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1  Re: Heart Garland! in Valentine's Day by nruio on: March 10, 2011 09:38:11 AM

Your heart garland is great!

We made one too -- the best part was machine sewing the hearts in a string!
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2  Shark placemat in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by nruio on: April 19, 2010 04:56:32 PM
Using this tutorial -- http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/05/picnic-for-two.html -- we made a placemat today! I had another project I wanted to work on so kept my boy busy cutting out his sharks!

Sewing on the plastic/vinyl was a little tricky, but it was also very fun! The second picture shows a bit more of the sewing/stitching detail.

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3  two new hipster purses in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by nruio on: September 29, 2009 04:56:13 PM
Using the basics from the easy peasy wallet tutorial and adding a few inches, I made two hipster purses today -- one for my sister and one for me! (The easy peasy wallet tutorial is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187229.0.) I used a couple different sized Tupperware lids for the curves. I like them -- what do you think?

This last picture is an "in the process" shot, but it shows the Tupperware curves!
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4  Denim dinosaur card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by nruio on: September 03, 2009 02:31:35 PM
I had a great time sewing a dinosaur cut from dh's old jeans onto a card today. My boy has a new friend and wants to give him a note to wish him a happy first day of school on Monday.
I also made a holly leaf one -- practicing for Christmas -- but I'm not nearly as thrilled with it. Maybe a blue leaf just doesn't look right to me.
Comments and help on my holly leaf are most welcome!

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5  Re: Cupcake Stand in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by nruio on: August 29, 2009 07:04:43 AM

Thank you for sharing your ideas! I added the star paper to my cake stand and I love it! It will be easy enough to swap the paper for another print to go with whatever the occasion might be.
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6  my new skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by nruio on: August 14, 2009 09:44:17 AM
Using some great tips and ideas from Angry Chicken (http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2008/07/5-minute-skirt.html), I made myself a new skirt! It took longer than 5 minutes because of circles and rickrack at the bottom, but it was worth it!

Two things I'd change -- make it wider at the hem so it's more "a-line" style and place the circles in a more random design. (I'm not very good at "random" but I keep trying!) Also, next time I'll take pictures before I wear it! And one more note, I couldn't find fold-over-elastic here, so just used what the craft-store lady called lingerie elastic.
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7  Re: pop tarts :D WITH RECIPE! in Dessert by nruio on: July 25, 2009 12:57:40 PM
What a fun recipe! I made a triple batch this afternoon since I have 8 houseguests  (plus 4 of us) who will need breakfast tomorrow. I wet the edges a bit before sealing them and nothing oozed out!
I used different flavors of jam for the filling and then color coded the sprinkles on the frosting. (The flavors, in case you want to know, are strawberry/mora, pineapple, and plain strawberry.)

P.S. The photo does not show all the pop tarts. Some of them got eaten!
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8  Re: Bevy of Bobbins- corral your unruly bobbin thread! Pics, too! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by nruio on: December 01, 2008 06:12:12 PM
This is the best idea ever seen for organizing bobbins! My bobbins used to be all knotted together in a little plastic strawberry basket -- now they are all happy and free of knots!
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9  Notebook covers & pencil/marker cases in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by nruio on: November 29, 2008 09:24:42 AM
I have 8 nieces & nephews on my husband's side and here's what they're getting for Christmas this year:

The covers are without books at the moment....I'll pick those up when I get to the US in a couple weeks.
The two oldest ones will get a "roly nester" filled with pens/pencils.

And the rest of them will get either a marker case or a colored pencil case. Here's a pic of one with markers.

I used the basic idea of the easy peasy wallet (tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187229.0) for the marker case, just changed the measurements to fit what I wanted to put inside.
Roly nester instructions are here: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/freepatterns.htm
Hope you like them -- even more, I hope the nieces & nephews like them!
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10  Re: 70th Birthday Cake in Dessert by nruio on: November 20, 2008 11:16:55 AM
close ups (from before the cake was all put together) and a little story....
from age 0-10: FIL's family moved back to the US from Africa and had an orange grove (I should have done some zebra stripes somewhere on this layer!).

10-20: FIL was called a black sheep by a teacher; had his first car (which I wasn't very good at drawing/frosting); met MIL (la chica mas linda); and milked cows (vacas).

30: married MIL and studied Spanish

40: worked in the jungle and helped build airstrips (see my funny little Cessna?!)

50: moved to Quito (blue/red are the colors of the Quito flag)

60: just has 2 acronyms on it, nothing too exciting. (no pic)
70: candles! I had a cupcake made to use as the top layer, but it was really too small for numbers and some picture/design. So I just went with candles.

Thanks for your comments -- it's nice to know that other people like my cake too!
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