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1  Earring Holder in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Unfinished Projects on: December 05, 2010 07:45:38 AM
Last time I was at Hobby Lobby, I remembered I've been wanting to make something to hang my earrings on, so I ran back to the needle art area and grabbed a piece of plastic canvas for 49 cents! Cheesy  I had no idea of how I wanted to make it, but knew I needed to be able to get to the front and back of the canvas since I have some post earrings.  Anyway, this is what I came up with.

I just used cardboard and fabric that I already had, so the only cost was the plastic canvas and my time.
It's hanging next to the dresser and mirror where I keep the rest of my jewelry and things.  It's much nicer to have all my earrings hanging instead of in a pile on the dresser!

I have a few ideas of how to improve it, but I'm happy with it.

C&C are welcome!
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2  Re: Breakfast and lunch on the go ideas? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Unfinished Projects on: November 17, 2010 07:54:11 PM
I've been making Breakfast Pizzas for DH and me.  I usually make them on Saturday morning then freeze them.

I get the mini-pizza crusts that come in a pack of 3, an envelope of Country Gravy (prepared according to directions), then either sausage or bacon, scrambled eggs then cheese.  Bake them for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  Once the pizzas have cooled, cut them into four slices and freeze packages with two slices per package.

When I make them, I make 6 small pizzas, so I do 3 sausage and 3 bacon.  The envelope of country gravy is enough for all 6.  Last weekend when I made them, I froze one bacon and one sausage in each package.  When we have them in the morning, I microwave them for a minute or two, then put them in the toaster oven so they aren't so soggy.

It takes some work when you make them, but they are really good and would be really quick in the morning.


Of course, there's always Nutella or peanut butter on toast.  Cheesy
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3  From mismatched to a set! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Unfinished Projects on: October 04, 2010 11:40:27 AM
A couple years ago I decided I wanted to give re-upholstering a try.  (My mom and dad had a small re-upholstery business when I was young, so I grew up watching them.)  Mom had given me her commercial sewing machine a few years ago, but I didn't use it for these projects.

The first thing I bought was a wing backed chair at a thrift store for $10!  It sat in our garage for a while, but earlier this year I decided to start on it.  (I'm only working part time, so need to keep finding projects to keep me busy.) 

Last month we went to DH's grandmother's house to clean it out before it went up for sale, and there was an ottoman there so I decided to bring it home.  I thought it would be neat to recover them in the same fabric, so now I have a set!

Here is the before of the chair:

and the ottoman before:

And here they are finished and in our living room:

The ottoman had been recovered, but not very well, so I did it the way it was originally.   More pictures and info on my blog.  I LOVE them!  And think they turned out pretty well considering they were my first projects!

Comments are appreciated!!!!
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4  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Unfinished Projects on: October 04, 2010 11:00:33 AM
I've added another machine to my family!!!!   My DH's grandmother passed away last year and we went last month to clean out her house before it went on the market. No one else in the close family wanted this and I sure wasn't going to let it go to just anyone, so I brought it home.  The manual says it was made in 1968, so it's two years younger than me.  lol  It works GREAT!  She wasn't much of a sewer, so I doubt it has been used very much. 

Anyway, it's not a very good picture, but here it is.

I'm planning on using this as my workhorse for when I make heavy bags and things.   LOVE IT!!!
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5  Re: Travel Wallet NOW WITH TUTORIAL!! pg. 1 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Unfinished Projects on: March 25, 2010 03:25:32 PM
Got mine done!   I wasn't too happy with the first one, so I did another one and like it much better.

Here's the picture:
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6  Re: My version of the Memory Quilts (img heavy) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Unfinished Projects on: February 01, 2010 05:54:08 PM
I finished the last of the memory quilts today! This is #6 and for my hubby and I.

I did bring home MIL's Bernina machine, so I used it to make a different label for the back.:

The muslin I used for the back and the flannel for the binding were also some of her fabric that I brought home.

My husband said tonight that we're not going to use it much, which really surprised me, because he says we need to use the quilts we have that our mothers made.  But this one has "sentimental" value, so I think he likes it a lot.

I also received an email from my FIL last month.  He said: "Oh, yes, wanted to tell you how much it means to sleep
under "the quilt" every night.  Thanks  Jyl. "  He's a man of little words, so that was really nice to hear.

I'm glad it's done and REALLY happy to have them all done.  And I got to cross something off my list of Unfinished Projects!!  LOL

There are more pictures on my blog.
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7  My version of the Memory Quilts (img heavy) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Unfinished Projects on: December 11, 2009 05:31:08 AM
Earlier this year our family lost my mother-in-law (Sept 30) and my husband's 97 year old grandmother (Oct 13).  When we were at my in-laws house, I asked my father-in-law (he lost his wife and mother within 2 weeks) if I could take some of MIL's clothes so I could make quilts for us.  Little did I know that I'd be adding his mom's clothes to them so soon.

I used my MIL's sweatshirts and t-shirts in the middle of the quilts, and just filled the rest in with squares of the clothes.  I didn't actually quilt them, just tied them with yarn, but I think they turned out very well.  They are going to be Christmas presents for my FIL and our four daughters.  I'm also going to make one for my husband and I, but will wait until after the first of the year.  I used a lot of denim in them, so they are pretty heavy and REALLY warm!

This one is for my FIL (sorry it's not a very good picture):

I just used muslin for the backing on all of them, so the pretty much look the same:

I have an old Elna machine that you can sew letters, so I made these labels to put on each quilt:

#2 - which will go to one of our daughters:

#3 -

#4 -

#5 -

My MIL quilted a lot, so we have a few of her quilts, which are even more special now.  So I saved this to use on our quilt:

At Christmas, we are going to go through her sewing stuff and it will be divided between me and my sister-in-law.  I'll get to bring her Bernina home, so I'm excited about that.

I posted them on my blog and put the link to that on Facebook and I've already been asked by someone to make one for them.  It's a girl I went to high school with - her son had cancer and passed away at 16, so I think I'll do that, just have her pay for the supplies and postage (we are in different states).  

I'd love to hear what everyone thinks!!  Thanks for looking!
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8  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Unfinished Projects on: January 02, 2009 02:33:00 PM
Here's the new addition to our "family".  It's a Juki Industrial Sewing Machine.  I got it from my mom and dad, who used to recover furniture and re-do auto interiors years ago.  We got it at Christmas and I worked on it for a while yesterday, cleaning and oiling it, then finally got to sew on it.  WONDERFUL machine!  It sewed through EIGHT layers of upholstery material like it was nothing!  Until I get the rest of it cleaned, it will stay in our garage, then I'm going to find room for it in our office/sewing room.

They also gave me the button maker.
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9  Re: Tutorial: funky travel bag. . .(pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Unfinished Projects on: December 22, 2008 11:13:21 AM
I posted my bag here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283844.0

Thanks for the great tut!
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10  Re: Experimenting with wallets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Unfinished Projects on: October 16, 2008 06:46:20 AM
Isn't it fun to come up with your own designs?  I just LOVE it.

What about a little flap for the closure.  Kind of like what I put on my "Samantha" design purses, but smaller.  I'll post a picture:


Just another idea to consider......
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