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31  No Kitchen Is An Island, But Now Mine Has One. in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: February 05, 2016 05:00:48 PM
We started renovating our kitchen last September by installing a small island.  I didn't do much in the way of actaully crafting this, although I attempted to find used cabinets to refinish for a couple of years; I just didn't find any.

I did order the cabinets unfinished so I could finish them myself and ordered the hardware from a different retailer.  The butcher block top is something I found thru a recycled building materials store locally. I did all the appropriate sanding then finished it with food-grade mineral oil.

There's an electrical outlet on one end (with built in USB ports!) and a towel bar on the other. I go though the "gory details" on my blog:

Last week I started the rest of it! We're not replacing big-ticket items, but refinishing or replacing all most all the surfaces and making some modifications/repairs. Hopefully this weekend I'll have the new lighting all installed and a good start on dealing with some of the other projects-within-the-project. YAHOO!
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32  Re: Small Gift Boxes from Wall Calendars in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: January 24, 2016 07:06:59 PM
That is such a good idea! Why didn't you post this before I threw away the one from our dry cleaner?? 
We had a Dr. Seuss one hanging in the kitchen last year. I'm going to see if I can make use of that.
Horton is a bit large, though, I fear.

I just did it today! Smiley  Horton is recognizable enough even with just part of him on top.
Suc a cool idea - great re-use of the pictures! Smiley


Best part is there are now fewer too-cool-to-toss-things in my stash.
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33  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 24, 2016 02:45:12 PM
Great stashes are yielding great projects you guys!

I have been holding on to free wall calendars sent by our financial adviser over the years. Today I made several gift boxes from the pretty landscape photos in them.

Here's the post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442624.0
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34  Small Gift Boxes from Wall Calendars in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: January 24, 2016 02:41:23 PM

I've been holding to landscape calendars that we receive as annual gifts from our financial adviser. I don't really have a use for a wall calendar, but the pictures are so pretty I knew I could use them for something eventually. This is a good start.

I used the less interesting-to-me or not especially suitable for this project pics for the bottoms of the boxes. I tended to like them to contrast with the tops.

The insides are kind of interesting in a kaleidoscope-y kind of way, too!

I think these will come in handy for the small handmade gifts we give. They aren't as sturdy as I was hoping, but they'll work for non-shipped gifts.
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35  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 12, 2016 01:18:02 PM
I was given this neat magnifying glass for Christmas. I didn't want the lens to get all scratched up, but I knew that mostly it would be kept in a drawer, so I decided to make a case for it.

It's ALL stash! Costume vinyl (remnant bin), craft felt (left over), wood button (gift), thread (vintage inherited). YAHOO!

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36  Magnifying Glass Cozy (or Case) in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 12, 2016 01:05:24 PM

I got this cool magnifying glass for Christmas. My only other magnifying glass is not so cool and so scratches as to be practically useless. I wanted to make a cover to protect this one, as it will likely be in a drawer despite how cool it looks.

I thought it would be appropriate to give it a Western/rustic look and I was able to use all materials from my stash! YAHOO!

It's a thin, costume vinyl on the outside, craft felt on the inside, and the button is wood.

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37  Lined Envelopes in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: January 10, 2016 03:02:52 PM

I made some lined envelopes for a friend who does lots of pen pal-ery.

Once I had the template (5 1/5 Baronial) made they were really quick and satisfying to make. I have a feeling I'll be make a lot more of these and in different sizes in the future.

I used this tutorial as a starting point. http://www.katescreativespace.com/2012/08/02/youve-got-mail/
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38  I Lost My (Ice) Marbles! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 05, 2016 07:38:54 AM
We're in the middle of freezing and below freezing high temps for a bit, so I decided to make colored ice marbles for the fence posts again!

The road bisects our properties up here and I installed the marbles on the old, rickety "lower pasture" fence across the road from the house side of the property because it's closer to the road and the fence posts have tops for them to be placed on.

I did this a couple years ago, too, and posted a tutorial on my blog:
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39  Repurposed Holiday Cards Into Gift Tags in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: January 01, 2016 02:45:21 PM

It's time to start un-decorating here at Chez TheMistressT, but instead I used the holiday cards we received to make gift tags for Christmas gifts in the coming years.

Some of the tags even came from neat images on the inside and backs of card. Some of our cards had images that I cut out to use either as tags in and of themselves or to incorporate into larger tags later on, too.
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40  Framed Figurative Tiles in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 31, 2015 03:25:07 PM
One of my besties gave me these gorgeous Pratt & Larson tiles a year and half ago and every time I have been in a thrift or housewares store I've looked for suitable, budget-friendly frames. I FINALLY found something close-to-the-perfect-size just a couple weeks ago and refinished them last night!

I think a lighter colored mat board would've been a better choice, but I have a fairly large stack of this black mat board in my stash and felt better about using that rather adding more to my already burgeoning stash.  Wink

I hung one over the guest room door and one over the auxillary guest room/craft room door. Now when we have more than one visitor we can say, "Welcome! You are in moose and you are in bear."

Here is how they were found at the thrift store.

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