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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ticking Stripe Duvet Set on: May 27, 2015 06:27:08 AM
DISCLAIMER: Between the lack of natural light on that side of the room because of the bookcase/room divider and my lack of photography skills, the photos are kind of crummy. I think it's nicer looking, more inviting, in person. I hope I am right. Undecided

Last November both out mothers came to visit for the long Thanksgiving weekend. We have one permanent guest room, so we got one of those tall inflatable mattresses, cleared out the studio mess, and set up an auxiliary guest room in there. This is probably the one room in the house we haven't done any updating in since we bought the house about 2.75 years ago, so pardon the fake paneling, etc.  Since we already had a third comforter and enough pillows, I went ahead and made a duvet set to help it look like a "real" bed.  I used a cotton ticking stripe in black/natural and a natural/black gingham check around the seams.

I can't remember my logic or inspiration (probably something I saw on Pinterest), but instead of standard pillow shams, I made lined "tubes" with ties on either end. I think the look suits the "utilitarian" quality of the ticking, though.

It is backed with a material from a natural tan sheet set. Instead of snaps or buttons, I used ties for the closure on the duvet as well. Some unbleached cotton twill tape I had in my stash. I am pretty sure I saw this style of closure on Pinterest, too.  Cool

Since the photo was taken I have set up a little side table with a milk crate topped with a vintage metal tray and added a lamp. Hopefully it will be comfortable enough for a girls' weekend coming up in a few days!

Once it was made, I noticed that a vintage-style souvenir tea towel I had looked really neat with it, so I made a cushion cover out of it for a little extra bit of the "real" bed look. Here's a post on that: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439425.0
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage-style Tea Towel Throw Pillow on: May 25, 2015 06:22:17 PM

I made this throw pillow for our auxiliary guest bed from a vintage-style tea towel I had in my stash.  In fact, all the materials were from stash! It's a little too big to fit the pillow form, but I wanted to use the whole design & already had the form in my stash.

The backing is unbleached cotton duck from another project that I had made a "muslin" with and then seam ripped to make this; and the buttons are from my recently acquired 4-generation button box. Threads from some other project as well.

Terrible, dark and blurry photo of the back, but at least you can see the placement of the buttons.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Renovating Resin Wicker Patio Chairs on: May 18, 2015 02:18:10 PM

A few years ago when my resin wicker patio chairs' seats started failing I was distraught. Sure, they're not gorgeous, but they are decent-looking, comfortable, and most importantly they stack for storage. I looked for the material to reweave the seats, but only came up with the entirely wrong material. So I winged an upholstery fix that failed at the end of last year.  Sigh.  This winter I found an online source for resin wicker and a month or so ago, I ordered it up to give it a try.  Then I ordered more to finish my 6 chairs.  So far I have done 4 which is what I need for our first round of summer guests at the end of the month. I'll do the others after the visits are done.



The top of the backs of the chairs is also failing, but not in a dangerous way; just ugly and sometimes uncomfortable. I had enough fabric left from the upholstery effort to make slip covers for 4 chairs, plus the fronts of the other 2.

They just slide over the top, envelope style. and fasten with a tab and button underneath where the armrest attaches to the back.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bleach Stencil Tee Shirt on: May 17, 2015 01:20:39 PM
The ManFlesh's buddy, Juan, is easily our most-visiting friend. We host more overnight guests since we moved from Oregon to Montana and Juan (who is among the furthest away) has visited twice as much as anyone else!  Last time he was coming, I was asking the ManFlesh a question about it and accidentally said "Juantana."  Well, it's obvious that word stuck. 

We thought Juan deserved some kind of acknowledgment for being the most frequent visitor and that is a commemorative tee shirt.

I used the tried and true freezer paper stencil method with bleach. I'm pleased with the result and The ManFlesh tells me that Juan will love it. Here's hoping!

^that's the stencil ironed on and ready for the application of bleach. This is also the most accurate representation of the original color of the shirt
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Embroidered Applique Hoodie for Mom on: May 04, 2015 07:54:01 AM
About 2.5 years ago, The ManFlesh and I moved from Oregon to Montana, leaving behind our families and friends.  Of course, our moms were probably hit the hardest; you know how moms are.   Kiss

I embroidered this for my mom, then appliqued it on a lightweight hoodie for her Mother's Day gift.

When The ManFlesh saw it, he asked if I would make one for his mom as well. Same pattern, different colors.

My mom is going to be traveling with friends over Mother's Day, so I mailed it to her early saying she could open it early, take it with her to open on Mother's Day, or open it when she gets home. She chose early and told me she "loves it, loves it, loves it" and that it made her so happy that she cried a little. Awwwwwwww.
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Leather Passport Case on: April 19, 2015 11:43:47 AM

My MIL-type had a birthday around the same time she got to retire. At the time I had recently broken my dominant hand, so I am just now finishing her birthday gift. She likes to travel and now will be able to do it a little more often.

He favorite color is red.

So she'll know what it is, I made a passport birthday card to go inside.  We'll get a gift card to go into the credit card slot and wrap it up for a retirement gift. 

Since she doesn't have a trip planned right now, we're not sure what kind if currency to put in the cash slot... so maybe it will be this Uruguayan $20 bill we brought back.  At the time I think the exchange rate was 17 Uruguay dollar to 1 Amercian dollar, so it's not especially generous! 

See the "... still" in the lower right corner? That's to acknowledge the lateness factor.   Tongue
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Tripod Becomes A New Lamp! on: April 08, 2015 11:07:17 AM

I have had this wooden telescope tripod for nearly 15 years and for most of those years I have intended to make it into a floor lamp. I FINALLY DID!

I refinished the wood, added these chains to stabilize it, added a lamp kit and new shade.

To attach the lamp hardware to the tripod I used a black rubber stopper. I drilled a hole in it to receive the lamp hardware and voile!

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Montana "Map" Appliqued Hoodie (4 pics) on: April 04, 2015 11:04:18 AM

There is someone nearby who makes and sells these and they're really well done and worth every penny, but cost more pennies than I care to spend on a sweatshirt.  So I made one for myself, on a lesser-quality sweatshirt (bought on clearance) just to try it out. If I want to make more for me or as gifts, I'll probably up the quality. I wouldn't try to sell them, though, I promise!

The cotton print that I made my Montana from is one I had in my stash!  And I already had the appropriate color thread, so this helps me in my quest to use stash first this year!

I wanted the edges to get a little frayed so I just straight stitched the applique onto the shirt, but it is backed with fusible interfacing, so hopefully it will only get a little frayed.

Annnnnnd and action shot... because Montana is a mountain state.  Shocked

I just want to add that I am glad that I don't live in a state with a really complicated border!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Special Easter Outfits for my Beastie Grrrlz! (a litter of pics) on: March 31, 2015 11:41:46 AM

So, there I was going to town on pinterest, pinning all manner of crazy Easter bonnets (etc.) and I got inspired to make a fanciful Easter Bonnet for Betty.  She's pretty game for wearing outfits, especially when there are friends around or she's at work with her papa and evryone is cooing over her.  Roll Eyes  Even though I am trying to work from stash as much as possible this year, I didn't have anything suitable at all. So, except for the thread, wire, pink button and the black elastic, the supplies were bought. Still less that $3 was spent and nothing was left over but another little birdie.



And of course, once I saw the hat on her, I had to make her a sweet little peter pan collar with a sweet little button! I had just enough of the perfect material to compliment her bonnet in my stash!  Ditto for thread and button.

And another photo of her in her Easter Finery; this one taken about 1/10th of a second before she had to chase a bird off of the deck.  Hence the looking askance.

Now even though Delia is our little tom boy who thinks pretty outfits are silly and a waste of time, she will agree to wear something special if she can't tell it's anything but a collar. So I made her a sweet little peter pan collar, too! Since she would never tolerate a hat, I added a bow to her collar.  All the materials from this came from my stash, too. WOO!

A closer shot on her:

Delia's peter pan collar not installed.

20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Faux Bois Embossed Chocolate Shortbread St. Patrick's Day Cookies (the usual) on: March 29, 2015 09:21:32 PM

I was so caught up in other projects and life stuff that I forgot to post these. D'oh!

The ManFlesh's office has an Employee Crisis Fund for which they have fundraisers which are sometimes bake sales. I usually try to contribute; this year they held one on St. Patrick's day so I decided to make cookies using my new embossed rolling pin. OoooOooo!

I cut cookies in the organization's acronym & wee shamrocks to bag  and large shamrocks.  After they were baked I dipped on edge into melted white chocolate, then sprinkled on green sugar while it was still soft. I set them on parchment paper and placed them in the refrigerator to solidify.

I put the organization initials and 5 mini shamrocks into cello bags, tied them with green bibbon and set them on a green platter covered with doily.  The large shamrocks in the top photo (i.e. a club from a playing cards set of cookie cutters) went to friends. And then I used the remaining dough to cut some of my favorites just for funsies: the handsaws and rhinos!
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