Purse Makeover and a BAD Dog

Hey Everyone!
I've got some exciting stuff going on around here that I'll share with you all in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime I had to share a little purse project I've been experimenting with.

I picked up an old prom purse from GoodWill over the summer for a buck, thinking I might try my hand at re-making purses. It looked something like this:

But that isn't it because I forgot to take the before picture! On mine the bow was smaller and centered, and there was a l-o-o-o-ong shoelace strap. First thing I did when I got it home was to cut those off. Then it sat in my pile of  "stuff" for about a month while I looked for a funky fabric to recover it. I found one I liked at Joanne's and had a 50% off coupon, so the 1/2 yard I got (because I'm paranoid) cost around $5.

Here it is after I added the new fabric on the ends. I used Elmer's spray adhesive to attach the new fabric, which was a HUGE mess! Fortunately I pretty quickly figured out that nail polish remover takes off any over-spray because the inside of the purse was positively sticky when I was done!
But when I finished recovering it, it looked pretty cute!



I even managed a finished surround around the snap! (Thanks for those instructions, Ma!) Though you may also notice that sewing in straight lines is not my forte...

I was pretty pleased, as you might be able to tell from the number of photos I took! I imagined a cute blue beaded tassel, and maybe a larger blue beaded strap just large enough to loop it over the shoulder, and what a cute piece that would be!
So it sat up on my mantle for awhile while I hunted around for beads and hardware for the strap, which I finally found yesterday. I relocated it all to the coffee table so that after breakfast this morning (while watching the Nate Berkus show!) I could finish my clutch and maybe even take it on an upcoming trip!

BUT THEN!.... OOoooohhhhhh, but THEN!!!!

I came down the stairs this morning to this horror!

 Ok, I didn't find the dog looking contrite like this, but he got that way pretty quickly once the screaming started!

And it's not even like he just pulled the fabric off and I could use the excess to redo it- he ATE a third of the damned purse!!! Of course, it's hard to work myself up into a real lather about it since I'd sunk less than $10 and three hours into the project, but how OBNOXIOUS!!!

I'm thinking about punishing him by making him wear a dunce cap.

Ha ha! It would certainly put me in a better mood- he HATES hats!! : )


Anna Staniszewski said...

That's so sad. Why would he eat it? Did the glue taste delicious? For what it's worth, the purse was very cute...

Heart Osi said...

Hahaha, oh, it's a hilarious situation but I feel sorry for all your hardwork there. I have to kittens, one of which LOVES to sit on all my charcoal drawings. :( Then I find charcoal everywhere.