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41  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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42  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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43  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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44  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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45  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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46  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.
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47  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.


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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48  Repainted Dollar Store Weapons in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: October 01, 2014 06:28:32 PM
I love Halloween, I love crafting, and I sure do love a bargain.  I picked up a couple of weapons from the dress-up section of my local Dollar Tree with the notion of repainting them to look more authentic.  I got an ax and a flail (labeled "Ball and Chain"), then went to town.

With the ax I concentrated on the blade.

But with the flail, I repainted the whole thing, including some decorative painting techniques and materials.  My favorite part is the gore with the hair stuck in it.  Why? Because something is broken inside me.

I go into more detail about the processes and materials on my blog:
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49  Halloween Rosette Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: September 27, 2014 08:10:01 PM

I got into a groove making cards and decided to make some Halloween cards.  It's my favorite holiday, so why not send some cards?

For some reason I made five (5).  The inside is just a simple greeting.

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50  The Maple Kind of Handmade Card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: September 27, 2014 07:50:35 AM
I made a new friend of a client. I spent more of my summer working on her project in another state than I did at home and lived with her and her husband while I was there.  That could've been a disaster, but it was the opposite.  Anyway, we both love animals and have dogs and while I was there she discovered that YouTube video of the "talking" dog being teased about his person eating all the bacon or feeding it to the cat.  We would sometimes joke by saying "the maple kind?" to each other.  I would often send a thank-you-for-your-business note to clients after the job was complete, but this was more than that and this time I made the card.

I'm kind of new to card making and have made fewer than a dozen.  It takes me AGES and I have developed even more of an appreciation of the cost of handmade cards.  It's not showing in the photo, but that map is of my area and there is a single piece of glitter about where my house is.


The grid on this shot is a shadow, not part of the decoration.  It should arrive in her mailbox today or Monday; I hope she likes it.

If you're unfamiliar with the talking dog video that I refer to, this is it:
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