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21  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!
22  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.
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Yarn Doll Doggie Ornaments on: December 26, 2015 01:21:21 PM
I have a very sentimental place in my heart for yarn dolls, because I used to make them with my grandmother when I was small. I rediscovered the joys of making them in the last few years and FINALLY got around to making a couple to represent each of my Beastie Grrrlz, just finishing on Christmas Eve. We have a 3 foot tinsel tree that is just ornaments representing our various pets from our adult lives and these hang on that.

This is Betty who actually has a tutu made from some of this same tulle!



This is Delia who does not like outfits or costumes, but can be "tricked" into wearing a slightly elaborate collar once in a great while and for a very short time.



Both dogs are black with brown birndle in real life. The ridiculously off kilter faces and ears crack me up!
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowman in a Canister Decoration on: December 18, 2015 02:43:09 PM
I made this little decoration for a friend who has a snowman collection she displays at Christmastime.



I etched the glass canister, painted the coal eyes and buttons on a blank ceramic ornament, removed the ornament hanger and made a little hat with "snow" and a birdie on it, and made him a ribbon scarf.



I used polyester batting for the snow on which he sits. It has "diamond dust' snow and a wee toadstool.



I used some wired holly decorations and wooden beads that I painted red for a little decoration on the top which is glued on.



Originally was going to make a pompon snowman but that didn't work out. The ceramic snowman glued at one point to the glass canister makes me not trust shipping it! D'oh! Luckily this is a friend who tends to visit each year and is pretty chill about timing when it comes to this kind of thing, so it's going to wait until she can drive it home in her car or I visit my hometown.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him! on: December 17, 2015 06:09:15 PM
I altered a store bought sweater to make TheManFlesh a Krampus sweater!



I remembered a decades old Martha Stewart Magazine craft about stitching with a needle and yarn over the existing knit of a sweater and decided to give it a whirl to make a tacky Krampus sweater. I used an image of a sweatshirt printed to look like a sweater as a guide, some yellow thread to mark the center of the sweater, and went to town. It took hours and hours and was kind of a pain in the @$$, but I am really pleased with how it turned out! The photo below is probably the most accurate color.



I might end up giving it to him early since we're going to a party on Sunday night and his last day of work for the year is tomorrow and we are staying home in Montana for the Christmas.

Here is a close up of the stitches. I used a sock-weight yarn. I don't knit or crochet, so that's about all I can tell you about the yarn other than it's a cotton blend and the sweater is a wool blend.

26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Not Your Big Box Store Ironing Board Covers on: December 16, 2015 10:43:16 AM


A friend asked to commission an ironing board cover, but given I'd never made one before I figured it would take longer than is reasonable to pay for, at least from a friend. So I told her I'd do it for her for Christmas. Also, because I hadn't made one before, I decided to practice doing one for myself as I needed one anyway. I even already had enough of this faux bois fabric, so essentially free ironing board cover!



Why did I drag my ironing board out into the snow to take the photos? It just tickled me and I knew I'd have better lighting out there.

I used this tutorial: http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/2012/02/sew-along-with-me-ironing-board-cover.html
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Turkey Mould Thanksgiving Decoration on: November 26, 2015 11:49:36 AM
I got one last Thanksgiving project in and just in the nick of time; after I'd finished my food responsibilities and before I go to the airport to pick up our moms!



I was given the reproduction, two-piece chocolate mould as a birthday gift back in January. I am pretty sure it would not be good to use to make a giant chocolate turkey both for health and logistical reasons, so I felt comfortable drillling holes in it for the eyelets. I had every single bit of supplies in my stash: eyelets, handmade bias tape, burlap ribbon, D-rings, and orange twine. (the color in the photos is a bit off, the twine is an orange-red and the eyelets are a golden tan n real life)



There is another eyelet in the top of the ribbon for hanging. It hangs on the side of the kitchen cabinets that you walk by to enter the kitchen from the living room.

28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Trophy Wine Stoppers on: November 19, 2015 06:43:04 PM
I think this idea was one of my very first pins nearly 4 years ago. I finally dug around on the interwebz for trophy parts and was pleasantly surprised at the low cost. Less than $4 each for these and many for around $2 each.



I used corks reclaimed from empty whiskey bottles that I have been saving for yearrrrrrrrs. Turns out not all booze bottles have cork tops that will fit wine bottles, so I am glad I checked first!



The turkey was for wine bottles around our house, but shortly after taking the picture I dropped it and it broke at the legs. I'm going to try to glue it, but dangit! The runner is for my SIL who has run a couple of marathons in the last couple of years. The doe and buck are for our dry and sweet vermouth bottles, respectively. Sweet for buck, because that's usually want The ManFlesh uses and the doe for the dry, because that's what I usually use (YEY MARTINIS!)
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Rustic, Re-purposed, Wreath-alternative on: November 18, 2015 10:30:18 AM
A winter decoration for the new woodshed! (see that project here: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/10/i-spent-good-part-of-september-building.html)



Inspired by an instagram account that I follow (@rebrandinghistory), I snagged this old lawnmower-like wheel at a vintage market for $2 the very next day!  



I had the twill tape with the measuring tape print in my stash.

Here's the original instagram image: https://www.instagram.com/p/9xGM1lQiJl/?taken-by=rebrandinghistory
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Small Woodland Wreath (bountiful pics) on: November 17, 2015 06:14:00 PM


I made this wreath for a friend who collects them for her holiday decorating. It's built on an 8" grape vine form that I glittered up to match the glittery pine cone floral pic I found. The glitter doesn't show well in the photos, but I didn't know that until I had it wrapped and ready to ship.



Some details:

Wee tiny toadstools I found NIB at the thrift store this summer,


The glittery pine cones (plastic) and the mini birch (?) tree.


I sewed two ribbons from my stash together to make the hanger, then added more glittery pine cones and a toadstool. There is actually a wire loop on the back for hanging.




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