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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Snow Gauge on the Clothesline... Why Not? on: September 26, 2015 07:57:07 PM

The clothesline that came with our place gets a lot of use between the rainy season and the smoke season and it is commodious to boot! Four lines each about 24' (approximately 8 meters) long! I love that thing, but it was kind of junky looking with it's rusty metal posts and sagging lines. Even though I have pinned all kinds of pretty clotheslines, this one is still super sturdy AND cemented into our hard, hard ground. So, I decided to paint it (green) and then add a snow gauge to one post... using toilet paper and paper towel tubes as stencils!

I haven't replaced the lines and probably won't until spring as I still have many small projects and one BIG one to complete before winter comes to our mountains.

I did a tutorial of sorts on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/09/no-more-snow-beyond-measure-for-us.html
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Seeking Sewing Patterns for Dog Pants for Medium-sized Dogs! on: August 22, 2015 08:17:23 PM
HELP! I can not find a sewing pattern for dog pants for anything but quite small dogs. In terms of dogs, mine are not big, but in terms of dog clothes they are HUGE.

What I am looking for is something workable for slim 60-65 pound pooches, rather long in the leg.
43  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Pupcicles for an Dogust Birthday on: August 17, 2015 08:46:15 PM
My Betty is turning 5 this week, so over the weekend I made some delicious pupcicles (frozen yogurt treats) to celebrate!

I found the recipe from a friend:
3 ripe bananas
1 cup peanut butter (make sure it has no xylitol)
32 oz plain yogurt
Blend together and then pour into ice cube trays or moulds, freeze.
I taste all the dog treats I make since they are all made with human food and these are by far the most flavorful and would probably make a good human treat if you let them soften a bit before chewing. Wink

I decided to this dog bone baking mould I was given for xmas, as well as the sausage shaped mould. The remaining went into an standard ice cube tray.

And special birthday presentation, even though her birthday isn't until Thursday. Her papa will be out of town, so we celebrated early.

Video and such from her actual birthday here: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/08/dogust-birthday-betty-turns-five.html

Here is the post for Betty's first birthday party! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388793.0
44  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cloth Cocktail Napkins with Mitered Hems on: August 01, 2015 07:53:37 AM

I've been posting various projects from a party styling photo shoot I participated in with a visiting friend who is a party blogger. The theme was Bigfoot's Cryptid Cocktail Hour and I made these cocktail napkins to coordinate with it all.

I was able to use stash from a bit more than half of the materials, so that was GREAT! I figured we'd have plenty of opportunities to use these in real life, so I went ahead and took the extra time to do the mitered hem. I just love it so much.

There are more photos and some details about how to do the mitered hem on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/08/bigfoots-cryptid-cocktail-napkins.html
You can see pics from the party shoot on my friend's blog, Fizzy Party: http://www.fizzyparty.com/2015/07/big-foot-cocktail-party.html
45  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / "Foot-long" Sandwiches for Bigfoot's Cryptid Cocktail Hour on: July 31, 2015 04:30:33 PM
My friend who is a party blogger visited earlier this month and we styled a party photo shoot on the theme, Bigfoot's Cryptid Cocktail Hour.  We did lots of crafting and creating and such, and of course we had to have happy hour type eats! 

We did 3 types of panini, using a foot-shaped cookie cutter and the good ol' George Foreman Grill as our panini press. We got to use the tier-ed tray I repainted (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434134.0). Since it was just a fake party, we only made 4 of each flavor of sandwich. I think it would've looked especially good had we been able to PILE ON THE SANDWICHES!

Sammies: Chinese BBQ pork w/ mayo; chicken, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzeralla; & turkey, basil, brie.

You can see a bunch more details about the party on my friend blog, Fizzy Party: http://www.fizzyparty.com/2015/07/big-foot-cocktail-party.html

There are some tutorials on a few of the other projects, on my blog, too. (see signature for link)
46  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Bigfoot's Cryptid Cocktail Hour - Woodsy Etched Rocks Glasses on: July 31, 2015 08:26:12 AM
You can find a lot of things you're searching for at the bottom of a cocktail glass... even Bigfoot!

One of my besties is a party blogger, so of course when she came out for a visit we had to style a party. And because I am a cocktail-drinking-Bigfoot-fan who lives in the woods, that party theme was Bigfoot's Cryptid Cocktail Hour! WOO!  We made lots of things, but my favorite project was etching this set of 4 dollar store rocks glasses.

Mountains, tall pines, and another of my besties: BIGFOOT!

One glass has Bigfoot right there where you can see him on the side, but the rest of them require you to really search for him... he's on the bottom of the glasses!

More details and photos of the project on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/07/bigfoots-cryptid-cocktail-hour.html
and lots of photos of the whole shebang on my friend's blog, Fizzy Party: http://www.fizzyparty.com/2015/07/big-foot-cocktail-party.html
We used pieces created by other craftsters that were given to me over the years!
47  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Easy-care Patio Table Cozies on: July 20, 2015 06:36:38 PM

The tops of my beloved Ballard Designs French cafe tables have become discolored. They are powder-coated and for some reason this made spray painting them unappealing to me. I had oil cloth covers, but they are over 2 years old, are wearing out, and the hook and loop fasteners weren't working out.

So I decided to go with some cotton print covers made with elastic like fitted sheets.

We eat dinner on the deck every night the weather complies and so far so good. WOO!

I have more details about construction with photos on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/07/tables-i-got-ya-covered.html
48  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Stenciled Outdoor Rugs on: July 05, 2015 08:27:03 AM
The last owners left the deck kind of ratty-looking, but our plans for the deck are bigger than a bit of sprucing up so in the meantime I decided to put some outdoor rugs down. Not the best fix, but an improvement nonetheless.

I bought inexpensive indoor/outdoor carpet-by-the-foot at a big box home center in two lengths, made stencil, then applied a mix of UV safe craft paint and textile medium.

I go into more detail about the process on my blog. Also with more dogs-helping photos!
49  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hot Dishes! Shirtless Athlete Pot Holders on: June 24, 2015 10:29:35 AM
BAHAHAAAAA! These Alexander Henry prints crack me up. I got this one last year and finally got around to making pot holders out of it. I don't know about your guys, but suddenly I'm a lot more interested in sports and am even feeling more patriotic.

Some friends and I are a part of a big 50-mile Garage sale this weekend and I am going to include some of my handmade stuff. I figure if antiques dealers and artists can sell their wares, crafters can, too.

50  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Quick & Easy Screen Door Replacement on: June 13, 2015 08:33:10 AM
The screen doors that came with our house are decent-looking, but poorly functioning for a few reasons. Last autumn I took down the one on the front door and stored it in the shop. When it was time to put it up this spring, I just couldn't bring myself to do it so I resurrected a stalled project of another door using the materials on-hand to replace it with something that functions better for our needs.

Security isn't so much of an issue on our place, so this is a suitable front door solution for us. I think it could be a good solution for doors where security isn't a factor and in rental situations since there are no screws or nails required to mount it using the tension rod.

The details of how I assembled this curtain-style screen are on my blog.

UPDATE: We have had this up for a couple of weeks and it's really working out great for us! The dogs are used to it so can let themselves in and out, but most of the nasty flying bugs don't! I added one to the upstairs balcony door and it's great, too.
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