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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Garden recycling on: June 05, 2008 07:18:19 PM
We recycled our old barbecue grill into a potting bench.  It was hard to get the grill part off, the husband basically strong-armed it.  Once that was done the rest was just cutting the wood.

We had to have a bunch of dead trees removed and I had them leave the stumps, so we could make benches.  We used the rails from the old post and rail fence.  It's pretty comfy, and the feral cats like to lie on it too, lol.  There are more rails lying behind it, waiting for more projects.  Over to the left is our compost bin, built from some leftover lattice.  It's held up pretty well for about 3 years. To the left of that is another stump, a little higher; I figured I'd made a little platform for the feral kitties.  Don't worry, they are spayed/neutered & vaccinated, except for one that I'm having trouble trapping and he's driving me nuts!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Gift Tags on: January 10, 2008 11:25:59 AM
Every year I recycle my holiday cards into next year's gift tags.  This year I got all fancy and bought a nifty tag punch.  It was a little pricey at $16.99, but I used a 40% off coupon so it wasn't so bad.  Actually the real reason I wanted it is because it seems every charity I give to seems to send packs of greeting cards every few weeks.  I don't send that many cards, but I do use gift tags, so the punch thingy seemed useful.

Not terribly crafty, but oddly satisfying...
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Lazy man's Gingerbread house on: December 26, 2007 05:38:34 AM
This year we thought making houses out of graham crackers would be easier than gingerbread.  It actually didn't turn out to be much easier, because gingerbread is much sturdier.  I also found royal icing in a squeeze bottle!  That did save time, but took a little getting used to because you have to microwave it and it can get a little runny.

Jake-the-kitten snoopervised

4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Aprons on: October 25, 2007 04:47:31 PM

I made these aprons for my (grown)nieces.  Due to a ball fringe tragedy in my washing machine, I ran out of it after two aprons, so one of them got gypped on the danglers.  They seemed to like them.  Now I have to make one for myself.  All the fabric was thrifted or on clearance and the ball fringe was from the thrift shop too.  I love finding craft supplies at the thrift shop, but I seem to now have adequate supplies beyond my life expectancy!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts / My TP Poodle on: August 15, 2007 12:34:00 PM
A couple years ago, I decided I had to have one of these.  I ran out and bought the yarn, started it, and let it languish in my closet-o-doom for that long!  When I got the book, I thought, "Gee, I have to finish mine", so today I did!  Hardest part for me is the pompoms.  I even have a pompom maker, but I am so pompom challenged.

I call him Pierre. And because my bathroom is kinda icky, he's posing outside.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Small project bag on: June 12, 2007 02:27:00 PM
I made this simple drawstring bag for a friend who's laid up.  The lining is the same fabric as the pocket.  I used some ready made bias tape for the drawstrings.  It's reversible, but then obviously the pocket would be inside.  I put in a few crochet goodies.
Funny, how my own projects are mostly stuffed into grocery bags...
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Cake ornament (complete w/ photos) on: December 13, 2006 01:16:38 PM
My middle niece got married a few years ago, and I thought her wedding cake was really unique and cartoon-y.  So I finally got around to making her this ornament from sculpey.  It's probably a bit too heavy to hang on a Christmas tree though.  I make a lot of things with clay and I couldn't do all the little flowers on the real cake, so I substituted with polka dots.  The few flowers on mine are shrinky-dink.

The real cake:

The ornament:

Not exact, but I figure she'll recognize it
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Boxers on: November 30, 2006 03:07:40 PM
Since fabric apparently breeds in my closet, I figured why not use some to make boxers for the husband for Festivus.  I already had a pattern that was pretty simple.  Only two pieces and two seams.  The fly was a little tricky and who knows if the opening is in the right place.  But I'm pretty happy with the way they came out, especially since everything I used was in my stash.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Aprons on: November 27, 2006 11:19:10 AM
I made these aprons for holiday gifts for my 3 nieces.  The brown one is reversible but I may keep that one for myself!  I used a pattern that I modified a bit.  The fabric, which has ladies doing laundry, is from Hancocks of Paducah.  Little washer women!
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / The Witch is in on: November 04, 2006 07:05:10 PM
I saw a sign at the flea market, I liked the saying but the sign was a little too cutesy for me.  So I took some broken karate boards I had lying around the basement and made my own. 

It's nothing spectacular, but I think it's funny.  I may leave it up all year...

Pumpkin carved by my husband, next year I want Bat Boy!
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