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1  Pretty, Autumn Leashes UPDATE: ACTION SHOTS! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: September 12, 2014 06:30:30 AM
I read somewhere that yesterday was National Sewing Machine Day (somewhere) and so I carved out some time to do a quick project that I'd bought material for in the last couple of weeks.

New leashes for my Beastie Grrrlz!  We live on acreage with a few of them around the house fenced, so they aren't on-leash very often and we haven't tried them out yet.  Betty will probably go to work with her papa next week, so she'll try hers out then.

Betty went with me to the hardware store and for a little walk around town.

Since we move to the country she has become a crappy leash walker!  Before the walk I tried to get some shots with her sitting on the sidewalk.  She was not having it. NOT HAVING IT!  That's her standing on her hind legs trying to ruin the picture.

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2  A Trio of Aprons for a Trio of "Sisters" in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 22, 2014 06:58:22 PM

I have a couple of sister-friends who have summer birthdays.  At Christmas one of them got all 3 of us similar, but not identical tree ornaments and I really like the idea of that.  It's something I remember from the dresses that the Pointer Sisters wore in the 70s so I always think of it as Pointer Sister-style.  Anyway, when I found this vintage apron at the thrift store, I knew we would have Pointer Sister aprons!

I wanted us to all be able to tie big bows above our bums!

Close-ups of the 3.

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3  Faux Bois 2-Tiered Dessert Tray (a forest of photos) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 22, 2014 07:26:19 AM

I picked up and new-in-box 2-tiered dessert tray at the thrift store a few months back for around $5. It was a really nice, kelly green, but I couldn't imagine the occasions I'd want to use a kelly green dessert tray so I decided to repaint it.  I wanted something sort of neutral, so was assuming I'd pick a metal color and spray paint it.  I couldn't get excited about any of the usual metals: gold, silver, copper, brass, bronze.  Hmmmm. Oh!  I've faux bois-ed everything else, why not this?

I forgot to take a live shot of the the original, but there was a picture on the box. Cute, but not right for me.

And then a bunch of shots of the finished product.  I got the idea to make the posts look like bark-covered twigs and then decided to try to make the edges of the tiers look like bark, too.  Yey tree slices!

I even did the base that you'll never see; first, because of poor planning  Roll Eyes and second, because it was a good way to test technique.

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4  World's Best Pop! "Pop" themed Father's Day Gift (middling number of pics) in Father's Day by TheMistressT on: June 11, 2014 06:15:57 PM

We're those kind of dog people; the kind that think of them as pretty much equivalent to humans and ours take on the role of children in our minds.  The Beastie Grrrlz give holiday gifts to us and to their "grandparents" and they call TheManFlesh "papa" so when I saw a pin for a Father's Day gift riffing on "pop" as a name for "dad" I had to pin it and then wait a few years before I did anything about it. Wink

A Cost Plus World Market opened recently in our area so I loaded up on various sodas and a few other "pop" items.  Then I rescued a 6-pack box from the recycling bin and covered it with copies of maps of Montana where we moved 1.5 years ago.

I just used MS Decoupage medium to adhere the copies to the box, but didn't top coat it at all.  I don't suspect we'll be keeping the box.  And I used alphabet stamps to make a simple tag explaining the theme.  The BGs got him a card, too.

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5  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 30, 2014 08:14:55 PM
I've been working on it for a while, but I finally finished this altered Altoid tin for my friend's 50th birthday.  I searched and searched and CAN NOT for the life of me find the original pin that inspired this. GAH. It was quite a bit different; mostly the inspiration was for the tin to be a little red wagon and then I just went from there.

So many more pics: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433208.msg5190740#msg5190740
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6  Altered Altoids Tin Parade Float/Red Wagon (so much photoz) in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: April 30, 2014 07:50:49 PM
One of my besties is turning 50 and she deserves a parade!  She lives far away so I won't get to see her in person, but I can make her a parade float.  I finished this today and got it boxed up to ship to her.

That's her with her hubby in pics they had taken for the anniversary.  The little wagon is from the fairy garden stuff at Michael's and the kitty is their cat, Lincoln.

That's her birthday in the graffiti.

I took lots and lots (and lots) of photos because there are lots and lots (and lots) of details.

She was born in Newark, Ohio so this old puzzle piece went underneath.

"Float"ing on clouds.

Annnnnd the photos of the kitty float.

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7  Fake Passport/Real Birthday Card for Mom in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: April 13, 2014 11:12:08 AM
I made my mom a leather passport wallet for her birthday at the end of the month (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432845.0#axzz2yn3uZGJ7).  Since I have to ship it to her and won't be there to tell her what it is (and it's not labeled) I wanted to make a fake passport to put in the pocket and I decided to make that her birthday card.

Just some blue scrapbook paper in a similar color to a US passport and gold pigment ink. I had bought alphabet clear stamps and it was fun to finally get to use them even though they don't really look like the font on the passport.

First page is the birthday wish. The all caps and all lower-case were chosen mostly just for what would fit on the page. More gold ink.  I need practice getting even, clear impressions.

Center pages is a quote I thought appropriate to travel, but that wasn't too long to fit on the page. This time blue ink.


And the back page, same blue ink:

The biggest challenge was getting photos.

I'm having lots of fun with the tedious task of writing out things with these clear stamps!  I hope I get the chance to go more projects with them soon.

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8  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 13, 2014 10:55:10 AM
So many great projects!  I love that everyone is sharing and also giving their opinion of the tutorials if offered, etc.  WOO!

I made this passport wallet for my mom for her birthday at the end of the month. It went faster than expected which is always nice. I thought the pattern & tutorial that the pin links to were very good.


That think in the upper right is my photo assistant, Delia, photobombing my image.  It's impossible to get good help these days.
(more pics and deets in the project topic)

And here's the original pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054748787786/
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9  Leather Passport Case for Mom in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: April 13, 2014 10:48:48 AM
My mom has been doing lots of traveling since she retired a couple of years ago and she's been lucky to get to travel internationally as well as here in the US.  I was given a box of scrap leather by a friend who designs & builds for a furniture manufacturer on the East Coast, so I started pinning lots of leather project ideas.  When I came upon a tutorial for a passport holder/wallet I thought it would be a good gift for her.

Original pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054748787786/

I chose this icy, light blue leather and a light natural colored waxed thread.  This is the inside, with bonus dog snootle photobomb.

I had planned this project for a few months, so saved those fake credit cards that they send with your pre-approved junk mail and then I made a fake passport/real birthday card.  I have to ship the gift to her, so I thought it would let her know what this thing is as well as be cute.  I'm trying to get a hold of a Euro note or two to put in the other pocket since she's going to France and Italy next month.

Front without dog snootle.

Back, also sans snootle.

This is the first time I've ever stitched on leather and second leather project.  You can tell that I'm a novice by the semi-wonky stitches, but otherwise I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

I used stamps to put her initials on the inside.  I didn't trust myself to stamp "PASSPORT" on the outside and get it at all straight and level.

Here's the fake passport/real birthday card:

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10  The Not-wine Hostess Gift in Party Planning by TheMistressT on: March 31, 2014 08:13:44 PM
Our lovely neighbors around the way invited The ManFlesh and I to a dinner party last weekend.  Of course we asked wht we could bring and they said "just yourselves."  Well, we're not the types to show up empty handed so we thought we'd just pick up a bottle of wine.  The next day I was grocery shopping and saw the daffodils and picked up a 10-stem bunch. They were only $1.99 so it seemed like a lot of blossom for the buck (ninety-nine).  After I put them in a vase at home, it hit me that flowers might be a better (i.e. "safer") option for us to bring as a hostess gift.

When I decided on daffodils for them (three and a half 10-stem bunches) I decided that I could use some of the green burlap from my stash to doll up a vase.  One dollar store vase and a bit of lace from the fabric store later et voila!  A pretty, spring bouquet.

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