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41  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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42  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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43  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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44  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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45  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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46  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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47  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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48  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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49  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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50  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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