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1  Aunt Tess's Cupboard in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: Today at 05:56:34 PM
I got a really, really cool (it is that cool) Matchbox Cabinet Kit from Alpha Stamps and made a dollhouse sized cupboard that is chock full of pantry goodies. It is old, well-used, and TINY. I gave the cabinet a chicken wire door (tulle mesh colored with a silver Sharpie), a teensy spice rack made from basswood trim, bitty peaches in a jar (polymer clay, made by one of my kids!), and a cute cocoa container.



The cupboard itself was glued together, gessoed, painted beige, then coated with white glue and white acrylic to achieve the aged appearance. Knickertwist has an excellent tutorial on how to do this.





All of the collage sheets are from Alpha Stamps, so making a handful of cans, jars, and bottles was a snap.



I have a Greenleaf dollhouse kit that has been waiting for me...maybe Aunt Tess's cupboard will make an appearance later on.
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2  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- June 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: July 21, 2017 03:06:09 PM
I went out to inspect the freshly poured section of our driveway only to find that our outside cat, Jigglypuff Sprinklepop, ran across the wet concrete, leaving her puddy tat prints across the corner. My girls thought that was really cute and then proceeded to carve their initials next to the prints. Why am I telling you this? Well, while we were scribbling in the concrete, I noticed a blue something or another stuck in the bushes, pulled it out, and saw it was from spikefan! How long has that been in my bushes?! I'm glad it hadn't been rained on because it is the best ATC. Behold! Huckleberry Hound!



Isn't it the best? It is spot on. Thank you, spikefan!
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3  Re: Junker Jane Style Dolls - July 2017 ***Sendout Aug. 16 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by pottermouth on: July 18, 2017 05:09:26 PM
I know exactly what I'm doing. (For this swap, not in general.)

Haha!

Hmmm. This JJ style is proving difficult.

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4  Re: HP - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap - Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: July 17, 2017 01:29:55 PM
My daughter received her generous package from Mistress Jennie and was thrilled with all of the goodies! Jennie kindly gave me permission to use her pictures since the box was mailed to Hallie instead of to me, and here they are:

First up is Sorcerer's Stone soap. How cool is that? My daughter said it smells wonderful!



Then there was a gorgeous dreamcatcher inspired by Fawkes. Hallie has on more than one occasion tried to filch the dreamcatcher that Jennie made me, so now she can keep her paws off mine.



In addition, Jennie made not one, but THREE! perfectly Burrow-esque pillows. Three! An amazing Scrappy Mandala pillow:





A Granny Square pillow:



And lastly, a Rainbow Granny Stripe pillow with a striped back!





Hallie is incredibly lucky that the package went to her place instead of mine because she would be out two pillows and some soap.  Cheesy She says to thank you for the wonderful items and that they have livened up her room. Wonder if I can stuff that rainbow pillow in my bag next time I visit her...

Thank you so much, Jennie. You are the best!  Kiss
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5  Shark Week Shoes! in CHALLENGE 119 ENTRIES by pottermouth on: July 10, 2017 07:36:15 PM
My crocheted flip flop shoes were really boring until I remembered it was nearly Shark Week, so why not add a few sharks to liven them up? They aren't exactly the most fierce looking fish (more like Jabber Jaws) but my philosophy is always use googly eyes where googly eyes can be used.  Cheesy







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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- June 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: July 06, 2017 11:45:23 AM
I'm sorry to hear about spikefan!  Sad Hope she recovers quickly.

Here are the two cards I sent her. Funnily enough, they are Castle and Suicide Squad themed, too!



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7  Strawberry Gathering Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pottermouth on: July 04, 2017 05:27:49 PM
My cousin asked if I could make her a gathering apron to hold the veggies she collects from her garden. I found a pattern from 1944 to use as a guideline and free-handed the pattern shape onto a large sheet of paper. It is basically a double sided apron with a casing sewn along the curved edges, with shoelaces threaded through the casing. You pull on the shoelace ends to gather the apron into a pocket shape and then you have a place to hold your harvest! The only fabric in the stash that seemed farm-y enough was red with white polka dots, so I gave the top a few leaves and made a giant strawberry apron.



What it looks like ungathered:

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8  Chaircat Mao Celebrates July 4th in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: July 04, 2017 07:34:10 AM
Have a fun and safe Fourth of July, and for those of you that are outside the U.S. please enjoy a few pictures of Chaircat Mao.





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9  Crochet Hook/Knitting Needle Roll w/Tute in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by pottermouth on: June 29, 2017 04:56:24 PM
I found myself with nothing to do, so why not make a crochet hook roll? This is a tutorial for a very simple one, nothing fancy here, but it keeps hooks and extra necessities neat and tidy.



This pattern will accommodate the ergonomic hooks with the squishy handles (I own one, but sized the pockets to fit this width since I plan on eventually purchasing more). Knitting needles also fit nicely, as do Tunisian hooks and long afghan knitting needles. The large pocket on the left will also hold DPN sets that are kept in the original packaging so you know what's what. Let's do this!

Materials:

1/2 Yard Print Fabric (it shall be mentioned as "patterned piece" henceforth)
1/2 Yard Solid Fabric (or whatever you choose. a.k.a. "pocket pieces")
1 Package Double Fold Bias Tape
1/2 Yard Wool Felt/Wool Blend Felt or Flannel fabric (I've used both and they work equally well)
Cute Matryoshka Doll Measuring Cup, 1/2 cup size (or just anything you can trace around to make rounded corners but those things are pretty adorable)
Large sheet of paper for drawing out pattern

On paper, make an 18.5" x 13.5" rectangle. Use adorable matryoshka measuring cup to round corners. Cut out. Measure 9" from bottom of rectangle and mark across. Measure 5" from bottom and mark across. Those measurements will be for the two sets of pockets.



Place pattern on double thickness of your patterned fabric and cut out. Place pattern on felt and cut that out, too. I have cut out those pieces in the pic above.

Fold the pocket fabric in half, place the pattern piece with the 9" mark along fold, then trace around pattern. Cut out. Repeat for 5" pattern piece.



Sew a length of bias tape along folded edge of both pocket pieces. This is optional, I don't know why I did it. So now you have (2) patterned pieces, (1) felt/flannel piece, (1) 9" pocket piece, and (1) 5" pocket piece.



Align the pocket pieces with the bottom raw edges matching and mark the spaces for hook/needle pockets with chalk. I began marking 1 1/2" intervals from the right to left, leaving a 4" section for DPN sets or scissors, etc. This proved faulty shortly after stitching because I realized I had neglected to add the 1/4" seam allowance. The very first measurement should be 1 3/4" then 1 1/2" afterward. Oh well, it made a dinky pocket that still works.  Tongue Sew along chalked lines.



Now we'll make the ties. Sew along the open end of remaining bias tape and cut into two equal lengths.  Mine are 28" long each. Baste bias tape tie on side, 9 1/2" from bottom edge. Repeat for other tie. I lazied my way through it and placed the pockets on top of the patterned piece and the basted the ties above the pockets. It is roughly 9 1/2". And also on the right side of the fabric.



Whew. Stand back and look at that progress. Looking good! On to sewing all these pieces together. First, place pocket pieces on top of a patterned piece (the one with the ties). Right side up! Match all the raw edges! Place second patterned piece wrong side up on top. Finally, place felt/flannel piece on top of that, aligning edges. Sew around, using a 1/4" seam allowance. and leaving a gap for turning.



Turn right side out and use a knitting needle to poke out the corners. (A wand works better, but Muggles may not have one of those).



Tuck in the gap and sew around the perimeter, close to the edge. All done!



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10  Witchy Little Chaise in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: June 27, 2017 05:07:04 PM
Here's a Halloweenie little chaise I made using a chipboard kit from Alpha Stamps. It is 1:12 scale, so pretty small, and I had just enough of a scrap of tiny owl fabric to upholster it.



To add the padding and upholstery, I traced around the chipboard pieces from the kit onto cardboard, cut them a tad smaller, then used those pieces as templates to cut out batting and polyfil stuffing. The batting was glued to the cardboard and the polyfil stuffing was placed on top, making a weird sandwich. The sandwich was turned over and placed on top of the owl fabric, and I glued the edges of the fabric to the back of the cardboard.







All of the upholstered pieces were glued onto the chaise and the little gap along the edges was covered with embroidery floss trim. So easy!



So just how big is this thing? Not very, that's how big.

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