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11  Refurbished Patio Side Table: More Copper! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 09, 2017 07:42:02 PM

I've been working on tuning up our 2nd story balcony. While I was working on our bistro set, I decided we needed another, more relaxed sitting area at the other end. I already had this little side table, so got it out of storage and gave it a similar copper treatment as the rest*.

I also picked up a couple inexpensive Adirondack chairs for which I made some head rests with the fabric left over from the seat cushions I made for the bistro set*.

It's actually roomy enough for us to sit there comfortably, even though we're both long-legged. I'm part way through refinishing the deck surface out there and when that's done it's going to feel so fresh and comfy!

*Bistro Set: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452672.0

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12  Patio Coasters! Like Ya' Do. in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 03, 2017 04:55:47 PM
I've been tuning up our 2nd floor balcony, including refinishing a side table. Between that hard work and the glass top on the bistro table, I decided coasters were necessitated.  Roll Eyes

ALL MATERIALS CAME FROM STASH! Coaster blanks, topped with sealed scrapbook paper, with cork on the bottom.

Here they are on the refinished table.

When not in use they'll be stored with a few other balcony necessities in an old mailbox that I repainted for this purpose.

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13  Copper-look Bistro Set + New Seat Cushions in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: July 01, 2017 01:13:32 PM
I've started a pretty thorough revamp of our balcony. Access is slightly less convenient than the deck access and it's smaller, but dang if it ain't real, real pleasant up there when it is too hot or windy on the deck that is right below it.

We have an old bistro set that has been in need of refinishing since the moment that the last new coat of paint dried on it 6 or so years ago. That was a plan gone wrong! And the cushions had long since gone away.

I got lucky that I had all the materials for repainting the table and chairs on hand!
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14  Vintage Thermoses > Bedside Lamps in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TheMistressT on: June 23, 2017 08:00:30 PM
I'm on a tear updating our guest room and my latest edition are these lamps I made from a couple of vintage thermoses.

The two thermoses are slightly different sizes, but that doesn't bother me. I did try to make sure that the shades ended up at the same height, though.

I really need to get around to investing in some reflectors for taking photos in the house... I tried all kinds of variations, but just couldn't get a good one of them in place.  Undecided  The next project in there is new window shades!

Speaking of "shades," that lampshades are from a big box store; I glued clearance trim to the bottom for some flair.

I posted a link to the original, wonderful tutorial I found via pinterest and described the changes I made to that to suit my situation on my blog:
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15  More Zombie Dentition Specimens! A Trio of Terror! [a hoard of pics] in Halloween Decor and Parties by TheMistressT on: June 21, 2017 08:05:06 PM
I got a commission for a set of 3 pairs of Zombie Dentition Specimens! YAHOO! Er... I mean, BRAINS!

Two of the pairs had different indentations in the top piece which presented challenges for fitting the narrative that comes with the Specimens. But with a little brain racking I came up with a couple of solutions that really tickle me! The first pair's indentations were from rubber bands. I used those to support some twine I "gundged up."

The second pair had 3 round-ish depressions in which I inserted faux screw heads.

The third pair were pretty standard, so I gave the poor undead fellow a tarnished "silver" tooth.

I'm giving them a few extra days for the varnish to cure before packing them up to ship. I've grown so fond of them, that I know I'll miss having them around.
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16  Quickie Decoupaged Switch Plate in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 18, 2017 02:06:41 PM
I started this switch plate like a dozen years ago. Happened upon it in it's halfway-done state this morning and decided to finish it, because our fancy 3D printed antlered switch plate has 100% broken-off antlers. BOO!

If you know us well enough to stay the night, you better expect a little bit of 3rd-grade humor! The image is from a 1960s-ish encyclopedia set for photographers.
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17  Cowgirl Cutie Assemblage in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: June 16, 2017 12:34:21 PM

My friend Pam is a cowgirl AND a cutie, so I collected these things over the last couple years to make this assemblage for her for her birthday.

It's about 4x6", I think.

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18  Little Birdie Gift Bag "Tag" in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 16, 2017 12:23:00 PM

I made this little birdie to decorate a friend's birthday gift package.

It's a thick paperboard that I covered with scrapbook and gift wrap papers.

Then I added grommets to each side of the hole to dress it up a bit, plus a bit of yellow patterned paper on the faux bois side.

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19  Summer-weight, Seersucker Bathrobe in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 12, 2017 07:05:21 AM

I've been wanting to make something with seersucker for a good long while AND I have wanted a lighter robe for warmer months. For some reason it took me a long time to figure out that I could combine these. D'oh!

I may shorten the sleeves to 3/4 length. If I do, I may add the piping detail there, too. I'll wear it a few times to see how it goes. I used Kwik Sew 4144.

Now it just has to actually warm up enough to get me out of my fleece robe first thing in the morning!

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20  Quilted Cloth Coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: June 09, 2017 07:58:26 PM

I whipped up a couple quilted coasters for our guest room to protect the new bedside tables.

I was tickled to use all materials from stash, including some pieced together cotton batting. I used two layers of the batting with a layer of PUL in the center.

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