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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / .moorhtab eht ni seifles on esaelP - a backwards embroidery on: September 24, 2016 01:54:43 PM
It's been a long time since I had an embroidery project and this was a fun one to do to break the needlework fast!

I am part way through a semi-major bathroom redecoration/remodeling project, but decided to make this wall decoration before refinishing the cabinet that it's hung on, because I needed a good traveling craft project. I saw a cross stitch project on pinterest that said "no selfies in the bathroom," but since I don't cross stitch I put together a pattern on my computer that I printed out and transferred backwards to some linen in my stash.

I used an ombre DMC floss and a frame I'd picked up at a thrift store months ago - I just repainted it in a few metallic shades to go with the other metals and frames in the room. I chose a font what would be a little hard to read backwards, but easy to stitch and to read in the mirror over the sink.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Long-distance Besties Gift Bag Tags on: September 20, 2016 08:22:53 AM

For the last two years, I have gotten to spend a long weekend with two of my besties from two different states. We're all crafty, so of course there are gifties, too. I made these tags for the gift bags I put together. The photo above is the back of the tags.

Here are the fronts!

I had picked up some clear, unmounted stamps that were various map pins out of a clearance bin awhile ago and that is what inspired the design. I used it to mark the town on the coast where we went for our weekend.

The bags were selected from stash, because this is pretty much the color of the Pacific Ocean at the Oregon Coast in autumn and winter and that is where we spent our long weekend! The papers are scrapbook papers and the flag bases came from Target's Dollar Bins in a set of several.

Here is one of the gifties I made to go inside the bag!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Long-distance Besties Bookmarks on: September 20, 2016 08:10:58 AM

For the last two years two of my besties and I have gotten together in one of our home states for a long weekend. We're all crafty, so naturally there are gifties, too! One of the things I made are these bookmarks with charms of each of our states and an embroidery floss bobbin, because embroidery is how we met!

I arranged the state charms for the center/lower one matched each of our home states.

The bobbins. Well, they're labeled "silk cord" but still, they look like embroidery bobbins!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Oopsie! I Made Me Puma Pants!* on: August 23, 2016 10:14:57 AM
* Get it? Puma pants? Say it out loud.

It took some seriously diligent searching, but I finally found a few fabrics with pumas printed on them (pumas, cougars, panthers, mountain lions are pretty much all the same creature, at least here in North America). But they were all from Spoonflower which is kind of expensive. So when they had a sale on jersey, I had to pounce! And this is pretty much the only way I'm going to get ankle-length leggings, because I have long-ish legs.

I don't have an overlock machine, but my Pfafff does an overlock stitch for knits. So I used it on the 5/8" seam allowance, then trimmed the excess seam material. I was allllllmost done with the legs when disaster struck!

Luckily the leggings weren't especially tight and I hadn't adjusted yet, so I had the leeway to resew them an inch smaller on the front piece of each side. But that meant seam ripping each leg about halfway. Ugh. FUN FACT: my machine's overlock stitch has 8 individual stitches for each move forward. Boy am I glad I used thread that contrasts with the backside of the fabric!

Well it turns out that they fit even better after fixing my big mistake, but I'm not going to call it a "happy accident," because ripping out seams is the sux.  Undecided

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vintage Cuckoo Wall Pocket Turned Pin Cushion on: August 16, 2016 07:47:24 PM

When I saw this cuckoo clock wall pocket, it seemed like my dear friend needed it for her birthday. I took a snap and texted a mutual dear friend and she verified. So I bought it right up, brought it home, and turned it into a pincushion with a hidden storage compartment. Just pull that little rick rack loop.

I put a few buttons that I thought she would fancy down there, all wrapped up, but forgot to get a photo of that spot specifically. So here's a shot of sort of what it looks like with the pin cushion removed.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Company Picnic Last-minute Details (ADDED CONTENT! MORE THINGS!) on: August 05, 2016 06:39:58 PM

We're hosting The ManFlesh's department for a cookout tomorrow. The preparations and decorations are all pretty low-key, but I just couldn't resist tarting up the iced tea dispenser and the utensil bins.

Everything is secured with two-sided tape so I can take it off after the party and do something different next time! Also all the materials are from stash. WOO!

UPDATE: Well, I couldn't help myself. I went ahead and stamped a design on some napkins.

Close up, because SO CUTE, right?

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Refurbished Picnic Table on: July 28, 2016 08:21:32 PM

The last owners of our place left this picnic table. They also "spruced up" several things for show using low-quality, poorly-installed, pre-mixed red barn paint. They included the picnic table in this for some reason. Here are some of the seat and table boards that I removed. The base/legs were in good structural condition, it just needed some tightening and a little reinforcement.

I replaced all the table top and seat surface boards with new ones and sanded the base/legs down to bare wood. Then, I used Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Deck & Siding Stain (semi-solid) to finish the whole thing. The color is Imperial Gray from the gray-green section of their color chart, but in our light it plays a little more to the blue. That's fine as it still coordinates nicely with the fabrics in our patio chairs and table covers. And it matches pretty close to a native grass on the property and in the adjacent forest. YEY!

I just used framing lumber, so it's not perfectly flat or anything, but it is no longer splintery, "squishy," peeling, or creaking. It felt good to reuse what was still good.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dish- and Hand Towels Housewarming Gift on: July 22, 2016 03:22:18 PM
My SIL and her family moved into a new house a couple months ago. I've been trying to pry color or theme information out of my MIL who lives near them without much luck. The ManFlesh got to visit them and told me that "there is literally no decoration at all" yet, so I guess no one was holding out on me, after all! So I took the opportunity to use some fun fabrics and trims from my stash in whatever colors struck my fancy and I did it while he was still visiting, hoping that I can get them mailed off before they can be "wrong"!  Tongue and  Wink

Three kitchen towels:

The one hint I was given was that my SIL likes green, which I was already told was her favorite color, so I used it in all the trim selections.

And one bathroom hand towel. My SIL is a dentist and she gets a big kick out of my foreign toothpaste collection, so hopefully she get a giggle out of this.

I will be making one off these for myself with slightly different trims! Well, that's the case for most of these, actually.

The backs of all the towels are white linen.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / DIY Kitchen Remodel on: July 07, 2016 07:57:24 PM

I recently completely what I am calling a "thorough surface remodel" of our kitchen. We didn't replace much, but did alter some things and refinished just about every  surface except the floor. There are a few more things to do, but I need to focus on some other projects while the weather is good!

There are essentially two sides to the kitchen: the side with all the kitchen stuff and the side with the wood stove and a hallway that leads to the laundry- and bathroom.

After on the kitchen side:

I refinished the cabinets inside and out, added a crown moulding to the uppers, raised the uppers, replaced the glass with zinc-plated steel, replaced the knobs and pulls. We did get a new sink and faucet, so reconfigured and refinished the counter for that. It was also way out of level, so had a handyman level it out and build the new part of the sink. I did the refinishing. I added a tile backsplash and replaced all the switches and outlets. I replaced the lighting and painted all the walls. I painted and replaced handles on the refrigerator.

After on the "fire side":

I repainted the walls, replaced the "cap" over the brick veneer, repaired and painted/glazed the brick, painted the stove and added the picture rail at the top of the wall.

Before, the whole deal:

We had added the island last autumn and it made living w/o the rest of the counter for over 3 weeks tolerable! It took about 5 months all told and we're pleased with the results. We like the look a lot more and the function is much improved, too. Whew!

I posted about the island on craftster here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442769.0
And I have roughly a squillion blog posts from just about every week of this process if you'd like to see photos of the process or details.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / "Just Right" Clothespin Apron on: June 29, 2016 01:28:19 PM

YAHOO! After we bought our house in Montana, but hadn't yet moved here I was already *pinning ideas for a clothespin holder, because I was so stoked to have a clothesline again! That  was allllllmost 4 years ago and I just finally finished it... a CLOTHES PIN APRON!

I had this "flour" sack in my stash... I got it at the by-the-pound thrift store probably over a decade ago. I just loved it, but never had the right project for it until now. And luckily, I had this green gingham print on hand and enough to make 10' or so of double-fold bias tape.

There was this little pocket sewn onto it and I went ahead and cut the back of the apron using that part. I suppose my phone might go in there and then the little things you find while hanging laundry and don't have a place for, like buttons that have fallen off, broken clothes pins, stuff that's been left in pockets, etc.

And right after I took these photos I loaded it up and hung a load of whites on the line! It worked great and I am glad I decided to go with the apron over hanging bag for my needs.

*As I  mentioned I got the idea from pinterest, but the link on the pin was dead. Luckily the image has measurements enough for me to have made a pattern. But here is a link to the pin with the measurements on it. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054749634378/
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