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11  Valentine's Shrine in Valentine's Day by pottermouth on: February 03, 2017 06:19:58 PM
I unearthed this tiny 3 1/2" tall shrine with doors while cleaning off the craft table. It is amazing what you find when you tidy up your work space now and again! Actually I clean after every project, but make a ginormous mess in between and it was discovered in that period. I also found a collage image of a be-goggled (that's a word, maybe) pooch. Score!

Hope your Valentine's is super fly!
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12  Valentine's Hat for Chaircat Mao in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: February 01, 2017 01:57:40 PM
I've been crocheting holiday hats for my kitty, Chair, much to her chagrin. She is obviously not fond of Valentine's Day. Or any other holiday for that matter.

The rest of her beloved chapeaus are HERE.

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13  Valentine's Day Craft Ideas in CROCHET by pottermouth on: February 01, 2017 01:40:08 PM
February means it is time to put your heart into a handmade gift for a sweetie! Well, don't actually put your heart into a gift, or an ear for that matter, but you know what I'm saying. Here are some lovely projects to get you inspired!

Send your cutie pie to school wearing these adorable Tiny Crocheted Heart Barrettes

Maybe your sweetheart needs a scarf made entirely from hearts!

Need a sugar free way to show your love? How about a cute Chocolate Kiss amigurumi? Embroider a personal message on the "paper"!

Here is a darling Winged Heart that can be hung anywhere. Stuff it with aromatic ingredients or spritz it with Love Potion #9 and send it to the one you adore.

Don't forget to decorate the house with a Valentine's Yarn Wreath.

Hey, look! An anatomical heart that you CAN give away!

But don't decorate the cat. They have no love for the holiday.

Happy Valentine's Day!
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14  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: January 23, 2017 01:22:27 PM
Great cards, everyone! I got spoilt by mandykaye; she claimed me twice and sent two cards but also two bonus backgrounds! Woo! She combined Halloween and Mixed Media and created these delicious cards:

She added fibers and trim to them, and the many layers create a great texture and depth.

Thank you, Mandy! They are wonderful additions to my collection.
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15  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: January 11, 2017 07:17:30 PM
utm, the vests are awesome! Kudos to you for having the stamina to finish a whopping 30 of them! I would have crashed and burned after the first three.

I want those Jaywalker socks something awful. Nothing beats hand knitted socks.

Your sweetie is grateful you found a use for the stored bacon grease, MistressT; just look at that face!

THE TREE IS THE DRAGON TALES DRAGON! Half of it, anyway.  Cheesy

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16  The Dwarfs' Cottage (Pic Tute) in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: January 11, 2017 06:00:32 PM
Here's a little altered tin I made using Alpha Stamps kit for January which includes a blank tin, some really pretty frame inserts, Snow White themed collage sheets, and some other great stuff. After choosing an image of Snow White cooking for the dwarfs, I figured I might as well build a cottage from the tin.

The cottage's stones and the wooden beams are sculpted from Creative Paperclay, and the roof is cut from heavyweight cardstock. Want to build your own cottage? Let's get to it! For the roof, all you need is a blank Altoid tin, and both heavyweight and lightweight cardboard.

Trace around the top of the tin onto the heavyweight cardboard.

Mark the center of the tracing and make a straight line upward, like this.

Measure an equal distance from either side of the curved mark. Draw a diagonal line from that point to the vertical line and repeat for the other side. Did that make sense? I think it's better to say, "Trace around the tin's top part and make a triangle." Do this twice and those will be the gables.

For the stones you will need Creative Paperclay, a toothbrush, and a pointy tool of some sort. Also your tin. I wasn't sure if the paper clay would stay put after it dried on the tin, so I covered the tin in paper first, then sanded the paper a little, and the added tacky glue to the paper before sticking the stones on the sides. That is most likely over-doing it, but I didn't want to put all this work in only to have all the stones fall off. I can tell you that mine are stuck tight!

To make the stones, roll bits of clay into ball shapes and smash them on the paper-covered, glue-slathered tin. Use the tool to shape the clay, and then pounce the toothbrush over the stones to add texture. The tool can also be used to crease lines on the stones. I left a space at the top of the tin to accommodate the gable and roof pieces. When the clay dries, outline all of the stones with white paint, smooshing paint between the crevices to cover the paper underneath.

After painting the stones, fill in the space at the back of the tin with more clay stones, and while the clay is still wet, push a gable into it. Glue the other gable piece to front of house and let the whole thing dry. (Not that it is necessary, but I glued a skinny dowel in between the two gable pieces at the peak for added stability)

Measure the length of your gable and the width between the two gables. Cut two pieces this size for the roof from heavyweight cardboard. Cut the ends off at an angle so they'll fit snugly together. Glue in place. Almost there!

To make the roof tiles, cut strips from lightweight cardboard. Make them slightly wider than your roof. Cut each strip into three sections and distress the edges. Glue to roof. Paint when dry.


Happy crafting!
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17  Count Von Count Cake in Dessert by pottermouth on: January 07, 2017 11:17:14 AM
A friend asked me to decorate a cake for her two year old daughter and brought me a 1970s Wilton cake pan of Count Von Count from Sesame Street. She asked if I could make him look "not so high", as he did on the pan's instructions.  Cheesy

He looks blue in my picture, but I swear he's a lovely shade of violet.

And the instructions from 1977:

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18  Chaircat Mao's Holiday Hats in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: January 05, 2017 01:38:15 PM
Last October I began crocheting holiday hats for our kitty, Chair. I've posted her wearing her pumpkin and tree hats, but seeing as how I plan on making and sharing all the festive chapeaus she "adoringly" models, I figured they should go in one place. Here is her hat for the New Year, a top hat with 2017 sticker numbers. (Maybe I'll embroider the date on at some point.)

She has decided is isn't too terrible to pose for a minute wearing her hat because she is fed kitty treats during the session.

Look how happy she is!  Tongue

Now to figure out Valentine's Day.

She loves me so!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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19  Ralphie's PJs for Alton in Winter Holidays by pottermouth on: December 24, 2016 12:12:11 PM
Our elf, Alton, has new pajamas for Christmas, but there is no way he is getting a Red Ryder BB gun.

Hope your holiday wishes come true!
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20  Re: Christmas Tree-Along 2016 in Winter Holidays by pottermouth on: December 22, 2016 08:17:25 AM
Everyone's trees are lovely!

Here is the tree my twins chose at the lot. They did all of the decorating with all of our old wooden and handmade ornaments, but the Lunchables platypus made it on there as well as Kevin. Kevin is a gloveapus that one of my daughters made and he is our "family mascot". This particular picture also shows our elf, Alton, zip lining off the tree.  Tongue

My oldest daughter and I decorated our Harry Potter tree together and added all of the wonderful ornaments I have received from swap partners.

Happy Holidays!
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