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31  Re: Be AWESOME (Redux) GALLERY! (Sendout March 23) in The Swap Gallery by TheMistressT on: March 22, 2015 10:18:05 AM
Here we go! Here we go!

I got the MOSTEST AWESOME Halloween Countdown flip book from rackycoo!  What!? I KNOWWOO! As I look through it again and again I keep finding new favorite pages and I took at least twice as many photos of the individual pages than I edited and am posting here, but I didn't want to overwhelm the interwebz.  It's awesome and all, but I am not sure it could handle this level of AWESOME.

The perfect beginning:

Seriously, why are some of these old illustrations of children so dang creepy?

This one is def a favorite every time I flip through.  I love he looks like he's in a dance-off!

In this shot you can see how they're all built on a deck of playing cards.

KITTY! A couple of my besties have black kitties so this one is special to me in that way.

The longer you stare into their flat, dead eyes the creepier then get! [shiver]

Another phantom dance-off contestant!

Annnnd I thought it would be fun to share the handy-dandy post-its included to help me set this up correctly. 

As though this weren't AWESOME enough, my countdown came with a festive, fancy vermin Keeper of the Countdown!  Aw, rats!

I just want to THANK Rackycoo again for the AWESOMENESS OF IT ALL!  She's a great stalker (but not creepy in a vintage-children way) and, can I say it, a great package packer!  Wow.
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32  Oh Deer! Fabric Bins for Bathroom Storage (3 pics) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: March 03, 2015 09:35:32 AM

By this time of this year I was supposed to be well underway with redoing our main bathroom.  But instead I broke my hand about 7 weeks ago, so I am working more slowly and on smaller parts of the project - the finishing touches are coming first this time!  I decided I wanted fabrics, but didn't find any that were the right size, the right material and the right price so I knew I had to make them.

  The deer material I found online was JUST RIGHT. Perfect colors, perfect pattern.  WOO!  You can see that the easy part of the wallpaper removal is done; the streamer will come out for the rest of that project.  The train rack they're sitting on will be moved out of that corner for the remodel/redecoration.

They are lined with heavy, unbleached cotton duck with a medium weight fusible, washable interfacing inside.
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33  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: February 22, 2015 04:16:04 PM
I'm getting ready to do some serious de-stashing. A month ago I bought a desk from my company as we were moving locations. Cost me $25 for two very solid pieces.  Unfortunately it was so heavy, it ended up to be a $700 project ... as my husband said he'd build me a craft room in the basement instead of trying to carrying them up the stairs (down is easier).

This was a picture several weeks ago.  The room is almost finished - it just needs some trim and a door.  This weekend we moved the desks downstairs along with a couple of bookshelves.  In order to clear out the old room and get it ready for my daughter's new play room, I put all the craft supplies into another room ... and have suddenly realized I have a TON of supplies.  I knew about the massive amounts of yarn and thread - and even paper and stamps, but the other supplies?  Books?  They didn't fit on the bookshelves before and I downsized one.  So before I put anything away, I'm going to go through and try and clear out items I know I won't use.

Here's hoping I survive LOL

Good luck! Having an awesome, custom, dissociated crafting space will make it all worth it!
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34  Ro-mantis Pants, aka Praying Mantis Valentine Boxer Shorts (like ya do) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: February 14, 2015 12:38:11 PM

Someone showed me this super fun, cross stitch-y looking, Spoonflower print months and months ago and I immediately snapped some up to make boxer shorts for my guy for Valentine's Day.  I have made him dozens of pairs of boxers from fun prints over the years, but these are really something special.

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35  Funky Cheese Madonna in Recipes and Cooking Tips by TheMistressT on: February 13, 2015 02:17:08 PM
This is perhaps less "cooking" and more "food crafting, but here's where I'm putting it unless someone shows me the right place.   Roll Eyes

On our first overnight trip together, The ManFlesh and I went to the Czech Republic for 3 weeks. (yup) And we drove all over in a little rental car and heard lots of pop music on the radio. One English-language song we heard a lot sounded like "Funky Cheese Madonna," which became one of our jokes-of-the-trip. We learned later the lyric is "she thinks that she's Madonna" in a song called "She's Madonna" by some guy named Robbie something. Soooooo for Valentine's Day I have made Madonnas out of funky cheese, Cambozola which happens to be his fave cheese.

I used a candy mould that I found online, softened the cheese to room temp, then chilled it again before popping them out of the mould.

More details about the process I used on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/02/funky-cheese-madonna-of-how-i-used.html
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36  Ombre Bottle Brush Tree Decoration (a triad of images) in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: January 11, 2015 03:52:01 PM
I'm still making bottle brush tree decorations and I don't see me stopping! 

This one is for my mom who has recently remodeled her hall bathroom.  It's mostly neutral colors, including a rusty, reddish brown.  When I did my first ombre tree using the "tan" Rit dye, the colors immediately reminded me of her color scheme.  So I searched out an appropriate base and found this nickel candlestick at the thrift store; all her fixtures are nickel.

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37  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 11, 2015 02:33:36 PM
Cool stuffs, you guys!

I finished a project that destashed a BIG skein of Red Heart yarn and one of those clear vinyl zipper bags that new bedding comes in.  I had to buy more white yarn, but used alllllmost all of that, too. 

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38  Indoor Snowball Fight! 3 pics in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 11, 2015 02:19:59 PM
I saw this on idea on Pinterest in a few places, done a few ways, both handmade and store bought versions.  It's a gift for my SIL's family who has a mountain cabin and two girls 7 and 9 years.

I was able to destash a few things on this project, so YEY!  I used up a big skein of Red Heart yarn, but then had to buy another to get enough "snow balls," 20 seemed about right to me.  I also had the clear vinyl zipper pouch from a set of sheets we bought last year. I always keep those cases for various things. Wink

And then I just printed up a sign using a free font I downloaded from fontempire.com

The first of these I spotted on Pinterest had the snowballs stored in a bucket which I thought was super cute, but since we have to ship our gifts this seemed like a more economical and less-likely-to-be-damaged option.  Also, it will probably be easier for them to store at their cabin.
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39  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: January 07, 2015 10:53:35 AM
I ,too, by things just because I believe I like it enough that I'll use it. Or even more frequently accept others' cast offs because I think I'll use them.

Another de-stash project complete!  The dog crate set mentioned above is posted here:

And here is a photo of all that remains of the main material.  One strip about 4" x 48" and another about 3" x 36" long. Of course I'm keeping it, I imagine that someday the scraps will become straps. Wink

I photographed those scraps on top of my ironing board, which interestingly enough is covered with the same material that the old dog bed cover was made from. 
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40  Stash Busting, Faux Bois Dog Crate Set - 4 Pics for the 4-legged in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: January 07, 2015 10:06:39 AM
I'm trying to organize my life, particularly my craft supplies and workspace. This means working from my stash whenever possible.

The bed in the large dog crate that we keep in the kitchen needed a new cover and I already had some great material for it!   It's left over from a duvet set I made last spring for our guest room and came from Ikea. It's heavy duty and even better, it's a mix of browns and black the colors of dirt and my dogs.

For reasons I won't go into here, my 2 dogs must be kept separated and shouldn't really see each other in the house, so there had been a towel clipped to the side of the crate that faces the rest of the house.  I had just enough material to make a nicer looking drape than was the old blue bath sheet!  It's backed with leftover sheeting material that I had used to back yet another duvet set for yet another guest bed (that one inflatable).  You can kind of see the lining in the photo above

The drape is attached at the top by running binder rings through 1/2" button holes and the wire of the crate.

And here is an action shot. Betty was annoyed that I'd interrupted her nap for a photo shoot and would not look at the camera or look at all pleased or happy.  Dogs, right?

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