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1  Ceramic Teddy Bear Bottle Brush Tree in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 15, 2019 02:12:47 PM

I picked up this Japanese ceramic bear candle holder a few years ago and finally put it to use as I intended!

I thought this sweetie was perfect for the snowflake "glitter" I had in my stash!

This came with a never-lit candle in it that I didn't want to keep. I decided to use a double boiler and a water bath to heat the wax enough to pull and pour it out and it worked a treat! I will use the wax when I make firestarters again this winter - we use them daily+ for starting the wood stove.
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2  Little Angel Bottle Brush Tree in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 15, 2019 02:05:10 PM

I have all these tiny bottle brush trees left from the multi-packs I buy, so I went in search of vessels to use them in. I found a pair of these angels at the thrift store and decided a wee pink tree would be just the thing for one.

I bleached a green sisal tree, removed the base, then dyed it with Rit Dye in Rose Quartz. I have some vintage pink glitter in my stash, so I used that.
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3  Village Church Christmas Box Card in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 15, 2019 01:04:45 PM
Files for this little box card came with a set I purchased, so I decided to make it to mail to my mom who will be visiting us at Christmas so is going to miss her church's Christmas service.

It's mostly white with just a few pearly touches to imitate a bit of snow.

The only "color" comes from the wreath and the back sentiment.

Gotta show that flattened-to-fit-in-the-envelope pic!

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4  Cardinal Box Card in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 15, 2019 12:45:12 PM
I made this box card for one of my besties!

I love all the greenery and berries with the little cardinal!

And that it's all in/on a cute little apple crate... ACK!

And the ubiquitous flattened-to-fit-in-the envelope shot!

I used svg files from svgcuts.com, my Cricut Explore, Sizzix Big Shot, and cling stamps from a few sources.
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5  Re: Little Good Things Round 2 (still happening, changes in the second post) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by TheMistressT on: December 14, 2019 03:44:50 PM
My good thing today is that I finished my last xmas gift that needs to ship AND that I engineered a box for it & got it gift wrapped. Tomorrow I will rebuild a chewy.com box to ship it in and send it on Monday. WOO! I have 10 days to do all the making of gifts that don't need to be shipped...  Shocked

There are 3 different metallic gold, a pearl white, and 3 pink papers.
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6  Re: Re: Bottle Brush Beauties in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 13, 2019 12:30:54 PM
Adorable - the little teacup is perfect and it looks like a fairy scene - and I love the use of the candle sticks.  This inspires me to try looking in the local thrift stores for old candle holders to try this with since I have a number of those bottle brush trees!

Awww, YEY! I've made several with the brass or "silver" candlesticks from thrift stores! They're some of the easiest and certainly the most elegant.

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7  Ten Bags a' Gifting! Or Something. in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: December 11, 2019 03:39:49 PM
I put together a set of 10 coordinating gift bags using cardstock, ribbon, tags, and my Cricut!

The bottoms are not glued shut, because I have donated them to the Craft Star Garage Sale Fundraiser and want to be able to ship them flat. I did make a little tutorial for how to finish them, but I think it's pretty easy to figure out without it.  Wink

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8  Label for Homemade Gin - ADDENDUM: Packed Up Pic in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: December 10, 2019 08:11:16 PM
When the in-laws were here for Thanksgiving we learned that the BIL loved my homemade gin even eschewing the top shelf whiskey he brought. This was good, because we were having a heckuva time coming up with a Christmas gift idea for him. Sooooooo, I made more gin and then made this label for his gift bottle.

ADDENDUM: I'm nervous about it arriving safely, so I used black gaffers tape on the lid AND sealed the whole thing in a vacuum bag! Of course, there's layers of tissue around it inside a fabric gift bag, then that is wrapped in bubble wrap and the rest of the box filled with packing peanuts (I have apologized in advance about those, but that's all the packing material I have left).

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9  Re: Little Good Things Round 2 (still happening, changes in the second post) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by TheMistressT on: December 09, 2019 06:15:32 PM
Not to repeat my earlier post, but my Little Happy today was finishing these Hot Dishes! sets to contribute to the ebay fundraiser!

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10  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: December 07, 2019 08:02:15 PM

One more tree decoration and a box card! I had recently acquired the svg files for a few box cards, but all the papers were from stash.

This is for a fellow craftster, so I will only post here for now.

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