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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earring Holder 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!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / From mismatched to a set! 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!!!!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My version of the Memory Quilts (img heavy) 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!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Good Morning, America had a good segment about etsy.com this morning on: May 22, 2009 07:21:28 AM
here's the link:  http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/MakeMoney/story?id=7650005&page=1

If you have an etsy shop, you may want to list some more items today and all weekend.  I'm hoping the story will bring lots of traffic to etsy in the next few days. Grin
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My new leather gym bag!!! on: January 09, 2009 07:09:23 AM
I the last gym bag I made (you can see it here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283844.0;all) was just a little to big, so I decided to make another one.  I finally finished it last night.  I think it will work much better.  The one long side has two pockets and one side I added another pocket to carry my water bottle in.

 [Sorry, I'm removing my pictures - someone is making bags just like mine and selling them Sad   ]

I'd love to hear what you think!!!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My new bag for the gym on: December 22, 2008 11:10:19 AM
First of all, I'd like to say thanks to "Logsio" for the great tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0.  I saw this a while ago and bookmarked it, hoping to make it one day.  We had a new gym open last week that I joined so I needed wanted a new bag and thought of this.  Plus, we are going away for a few days at Christmas, so I can take it then.  I really love how it turned out.  I used two layers of interfacing (extra heavy and heavy fusible) on the sides and bottom, so I'm hoping it holds it's shape.  I had purchased this fabric at Walmart a long time ago for $2 per yard (both the main fabric and the lining fabric).(Sorry my sewing room is such a mess.)  Shocked

 [Sorry, I'm removing my pictures - someone is making bags just like mine and selling them Sad   ]

C&C always appreciated!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / This *was* going to be a Christmas present *pic heavy* on: November 25, 2008 12:40:52 PM
for my mom.  She liked the bag that is posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=272891.msg3082628#msg3082628 but it was too big, so wanted one smaller.  She also picked out a different fabric for the lining.  Well, I got the purse done, but it's just a couple inches smaller than the HUGE on, so I'm going to have to try again.

So this is the bag that I'm keeping!! Cheesy

[Sorry, I'm removing my pictures - someone is making bags just like mine and selling them Sad   ]

I decided to use it to haul the supplies for my quilting class last night and it worked GREAT!  BUT I needed to have something to carry my scissors, etc. in so I cut up the original HUGE purse (yep, it's in pieces  Shocked)  and used it to make this:

C&C always appreciated!!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone make welding caps? on: October 28, 2008 08:31:20 AM
My SIL wants me to make some for him, but I can't find a free pattern online.  Does anyone make them?  I found a couple old threads here, but thought I'd ask again.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Birthday Gift for daughter #2 on: October 15, 2008 02:41:51 PM
Our daughter (well, she's actually my step-daughter, but I call them all my daugthers) has a birthday coming up and I decided to make her a purse.  This is what I came up with.   She finally received it and said she loves it! I'm so glad!  She has a newborn and said she doesn't get anything anymore, so she was very excited to receive a box that was for HER!  I made a matching wristlet,too, but didn't take pictures  Huh Angry

I'd love to hear comments!

Her sister has a birthday Nov 4th, and I already have her purse done but haven't taken pictures yet.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Large Purple and Gold Messenger bag ** img heavy** on: October 09, 2008 11:02:41 AM
I LOVE THIS BAG!  It turned out so well! It's my "Tabitha" design and made from some upholstery fabric that I bought a couple weeks ago from the interior design shop in the shopping center where I work.   It's heavy fabric, plus I used heavy fusible interfacing on both the outside fabric and the lining fabric, then used the double interfacing between the two layers and pressed them together when the sewing was done.

It's rather large - 13 inches high by 14 inches wide with a 5 inch gussett.  It would hold A LOT!  There are four pockets outside and six on the inside, plus a d-ring to hold keys or whatever.  I did add velcro to the pockets on the front and back.  Kind of a shorter strap - only a 16 inch fall, but it works perfect for me to rest my arm on when I have the strap on my shoulder.


[Sorry, I'm removing my pictures - someone is making bags just like mine and selling them Sad   ]

Front showing pocket:



And just to show how tall it is:
What do you think?  (I'm thinking of making another bag out of the same fabric for me - at this rate I'm going to have hundreds of purses!! LOL)
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