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1  Turkey Vase Decoration in Thanksgiving by TheMistressT on: November 22, 2017 11:50:58 AM

Many months ago I made a bunch of air-dry clay from cornstarch and whatever then cut a bunch of different thingies including several charms/plaques/whatsits to decorate plain dollar store vases with. Earlier this week I found them and made time to paint and glaze this thank you turkey for our Thanksgiving table.

I used ribbon to tie it on, then reinforced it with a couple of stickimabobs. I didn't want to glue it, because I want to be able to switch out the decorations instead of storing a bunch of vases.

And stuffed with a supermarket bouquet!
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2  Air-dry Clay Gift Tags: You Can't Catch 'Em! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: November 21, 2017 03:36:14 PM

Months ago... like probably February or something... I made a bunch of air-dry clay from corn starch and other stuff from which I cut a bunch of things including these little tags with the initials of folks to which I send xmas gifts. Then after I had almost all my gifts wrapped and ready to box up next week I remembered I had them! So I painted them today and got them attached to the appropriate gifts! I hope.  Roll Eyes

Here are a few of them.

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3  Re: 2017 Handmade Holiday Gift List! in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: November 16, 2017 06:39:56 AM
I have definitely cut down on the handmade Christmas gifts in the last couple of years. For a few years, I was making 85-90% of them and I was getting overwhelmed. I am actually almost done with all the mail-away gifts - which is all of them except The ManFlesh, our pup, and any hostess type gifts we might have for the season. I have handmade gifts in mind for The ManFlesh and the pup, but I will work on those after Thanksgiving when all the others will be shipped off, our houseguest season will be over for the year, and my studio will be tidied enough to cut patterns in!

I did make these for this year, though:

Mini clipboard photo displays:

They have their own post in Home Sweet Home

And this hand towel:

It also has it's own post in Holidays & Occasions

Lots of sewing after next week!
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4  Coppery Stags in Thanksgiving by TheMistressT on: November 15, 2017 05:54:28 PM
My November/Thanksgiving decorations lean to Autumnal versus out & out Thanksgiving-ish. Two parts of that theme are deer and copper. So this year I added 3 more stags to the mix!

I used blanks from the craft store: one paper mache and two laser cut wood. Then copper paint-type stuff I have around applied in different ways over different bases.

The medium sized one is copper on the sides to mix it up a bit.

Here is the whole herd. I decided that the copper chains are too big for the smaller pieces and maybe too big in general, but I'm not going to change it this year.

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5  Re: Halloween Photo Boards -- Monsters and Harry Potter in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: November 15, 2017 03:26:26 PM
Hinged 2x4s with a slot cut for a dowel rod to secure it. When it needs to be put away just pop out the rod and fold the legs in for flatter storage.

Cool. Thank you!
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6  Mini Clipboard Photo Displays in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: November 15, 2017 10:20:02 AM

My SIL has this cool vintage, rotating, wire card rack that she picked up to display photos. She's had it almost a year and... no photos displayed. I thought these little clipboards would be a fun way to get some pics up there!

I cut 1/8" plywood into six 5x7 pieces to fit the her display rack, then stained & varnished the edges and one side to coordinate with their floors. Then added the Tim Holtz clips.

Then I decoupaged a different neutral scrapbook paper on the back side of each. Since the card rack is wire you can see through it, so I thought it would be a nifty detail for the 3D aspect of the display.

Because The ManFlesh is the big brother, he likes to hassle his kid sister a little. Last year he had a calendar made using his author photo for all 12 months. So we decided to use it again as the example since we won't be together when the gift is unwrapped at Christmas.

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7  Vintage-inspired Xmas Tea Towel in Winter Holidays by TheMistressT on: November 06, 2017 05:38:15 PM
My SIL and her family have a ski cabin and most years I figure out something to give to The Cabin at Christmas. This year I decided to make something Christmas-y!

I used cotton toweling with this cheery candy cane print, then added the ruffle and ribbon trim.

I'm going to mail it to them in a couple weeks with instructions to open after Thanksgiving so they can use it this year. There is also an "Elf Door" I picked up at Michael's last year in January! It is also candy cane-y!

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8  Stash Busting Hankie Explosion! in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: November 06, 2017 05:15:11 PM
The snow has started on our part of the mountain which means I get a runny nose when I am exercising Delia Dog, fetching firewood, or shoveling snow. Instead of walking around with a paper tissue in my coat pocket like a monster who wears a coat, I can now use a cotton cloth to dab my delicate nostrils!

I used four of the softer remnants in my stash to bake make a dozen hankies. That way we can keep them fresh w/o running out. I hope.

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9  Searching for Bigfoot... in the Bottom of Your Glass in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: November 04, 2017 09:42:23 AM
As much as I am not into remaking a project, I had broken 3 out of 4 of the Bigfoot glasses I made a few years ago and I just loved them so, I did it again anyway.

I found a set of 6 rocks glasses for < $6, so this time I did 6! I think they're sturdier glass, too. The sides are all variants of the same mountains and trees.

But the fun is when you finish your bevvie and discover Bigfoot! He's been right there all along!

There are 2 each of 3 poses.
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10  Safety Cape for Forest Dog in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: November 03, 2017 12:16:46 PM
This is "Break-out" Buck. He's my neighbor and he is an escape artist.

His people have spent hundreds of hours and probably at least $1000.00 trying to make their fence one that he can't climb over or dig under. He still finds a way out given half a chance. He always comes back, sometimes with a tender nose, because he spends his whole time away sniffing away at the forest floor.

It's deer hunting season now and we all live in the woods right next to the National Forest. Blurry Buck is deer colored, so I made him a little safety orange collar "cape" just in case he does escape this season.

I forgot to take a photo before I gave it to his mom, but this is the pattern I whipped up for it, based on the length of one of Delia's Collar Cozies. It's rip-stop nylon, so lightweight & non-absorbent. It slides over his collar.

Sorry for the blurry pics. Buck was eager to get going on our walk AND it was not long after sunrise.
I just noticed that I posted about similar things I made for my dogs when we first moved here and titled the post almost exactly the same! This safety cape is a different material and I hope a slightly better design.
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