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11  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 01, 2017 10:00:40 AM
I had such grand plans for destashing in 2016! Instead I remodeled my kitchen for 5 months, started the bathroom, did fan crafting to promote The ManFlesh's novel that comes out in Feb, did exterior repairs around the property, and so forth. But I did sneak in this all-stash project right at the end of the year. Reusable produce bags for the grocery store. Made with tulle and ribbon that I've had for at least 20 years, scavanged toggle-thingies, and leftover fabric tape from other projects. Used up the tulle and the tapes!

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12  Christmas Kitchen Towels in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 29, 2016 02:56:01 PM
I forgot to post these Christmas kitchen towels I put together!

I bought yardage of this candy cane toweling awhile back, then used several trims and tapes from my stash to fancify the hem.

And pictures of them individually, just because.

And very soon they will be put away until next year.
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13  Reusable Produce Bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 27, 2016 07:51:58 PM

I rarely use put my produce into the plastic bags at the grocery store or market, but when I do I always feel a pang of guilt. Since we moved to the woods, I don't even need plastic bags for picking up dog poop! And yet I have put off for a couple of years making replacements for my reusable produce bags. I even had all the materials in my stash!  Undecided

I made 6 bags, all pretty close to the same size which is pretty close to the size of the plastic ones at the store, but maybe a bit longer.

I have had the tulle and ribbon in my stash for over two decades for crying out loud!  Shocked  The two fabric tapes are remnants from other projects and the plastic closure hardware pieces were gleaned from worn out clothes and other items.

It's even more rare for me to use the wire ties or plastic closures at the store, because it's just more waste. I have all the used wire ties that I need right there in my junk drawer allready, but it is nice to be able to close the bag when there are lots of pieces of produce inside.

I used all of that tulle, all but a few inches of fabric tape, and all but one of the hardware pieces which feels good. Oh! I also used random nearly-gone spools of thread on these and finished one completely off.
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14  Thank You Notes in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 26, 2016 03:29:56 PM
I think that me making thank you notes shortly after Christmas has turned into a tradition. I think I am on year 3.

I used up a bunch of onesie-twosie card blanks with these mason jar and busted out allllll of my various alphabet stamp sets.

This year I wised up and made more than I will need right away. Wink I do have a birthday coming up in January...

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15  Doggo's Elevated Feeder in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 22, 2016 10:54:06 AM

Delia's food bowl travels around quite a bit while she's eating so I decided to make an elevated stand for both her bowls.

I added finger notches to make it easier to remove the bowls for filling and cleaning.

I finished it to match the kitchen cabinetry and counters which I redid earlier this year.

It's not exactly as I had envisioned it. I had wanted premade turned legs, but didn't find them in the right length, so added moulding to these plain parsons legs. I initially wanted a skirt under the top to look more like a real piece of furniture, but I also wanted to limit the amount of materials I had to buy - I didn't have the right materials for that so went without. I already had all the materials for the top and all the paint, stain, and varnish. I will keep my eye out for turned legs and if I feel motivated might replace these with those at some point.

Now I just have to control myself and wait until Christmas to give it to her!  Roll Eyes
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16  Dr Potter's Medicine Show Adverting Banner in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 15, 2016 02:24:28 PM

As I've mentioned on some other project posts, The ManFlesh's first novel will be published in February. First time authors who are not otherwise famous need to do a lot of their own marketing and publicity. So I helped him put together a cosplay photo shoot including making this banner for a prop.

I made the text on my computer and printed it out the right size to fit in my opaque projector, then traced the letters onto this canvas that I stapled to the shop wall. After that, I hand painted what I'd traced, then stained up the cloth with tea, coffee, and a wood stain made with vinegar and rusty iron bit.

At 38" it was jussssst too wide for a dowel, so I cut some PVC pipe we had lying around to 37.5" so it wouldn't show. Then threaded jute rope also from stash through it. I also stained the rope with tea and coffee.

Here it is in the photo shoot.

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17  My First Cosplay Part II: Dr. Potter's Medicine Show... THE SUIT in Costumes: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: December 13, 2016 07:14:48 PM

Hoo boy! I made this suit. It's like a real suit as far as construction and man what a job! Now, I am not like a real tailor and we didn't splurge for real suiting material, but still.

The ManFlesh's first novel will be published and released in February and we did a fun photo shoot for promotional purposes, so I made this suit so he could play the titular character. I made the jacket, pants, and vest (which I posted separately). We bought the shirt, braces (but I sewed the buttons on the pants!), shoes, and hat.

This jacket had around 50 pieces including the pockets, lining, and interfacing. Yeah. So here are some detail-y shots.




The buttons are wood that I found online. We just don't have a lot of options for fabric and notions locally. In fact the suit flannel and vest print were purchased on vacation. This shot of the cuff is probably the most accurate color-wise, at least on my monitor.

Without the jacket and vest, but with some sass from The ManFlesh.

I used a McCalls pattern that I can't find the number for right now, because interwebz.

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18  Vintage Flash Card Christmas Decorations in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 12, 2016 05:54:36 PM

I found these vintage flashcards, from the year of my birth - 1971 - at a vintage market last spring. Then I found the black forest style frames at another one last summer. Last Sunday, I finally got around to painting the frames and putting them together for a holiday decoration for the end of the kitchen cabinets, the part that the fridge sits in.

But the lighting there is terrible, so I hung them outside for all the other photos!

You can see the color of the red a little better here, but the photo misses the highlights which are very close to the red in the images. I mixed some craft paints (a red and a green) and then added mixed plaster of paris to make my own chalk paint. Then I waxed it with citrus furniture wax. The frames had already been painted a grey with an orangey color underneath when I bought them. I left that on the innermost part and distressed them a bit more to bring out the orangey bits and I didn't bother being overly careful with the application of the red. It's supposed to look imperfect!

The cards are mounted on some mat board that I had in my stash since they aren't quite the right proportions for the frames. Because I love the flash card aspect of the them, I cut out windows to show that part. I wasn't going for the off-kilter look, but I can live with it... especially as they just face the wall!

Now that I live in the snowy hinterlands, I love the idea of having more snow-related holiday and wintertime decorations!
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19  Totally Tubular Gift Wrap in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 12, 2016 02:22:59 PM

For some reason, I just thought that my BIL's xmas gift would be wrapped in a tube, like that classic oatmeal box trick to keep people from being able to guess. It turns out that we had a sturdy tube package from an Irish whisky we received as gift ourselves and it was the PERFECT SIZE to fit in the one little spot left in the box of gifts being shipped to the family! Instead of just wrapping it as per usual, I made it into something reusable as a gift container using only items that I had in my stash.

I used wrapping paper and washi tape on the main body. I drilled a hole into the top, then finished with a grommet and a ribbon for a handle.

I used a wooden bead to reinforce the ribbon handle.

And here's the little gift tag (one of the things in the tube is a stocking cap)! It's made from a holiday card using a punch.

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20  Re: Christmas Tree-Along 2016 in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 07, 2016 05:48:36 PM
OooOooo! I can't wait to see everyone's trees! My Christmas decoration theme is pretty much trees, trees, trees! We don't really have a great place to put a 3D tree so I made this altern-a-tree a could years ago. This is the first year it's had lights, though!

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