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11  Chaircat Mao's Viking Helm in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: May 21, 2017 05:27:27 PM
Chaircat Mao refused to wear the Mom jeans I made her for May's holiday hat, so she got a Viking helmet instead. Jeans aren't exactly hats, so I see her argument.

"Odin owns you all!"

I'm nearly afraid to go to sleep tonight.

She needs a beard.
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12  Bitty Book of Booze w/Mixing Instructions in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by pottermouth on: April 26, 2017 06:43:37 AM
Alpha Stamps has this super retro kit called Dapper Gents that is chock full of awesome paper, chipboard shapes of a pipe, fedora, t.v. set, etc., saucy gents, and some suggestive quotes. I was all about that and used it along with a 1950's "Professional Mixing Guide", a pocket manual of cocktail mixing instructions, to make a little book. Actually, it looks like a book but has a drawer that slides out, which is where I included a few ATCs.

I combined the papers and images from the kit with cocktail recipes from the vintage mixing guide for the ATCs. The fronts have handsome gentlemen and randy ladies, as well as the name of a cocktail:

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And on the backs are the recipes and instructions for making the drinks:

Here's the recipe for a perfect "Stubby Collins". Remember to serve with a stir rod!  Cheesy


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13  Chaircat Mao's Easter Hat in Easter by pottermouth on: April 16, 2017 08:14:12 AM
She was "eggcited" to have a new holiday hat.

"There's a chicken on my head, isn't there?"

Happy Easter!
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14  The Mini Quilter's Nook in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: April 13, 2017 06:49:47 PM
After several months of on-again, off-again work, I eventually stopped making junk for this project and declared it complete. Inside an 8" x 6" x 5" deep room box is a minuscule crafter's workroom. There is a vintage sewing machine, a thread cabinet, a (very cluttered) cutting table, and bookcase.

The lid of the room box can be lifted off to gain access to the interior and working with long-nosed tweezers paid off a thousand times over since none of the items are glued or affixed to anything. Even the seed beads in the bronze leaf tray can be removed. This was all good until I remembered it needed to be moved from the craft table to the sun room where I could take adequate pictures.  Tongue Luckily, there was little disruption as I carefully, cautiously, tight-rope walked it to the other room.

Tiny knitting in a basket:

I was excited to have an opening thread cabinet so I could have more space to jam crafty things.

There are a gazillion more pics and a fun "I Spy" riddle for finding hidden items that Kid 3 wrote on my blog if you're interested.

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15  Needle Felted Circus Lion in CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES by pottermouth on: April 11, 2017 06:57:12 PM
Way back in 2014, I was fortunate enough to be partnered with my Craftster Crush, rackycoo, in the IYP 25 swap. She is a big fan of the circus so I decided to needle felt a circus lion pincushion for her collection. Pincushions were my thing back then. This may have been the third (and nearly the last) thing I ever needle felted because it took forever with a single needle. Later on I realized there is a tool with multiple needles that make it go a bit faster. Oh well!

I totally stole rackycoo's pics.

Bum shot:

Thanks for the pics, racky!
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16  2017's First Quarter Featured Projects in CROCHET by pottermouth on: April 09, 2017 07:56:15 PM
Here are the projects that received lots of love from Craftster Members that hit the "This Rocks!" button! Congratulations to those who made these awesome projects and a big thank you to everyone that shares their inspiring work. Keep it up!

ASL Blanket by storerboughtcreations

Crocheted Cat Hats for Pussyhat Project by Mistress Jennie

Neon Lion Afghan by pesky pixie

Winter Is Coming by anderlance

Melting Snowflakes Shawl by wendiek

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17  Pipe Cleaner Mice Tutorial in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: April 09, 2017 07:09:02 PM
Need a rainy day craft to do with your kids? Why not make a few mice from chenille stems (pipe cleaners if you're old) and play until the sun shines! They are quick to create, about 5 minutes tops.

Here's how you do it:


3 beige pipe cleaners (or any color you like. Who says mice can't be purple? And yes, there are only 2 in my pic.)
1 red pipe cleaner (if you want to give them tiny hats like these guys)
1 white pipe cleaner
Marker with a tapered end (for forming the mouse body)
Pink marker (for nose)
Black cardstock for eyes or black felt for eyes
Twisty Bendy pliers (I don't know what those pliers are called, something used in jewelry making maybe, but Twisty Bendy Pliers is what I call it) Or just use your fingers.

Let's get to making some mice!

Wrap one beige pipe cleaner around the end of a marker 5 times. Cut off excess with Twisty Bendy pliers and save that extra bit.

With a second pipe cleaner, make a loop in the center and bend the end upward. It is like balloon twisting! What is it going to be? (I already spoiled the surprise. It is still a mouse)

Pinch the loop closed and make a bend at the end. Hmmm, this isn't looking much like a mouse...(it will, I promise.)

See that sticky-uppy piece? Wrap it around your squished loop, all the way to the very end of the bend. Tuck that nasty sharp edge inside the bend or fold it back. Toys that make us bleed are no fun.  Sad

Remember that pipe cleaner you twisted? Take that and thread it onto the weird piece you just made and stop when you get to the bend of the loop. (lindyv321, that pic is for you.)

Bend the end in a curvy shape and don't forget to also bend back that sharp pokey end of danger. I see a mouse! Sort of.

Using third beige pipe cleaner, push it between the bottom two twists of the mouse's body and out the other side until 1.5" is sticking out. This will be the hind legs. Measure about 1.5" on the either side then cut off the excess. So now it looks like a spring with a spout and pump handle with an odd straight bit at the bottom. Bend one straight bit up and around in a curve, then make another bend to form the foot. Repeat for other side and don't forget the pokey bits of doom need to be bent back.

Cut off a 1.5" piece of pipe cleaner and push it between the top two twists in the body. Bend forward for arms and I know you know about those ends.

Cut off another small piece, stick it through the head, then twist each end in a circle using Twisty Bendy pliers. Mine looks way derpy right now, as only one ear has been made and he looks a bit run-over. Poor guy.

Nearly there! Tuck the nasty pokey end of the white pipe cleaner under the twists on top of the head. (ooh, a stripe!)

Bend it along the head, press it into the neck, and keep shaping it along the belly. Cut off the pipe cleaner a little longer than the belly and tuck the no no end inside the body.

Punch out tiny paper eyes using a small hole punch or cut small circles from felt for eyes. Or use beads. It's your mouse, do what you want. Color a cute pink nose and you finally have a mouse! Yippee!

Make a mischief of mice and put them everywhere!!!! Well, maybe not there.

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18  Clowncat Mao in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: April 01, 2017 06:44:39 PM
Show's over and it is curtains for me!

Happy April Fools Day!
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19  Re: Cottoncandycat Mao in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: April 01, 2017 02:50:48 PM
I fear you are creating a Super Villain out of your cat. Anyone can only take so much, you know.

I don't know what you're talking about. See how much she adores her newest hat? Hahahaha!

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20  Cottoncandycat Mao in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: April 01, 2017 02:43:03 PM
"This hat does not accurately represent my personality."

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