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11  Crow Patch Pouch! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 17, 2016 02:07:23 PM
When I found this crow patch at an antique mall a few months ago, I knew I had to use it to make something for my dear friend, Pam. She LOVES crows! I decided on this little pouch.

First, I attached the patch to a backer fabric and when I sewed it on, I noticed my sewing machine's tension was off, but I really dug the way the black bobbin thread looked so I left it. Happy accident as far as I am concerned.

When I noticed that the selvage of the vintage-style floral print was cute little scottie dogs, I had to use it somewhere, so I sewed it onto the lining as a cute surprise on the inside. Pam also LOVES dogs!

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12  Bag & Bottle Drying Rack in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: May 21, 2016 12:46:27 PM

Yup. I am one of those the washes and reuses my plastic storage bags. We're remodeling/redecorating the kitchen and lost the thing I used to use to dry my bags on. So I made this one with a wooden plaque & finishing materials I had on hand, dowels, and magnets. The short dowel at the bottom is a handle for removing the bag holder from the magnetic surface it's attached to so I can store it.

It'll also help get those last few drops of water and water vapor out of bottle before putting them in the cupboard with their tops.

I didn't already have the correct size of bit to make the depressions on the back for the size of magnet I could get locally, so they're a little bigger than I'd like, but work just fine.

It'll also work just sitting on the counter.

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13  Green Man with Magic Cap Catcher! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: May 21, 2016 12:33:45 PM

I went ahead and made another bottle opening with magnetic cap catcher! This one is for outside: it'll live mostly on the deck, but will be movable so we can it by the cornhole pitch, too.

I bought the opener and the big ol' magnet, but had the wood scrap and log oil finish on hand.

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14  Bookmarks For Long-distance Moms in Mother's Day by TheMistressT on: April 30, 2016 03:37:29 PM
A few years ago The ManFlesh and I moved from Oregon to Montana which was great for us, but not so great for our moms.   Embarrassed 

We're feeling bookish these days so I decided to make them bookmarks to include with a bookstore gift card for Mothers Day.

I was inspired by these state charms that came across my Etsy feed. I found the airplane in the same shop.

I have wanted to learn the basics for bead/jewelry work for years and think this project may have sent me over the edge to finding a class locally. I know these could be more polished, but I just get overwhelmed staring at all the findings and such.
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15  The ManFlesh's First Literary Dollar and Change in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: April 28, 2016 06:01:28 PM
The ManFlesh has gotten a 2-book deal from a publisher for his fiction! YAHOO! Since his publisher, Angry Robot, is based in the UK, his contract was in British Pounds rather than American Dollars, so for funsies we decided to frame his first pound rather than his first dollar earned from writing! The day the check was cut, the exchange rate was $1.44 to the pound.

Copper is important in the second book, so I did a walnut/copper finish on the thrift store frame. Here's the announcement from the publisher if you're interested! http://angryrobotbooks.com/2016/04/new-signing-eric-fischl/
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16  "Magic" Bottle Cap Catcher! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: April 28, 2016 12:28:23 PM
I am remodeling our kitchen. We had this bottle opener installed on the cabinets already, but I added the secret magnetic cap catcher just a few days ago. It's installed from the backside of the cabinet and invisible from the front, but I added the thin wooden plaque to keep the new paint/glaze treamtent on the cabinets from getting scratched up.

There's a short video of it working as well as some more details about how I did it and materials on my blog.

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17  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 23, 2016 07:31:09 AM
All my creative time and energy has been going to remodeling our kitchen for the last several weeks. But my mom's birthday is next week and I wanted her granddogters to give her some "sticks." I had picked up a wood (or bamboo?) salad server set a while back to do pyrography on and so decided to finally do it and have them be the "sticks"! I had everything I needed to do the project on hand already. WOO!

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18  Pyrography Salad Servers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: April 21, 2016 06:28:38 AM

Some beginner pyrography on salad servers for my mom for her birthday. Sweet pea is the April flower, or that's what she tells me. I used coloring sheets I found online as patterns to trace onto the servers. I do think they are bamboo rather than wood which would make it grassburning rather than woodburning... I DID make them on 4/20, so that seems appropriate!

These will be from her granddogters and were inspired by this birthday card.

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19  Green Velvet Bar Cookies for St. Patrick's Day in Dessert by TheMistressT on: March 26, 2016 03:04:31 PM
I totally forgot to post these! They were made for a bake sale fundraiser for the employee emergency fun at The ManFlesh's office. And only saved one photo! What the heck, TheMistressT?

These are green velvet sugar cookies (in bar format) with cream cheese frosting and gold jimmies from a recipe I found on Pinterest. I decided to tip them with green almond spritz cookies that look a bit like 4-leaf clovers.

Green velvet cookies: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054752676323/
Almond spritz cookies: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054754626609/

Had these not been for sale, I would've cut them smaller. They were pretty richly intense. These are about 3" x 2" and I think half that size would be a nice serving.
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20  Rustic/Industrial Paper Towel Holder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: March 03, 2016 06:53:28 PM
Most of my creative time and energy is going into a thorough surface remodel of my kitchen, but I was able to do a quick & easy project from start to finish!

Because I have never had a counter top version, I did an informal survey of my Facebook friends and learned that it did not need to have a finial or a broad base to function properly. This was good for me because where I want it to go will have a lower-than-standard height limitation and I want it to take up as little counter space as possible.

This also saved me quite a bit of money in supplies as galvanized pipe and fittings are pretty expensive, so smaller is cheaper. Ditto for the wooden plaque from the craft store. I added felt pads to the bottom to protect the counter surface.  The size does mean that you can't see much of it when it's loaded with a roll, but that's fine by me as paper towel rolls aren't that decorative in the first place. Smiley  It's stable when used and will fit where I want it to go.

I am pretty sure it doesn't look quite so, uh, suggestive in person, but maybe it just took photos to make me notice! A good reason to keep it loaded with paper towel!
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