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11  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: December 29, 2015 02:02:06 PM
Thanks, gaudiknight!

I did some more crafting-from-stash a few days ago! I made these Spirograph thank you cards and only bought pens to complete the project. I was able to use card blanks, scrapbook papers, stamps, ink, adhesive and craft knife I already had!

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12  Spirograph Thank You Notes (6 poorly lighted pics) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 28, 2015 09:27:04 AM
I gave a friend a new Spirograph for Christmas and that got me all excited to dig up my OLD (partial) set to make thank you notes after the holidays. I just needed to get pens, It turned out to be harder than I thought it would be to get a decent sized set of colored pens and I ended up getting a set 30 gel pens: 10 glitter, 10 neon, and 10 metallic. Why no regular pen sets, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft?

Glitter Spiro:

Neon Spiro:

Metallic Spiro:

Plenty for Christmas thank you notes + a few extra!
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13  Small "Spiral" Notebooks in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 27, 2015 08:38:53 PM
I made these two notebooks for my two sister-friends who live far away.

I found mini pens to include with them.

I used my Bind-it-all, scrapbook paper, printer paper, book board, and paper board. Embellished with tags, embellishments from an animal pack, and ribbon.
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14  Yarn Doll Doggie Ornaments in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 26, 2015 01:21:21 PM
I have a very sentimental place in my heart for yarn dolls, because I used to make them with my grandmother when I was small. I rediscovered the joys of making them in the last few years and FINALLY got around to making a couple to represent each of my Beastie Grrrlz, just finishing on Christmas Eve. We have a 3 foot tinsel tree that is just ornaments representing our various pets from our adult lives and these hang on that.

This is Betty who actually has a tutu made from some of this same tulle!

This is Delia who does not like outfits or costumes, but can be "tricked" into wearing a slightly elaborate collar once in a great while and for a very short time.

Both dogs are black with brown birndle in real life. The ridiculously off kilter faces and ears crack me up!
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15  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: December 26, 2015 01:10:27 PM
Great de-stashing ideas, Alwaysinmyroom! I especially like the mug rugs!

On Christmas day I threw together this headband to go with the outfit I wore to dinner with the neighbors. For some reason I have a couple yards of this polyester taffeta in my stash. I also has a short length of black elastic to use with it!

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16  Snowman in a Canister Decoration in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 18, 2015 02:43:09 PM
I made this little decoration for a friend who has a snowman collection she displays at Christmastime.

I etched the glass canister, painted the coal eyes and buttons on a blank ceramic ornament, removed the ornament hanger and made a little hat with "snow" and a birdie on it, and made him a ribbon scarf.

I used polyester batting for the snow on which he sits. It has "diamond dust' snow and a wee toadstool.

I used some wired holly decorations and wooden beads that I painted red for a little decoration on the top which is glued on.

Originally was going to make a pompon snowman but that didn't work out. The ceramic snowman glued at one point to the glass canister makes me not trust shipping it! D'oh! Luckily this is a friend who tends to visit each year and is pretty chill about timing when it comes to this kind of thing, so it's going to wait until she can drive it home in her car or I visit my hometown.
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17  Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 17, 2015 06:09:15 PM
I altered a store bought sweater to make TheManFlesh a Krampus sweater!

I remembered a decades old Martha Stewart Magazine craft about stitching with a needle and yarn over the existing knit of a sweater and decided to give it a whirl to make a tacky Krampus sweater. I used an image of a sweatshirt printed to look like a sweater as a guide, some yellow thread to mark the center of the sweater, and went to town. It took hours and hours and was kind of a pain in the @$$, but I am really pleased with how it turned out! The photo below is probably the most accurate color.

I might end up giving it to him early since we're going to a party on Sunday night and his last day of work for the year is tomorrow and we are staying home in Montana for the Christmas.

Here is a close up of the stitches. I used a sock-weight yarn. I don't knit or crochet, so that's about all I can tell you about the yarn other than it's a cotton blend and the sweater is a wool blend.

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18  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: December 16, 2015 06:11:07 PM
Such great projects in so many media! I finally got another from-stash project done: a new ironing board cover.

I made another for a friend from material she sent me, so while it didn't bust my stash, at least it didn't add to it!
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19  Not Your Big Box Store Ironing Board Covers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 16, 2015 10:43:16 AM

A friend asked to commission an ironing board cover, but given I'd never made one before I figured it would take longer than is reasonable to pay for, at least from a friend. So I told her I'd do it for her for Christmas. Also, because I hadn't made one before, I decided to practice doing one for myself as I needed one anyway. I even already had enough of this faux bois fabric, so essentially free ironing board cover!

Why did I drag my ironing board out into the snow to take the photos? It just tickled me and I knew I'd have better lighting out there.

I used this tutorial: http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/2012/02/sew-along-with-me-ironing-board-cover.html
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20  Re: 2015 Tree/Decoration-Along! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 12, 2015 02:56:06 PM
I've posted most of my decorations in the past and I tend to make/buy them for specific rooms and spots so they only change a little each year. This is my alternatree before I decorated it, but also before 80% of the wrapped packages were mailed off to family and friends.

This year I did a theme for wrapping gifts, plaid/checks and faux bois/bark, in red, green, white, grey. Over the last year I collected wrapping papers and fabric ribbons on sale or with discounts and this summer I sold or donated a lot of my old paper and curling ribbon collection - I'm trying to up my gift wrapping game! At the "last minute" I picked up a 5-piece set of just-right washi tape on sale, too!

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