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21  Custom Gift Bags in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 09, 2014 10:45:17 AM
The ManFlesh is the IT manager at a wildlife-related organization.  We got his employees, "The Nerds," these nifty little tools for Christmas gifts. 



I was hoping to find boxes of the appropriate size and just wrap them up traditionally, but the right size boxes didn't present themselves on the first try so I picked up these bags, tissue, and ribbon and then printed these copyright-free elk clip art elk on wood grain scrapbook paper.



And these are the nifty little tools we're giving them.

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22  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 05, 2014 10:37:19 PM
I grabbed a few more pics today!  I'm almost done... I must be.


This is Mavis. She hangs out in our living room all year 'round, but she likes to wear different outfits or disguises. This is her Christmas get up the last 2 years.


This is Ramon, the T-rex that lives in our stairwell. He also enjoys outfits and disguises.
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23  Kermit the Frog Tree Skirt! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 05, 2014 12:43:51 PM
I made one of my tinsel trees into a Kermit the Frog tree last year, but didn't have a skirt for it.  I remembered that we had a Kermit "collar" that was The ManFlesh's when he was like 4 or 5 years old and put it on the tree stand. BUT it didn't really cover much.  When I asked if he would mind if I used it to make a proper tree skirt, he said "do whatever you want with it."  So when I took down the decorations last year I set the tree and the collar aside, then went and bought material for it.  It sat in my craft room until last night! 



I know that the light/dark of the collar/body are reversed, but the collar was dark enough that when I put it with darker material it lost it's Kermit vibe.



I am kind of in love with this little tree now!  I have two other tinsel trees this size, but in other colors. Now that I have a pattern for a skirt, I hope I'll make skirts for them as well.  Hopefully before another year goes by, but...
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24  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 05, 2014 12:03:26 PM
More pics, you lucky schmoes!


The main bathroom set up.  That wallpaper will be coming down first quarter 2015 with any luck!


Closer shot of some of the trees in the main bath. The new color scheme will be white, "silver", aqua and purple.


The feather trees sit atop the piano.  I might take the art down for the holiday now that I have seen it through a photo.

The Alternatree is decorated! 


A closer shot for funsies.


Annnd a new feature for outside.  Candy canes hanging on the clothes line!

I saw a vintage card on pinterest with a snow lady hanging candy canes on the line and fell in love. I want to make a weather-proof snow lady to go out there, but haven't nailed down exactly how just yet.  Hypertufa?  Fiberglass?  I'd love to hear ideas if you have them.  Must be able to handle the snow and cold, and be able to stake it to the ground. Also I want her to be 4' tall or so.


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25  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 04, 2014 07:56:44 PM
Got some pictures today!  I'm not quite done, so there will be more.

We have a wood stove that is our primary heat source, but it doesn't have a fireplace or a mantle. It does have a brick wainscot on the walls around it and a little plate rail on top. This is where we hang out stockings with care.  I made all of them and their posted here.



My mom made a bunch of these when I was in my midteens and it seems so appropriate here in our "new" mountain home.



Trees are my main theme for Christmas decorating, so I have lots of them.  I haven't photographed them all, but here's most of them.



My Patience Brewster tree. I got a GREAT deal on it and just love it so.


(T-rex is helping. His only skills are moving rocks and terrorizing prey, sooooo yeah.)


The odds n ends go on the bar cabinet


This is the pet tree. Footprints of all the pets we've had together and a glass ornament representing my late cat, Pearl. It was a gift from a friend long ago.


Most of the white trees, they're on the plate rail over the wood stove, but on the other wall from the stockings.

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26  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree Along in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 01, 2014 09:08:26 AM
On Sunday night I took down and packed up my Thanksgiving decorations to put away in the shop.  I brought our "alternatree" back into the house with me!  It's not decorated and Satan's Throne is till up, but it's a start!



Anyone know a good source for LONG t-pins?  Like 2" or more.
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27  Green Ware Turned Copper Deer Plaque in Thanksgiving by TheMistressT on: November 25, 2014 08:26:47 PM
My decorations for Thanksgiving are turkeys, deer, and pine cones.  When I spotted this piece of green ware ceramics at the thrift store earlier this summer, I wanted it for Thanksgiving.  It's about 7.75" in diameter.



I primed and painted it with spray paint to give it a copper look.  Then I used silicone to attach a picture hanger to the back.  I haven't found the place to display it yet, but it's in the hall leading to the main bathroom for now.

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28  Linen Shower Curtain in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: November 24, 2014 07:06:30 AM
I'm gearing up for a surfaces-only remodel of our main bathroom early next year.  (Yes, that means this wallpaper is history!) I had put up "creepy cloth" in place of our usual shower curtain for Halloween and when I took it down, decided that now was as good of a time as any to make the new shower curtain instead of put the old one back up.  We use a liner, so we were safe to continue using it in the mean time. Wink 



I want to use and display some of my "collection" of heirloom and vintage linen towels and such in the new bathroom so I had already decided to make it out of linen (or rather a linen blend) which I was able to get a pretty good deal on by using a 60% off one item coupon.  WOO!  Good thing, because linen is not cheap and it took about 5 yards.



I made my first French seam to attach the two panels it takes to make the fabric wide enough, but the flappy bit bothered me so I sewed it down. I still like the look and feel good about the durability of the seam, too.  I decided that instead of grommets, I'd use button holes for attaching it to the rings. It seemed more old-fashioned AND it meant I wouldn't have to make another trip into town to buy enough grommets to finish the project.   Tongue



The accent colors I want to use are purples and aquas and I had already bought this fabric before we moved just for using in this room.  I found new step-out mats a couple of month ago at a discount store and picked them up, but have had them stored until I put up the shower curtain.

I finished it last week and got it installed just in time for out of town guests for the long Thanksgiving weekend!  WOO!
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29  Great Mitered Cloth Napkins for Thanksgiving! in Thanksgiving by TheMistressT on: November 09, 2014 04:36:11 PM
Our moms are coming out from Oregon for Thanksgiving with me and The ManFlesh in Montana this year.  His mom gave me her mom's china this summer and my maternal grandmother gave me her wedding china 14 or 15 years ago so we're going to mix them up for Thanksgiving Dinner with our moms.  We're a cloth napkin household and I wanted us to have cloth napkins suitable for the occasion and the place settings.

A couple weeks ago I found this wonderful linen on sale at Jo-Ann and bought a yard with this project in mind.



I can not help being frugal most of the time, so I squeezed six ~14" napkins out of a yard.  I kind of wished I'd thrown caution to the wind and had 20+" napkins, but now I got what I got  



I used this GREAT tutorial for the mitered corners and I am IN LOVE with the result. It was fiddly and time consuming, but I think worth it for the result in this case.  I'll probably be making more, because I just love linen and I love these miters.
http://www.celebrate-creativity.com/my_weblog/2014/02/mitering-fabric.html
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30  Halloween Wedding Anniversary Calaveras Catrinas - dead lot of pics in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: October 05, 2014 12:20:37 PM


Twenty-five years ago at the end of October two of my dearest friends got married (a couple years before I met them).  They had a Halloween/costume party reception where they cross dressed the bride and groom parts.  Their daughter (her bio, his step) is throwing them a party to celebrate and posted this pic of them from then as part of the invitation. I can't go because I moved away, but I decided to make them a little something to honor their commitment.



I tried to put in the more important details, but didn't worry too-too much about exact miniature replication.

Heads:






Her non-wedding ring:



His wedding ring (tiger eye in real life) and jar of cider... probably cider in all the years I've known him he hasn't been a drinker, but maybe this was before he quit:



The base:



I finally found just the right piece to put in the center of the front of the base:

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