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1  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 18, 2018 10:40:48 AM
kbrison, way to destash & broker some stash reallocation!

CLM: Thanks in advance for the tissue cozy tut! No rush on my part.  Kiss

AIMR: You are a yarn arts speed demon!

In the midst of this reflooring the 2nd floor project, I have gotten an "opportunity" to do some destashing of non-crafty stuff. So far getting rid of some books and clothes, but then I remembered that I had a box of Space Bags and another brand of those vacuum storage bags left from when we moved 5.5 years ago and that I could use those for storing the auxiliary guest bedclothes and my faux fur stash is is so (dang) fluffy that it makes me want to puke! Annnnnnnd I have a dear neighbor who is packing to move across the country and selling off most of their furniture, etc. in order to keep the shipping costs as low as possible so I'm going to give her at least half of the 14 bags I have. I also gave her moving boxes that we'd saved and stored. They'd gotten a little dusty and crumb-y in storage, so a gave them a quick wash. Luckily today is a sunny break in the grey/snow/rain weather!

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 18, 2018 08:53:10 AM
AIMR, you have been very productive! As usually your creations are both pretty and useful! I really need to get on making some boot-thingies!

Chaos, you  are the market bag queen! I can. not. wait. to see that jacket! I am a sucker for anything plaid, all the more so if it's a blue or green plaid!

CLM: What charming ATCs! I love doing construction stuff and having some of those skills for other things. I used cutoff scraps from the wood shed I built a couple years ago to make cleats for the closet shelves I just finished. OH! I USED PINTEREST to inspire the shelf situation in the closet!

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3  Closet Storage Shelves in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: April 18, 2018 06:29:02 AM
Well, this isn't really Interior Decorating, but it's for sure not a Crafty Houseware, so I'll put it here.

Our guest room closet is where certain things are stored: 8 boxes of books that didn't fit on our nearly 100' of bookshelves, some seasonal decorations and household things, costumes, certain gift wrapping items, The ManFlesh's musical past, and all the acrylic & latex house paints & plasters that can't freeze so can't be stored in the shop. What came with the place was the basic single rod-n-shelf set up, so boxes were stored on the floor as high as we could stack 'em! Horrible for finding things, hard on the boxes.

Before: Since I am in the process of tearing out all the old, old carpet to replace it with plank vinyl and had to empty the closet anyway, it seemed like the perfect time to install storage more suited to our needs.

After: Shelving on either side of the door opening! The left-hand shelves are 16" deep, the right-hand shelves are 24" deep to take full advantage of the cubic feet.

That door is access to the plumbing for the shower in the bathroom on the other side of that wall. It was definitely added after the fact, probably to address a plumbing issue.

They're made with 23/32" AC plywood, faced with a piece of moulding. The brackets are from a 1x12 pine board. There is a cleat under the back of each shelf made with ripped-down 2x4s that I had in stash. I had to go with a totally different set up because of a lack of studs in the walls where I needed them on 5 of the 6 total sides. I need to get more plywood to get one more 24" shelf.

I also painted the walls in there while I had it emptied, I already had the creamy, light tan-ish paint. The rod/shelf was all remade from the existing + paint and 1x4s from stash. The doors and base mouldings will go back in after I install the new floors.
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 15, 2018 05:51:58 PM
In the midst of all the household DIY stuff, I carved out time here and there to make a muslin of a tunic. I used cotton lawn that I got at a very discounted price and think I'll consider it wearable! Next: same thing in some linen if I can find some fabric soon.

This is View D (lower left)

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5  Cotton Lawn Tunic in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: April 15, 2018 04:38:16 PM

Well, I think I have accomplished a wearable muslin with Butterick 6024, View D.

I'm not over the moon, but I like it well enough to wear and to make another in linen.

I used a blue/green-grey and ivory cotton lawn that I found on super sale online a few weeks ago.

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6  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 15, 2018 09:01:05 AM
I love power tools*! My ex-husband and I shared custody of some of the power tools and when I moved to Montana he got to keep most of them. The good news is that I have gotten to replace those that I gave up in the last few years... with BETTER ones! My "new" compound miter saw has an 11" blade and a radial arm! My "new" table saw is on a stand! My "new" jig saw is more stable (and a prettier color)! I am excited to get the shop space organized so I can build us some kind of cabinet for the DVD player and Roku. And several other similar projects!  But first I have to finish this flooring project, then build utility shelves in the shop to accomplish the organizing.

* Sewing machines are also power tools. As are mixers.

Half of the closet shelves are done! I need more material to do the other end of the closet which I have to drive into Missoula to get. Sigh.

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7  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 06, 2018 09:22:51 AM
The moths! I got a request for a clothing moth larva Varmint Voodoo a couple weeks ago and put this guy together! Also works for pantry moths.  Wink

Yeah... house projects always grow and grow. I'm currently at a frustrating point with the floor installation and waiting for some email responses, so am focusing on the parts I know about for sure, including the closet. Otherwise, I'll be on the verge of being overwhelmed. Le sigh.
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8  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 04, 2018 07:05:30 AM
I admit to loving grey, but also I generally go dark with it! I actually repainted my apple green guest room ceiling recently to a dark grey. I loved the green, but it didn't work with the rest of what was going on in there anymore. I don't have a single white-white ceiling.

Before repainting, but after changing out the fixture.

After. I also painted on wall that color. I tend to go for walls and window covering that blend in color in smaller rooms.
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 02, 2018 09:42:15 AM
WOW! The perfect use of batik!

We also woke up to snow this morning! Should be getting more forever sugar sparkles, too, but then the next few days will warm up.

WEIRD: my photo had the word "April" in the title, so it was changed to something funny for April Fools and then wouldn't show in the post! I changed the name of the file, though. I will not be denied showing photos of Delia!
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10  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 01, 2018 11:10:27 AM
"Destashed" a good half of the icky blue carpet yesterday! We're waiting on a quote for flooring materials to decide if we're just going to go ahead and redo them "properly" or if I am going to fill, prime, paint, and probably stencil the subfloors then bind rugs for the rooms.

Luckily the woodshed now has plenty of room for me to store this stuff until I can haul it away.
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