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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / No Kitchen Is An Island, But Now Mine Has One. on: February 05, 2016 05:00:48 PM
We started renovating our kitchen last September by installing a small island.  I didn't do much in the way of actaully crafting this, although I attempted to find used cabinets to refinish for a couple of years; I just didn't find any.

I did order the cabinets unfinished so I could finish them myself and ordered the hardware from a different retailer.  The butcher block top is something I found thru a recycled building materials store locally. I did all the appropriate sanding then finished it with food-grade mineral oil.

There's an electrical outlet on one end (with built in USB ports!) and a towel bar on the other. I go though the "gory details" on my blog:

Last week I started the rest of it! We're not replacing big-ticket items, but refinishing or replacing all most all the surfaces and making some modifications/repairs. Hopefully this weekend I'll have the new lighting all installed and a good start on dealing with some of the other projects-within-the-project. YAHOO!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Small Gift Boxes from Wall Calendars on: January 24, 2016 02:41:23 PM

I've been holding to landscape calendars that we receive as annual gifts from our financial adviser. I don't really have a use for a wall calendar, but the pictures are so pretty I knew I could use them for something eventually. This is a good start.

I used the less interesting-to-me or not especially suitable for this project pics for the bottoms of the boxes. I tended to like them to contrast with the tops.

The insides are kind of interesting in a kaleidoscope-y kind of way, too!

I think these will come in handy for the small handmade gifts we give. They aren't as sturdy as I was hoping, but they'll work for non-shipped gifts.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Magnifying Glass Cozy (or Case) on: January 12, 2016 01:05:24 PM

I got this cool magnifying glass for Christmas. My only other magnifying glass is not so cool and so scratches as to be practically useless. I wanted to make a cover to protect this one, as it will likely be in a drawer despite how cool it looks.

I thought it would be appropriate to give it a Western/rustic look and I was able to use all materials from my stash! YAHOO!

It's a thin, costume vinyl on the outside, craft felt on the inside, and the button is wood.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lined Envelopes 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/
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Gifts For A Beginning Quilter? on: January 10, 2016 01:14:44 PM
My MIL started quilting and is taking class and has a birthday coming up. Any suggestions for quilt-making gifts? I do not what she has and have no stealthy way of finding out because we live in different states.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / I Lost My (Ice) Marbles! 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:
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Repurposed Holiday Cards Into Gift Tags 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.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Framed Figurative Tiles 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.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Spirograph Thank You Notes (6 poorly lighted pics) 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!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Small "Spiral" Notebooks 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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