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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Little Birdie Gift Bag "Tag" on: June 16, 2017 12:23:00 PM

I made this little birdie to decorate a friend's birthday gift package.

It's a thick paperboard that I covered with scrapbook and gift wrap papers.

Then I added grommets to each side of the hole to dress it up a bit, plus a bit of yellow patterned paper on the faux bois side.

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer-weight, Seersucker Bathrobe on: June 12, 2017 07:05:21 AM

I've been wanting to make something with seersucker for a good long while AND I have wanted a lighter robe for warmer months. For some reason it took me a long time to figure out that I could combine these. D'oh!

I may shorten the sleeves to 3/4 length. If I do, I may add the piping detail there, too. I'll wear it a few times to see how it goes. I used Kwik Sew 4144.

Now it just has to actually warm up enough to get me out of my fleece robe first thing in the morning!

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Cloth Coasters on: June 09, 2017 07:58:26 PM

I whipped up a couple quilted coasters for our guest room to protect the new bedside tables.

I was tickled to use all materials from stash, including some pieced together cotton batting. I used two layers of the batting with a layer of PUL in the center.

14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Panda. Panda. Panda. Some Freezer Paper Stencil, Bleached Tees. on: June 04, 2017 07:52:31 AM

There's an inside joke with me, The ManFlesh, and two of his best dudes involving that song, Panda by Desiigner. The main gist of the joke are that they love it as part of the "soundtrack" of one of their now-annual backpacking trips and I hate it with all the power of the atomic fires of 10 suns. Needless to say, random images of pandas are texted sporadically around.

This year, the other two are coming here to Montana to hike into some lake on one of the trails not all that far from our house. I made them these shirts for it, even though I know full well it's going to start up some "singing" and then they'll dig out their phones and play that awful, awful mess of a song. I'm a giver.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / No Angels Were Harmed in the Making of this Cushion Cover on: May 28, 2017 04:11:19 PM

I received a commission to make a throw pillow with this phrase on it - any way I wanted to. YEY! I decided to do a combination of printing on fabric and embroidery for speed and handmade-yness. As an added little touch, the shaft/rachis of some of the feathers on the print are embroidered with grey floss.

It's a basic envelope style cover.

I used the remnant of the printable paper to include care instructions, biz deets...

and a custom message from the client to the recipient.

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Rustic Industrial Curtain Rods on: May 19, 2017 07:32:57 PM
Well, I just went right ahead and made new curtain rods for our living/dining room(s)!

I bought the brackets, faux bois-ified some PVC pipe for the rods, then combined PVC caps with turned wood finials (store bought) & painted them to match the brackets to make the finials. Drapes aren't up yet and I still have to make the tiebacks, but this has been a long time coming and I'm stoked to get this part done!

There are 3 windows, so I made 3 sets of hardware. Hopefully the rest will be done in time for House Guest Season at the end of the month!
17  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / "Bandanas" for Shelter Dogs! (a litter of pics) on: May 17, 2017 07:25:09 PM
For her papa's birthday, Delia Dog and I made these boxer shorts for her to give to him: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452249.msg5442631#msg5442631

There was enough of a remnant that I thought I could make a few of those dog bandanas that slide over a collar and donate them to our local shelter for snazzying up some senior dogs looking for homes.

But I could only get three and they were all the same, because of the repeat of the print and the way the remnant was laid out, so I decided to do some appliques of the other images on the print using other remnants. Plus it kind of left out the "old gals" which made me sad.

They're all reversible so the shelter can use them for all kinds of dogs for adoption events - twice the function in the same about of storage space! So while digging though stash for appropriate fabrics, I found some that I couldn't resist making into these "bandanas" even though they had nothing to do with the original print.

And one last close up of one of the appliques...

I did contact the shelter to make sure they would want these and they told me that they had just been talking about getting some for adoption events and photo shoots, so YEY! And I recently saw where they have several local events and parades they'll be involved with over the summer so hopefully they'll get lots of use out of them. There ended up being 17.  Grin
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Emergency Shower Cabinet! on: April 30, 2017 08:32:47 PM

The ManFlesh and I use different body washing stuff in the shower, so it is incumbent upon him to resupply his soap as necessary. This is a task he just can't seem to master.  Tongue So, I decided to use this little cabinet I'd bought with Halloween Apothecary in mind to help him out while I was "remodeling" the main bathroom. I forgot to take a real "before" photo, so here it is with the only-three knobs removed and after sanding it.

I decided to do a pickle finish on it as I had all the materials to do it and the wood itself wasn't inspiring me. And because there were only 3 knobs, I picked up new ones. They're a little bit outsized, but that kind of makes me giggle - as does the idea of a soap cabinet by the shower!

And a shot from further back to see placement, etc.

Honestly, it's kind of ridiculous that there aren't more designs with a cabinet within read of the tub/shower! Just like it's silly how so many bathrooms are designed without though to a towel bar near the tub/shower.  Undecided
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Renovated & Updated Cabinet on: April 30, 2017 08:21:36 PM

When we first moved into this house, this cabinet/shelf was in the laundry room and we took it down to fit our full-sized stackable w/d set and a shelf/rod combo. It lived in the shop for nearly 4.5 years.

Then earlier this month, I pulled it out to refinish into something for our bathroom. I sanded down to bare wood on the exterior, sanded and repainted in the interior, replaced the backing altogether, painted the metal on the drawer knobs, added the dowel, and drilled holes for electrical cords. Whew! A rustic, simple finish worked for our space, so that's how I did it! YEY for easier and faster!

Instead of just painting the new backing, I covered it with fabric from the same collection as some I used to make the border on a linen shower curtain. That sweet hoopla of my baby Delia was a gift from a dear one.

I went on and on about the process (along with other cabinet refinishing stuff) on my blog which will come out tomorrow morning (May 1, 2017): http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2017/05/one-step-at-time-bathroom-redo-edition.html
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Thank Goodness for Country Boys! Brand New Hot Dishes! on: April 25, 2017 02:24:05 PM
Came upon an Alexander Henry beefcake pinup print I hadn't noticed before and had to get some to add to my Hot Dishes! stable. So to speak.

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