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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Linen Shower Curtain 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!
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Great Mitered Cloth Napkins for Thanksgiving! 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.
13  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Wedding Anniversary Calaveras Catrinas - dead lot of pics 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:

14  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Repainted Dollar Store Weapons 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:
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Rosette Cards 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.

16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Maple Kind of Handmade Card 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:
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Pretty, Autumn Leashes UPDATE: ACTION SHOTS! on: September 12, 2014 06:30:30 AM
I read somewhere that yesterday was National Sewing Machine Day (somewhere) and so I carved out some time to do a quick project that I'd bought material for in the last couple of weeks.

New leashes for my Beastie Grrrlz!  We live on acreage with a few of them around the house fenced, so they aren't on-leash very often and we haven't tried them out yet.  Betty will probably go to work with her papa next week, so she'll try hers out then.

Betty went with me to the hardware store and for a little walk around town.

Since we move to the country she has become a crappy leash walker!  Before the walk I tried to get some shots with her sitting on the sidewalk.  She was not having it. NOT HAVING IT!  That's her standing on her hind legs trying to ruin the picture.

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Trio of Aprons for a Trio of "Sisters" on: June 22, 2014 06:58:22 PM

I have a couple of sister-friends who have summer birthdays.  At Christmas one of them got all 3 of us similar, but not identical tree ornaments and I really like the idea of that.  It's something I remember from the dresses that the Pointer Sisters wore in the 70s so I always think of it as Pointer Sister-style.  Anyway, when I found this vintage apron at the thrift store, I knew we would have Pointer Sister aprons!

I wanted us to all be able to tie big bows above our bums!

Close-ups of the 3.

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Faux Bois 2-Tiered Dessert Tray (a forest of photos) on: June 22, 2014 07:26:19 AM

I picked up and new-in-box 2-tiered dessert tray at the thrift store a few months back for around $5. It was a really nice, kelly green, but I couldn't imagine the occasions I'd want to use a kelly green dessert tray so I decided to repaint it.  I wanted something sort of neutral, so was assuming I'd pick a metal color and spray paint it.  I couldn't get excited about any of the usual metals: gold, silver, copper, brass, bronze.  Hmmmm. Oh!  I've faux bois-ed everything else, why not this?

I forgot to take a live shot of the the original, but there was a picture on the box. Cute, but not right for me.

And then a bunch of shots of the finished product.  I got the idea to make the posts look like bark-covered twigs and then decided to try to make the edges of the tiers look like bark, too.  Yey tree slices!

I even did the base that you'll never see; first, because of poor planning  Roll Eyes and second, because it was a good way to test technique.

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / World's Best Pop! "Pop" themed Father's Day Gift (middling number of pics) on: June 11, 2014 06:15:57 PM

We're those kind of dog people; the kind that think of them as pretty much equivalent to humans and ours take on the role of children in our minds.  The Beastie Grrrlz give holiday gifts to us and to their "grandparents" and they call TheManFlesh "papa" so when I saw a pin for a Father's Day gift riffing on "pop" as a name for "dad" I had to pin it and then wait a few years before I did anything about it. Wink

A Cost Plus World Market opened recently in our area so I loaded up on various sodas and a few other "pop" items.  Then I rescued a 6-pack box from the recycling bin and covered it with copies of maps of Montana where we moved 1.5 years ago.

I just used MS Decoupage medium to adhere the copies to the box, but didn't top coat it at all.  I don't suspect we'll be keeping the box.  And I used alphabet stamps to make a simple tag explaining the theme.  The BGs got him a card, too.

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