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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ombre Bottle Brush Tree Decoration (a triad of images) 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.

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Indoor Snowball Fight! 3 pics 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.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Stash Busting, Faux Bois Dog Crate Set - 4 Pics for the 4-legged 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?

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Faux Bois White Dough Gift Tags on: January 05, 2015 02:12:42 PM
I used a recipe from pinterest to make a whiter version of salt dough that uses corn starch and baking soda to make these gift tags.  I used a wood grain textured mat, then cut the shapes with cookie cutters.

Those with names are for family packages that we've yet to deliver due to postponing our gathering, rubber stamped the names. 

These have pigment ink on them, a few colors all with metallic gold on top.  They'll go in with the wrapping paper to use as "needed."

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Stash Busting Pot Holders for Him - 5 pics, one MAYBE NSF on: January 03, 2015 01:59:51 PM
One of my oldest friends and besties has requested some pot holders.  He has moved in with a girlfriend for the first time which means not only putting most of his belongings in storage in order to rent out his condo, but moving from the Pacific NW to Austin, TX!  Apparently, he over stored when it comes to kitchen items as her kitchen is less well stocked than his was. Smiley

I checked my stash before buying new material and was able to find four (4) different remnants that I thought would work great.  YEY STASH BUSTING!

From a PJs project:

From other pot holders:

From boxer shorts:

From diaper covers:

All are backed with quilted, heat-reflective ironing board cover material with a sandwich of cotton batting.  No one likes a pot holder that gets hot too quickly!

I'll mail them off in a day or so.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Automobile Trash Collection Bag - 4 images on: January 01, 2015 02:33:43 PM
**Not sure if this is the right category for this project, but it kind of seems like "housewares" for some reason.**

Both of our mothers got brand new cars this summer, so I decided to make them trash collection bags.  I used this tutorial that I found via pinterest: http://www.a-ditchin-time-quilts.blogspot.com/2012/01/tutorial-for-my-car-trash-bags.html

Both cars are silver, the MIL's has a cream leather interior.

My mom's is silver with black leather.

And there's a Pellon liner into and over which a plastic bag can fit.

Here it is with shopping bag over it. Even though I'm pretty good about remembering my reusable shopping bags, I sometimes forget and so does The ManFlesh.

We're having a belated family Christmas later this month and they'll receive them then.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cricut Explore Ideas, Materials, & Files Sources? on: December 29, 2014 05:01:06 PM
I've ordered a Cricut Explore and am SUPER excited about it!  I have several projects in mind already and also am excited in exploring all my options.  If anyone has sources for tutorials or free or inexpensive SVG files, sources for vinyl and other supplies, etc. I'd sure appreciate your sharing here!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 2 Wee Bottle Brush Tree Ornaments in Salt n Pepper Shaker Lids! on: December 28, 2014 08:31:07 PM
I had leftover lids from a set of salt and pepper shakers used for bases for bottle brush trees.  I used these lids for, guess what, more bottle brush trees!   Roll Eyes

I added a little detail around the threaded bit of the lid using trim remnants from my stash.

They'll probably end up as gift toppers next year.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ceramic Cherub w/ Purple Bottle Brush Tree on: December 28, 2014 12:14:17 PM
I'm not going to stop making bottle brush tree decorations and you can't stop me!  I have no shortage of trees and no shortage of decorative doodads to put them in.

Here's a tiny cherub* knick knack I picked up to add to the collection of purple trees that decorate our main bathroom at Christmas.  The tree itself is about 2.5" or about 6.33 cm.

*I can't tell you that the cherub is not dry humping that horn of plenty...
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / White and Gold Bottle Brush Tree! on: December 24, 2014 01:55:03 PM

What do you know, another bottle brush tree!  This is a gift for the friend who pretty much introduced me to bottle brush trees!  I asked her what colors she could use in her Christmas decor and she said white/off-white/gold are always good.  

It's got 360 degree views!  That way it can be set in a window sill, on a counter top or where ever and still look finished.

And what do you know, I just happen to have a "gold" door knob to set it it that just happen to have come from her house!  WHAT!?  Yup, a few years ago she gave me a couple of doors that we stored in her attic and no longer needed so I could build Satan's Throne.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=393303.0   That old story.

Annnnnd I didn't think about all the weight the "ornaments" would add so it was kind of too heavy for the door knob. OOPSIE!  I used the lid to a small cheese box to make a wider base.  Painted with "brass" acrylic paint and topped with Snow Tex painted with pearl acrylic paint.

And on the bottom a stamped label so she'll always remember where it came from. I just realized that I didn't date it! D'oh! It's all wrapped and packaged for a less-than-one-week-late delivery though, so...  yeah.
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