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1  Re: Labels! Labels! Labels! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: October 21, 2018 06:43:06 AM
Thanks all!

The barter party is great fun! There is usually a large variety of fare and this year someone is bringing this amazing old ice cream maker to make raspberry ice cream to trade!

There will also be a cider press!
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2  Labels! Labels! Labels! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: October 20, 2018 01:57:01 PM

It is time, again, for our friends' annual barter party! And this year The ManFlesh is contributing a couple edible items! First, a habanero hot sauce recipe he loves... and I do not eat. TOO HOT FOR MAMA! Pobre Culito which I understand means "poor little asshole." Ahem.

He's also taking some frozen 36-hour sous vide ribs. There are lots of frozen meats from people who raise or hunt, so this should fit right in. All the cuts are made with my Cricut for this one.

We'll write the weight of each package on the tag in front of the pound sign. I couldn't help myself and had to add a little something to the back.

I designed the labels for my gin a year or two ago and posted them, but this year I added a little color around the edge with circles cut with the Cricut, too. You can't see it with the ring on the jars, but it's a fun surprise when you open it at cocktail hour!

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3  Hot Dish Towels! Applique on Terrycloth Kitchen Towels in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: October 19, 2018 02:49:39 PM

I hate to throw out a whole man when I fussy cut these prints for the Hot Dishes! potholders that I make. So I have set some aside and finally gotten to appliqueing a few onto some terrycloth kitchen towels!

I'll be taking these to our friends' annual barter party this weekend! I hope I get around to making some more with the multi-pack of towels I bought just for this! Here is a blooper: I had run out of bobbin thread and when I looked down I noticed that the pin made it look like this fella had a cute tooth gap.

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4  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: October 17, 2018 08:06:52 AM
Jellybean: those are some lucky babies to get such lovely blankets!

Not a lot of stash busting going on around here unless you count making turning boxes of VLP into floors. Sigh. I have made a few thank you cards from stash, but some of this stash is recently purchased to feed the new Cricut paper crafts obsession interest.

Last night I put together one for our vet office which has been taking excellent care of Delia (and us) while she goes through a knee surgery - I'm picking her up this morning.

And this one for a neighbor who is constantly sharing his over-buying-groceries largess! Yesterday is was chicken legs/thighs, beef steak, pork chops! Half of these materials were made from a gift!

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5  Re: Beware of the Dragon! Simple Dog Costume. in Halloween Costumes by TheMistressT on: October 14, 2018 03:51:50 PM
Her hoard is certainly a treasure... to her. It's a pile of sticks and it's on the deck!

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6  Beware of the Dragon! Simple Dog Costume. in Halloween Costumes by TheMistressT on: October 14, 2018 01:21:12 PM
RAWR! Delia is a dwagon!

I used a coppery metallic fabric to coordinate with her coppery brown brindle stripes. I made them small, because Delia has to be tricked into wearing costumes!

The back is a black twill-ish fabric from stash. Also from stash is the black strapping that her harness slides through..

I was inspired by this wee, tiny dragon wings harness I spotted at Ross last week for a wee, tiny pup of 7-10 pounds!

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7  Re: Thank You For The Toothpaste Notes. For Realz. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: October 08, 2018 07:10:49 AM
Thanks, friends!

Oh. My. Do you try the pastes or just, what? Display them? Squirrel them away in cupboards & drawers? LOL, I'm having fun just imagining!

Adorable cards, really fun Cheesy.

what a fun idea! and what a fun thing to collect. how do you display your collection?

We will use them if they are from a place that doesn't have any history of poisoned toothpaste and are a flavor we can accept. It's no secret that different cultures have different flavor profiles and some of those don't feel like tooth brushing flavors to us! Ahem. And often the children's toothpastes are NASTY-sweet - like brushing your teeth with Jolly Ranchers or something.  Embarrassed  So those and the ones from a place with a scary history get squeezed into the bin. Once empty they are ready for display, which is in our upstairs bathroom.

Here is part of the collection!

I was inspired by my memories of the "rock room" at the science museum where I grew up in the 1970s, so the labels are meant to look typed and hand cut, probably by a volunteer or intern. They include the name/brand  country of manufacture/country of purchase.

Most were stored until Ikea came to my city and I could get affordable shadowbox frames! Then I moved from that city to a place that will never have an Ikea because of our low population density (Montana), so I try to go there whenever I visit by car so I have room to take bulky things made with glass. I probably have between 80-90 tubes with a dozen or more still needing to be framed. YEY!
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8  Thank You For The Toothpaste Notes. For Realz. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: October 07, 2018 07:23:36 PM

Despite the fact that I have been exhausting and kind of wrecking myself* on a home improvement project, I have been squeezing in time to do smaller crafty projects here and there as morale boosters and sanity checks. Over the course of a couple of evenings I put together some very specific thank you cards using my Cricut.

You see, I have a silly collection: foreign toothpaste. Yup! And I have been lucky that other people have gotten a kick out of this collection and sent me toothpastes from their travels! People with whom I don't even have a souvenir or gift-giving relationship!

Now I can send them a silly toothpaste thank you note!

The pop-up card is from here. The toothpaste svg was free from this site. I altered it a little to suit my needs. All the papers were ones I cobbled together from stash and scraps. I'm kind of excited about seeking out papers specifically for making more of these!

*please pardon the blood under my thumbnail
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9  One Skeleton Print, Three Projects in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: October 06, 2018 03:59:17 PM
When I saw this purple skeleton print, I knew The ManFlesh needed boxers made from it.

And when I went to buy it (I waited for a coupon or sale, can't remember which) I decided to get a bit more to make another linen-backed hand towel.

And then there was just a little bit left on the bolt which is given at even a steeper discount, so I got that which gave me enough for a pillow case for myself!

I bought a ergo pillow at Costco which is labeled "queen size" and there are no pre-made pillowcases in the whole world wide web for it! Well, at least not on the first page of search results. This ended up being a little too big, but it works fine.

And the best part (not actually the best part) is that I have hardly any left over, so did not add to stash! WOO!
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: September 30, 2018 10:03:27 AM
I love your cross stitch notes, calluna! It's cool that your tried a could of different methods for using the variegated floss and interesting to see the differences.

Just a quick little dryer sachet (dryer smacket?) using linen scraps, inherited thread, and organic lavender that The ManFlesh's aunt grew.

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